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Looking through the ASNAC papers at the moment and wondering how they expect me to just pick six. So far my list goes:

1. Palaeography and codicology
2. Medieval Welsh language and literature
3. The Brettonic-speaking peoples from the fourth century to the twelfth
4. Old English language and literature
5. Help.

Because that still leaves Irish history, literature and language, English history, Scandinavian history, literature and language, and Insular Latin literature and language. (Not to mention the papers you can borrow from other subjects.) How do I choooose?

Nov. 27th, 2011

Oh Radio 4 I have missed you. Let me hold you tight and never let you go. Er. Yes. Apparently you can get BBC radio everywhere in the world. Although sadly not TV. But it's OK, my parents have promised to post me DVDs when Doctor Who starts. I bet they forget the Christmas Special, but that's practically tradition in our family.
Apparently there's to be a talk on Siegfried Sassoon and his poetry at the Imperial War Museum tomorrow, which I only found out about an hour or so ago. So definitely too late to buy tickets in advance, bu-ut there should be tickets on the door (right?), and I can get to it easily, and I really, really do like Sassoon's poetry, and there are meant to be New and Unpublished Poems presented(!), so I'm planning to turn up and hope there are tickets left, train fare be damned.

Oct. 29th, 2011

I think I'm constitutionally incapable of going into a charity shop without buying books. Well, at least it wasn't a complete 'here are books, I must buy them' moment - I was planning to buy Master & Commander at some point anyway. I didn't actually get M&C, but I do now have the next two books in the series. They were training a couple of volunteers at the till while I was in there and I was consumed with envy - enough light to see by! A till not stuffed halfway under the bar! One that actually opens all the way! What decadence is this?! Not that my place of employ has anything but the highest standards, you understand.

FIC: Love Me (Love Me Not)

And then after all that, I wrote a Thing. I honestly don't know if it's a good Thing, but in the clear light of, um, three in the afternoon, I can say I don't hate it. Which makes a nice change.

Title: Love Me (Love Me Not)
Fandom: Doctor Who (Eight's Big Finish Adventures)
Characters and/or pairings: Charley Pollard, Eighth Doctor
Rating: G
Word count: 962
Contains: Angst (or more than is usual for me), pretentiousness
Disclaimer: Charley and Eight belong to Big Finish, not me.
A/N: Set at some point between Seasons of Fear and Neverland, although it doesn't contain any spoilers.

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Oct. 27th, 2011

I think I'm going to bail on NaNo this year, because I've been stuck in a phase of hating everything I write since, oh, Christmas last year? And I can't see that changing next month, even with all the rallying cries to 'turn off your inner editor!' and 'feel free to write crap!', because I have no ideas where I don't immediately think, 'So-and-so wrote something like that. You have no originality, self'. I know there's more in the execution of an idea than the original idea itself, but if I hate what I'm writing and I hate how I'm writing, I just think it'll be a miserable month. The irony of bailing on NaNo the first year I'm not swamped with schoolwork does not escape me.

Perhaps I'll just aim to write 50 000 words on 500 projects and hope I like one of them enough not to delete it at the end of the month.

Optimism, yay.

Oct. 20th, 2011

It feels odd to be writing a historical AU that's not all about the costume porn. Then again, maybe I shouldn't be saying anything, because Projects I Write About tend to be Projects I Don't Write. I almost have a plot, I don't want to spoil this momentum!

Oct. 17th, 2011

If I ever go to another convention, I'm going as Charley Pollard. I wouldn't even have to try. I even talk like her, when under enough stress.


I do love how the same actors pop up in every single series I watch/listen to. So far in Hornblower, we've got: unexpected Charles from Hut 33, Anthony Blunt from Cambridge Spies, Dorothy from The Monocled Mutineer, young Tom Riddle from The Chamber of Secrets, and the Doctor (who is also Percy Topliss from The Monocled Mutineer). And that's just the people I recognise.

I have watched all the episodes now and I'm due the first book from Amazon (and a couple of Doctor Who books, just to spur the BBC on with reprinting the EDAs). Not obsessed, no not at all.