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.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana Egyptology Evie)
Before you delete your Livejournal account, if you plan to do so? Or even just if you’re planning to stay, and don’t plan to delete it, you may desire to claim your Open ID account anyway. It’s one of the many links in the Dreamwidth Starter Kit that [personal profile] bisharp made, but I thought I’d do a separate post on the topic, just in case anyone missed it.

As an example, back when I did it, I simply typed in calliopes-pen.livejournal.com and calliopes-pen.insanejournal.com.

Once you’ve done that, older comments that you made that were imported from both Livejournal and Insanejournal immediately become linked to your Dreamwidth account. So calliopes-pen.insanejournal.com becomes calliopes_pen in whatever journal, and goes straight here when clicked on. A user icon will then appear beside it, just as it once did wherever the comment originated.

(Expect it to take a while longer to import your journals, too, if you haven’t seen that update already. It’s still going quite admirably as it tries to bring over [community profile] big_damn_quests. As of this moment, it’s 1614 others waiting in the queue, after a day. I’m amused, more than anything. I’m just glad the site hasn’t broken from the strain.)
calliopes_pen: (made_in_ink Butterfly effect Psylocke)
Since it was pretty much a resounding yes in the poll, I am in the process of importing [community profile] big_damn_quests on over to Dreamwidth at this very moment. The group was made, the profile and one (the only one there) icon were transferred over successfully. The entries and comments are on their way. It's currently over 1000 people deep for the queue, so I know to be patient.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana librarians rule the world)
I have successfully transferred all images in the Livejournal Scrapbook over to Dreamwidth for the ice storm post from 2009, and switched out all the accompanying links there, and for the Livejournal side, before deleting the images in the Scrapbook.

I noticed that it had a duplicate entry. My first thought was that it was caused back when I first imported everything years ago, but no. It's that way on the Livejournal side as well, so it's an old Livejournal hiccup that occurred at some point. As there were no comments to that Livejournal hiccup, I deleted it on both sides to prevent further issues.

Edit: Oh, and for those interested: [personal profile] bisharp has made a Dreamwidth Starter Kit, for those that are making the move from Livejournal to Dreamwidth, and need tutorials, customizations, groups for obtaining assistance, and an assortment of other things.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
Perhaps it’s due to the comments being screened, but I didn’t receive the notifications for the love meme. I happened to glance in, and just saw them. Thank you (each of you will see my thanks over there, too, when those comments are unscreened) so much for the kind words and hearts, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] azurelunatic, and [personal profile] elistaire. They are truly greatly appreciated.

I was looking through the payment history tab on Livejournal to see just how long I’ve had my Permanent Account over there...and how long I’ve been on LJ as a whole. My account was created on November 10th, 2003, so I’ve been there for nearly 14 years. I obtained the Permanent Account in June of 2005. I renamed my journal in October of that same year.

Back then, my username was faith_of_borg; when I began to gradually move away from my interests in both Buffy and Star Trek, I wanted a username that I wouldn’t really drift away from liking. I didn’t want one that focused on one particular fandom, just in case I jumped ship. I always enjoyed mythology, and eventually picked what I have these days.

As of right now, it’s looking like I will definitely be bringing [livejournal.com profile] big_damn_quests over to Dreamwidth. 8 votes in favor, 0 against. I remember what it was like when Greatestjournal disappeared before I could think to save a lot of fannish history in groups I enjoyed. Hence my whole ‘do it while there’s still time’ mentality for archiving.

calliopes_pen: (cruelest_month Dani valkyrie)
All car related images (for the new one, and what happened to the old one) have now been removed from Livejournal’s Scrapbook, placed into Dreamwidth’s image hosting, and then all corresponding links were then edited to direct to the correct location. The banner and book cover for Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders are hosted on Photobucket, so I don’t need to do any editing to that story.

The only thing left is to save, move, and alter the links for everything about the ice storm of 2009, and I’ll be done. I'll do that later.
calliopes_pen: (pookies_revenge power of gods)
After finally reading through the entirety of the [livejournal.com profile] strega_willow journal, I decided that it was best to delete it. The icons (one of which I'm using for this post) were salvaged prior to its deletion.

Now, since I’m the owner of [livejournal.com profile] big_damn_quests, I thought I would leave its fate up to a poll. Keep in mind it would be for archival purposes if it were imported.

Poll #18154 Should big_damn_quests be imported to Dreamwidth?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


All those in favor or against, vote here:

View Answers

Yes, please bring it over
8 (100.0%)

No, leave it where it is
0 (0.0%)

I created the poll on the Dreamwidth side. For those on the Livejournal side (if I made another poll, in another post, it would just get imported separately the next time I did that), feel free to chime in via comments. I’ll give it a deadline of Tuesday morning, and combine all the votes then.
calliopes_pen: (mojotastic Helping the Helpless)
On the Livejournal side of things, I deleted the Tara banner I use over there, while I was cleaning up the Livejournal Scrapbook. This has the added benefit that everyone should be able to see the top post over there, as it's no longer covered by it (nothing I ever did to fix it ever worked anyway when it came to resizing, while it was always fine on Insanejournal).

This also has the added benefit that if anyone has posted and it was at the top of the Friends page, now I can actually see it.

Meanwhile, I deleted around five or so ancient role-playing journals over on Livejournal that I didn't see the need to keep. I salvaged the icons from a few beforehand--like the one for Cordelia that I'm using for this post, on the Dreamwidth side.

The journals I didn't delete I'm putting serious thought into importing, for archival purposes.
calliopes_pen: (fuesch books are weapons)
*People have discovered that if you disable Javascript, you disable the message that appears and won’t go away until you agree to the new TOS. You can do this by using Ghostery or uBlock Origin or Noscript. At which point, while you can’t make a new post or comment or cross-post without agreeing, you can still delete your journal over there if that’s what you personally feel is right for you. Found via [personal profile] justhuman: [personal profile] rosefox shows the steps for getting it to go away with uBlock Origin.

*The full English translation of the Russian version of the new TOS.

*If you make the transition and change your username, there’s always this post at [community profile] 2017revival: Want to find an old LJ friend? Linking DW and LJ identities. [community profile] lj_refugees is another place to go if you just joined, as is [community profile] getting_started.

*How to move to Dreamwidth and like it.

*From [personal profile] rahirah: How to redirect comments on a crosspost.

*I was trying to determine if I should import anything I was maintainer of long ago. [livejournal.com profile] big_damn_quests is seriously long since dead. Would anyone be averse to me importing it on over to Dreamwidth, just for archival purposes? It’s been dead for 10 years as of this year, and I’ve moved away from the Firefly fandom.

*I just completed saving all the inactive icons in the [livejournal.com profile] x_meggan journal. Over 70 of those.

*Tomorrow I’ll get started on slowly adding what was in Livejournal’s scrapbook to Dreamwidth’s service, and then slowly go through and try to correct broken links as I delete them from the Livejournal side.

*Long ago, I roleplayed Willow from Buffy, under the name [livejournal.com profile] strega_willow. I’ve just saved all the inactive icons there, and I’m thinking of importing it over to Dreamwidth, too. That will only happen if I decide any of it’s worth keeping after I go through and read it. If it isn't, then I'll delete that journal.

*If I haven’t added someone on the Dreamwidth side yet, please let me know in the comments and I will do it.

Edit: As of 1:40 PM, I finished going through the entirety of Scrapbook, and deleted anything I would never need again. It was time for cleaning out the assorted junk that had accumulated anyway. As stated earlier, whatever is left will be hosted on Dreamwidth soon.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn dark and stormy story)
In regards to Livejournal not allowing people onto the site (or even allowing cross-posting until you agree--so yeah, I agreed so I could do that) unless they agree to the new terms and conditions: If you don’t want to remain on Livejournal, and are reading this from there, you can always find me on Dreamwidth under this same username.

Feel free to add me if you're only just going over to the Dreamwidth side, if you haven’t already. I know there are people that still prefer commenting on the Livejournal side, so I will continue to cross-post for now.

I choose not to panic. I will not delete my journal.

I respect the decision to get out of there and delete your journal, if you’ve made that one. I also understand why some don’t want to go. If things get even sketchier, or particular restrictions go into effect that don't allow particular topics over there, then I might do only Dreamwidth posting at that point. I will warn everyone in advance should that time come.

There are far too many things I might need again that are located on Livejournal at this moment, like access to particular groups that are locked, the LJ Memories, and their Scrapbook.

Everything I have posted to my Livejournal is backed up on Dreamwidth as a result of cross-posting and importing. All of my icons are backed up on Dreamwidth--I have more on Dreamwidth than I do on the Livejournal side. Thanks to the import function, almost all (well, I’m about to do yet another import, so that’ll be all shortly) comments from over there are backed up on Dreamwidth. And thanks to that function, my fanfic and cross-posting thereof is backed up on Dreamwidth (and Ao3, and wherever else).

I have the old stuff from the 2009 ice storm and a few other things (like at least one image of one of my late cats that I stumbled across in there, which I have yet to move) currently hosted on Livejournal’s Scrapbook that I might try to save elsewhere.

So in summary: This is basically the same thing I said back in December, really. At least I'm consistent?

calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
Taken from many people, here’s a fanfic focused meme.

Choose a fic and 1 (or more) question(s) from the list below:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

My fanfic (from Yuletides past, mainly) can be found here at Ao3. Or here at Teaspoon, where I last added anything from Doctor Who seven years ago.

Or you can peer into the depths of a tag called ‘fanfic I’ve written.’ There’s one Firefly fanfic down there somewhere, and quite a few drabbles for that and Buffy from back when I was starting to dabble in fanfic for the first time.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Gatekeeper Dana)
Bernie Wrightson has passed away at the age of 68, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. His work looked familiar to me; I eventually realized that he did the illustration/concept design for the original Ghostbusters (1984). It was featured in the book Making Ghostbusters.

And if anyone out there desires to get a look at Making Ghostbusters, and can’t locate a physical copy, (it tends to be rare, or ridiculously expensive) you can download a pdf copy over at Spook Central. It’s the third book featured on the page—right click and download the full book pdf.

After a quick perusal of his Wikipedia page, I see that I’ve also seen his work in Batman: The Cult, Batman/Aliens, and Heroes For Hope: Starring The X-Men #1 (he worked on three pages). I never knew about his comic book adaptation of Frankenstein until now.
calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Kurt walk with me)
Robert Osborne has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. He was the host of TCM, and provided commentary and trivia both before and after films.

Comcast doesn’t provide Turner Classic Movies where I am aside from the occasional fluke where I'm able to get it via On Demand, which is unfortunate. However, I caught quite a few segments Osborne hosted regarding classic horror films when someone uploaded them to Youtube at one point, and loved them. He will be missed.

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