Flowers: Rose (Blue reflected)

Yes/No meme

Duly snagged from doylebaby

Have you ever:

Driven 100 mph - No
Ridden in a helicopter - No
Gone zip lining - No
Been to an NFL game - No
Been to Canada - No
Visited Florida - No
Visited Mexico - No
Visited Vegas - No
Eaten alone at a restaurant- No
Ability to read music - No
Ridden a motorcycle - No
Ridden a horse – Yes
Stayed in a hospital – Yes
Donated blood - No
Been snow skiing - No
Been to Disney World Disney Land (Paris) - No
Slept outside – Yes
Driven a stick shift - Yes (I'm British, it's what we have)
Ridden in an 18 wheeler - No
Ridden in a police car? - No
Driven a boat - No
Eaten Escargot - No
Been on a cruise - No
Run out of gas petrol - Yes (I once had my tank syphoned)
Been on TV - No
Eaten Sushi - No
Seen a UFO - No
Been Bungie jumping - No
Books: Magical

Weekly Icon Posting Project

This icon was made by ainabarad.

This was made by another icon maker whose icons I love and have quite a few of. I think this one in particularly clever as to my eyes it has a 3D feel to it. The balance is great; the colours all work so well; it's a book (so what's not to love?) and the whole mystical/magical element really completes it. It's lovely.

Favourite Pairings Pictures: Due South

Today I return to what I consider to have been a 'main pairing': Due South.

Due South was my third fandom and the first fandom in which I was involved where there were two main slash pairings (Fraser/Vecchio and Fraser/Kowalski) and it brought me my first taste of fandom wars, deep, dark division and out and out nastiness within fandom. The 'Ray Wars' at their height was before my time, but I certainly encountered the second wave of it. I hasten to add it also brought me a lot of joy and fun and friendship.

Despite being pimped into the fandom by a Fraser/Kowalski fan, my pairing was Benton Fraser (the Canadian Mountie) and Raymond Vecchio (the Chicago cop). And one can't share Due South pictures without including Diefenbaker (the deaf wolf) who features so prominently in the show.

Ray, Benton & Dief Ray & Benny hands

NCIS: Ducky (Name)

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 04

4 – Do you have a 'muse' character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

The short answer to this is: no. I never have had a muse character. Maybe that's because when I started writing fanfic, I only wrote in fandoms where there was (pretty much) only one pairing and two 'main' characters. Thus, by the time I moved on to multi-pairing, multi-character fandom, the habit stuck.

Even when I wrote 'team' gen stories in Buffyverse and NCIS, I didn't have a character who tried to push their way into a story, for example, Giles and Ducky respectively did appear in the vast majority of gen stories, but I never forced them to. The story either involved them or it didn't. The same applied when I wrote Buffy/Angel or any of the array of het and slash pairings I wrote in NCIS, if Giles or Ducky popped up, they did so because they were necessary; they were part of a story.

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OF: Buffy (Giles & books)

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 03

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?

I thought this might be a rather long-winded answer, but once I stopped and thought about it, I realised that actually it is fairly short and sweet.

With the exception of NCIS and Buffyverse, all of the other fandoms in which I have written only involve one pairing and in all cases I either love both halves of the pairing or at least really like both halves - otherwise I wouldn't write them as I wouldn't enjoy doing so. Some I found came more naturally than others, some were slightly easier to write, but I enjoyed writing about all of them.

When it comes to Buffyverse, my favourite character to write was Giles. He's British; he's 'old' (in scooby terms, I hasten to add); he's old-fashioned. I 'get' Giles.

In NCIS my absolute favourite character to write was Ducky. Again he's British; he's older (but not dead); he's old fashioned; I 'get' Ducky. That said, I also really enjoyed writing Gibbs, McGee, Jimmy and Fornell. I enjoyed writing all the characters about whom I wrote, but those were my favourites to write.

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S&S: Gaze

Weekly Icon Posting Project

A relatively old fannish icon this week.

This icon was made by lost_spook.

This is Silver & Steel from the British  last '70s - early '80s TV series Sapphire & Steel staring David McCallum & Joanna Lumley. Silver/Steel were one of my main pairings at one point and at the moment I am going through a 'S/S' phase.

I think this icon is very well balanced and shows 'my' pairing in a great light. It's plain and simple, but so very effective and well made.