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11 May 2010 @ 01:49 am
Is it nap time yet?  
I had this theory I would take May off work. At this rate, I am grasping mid-June to mid-July as my first available sanity break. CURSES!

At least some writing is still happening, even if more slowly than it ought to, and my Eurostar compensation cheque from December has arrived, including a little extra to cover conversion rates at the bank, which is thoughtful! Spent Saturday catching up with some of my fave people, which was v jolly, and Sunday with Mr Brammers' birthday: he loved his gifts, hurrah! I had an awkward thing with two of my friends where both were a little bit less stellar than they usually are to each other, which led to upsets, and having spoken to them, they have both taken responsibility for the bits that were them and shown understanding for the bits that were the other person, which is so much nicer than when people fail to do either! And Mark Webber won the GP, which is also good news.

So aside from being exhausted and a serious illness in the family (one of the relatives I do not like, so no need for empathy, I just need to keep reminding myself that I would feel bad if said relative died immediately after I said 'But we have always hated each other!' and so say nothing like, regardless of how true it is), all is mostly well, if frantic.

Mr Brammers has decided that he would like to read one of my fanfic stories. I have had one piece of good advice on this so far, but on the basis that I never post at the moment and need to get some use from my paid account, I am going to make a poll! All stories are on my sticky post at the top of my LJ if you're currently saying 'Fanfic? I'm here for the rants on Australian politics. And I can't believe you're still holding back on KRudd and the Mad Monk!'

Poll #1562495 What should Mr Brammers read?

Which of her fics should Brammers give to her non-fanfic reading, slightly sarcastic, literate and somewhat supportively critical partner, given she wants this to end well?

Beneath Boundless Skies
Of Great Price
Dumbledore! The Musical
Little Red Courgette
Other (mention in comments, I will give you such a look if you suggest the cracky mpreg one!)
In other news, Vaysh and Maggie have a fabbo list coming together on the most-recced fic written since the end of canon. Check it out here! I have bookmarked it as a good reading list for mid-June, but if you have a better memory than I, get in and add your own suggestions!

And here is one of the most charming art pieces I've seen in ages: Hugo and Arthur out in the garden by leochi .

Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: DracoBoydHaughty/Charlotteschaosthemostepotente on May 10th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
It was a toss-up between 'Little Red Courgette' and 'Of Great Price' but in the end 'Of Great Price' won out. *g*
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on May 10th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Exact same here. :)
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la_marianela_mariane on May 10th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
"Little Red Courgette"! I so love your description of the Minister : all the pointless laws, the in-offics politics, ...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
It is a good laugh! I think I will give that to him if he likes the first one, as it is more at the fanon end. Baby steps!
rickey_arickey_a on May 10th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
my husband has read a couple of mine and he definitely enjoys the plot and action more than the romance aspects (he would even if it were het). I wouldn't do LRC because it, to me anyway, is far too fanon - It's the kind of fic you love (which I did) if you've read a lot of fanon H/D. So I'd say Price becaue the R/S is really canon based and you've got the war plot/issues going on in it. I think it's more of a man's fic. /2cents
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I was just chatting with Fray about how I always come up as a perfectly average man in IQ tests and other things that are meant to reveal 'brain gender'. Now you mention that the fic that I feel most 'me' is a man's fic ;-) I'm off to buy some beer and will henceforth belch in public!

But I do agree with you!
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Leochileochi on May 10th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you so much for the lovely rec!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU for the gorgeous art!
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Kareinakareina on May 10th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Of Great Price because it is so darn plausible in the context of the published books.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
After thinking about it and reading responses, that's the one I decided on, too, with Snatched close behind. Thanks for helping!
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on May 10th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I am thrilled to hear that "some writing" is happening. :) And thank you, Brammers, for promoting Maggie and my New H/D Favourites-thingie. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Today was woeful: two sentences! But I am loving the list! I can see the long list forming the basis of my reading for the rest of the year ;-)
Dedicated Escape Artist: Coffee Timejadzialove on May 10th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, I chose "Snatched" because it's got bad guys and behind-the-scenes media and cops and Finnish pastry and seemed like something Mr. B might like as an introduction into things fannish and slashy.

I had a tough time choosing though. "Beneath Boundless Skies" makes me cry, but I love it, and "Little Red Courgette" is madness of the best kind. I might actually have to read that one again very soon.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Snatched has ended up being my second pic in a very close run race. I think I am going with Of Great Price just because all the characters in it are adults in canon, so the fact there is a bit of sex and so on is not in any way confrontational if you're coming at it from the canon perspective. If he likes that, I'll back it up with Snatched, which is the best thing I've done in terms of pace and tightness, and then we can see about letting him into any of the loopier options ;-)

Thanks, love! And how is work? I've not wanted to interrupt you! The next 10K of Fathers is nearly there when you have time, alas, it is not the end by a long shot. Sigh.
siria on May 10th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
I was torn between "Little Red Courgette" and "For the Public Good", but in the end I chose the one that was already on the list. I wish I could read your fics for the first time, too! But alas, too late. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Your icon has had me giggling like a crazy person -- and thank you for the vote of confidence. I am a wee bit afeared: if he is patronising or hates them I may have to kill him, and then who will clean the cat litter tray?
Sarah: Nice Hair, Clever, Has Her Own Gun: /Slashthenotoriousso4 on May 10th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
I am sad to see that I am the only one who picked "other", but I have to say that nothing compares to "For The Public Good". That is one that I would read over and over again.

But maybe I'm a little biased because that is the first fic of yours that I ever read.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Cheers dears! I do love that fic, and I think it is my most accomplished piece of fest writing (I actually took time to edit it properly, for one), but didn't put it on the list because it was possibly just a bit too far down the 'fan' side of fan fic. But thank you!
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Leni Jess: Chocolate pears (art George Baldessin)leni_jess on May 10th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Having voted for LRC, which is killingly funny, I read the comments then looked at my hard drive. How would And Save Me From Bloody Men go down? That has zing in all sorts of ways.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's my backup if he looks horrified at the thought of 30,000 words! (which is apparently my natural story length. Shame that's useless for the real world ...)
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This Girlthisgirl_is on May 11th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I was torn between LRC and Snatched. LRC won out, based purely on the whim of the moment!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Who doesn't prefer unicorns to terrorists?
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on May 11th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Argh, it's a tie between Beneath Boundless Skies and Of Great Price! And I can only choose ooooooooooooooooone!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I am CRUEL! But decisive ;-)
Lisbet Karlsdottirlisbet on May 11th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I need to re-read all the stories tonight/tomorrow so I can vote properly! (yay, a fun project!)

I'm thinking 'Beneath Boundless Skies' right now, because that's the one I remember best.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Life's too short! Do something more fun instead! But thank you! (And I should clearly go to bed, the exclamation points are well out of control ...)