calliopes_pen: (devildoll  Bruce Diana hold hands)
Adam West has passed away at the age of 88, following a battle with leukemia. May he rest in peace. He will be deeply missed. I absolutely loved the 60’s version of Batman so much when I was little and it was in reruns on The Family Channel. It should be on Me-TV sometime tonight. It was always great to see him pop up on other shows or films.

For MST3K fans, he was also in Zombie Nightmare and hosted Comedy Central’s 1994 MST3K Turkey Day Marathon. I remember he was also the principal on The Adventures of Pete And Pete.

(As I don’t have any icons of the Adam West version of Batman, have an icon of Batman and Wonder Woman holding hands.)
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
Glenne Headly has passed away at the age of 63. May she rest in peace. I remember her best as Captain Stottlemeyer’s ex-wife, Karen, on Monk. After checking IMDB, I realized she was also Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy (1990).
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
[personal profile] kaberett is hosting a love meme. My thread is here. (Comments are screened, so be sure to check back on your thread periodically.)
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Peter Sallis has passed away at the age of 96. May he rest in peace. While he was loved for being the voice of Wallace in Wallace & Gromit, I’ve barely heard of that in passing. However, after checking IMDB, I do remember him in the role of Samuel Paxton in Taste The Blood of Dracula (1970). I haven’t seen the film since I was probably 12. So at some point, I really need to rewatch that one. I recently watched The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (he played a character named Don Enrique) for the first time, courtesy of Svengoolie airing it.

It appears Sallis was also in an episode of Mystery And Imagination in 1970, for an adaptation of Sweeney Todd, as Brogden/Mundel/Hopkins; from what I can determine, this might be one of the few episodes to have survived (along with Dracula 1968), although I haven’t been fortunate enough to locate it.

For Doctor Who fans, he played Penley in the Second Doctor era story The Ice Warriors in 1967. He was also in Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) as a priest; Tom Baker and Agnes Moorehead appear in it, too, so I need to locate and watch it. Even if is 3 hours long.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Elena Verdugo has passed away at the age of 92. May she rest in peace. She played Ilonka in House of Frankenstein (1944). I recall liking her in the role the last time I watched it, many years ago. When I have the time, I might have to give it another viewing.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Daniel Jackson knowledge)
It seems that some journals are being considered spammers for linking to any sites outside of Livejournal, and being deleted.. So if this is all true, and will become a regular thing when someone links outside of the site, then I may consider putting a halt to cross-posting to Livejournal altogether. I’ll be keeping an eye on the comments over in that entry, so that I might see what develops. Currently, it's a wait and see/learn more situation.

Given that I link to things outside of Livejournal, it’s quite likely that I would be suspended for mistakenly being a spammer if an errant spambot script got hold of my journal; each cross-post is technically a link to outside of Livejournal, even if you don’t factor in linking to fanfic posted to Ao3 or wherever else I collect links from.

Kudos to [personal profile] meridian_rose for mentioning this, as it was the first I had heard of it.

I periodically import any comments from the Livejournal side (and now that the influx of new people importing has slowed a bit, it only takes about 5-20 minutes to complete an import as of this writing) so that nothing will be lost if my Livejournal happens to fall under some vague thing that all ends with a deletion, temporary or otherwise.

To those who prefer commenting on the LJ side: Should anything happen to my journal, you can easily find me and add me on Dreamwidth if you have an account there and haven’t already. Same username, even if you don’t have access to a cross-post link.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook uncertain uncomfortable Dracu)
For those that might have used it, Imzy is shutting down. I never made a single post or comment, but I had registered at some point. I just never went back after that.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to play Cecilia Reyes in the New Mutants film; also, that film will apparently go full on horror. I'm not sure what to think about that.

Edit: Correction, it's three things of note. It turns out the Icelandic version of Dracula--Powers of Darkness--is really Swedish.

From the article: "First he assumed that Makt myrkranna would be a straight translation of the Swedish publication, but then he found out that the Swedish text is more complete and contains scenes neither described in Dracula nor in Makt myrkranna. And the madman Renfield is still in the story, among others."

So there's that! And on World Dracula Day, no less.

And here’s a meme that I thought it might be fun to try.

meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

For all of my stories, it’s sort of spread out across Ao3 and the ‘fanfic I’ve written tag’.

calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.
calliopes_pen: (fab_jupiter Never Forget Tara)
This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Beneath the cut, have the openings for five posted stories and two WIP’s. )

calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Pryde goodbye)
Powers Boothe has passed away at the age of 68; he died in his sleep from natural causes. May he rest in peace. I caught him in a couple episodes of Agents of SHIELD as Gideon Malick when I was still watching it from time to time. I think I primarily remember him as the voice of Gorilla Grodd in Justice League Unlimited.
calliopes_pen: (shades_of_hades Galavant sings)
1. Happy birthday to [personal profile] lost_spook!

2. [livejournal.com profile] whatwasthatbook is closing, over on Livejournal.

I truly hope they end up on Dreamwidth, with all posts imported. Just in case they don’t? I’ll be going through all the tags and jotting down particular found books that I’m interested in locating, just in case they delete the group.

It’s one of the few (well, that still had posts coming in) I was really still keeping track of on Livejournal these days.

3. Moments before composing this entry, I also heard that Timothy Omundson suffered a stroke while at Tampa Airport. So best wishes go out to him. He was one of my favorite parts of Galavant (I didn’t watch much of Psych, but when I did I loved him there).

If you're reading this on the Dreamwidth side, you'll see I added an icon of King Richard from Galavant, since I was strangely lacking in related icons.
calliopes_pen: (alterian fly)
Maisie Williams has been cast as Rahne Sinclair for the New Mutants film, while Anya Taylor-Joy will be Illyana Rasputin. This went around at least once before as a rumor. It’s being officially confirmed this time.

While I have no interest whatsoever in Game of Thrones, I have seen Maisie Williams in Doctor Who. She can act. However, I’m not entirely sure how good of a fit she would be for Rahne. I have seen Anya Taylor-Joy in Split (2016); from all I've read, she's far better as Thomasin in The Witch (2015). I have yet to see it, so I wouldn't know.

In order to make any sort of sense, they’ll probably have to scrap Illyana’s origin story of Limbo and Belasco. Then again, Warlock is supposed to be in the film, too. Karma is being left out. It would have been nice to see her in a New Mutants film.

I don’t know what current actress could work as Dani Moonstar.
calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon sneaky geek)
Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers for yesterday’s episode of Doctor Who. Well, today’s for me, since I had a severe migraine (and accompanying nausea related extras*) at the time it was streaming yesterday, and onwards through when it would have aired on BBC America.

I kept thinking that David Suchet looked very familiar, and that it wasn’t just due to the role as Hercule Poirot (which I’ve never seen, aside from the occasional promo on either KET or PBS). It turns out he played Van Helsing in Dracula (2006).

While it isn't a particularly good adaptation, it had one of the better castings I've seen for Lucy Westenra in Sophia Myles. I watched it for the first time a couple months ago.

*I would have posted a 'this community is open' for [community profile] hidden_passages yesterday, if not for the migraine. I'll get on that now. I'm torn between three layouts for it, but I'm currently going with Amaranth in Librarian's Dream (the other two are Touch in Dusty Foot, and Pigeon Blue in Librarian's Dream).
calliopes_pen: (sallymn save me from purple prose)
Going through all of the layout themes, Elementary Smoke is almost perfect (aside from the Sherlock Holmes silhouette, which is not quite right for this scenario) for a community dedicated to gothic horror. I just quickly previewed it with my regular journal to see how it handles text. It looks like it would stretch out the text of every post, so I’ll keep working on finding a good option.

Winterborn, Lavender with the base style of Basic Boxes (for purple prose, as the icon I'm using points out), or Touch in Dusty Foot’s style might work better.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
Thank you to everyone who voted! [community profile] hidden_passages won the poll with 15 votes; I’m working on the little particulars at the moment. Bear with me as I try to eventually change the layout’s style (some were too brightly colored, while others were too dark to see the text) to something more suitable, and add to the interests section. I have transferred an icon I use over there, just so there's something.

I may eventually be in need of a co-mod. Do I have any volunteers?
calliopes_pen: (oraclegreen Drummond Dark Shadows)
I came up with a few potential usernames for the Gothic Horror/Romance group in addition to a couple that were suggested, so you get a poll.

Poll #18304 Community Name Decision Time
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 31


Which one (or two, if you can't decide) sounds best?

View Answers

Cobwebbed_Corridors
9 (29.0%)

Foggy_Estates
5 (16.1%)

Hidden_Passages
15 (48.4%)

Gothic_Media
9 (29.0%)

Gothicky
6 (19.4%)


calliopes_pen: (sallymn dark and stormy story)
The winner of the poll is Gothic Horror/Romance, with 9 votes. In a very close second place with 7 votes, people were in favor of me creating a community for both that, and Dracula.

I'll get started on creating a community in the next few days, once I've thought up a suitable username for it. gothic_lit feels a bit too confining for it, as it isn't just literature.

Trope Meme

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:20 am
calliopes_pen: (sallymn dark and stormy story)
Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• Maybe a few lines of theoretical fic


calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
From The Nostalgia Critic: The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk. It’s just a bit over 15 minutes, without all the usual skits that he's done lately with his reviews.

I watched that movie when I was 2 or 3 in the 1980’s; I'm just surprised someone else knows about it, since very few people I have encountered ever have. Right around that same time, I discovered both Unico movies. And around that same time was The Little Mermaid (also anime; this one, not another from the same time frame) and The Last Unicorn (which wasn’t as surreal as the others). Is it any wonder I am the way I am, and go for the darker (and possibly on the weirder side) fairy tale stuff?

(It explains a lot. Granted, back then I sort of liked the evil Hecuba from that version of Jack And The Beanstalk, and found Jack to be the weird one.)

Meanwhile, checking on the poll in the previous locked (only on Dreamwidth) post: So far, it’s at a tie between people just wanting to vote, and people in favor of a Gothic Horror/Romance community; second place is do both. I forgot to mention that the poll will continue through Saturday evening.

Meme

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:23 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook borrowing Dracula's shadow)
Have a meme, taken from [personal profile] moetushie, and edited just a tad:

Repost if it’s okay for your followers/circle to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink or trope they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
Yvonne Monlaur passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 78. May she rest in peace. I remember her primarily as Marianne Danielle in The Brides of Dracula (1960). I’ll watch it again later today in her honor. I saw her death mentioned on Svengoolie’s blog yesterday, but couldn’t find any other articles about it until today; they’ll probably show up at Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting after the weekend.

Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56. May she rest in peace. She is best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue vampire Amy awake)
Before I do this meme? Keep in mind that I haven’t gathered everything I’ve ever written on Ao3. Someday, I might import (if anyone is interested in me doing that) the Doctor Who fanfic I’ve got hosted over on Teaspoon And An Open Mind from years ago, and the fanfic still on Livejournal/Dreamwidth, like one Firefly story and who knows how many ancient drabbles.

In the meantime, what’s currently there is a total of 11 works, and that’s primarily Yuletide.

Top 5 Stories By Hits:
-Give Your Soul To The Night (Fright Night (1985); Yuletide 2014)
-Paranormal Pressures (Being Human—the original UK one; Yuletide 2009)
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew (Legend (1985); Yuletide 2013, when my stories randomly went darker and longer)
-Santacide Is Coming To Town (Pushing Daisies; Yuletide 2012)
-If You Could Read My Mind (Back To The Future; Yuletide 2010)

Top 5 Stories By Kudos:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 47
-Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud (Crimson Peak; Yuletide 2015): 18
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 16
-Because We’re Addamses (Yuletide 2008): 14
-The Nosferatu Effect (My Best Friend Is A Vampire (1987); Yuletide 2011): 13

Top 5 Stories By Bookmarks:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 20
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew and Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud: 6
-Paranormal Pressures and The Nosferatu Effect: 4
calliopes_pen: (fab_jupiter Never Forget Tara)
Created on 2009-05-02 20:32:12 (#222683), last updated 2017-04-17 (1 day ago)
9,902 comments received, 1,622 comments posted
6,750 Journal Entries, 646 Tags, 344 Memories, 261 Icons

So it would be a bit less than 2 weeks before my own Dreamwidth anniversary. I didn’t miss it, since I apparently created my account almost a month after almost everyone else I’ve seen doing this meme.
calliopes_pen: (liz_guerin Inara Kaylee Love Slash)
All comments have imported successfully for [community profile] librarian_films and [community profile] relation_ships as of half an hour ago. I discovered and cleaned up one case of Russian spam in the form of a truly massive wall of text in a comment of the latter from about a year ago, which went unnoticed (but screened, even following the import) until now.

As planned, both communities were deleted from the Livejournal side once I made certain that everything was in order. Following input in favor of not going that route, I plan to leave [community profile] big_damn_quests in both places. It's safely backed up here on Dreamwidth, should anything worse remove it over there.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana librarians rule the world)
All journal entries have been successfully imported for [community profile] librarian_films as of a few minutes ago. It doesn't look like anything accidentally appeared multiple times. Once the comments have made the journey, then I’ll delete the group on Livejournal, as promised.

Edit: As of a moment ago, the same status holds true for [community profile] relation_ships as well.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille's ring)
I just removed a rather large chunk of groups from the friends list over on the Livejournal side. There are quite a few that haven’t had any activity since 2012 or earlier. A few that are dead I’ll keep for now, so I can go through and save whatever posts I feel like I wouldn’t want to lose. As is to be expected from me at this point, it’s a few ancient Dracula groups and one for Gothic horror literature.

Edit: Oh, and since the import is completed on the Dreamwidth side, is anyone not in favor of me deleting [community profile] big_damn_quests from Livejournal? Everything is safely backed up.
calliopes_pen: (dirkdigital Killer Bank Door MST3K)
Looking through the two other Livejournal communities that I am considered owner of, I decided that I would be bringing them to Dreamwidth as well, so that nothing is lost. Importing has begun on both groups.

So [livejournal.com profile] relation_ships is now on Dreamwidth as [community profile] relation_ships. [livejournal.com profile] librarian_films is on Dreamwidth as [community profile] librarian_films.

[livejournal.com profile] relation_ships was almost completely dead by the time I took over, so that will be for archival purposes only, just as [community profile] big_damn_quests technically seems to be.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
[community profile] big_damn_quests has successfully imported all the comments. So that’s done. I added a note on the user info page to stress that the community is there for archival purposes.

If you are going to primarily post on Dreamwidth, and would prefer that I remove you from my friends list on the Livejournal side, please let me know and I’ll do it promptly.

[personal profile] squidgiepdx is compiling The Big LJ/DW/IJ/etc Community Directory.
calliopes_pen: (liz_guerin Inara Kaylee Love Slash)
According to the notification in my Inbox, as of 8 hours ago the import of all journal entries was a success for [community profile] big_damn_quests. I’m currently waiting for the comments to finish being imported, and the community will be over here in its entirety.

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