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30 September 2012 @ 03:00 pm
I've had several fandoms over the years since I got my first computer. The Sentinel was the first fandom I got into and quickly became hooked on fanfiction. This was followed by JAG, NCIS, Stargate SG1 and Atlantis and then Hawaii 5-0. The wealth and standard of the stories found on the internet is amazing and I am so grateful to all those authors who have been willing to share their stories, and artwork in this way.

It was the SG1 fandom which led me to meeting up with fellow fans and attending the very first Chevron Convention which was great fun. I have since been to several Chevrons, a Gatecon and several Creation Stargate conventions which has led me to meet up with many wonderful people.

NICS gave me the pleasure of meeting up with some wonderful NCIS fellow fans in Washington DC one cold February in 2011 which was great fun. I do enjoy watching NCIS LA but have never been tempted to read or write in this fandom for some reason.

I started watching Stargate Atlantis in 2011, a fandom which has captured my heart completely. There are so many wonderful writers and artists within the SGA fandom and they continue to be enthused and inspired by the series despite it's abrupt demise. I am thoroughly enjoying discovering the wealth of stories and authors out there.

Due to work commitments I don't have as much time these days for writing. I do try and take part in various challenges and exchanges when I can, which in 2014 included Romancing McShep, SGA Love, SGA Reverse Bang, SGA Santa and Sheppard H/C Winter Fic Exchange.

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20 November 2020 @ 09:49 pm
So I've finally got around to updating LiveJournal with all of my fiction, eventually this list will include all the NCIS, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1 and Hawaii Five-0 stories and ficlets I've written. Most of these stories are from various challenges I've taken part in over the years.

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27 January 2015 @ 07:09 pm
So, centralisation has been on the cards for almost a year now. The decision was supposed to be made in July last year but, after the union got involved it was delayed...and delayed.

The decision was leaked to me by our Regional Finance Officer last November, but I kept quiet, not wanting to start any rumours or concerns amongst the staff. However, some bright spark decided to leak it to the press, the result of which the staff found out, via the internet, where the work would be centralised.

It's not all of our work, but enough that we know all staff will not be needed at the current location. Obviously, because the announcement was made early the higher ups are not quite prepared for the one to one talks which are supposed to take place to reassure everyone that no-one will be made redundant.

We already know that all staff will still be needed within our area, but the positions are not necessarily at the same office, so of course the staff are now all getting antsy about their jobs and one is really going off the rails and being difficult. Half the time she is ignoring everyone, she has also refused to come to the new-year-christmas-dinner we have planned in a couple of weeks time. Her behaviour has really fractured the team.

Part of me is really glad I am actually on temporary assignment at a different office but part of me wishes I was there to deal with the issues. I'm trying not to interfere as that will only undermine my deputy who is temporarily in charge while I am at the other office.

I am quite looking forward to the changes. While initially I didn't want the temporary assignment I'm currently on I am actually enjoying it and the change of jurisdiction I'm working in. So the thought of new work coming into my old job, along with new line management responsibilities, is actually a welcome challenge now.

It just remains to be seen whether my staff are as open to the changes as I am.

Why isn't there a 'mood' for cautiously optimistic?
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26 January 2015 @ 08:13 pm
I adopted Plum from Wood Green Animal Shelters in December 2014 and she has now been home for about six weeks. She settled in within a couple of hours - so much for the recommendation of confining her to one or two rooms for a few hours, it didn't take long before she was sitting in front of the closed doors and demanding to be let in to explore.

She came with baggage, as the cattery assistant informed me, ie, one monstrosity of a wicker cat bed [which she proceeded to ignore for three weeks] a fluffy rug, a scratching post [which she doesn't use as she prefers Boo's old one] and several dishes.

She weighed 5.9kg when I adopted her and I was told she was on a strict diet. She isn't overkeen on the wet food but doesn't mind the biscuits, so I mix the wet food in with a little senior cat food to give it a little more taste, it seems to be working so far.

Plum is eleven years old. Older cats and black cats are notoriously difficult for centres to home as most people want the young and pretty cats, it's a shame because they really are beautiful. Her previous owners were emigrating and unable to take her. They'd also had a five year old black and white male cat, called Blue, but as he bullied Plum the shelter decided to home them separately. Plum hasn't looked back!

She's now exploring outside. She doesn't go far, or stay out long, but she seems to enjoy having a potter around. She's very affectionate and loves to play and, compared to almost 19 year old Boo, is very lively. She's also very talkative and chatters away nearly the whole time she's awake. She loves being brushed and when shown the Zoom Groom jumps up on the sofa for her daily grooming session.

Plum in her wicker cat bed.

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PS With many thanks to meridian-rose for the instructions on posting pictures within the margins of the page.
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26 January 2015 @ 07:12 pm

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Day 15
In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Have fun with this, use it to engage your friends and followers in conversation. Use it to spark inspiration and to create.

I've dabbled in various fandoms over the years, some I've written stories for, others I've just been a reader. NCIS gave me the opportunity to have a fantastic weekend in Washington DC, meeting up with some likeminded fans and having a complete riot and that will always be something I remember fondly. However, once I found Stargate Atlantis I became hooked completely and utterly and I've met some truly wonderul people at various conventions over the years. Although there obviously aren't the number of people active in the fandom as there once were there is a small core of people who are still in love with the fandom and who still keep the fandom alive and, hopefully, will continue to keep it alive for a few more years yet.

One thing I would really love to see, if anyone wishes to take up the challenge, is a crossover between Stargate Atlantis and Terry Pratchett's Disworld novels. Imagine there was a Stargate in Ankh Morpork, maybe in the Unseen University. What would happen if John and Rodney arrived through the Stargate and Rincewind was tasked to look after them on their visit. What fun, mischief and misunderstandings would ensue???

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26 January 2015 @ 07:02 pm

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Day 14
In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Today we'd like more recs. Tell us about specific fanworks that you think are great. These could be your all-time favorites, or some things you found recently that you're really into, or just the first three things that pop up in your bookmarks or tags. However you want to work it out. Recs are love!
See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well-known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Specific fanworks, all-time favourites or something lesser-known. Hmm.

Okay, so I've been deliberating this list for long enough. I've already referred to some of my favourite Stargate Atlantis series' on Day Thirteen, but these are a mixture of some of my other favourite re-reads and some other stories which I just really enjoyed:

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17 January 2015 @ 10:30 am
Sometimes I find Livejournal extremely frustrating.

Last year I was generously gifted some LJ tokens, with which I got a paid account with an extra user pic package and for a bit of fun, a custom user head. When I got the email telling me my account was expiring I went in to previous orders and did a repeat order of the two orders to ensure I got exactly the same thing this year.

A few says ago, I received another email telling me my paid time was ending, which obviously I queried, however apparently the paid time was not renewed, just the extra user pic package for some reason, although they did not make this clear on the order confirmation, and now having renewed the custom user head as I had tokens left over, I am now 27 cents short of being able to renew my Livejournal paid account for 12 months. Despite the global interest shown in LJ they still only allow credit card renewals in US dollars, for which the exchange rates and card charges increase the cost of LJ considerably.

You'd have thought they would want to encourage customers not put them off!
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13 January 2015 @ 09:25 pm

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Day Thirteen
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Make a recs list, create a Fanlore page for them, link to their archives or masterlists or websites. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two.
Sometimes a creator's entire body of work just SPEAKS to me, resonates with my experiences, hits all my favorite tropes - and it's almost impossible for me to choose only one of their fanworks to rec. I just want to flail and point to their master list and say EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING BY THIS PERSON. YOU NEED ALL OF IT IN YOUR LIFE. NOW. GO! It may be that their works make me happy or that they break my heart or that their skills are just so amazing I can't even deal.
Fandom is full of amazing people who make awesome things. Let's show some love.

Oh gosh, just one? That would be so hard! There are so many people I admire for different reasons, I'm really not sure that I could choose just one! So I have cheated a little and made a rec list of people whose work, be it artwork or stories, I love and would most definitely encourage people to check out.

Some people are in this list for their artwork in general. Regardless of whether I know the subject matter, it's the beauty of what they always create which draws me in. Others may be here for their Stargate Atlantis stories, either because they have created a fantastic universe to put my favourite characters (ie Rodney and John) in, or because their love of the fandom and the fact that they keep writing awesome stories makes me constantly go back for more and search out every story they have written, as well as loving them for continuing to write my favourite characters and simply keeping the Stargate Atlantis fandom alive.

And so, here, in alphabetical order, is a short list of recommendations. This list is in no way exhaustive as there are so many more people whose work I admire and enjoy. The authors are primarily on the list for their Stargate Atlantis (Rodney/John) stories, the artists are there simply because they produce such amazing work which is well worth checking out:

aadarshinah - whose 'Ancient John' verse is both creative and entertaining. I really must try and catch up one of these days *sighs*.
ami-ven - who never seems to fail to add a wonderful little ficlet or drabble to just about every challenge posted.
bluedelft and her sister seshat0120 - who are both so artistic and creative and produce the most beautiful digital scrapbook pages I've ever seen.
danceswithgary - whose stunning artwork is so captivating I've unknowingly chosen it two years running in the SGA Reverse Bang.
sgamadison - an excellent writer who treats us to some wonderful Rodney/John stories as well as her original fiction which is easily available on Amazon.
melagan - another wonderful writer who spoils us with fantastic SGA stories and who does so much to keep the fandom alive (go check out romancingmcshep, signups are still open for 2015.)
sheafrotherdon - particularly for the 'Farm in Iowa' verse, for it's all-round love, gentle humour and the happiness of our boys.
silvertales - who is such a talented artist, her drawings are so worth taking a look at if you haven't done so already, you're sure to find something you'll fall in love with. Check out her adorable Little Legolas drawings.
squidgiepdx - in particular the 'Citrus Hill' verse which is another completely awesome SGA AU, written along with elderwitty - who also set up the amazingly wonderful Giant McShep AU List, which is here.
tarlan - for both terrific artwork and wonderful stories, as well as being such a generous person and all round awesome fandom stocking stuffer.

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12 January 2015 @ 08:33 pm

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Day 12
In your own space, talk about what you bring to fandom. It can be something tangible, or not. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Each one of us interacts with fandom in their own way. What is yours? Do you create fanworks? Edit? Cheerlead? Create rec lists? Mod a challenge? Leave awesome feedback? Click that Kudos button (and maybe wish it could be clicked more than once per fanwork)?

Although I write occasionally (mostly for challenges) I usually only have time for reading these days. I try to comment on all stories I read (sometimes the internet doesn't play ball but I try and return to comment if I remember) or at least I leave kudos on a story.

Creating a story takes time and effort, it's a labour of love for the author and we are so fortunate that there are so many people in our fandoms willing to share their story or artwork with us all so freely. So when someone has gone to the trouble of writing a story, be it a short drabble or a novel length story; created a piece of artwork, graphic, etc, I like to let them know that their creation has been read/viewed and enjoyed.

I've never understood those people who read a story, or view a piece of artwork, and then leave all sorts of negative feedback and basically tell the author/creator that it wasn't what they wanted to read/see. Okay, so why read it? I've sat and read stories that weren't my cup of tea, it doesn't mean the author is a bad writer, or that the story was a bad story. On the contrary, it may be someone else's favourite story.

As human beings we are all very individual people. We have different tastes in fiction and art. And thank goodness for that, how boring would life be if we were all the same? What it does mean is that regardless what your taste in fiction or artwork is there will always be someone out there creating something which you will love!

I've read stories in various fandoms over the years: I started off with The Sentinel, then JAG, Stargate SG1, NCIS, Stargate Atlantis, I then read a little Hawaii 5-0 (and I really do love the Steve/Danny dynamic) but once I fell in love with Rodney/John I'm afraid no-one else could compare. The Stargate Atlantis fandom may not be as large as it used to be but there are still so many fantastic authors writing in this fandom and, despite the fact that I have been reading avidly since I discovered SGA in 2011, there are still so many as-yet-unread stories, so if I haven't found yours yet and left comments or kudos, well, I'm getting there :)

Thank you to everyone, wherever you are, who contributes to a fandom in some way or another. Maybe you write, or are one of the fantastic beta readers we all rely on. Perhaps you create stunning artwork, graphics, icons, wallpapers, scrapbook pages, etc. Maybe you mod one of the online communities, run challenges or exchanges, post recs, respond to story or genre searches, or simply read and leave comments or kudos on stories and artwork. Thank you, whoever you are, fandom would simply not exist without you.

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11 January 2015 @ 12:08 pm

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Day 11
In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Fandom is great at sharing and today we want to hear about your favorite creative resources. These could be tutorials, ship manifestos, communities - the sky's the limit.

When I'm writing, one of the most important things for me is to get my facts correct. I've read NCIS stories where the author has Gibbs and DiNozzo in Mexico jumping into their car and being back in their DC office within half an hour, or flying back from California to the Navy Yard within an hour!

For this reason, if I'm writing an Earth based story and my characters are travelling, my first port of call is Google Maps, to check the locations, distances, directions, etc. If my characters are flying anywhere I often check out airline sites as well, to see which airlines actually travel between the two locations, the correct names of the airports, etc, as well as how long the journey is. If my characters are staying somewhere, for example, they are skiing in Whistler, I search out holiday websites and 'choose' the cabin they are staying in, so I can write the location realistically.

Another thing I like to ensure I have correct is names. There can be so many different spellings of names and for minor characters, we never really get to see the names written down. For example in Stargate Atlantis fanfiction, Kavanagh and Kaleb Miller's names are often spelled incorrectly and I've even seen Ronon and Teyla's names wrongly spelled as Ronin and Tayla, as well as Rodney being referred to as Rodney Mackay instead of McKay.

I also like to research any additional information I'm using in a story. It may be something military or medical, food-related or store-related. As I'm not from the US - although I have visited on a number of occasions - I do like to check my own knowledge. So searching for shops in particular towns and checking their products online, allows me to more accurately choose a certain product/item, etc, I'm using in a story.

Bring a proof reader in a previous job means that even minor mistakes in stories really jump out at me. One of the things that prompted me to check products, etc, is that a favourite mistake I have often seen made by non-UK authors is to mention a 'Scotch whiskey'. The spelling 'whiskey' is Irish and American, the correct spelling for a Scotch whisky does not have an 'e'. To most people this may just seem a minor error, but it does throw me out of the story to see, what to me, is such a big mistake (and if you don't think it's a big mistake try telling that to a Scotsman!)

These days I write pretty much exclusively in the Stargate Atlantis fandom and these are the websites I use most regularly:

Google Maps
Stargate Solutions

In addition to actual resource sites, I have often posted queries to my Livejournal or Dreamwidth feeds, as the wealth of knowledge and experience of the people on my friends list or on specific communities is amazing, so someone will either know the answer or point me in the right direction.

Another reason our fandoms are so awesome!

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