rowanberries: (Me hee!)
So what have I been doing for the last few months?

I'm glad you asked!

80s music, huge hair, tiny shorts, and open-air Shakespeare - all in one deliberately terrible trailer!

I can't believe we're two nights in already. Awesome to see [personal profile] innerbrat last night, too! <3
rowanberries: (Me hee!)
*Looks at watch*

Ahhhh yes, death flu season it is! *Melts feebly*

I'm about to go to bed, I swear, since my shift tomorrow is an 8am start. Still, turning on Ancient Laptop and finding it still works (more or less) is worth a celebratory internets or two. Little Precious (shared iPad) is very shiny and speedy, but just doesn't have the same immersive feel of actually sitting down at a computer.

In other news, this happened. Oh, Andrew Lloyd Webber, let it go.

In other news... not much, actually. The first one of my schoolfriends had a baby? That was scary, but the bb is cute and supernaturally chilled out, so that's ok. I keep getting invited to weddings. I think it's just that sort of time. Ooooh, and at work we got delibered a whole load of dinosaur toys. Debi, some of them have your name written all over them, I'm on it.
rowanberries: (Havelock is a creepy bastard)
Without Sir Terry Pratchett, my life would have been much duller, less thoughtful, and considerably lonelier.

I felt moved to say something here in particular, because he's had such an influence on my online life, and since my online life was about the only one I had for... some years, and is still the place where I engage with some of my very favourite people... Yes.


I'm not at all ashamed by the amount of ugly crying this news has brought on, although I will have to go to sleep at some point. Ugh.

Virtual group hugs all round.

(I started to write another sentence, and then realised I sounded like a BBC news post written by someone with a diseased mind.: "If you have been affected by this story, write in and tell us!!!!!!" But you know what I mean.)
rowanberries: (Chill!)
OH GOOD LORD, how long has it been since I last posted?


Here is an infodump.

Since my last update I have:

- Passed my Masters with Merit (!!!)

- Been in an original play at Camden Fringe festival, which was AWESOME (if depressing), and also a Remembrance Concert to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. (Less awesome, more cheesy, but all in a good cause, and I learned to use a curling iron!)

- Started interviewing the loveliest old lady about her life and family and omg she remembers WW2 and it's really interesting, because I am a social history nerd.

- Started working two seperate jobs - one Christmas temping at Paperchase (and yesterday I bought SO MUCH STUFF with discount. :D) and one actually related to my field! Basically, it's an old Victorian Fort on a hill near my parents' house which was used during WW2 by the Home Guard - and they run a program on that and ARP Wardens for school groups which I lead half of and you guys it is amazing. Very few jobs require you to raise the flag when you first get in, then dress up in period uniform and shout at children for a few hours, but this one does! I just wish there was more demand - we are only called in when a school books us, so unfortunately it's not something I could live on. Back to the drawing board!

I think that's it, pretty much? ATM I'm mostly RPing in odd bits and pieces, trying to get Christmas shopping together, and fearing the future. Still not sure that one ever gets better...

rowanberries: (Writing)


agkjlshdh. It's rough, it's incomplete, and I'm already behind, but BEHOLD WHAT WILL BE A GOOD HALF OF MY MASTERS DISSERTATION.

I am going slowly around the bend.

Next up: The Georges in their palaces! And possibly delicious pastry recipes, if I can find one I could concievably make.


...How are yoooou?


Mar. 2nd, 2012 04:52 pm
rowanberries: (Needlessly Messianic)
Guuuuys, the internet is deeeeead.


Ssssso, I'm going to be living out of the computer labs for a while. It's just like first year again! Tags are coming, Merc/Fi/Roger!

What have I been up to? Well, Uni's getting stressful, in the sense that I have to cold-contact people about letting me interview them or do projects on them for their website and why can't I live out of books anymore? Plus side, did hear back from Kew Palace about maybe doing a piece on their newly opened Georgian kitchens - nice not to be dismissed out of hand.

In the meantime, I've been crewing King Lear for the Shakespeare Society - that goes up next week, finally, and I can stop putting up posters and pretending I know anything about the play. :S


I'm kind of in love with this Kushiel-verse everyone-is-French-pretty-and-possibly-a-holy-prostitute deal! I don't know what this Jacqueline Carey is on, but I kind of want some. And then there was Allpocalypse, and Jack Harkness got to cameo entirely for plot puposes, and I love it all. Oh, Milliways.

I'll never quit you.

(Livejournal, however - yeah. Moooving away, though I'll check my flist still.)
rowanberries: (Sherlock/John OTP)

So I am playing a French woman in a partially-scripted Murder Mystery evening in a couple of weeks - the trouble is that while my half-arsed accent is consistent enough to pass muster, it is highly likely that some bastard will try to question me in French during the interrogation rounds. (We have three rounds where the suspects go up to audience tables and answer any question in-character.)

Can anybody give me a quick-and dirty phrase or two that I can use to acknowledge 'yes you're very clever, this character is indeed fluent, but we'll be doing this in English'? Some other characters also have sections in German, but we do at least have a fluent German-speaker on the production team. I don't want to resort to Babelfish!

What I would like to say:

I think this investigation should be conducted in English for the benefit of your fellow detectives, don't you?

Your accent is terrible.

I think we should speak English.

This is not relevant to the investigation.

At a pinch, I could just keep everything in English, but the whole idea is to immerse the audience as far as possible - even in an emergency we do not break character (there are 'assistant detectives' wandering about who intercede instead).

Any help will be met with utmost gratitude! And a favour back, if it's in my power - icons, drabbles, threads. I will try!

rowanberries: (Sherlock/John OTP)
Thieved from [ profile] apiphile.

Give me a character's name and I will tell you three reasons why it would be terrible to try to date them, have sex with them, or be in a long-term relationship with them.

For an extra challenge, pick characters you know I'm fond of. Anyone can tell you reasons not to date Cthulhu, after all.

Because I'm home from work today, and procrastinating rather than... doing anything at all.
rowanberries: (Writing)
You know, I kind of love my Dad.

We were talking about social issues and how my brother's doing with his cricket and stuff (getting on well with his Surrey boys team, but having some problems with puberty and associated growth) when he comes out with this:

"You know, I wish I hadn't done the sexist thing and not thought to get you involved with the local cricket groups. I think you would have liked it, and you're good at that kind of thing, I've seen you, but I never made the connection to take you to one of the local groups. And the Surrey girls' team is doing so well! Sorry I didn't think of that."

... <3

Oh, Dad. My problems are not made of lacking sport. But I love that you come out with that kind of realisation entirely unprompted, truly I do.


Thought for the day:

I was often very upset by the indication that magic or religion was only available if the belief was already there. Just believe in [insert mystical force/deity/self here] and all will be well! Um, what if you are naturally wary, or have been burned in the past, or just have a scientific turn of mind, is that it - no magic for you?

I refuted this! If magic/religion is real, surely it must exist without the need for baseless belief? Therefore baseless belief does not equal magic, right?

And then I learned about the placebo effect, and that it was actually a thing.

And was very sad.

No magic for me, I guess?
rowanberries: (Needlessly Messianic)
So yes, Love Never Dies: Unfortunately, Since We All Wish It Would Already.

Let's do that.

I have seven pages in my notebook, all written in the dark, and I will try to expand on each note to give you a flavour of just what [ profile] bookelfe and I sat through. (Her review, for she is swifter and more industrious than I am, is here!)

IN FAIRNESS: On a certain level, I did actually have a good time at the show. The cast were excellent; even Christine's actress, who valiantly strove against some horribly written music. (Dear composers: Just because a singer can reach certain notes, does not mean she should constantly be doing it. Especially when the lyrics are kind of important and now really hard to understand.)

Also, if you name your musical after one singular song contained within, for the love of god, could it not be... boring? Seriously. MORE ON THAT LATER.

Review cut for length, incoherency and far too much punctuation! )

In conclusion:

Becca: Gustave has two Daddies and A ROBOT MOMMY. - So he has.

Come on, fess up. Who linked Andrew Lloyd Webber to the Pit of Voles?

EDIT: I cannot believe I just wrote 4,000 words about an Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical.
rowanberries: (Writing)

Thaaaaat happened. I've got the traditional lurgy, so I'm taking it easy. But I've managed to eat plenty, and the reduced drinking has probably been a bonus, health-wise, so it is OKAY.

And yesterday there was the Doctor Who Christmas special!

That has to have been easily the best episode I can remember for a long while. It was spooky and pretty and creepy, and really made headway on the issues that usually make me facepalm!

Let's ramble as I rewatch (and drink Peroni now I feel a bit steadier):

The Spoilers of Christmas Past )


Good form, show.

Halfway out of the dark.
rowanberries: (Needlessly Messianic)
So! Ye Olde Cousin (Stephen Fry Jr. to those of you that have met him) has started a petition to protest the closure of the UK Film Council.

(In case you don't believe me about him being a mini Fry, I copied his email to me here:

Dear heart,

If you're tweeting at the moment, you may have seen the petition I started yesterday to protest the closure of the UK Film Council. It's gained over 3700 members since 2pm yesterday, and BestForFilm is poised to go to the press with it.

I'm just a little worried that the campaign is losing momentum, and I'm desperate to keep it at the forefront of people's minds until we can launch it properly. With that in mind, I wondered if you'd mind mentioning it to people at work / spreading the word on Milliways? Just remind them we'd have no Christopher Nolan...

Hope you're well and the review passes muster. See you at the weekend!


J x

It's a good cause - and he has a point about Christopher Nolan. D: So please take a look if so inclined?

Thanks everyone!
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Guess who just learned and performed a full-length musical without knowing a word beforehead in just over 24 hours with no sleep?

Guess who also thought it would be great to take an hour out to perform an entirely unrelated concert a few hours in to said rehearsal process?

Go on, GUESS.

All loud noises are now indistinguishable from the cast rehearsing and talking just out of earshot. It is driving me crazy.
rowanberries: (Helium cat)
Ugh. Staying an hour and a half late at work on a Friday is nnnot great. But better I did that than freak out on Monday morning, I guess. I did not cry from frustration today, but it was a close-run thing.


...My thirteen-year-old brother just asked if I would watch Glee with him tonight. AWWW. I kind of lucked out when he was born, I sometimes think.

Let's see - I might go audition for Little Shop of Horrors tomorrow. *Ponders* I was in it when I was fourteen, and I'd love to do it again. Trrrouble is, I got in last time because they needed two children, one boy and one girl. Still, no harm can come from auditioning, and god knows I need the practise. :S

I've been pretty busy with drama stuff recently, actually - I'm in the Murder Mystery of supreme poorly-written datedness, which is nevertheless one hell of a lot of fun since the cast all get on so well. Then there's the drama festival in two weeks - we're doing a musical medley half-hour slot on the Friday and then a twenty-four-hour musical directly after that which will be awesome, if deadly. That's probably enough to be going on with for now.

Hmm. Glee time, I think. Can't disappoint the brotherlet.
rowanberries: (Bang bang no more problem!)
khdkhafshkjfk omg.

Heh. Sleep to laptop time ever decreases!

Ohhh, I'm not even really awake. Memetime!

Check my fandoms, my favorite characters, the pairings I like the most, my kinks, my fictional crushes, anything. Now, in a friendly and possibly teasing way, point out the obvious and not so obvious trends or fetishes you see in my tastes. Maybe I'm nuts for all vampire stories, or have a thing for men who smoke, or I'm fond for the tsundere archetype, or I'm into rival slash. Let's point out all of those you've noticed I tend to squee about during our friendship.

rowanberries: (Helium cat)
Okay, so EVERYONE is doing this.



Might take me a while to go around you guys, but I shall do my best!
rowanberries: (Helium cat)

One day more. That's all before I have a week and a half off. *Chants* And then I shall RP, maybe get a haircut, sleep ridiculous amounts, and go to the Isle of Wight with my family. Possibly even in that order.

But now: SLEEP.

(jkagdkhf LJ, POST.)
rowanberries: (Helium cat)

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

THE PROMPT (via [ profile] mercuriazs):

An urban fantasy with a detective! Private investigator or working for the city, your call. (Why yes, I am still bitterly disappointed in the DF Syfy show.)

TYPE: Hour long episodes on BBC, thirteen episodes to a season, plus Christmas special.

SYNOPSIS: A bored young Scottish woman who watches too much CSI moves into her family town house in London, and joins a PI agency in search of a little excitement. Unfortunately, within a week she is foisted off on the oldest member of the team, who is a year away from retirement and barely takes anything seriously anymore; suffers a break-in on her first night back; and discovers the house is haunted by the ghost of her long-dead and highly eccentric great-grandmother, Matilda May Harcourt.

Soon, with the grudging help of her skeptical partner, and Matilda May's uncanny genius at problem-solving, Bryony is beginning to learn the ropes and claim a few successes. But a far trickier mystery to solve is one that took place nearly thirty years ago - who killed her great-grandmother and why?

FAN REACTION: Yet another BBC attempt to fill the Doctor Who Saturday night timeslot, it's silly but watchable, and improves loads when the main action moves to the house and out of the Agency - mainly because the secondary characters get more to do.

Characters )


Jan. 22nd, 2010 10:59 pm
rowanberries: (Helium cat)
Ask Me Anything meme! (from [ profile] bookelfe)

I do not actually remember the wording because it's been a while since this one last went around LJ, but basically, if there is anything you are curious to know about me because you are new around here/are old around here but feel like you should already have known it/have never gotten around to asking despite the fact that you know multitudinous other details of my life like what I eat for breakfast every morning, today is a day to ask it. (It does not have to be RL stuff necessarily! Fannish questions are fun too.)

I will not be offended by anything you ask but I fully retain the right to not answer questions, because sometimes I do like being a woman of mystery. Alternately, I may screen answers if for whatever reason I do not feel comfortable sharing them with the-internet-at-large.

ALSO: Will not so much be around tomorrow, because I'm doing two performances then attending cast party in the evening, and I will be dead when I get home.


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