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?

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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.)
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.