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Title: School Days And Brownies
Fandom: The Hobbit
Characters: Bilbo Baggins, Gimli, Gloin
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Summary: Bilbo meets Gimli for the first time, prevents a public incident, and still doesn't know what the Durins have against Elrond's family.
Author Note: Part 14 in the Violet Nights series.

Bilbo winced when he heard something smashCollapse )
16th-Apr-2014 04:54 pm - R.I.P Peaches Geldof (1989 - 2014)

She was so young - only twenty-five years old - and she'd already been through so much - her parents' very public divorce, her mother's death from a heroin overdose. Yet despite the rockstar father and terrible personal pain, Peaches Geldof grew up into an articulate young woman, married to her second husband, mother of two children, determined to give them a more stable children than she herself had had. She was a wild child whose exploits were often reported in national newspapers, all because of who her parents were, but she grew up. She modelled, wrote newspaper and magazine articles, and presented television shows. By all accounts, she seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and despite occasional impulsive decisions, looked to be making a good stable life for herself and her young family.

Her father, Bob Geldof, released a statement when her death was announced: "We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. We loved her and will cherish her forever."

No parent should live to see their children die. This family seems to be soaked with pain and tragedy. It just doesn't seem fair.

Her obituary in The Guardian
Title: As Good As A Rest
Fandom: The Musketeers (BBC TV Series)
Characters: Alice Clerbeaux, Aramis, talk of Alice Clerbeaux/Porthos and Alice Clerbeaux/Monsieur Clerbeaux
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Spoilers: Takes place after episode 1x08 'The Challenge.'
Summary: Alice Clerbeaux thinks fondly of the life she had with her husband, and of the time she spent with Porthos. She gains another understanding of the latter from Aramis.
Author Note: The fic's title comes from the saying "a change is as good as a rest."

"Thank you, madame, for giving him a dream."Collapse )

14th-Apr-2014 10:05 am - London baby :)
This past weekend, we celebrated my Dad's birthday early - his actual birthday is next month but my brother is home from abroad this month so hence why we're celebrating. We all met up in London to see a musical and have delicious meals and great times all round. The show we saw was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical, which is based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The musical is amazing fun, really silly and over the top but brilliantly constructed and performed and the two leads were amazing - Robert Lindsay, veteran actor who I've loved for a long time so it was wickedly great to see him performing live, and Rufus Hound, a comedian performing in his first musical and managing to maintain a good American accent too. It was a really great show that we all enjoyed and that's not easy to do considering the varied tastes my family has. Anthony loved it too, and there's only a few musicals he truly enjoys so that tells you a lot. It's being performed at the Savoy Theatre, an amazingly decadent place, all gold leaf and gorgeousness, they even offer champagne by the bottle for punters to buy. When you go in the front doors, everything in downstairs, only the lobby is on street-level, it's an amazing old theatre. Also it's right next door to the super-posh Savoy Hotel, the best hotel in London which my Dad trained at when he was younger. Oh yes.

The rest of the time was awesome in London too. It was great to catch up with Little Sis who has become Front of House Manager at the theatre she works in. I'm so proud because she got the job over people much older with more experience. She's had to give up teaching singing and working as an extra though because of the hours of this new managerial position but she's doing so well and enjoying it, despite having to deal with some difficult subordinates and very difficult customers, some of her stories were terrifying! How can people behave so badly at the theatre?! Good to catch up with my Bro as well, who is dating a Thai girl who is currently in the country so Mum and Dad will get to meet her before Bro and her both fly back to Thailand at the end of the month. He's recently got himself a flat in Thailand, he's very excited because there's a coffee-maker in it. As it's his birthday next month, I bought him two bags of very nice coffee as a present. I rarely get to buy him Christmas or birthday presents anymore as he lives abroad so I hope he likes the coffee :)

Anthony and I had fun wandering around London on Saturday - the parents and siblings went to Harry Potter World, Anthony's not a fan and I wasn't bothered so we had the afternoon to ourselves. We dived into the huge London branch of Forbidden Planet, Anthony bought a reissued Fourth Doctor novel Corpse Marker and the first Scott Pilgrim graphic novel while I got myself the Fourth Doctor story The Face of Evil on DVD and the Watchmen graphic novel which I've never read and always meant to. I really should read the classic geek texts and I've heard so many good things about it. We then went for a traipse around the British Museum, I'd never been before and wow is it enormous. Obviously we didn't go into every room, it was very busy and very enormous but I did get to see the Rosetta Stone which I found very exciting and lots of Egyptian artifacts, even some still-wrapped mummies. I'd have loved to have gone into the Vikings exhibition but you had to pay to get in and there were only so many tickets available sadly. Altogether, it was a really exhausting, emotionally and physically, weekend. I had a great time catching up with my family, we laughed and laughed and enjoyed each other's company so very much. Really, you can't ask for more than that.
11th-Apr-2014 11:18 am - Still trying to say goodbye
Today would have been Justin 'JewWario' Carmical's forty-third birthday. It's incredibly hard to think about that in all honesty. I still think I'm going to talk to him again and I keep thinking of things I'd like to tell him, before I remember he's gone and he's not coming back. This time last year I'd sent him some chocolate and a birthday card. I wish so hard that he was still with us, that his wife and parents weren't going to struggle with today. I think I'm always going to miss him, but especially today. I feel selfish saying it because I never met him, I never got the chance to, I wasn't super-close to him, but we were friends and had regular good conversations that I really miss now, and boy, did he leave behind a massive gap in so many people's lives. I guess we can all be a little selfish in our grief.

As Nash put at the end of crossover video he did with Justin and was editing when Justin passed, we love you Justin, we miss you.
Title: The Start A Simple Touch
Fandom: Formula 1 RPF
Characters: Daniel Ricciardo/Jean-Eric Vergne, Mark Webber/Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button/Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton/Nicole Scherzinger, Kimi Raikkonen/Nico Rosberg, David Coultard
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Summary: The Webber werewolf pack is small but close-knit, well-liked, and respected. One day, French tourist Jean-Eric Vergne runs onto their land, chased by the werewolf that bit him without his consent. Pack member Daniel Ricciardo is drawn to the now-werewolf Jean-Eric, realising almost instantly that they are mates. But he probably shouldn't tell Jean-Eric about that just yet because Jean-Eric has enough to deal with already, doesn't he?
Author Note: This fic was betaed by the superbly kind and speedy la_vie_chanson thanks so much shiny girl :) Fic title is a lyric from the song 'Heartbeats' by José González.

Read it here
8th-Apr-2014 10:53 am - R.I.P Mickey Rooney (1920 - 1914)

Mickey Rooney had a career in show business that spanned an amazing ten decades. He literally grew up in the business, performing in vaudeville as a child and of course acting as a teenager - he not-entirely-joked that he'd been playing a fourteen year old for thirty years. He was best known as the wholesome Andy Hardy, a character he played in fourteen films. He had a great on-screen partnership with Judy Garland and a close friendship off-screen with her that he described thusly 'We weren't like brothers or sisters but there was no love affair there; there was more than a love affair. It's very, very difficult to explain the depths of our love for each other.' He struggled the older he got to make great loved work but got there eventually. He won one Emmy, two Golden Globes, and a Lifetime Achievement Oscar and did great work later in films such as It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and The Black Stallion and made many appearances on multiple television shows. He became a character actor and he was well-loved for it.

Off-screen his life was very different to the wholesome image he portrayed. He was a womaniser and hell-raiser who married nine times. He would infuriate Louis B Mayer, the head of MGM, the studio he belonged to, because he constantly put his image at risk with his wild behaviour and back then image was even more tightly-controlled and important than it is now. Mayer reportedly yelled at him "Listen to me! I don't care what you do in private. Just don't do it in public. In public, behave. Your fans expect it. You're Andy Hardy! You're the United States! You're the Stars and Stripes. Behave yourself! You're a symbol!" Rooney had nine children and nineteen grand-children. He had lots of problems with money, filing for bankruptcy and fighting legally with a stepson claiming that he'd been financially abused.

He was a real symbol of that studio system and certainly had the personal problems associated with that sort of childhood and work life. But his work still shines all these decades later, both his young fresh-faced roles and his older character parts. He was a symbol of all kinds of things - all-American, bad marriages, a child star, and much more. He achieved so much and was still working in his elderly years. He lived to be ninety-two years old and wow, did he truly live those years. I don't know if I'd say that it was a life always well lived, but it was certainly lived to the full. An his name and his work will live on :)

His obituary in The Guardian.
His career in pictures can be found here.
His career in clips can be viewed here.
Empire Magazine announces his death here.
Title: Among Wolves
Fandom: Vikings
Characters: Princess Aslaug, Athelstan
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Spoilers: Takes place in the four year gap between episodes 2x01 and 2x02.
Summary: Aslaug doesn't understand Athelstan's place in Ragnar's life and household. She learns it though and sees his value.

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5th-Apr-2014 01:38 pm - So many birthdays
There's been a few birthday recently, so I am marking them here :)

First off, happy birthday to Psykoneko, my favourite ever catgirl. I'm glad you liked the chocolates we sent, I hope one day I can give you a birthday hug in person. I also hope your birthday was as special and sparkly as you are. Thank you always for your encouragement, support, and many other fabulous qualities. I feel blessed to know you.

Most importantly, happy birthday to my amazing Mother. It was her birthday yesterday and we had a lovely chat on the phone. We sent her two new pairs of clip-on earrings - she hasn't got pierced ears but loves to wear earrings and I was told that a gold pair of hers broke recently so I made sure to get her one nice gold pair - and a honey-scented soap that we bought in Germany, it even had a bee carved on it. She received some really lovely presents and had a trip out with her cousin who she's very close to. By the sound of it, she had the sort of amazing day that she definitely deserves. Love you Mum, one day I will bake you a birthday cake :)

Today, happy birthday to einfach_mich who continues to be a great Twitter buddy and an instigator when it comes to fic writing LOL. I feel very blessed to know you and very much enjoy whenever we get to talk. I really hope you have the marvellous day that you deserve, likely with plenty of wine ;) I hope there's lots of cake too :)
Title: On The Beat
Fandom: The Musketeers (BBC TV Series)
Characters: d'Artagnan/Athos/Aramis/Porthos, Constance Bonacieux/Bonacieux, Treville, d'Artagnan/Milady de Winter
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I don't own anything.
Summary: D'Artagnan is determined to make famous rock band The Musketeers pay, in particular lead singer Athos who once claimed credit for d'Artagnan's recently-deceased father's song. Instead, he finds himself playing lead guitar for them, finding a place with them, on stage and off. There's also a gorgeous dark-haired woman who spends many nights with him, determined to persuade him to sign with her boss as a solo act. D'Artagnan can't believe his luck, but things aren't as uncomplicated as they seem.
Author Note: A monster of an AU. Hope someone enjoys it :)

Read it here.
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