calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Pooh)
2015-11-12 12:08 pm

Yuletide Update

I am currently working on (and have been since I received the assignment) my Yuletide story, and it seems to be going a way that I didn't anticipate--but a way that works out nicely. I have a long outline for how it should go, and have written large chunks of it that I am working to piece together now.

Currently, the word count is 7658 words before I add in everything that should be there. So there's a chance it will be as long as or longer than last year's story by the time it's all worked out. The current plan, just as it is every year, is for it to be completed sometime around me time for a beta reader to be found.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
2015-11-01 10:57 am

Last Night's Total

This year, despite the rain, we ended up having a grand total of 41 trick-or-treaters. Word appeared to spread that I had Twizzlers to give away, because several children and suspiciously older teens requested them before I even brought the bowl to them. One even said, “They told me you had Twizzlers. I want those instead.”

The first came around 5 PM, and the other 40 started coming at 7 PM. I ran out of candy and had to turn out the lights around 8 PM—before the next wave appeared at the end of the street. The final one was a teen (not in a costume--but the second to last, her friend, was) that was disappointed because she "thought it would be livelier around here, but it's dead!"
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2015-10-31 09:46 am

My Assignment Has Arrived

I received my Yuletide assignment, and...I think I can work with this. It’s something in this particular film that I'm glad to be assigned. It’s also one of the Dear Yuletide letters I saved a link to, because I was considering doing something somewhere along the way if time permitted. I’m particularly grateful as I was getting second thoughts on one or two fandoms when it was too late to edit the sign-up form.

I’ll consult my source material this afternoon, and sift through little_details and a few other spots tomorrow.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
2015-10-17 11:28 am

My Dear Yuletide Author Letter For 2015

The fandoms I am requesting this time around include: Fright Night (1985), Dark Shadows (1991), Legend (1985), Hammer Horror Films, Crimson Peak (2015), and The Dracula Tapes - Fred Saberhagen. Some of the instructions as to my likes and dislikes are copied over from my previous Dear Yuletide Author letters.

Beneath the cut, you will find the letter. )

calliopes_pen: (kathyh good books are immortal)
2015-10-13 09:54 am

The Yuletide Tag Set Is Open

The Yuletide tag set is open. I should be watching or rewatching several of the horror movies (like Bride of Frankenstein, I’m pleased to note) that made the cut this year in the time I have before sign-ups open. I’ll be rereading The Dracula Tape, by Fred Saberhagen later today. I have already reread, made notes for, and might have a prompt for either The Holmes-Dracula File or Séance For A Vampire in that series, since Sherlock Holmes was nominated.

For research purposes, as it was nominated for this year’s Yuletide, I should be going to see Crimson Peak at noon on Friday. It works out nicely for the Halloween season, too.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
2015-10-01 11:38 am

Nominations Close Soon

Yuletide fandom nominations are closing in less than 48 hours. For House of Dark Shadows (1970), I nominated Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas Collins and Maggie Evans. Is there anyone in particular someone might want to see added into the fourth slot?

(Victoria Winters and Angelique are out, as neither appeared in the film.)
calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
2015-09-28 09:49 am

Torn Between Fandom Nominations

Since I just opted to rewatch House of Dark Shadows (1970), I now have yet another possible fandom that I want to see get a Yuletide nomination. For someone that may not have the time to rewatch all the episodes from the original series, it’s a good alternative universe.

So now I’m torn between what won the poll—Suspiria—and House of Dark Shadows. Whichever I choose, the other will be nominated next year. Either way, it’s a horror related fandom that gets the slot, so there’s that.
calliopes_pen: (00mina time lord skill investigating)
2015-09-26 10:46 am

Here, Have A Yuletide Poll (Or Two)

I am currently going back and forth on whether or not I want to keep my nomination for Bride of Boogedy, or switch to something else, as few have likely seen it, even when it comes obscure fandoms in Yuletide. Over in this comment, anyone curious about it can find a link to the film, as well as the one that preceded it. Over here, you can see the 30 second promo that FearNet made for the night the movies aired for Halloween.

Poll #16997 Should I change my nomination?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2

Vote yes or no

View Answers

1 (50.0%)

1 (50.0%)

Poll #16998 For those that voted yes (or if you just want to vote)...
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2

Which Should I Switch My Nomination To?

View Answers

Murder By Death (1976)
0 (0.0%)

Suspiria (1977)
2 (100.0%)

With Suspiria, it would turn my nominations into a nice little horror trifecta, as the other two were Dark Shadows (1991) and Fright Night (1985). On the other hand, I also love Murder By Death (1976), too.

Given the fact that those on LJ can’t vote in this Dreamwidth poll, simply write in what you wish to vote for in the comments over there.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
2015-09-25 01:43 pm

Nominations Are Officially Open For Yuletide

Yuletide nominations are open as of today. Nominations close on October 3rd. My nominations are Bride of Boogedy (1987), Dark Shadows (1991), and Fright Night (1985). Yes, I’m finally following through on the Boogedy nomination (even if I wonder if anyone else participating in Yuletide this year has heard of it, or would want anything from it) that I’ve wanted to do since at least 2010.

I didn’t have room for Murder By Death (1976), unfortunately. So if anyone out there has an extra slot available, please consider nominating it.

(Sadly, I don't have a Murder By Death icon, but I do have one for Clue.)
calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
2015-09-09 09:24 am

Yuletide Approaches

Brainstorming has begun for Yuletide, and the schedule has been posted. Nominations will open on September 25th.

I’ve had a Word document filled with ideas since before authors were revealed last year, so I’m ready. I just have to narrow my choices down to three fandoms, because I really want to finally throw Bride of Boogedy (1987) out there, just to see what comes of it.
calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc magnifying glass)
2015-09-01 10:35 am

Journal Style Issue

I have noticed an issue with my layout on the Livejournal side of things. After the latest round of upgrades, (presumably, because it was fine until a couple months back, so I assume it was that—I didn’t touch anything to cause this) now I have too much space before you hit the banner. As a result of this, my banner now overlaps the most recent post.

Does anyone know of a way to fix this? If you’re on the Dreamwidth side of things, just follow the cross-post link and go to my journal. You’ll see what I mean. SeanDC confirmed that he sees it, too, along with an extra blue bar.

As a result of this, since it’s on the friends page side of things, too—I just have to guess if the top comment is an rss feed that I follow over on Dreamwidth, or if it’s a post by someone somewhere. If I see it at all.

If it is an issue with S1 and I need to switch to S2, I would hope to get the style to something similar to what I have on Dreamwidth.

ETA: Oh, here’s how it should normally look (as you can see, using my long-abandoned Insanejournal as an example).
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
2015-08-31 11:30 am

Rest In Peace, Wes Craven

Wes Craven passed away yesterday, at the age of 76, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. Even if I haven’t seen nearly enough of his films, I did enjoy Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), (which, coincidentally, Syfy aired once more this last Saturday) along with The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988). Deadly Friend was weird, but worth watching once I tracked it down. I loved the opening (Drew Barrymore’s scene) of Scream.

In honor of him, I’ll finally get around to watching one of these: The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981), or Red Eye (2005).
calliopes_pen: (tsunderes Oracle is watching)
2015-08-19 10:27 am

Rest In Peace, Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig has passed away at the age of 78, following a battle with breast cancer, which metastasized to her liver. May she rest in peace. She will be remembered by most as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the Adam West series of Batman.

I’ll have to wait and see if Me-TV ends up airing a few of her better episodes from Batman and the one from Star Trek this Saturday—it’s what they did when Nimoy passed away.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2015-08-16 09:11 am

A Love Meme

Radioaches is hosting the U R Awesome Love Meme. My thread is here.

Because tomorrow is my birthday, I just thought I would try this.
calliopes_pen: (sirius_nst Jeremy Brett Holmes research)
2015-08-01 10:12 am

Rest In Peace, Rowdy Roddy Piper

Rowdy Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61, after suffering a heart attack. May he rest in peace. I mostly remember him from watching a severely censored version of They Live on television, since I was never a fan of wrestling. However, after checking IMDB, I see that as I vaguely recalled, he once ended up appearing in the live action host segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. He was in an episode (an episode that I have never rewatched, so I didn’t know that was him) of Highlander: The Series. I need to watch Hell Comes To Frogtown.
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.)