kivrin: the words "how to be a domestic goddess" (domestic goddess)
( Jul. 11th, 2017 06:48 pm)
I've been noodling around on Tumblr for a few years but wow, do I miss the ability to have a threaded conversation, and to choose an audience for personal posts.

So. Hi?
kivrin: (Camelot (julesoh))
( Oct. 20th, 2015 03:12 pm)
Hello, Yuletider!

My name on AO3 is also Kivrin.

I will be so very happy to see fic in any of the fandoms I've requested. I've babbled a bit about what I love about each, and listed some prompts, but please don't feel limited by those if there's something else in the fandom that you're drawn to write.

What I like best: I love stories that fit into the interstices of canon - aftermaths of canon events, elaborations of references to past events, backstories, explorations of what-was-happening-back-at-the-ranch-while-[insert other action], and things like that. I love found families and deep friendships, so in romantic stories I particularly like it when the romantic partners' other relationships (friendly or familial) also play a role. Hurt/comfort, particularly with both physical and emotional elements, and with stoic or older characters needing to accept aid from others, is my bulletproof narrative kink.

Things I'm not fond of: Stories in which suicide plays a prominent role are very difficult for me to read, and at this point I don't want to read nominated-character death, please.



ADAM DALGLIESH (novels by P.D. James)
Requested Character: Adam Dalgliesh

I'm fascinated by Dalgliesh the poet and policeman, and his combination of great reserve and great sensitivity. My absolute favorite novel of the series is Unnatural Causes, for the examination of his uncertainty about his romantic relationship, his warm yet understated relationship with his aunt, and the only glimpse we ever get of his poetry.

Character exploration or backstory, or not-necessarily-romantic relationship examination, is what I'm most interested in, though casefic would be amazing!

Specific Prompts:
- How does being a vicar's son influence his adult tastes and personality? We know he likes church architecture, but what about liturgy and music?
- I'm curious about his brush with mortality just before the novel The Black Tower, and would love a story exploring that.
- How did he decide to become a police detective? What was he like as a green young constable? (In other words, show the Endeavour to the novels' Inspector Morse.)


FOYLE'S WAR
Requested Characters: Christopher Foyle, Paul Milner

I love this canon's mix of well-deployed period detail and complex characters. Lately I've been intrigued by the professional and personal bond between Foyle and Milner, as shown in the episode "The Funk Hole" (series 2 episode 4) when Foyle's been suspended on a charge of sedition and Milner risks his own good standing to bring him information about the ongoing investigation. My very favorite scene, though, is probably at the end of "The White Feather," when Foyle tells Milner "I can't do this bloody godforsaken job on my own... what I want, starting now, is for you to be with me one hundred percent."

I'd be glad to see their relationship explored as either a friendship or a romance, though in a romance I feel Foyle would probably be very scrupulous in personal interactions about the power differential between them due to his higher rank in the police, and being Milner's boss.

Specific Prompts:
- Backstory for the pair of them. Milner says in the first episode, "you asked me to work for you once... I said no." What happened there? What was their previous experience of each other?
- Casefic where an injury or illness has Foyle confined to bed and he has to play the armchair detective while Milner does the hands-on observation and interviewing.
- Milner's final two appearances disappointed me; his attitude seemed out of character. I'd love to see a warmer post-war interaction between the two of them, whether on a case or strictly socially.


MANHATTAN
Requested Character: Liza Winter

I've really enjoyed the first series of this show exploring the challenges of life at Los Alamos, and particularly the situation of the scientists' families. Liza Winter, who gave up her own scientific career to follow her husband to New Mexico, is my favorite. She's in a particularly challenging position in that her interests and temperament align her with the scientists working on the project, but security concerns limit her ability to connect with them, even - especially - her husband.

I'm very curious about her life before Los Alamos, but her view of life on the Hill is interesting to me as well.

Specific Prompts:
- How did she and Frank come to get married? How do they talk about their respective intellectual passions when the U.S. Army isn't always figuratively in the middle of the conversation?
- What was her experience of WWI and how does it affect her view of the current war?
- Canon shows us very little interaction between Liza and her daughter Callie; what is that relationship like? What are Liza's hopes and fears for her daughter?


Thank you so much, and happy writing!
Oh right, clothes and Julian "I Did A Masterclass In Eyebrows With Michael Kitchen" Ovenden.

I'm watching on Masterpiece so I'm only up to the fashion show )
In which Anthony Horowitz suddenly remembered how to tie A, B and C plots together.

spoilers, sir )
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My verdict: Pretty good for post-war.

My technique: www.filmon.com/group/uk-live-tv plus Hola Better Internet (plus [personal profile] breadandroses' computer, thank you sweetie, which can run a version of chrome a step or two less archaic than the version my machine will run.)

spoilers, sir )
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kivrin: Gaius with sunglasses and the word Dude (Gaius dude (mrs_leary))
( Dec. 31st, 2014 07:27 pm)
I wrote three stories for my first Yuletide.

The first, my assignment, was for The Bletchley Circle:

Clerical Work
They said, afterwards, that they’d done clerical work at Bletchley. They said that they were friends. Both were a little bit true.

Or, as my lovely recipient put it, "Susan being thoughtful, Millie being grumpy and smug and just very Millie in general, Lucy being so very darling and Jean as a matchmaking matriarch who knows and sees all. Period detail, gorgeous writing and a liaison in a storage cupboard."

(I'm particularly please with Jean as a matchmaking matriarch, myself.)


and two pieces for Foyle's War (because I am nothing if not predictable):

The Faithful
March, 1932. A meal at Carlo's restaurant brings encouragement to a grieving Detective Inspector Christopher Foyle.


A Good Work
“Crime is horrible,” Sam said, after a moment, “but isn’t it better that there should be good people working to stop it? And doesn’t that… matter, as much as making munitions or nursing casualties?"
[A missing scene from "Eagle Day" (series 1, episode 4)]
I started writing a dvd commentary for my own pleasure, but with a wordcount over 20K that gets both unwieldy and repetitive. Instead, here for my own reference are some scattered thoughts on Burn Brighter Through the Cold.

macro story stuff )

nuts and bolts )

Random small moments that made me really happy on the last reread:
- Foyle saying "Worryguts, both of you."
- Milner side-eying Sam when she says she could kiss him.
- Foyle apologizing to Sam as she and Andrew are trying to bring his fever down, and her answering "It couldn't matter less" just as he did when she apologized for not turning up at work after being bombed out in "Fifty Ships." (Attentive fans may note that there are a metric ton of callbacks to "Fifty Ships" in this story. That is because "Fifty Ships" is excellent.)
- Andrew offering to deface hymnbooks for Sam. "It might take a while."
- Sam asking Andrew if he wants to kiss her.
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kivrin: (Camelot (julesoh))
( Oct. 16th, 2014 11:46 am)
Hello, Yuletider! This is my first time at this rodeo and I am very excited both to write and to see what others write.

My name on AO3 is also Kivrin.

I will be so very happy to see fic in any of the fandoms I've requested. I've babbled a good deal here about what I love about each, and listed some prompts, but please don't feel limited by those if there's something else in the fandom that you're drawn to write.  You'll see there are a disproportionate number of prompts for Foyle's War - that's because I requested Any character there and so wanted to be sure to have prompts for characters individually as well as in combination, not because the other canons are of less interest to me!

What I like best: I love stories that fit into the interstices of canon - aftermaths of canon events, elaborations of references to past events, backstories, explorations of what-was-happening-back-at-the-ranch-while-[insert other action], and things like that. I love found families and deep friendships, so in romantic stories I particularly like it when the romantic partners' other relationships (friendly or familial) also play a role. Hurt/comfort, particularly with both physical and emotional elements, and with stoic or older characters needing to accept aid from others, is my bulletproof narrative kink.

Things I'm not fond of:
Stories in which suicide plays a prominent role are very difficult for me to read, and at this point I don't want to read nominated-character death, please.


FOYLE'S WAR
Requested Characters: Any (Andrew Foyle, Christopher Foyle, Paul Milner, Samantha Stewart)

what I love about it )

Foyle's War Prompts )


ADAM DALGLIESH  (novels by P.D. James)
Requested Characters: Adam Dalgliesh

what I love about it )

Adam Dalgliesh prompts )

QI RPF
Requested Characters: David Mitchell

what I love about it )

QI RPF prompts )


FAKE NEWS RPF
Requested Characters: John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman, Jessica Williams

what I love about it )

Fake News RPF prompts )

Thank you so much, and happy writing!
kivrin: Peter Wimsey in academic dress (academic lord peter)
( Sep. 22nd, 2014 05:16 pm)
So, you remember in Gaudy Night how Lord Peter's "John Doe" name for a student is "Mr. Jones of Jesus [College]" and upon meeting Mr. Pomfret he says something along the lines of "Good God, it's Mr. Jones of Jesus" to which Mr. Pomfret replies "Who are you calling a bloody Welshman?"

I have always been mildly perplexed by Pomfret's response, but recent browsing through the histories of Oxford colleges* has revealed that Jesus College was for a time (as in, for about two centuries, from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth though not at the time of its foundation in the early sixteenth century**) almost exclusively Welsh in student population, with fellowships reserved not merely for Welshmen but for men from SPECIFIC AREAS OF WALES.

So it's a college joke as well as a name joke.


* With the aim of choosing a college for Andrew Foyle. All we know, canonically, is that he's a member of the college Howard Paige attended, which is rather dire because given the apparent Trinity-Balliol rivalry it would be pleasing to send Paige to Trinity ("What could one expect of a Trinity man?" Lord Peter might say of HP) it would not be pleasing to condemn Andrew to the same fate.
**Insert Eddie Izzard routine about the attitude of Americans to history because that is the sort of face I keep making when I think hard about how long Oxford has been going.
The keyword for this icon is "Andrew" and when I scrolled through the list I thought "wow, when did I upload an icon of Andrew Foyle?"

I am actually considering signing up for Yuletide. Because Foyle's War. If I understand correctly, one can submit nominations without contracting to participate, so I could nominate FW, PD James' Adam Dalgliesh novels, and Something LM Montgomery, without necessarily condemning myself to a December of insanity.
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...so I wrote something.

Burn Brighter Through the Cold

In which Mr. Foyle is a grumpy patient, Sam is a frazzled but competent nurse, Andrew tries to make amends for being an idiot, Milner is nervous, and John Kieffer brings in bacon.

Post-"Bleak Midwinter," Sam/Andrew with significant Foyle & Sam and Foyle & Milner and Foyle & John Kieffer friendship going on.
What it actually says: seeking volunteers for a research study, blahblah qualifications, time/travel reimbursement available.

What I read: TIMETRAVEL reimbursement available.

***

- A lifetime of reading (mostly) amateur-sleuth mysteries is poor preparation for a police-procedural fandom, especially a very small one where there aren't fannish resources. I need a 20th-century law-enforcement equivalent of What Charles Dickens Ate and Jane Austen Knew.

- There appears to be no P.D. James fic in the world. Not even from Yuletide. Not even based on the dramatizations. I sort of expected there to be a small but devoted circle of Adam Dalgliesh/Cordelia Gray shippers writing multi-part curtainfic.

- Department of meta jokes: This bit of Acorn Media's "hey look at all the videos we'll sell you" montage, in which Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison says "Don't call me ma'am, I'm not the bloody queen" and there's a cut to Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle saying "Well, unfortunately, the evidence suggests otherwise."

- Apropos of the above, should The Doctor turn up, B&R and I are going to see tiny!baby!Helen Mirren in the 1965 National Youth Theater Antony and Cleopatra, with tiny!baby!Michael Kitchen in a small role. (And then we'll go see Antony Sher's Richard III and Patrick Stewart's Othello and the original cast of My Fair Lady and Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in The Crucible and...)

- Department of Foyle's War spoilers, Series 7/8 (depending on numbering) Ep 1: The Eternity Ring: Read more... ). Short version: still not planning to take anything after V-E Day as canon.

- I would really like to see the other scripts Anthony Horowitz apparently wrote for 1943 and 1944 but had to throw out due to ITV being all "hmph, only one more series for you."

- Connected only by WWII, Strange Glory by Charles Marsh is a very good life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It's... well, it's pretty grim, because Nazis, and there's a good deal of fairly serious theology covered, but it's readable and informative and I'm glad I'm reading it as my first Bonhoeffer bio and not the Eric Metaxes one.
I'm glad I spent some formative years of my early adolescence reading back issues of the Baker Street Journal in an academic library while my mother was working on her dissertation. First, it was a great deal of fun, and second, it was brilliant preparation for fanwanking canonical inconsistencies in other sources.

This is all by way of saying that Rosalind Foyle's vital statistics present a conundrum like unto Dr. Watson's wounds and wives, and while I'm not about to go full BSJ and dub Anthony Horowitz "The Shoddy Historian" or some such, I am deciding that for my own purposes 1) there's a typo on her tombstone 2) Andrew thought Sam was asking "how many years ago did she die" not "how old were you when she died."
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It appears that "All Clear" is to Foyle's War what "The Gift" is to Buffy, by which I mean "a point at which things could have ended in a coherent focused way, after which there is some flailing for direction that is at times extremely wince-y and involves characters acting like totally new people, who are assholes."

...maybe there's a "Once More with Feeling" still to come, and Sam does have extremely nice hair in "The Russian House," but... I am predicting that I am going to spend quality time with the episodes up though V-E Day and will watch everything else once and then pretend it never happened.
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Note to self:

DCS Christopher Foyle (Foyle's War) is a midcentury British detective who loves fly-fishing.

Alan Grant (The Daughter of Time etc) is a midcentury British detective who also loves fly-fishing.
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kivrin: Wash from Firefly in a hawaiian shirt (wash shirt (seanarenay))
( Feb. 27th, 2014 12:50 pm)
Recently finished Longbourn by Jo Baker, which is highfalutin' professional Pride and Prejudice fanfic. I say that in no pejorative sense. It is focused on the servants in the house, and their own lives and concerns of the heart which must be squeezed in around hauling water and doing horrendous gobs of laundry (menstrual rags for five women, sweet Jesus have mercy.) It's very good. The narrative is primarily centered around the housemaid, but there is a lengthy digression into the footman's backstory which is quite violent, so be aware of that.

Also recently read Time for Tea by Erica H. Smith, which is a very satisfying time-travel novel with mystery and relationship elements. I described it on Goodreads as being situated in the Venn diagram overlap between Kage Baker and Connie Willis, specifically the elements of both which I most enjoy. There's the future-worldbuilding-and-politics of Baker and the historical-detail-and-emotional-compellingness of Willis. I'm in a semi-anonymous gift exchange right now and I've bought a second electronic copy of the book to send to my recipient. (The recipient I know to be a fan of the Outlander books by Diana Galbadon, which is of course a totally different and to my mind far less satisfying genre of time-travel story.)

I'm in the middle of Tamora Pierce's first Beka Cooper book, Terrier, and I'm enjoying it very much. I loved the Alanna books back in the day but I haven't kept up very well with Pierce's later work. I really enjoy how the culture and especially the religion of Tortall have more detail and texture in this book.
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kivrin: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes looking elegant (Holmes (wens))
( Jan. 14th, 2014 10:01 pm)
As often with Sherlock, I enjoyed the experience of watching the episode but have mixed feelings about it, both in my cranky-cradle-Sherlockian mode ("but in the stories it went like blahBLAHblah not blahblahBLAH!!") and other modes.

Stand with me here upon the terrace )
kivrin: Wash from Firefly in a hawaiian shirt (wash shirt (seanarenay))
( Nov. 14th, 2013 09:46 pm)
I've never had a cable subscription. I've never even lived in a house with a cable subscription, unless you count college dorms. Partly that's urban privilege (I know in many areas, particularly mountainous ones, a cable subscription is necessary if you want to receive anything at all), partly that's recovering-hippie parents, and partly that's personal frugality/laziness. But it is a thirty-six-year streak.

And one little HuffPo article has me considering changing all that.

John Oliver Leaving The Daily Show To Star In An HBO Talk Show.

DAMN YOU, OLIVER! DAMN YOU AND YOUR WIT! AND SUCCESS! AND DIMPLES!
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