byslantedlight: (Doyle books)
[livejournal.com profile] caffyolay gave me Top Five books for an entry, and so that's what this will be! Except - so hard! Well, sort of... I mean, book series count, right...? *g* Also, major caveat, these are my current top-five, and I reserve the right to change them at any time! Plus, in a random order as I think of them.

1. Jackdaw by K.J. Charles (and, you know, the other Charm of Magpie books in the series *g*)


2. Point of Hopes (and Point of Knives, Point of Dreams and Fair's Point) by Lisa Barnett and Melissa Scott
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3. Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series...
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4. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (well of course)
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5. The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (which of course has a sequel... *g*)


The fifth one was so hard to choose! I thought maybe I shouldn't include any more of my current favourite re-reads, but on the other hand, what's a re-read if not a favourite book? So then it should have been the Mathey/Lynes books by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold, or Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment books or the Society of Gentlemen trilogy by K.J. Charles.. But then just cos I haven't re-read them lately... hmmn... Joanna Harris' Chocolat or Blackberry Wine? Or oh, I used to love Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley... or... or... oh, just gosh! And that's not counting all the other books on my bookshelf where I thought oh-I-loved-that-I-must-read-that-again-soon... But I guess the above are my go-to books for re-reading. I might be re-reading the Points books right now, in fact... *g* I've got quite comfort-read-y over the last years too, so I do re-read even more than I used to. I can probably blame fanfic for that gorgeous bad habit...

What about you - what's your favourite book?
byslantedlight: (BD When Love (enednoviel))
Only one taker for the meme in the end, but thanks to [livejournal.com profile] solosundance, here are my top five Pros eps (not that that was pretty inevitable or anything... *g*) Hmmn...
Oh, I know - lets do it this way. You can have a pic from each of my top five eps but no title, and see who can tell which ones they are... *g* Shouldn't be very hard, really!

1.
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2.
BD on road

3.
BD Stakeout

4.
BD bystairs

5.
BD undertrees
byslantedlight: (BD leavingpartySoTM (magenta_blue))
At least I think it's a meme. I finished my first doc and made the mistake of coming back to where there's interwebs, and then of clicking on Friends of Friends, which I don't do very often, and I think the meme is that you ask people to give you a subject, and then you list your top five things in that subject. Actually, according to someone's post from seven years ago (seven years ago!), it goes:

Top Five! Ask me for my top five list of anything and I shall respond. Then go forth and do the same.

So... shall we? *g* We could have lots of top-five posts scattered all over our flists, and find out stuff about each other. It could be fun, right?!

Look - five wee pics of our lads, to start us off with fives!


And five other randomly-chosen pics from my scrapbook.
ClockLanternFlorenceItaly QuiverTrees WavyTrees beachcottageTahiti Stars
byslantedlight: (BD BlindRun (EmptyMirrors))
...and it turns out I'm kind of in the mood for bizarre questions, courtesy of reading [livejournal.com profile] solosundance's post, so here are the answers to 44 questions. Yep, 44. Hold you breath, sunshine...

Do you like...? )

Have lads.
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Do you reckon Doyle went to punch him, and missed? *vbg*
byslantedlight: (Doyle cheek  (ilywela13))
Just back from a morning's cobwebs (volunteering *g*) and came across this meme as done by [livejournal.com profile] fiorenza_a, and thought - fun! Pros post!

1. Go to page 7 (or 77) of your current WIP.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.
Tag seven other people.

I did think I might have to adapt it to paragraph 7, cos blimey - but actually I do have one that hits 7 pages (and beyond, and I even had it out the other day, so:

Waters and Wild WIP - 7-7-7 )

BD leaningontank2
o0o


Of course it turned out to be a slightly kinky sounding bit! *g* It's an AU crossover with Speilberg's Artificial Intelligence and I've been writing it for years... it's not even all that long (just under 32,000 words so far - which isn't 77 pages!)

I don't usually tag people, but maybe this time I will - anyone out there got a Pros WIP they could post 7-7-7? Maybe paragraph 7, line 7, the next 7 lines after that? Hmmn, who might have Pros WIPS...? *g* Maybe [livejournal.com profile] phantomas, [livejournal.com profile] heliophile_oxon, [livejournal.com profile] golden_bastet, [livejournal.com profile] msmoat, [livejournal.com profile] solosundance, [livejournal.com profile] jessebee, or [livejournal.com profile] merentha13? Or anyone else out there who fancies? *g* (Obviously making a post is entirely optional, and I always think tagging is a bit cheeky, but... wee bursts of Prosfic in my flist? )
byslantedlight: (Doyle Camera)
Still with water - all the same photo. I love how the drops cuddled up to the fibres of the plant, and how you can see such fine fibres through the drops at high resolution. *g*
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Nope, I didn't leave the house today either, except into my gravel garden. *g*

Also - pinched from [livejournal.com profile] solosundance who pinched it from The Friday Five - 2015 in brief:
1. Favorite TV show - Hmmn... Can't be Sherlock, that was 2016. Doctor Who? I wish, but Clara... Might have to be Poldark, unless I'm forgetting something that I loved more... *g*
2. Favorite movie - I only saw two - so Suffragettes, beating out Mockingjay
3. Favorite book - Jackdaw by K.J. Charles. No competition.
4. Favorite video - I'm not entirely sure how this is different to the above - video of what? But I watched Outlander on dvd, so that! Or the new Pros dvds!! Or do they mean music vid? I don't really watch those much... though perhaps I could shout out [livejournal.com profile] sc_fossil's Gone, Gone, Gone Pros vid here... *g*
5. Favorite current event - Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader. Let's just hope he can stay there and has a chance to fix things...

Have you got any favourites from 2015? *g*

Oh - and just cos...

Reading - The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins, for some Victorian ambience, but I'm not sure how that's worked, and some Victorian non-fiction, for the same, which worked better! Back to The Poisonwood Bible tomorrow.

Fanfic - Clean and Decent by O.Yardley (the lads in the showers at CI5 hq when Doyle makes a shocking discovery... *g* Got a bit soppy at the end, and I can never quite believe it when the lads go from oh it's you I want! to right, we'd better settle down together then from now on in about five sentences, but otherwise pretty good. Catching up on [livejournal.com profile] discoveredinalj too - read both of [livejournal.com profile] murphybabe's stories at once, which was a good thing, cos I'd've hated to wait! *g*

Writing - ack, still on research this morning, but also plotting... must get some more words down tonight...

Telly - think I might watch Sherlock again if I can get iPlayer to play...
byslantedlight: (BD leavingpartySoTM (magenta_blue))
Via [livejournal.com profile] loyseofverlaine and [livejournal.com profile] solosundance. It's been ages since I did a meme, and I should still be working this one was a bit different, so...

Hiding under here... )
byslantedlight: (Bookshelf colour (grey853).)
Day the Next )

And the day after - for which I did take photos. *g* I had to nip down to the hospital again, and decided to walk there. The spring and early summer flowers of last time are mostly gone, but look what's out!
2014-08-13 01Blackberries
There's been an autumn feel to the air for a few days now, and blackberries on bushes make me happy!

Here's my destination - a completely changed place from when I was first walking along the (no-longer-existing) path to work every day... (Just tried to find pics to compare, but can't - I should have tagged better...) The two biggest buildings on either side, and the big road leading to them didn't exist!
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And I loved the skateboarder bird graffiti!

And then later, another of those look-out-the-window-and-ooooh moments!
2014-08-13 04Sunset


And all of that started as a much longer wittering post that actually only I would really have been interested in, so I deleted it (in case you did read it and wonder now what's going on). The 100 Days of Happy was a much clearer focus! *g*

In the meantime, [livejournal.com profile] mescott posted a book question meme which I thought looked quite interesting, so if anyone fancies giving me a letter from it, that might be fun... hmmn, maybe they'd even make cool individual posts... you know, focussed. *g*

Book question meme )
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Gosh look at all those not-red places on the map! I need to do something about this! (I'm being very good and not counting the airports we stopped at on the way from Australia to the UK too, though the map looks far more exciting with them coloured in... *g*)


visited 23 states (10.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Where shall I go?

Where do you guys want to go, if you could go anywhere?
byslantedlight: (Slanted aurora)
Gosh look at all those not-red places on the map! I need to do something about this! (I'm being very good and not counting the airports we stopped at on the way from Australia to the UK too, though the map looks far more exciting with them coloured in... *g*)


visited 23 states (10.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Where shall I go?

Where do you guys want to go, if you could go anywhere?
byslantedlight: (MS happy sailor)
Today is apparently meme day... *g* Last week, I commented to [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay's meme, and she gave me the letter "L", so here goes...

Comment to this entry and I'll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

L...L... actually "L" is kind of hard... erm... what begins with L...

Things that begin with L... )
byslantedlight: (MS happy sailor)
Today is apparently meme day... *g* Last week, I commented to [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay's meme, and she gave me the letter "L", so here goes...

Comment to this entry and I'll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

L...L... actually "L" is kind of hard... erm... what begins with L...

Things that begin with L... )
byslantedlight: (BD bed temptation  (norfolkdumpling))
First of all, a big hooray cos I finished marking in time - although they've already given me extra, and we're not even at the bonus deadline yet, never mind the regular one... *g* But yeay, officially finished!

Second of all - they missed out the whole Northwest Passage thing from Empire of the Seas, which waah, but still it was kind of a decent series, and the first one I've watched like that for ages, so... *g* It's all about the water... Thames Barges next... *vbg*

Third of all, I don't often watch Jonathan Ross, but it turned out John Barrowman was on tonight, and since I missed him doing all his talk shows when I was in Alaska, I thought I'd leave him on, and... heee! I was kind of watching through squinted eyes, but he just always seems to be having the best time - and heee for him pretending to faint when Shahrukh Khan kissed him, and hee for him singing Copacabana, and being excited about the whole Desperate Housewives thing, and talking about TW and DW, and... yeah. Some people just do make you feel happy just by being. *g*

And fourthly of all... [livejournal.com profile] greengerbil gave me these five icons to talk about, so...

...I will... *g* )
byslantedlight: (BD bed temptation  (norfolkdumpling))
First of all, a big hooray cos I finished marking in time - although they've already given me extra, and we're not even at the bonus deadline yet, never mind the regular one... *g* But yeay, officially finished!

Second of all - they missed out the whole Northwest Passage thing from Empire of the Seas, which waah, but still it was kind of a decent series, and the first one I've watched like that for ages, so... *g* It's all about the water... Thames Barges next... *vbg*

Third of all, I don't often watch Jonathan Ross, but it turned out John Barrowman was on tonight, and since I missed him doing all his talk shows when I was in Alaska, I thought I'd leave him on, and... heee! I was kind of watching through squinted eyes, but he just always seems to be having the best time - and heee for him pretending to faint when Shahrukh Khan kissed him, and hee for him singing Copacabana, and being excited about the whole Desperate Housewives thing, and talking about TW and DW, and... yeah. Some people just do make you feel happy just by being. *g*

And fourthly of all... [livejournal.com profile] greengerbil gave me these five icons to talk about, so...

...I will... *g* )

Icon mememememe!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 01:38 pm
byslantedlight: (young love (imbeiaiel))
From [livejournal.com profile] jojosimco...

Audience participation is optional but the mememememe is as follows:

1. Reply to this post saying "ME! ME! ME!", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

She chose these five of my icons...

And I'm leaving them as a strip because they're so pretty... I like my icons... *g*

The first one is one I don't use nearly often enough, and do I do rather love it - it's Don DeMarco, from Ladder of Swords, playing the fiddle at dusk, and there are four of my favourite things, right there... I adore that time of day, when the stars are just coming out, and everything is magical - or perhaps because it could be magical, it's a time in between the world of day and the world of night, where everything might become possible... And Don DeMarco is my second-favourite MS character - I love that he's so real and unheroic, which is what makes him utterly a hero... And hee - I even made that icon myself... *g*

The second one... )

Icon mememememe!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 01:38 pm
byslantedlight: (young love (imbeiaiel))
From [livejournal.com profile] jojosimco...

Audience participation is optional but the mememememe is as follows:

1. Reply to this post saying "ME! ME! ME!", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

She chose these five of my icons...

And I'm leaving them as a strip because they're so pretty... I like my icons... *g*

The first one is one I don't use nearly often enough, and do I do rather love it - it's Don DeMarco, from Ladder of Swords, playing the fiddle at dusk, and there are four of my favourite things, right there... I adore that time of day, when the stars are just coming out, and everything is magical - or perhaps because it could be magical, it's a time in between the world of day and the world of night, where everything might become possible... And Don DeMarco is my second-favourite MS character - I love that he's so real and unheroic, which is what makes him utterly a hero... And hee - I even made that icon myself... *g*

The second one... )
byslantedlight: (the kiss)
...a meme that's supposed to be doable because everyone has more than one fandom, right? Except... I don't. Just Pros. *hugs Pros* I had a lovely holiday with Torchwood, but I've certainly never been in the fandom. So I thought it might be interesting to try this anyway... *g*

Ooh, this probably does need a cut... 01. The first character I fell in love with... )
byslantedlight: (the kiss)
...a meme that's supposed to be doable because everyone has more than one fandom, right? Except... I don't. Just Pros. *hugs Pros* I had a lovely holiday with Torchwood, but I've certainly never been in the fandom. So I thought it might be interesting to try this anyway... *g*

Ooh, this probably does need a cut... 01. The first character I fell in love with... )
byslantedlight: (Bookshelf colour (grey853).)
...cos it's going around, it's kind of fun, and it was this or expenses again... *sighs*

Your result for The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test...

Good :)

You scored 52% Best Seller, 67% Classic and 75% Fantasy/Sci-Fi!

Oh, yes, somehow you made it. Did you cheat? I hope not. Sophocles is reported to have said, "I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating." Meh, I'll trust you this time. Anyway, I hope you've had a good time.

Your rank: The Puzzle Dog (You know, a little bit of this, a little bit of that...)
Take The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test at OkCupid

Hah - I like it! About right too... I feel much more thinly read these days than I used to be... what have I been doing instead...? *g* Harking back to my SF/F roots though... *g*
byslantedlight: (Bookshelf colour (grey853).)
...cos it's going around, it's kind of fun, and it was this or expenses again... *sighs*

Your result for The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test...

Good :)

You scored 52% Best Seller, 67% Classic and 75% Fantasy/Sci-Fi!

Oh, yes, somehow you made it. Did you cheat? I hope not. Sophocles is reported to have said, "I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating." Meh, I'll trust you this time. Anyway, I hope you've had a good time.

Your rank: The Puzzle Dog (You know, a little bit of this, a little bit of that...)
Take The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test at OkCupid

Hah - I like it! About right too... I feel much more thinly read these days than I used to be... what have I been doing instead...? *g* Harking back to my SF/F roots though... *g*

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