calliopes_pen: (the_10thdoctor timelord shoes)
2015-06-26 10:22 am

Rest In Peace, Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee has passed away at the age of 93. May he rest in peace. Most people know him as John Steed in the 60’s Avengers series. Having never seen any incarnation of that outside of the awful 90’s film, I know him from the film Sherlock Holmes In New York, where he played Watson. After looking through his IMDB credits, I see he was also Watson in Sherlock Holmes And The Leading Lady (1991) and Incident At Victoria Falls (1992)...opposite the also recently departed Sir Christopher Lee as Sherlock Holmes.

So I’ll be tracking down those two films later, since I’ve been meaning to watch them for a while. He was also Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of London, and had a role in one of the 1989 versions of Masque of the Red Death (the one with Adrian Paul, which I've never watched).

...I may be one of the few to recall him from Lobster Man From Mars (1989) as Professor Plocostomos.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
2015-06-23 11:18 am

Rest In Peace, James Horner And Dick Van Patten

James Horner passed away yesterday, at the age of 61, after his plane crashed in a field. May he rest in peace. He was an Oscar winning composer who worked on many movies over the decades, including these: The Rocketeer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Krull, Willow, Jumanji, Hocus Pocus, and Aliens. For MST3K fans, he also worked on theme music for Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell.

Dick Van Patten passed away at the age of 86, due to complications from diabetes. May he rest in peace. I never watched Eight Is Enough, so I believe I mostly recall him from Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Spaceballs, and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988).

calliopes_pen: (perletwo_ljcozy Illyana says read)
2015-06-23 10:01 am

Here, Have A Meme!

Taken from a few people:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. —Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?

You can find a few of my fanfics over here, on Ao3, if you need them.

calliopes_pen: (from_the_corner DoctorDonna see you)
2015-06-16 09:37 am

PSA: LastPass Has Been Hacked

LastPass has been hacked, and data in regards toaccount email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised.” The best advice is to change your master password now, if you think it may be too weak, or if it was reused on other sites.

I just wanted to spread the word, in case anyone on my friends list happened to use them to keep track of their passwords.
calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
2015-06-11 09:53 am

Rest In Peace, Sir Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93, after suffering from respiratory issues. May he rest in peace. The news was the very first thing I saw on my friends list this morning.

When I didn’t know who he was when I was small, I loved his evil voice in The Last Unicorn. When I was 10 or 11, I fell in love with his Dracula movies, and progressed onward from there through as much of his horror and assorted work as I could find. He was great in almost everything he happened to appear in no matter how truly awful the material around him may have been, and he will be greatly missed.

Does anyone else remember his role in the 90's version of The Tomorrow People? At the time, I loved it.

(I don't have a Christopher Lee as Dracula icon--just one of Nosferatu, and a Bela Lugosi icon, so the former will have to do.)
calliopes_pen: (perletwo_ljcozy Illyana says read)
2015-06-03 11:23 am

Rest In Peace Tanith Lee, Betsy Palmer, And Alberto De Martino

Tanith Lee passed away on May 24th, at the age of 67, after a battle with breast cancer. May she rest in peace. While I have never read a single book of hers, I plan to rectify that very soon. I located ebook copies of Red As Blood, and Sabella, since I never even spotted a single copy of anything by her in a used bookstore in years of searching.

Betsy Palmer passed away from natural causes at the age of 88. May she rest in peace. She was best known as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother, in the first Friday the 13th.

Alberto De Martino has passed away at the age of 85. May he rest in peace. MST3K fans may know two of his movies: Puma Man and Operation Double 007. While I loved the former, I haven’t yet seen the latter episode, so I’ll be tracking it down.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2015-04-25 01:36 pm

Rest In Peace, Lois Lilienstein

Lois Lilienstein has passed away at the age of 78, after a battle with cancer. May she rest in peace. She may be most known for Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show, which I watched and loved when it aired on Nickelodeon in the very early 80’s.

According to IMDB, the show started in 1984, so I would have been 3. I mostly remember Bram’s beard (perhaps it scared me, I don't know. I was 3)--the strange elephant, and a bit of the Skinnamarink song.
calliopes_pen: (fuesch books are weapons)
2015-03-17 09:11 am

The 'Fanfic You Identify Me With' Meme

If you had to pick one story of mine that is the one you identify with me, what would it be and why?

You can find some of my fanfic (mostly the stories that were written for Yuletide) here, and the rest through this tag, if a search is required.
calliopes_pen: (regency_cate No books no soul)
2015-03-12 12:29 pm

Rest In Peace, Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away at the age of 66, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. May he rest in peace. I heard the news just as I was about to re-read Good Omens for the first time in years…so I’ll be doing that later. He will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (featherxquill Endora disgusted yay)
2015-03-05 12:07 pm

Too Much Snow

So yesterday, the foot of snow that came down a couple weeks back washed away thanks to some torrential rain...which then had too much come down, flooding several areas. This was immediately followed by sleet, which then changed into between a foot and 15-16 inches of snow for some areas--based on what I see piled on the trash cans outside, I can believe the latter struck here.

Since they couldn't put down anything due to the rain, beneath all the snow is a layer of at least an inch of ice.

They've shut down I-24 and the area has been declared a disaster area. According to the local news, the National Guard is here. So it's almost 2009's mess all over again, minus the trees falling (there aren't any now in the spot I'm in) and power outages (which hopefully stays that way).

The day before this hit, I went to Wal-Mart, and a couple other places, so we currently have enough food. Dad is trying to dig a small path to the van, in case of an emergency. (It hits -4 degrees tonight) We can't open the front door just yet, so it's required. A quick check shows the snow is too high to back the car out of the garage.

I rescheduled that dentist appointment (canceled due to closing for too much snow) to next Wednesday. I wonder if I have to cancel that one, too...then again, it's supposed to be 56 that day.

ETA: Okay, the depth of snow behind the van is 20 inches. Dad measured it. So it's all the snow that fell, plus more that blew back there besides.

ETA 2: A snow plow attempted to navigate this terrible road. He's now in the ditch, unable to get out, and waiting for a rescue. Usually they wait until we're thawing out before they get around to plowing around here.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2015-02-27 02:17 pm

Rest In Peace, Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83, after suffering from chest pains a few days ago. It was a result of his long battle with COPD. May he rest in peace. When I was small, I loved watching him as the host of In Search Of, and enjoyed his part in the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I didn’t truly become acquainted with Star Trek until 2001, aside from a brush with the animated series when it aired on Nickelodeon in the 80’s. Thanks to Me-TV, I recently had the chance to see him on Columbo--and courtesy of FamilyNet, saw him on T.J. Hooker.

Here—in memory of him, have that old (incredibly surreal) Ballad of Bilbo Baggins music video he did, rather than his funeral from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In his memory, I shall watch Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Then, I’ll try to track down his Night Gallery episode, as I have never watched the show.
calliopes_pen: (dirkdigital Don't turn on light MST3K)
2015-02-17 11:05 am

Winter Storm Neptune

So we ended up with 11 1/2 inches of snow Sunday night/Monday morning and a dash of sleet at the start of it. A half inch is due for tonight, just so we can get it to an even foot of snow. Later this week, we get a bit more, and then either sleet or very cold rain around the weekend.

Having been through that type of thing in 2009, my thoughts go out to anyone that received the ice storm portion of Winter Storm Neptune. I believe Tennessee had that aspect of it.

Tomorrow the plan had been to head out to a dentist appointment. That plan is scrapped for at least another week. There’s really no possible way to get out the front door right now, since I can’t even see the porch, and so everything seems to have been shut down since it started. It’s quite deep in the driveway.

I have a list of heating centers and hotels that are bed bug free, just in case of a power outage at both houses.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue fog Fright Night)
2015-02-08 01:50 pm

The Fifteen Characters Meme

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue vampire Amy awake)
2015-01-30 11:58 am

The Never Will I Ever Meme

Never Will I Ever meme: Name three fics you think I will never, ever, ever write. In return, I may attempt to write a snippet of one of them.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue vampire Amy awake)
2015-01-25 02:25 pm

The Time Stamp Meme

Give me one of my stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future (after the end of the story), or sometime in the past (before the story started), and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2015-01-25 08:59 am

Rest In Peace, Edgar Froese

Edgar Froese has passed away at the age of 70, due to a pulmonary embolism. May he rest in peace. He was the founder of Tangerine Dream—I’ve heard their music in Legend (1985), Near Dark (1987), Firestarter (1984), and The Keep (1983). I listened to enough of the Tangerine Dream bit of Legend’s music for a particular scene when I was writing the Yuletide story Blood Begets A Curse Anew a couple years back. He will be missed.

I have been meaning to watch The Keep or Near Dark again, so this could be the time for it.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana librarians rule the world)
2015-01-11 01:08 pm

Meme

Taken from a few people, and mostly just wanted to spread it to others:

If you were asked to pick one scene, one shot, one detail, one moment of some kind out of all the things I've written and say "This, this, for whatever reason, I remember, this is something that struck home with me, that I wanted to keep," what would it be?

calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Charley's cross)
2015-01-04 11:23 am

Fic: Give Your Soul To The Night (PG-13)

Title: Give Your Soul To The Night
Author: calliopes_pen
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] beren_writes, for Yuletide.
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Fright Night (1985)
Characters: Charley Brewster, Billy Cole, Jerry Dandrige, Amy Peterson, Ed Thompson, Peter Vincent.
Word Count: 21,632
Author’s Notes: The prompt was this: “I'd love to see a story where Charlie doesn't save the day and ends up a vampire with Jerry. I'd prefer it if he was happy with the situation, either because they come to an understanding, or he goes completely vampire evil and enjoys it.” The title comes from a lyric in Come To Me, when it’s sung by Deborah Holland for Fright Night Part 2 (1988).
Beta Readers: A huge thanks to both [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 and [livejournal.com profile] seandc for beta reading
Summary: Charley and Peter don’t save the day, and Jerry offers Charley a choice. Charley takes him up on the offer to become a vampire, despite Peter’s warnings. While the change is painful, the bite is exquisite, and Charley comes to enjoy...well, everything, really.

You can see your friends again, Charley. You would have them back,” he whispered seductively into his ear. “Without fear. You would be safe. You wouldn’t need to fear the unknown, once it’s claimed you. )

calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Charley's cross)
2015-01-01 10:46 am

Fic: Give Your Soul To The Night

Give Your Soul To The Night (21788 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fright Night (1985)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Charley Brewster/Jerry Dandrige, Charley Brewster/Amy Peterson
Characters: Charley Brewster, Peter Vincent, Jerry Dandrige, Billy Cole, Amy Peterson, Ed Thompson
Additional Tags: Vampire Bites, Vampire Turning, Evil Wins, Alternate Universe, Never Bite Billy, Blood Drinking, Everybody Lives, Horror, Hurt/Comfort, We Need More Coffins
Summary: Charley and Peter don’t save the day, and Jerry offers Charley a choice. Charley takes him up on the offer to become a vampire, despite Peter’s warnings. While the change is painful, the bite is exquisite, and Charley comes to enjoy...well, everything, really.

This would be the fanfic I wrote for Yuletide. I’ll post something about the process of writing this long story either later today or tomorrow. Given the length of this fanfic, it’s probably too long to actually post the whole thing to Dreamwidth.

Anyone know of any (LJ or Dreamwidth) Fright Night groups that aren't long dead?