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From The Friday Five:

1. Would you rather have the unpredictability of live theatre or the predictability of a movie?

I would choose a live play every time - I love live theatre. Live experiences in general. Not that I don't like movies, though I find that there are not many movies I am interested in these days

2. Do you prefer the symphony and/or opera to a live band or the other way around?

I prefer symphony or opera, but it depends more on the quality of the music - and how much I like it individually - than the type.

3. When you go to a museum, where do you head first?

Depends on the museum, of course. If there is a medieval area, I go there.(I love the Cluny, and The Choisters!) If there is an Egyptian area, I go there. If neither, I go to whatever the earliest historical era is, in the museum. If nothing is historical, or if it's 19th century and later, I go for textiles and fashion.

4. Would you prefer a pub crawl or a sampling of beer or wine in one restaurant?

I don't really like alcohol, and I'm always stymied as to what to order in a pub. I'd like a cafe where I can order tea or coffee. I like pubs in Britain - just for the ambience.

5. When you visit a new place, what is the first thing you like to visit – something recommended by a travel agency/travel book or something recommended by a friend?

I don't tend to go places I don't know much ahead of time. So usually I am either therefor an event- a convention, a play, a visit with a friend- or because there is something there that has drawn my attention, a castle or archeological site, usually. Sometimes I am lucky enough to go somewhere - say, on a cruise ship - where the joy is in being able to sit and watch the ocean,and read.

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Yuletide 2019

I could write the same intro every year, but I'm not going to. Not quite. My tastes and desires don't change much, though. I'm always happy to get new prompts for stories, and always happy to get stories, so it's a good trade.

As last year, the template here is taken from [personal profile] triplesalto.

Hello and welcome to my Yuletide letter! Thank you for writing for me.

AO3 name: fajrdrako
General likes: Competence, heroism, adventures, slow burn romance, passionate feelings, first times, five-times fics, happy endings. Good grammar and good spelling and that more nebulous thing, good style, are all very important to me - more important than story content. I love in-character fanfic that makes me feel I know a character better than I did before.

Smut Likes: Detailed explicit sex, sex in which the characters are really eager for it, M/M, F/F, threesomes or sexual groupings of any configuration, bisexual characters, teasing, romantic sex, passionate feelings, bondage, sexual tension and/or delayed gratification.

DNWs: unhappy endings, character death, rape, extreme changes from canon characterisation, explicit gore and violence.

Fandoms Requested this year: A Discovery of Witches (TV), Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Six of Crows Series - Leigh Bardugo, The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner, Unstoppable Wasp (Comics), Warchild Series - Karin Lowachee, .

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Fandom 2: Rivers of London - Ben AaronovitchCollapse )

Fandom 3: Six of Crows Series - Leigh BardugoCollapse )

Fandom 4: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen TurnerCollapse )

Fandom 5: Unstoppable Wasp (Comics)Collapse )

Fandom 6: Warchild Series - Karin LowacheeCollapse )


I might add that these are all guidelines and hints, not rules!
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Yuletide 2018

How quickly Yuletide comes around again. I'm always happy to get new prompts for stories, and always happy to get stories, so it's a good trade.

As last year, the template here is taken from [personal profile] triplesalto.

Hello and welcome to my Yuletide letter! Thank you for writing for me.

AO3 name: fajrdrako
General likes: Competence, heroism, adventures, slow burn romance, passionate feelings, first times, five-times fics, happy endings. Good grammar and good spelling and that more nebulous thing, good style, are all very important to me - more important than story content. I love in-character fanfic that makes me feel I know a character better than I did before.

Smut Likes: Detailed explicit sex, sex in which the characters are really eager for it, M/M, F/F, threesomes or sexual groupings of any configuration, bisexual characters, teasing, romantic sex, passionate feelings, bondage, sexual tension and/or delayed gratification.

DNWs: unhappy endings, character death, rape, extreme changes from canon characterisation, explicit gore and violence.

Fandoms Requested: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Six of Crows Series - Leigh Bardugo, Hawkeye (Comics), Warchild Series - Karin Lowachee, 12th Century Christians, The Expanse (TV).

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Fandom 2: Six of Crows Series - Leigh BardugoCollapse )

Fandom 3: Hawkeye (Comics)Collapse )

Fandom 4: Warchild Series - Karin LowacheeCollapse )

Fandom 5: 12th Century ChristiansCollapse )

Fandom 6: The Expanse (TV)Collapse )

I might add that these are all guidelines, not rules!
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Dear Yuletide Author

Okay, I'm dipping my toes into the Yuletide waters. I've been looking for a few good prompts - or for stories written about the characters I love.

The template here is taken from [personal profile] triplesalto.

Hello and welcome to my Yuletide letter! Thank you in advance for writing for me.

AO3 name: fajrdrako
General Likes: Competence, heroism, adventures, slow burn romance, passionate feelings, first times, five-times fics, happy endings. Good grammar and good spelling and that more nebulous thing, good style, are all very important to me - more important than story content. I love in-character fanfic that makes me feel I know a character better than I did before.

Smut Likes: Detailed explicit sex, sex in which the characters are really eager for it, M/M, F/F, threesomes or sexual groupings of any configuration, bisexual characters, teasing, romantic sex, passionate feelings, bondage, sexual tension and/or delayed gratification.

DNWs: unhappy endings, character death, rape, extreme changes from canon characterisation, explicit gore and violence.

Fandoms: The Unstoppable Wasp (comics), Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner, Fantastic Four (Comicverse), Warchild Series - Karin Lowachee, Fantastic Four (Comicverse), Vikings (TV).

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Fandom: Swordspoint Series - Ellen KushnerCollapse )

Fandom: Fantastic Four (Comicverse)Collapse )

Fandom: Warchild Series - Karin LowacheeCollapse )

Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben AaronovitchCollapse )

Fandom: Vikings (TV)Collapse )

I might add that these are all guidelines, not rules!
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Keeping up with my own good intentions...






I went for a walk today. Last fall I was going for an hour's walk every day, loving it, and mirroring it with a virtual walk along the coast of Cornwall.

Today... oh dear. After being sick through January, and mostly playing World of Warcraft through February, I am a physical weakling. After half an hour, I was huffing and puffing - I'm told that walking in cold weather is harder than walking in warm weather, and I'll take any excuse I can get.

I stuck it out for an hour, but whew. And after the fact, it feels good, which is nice. Let's hope tomorrow is easier.

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Saadia Gomez



Today's yoga was chair yoga with Saadia Gomez. Again, it helped me to feel better, and I liked the teacher's manner. Two things I particularly liked: the participation of her dog Charlie, and her ending sequence, with the palms together between the eyes, then at the lips, then at the heart:

    Hands to the eyes - so that we always see the truth
    Hands to the lips - so that we always speak the truth
    Hands to the heart - so that we always receive the truth


Lovely!



Saadia Gomez


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Worst head cold ever...

I've been struggling with a cold all week, which, on the negative side, means I can't work, and on the positive side means I get to loll about reading, playing games and watching television.

So I logged into World of Warcraft for the first time since... since I don't know when, and discovered things have changed. I had to re-arm my characters, and recover my pets. (I like to play hunters.)

I watched three episodes of Death in Paradise. Classic puzzle-mysteries, good characters.

I read Trinity by Matt Wagner, and I certainly enjoyed it, though I like Batman to be a little less pathologically grim, and there was something just a little stiff about it. Still: beautifully written.

I slept a lot.

I read The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, and found myself wondering why it was called that. But of course, it's all about the Tyburn.

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Rich



"Jeremy Beaumont-Jones has been lucky enough to be born rich. He wasn't in the mad oligarch class but once you're past a certain point, the sheer weight of your money sucks in wealth like a financial singularity." - Ben Aaronovitch, The Hanging Tree.