13 October 2017 @ 06:54 pm
I don't get it...  
So, when I saw that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was going to be on TV the other day, I hit record. I've somehow managed to never see it, and it's one of those films that everybody else has seen and references in books, TV shows, films, etc. so yeah, I thought I'd give it a go.

Oh, dear.

Maybe I missed something. Maybe I'm far and away from the target audience. Maybe it hasn't aged well. I have no idea what the problem is, but I don't get it.

Now, I'll admit I'm not a huge Western fan, but there are certain ones that I like. I watched Crossfire Trail because Christian Kane was in it but then ended up loving it in a more general sense after I actually saw it. I love The Magnificent Seven (the original one). The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., though as much comedy as anything else, was at least half Western and I dig it. Butch & Sundance? Sorry, no.

I always thought, from what I heard, that they were heroes or something, but they were train robbers and bank robbers. I don't deny they were good-looking and charismatic and all of that, but I didn't care a huge amount about what happened to them. Not only was it inevitable, but it was justice, wasn't it? Excuse me if I'm coming off too morally righteous, but they were the bad guys, so they got caught.

Don't get me wrong, there were entertaining moments in the film, but as a whole, I really don't think I get it. I wouldn't call it a classic and I wouldn't watch it again. But I probably will have 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' stuck in my brain-pan for a week!! lol
17 August 2017 @ 07:01 pm
Want a fic?  
As always, my head is full of fic ideas, but most of them are going to be long epics if they happen at all. I'd like to write some one-shots, so I'm taking requests! :)

Below are the fandoms I'm happy to write for, and the relationships that I feel I can write decently well.

Just comment and throw me a prompt if you'd like a fic, letting me know which fandom and which character(s)/relationship(s)/pairing(s) you'd like :)

Firefly - River/Jayne; Mal/Inara; Kaylee/Simon; Wash/Zoe; any friendship or family relationship amongst the crew

Gilmore Girls - Rory/Jess; Luke/Lorelai; Rory/Logan; Paris/Doyle; Paris/Jess; Rory/Finn; Lorelai/Max; Rory & Lorelai; Rory & Paris; Luke & Jess; pretty much any other friendship or family relationship

Leverage - Eliot/Parker; Nate/Sophie; Maggie/Sterling; Maggie/Quinn; Eliot & Sterling; Eliot & Parker & Hardison; Team

Once Upon A Time - Rumpel/Belle; Emma/Neal; Emma/Hook; Snow/Charming; Emma/Jefferson; Ruby/Jefferson; Snow/Charming; Regina/Robin; pretty much any friendship or family relationship

The Librarians - Jake/Cassie; Eve/Flynn; Team

Veronica Mars - Logan/Veronica; Mac/Dick; Veronica/Weevil; Mac/Weevil; almost any friendship or family relationship

White Collar - Neal/Sara; Peter/El; Neal & Mozzie

X-Men - Rogue/Logan

If there's a relationship you want that isn't listed, ask anyway, because I might be able to do it, just have an alternate in mind in case I can't. All romantic pairings are also available as friendships :)

Please note, I don't write slash or incest, and all fics will be PG-13 rating or lower.
07 June 2017 @ 06:49 pm
Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston  
I bought this book because it was one of those things that came up on Amazon as a rec based on other books I've bought. I'm a big fan of the YA novel in general, love a good romance, and am all for the modern retakes of fairytales and such, so this seemed an ideal choice.

As you might guess from the title, its Cinderella with a modern geeky twist. The characters are deep into fandom and all that entails - blog posts, fanfiction, online communities, etc. - but it also handles the teen angst that comes with feeling like maybe you're the only person who feels the way you do. Not that its only teens that feel that way sometimes, I know, but there really is a beautiful message in there about being yourself, standing up for who and what you love and who and what you are, as well as accepting things about people even if you don't agree or understand.

The references came flying from the start - everything from Star Wars and Star Trek to Avengers and Batman to Gilmore Girls as well! I was in geek heaven reading about people who loved all the things I love, who invested themselves in fandom so deeply, including cosplay and con attendance (which I've never done but I think it's all awesome!).

And then of course there was the impossible love story that all worked out in the end. It was beautiful!

So, if you like a good YA romance and are a total fandom geek/nerd, I highly recommend Geekerella :)
31 May 2017 @ 08:06 pm
Writer's Block is nobodies friend... or is it?  
I get really frustrated when I get Writer's Block (WB), and that frustration only makes the situation worse. However, I have found that the way out of the dreaded WB is usually starting a whole new fic, and this has led me to take a stroll through my ideas folder and see what inspires me. Now the WB is on its way out the door as I have been so inspired by TWO of my previous ideas, and the weirdest part is that neither are fanfic, they're both original fics! This is really cool because as much as I love fanfic, I really want to expand on my original writing and even look and getting some of my stuff sent out to publishers to see what happens. Maybe this particular bout of WB has been a blessing in disguise :)
03 May 2017 @ 07:46 pm
Librarians Season 3 Reaction Post  
So I got done with Librarians Season 3 this past weekend. 10 episodes really don’t take that long to binge watch, but I did try to spread them out just a little so the fun wasn’t over too fast!

Here Be Spoilers )

So, overall, I’m still a Librarians fan, and since I have been rewatching Leverage alongside the new Librarians season, I’m getting a lot of potential crossover ideas (in which Eliot and Jake are estranged brothers and/or Jake is Lindsey somehow), and don’t even get me started on the fact that Quinn (Leverage) could be Riggs’ (Lethal Weapon) twin brother as well. Possibilities are endless ;)
28 April 2017 @ 08:30 pm
Message the First  
Hello, fellow Dreamwidthers!

So, this is my first official DW post! Everything else you see on this feed was imported from my LJ, which I need to delete sometime soon...

Ah well, I'm here now and so far I like what I see. A lot of my friends from LJ have come over to DW too *waves* Hi, peops! :) I'm hoping to make some new friends over here too, 'cause hey, more fandom friends is always nice, right? :)

I'm going to try to be more active here than I was on LJ of late. Fic, art, general life stuff... we'll see.

In the meantime, for anyone who might be reading this post who wants to know more about me, here's the facts:

Name: Ultra (at least as far as online is concerned!)

Age: 33

Location: UK

Current fandoms: Gilmore Girls, Firefly, MCU, X-Men, Librarians, Leverage, White Collar, etc.

Favourite TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, Librarians, Leverage, Firefly, Veronica Mars, White Collar, Timeless, Lethal Weapon, etc.

Favourite Films: Star Wars saga, MCU, X-Men, Frozen, Tangled, Sweet Home Alabama, 27 Dresses, A Knights Tale, Beastly, California Man, Benny & Joon, The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Pride & Prejudice (1995), etc.

Favourite Books: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, etc.

Favourite Music: Cheap Trick, Barenaked Ladies, The Ramones, Christian Kane, etc.
Current Mood: happy
02 April 2017 @ 07:37 pm
Current Shows  
I don't know how it happened, but my latest TV show obsessions are actually current shows! This hasn't happened to me in such a long time. Generally, I pick up a show just as it ends or after its over and watch all the boxsets, but lately I've fallen for shows that are still airing! Here's the run-down...

Timeless - I know Season 1 is over in the US and just recently in the UK too, and there's no guarantee of renewal, but technically it is a current show and OMG it's SO GOOD! Loved the concept, loved the execution, love the actors, and the shallow part of me is salivating over Wyatt Logan every week! lol I really, really hope it gets a Season 2, not least because that last episode was such a cliffhanger!

Lethal Weapon - This one just finished in the US I think, and here in the UK we just had episode 5 of 18. I wasn't sure about it, because I'm not crazy about the movies but at the same time I like them enough that I wasn't sure they should be remade. Then came Clayne Crawford and his take on Martin Riggs. I love that guy. Can't help it, just do. Need to see more.

The Librarians - Unfortunately, I don't get the channel this airs on here in the UK so I have yet to see Season 3 which aired in the US in its entirety already; however, the DVDs will be available in a couple of weeks and I'm currently rewatching Season 2 to prepare me. I came for the Kane and stayed for everything else. Such an epic show!

Gilmore Girls - Yup, I'm counting this one. When I started watching this show, it was over. Seven seasons of boxset to enjoy, and enjoy I did, and then came the revival. Now this is technically a current show again, despite the fact I really did not enjoy A Year in the Life for the most part. It had so much potential and disappointed me so much, but man, I love me those 'classic' episodes from back in the day :)

Meanwhile, I have dropped two other current shows from my watching schedule - Once Upon A Time and The Big Bang Theory. I'm sorry but these two seem to have morphed into unrecognisable caracitures of their former awesome selves, and I'm afraid I'm done.
08 March 2017 @ 07:56 pm
Sometimes I still go back to my video editing program and see what I can conjure... Two very different things happened this week. What do you guys think?

16 February 2017 @ 08:12 pm
Emerald City  
I've now seen two episodes of the mini-series Emerald City. After the first part, I was a little confused. After the second, I'm even more confused, and yet I kind of love it! I want to watch more so I don't feel so 'WTH?!' about everything that's happened so far, so I guess that's a good thing. It is weird though. Weirder than I was prepared for. Darker too, actually. All in all, jury's still out.

Anybody else watching?
17 January 2017 @ 07:10 pm
Agent Carter Season 2  
I have now seen Agent Carter Season 2 and oh my goodness!!!

Here Be Spoilers... )
08 January 2017 @ 04:45 pm
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life - Reaction Post  
So, I have now finally seen all four parts of the Gilmore Girls revival. Wow. Where to begin? I guess at the beginning...

Here be spoilers... )
23 December 2015 @ 12:49 pm
Fic: The Christmas Miracle series  
Since I don't post much fic here anymore, I thought at least I would put up links to the set of 4 one-shots I have written for Christmas this year. Additionally, there are 4 previous one-shots that belong to the same series, which I began in (2010).

The Christmas Miracle Series, Part 2 (2015):

V. A Gilmore Christmas Miracle [Gilmore Girls]
VI. A Tallahassee Christmas Miracle [Once Upon A Time]
VII. A Caffrey Christmas Miracle [White Collar]
VIII. An X-Men Christmas Miracle [X-Men movieverse]

The Christmas Miracle Series, Part 1 (2010):

I. A Neptune Christmas Miracle [Veronica Mars]
II. Chuck vs the Christmas Miracle [Chuck]
III. The Christmas Miracle Job [Leverage]
IV. The Christmas Miracle Hypothesis [Big Bang Theory]

The entire series can also be found at AO3

Merry Christmas! :)
29 September 2015 @ 09:01 pm
AO3 meme  
snagged from [livejournal.com profile] ereshai

Top 5 Hits

Hart of Gold, OUAT, Rumpel/Belle, 5287 hits. Modern Day AU. Isabelle Hart is the latest alias of a legendary grifter and thief. Her latest con involves bringing down ruthless business tycoon, Robert Gold, but this particular job was never her idea... -- I think AU Rumbelle was pretty big when I wrote this. I'm not sure if it would be more of less popular if I wrote & posted it now.

Avengers in Babysitting, MCU, various pairings, 2613 hits. Following the Battle of New York, Darcy Lewis is interning at Stark Tower, where all the of Avengers now live. When a mysterious package arrives for Tony, it's Darcy who must deliver it to the latest Avengers meeting in the conference room. Is it a bomb? A gift? A trophy? An AC/DC record? None of the above - it's a baby. Now the Avengers must face their scariest challenge yet - baby-sitting a six month old! Pepper is blaming Tony, Clint is looking to a future with Natasha, Steve and Thor are thinking about their respective past and future relationships, and Darcy is setting her sights on the softer side of Bruce. All this before they even discover that this isn't any ordinary child they're taking care of... -- written for the Marvel Bang last year, I really didn't expect anyone to read it, but they did! lol

Further on Down the Road, Leverage, ELiot/Parker, 2468 hits. Post-Season 3. After Moreau is dealt with, Eliot feels he must leave the team, maybe just for a while or maybe forever. Parker thinks its a bad idea for him to go away at all, and handles it in her own singular way. -- I loved writing this road trip fic and was thrilled when it proved popular.

What Might've Been, Gilmore Girls, Rory/Jess, 2426 hits. Jess is sent to live with his Uncle Luke around the same time that Lorelai and Rory move into their house in Stars Hollow. Getting to know each other from age eleven leads to an evolved relationship for Rory and Jess that was never romantic, but as the best friends reach age sixteen, what might change? -- My first 'full-length' GG fic.

The Runaways, Gilmore Girls, Rory/Jess, 2198 hits. Rory can't face home after sleeping with Dean, fighting with Lorelai, and touring Europe with her grandma. Running away suddenly looks very appealing, and she's headed towards the one person who always seems to understand her, even when Rory doesn't understand herself. Literati. -- My second 'full-length' GG fic.

Top 5 Kudos

Hart of Gold, 138 kudos.

Avengers in Babysitting, 109 kudos.

A Little Understanding, X-Men, Rogue/Logan, 94 kudos. Of all the people at Xavier's school, nobody understands each other quite as well as Logan and Rogue. -- My first X-Men fic ever, I didn't think anyone woudl luck it since most Rogue/Logan fics tend to err towards smut and mine was just cute ;)

What Might've Been, 82 kudos.

Further on Down the Road, 78 kudos.

Top 5 Bookmarks

Hart of Gold, 28 bookmarks.

Further on Down the Road, 17 bookmarks.

Objects in the Rearview, Leverage, Eliot/Parker, 15 bookmarks. AU Mid-to-Late Season 4. Parker isn't sure what to think when she realises her heart just isn't in her relationship with Hardison. She turns to Eliot for advice, and that only seems to make things more complicated! -- My last major E/P fic before I took a break. Nice to know it didn't suck!

What Might've Been, 15 bookmarks.

The Blame Game, Gilmore Girls, Rory/Jess, 14 bookmarks. Starts in 2.19 Teach Me Tonight. When the car crash happens differently, with wholly different consequences, it causes Rory & Jess to make different choices in their relationships and changes how they both move forward. It also alters things for Luke & Lorelai too. Literati. -- This one was fairly short but I guess some folks just liked it.

All in all, it seems the same few fics get all the hits, kudos, and bookmarks, and its never the ones I expect! lol
23 September 2015 @ 05:52 pm
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Reaction Post  
This past weekend, I finally got the chance to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was a little apprehensive because the general feeling I got from those that had already seen it was that it had issues and a lot of my friends were not overly thrilled with some of the choices made for the new movie. Still, I wanted to see it and make up my own mind, and now I have.

My initial reaction was this - I prefer Avengers Assemble aka The Avengers. If somebody asked me right now, which of these two movies do you want to watch, I'm going to pick the first one. I'm not massively surprised by this, because I seem to prefer Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the MCU all round (with the possible exception of captain America - I do prefer Winter Soldier to The First Avenger, if I'm honest). So, let's get into the whys and wherefores...

Read more... )

So those are my thoughts, long and rambley as ever, you may notice! lol All comments welcome, whether you agree with me or not :)
07 August 2015 @ 07:09 pm
Loki Fanworks (for [livejournal.com profile] avland)  
For the 'Something Small' challenge at Avengersland comm, we were required to create a variety of fanworks for one character or pairing. I chose Loki and here are all the things that I made :)

Icons x20:

Wallpapers x2:

(click for full size)

Video: Seven Seas of Rhye

Fic: The Lure of Humanity (at AO3)
Fandom: Avengers/MCU
Summary: One-shot. After visiting a captured Thor on Midgard, Loki goes out into the world to see what it has to offer. He discovers a bar, and beer, and a beautiful red-head who is having a very bad day. (Companion piece to 'Avengers in Babysitting', but can be read alone.)
Timeline: During the events of 'Thor'.
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~1,700
Disclaimer: All recognisable characters from the Avengers and Thor belong to other folks that aren’t me.
04 July 2015 @ 09:53 am
Avengers Drabbles for [livejournal.com profile] avland  
5x 100 word drabbles, written for Challenge 10 - Drabble time at [livejournal.com profile] avland - the titles are also the prompts.

Read more... )
13 March 2015 @ 08:55 pm
Fic Update (May 2014 to Mar 2015)  

Haven't posted about my fics over here much in the past year, so I thought a recap was in order. I don't think many (any?) of my F-listers are into Gilmore Girls and that's my main fandom these days, but there's other stuff too, in case anyone is interested :) This is everything I've written and posted elsewhere since May 2014.

Present and Correct (One-Shot) at FF.net
A Reunited Family Christmas at FF.net or at AO3
The Black & White Job at AO3

Moving Forward at FF.net

The Runaways [WIP] at FF.net or at AO3
What Might've Been [WIP] at FF.net or at AO3
The Rocky Road to Happy Endings at FF.net or at AO3
Everything Back But You (One-Shot) at FF.net
The Blame Game at FF.net or at AO3
42 Days (sequel to 'The Blame Game') at FF.net or at AO3
Mistaking Motion for Action (One-Shot) at FF.net or at AO3
A Stars Hollow Family Christmas at FF.net or at AO3
Well Did You Ever? (WIP) at FF.net or at AO3
Home Is Where You Are (WIP) at FF.net or at AO3

The Bongo Experimentation at FF.net
A Cooper Family Christmas (One-Shot) at FF.net or at AO3

Hart of Gold at FF.net or AO3
Love Conquers All, Book 1 - Love Over Gold at FF.net or at AO3
Love Conquers All, Book 2 - Sparks of Destiny (WIP) at FF.net or at AO3

A Caffrey Family Christmas (One-Shot) at FF.net or at AO3

Avengers in Babysitting at AO3

10 March 2015 @ 05:45 pm
Parkered from theron09, because apparently everyone is doing it ;)

Give me a fandom (or more than one) and I'll tell you:

Character I'd throw off a cliff:
Character I'd fuck:
Character I'd marry:
Character I'd wrap a blanket around:
5 favorite characters:
3 OTPs:
Funniest character:
Prettiest character:
Most bad-ass character:
Character I'd like as my BFF:

My fandoms: Leverage, Once Upon A Time, Gilmore Girls, MCU, Necessary Roughness, The Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, White Collar, Agents of SHIELD, and I've probably missed some so feel free to ask me about any other fandoms you know I'm in!
17 December 2014 @ 12:37 pm
Merry Christmas, [livejournal.com profile] sigrundora!  

[livejournal.com profile] sigrundora - My lovely friend, I hope I did justice to your prompt. It's a little cracky in places, but that's cool, right? Hope you enjoy! :)

Title: The Babysitters Club
Fandom(s): Leverage
Prompt: Eliot, Sterling, and Parker - Adventures in Babysitting
Timeline: post Season 5
Rating: PG/PG-13
Disclaimer: Any and all recognisable characters do not belong to me.

Read more... )
15 December 2014 @ 12:42 pm
Merry Christmas, [livejournal.com profile] theron09!  

[livejournal.com profile] theron09 - for my wonderful friend, Megan, who works so hard and deserves an awesome gift. I hope you like this story. I think it should be better than this but I did try! *hugs*

Title: Heroes & Villains
Fandom(s): Leverage/Avengers
Prompt: a blast from the past
Timeline: post-Season 5 Leverage, post-Avengers/pre-The Winter Soldier
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Any and all recognisable characters do not belong to me.

Read more... )