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Fanfic archive done

Having got my blog sorted, I went onto my fanfic archive. Which I thought would be simple, because the styling would be the same. But no, there were some differences. And then I decided I wanted to do a bit of editing on every single fic to make them look a bit better. I have 428 (149 are drabbles, in case that makes me look extremely productive).

I was going slowly through them until a certain five and a half hour tennis match this morning, during which I finished… It’s here, if you want to marvel at the lack of red (comparatively speaking). Technically red on white doesn’t contrast enough (it might look ok, if your vision is fine, but it doesn’t pass the tests). But I ignored that because to make it pass you have to go quite dark and I just didn’t want to. This is the only website where I can use whatever colours I like.

And then I finally wrote a transformative works policy. I keep seeing people ask for it in [info]snowflake-challenge and I kept ignoring it because I wanted to get my archive sorted out first. I don’t know why it needed that, but anyway. Now it’s done. And it turns out that AO3 only allows 2000 characters, and they add rel=”nofollow” to links, and I went a bit overboard making sure everything was covered, and thus had to cut it down a bit… And then I cut it down some more because some of it didn’t feel applicable to my archive. The full text is here.

Edit: And now I’ve fixed the plugin that generates the DW-looking links to users and communities.

New blog!

Sort of. I’ve been meaning to do something with my WP blog for a while. It’s really old and as I was making it new things came in, which I couldn’t then make work. So I’ve started again, ended up with something that works much better and is easier to change. It’s also less red.

The trouble with red is that you can’t use it as a font colour because it doesn’t contrast well with anything. And you can’t use it as a background colour with text on top for the same reason. Also, any changes I made to the theme also appear in the admin side and there was so much red I couldn’t read anything. It’s probably the amount of red that people will think is a reasonable amount, but I find too little.

But if you’re reading this on LJ or DW, then you won’t notice any difference.

Next up I need to re-do my fanfic archive. Which is part of the reason for doing this, because adding some of the tags is a pain. The only way to do it is to scroll through a list and it’s a bit long for characters. And the list is in a small box. Every alternative I found I disliked for some reason.

Also my home page randomly has no CSS, no idea why, but that will need fixing.

And then also I will update my DW layout to match. And move everyone I’m following on LJ over to DW so I can get out of restyling my LJ. My main reason for preferring LJ is that the comment emails include the post title in, so I know what it’s about. But since I send and receive comments more rarely these days, it’ll be obvious what it’s about even when it’s from DW.

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
The Autobiography of Mr. Spock by Una McCormack
I was a bit unsure about this one because Spock is my favourite character. But I knew I could trust Una and I was right. I knew a lot of it, although it turns out I’ve blocked a lot of things involving Michael Burnham from my mind and I was quite confused about some of it. I enjoyed it and I want Strange New Worlds to be on now.

A Guernsey Girl at the Chalet School by Amy Fletcher
Pretty standard Chalet School stuff really. Which is what I read these books for, so that’s ok.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This was Kobo’s 99p book of the day when I logged in to add something to my wishlist. I bought it because when I went to Edinburgh I felt really ill on the train home and could only cope if I had my eyes closed and was listening to a podcast (although strangely I was fine when we stopped at stations). The friend I was with was reading this book. I was intrigued by the title and she said it was good. And it was. It’s one of those books that are hard to summarise because there are a lot of secrets and they come out gradually, thus changing things. But I enjoyed it so much I still have a book hangover from it.

What I’m Currently Reading
Birds of Passage by Robert Mammone
I pre-ordered this last year and when it turned up I was completely confused until I saw that it was a Counter Measures book. But not the same as the Big Finish series. There’s nothing alien going on, as far as I can tell, and although there are references to the Shoreditch Incident and UNIT, there’s no mention of ICMG. Also Gilmore and Rachel are married in it. I ship them, but it turns out I’m more into the idea of them having occasional dinners rather than being married.

Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged) by Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry
I am really enjoying this, but making slow progress on it because it requires a brain to read. It’s in a similar style to the podcast and although a lot of it I know, there’s always more detail that I’ve forgotten or didn’t know. And it’s marrying up all the sciences, it’s not just a physics book. Obviously, but physics books are what I’m more used to reading when it comes to science.

What I’m Reading Next
I’m quite enjoying reading a fiction and non-fiction book at the same time and switching between them, depending on which I feel like at the time. So I may do some more of that. Kobo had a Boxing Day sale with more comedian’s books, so I have plenty of non-fiction to choose from, and a crate of mostly fiction to read. So it’ll be whichever ones I feel like reading next (or my library hold, once that comes in – I can’t remember what it is, but I know it’s a comedian’s book).

Live comedy in 2021

I was reminded about this when watching 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown yesterday. Huge Davies did three songs, all of which I’d heard when he was supporting Phil Wang.

This year I went to:
Colin & Brad – Scared Scriptless
I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
The Infinite Monkey Cage
Michael Spicer
The News Quiz x10
The Now Show x2
Phil Wang
Stand Up For Towel Day
No Such Thing As a Fish

Last year I went to 8 things. I went to more recordings of The News Quiz than that!

I already have 8 things in the diary for this year (and one for next year!) but since one of them is next weekend I am not going and risking catching Covid. So we’ll see how many of them I get to. And if I get tickets to any News Quiz, Now Show or Infinite Monkey Cage recordings (if they stay virtual).

New Year’s Book Resolution

I read this in separated by a common language and thought it was a great idea. To read more books than I acquire.

I have a crate of books to read and a load on my Kobo which is quite disorganised, so I’m not sure how many. I definition haven’t read some I bought in the Black Friday sale in 2020, never mind 2021. Plus my Chanukah books and then yesterday I went on the site to add something to my wishlist and discovered there was a sale. I just can’t resist 99p books. Plus I have a book voucher and some new books by authors I like that I haven’t got round to buying yet. And a lot of comedians wrote books last year and biography is pretty much all you can get in ebooks from the library.

So what I’m saying is I have a lot of reading to do to catch up. If I read more than I acquire then I’ll get through them in the end, even if only slowly, by attrition.

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Vicki in Venice by Lorna Hill. This arrived back in October and I was saving it, although I didn’t know what for. Then I was ill after my Covid booster, didn’t have the energy for anything that wasn’t easy to read, so I read this. Although I found even this hard to get into. I really disliked that one of the main characters in this, Jon, has been asking Vicki to marry him for years, even though she’s only 18 now. And then at the end he’s basically organised their wedding and orders her to marry him. And of course she does, because it’s that sort of book, even though she should have run a mile at that sort of behaviour.

Toksvig’s Almanac 2021. Once I set out to get it finished, I did. Although it was interesting, I have immediately forgotten pretty much all of the women in there.

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies. I knew this was going to be hard-going. I already knew his mother died when he was young because I went to his stand-up years ago and it was in his set. And I knew when the book came out that hew as abused as a child. But it was harder going than I expected because both of those things coloured his childhood so much. It’s sad that he had to go through all of that and no one could see that his behaviour at the time meant that he needed helping.

What I’m Currently Reading
Nothing! I just literally finished Just Ignore him, then came to write this post.

Although I read the first quarter of Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. After that point I thought “Do I have to?” and then realised I didn’t. It was just slow and I didn’t care whodunnit.

What I’m Reading Next
Maybe some fiction, after all the non-fiction I’ve read. I have a Chalet School book by someone else that seems like just the thing to read next.

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Watching Neighbours Twice a Day by Josh Widdecombe. As the book got to the later 90s then I did watch some of the same thing as Josh, so it was a lot more like a nostalgia book. I enjoyed it, but it’s not something I’d ever need to read twice.

And Away… by Bob Mortimer. All the comedians spent their downtime in 2020 writing books. I wasn’t sure about this one because it’s hard to know when he’s telling the truth, even when not on WILTY, so I wasn’t sure how true this would be. He does have some chapters with a set of stories from an era in his life and tells you in advance some are true and some are not. I have no idea which were true. But it was a really interesting read about his life, how he got into law and then comedy. And how he once took 16 sugars in his tea!

What I’m Currently Reading
Toksvig’s Almanac 2021. I’m halfway through now. I’m going to get this finished by the end of 2021…

What I’m Reading Next
I don’t know. I just looked at my books list on my Kobo and thought “Oh, I’ve got that”. So whatever takes my fancy.

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Nothing, since last time.

What I’m Currently Reading
Toksvig’s Almanac 2021. It is very interesting. There’s a fact about a woman for each day of the year – usually either on the day she was born or died. Plus some women who don’t fit into a date. And facts about each month at the beginning of each month and some other facts on interesting days. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from a Sandi Toksvig book. It is good, but a bit dense and I was thinking I needed a break from it for a bit when a library hold came in.

Watching Neighbours Twice a Day by Josh Widdecombe. I wasn’t sure about this book, so it being an ebook in my county library was great because I can read it for free. Having started it, I’m still not sure about it. It’s about the TV he watched in the 90s when he was a kid. I am enjoying it, but I can’t relate to it. So far all most of the programmes he’s mentioned I’ve heard of and know that lots of kids at school watched, but I didn’t.

What I’m Reading Next
So many choices, I don’t know. Kobo finally started their Black Friday sale, days after everyone else, so I got a few 99p books. And then Chanukah started, so I got some ebooks as presents. To say nothing of the books in my to read crate or the books I bought in last year’s Kobo Black Friday sale and haven’t read yet…