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Well, well. Here I am at Dreamwidth.

I probably won't be importing my entries from LiveJournal (mostly because they're an epic mess) but I'll probably start cross-posting some entries. For now I think LiveJournal will remain my main journal, with this one as a back-up (unless I develop a better sense of organisation here).

Nevertheless here's a little about me: )
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In the past hour I've watched a minor explosion of fic reading happen amongst some of the less-famous British comedians. All because some randomer decided to @mention them when reacting to something they'd found at the AO3.

Guys. It is HILARIOUS. Particularly poor Humphrey Ker having to deal with Penny Dreadfuls threesomes. And Matthew Crosby staying up an hour after he meant to go to bed, reading (sounds familiar, eh?).

I sense a forthcoming LOCK DOWN EVERYTHING moment in the BritCom RPF fandom but Gods, it's been fun watching.

I know a lot of people properly freak out about this kind of thing happening - but that's the internet, folks. If you're going to put something up you've got to take the risk it's going to be seen. At least they're mostly finding it amusing/interesting. Could've been a lot worse.

(Like, Gods, if one clicks on the BritCom tag and unveils the EPIC amount of Charlie/David and elects to tell them. Though Charlie being the person he is I suspect he already knows. Oh, and some Xander/Richard Osman rough sex is on the first page - please don't link them to it!)

One of the other Penny Dreadfuls is participating now. I can't even. Also - some of them are critiquiing character and offering concrit - like Matthew Crosby pointing out that he doesn't know Milton Jones (because there's this whole series, idek).

Best. Night. Ever.

This is why I love British comedians, pretty much. I mean. I think some of them are even leaving kudos.

(Clearly I have to make sure they're all written into the massive BritCom High School AU I've been planning for months. It has a cast of thousandes after all.)
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1. It's sticking in my mind because of the kind of person I am - it's the last day of The Recruiting Officer, um, today. You can tell from that cast that the last night party is going to be fucking epic. I'm sure everyone will get to see plenty of Tobias' hilarious drunk face.

I keep thinking about how, if it had been possible, I would've gone and seen it again and maybe stage doored in a way that I could've got a programme signed or whathaveyou. Then I realise that seeing it again would've always been more about a chance to speak to Messr. Menzies again and that that is not healthy behaviour for a Jen.

So, it's weird. I like. I feel really weird and sad about it? Which is a strange thing to feel about a play you're not even involved in (seriously, this is similar to the feeling I used to get when school productions were ending) but I think it's a weird potential thing more than anything. And a 'Knowing where Tobias is' thing. It's kind of comforting, knowing what he's doing.

Yeah. Way to not sound like a total creeper Jen.

(This is also similar to how I've felt about Sam Samuel West directing a show for Northern Stage and just knowing he was in Newcastle was oddly comforting.)

It's also, to be fair, a case of not knowing what the Next Thing is for Tobias (beyond the fact that he has a role in Hysteria whenever Hysteria eventually gets released) and desperately wanting to know what it might be.

*facepalm*

2. I saw Vincent & Flavia's Midnight Tango at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday and it was awesome (and touring, so people who like dance or just like SCD should try and see it) I understood the story and everything! I'm notoriously bad at parsing dance performances so this is a seriously impressive thing.

They're both so utterly amazing I can't even. I think I want to be Flavia. Though...probably without the dating Jimi Mistry part - you're adorable Jimi, with making her bento lunches and all, but not really my type.

OH my Gods, right, there was this bit where Vincent was fighting with his rival ~through the medium of dance~ and I had a 'It's all gone a bit West Side Story' moment before I clocked that it was proof that men can dance together and look amazing and Strictly really needs to get on the concept of same-sex dance partners if the pros would be down for it because seriously it looked amazing.

Basically from the fight onwards the show just gets more and more amazing culminating in Vincent & Flavia doing what they do best to arguably the most well known piece of tango music OF ALL TIME and I thought I was going to die of joy.

(I also welled up a bit when they did their first dance together? It's just. These guys have always been my favourite Strictly pro couple and this show completely reaffirmed that for me after the Jordans nearly stole the title last series.)

Apparently I have more ~feelings~ about it than I realised. (My Mum, on the phone to my sister afterwards: She hasn't really said anything since it finished. - Because the thing with me, and similar with my Dad too, is that when something really hits me, a surprise or a performance etc, I just go silent running. I might be able to Twitter but I just don't make many words with my mouth-hole for a while afterwards.)

3. HORRIBLE HISTORIES

It is back and it is magnificent and I just want to draw hearts around the whole cast (including the range of new folk we've had so far) for being so totally brilliant at what they do. Needless to say that each day this week my Tumblr folk have been Ben Willspammed up the wazoo.

I think maybe at some point I should throw together a post for the uninitiated amongst you so you can understand all this flailing over a children's sketch show.

4. On Sunday afternoon I caught a pigeon with my bare hands. BECAUSE I AM A PIGEON NINJA.

(A pigeon, trapped in our hall, and I stalked it, oh! how I stalked it, until I caught it and managed to set it free outside. Because I am a badass.)

5. I have booked time off so that I can go and see The Avengers Avengers Assemble* on opening day.

Get. In.

6. 6 has been cancelled due to leaves on the line. A replacement bus service will be leaving from 8.

7. For those of you that know my face I can be seen, briefly, a few times in this episode of Bang Goes The Theory. It's Liz's item about crowd control towards the end of the programme. Fun seeing how about an hour of faffing and experimentation becomes a 5 minute article.

(What you miss, of course, is things like Liz going "I love science!" and making a little fist-pump after the filming was over. And then Liz wandering around the room in search of cupcakes going "Cupcake, cupcake, cupcake" under her breath. She is so amazing, folks, I think my crush on her actually grew.)

Long time listeners know of my enduring love for Bang and Twitter users know that I've been a little sadface about never being able to help out with their crowd sourced experiments because NEWCASTLE - so when a call went out on the Tuesday I was in London for help with something on the Wednesday? I hesitated for a moment before summoning up all my courage and e-mailing off (trivia: I did this whilst standing outside the Donmar because I was so early the theatre wasn't open yet) to them.

(I got confused and went to Television Centre before being directed to the right place by a very helpful receptionist dude. And I didn't freak out too much internally. Which is kinda a big deal.)

Was I a bit sadface that it was just Liz? Slightly? But that's only because I mostly can't separate the three presenters in my head. That being said - I think all hell would've broken out in my head if Jem had been there. (I joked after seeing the crowd pressure item with Jem in this episode that if I'd been involved in that experiment I probably would've ended up under a restraining order. Jostle up against Jem for science? SIGN ME UP. #inappropriatereaction)

So. Yes. Me! On telly! Life ambition: check!

8. I bought Kid Icarus: Uprising for my 3DS (oh, I love that little console so much and I will argue TO THE DEATH its right to exist) and OMGS that is a pretty game. It's a game given over to much replaying of the levels as you try to best them completely and there's moments in each level where I still go 'wow' each time I play them.

Stunning game and blastedly difficult for a gamer like me (that is - not a power gamer and thus a constant flailing to the end of each level).

Speaking of which - I think I shall have a little more frustration before I turn out the light. I have a haircut tomorrow! which is more a trim than anything but still, lovely tidy hair to look forwards to on the morrow.

*UK title. I wasn't mad about it the way, oh, EVERYONE was. This is because I have experienced, in the real world, a lot of people thinking that I meant the British The Avengers with Steed and Peel et al. So I get the reasoning. Plus - it's really not that bad a title.

And, hey, there's a good reason for it. Unlike Philsopher's Stone/Sorcerer's Stone - which is a comparison I saw a lot.
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I meant to make this entry on, uh, Saturday? But I got distracted, as always.

1. Hell week was over on Sunday. I was bizarrely jubilant by the end of it considering how horrific things had gotten by Thursday - as Twitter can attest. I genuinely did think I was going to have a panic attack on the afternoon and by the evening my mood had swung about so far that I was quite worried about myself.

But it's over now.

2. Yesterday, amongst other things, the front door literally fell off our building. It was just one of many unfeasible things that happened because of WEATHER to my workplace. It was a ridiculous day. Ridiculous.

3. I finished watching the last of Dirk Gently on Friday night. I think, as my friend Josh said, that Dirk is the role Stephen Mangan was born to play - he's rather perfect at it.

It also gave me interesting thoughts about the near-constant use of subtext in buddy shows and how, actually, it doesn't have to be there after all (I've sort of been operating on the assumption that it was just a thing modern writing was afflicted with). Therefore it is is deliberate in, say, the USA Network shows and Sherlock and I'm not sure how I really feel about that. Because the thing about Dirk Gently is that even though MacDuff is constantly throwing words around like 'partner' and Dirk actually vaguely admitting that he needs MacDuff - there's no actual subtextual rumblings.

As much as I would like to ship Dirk/Richard (because Stephen Mangan/Darren Boyd is a v. pretty thought) there's no indication for it. That's almost amazing in this Age of Bromance.

There's probably a whole big thinky post in this but, tbh, I can't summon up the mental energy to write it.

4. I saw The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists! and rather loved it! I often get distracted during Aardman films by the sheer strength of their craft and I think they've pushed themselves even further with this film. They're genius.

And, naturally, I ship the Pirate Captain/The Pirate With A Scarf. Because they are perfect. (I'm now reading the books, which are decidedly not for kids, and chortling along with them.)

5. There is no five, I think, and no more to this entry, I guess. My mood is swaying in and out of malaise and joy, which is making doing ~things~ awkward, and forcing activity doesn't really work.
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Equals a £15 shortage in one of the floats.

What a tremendous start to a shitty week. There's a lot of ranting and swearing I could do about the shit that's been happening but I've already done that at my sister so instead I will just weep quietly in the corner.

(It basically boils down to: I don't need what feels like a targeted campaign of shortages when I'm undergoing CBT and my mood swings are worse than usual.)

Trying to cheer up with Dirk Gently (because I love Stephen Mangan's face in it) and the thought that Horrible Histories will be back on April 9th!

(So far it is only barely working.)
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1. David Mitchell and Victoria Coren are getting hitched! And I love that they went about it the properly old-school way by making an announcement in the Times. ♥_♥

(This, as I've mentioned on the Twittermachine, amuses me endlessly because a certain RPF fandom started shipping them before they even got together. FICTION BECOMING REALITY.)

If they decide to produce offspring those children will be the cleverest, most sarcastic the world has ever seen.

2. I'm heading into a 10 day period where I'm nominally in charge of my workplace (sharing the duties with an AM from another branch), including two godawful long Fridays so I would very much appreciate a trickle of happy making things from my flist over the next week or so.

Or, you know, Tobias Menzies delivered to my door. That'd work too. :D

3. Speaking of - I may have accidentally become a little addicted to a 14 (FOURTEEN) year old series of Casualty because of Messr. Menzies. I had intended to just watch his 11 episode run - but I've accidentally become invested in several of the other characters. So I'm going back and acquiring the other episodes, now that I've finished his run, to find out what happens to everyone.

Here's the main thing Twitter got from me whilst watching: HOW ARE YOU SO GOOD YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE SO GOOD IN YOUR FIRST JOB OUT OF RADA YOU SHIT.

These were, quite genuinely, the first episodes of Casualty I've ever watched. Amongst them there were a handful bonkers accidents and slightly implausible situations. Also: bb!Martin Freeman and bb!Parminder Nagra, a surprise!Tony Robinson and a host of surprisingly good patients of the week.

I am now running desperately low on Tobias-centric media which makes me very sadface. BE IN MORE THINGS, TOBIAS! DIRECTORS, HIRE TOBIAS FOR MORE THINGS.

4. I'm intending on seeing The Hunger Games on Saturday! About this I am excited. I bought a Littlest Katniss when I was in London so I'm guessing she'll probably come along with me. Because I am that geek, apparently.

And then on the following Wednesday it's The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists! Which is a film it feels like I've been excited about for an incredibly long time. Aardman, you know? Plus pirates. And the original teaser had a song in it that thrilled me.

There's a fish in a hat and the last dodo, ripping, roaring and a yoho, Charles Darwin and his monkey Bobo - AND THE PIRATE CAPTAIN!

5. And finally, going back to Tobias (as I do quite constantly these days), Colleague P managed to get so turned about by my telling of the Encounter that he somehow got it into his head that I was actually seeing him.

Now, I know I can be familiar about actors etc that I admire/fancy/adore/love (only ever referring to George Clooney as Gorgeous George springs to mind) but I really don't think I've ever given that impression.

(Unless it was the part where I admitted that meeting him in person may have accidentally triggered the switch in my brain that says I'm allowed to have real person feelings about him rather than just fannish feelings. Oops.)
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Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Via the lovely [profile] huskyteer I have the following questions to answer for you

Under the cut, of course! )

Oh, that was very rambly. Funtimes!
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This is. I still can't really even about this? But yeah. Okay. This will be massively disjointed, I should point out, because that's the only way I can think about it coherently. This is basically because every time I've thought about how to write this down it's started out making sense and just descended into my flailing at the nearest object and going HIS FAAAAAACE~ (or sometimes: HIS FUCKING FAAAAAACE~). So, um, I apologise in advance?

So the play finishes and I go outside the Donmar (where it was quite cold, really) despite the fact that the cessation of the constant state of anxiety I'd been in since I bought the ticket had resulted in my legs turning to the approximate consistency of jelly. I feel a bit awkward hanging about so I ring my Mum (despite low phone battery) to have a little flail about how great the play was and how perfect Tobias is etc etc.

Whilst I'm on the phone Mark Gatiss comes bounding out of the Donmar and off down the street. Not long after him comes Mackenzie Crook and then Aimee-Ffion Edwards, who head off in different directions. Then I see a whole bunch of folk coming down the stairs inside and assume that Tobias is amongst them (and I assume this, sad to say, mostly because I'm fairly certain I've spotted his ridiculous gangly legs) so I say goodbye to Mum and take to pacing about outside in an effort to contain the nervous energy.

I espy him at last, through the glass doors, and the first thing I think is: FUCK YOU SIR because he's wearing a trilby. The bastard. (Who wears hats?! I later opined to a friend. Uh, you? was the answer. *cough*) Wearing a trilby and with his jacket slung over his shoulder and the bastard just looked smooth and cool and, yeah, I could see how this was the guy who reportedly split up Kristin Scott-Thomas' marriage.

I digress.

I was across the road (where I'd been doing a passable impersonation of "someone who is waiting for a lift or something" whilst more of the cast poured out onto the street speaking to people who were obviously friends who'd come along to see the play) at that point so I moved over again, still pacing a bit, and could see Tobias signing something for someone inside. Shit, I thought, I should've stayed inside where it's significantly warmer. At this point I was still thinking I'd get him to sign my program or something so I had my program clutched a bit to my chest and pen tucked up my sleeve because that's how I roll, yo.

(Though, in all honesty, I wasn't sure what I was even going to say to him because I was still uncertain about whether or not I'd be able to beat my own anxiety enough to speak to him.)

Tobias finally comes outside and through some surge of energy I didn't even know I possessed I sort of maybe leap towards him? A little bit? (I should point, I did meet his eyes first, so it wasn't like a total surprise attack.)

A, slightly paraphrased, vague transcript of events )

In conclusion: TOBIAS JUST STOP HOW ARE YOU EVEN REAL I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID THAT AND YOU WERE WEARING A HAT AND, as I said to my mother on the phone, HE COULDN'T BE MORE PERFECT FOR ME IF HE TRIED THE BASTARD.

I am ruined. Because this is the saddest thing of them all: before he was a face on a TV screen that I adored. Now he is a face that I have spoken to and that has seen my face and he is a real person that I am apparently starting to develop actual real person feelings for which are just so very unhealthy.

Actually, yes, I forgot to mention. I sort of booked it along the street, in what I thought was the opposite direction to Tobias & Co, because of reasons. By the time I got to the street corner I'd given in and pulled my phone out to call Mum, all aflail, and I looked over my shoulder to see them walking along not that far behind me, which made me turn blindly back in Covent Garden direction when it would've been better (I discovered the next day) to move towards Leicester Square, and it was this whole flaily mess of an extended thing.

And thus ends the tale of How Jen Had A Conversation With Tobias Menzies Which, On Reflection, Contained More Flirting Than She Realised. And, hey, those of you who're going to see the play? If you happen to see Messr. Menzies tell him I say hello. :D

Tomorrow, in a flocked entry because it involves Real!Jen, I will tell the story of How Jen Volunteered For a BBC TV Show And Might End Up On TV.
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(First: thank you to the people who expressed kind thoughts in my direction. I got to say goodbye to my cat and am mostly okay.)

Okay. It's best to start my recounting of this latest London trip with a review of The Recruiting Officer. I know a couple of you have tickets to see it later on in the run so I'm not going to make it exhaustive but I may not be able to resist a few spoilers in amongst the squeeing.

I preface thusly: I love theatre but I never see as much as I want to. Entirely my own fault for not making an effort to make it to the various North-Eastern theatres I have easy access to. So most of my experiences with theatre are things I'm seeing for very specific reasons: Avenue Q because a) I wanted to see it and b) Daniel Boys, RAGAD for Jamie Parker & Samuel Barnett, Panto for the Barrowpants. The Recruiting Officer for Tobias Menzies.

It generally means that I'm not entirely unbiased when I talk about things. Just a warning.

That being said: The Recruiting Officer was fantastic )

This goes out of a cut: for those of you that are attending - try and get into the theatre itself as soon as it opens. They begin building the atmosphere almost the moment the first few people are let in (I was, like, fourth in I think, because I was so excited) with the actor/musicians creating wonderful music and then some other stuff which I shan't spoil outside the cut.

And back under the cut we go )

In conclusion: it was fantastic and everyone was fantastic and I love everyone in this bar I wish I could see it again.

Outside the cut I can talk about how: I couldn't stop grinning* all the time Tobias was on the stage, whether he was being funny or not; there was a point early on in the second half where I literally flailed because I was so amused; the bit where my internal monologue actually shut down whilst Tobias was on stage.

I recommend it highly to anyone who're lucky enough to be able to get tickets. And to those of you that already do: I'm jealous that you have it ahead of you (and you must come talk to me all about it when you've seen it).

Coming up next: On How Jen Had A Conversation With Tobias Menzies Like A Real Human Being.

*This is a thing my Mum pointed out to me when we were watching Forget Me Not - that I just smile/grin at him the entire time he's on screen. Since she pointed it out I've become incapable of not noticing it and I've discovered that I just can't stop. There were moments during the play where I tried to smooth the grin out of my face because my cheeks were hurting, but I couldn't. Physically incapable.
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I will, soon, be writing up a mostly flailing* review of The Recruiting Officer. I will be recounting the Adventure Of Jen Having A Conversation With Tobias Menzies. Also to which I will add a brief summary of What It Is Like To Be In An Experiment For BBC's Bang! Goes The Theory. Plus sundry other adventures.

But at the moment I'm in a slightly unwritey place because tomorrow, in the midst of my split-shift break, I will be going to the Vets to say goodbye to my cat of 13 years. )

So, yes. I could do with things of a cheerful nature (though, obviously, not things to do with cats) to buck my spirits. Tomorrow isn't going to be a fun day.

*Times That I Actually Flailed: 1, early on in the second half, before resorting to further desperate clutching of my coat in an effort to stop myself.
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TODAY I AM GOING TO LONDON

TO SEE TOBIAS IN A PLAY

I AM POSSIBLY TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS

ALSO SLIGHTLY NERVOUS

WHICH IS WEIRD

BECAUSE NORMALLY I'M NOT NERVOUS ABOUT STUFF LIKE THIS

REGARDLESS

COMING YOUR WAY LONDON
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1. I posted yesterday about Eternal Law not getting a second series and how sadface that made me. I said on Twitter, after reading Sam Samuel West's twitters about it, that ITV could've taken some of that Downton money given it another shot - in a better timeslot (Thursday is a weird night) and with tighter writing (sometimes I think TV writers need betas too) it could've been really successful.

*sigh*

On the upside I can write whatever the hell I want for post-series fic? (Like the one where Zak ends up mortal and Richard has to watch him grow and it turns out that SPOILERS and I weep just thinking about it.)

2. I saw The Phantom Menace in 3D today. Yes: I know it's a terrible film. Yes: I know what it did to your childhood. Yes: I know that the 3D conversion is solely to fleece more money from people like me. No: I don't give a shit about any of that.

For me: it was brilliant. For my mother: it was hilarious watching me speak along with Obi-Wan, indicate where the fight scenes were going, act out Boss Nass' mannerisms and faux-conduct the score all the way through.

In 1999 I saw TPM 7 times. The first time with my sister while we were on holiday in Sydney for my birthday. The last time by myself as it came to the end of its run. Between that I saw it five times with a particular friend (a couple of those times other people were with us). He and I developed a pile of in-jokes that came back to me throughout the film.

Basically: this film was a massive part of my life and I know that I lot of people are still angry about it (Simon Pegg acts like he isn't, but that's a lie) but I quite genuinely couldn't care less.

3. So on March 6th I am going to London. I will be staying with two of my favourite people in the world (who I haven't seen since November) and seeing Tobias Menzies' faaaace. On March 7th I'm not leaving until 6ish and have no concrete plans so if anyone is available for lunch or hanging out or whatever I would love to see them!

I am excite. And generally quite cheerful at the moment. Which is a nice place to be.
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Take Me Home (3140 words) by faviconJenNova
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Vaguest of vague spoils for 1x02.
Relationships: Zak Gist/Richard Pembroke
Summary: Their present, their past and Zak is really just too tired for this.

As I said on Twitter while I was writing this: it was meant to be for the Porn Battle but a) took too long and b) the porn just didn't want to happen.

I don't know, you guys, I want to write porns for them, I do! I just really love writing around them and getting them talking and thinking and stuff. *hands*
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So earlier today the ever wonderful [profile] donna_k linked me to some photos from The Recruiting Officer's first night party. Naturally these were very relevant to my interests. So many pretty people.

And then Tobias, like this:

PAISLEY AND A CRAVAT?! )

Because, I don't know, Tobias seems to have an interesting fondness for paisley? But I'm more amazed by a man under 40 wearing a cravat to an after-play party. I just. HOW ARE YOU EVEN REAL, YOU PERFECTLY STRANGE MAN YOU.

BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to an excellent tip-off from [personal profile] oxoniensis I have managed to secure a ticket to the play! So now I won't be going to London on the weekend of my holiday but rather the end of it. Which means, if anyone can help out, I only need a bed to crash in for the night of Tuesday 6th. (I'll go down to London on the afternoon and come back home on the Wednesday evening. Saves me from being in London too long and, thus, spending more money than I have.)

And now continuing with the TOBIAS JUST STOP part of the entry. In my occasionally compulsive googling of him I stumbled upon an interview with a random York based thing. It's a nice little interview with some good tidbits. Highlights for me included:

He has known Zak forever and a day (literally as they are immortal), and they are old friends and bitter enemies.

Because I'm ridiculously happy that he sees them the same way as I do (and I'm writing them).

As for whether I share any similarities with an amoral, ruthless, charming, psychopathic, alcoholic, womanizing servant of beelzebub, well, let’s just say...yes.

Because: hnnng, that is a nice description of Richard.

Zak is an old friend and rival, we’ve grown up together, Zak has just always been there being over-earnest and pompous, but that’s Zak.

Because MY EMOTIONS.

As for Tom, Richard sees himself in Tom’s precocious talents and in his questioning spirit.

Because: now that is interesting. And helpfully nails down what I've been trying to express about the way Richard tries to get to Tom.

There's also the pleasure at realising that he already knew Sam Samuel because he did The Cherry Orchard at the Crucible in Sheffield while Sam was the artistic director. And rounding out the interview this:

I’m a walker and whenever I had time I made it out to the moors which are breathtaking.

CAN I GO FOR A WALK ON SOME MOORS WITH YOU TOBIAS? BECAUSE I TOTALLY LIKE WALKING TOO. WE COULD WALK ALL DAY IF YOU LIKE*.

And now I'm going to watch The Duel, in which he stars opposite current fandom favourite Andrew Scott**, because apparently period!Tobias is amongst my favourite kinds of Tobias***. (I rewatched Persuasion on Saturday - in between flailing at Rupert Penry-Jones and HIS FACE and being weirded out that I'm currently the same age as Anne Elliot I found myself finding it difficult disliking him as William Elliot, despite him being the bounding cad of the story, because hat and sideburns and ~faaaaace.)

*Not actually a euphemism. I really must remember to talk to you all about the shift in my sexuality. Actually, IDK, shift isn't the right word. It's more like I have a better understanding of myself, post-The Boy, and which label is closest to right for me.

Still queer as a (okay, I went to look up a simile here because I wanted to be light about it and I can't even) coot****, though. All of the people are attractive to me. All of them.

**I'm aware that he's been a favourite of the more theatre-y of you for longer than he's been a fandom favourite. I'm just referring to the explosion of his face every where I look since Sherlock S2.

***To be fair, at this point ALL OF THE TOBIAS' are my favourite Tobias. Apparently this has just been lying in wait since Rome. Waiting for the right combination of character and presence.

****No but seriously. Why a coot? I mean, I know they're fairly odd looking - but they're not the oddest looking bird in Britain. Which, to my endless quiet pleasure, is something that Sam Samuel West could also tell you. ♥_♥
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1. Hey, everyone does that thing where they imagine a variety of futures for themselves involving relationships with favourite celebs and winning awards and interviewing themselves in the style of Parkinson even though he's retired, right?

Or is it just me who didn't get to sleep until 3am (after turning the light off at 2am) because I was too busy planning a production of King Lear with Tobias Menzies as Edmund (because you know he'd be kinda perfect and he's only played Edgar before which is fft, whatever, Edmund is amazing *has something of a crush on Edmund*) with someone like John Hurt as the quietest Lear ever?

*cough*

(In all seriousness, though, I'm having weird theatre feels at the moment. A lot of remembering how much I enjoyed directing/writing in college and thinking about play writing and the like. Which are not feels I was expecting to have at age 27 and 8 months precisely.)

All of which brings us nicely to:

2. SO! I am on holiday from 1st March. Harumble! And, I am developing a plan which involves me going to Londontown. Which neatly coincides with The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse. Which is sold out because it's the Donmar but I'm going to take a shot at day tickets because: TOBIAS MENZIES AS AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY BOUNDING CAD? YES PLEASE THANK YOU.

In seriousness, well, I mean if there's a chance of seeing an actor I'm more than a little obssessed with I very much want to see on stage, um, on stage? I'm going to take it.

All of which means that usual thing - being the terribly poor person I am and thus being able to afford train tickets and theatre tickets and nowt else I'm wondering if anyone has a bed available for me to crash upon on the nights of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th (cheapest travelling days for me are Friday and Monday, otherwise it'd be a shorter trip). I know I prevail upon you London folk on average at least once a year and I love each of you who've put me up over the years. You're wonderful. And if you ever need me to return the favour I will.

If anyone ever wants to come to the North-East.

No-one ever visits me.

:(

*squints one eye open* Is the guilt trip working yet? :D

Seriously though - if anyone's got room around then I'd be <3_<3. And, of course, I'd like to see as many of you London-centric folk as possible whilst there. Particularly new folk or folk I haven't seen for a while.

3. Speaking of you folk! Lots of love to [personal profile] morganmuffle, [profile] twilightthief and Signe for my hearts. I got little warm fuzzies when I got the e-mails. <333333

My sister has been doing this thing (I did tell you guys that I'm living with my sister now, right? I thought I'd have more money. WRONG. But there is less panicking about it, which is nice) where she keeps inviting me out with her and her friends to some local buskers night. She doesn't think I'm being social enough, is the undertone (and this sort of quietly badgering behaviour is a classic of our aunt's), and I'm going to guess it comes back to the usual thing about me appearing to have no friends.

My Folks, thankfully, have come to realise over the years that the Talesians and you guys (particularly those of you that put up with a sleep-starved me in Cardiff all those years ago ♥) are very real friends to me. People that have supported me and loved me and been wonderful to me over the years. I get the feeling my sister still can't quite get that into her head - how real you all are to me whether I've met you in person or not.

The point of this point, I guess, is that you guys make me happy. And I figure today is a good day to say that. (Well, would've been if I'd finished this earlier instead of getting distracted by a repeat of Sirens episode I.C.E.)

4. I am still endlessly filled with Eternal Law FEELS (there will be a lot of Eternal Law a lot because Richard is just made for me, I swear) which were ebbing a little before I got my DVDs today and got excited again.

Despite the fact that I still have the last three eps on my Sky+ box and I have the whole series acquired on my computer. *cough*

I'm thinking that I may try some picspams or such like in an effort to coax those of you that didn't watch into watching. Basically my thinking being that, hey, if enough DVDs sell maybe ITV will order another series and I'll get to see more regular Sam West and Tobias Menzies on my TV.

You tell me, flist, how best I could tempt you into my new (and tiny) fandom. I will try my utmost to tempt you hard.

5. Off to see The Muppets with my Mum on Wednesday. Only, like, 3 months after the US. *grumbles* We're going during the day because the Empire is really bloody cheap during the day and, as it's half-term, I'm fascinated to see how a generation of kids who've probably never seen the Muppets before will react.

6. And finally: three (technically 4, but that one's only in internal development) Eternal Law fics in various stages of writing. One features my first attempt at getting inside Zak's head. One will be ensemble and thus multiple PoVs. One is Richard having a not entirely brilliant day (everyone else has a great day).

I wonder which one will make it to completion first?

(In other words: be very, very quiet but - I think the words are coming back. My relief could be bottled it is so palpable.)

Okay, seeing as you ask:

1. And Richard wanted. He always wanted. That fierce, burning want in him had been what drew Zak to him billions of years ago, was what had made Zak stay at his side even when he started talking treason and why Zak turned away from him when Richard begged him to fall. Because it was terrifying, yes, and because Zak found himself wanting too.

2. “You should come,” Hannah said, surprising herself and, if his expression was anything judge by, Richard. “Yes. Come. I'm sure you'd enjoy it.”

“I don't know,” Richard said, drawing the words out with hesitancy. “Zak and I don't exactly see eye to eye on many things – he probably won't want me there.”

“Look, Richard,” Hannah put her hand over Richard's where it was still tapping on the desk. He went completely still. “You and Zak, you're the main two people I know here. I don't think it's so bad that I want my boyfriend and my boss to get along.”


3. Richard was passing briefs onto one of the secretaries - Maurice? Michael? Something like that – when Hannah rushed into the office, bringing the scent of hastily applied perfume with her. Richard raised an eyebrow at her, recognising yesterday's blouse and skirt, and she blushed a deep red.

“Last night's clothes?” he asked, cocking his head to one side. Hannah flushed deeper.

“I'll go and get changed at lunch,” she said, flustered. She knocked a stack of notes from her desk and swore quietly.

Richard was torn between the urge to mock and the urge go and drown himself in the Bell's in his bottom desk drawer.


(I'd feel sorry for Richard in that last one but, well, fallen angel. He brings it on himself.)
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Because, okay, I really cannot stop thinking about it basically and I've watched it, idk, 6 or 7 times now? So here is the breakdown analysis that I keyboard smashed at dearest Loz in a massive DW comment.

Usual meta stuff applies: this is just my opinion and stuff and as terrifyingly good as I appear to be at figuring out what Tobias Menzies is doing with his acting I'm not actually him and can't truly speak to what his motivations are.

(But I think I'm pretty fucking close, all the same. :D)

Under a cut to avoid spoils for 1x06.

BASICALLY I HAVE LOT OF FEELS OKAY? )

It's amazing. I just. Tobias and Sam are so brilliant. There's so many layers in the scene. I mean, most of that hideous flailing up there came from the first viewing (where I was literally chin handing in my astonishment) and some of the closeness of it came from the repeated viewings.

In conclusion, folk that didn't watch Eternal Law: go look at these gifs and then go and race through the episodes so you can actually see the scene in action. Because the evens I cannot are incapable of being textually rendered.

ETA: I've got a million fic ideas (lies, it's much less than that) but the one I'm choosing to work on next is karaoke themed. I have chosen the best song for Tom. No-one will ever convince me that it is not the song he sings every time the office drags the angel lawyers to a party. Every. Time. (Amongst other ideas: a 40s thing that, if I say so myself, is going to be amazing. A story where Richard doesn't have the best of days post 1x06. A Mrs S. smackdown on Richard after his appalling behaviour towards her. A 5+1 I've been working on since the start of the show which accidentally turned into the story of how Richard Pembroke Came To Be.)
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JEN CAN'T COME TO THE JOURNAL RIGHT BECAUSE ETERNAL LAW HAS KILLED HER

KILLED HER WITH ~FEELS

I CAN'T EVEN

I CAN'T SEEM TO MAKE CAPSLOCK GO OFF WHAT IS THIS I CAN'T EVEN

THAT EPISODE CONTAINED ONE OF THE GREATEST SCENES I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE AND I JUST

TOBIAS MENZIES WHAT ARE YOU HOW ARE YOU REAL

AND SAM WEST DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU

AND YOU UKWELI ROACH CAN STAY FOREVER

AND ORLA BRADY I WANT YOU TO BE MINE

AND HATTIE OH HATTIE EVERYTHING IS SO CONFUSING FOR YOU AND I LOVE YOUR FACE

BASICALLY IT BOILS DOWN TO THIS:

RICHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARD
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Here is the story that anyone who a) knows me and b) watches Eternal Law was coming as soon as 1x05 finished.

Where Holy Brightness Breaks In Flame (7395 words) by faviconJenNova
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Eternal Law
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Richard Pembroke/Zak Gist
Characters: Richard Pembroke, Zak Gist, Tim Latimer, Billy Prior
Summary: Wherein Richard goes to war and almost falls upwards by the end.

Now I sleep. Zzzzzz.
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