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17 March 2009 @ 08:24 pm
5 things meme...  
Comment to this post and I will (try to) give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

aeron_lanartasked me about 11 topics, saying I could choose any five as long as I did her bonus 6th! So as some of her topics coincide with those below I chose these 5:

1) Egypt – I love Egypt. Mainly Ancient Egypt, but the modern country has its charms too. As most of my flist probably know, I’m an Egyptologist (though not employed as one) and a cunning linguist at that (groan all you want, I never get tired of that pun). I don’t know exactly what it is that fires my imagination, but I can tell you that I’m deeply passionate about it as a subject. For me, there’s no bigger excitement than figuring out a particularly tricky line of hieroglyphic translation. Sad, I know, but I’m an Egypt geek and proud of it. When I actually went there in 2001, it was fantastic and everything I hoped it to be, clichéd as that may sound. To actually stand where Egyptians stood, and touch their temples was one of the standout moments of my life so far.

2) Red Dwarf – My first true fannish geekdom, and the one I’m still obsessed about the most even today (I know every episode of series 1-6 by heart). The first British (and I think world’s first) sci-fi sit-com, Red Dwarf was the humble tale of Dave Lister, the Last Human stranded three million years in deep space with only a senile computer, a hologram of his dead bunkmate who he hates and a man descended from cats as his company. In the third series they added the OCD android Kryten, who has just the slightest crush on Dave, oh and they gave the computer a sex change. What’s not to love? Best. Sitcom. Ever. And I’ll fight anyone who argues otherwise *grin*. I can’t wait for April 10th when three new episodes will air here in the UK.

3) Abby Sciuto – Oh how I wish I was Abby. There, I said it. She’s just an amazing character. Brave enough to be openly Goth in a government institution, she’s smart and sassy, funny, bubbly, she has a dark side and yet so loving and caring (actually she’s rather like a certain Goth nurse I know). I love all the NCIS characters, but Abby is by far my favourite. Alright I admit it, I may just have the teensiest girl-crush on her ;-) . Thanks to strangevisitor7writing a Richie and Abby fic, we’ve been collaborating on what has become a great series (see her section below), giving me lots of chances to write Abby, and it’s always so much fun trying to capture her babble.

4) Giles – I actually only started watching Buffy because of Giles. I’ve liked Tony Head ever since those coffee ads, and it was his presence and the fact I was one of those few who actually loved the movie (as long as Joss meant it to be funny) that made me watch. Giles is such a great character to play with, he’s so wise and steadfast but he has that dark side and youthful indiscretions. So he’s made appearances in quite a bit of Buffy related fic, most obviously in my Immortal Giles series. Making him a ROG was a natural progression for me, although it has opened up a can of worms when considering Ethan and all that happened in the sixties, one that I intend to address one day, honest!

5) Firefly – I’m one of those who came to the show after it was axed, but that’s not my fault, I don’t have satellite so it never actually aired on any channel I could watch! I got the DVD and watched them all back to back, and fell in love with the universe and characters Joss had created. It’s a great universe for chucking Immortals into too, and so when I decided to write my first Firefly fic I brought Richie and Methos along for the ride. It’s actually probably the only show that I don’t have one favourite character, I love them all in their own ways, even Jayne! I was tempted to make Wash Immortal, but others have done it already, and better than I would have, so I’ll let sleeping pilots lie.

And 6) Subcircus – One of my favourite bands, I often tell people that they are the best band nobody’s heard of. I was lucky enough to discover them via some friends back in ’96 and saw them live twice. Their debut album ‘Carousel’ was great, sort of early Bowie mixed with Britpop. Unfortunately they’ve split but I urge everyone to seek them out and have a listen. My favourite track’s called 20th Century Bitch, but I don’t think there’s a single duff track on the whole of Carousel or their second album ‘Are You Receiving’. And because very few have heard of them, I get to use it as one of my alternative usernames!

And strangevisitor7gave me these:

1) My buddy in denial – We are indeed buddies in Denial, which is mostly Highlander denial, but not exclusively. When I first started writing fanfic, I firmly decided I wasn’t going to be in Denial. I’ve nothing against Clan Denial, far from it, but I didn’t want to deny canon just because I hated that they killed off my puppy, baby, love muffin favourite character. So, despite writing a lot of Richie, I tried my very best to keep within the limits of canon (except for my very first fic, which was a blatant act of fantasy fulfilment). But then I needed Richie to be older in some of my fic, and so rather than deny Archangel I resurrected him. It sort of spiralled out of control from there really, and ever since I’ve been spent quite a bit of time finding ways to re-write Archangel or resurrect Richie. So I finally admitted I am indeed in Denial, and the water’s fine.

2) Highlander – I originally saw the movie in about ’89 or so, I think (bear in mind I was only born in ’78) and liked it well enough, but not that much. Then came the series. I don’t remember what made me watch it initially, I only know who made me keep watching – Richie. I really liked him, and we were more or less of an age (I know Stan’s older, I’m talking about Richie). And then they made him Immortal! Unfortunately, the channel it was airing on here stopped around ‘Double Eagle’ so I didn’t see much more than that for a long time, but I had my VHS copies I had taped and watched and re-watched to the point of wearing out the tapes (I’m not kidding btw). Then my lovely sister bought me a Region 1 boxset 2 years ago so I could finally watch the rest. Suffice to say, I’ve only watched Archangel twice (once to write strangevisitor7 a fic) *grin*. Even after all these years it still has a special place in my heart, as does Richie, although there is now room in there for Amanda and Methos too. I don’t know why I write so much Highlander fic, I guess there’s just so much potential history and future to explore for those characters that it’s easy to write for them. At least it is when the muses don’t disappear to Bora Bora in a sulk until I tempt them back with beer!

3) Collaborator - co-conspirator - writing partner. – What would I do without strangevisitor7? Not just Watcher!Abby, which we write together, but all the other fic that she betas for me so diligently. It truly has become a partnership, bouncing ideas off each other, inspiring and guiding. Watcher!Abby is a series that I’m immensely proud of, it’s gone down so well and I think it gets better and better as we go along. And it’s all thanks to strangevisitor7 sending Abby down a dark alley.

4) Crossovers – I never intended to write so many crossovers, it just happens that way, but I love playing with the possibilities that are afforded by crossovers. I love putting well known characters in unusual situations, hence some of the mad crack that has escaped my brain. I think it stems from reading Marvel – I always loved it when Daredevil turned up in Spiderman, or Iron Man fought Hulk, and I guess it’s that idea of ‘hey, these guys live in the same place, what if they know each other?’ or ‘what if Methos met Gibbs’ and similar ideas, that spark off the crossovers.

5) Death (Discworld) – Is it strange to love Death so much? He is without a shadow of a doubt my favourite Discworld character, although there are others that I love too (Vetinari and Granny Weatherwax to name but two). The way Death looks at the multiverse and humanity in particular is so funny, and so enlightening. This is of course due to the wonderful and clever writing of Terry Pratchett, a man I’m in awe of. It truly astounds me (and this is genuine, not any kind of false modesty here) that my Discworld fics are so well liked, I never thought I’d be able to get close to his style.

The Proverbial Quiet Onestackcats on March 17th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Your icon! lmao!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: monkeyidontlikegravy on March 17th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Aint it tho? *g*

And that's a comment:

1)Eddie Izzard
2)Being Human

And can I just say, did not realise you're a fellow Tom Holt fan. Yay! :)
anniemareanniemare on March 17th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
DO ME! I might have some spare time tomorrow :(
But, I don't want to be a pie,: cakeidontlikegravy on March 17th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Hope you get your voice back soon hun *hugs*

1)Christopher Walken
3)Top Gear
3)Anglophilia (UK in general I guess but I don't know the fancy word for that)
4)Doctor Who
But, I don't want to be a pie,: rubbishidontlikegravy on March 17th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I don't mind you snagging it hun, but could you please credit me for this icon? I don't make many good ones, so I'd like to let the world know when I have *grin*
anniemareanniemare on March 18th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Yikes, I thought I did. CRAP!

You can throw objects at my head. I will go fix that right now :)
anniemareanniemare on March 18th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: PS
FIXED! I am so good sometimes it is scary...
But, I don't want to be a pie,: qidontlikegravy on March 18th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
anniemareanniemare on March 19th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
Thanks for creating one of the most kick-ass icons ever :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on March 21st, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
The other Weird Al: Denialaeron_lanart on March 17th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Denial is such a nice place, and the water's lovely. Good place to cool off the blushes I got reading your Abby bit and all. I also dug around my 150Gb music hd and found a couple of Subcircus tracks hiding by the Puressence ones. It's funny, but listening to them now they remind me a little of Muse at times, which I don't think is a bad thing I have to admit.

But, I don't want to be a pie,: ecumenicalidontlikegravy on March 17th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)

Hmm, yeah I see where you're going with that comparison, and no it's no bad thing.

When I heard the first song by Starsailor I was convinced they were Subcircus, even to the point of looking them up on t'internet to see if PB Jnr was their singer. He's not.

Mmm, just remembered seeing him on stage, all tight trousers and loads of bracelets up his arm... Er, sorry what were we talking about? *grin*

I've still got my Subcircus T-shirt and it still fits. :)

I think Father Jack might become my new Default icon, I do rather love it *g*
I will call her George: Fanfic fixstrangevisitor7 on March 17th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
*hugs* my co-conspirator. Watcher!Abby is such a popular series and we make it happen together. You were the first one to help nurture my love for Richie and help me understand that denial is a really great place to be. I now turn far to many people Immortal but hey that's why I write. Now, I just have to convince you to watch Mag7

I hope things are such that you will be around more!!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: naked nickidontlikegravy on March 18th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'd love to watch Mag 7, if I could get hold of it! I have watched a few episodes when they re-run here, but only maybe five or so.

Hopefully I will be around more *crosses fingers*. Obviously things are no better, they're never going to get better, but we're dealing with it a little easier now.

Black Rook: Susan_SMgrachonok on March 18th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh, Abby is really marvelous! And I always like watching her relations with Gibbs, they are so touching! Of course, Gibbs loves all his children crew, but Abby is the youngest and the favorite, obviously :). And she is an amazing person - to be so obsessed with work and still have time to be Goth... A kin spirit in a way :).

Denial in Highlander, oh yes. You know, I'm an obsessive canonist myself (a nasty habit from Tolkien fandom :)), but sometimes I really wish the series ended with "Modern Prometheus". They killed Richie, which was bad enough, but the whole demon arc just didn't make enough sense, to my mind :(. Unlike Dark Quickening and all they had in 4th season, Ahriman really wasn't from that Universe.

Death has been my favorite, too, for a long time, but now, I'm afraid, he shares his place with Susan :). And Vetinari, yes! To see him played by Jeremy Irons was a great pleasure :). Hope there will be more of him in the next movie :). And you know, it's all your fault I'm having a relapse of Pratchett' obsession now :). *Looks lovingly at 6 books, bought during the last 2 months*
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on March 18th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'll happily take full responsibility for that *grin*
calliopes_pen: amberleewriter Adam mild manneredcalliopes_pen on March 18th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Me, please.

I’ve only watched Archangel twice (once to write strangevisitor7 a fic) *grin*.

It was the first episode I ever saw, so it's my favorite. Not so much the conclusion to that Ahriman storyline. That was just awful.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: fiveidontlikegravy on March 18th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know what you're talking about, that never happened *grin*