Highlander II
20 February 2030 @ 07:57 pm
Fanfiction List  
Beneath the cut is a list of all of the fanfiction that I have posted in one of several places - sometimes more - on the 'net. Usually Dreamwidth (formerly on my LiveJournal), at my website, or over on the AO3's Archive of Our Own. I've linked to all three of those if a work is posted at all three, otherwise, only to the ones where it lives.

Fics listed beyond... )

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Highlander II
01 November 2020 @ 07:20 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown - The List  
This will house the full MacGyver countdown list with links to each of the review posts.

The Full List... in progress )

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Highlander II
01 November 2020 @ 07:20 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown - The List  
This will house the full MacGyver countdown list with links to each of the review posts.

The Full List... in progress )

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30 October 2020 @ 10:50 pm
fan_flashworks badges  
this is where i keep track of all the badges )

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Highlander II
21 May 2017 @ 01:48 am
these rolls are amazing -  
This recipe - https://www.budgetbytes.com/2017/04/buttermilk-pull-apart-rolls-bread-toast-crumbs/ - for pull-apart rolls is absolutely fantastic. Super fast. Super easy. Super goddamned delicious. I literally could've eaten the whole pan.

You can use regular yeast and proof it, rather than the rapid-rise. Though, using the buttermilk is highly recommended, rather than the milk + vinegar cheat. (And you can totally freeze buttermilk if you don't have a opportunity to use it up.)

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Highlander II
19 May 2017 @ 12:37 am
Fic - April & May + 1 icon set  
mostly for [community profile] fan_flashworks

Loser - Suits
The Bitch Came Back - Suits/IPS
Do You Even Use That Thing - Pitch


this one's a set of icons:

Run, Harvey

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12 May 2017 @ 01:45 pm
thefridayfive  

1) What famous landmarks have you visited?

* Washington, DC area: The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Capitol Hill, The White House, scooted past the Pentagon
* San Antonio, TX: The Alamo
* NYC: walked through Times Square
* Italy: rolled past the Leaning Tower of Pisa; The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain; Ponte Vecchio in Florence; Rialto bridge, Bridge of Sighs, and San Marco Cathedral/square in Venice; pretty much every church in Florence; St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City, which includes the Sistine Chapel; Piazza del Campo in Siena
* Mexico: Chichen Itza (i climbed that big ass pyramid)


2) How has travel affected you?

It's let me see and visit all sorts of places.


3) What are the best souvenirs you’ve ever collected while traveling?

Mostly photographs. I also collect mugs from places I've been sometimes.


4) What is your fantasy vacation?

Hmmmm - horseback riding on a beach? or somewhere equally as nice (aka: not cold) and plenty of time to take pictures.


5) Would you want to be a space tourist?

If it's more Star Trek than Even Horizon, sure.



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27 April 2017 @ 10:56 pm
fanfic trope meme thing  
Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• Maybe a few lines of theoretical fic



snagged from [personal profile] calliopes_pen

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19 April 2017 @ 09:12 pm
not_primetime letter  
[community profile] not_primetime...

Currently just a placeholder....

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16 April 2017 @ 10:30 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown - #82  
#82 - D.O.A. MacGyver

Season: 2


Plot: Mac is trying to help a friend

Trope(s):
[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AmnesiaDanger
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CriminalAmnesiac
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EvilCostumeSwitch
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ThePowerOfFriendship
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HollywoodSilencer


This episode has an example of these:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RememberTheNewGuy
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouLookFamiliar - Carol Varnay is played by Nana Visitor who was previously seen in "Hellfire"



Thoughts:

So, Mac meets up with a guy who apparently saved his life at some point. There's a weapon of some kind that is mold-able and weave-able - which is shiny and new. Oh - and the bad guys have it.

Those bad guys show up and shoot Mac's friend, which leads to a couple MacGyverisms and Mac falling out a window into the water where he sneaks his way onto a fishing trawler.

This episode has an instance of that 'a person isn't missing until they've been gone 48-hrs' thing that is totally false and TV needs to stop using it.

So, Mac passes out and when he wakes up, he doesn't seem to remember anything. He starts getting visions of things from his past - fire and explosions.

Pete's looking for Mac and one of the bad guys from earlier shows up playing like he's a reporter or something to get some info. He doesn't get much, but it's enough for him to try to track him down.

Mac fixes a little boy's bike the 'MacGyver' way, then gets a weird memory about Phoenix. He dials a number he remembers and gets through to Pete, but one of the bad guys from earlier - not the main guy, one of the flunkies - shows up and scares Mac and Carol away - b/c they don't really trust the guy with a gun.

Mac thinks he might be a criminal b/c of all of the violent and explosion-riddled memories he keeps getting. Though, he knows his name now. And he remembers something about a killing at a cemetery.

Bad guy flunkie shows up again to get Mac, then main bad guy - Lancer - shows up and kills flunkie. He tells Mac that Peter Thornton is a terrorist. This sets Mac up to try to kill Pete. Which would work out, except when Pete starts telling Mac about how they're old friends and reminds him of the time Pete pulled Mac out of an avalanche.

It cleans up really easily, which, of course, it's TV. And this is one of the few episodes where he doesn't have some weird romantic moment with the female guest star - which is nice.

The swift, tidy wrap-up at the end makes the resolution too easy. I know Mac isn't known for it's sweeping, cinematic storytelling, but the 'wrap up all the loose ends 2 minutes from the end of the episode' is a little too neat.

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10 April 2017 @ 10:59 pm
Fic - January - March | plus some icons/art things  
These are fic things I did for [community profile] fan_flashworks
Boys and Their Toys
The Dog Ate My Homework
Filling In - [community profile] chocolateboxcomm
Playing Cards
Raptor First Aid

These are non-fic things I did for [community profile] fan_flashworks
dogs! - icons
It's a Party - picspam
The Gang's All Here... Almost - fanart
The Dandy Highwayman - fanart/icons
Dinner With Rachel - recipe collection
folded paper - collection of origami

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03 April 2017 @ 01:18 am
this is way late.... but Gatecon celeb round-up  
It came up in another space about meeting famous people and I realized that I hadn't mentioned the umpteen million guests from Gatecon. Or, rather, I had mentioned it, but not who they all were, and which ones I met. I *think* I talked to everyone who was there except a couple who bounced in for panels, then took off (b/c I was in photos all weekend). There were something like 52 guests. For Gatecon, that's a LOT.

This list, tho, is a combo of the previous lists all slapped into one post. (b/c I stupidly didn't keep the 2016 Gatecon ppl separate from the giant list when I was manipulating things in excel, but, let's just say the list previously stopped at like 72 or so. Now it's at 84.)

long list is long-ish )

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24 February 2017 @ 07:31 pm
the friday five...  

1) If you could hang out with an actor or actress (dead or alive) for a day who would it be, and why?

Do I have to pick just one? Fine. I pick Patrick J. Adams. See the next answer for the why.

2) What would you do with him or her?

I want to go on a photography tour with him. I could learn all sorts of cool photography things from him.

3) Do you have a favorite movie of theirs? If so, name it.

I don't know about any of his movies, but I like watching him on Suits.

4) If you could hang out with a rock star (dead or alive) for a day who would it be, and why?

Again with the only picking one... it's a toss up between Adam Ant and Rob Thomas. With enough energy, I can hang w/ Adam, otherwise, I'd have to pick Rob. Either way - I'm sure they have great stories about the songs they've written.

5) Are you able to play one of their songs on the guitar, bass, or drums?

I can't play any of those, so no, but hand me some sheet music and a piano and I can plunk out the melody.



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18 February 2017 @ 07:35 pm
"I try to tell you but you just don't understand..."  
So, [personal profile] sherrineko was in town this week and we went to 2 Adam Ant concerts. Let's just say - they were AMAZING. Adam is great playing to and with the crowd, though he favors stage left. He's still energetic at 62 years old, not quite so exuberant as he was in the 1980's, but still an absolute blast to watch perform.

Our seats for the 2nd show were much better than for the first one. However, since venues have all decided that having decent cameras at performances is a horrible, terrible, dreadful thing, all I have are cellphone camera shots. I've put a selection behind the cut. The full compliment of photos and video clips are on my instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/highlander_ii/

You've got my entire life in your hands )

I snatched a video of the final song during the first concert. So here's Adam Ant singing "Physical (You're so)":



Link to the vid if you don't want the embed:
https://vimeo.com/204652045


I put together a Youtube playlist of the songs from the concert here.

And, behind this cut, the set list.

Vive le rock )

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Highlander II
03 February 2017 @ 03:24 am
Suits - Season 6 - or, wtf did they do to this show? pt 3  
This is just 9 and 10. I'll get 11-16 too, but, so far, they suck less, so the title will change... probably.

Suits s6 episodes 9-10 )

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Highlander II
24 January 2017 @ 11:06 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown - #83  
#83 - The Coltons

Season: 7


Plot: Mac goes to hide out in the woods or something while the Colton family tries to locate a missing murder witness.

Trope(s):
[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BulletProofVest
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FallingChandelierOfDoom
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PoorlyDisguisedPilot
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TrashLanding
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnwillingSuspension
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BountyHunter
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpinOff - there was supposed to be a spin-off series w/ the Coltons, but it didn't pan out


Thoughts:

We start off with a dark alley, Frog and a mysterious-looking figure in a trenchcoat and hat. Hat guy is one of the Coltons - Jesse. Isn't it just like a bad guy to shoot the bounty hunter, but not check to make sure he's actually dead?

While Jesse is hunting down the guys running a counterfeiting racket, Frank and Mac are tied up six feet from a bomb that's counting down. Fortunately, Frog has found them and can help them out. Frog isn't quite Lassie, but he gets the job done.

For the first time ever, Mac gets to actually take a vacation. Supposedly without interruption. The Colton boys are going to take care of things for a little while.

Like, looking for a murder witness in Chinatown. Though, only Frank and Jesse get to go. Billy's supposed to stay behind and work on his college course sign-up or something. That doesn't stop Billy from trying to get in on the investigation.

Which turns out to be a good thing, b/c Frog goes with him and Frog jumps on the bad guys who were trying to shoot Jesse and Frank who'd just found their witness and offered to help her out.

The witness speeds off in a boat and the Coltons call to meet her mother so they can find her. That works out, but then Frank's eye starts twitching - which apparently means trouble.

Now the DA is suspect in this whole thing - sort of an issue since it was the DA who brought them the case.

I love that Mama Colton (Della Reese) can scare people with just a 'mom' look. We're talking some gun-toting police officers who pushed Jesse down the stairs. And she just gives them a look and they go all 'sorry' faced.

Again - the bad guys don't check to see that their detainees are dead after shooting them.

The Coltons seem to have stumbled upon a drug operation. Billy sneaks in, but gets caught. The other two now have to get both Billy and the witness out of trouble.

The Colton boys save the day by jumping two of the guys and crashing through a window to drop into a trashbin below.

Mac comes back from his day away/vacation thing with a present for Frog and sees Jesse updating the sign to include 'Private Investigators' to go with the 'Bounty Hunting' for the Coltons. Clearly lots of set up for a series that never happened.

This is one of those episodes, since I know it's a backdoor pilot for a spin-off, it doesn't really interest me all that much. I like the Coltons, don't get me wrong, but they work much better as the infrequent guests alongside MacGyver. I don't know that a whole series about the Coltons doing their bounty hunting/investigating would've been all that fun. (And viewers/the network must've thought the same thing, since it wasn't picked up.) At least, not based on this episode, which I can never actually remember the whole plot for. I know that it's the Colton's solving a case, but I usually couldn't tell you *what* case. If not for the opening scene with MacGyver and Frank tied up and Frog helping them out, this episode would probably fall a lot lower in the countdown.

They could have pulled together a really great episode to showcase the Coltons and their PI business, but this just wasn't that episode/story.

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15 January 2017 @ 08:54 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #84  
#84 - The 'Hood

Season: 7


Plot: Mac's neighbor overhears a hit being planned and Mac has to figure out how to stop it.

Trope(s):
[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HollywoodVoodoo
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ProfessionalKiller
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LaserSight


Thoughts:

This is the episode where production has moved back to LA and Mac had to move b/c his houseboat caught on fire. We meet his new landlord and one of his neighbors.

At least when 'Molly' forgets her sunglasses and has to go back for them, it's something that could legit happen. People forget things like that all the time. They don't usually overhear a hit being planned though.

Clearly Mel - Mac's new landlord - is an old friend. They seem to know a lot about one another's lives. Ah, the days before everyone had a cell phone, when landlines were still relevant and call forwarding was a thing.

A little continuity - Mac pulls a team USA hockey jersey out of a box.

Convenient news report is convenient. Kelly learns that her roommate/friend died.

This is also our first intro to Mama Lorraine in the series, who is a voodoo priestess (the Hollywood variety - though she does say that it's her religion, which vaguely off-sets the 'Hollywood' part, but it still has it's moments). She says she had a dream about Kelly.

Mac and Mel are talking to their friend the cop who tells them that 'policy' is they have to wait 48 hours before they declare a person missing. This isn't actually a real policy. If a person is reported missing, and there is evidence that something bad happened, the police start looking into it. Even if the missing person isn't a child. Why? B/c the sooner they start looking, the better chance they have of finding the person. Of course, this doesn't play as 'dramatically' on TV and the 'heroes' can't solve the case before the cops.

Mac went to find Kelly and ends up bound to a torture rack for his trouble. He's gagged too so he can't scream for help. Though, I'm not sure who he'd scream to in an empty theater. I'll say that this prop skeleton he puts to use is made of pretty sturdy material, or it wouldn't do a damn bit of good releasing that wheel. (This is sort of reminiscent of another episode where Mac is bound to a torture rack - that episode is coming up a bit later in the countdown.)

Convenient that the hitman drove to California all the way from Texas in his beat-up pick-up truck, huh? Made it easier for Mac to find him. And, it's full of 'good luck charms'. Which will come into play later.

Victor Nesbit is kind of over-confident about his testifying gig and how it's going to fix his life and make him famous or something. Also - how did the hotel clerk not find his name, then search again and find it the second time? If she has the guy's ID, his name is right on it. Even so, he doesn't have a name that's all that unusual in the US. Also, Nesbit, dood, do you really want to testify and be 'famous'? It's probably not going to be what you think. Especially if you're a bit of an introvert, b/c people will be all up in your shit. Not that he shouldn't testify, but he shouldn't do it to get famous.

The scene where Mama convinces the newbie hitman to talk using the exaggerated 'voodoo' is pretty funny - playing into his superstitions and such.

Why are there so many scatterbrained women in MacGyver's life? Kelly is like Penny-lite. She talks all the time and is kind of stupid in the 'stay alive' department, what with following Mac and yelling at him across the damned hotel lobby. This is really more 'idiot ball' stuff in the writing for extended drama things. Though, this isn't nearly as obnoxious as some of the others, b/c people do call out to their friends and such when they want to get their attention.

I know that the red laser dot from a rifle sight is useful to show the audience what's up - and tip off the target - but that is NOT how things work! If the laser sight worked that way, snipers would be utterly useless in the field, since the whole point of sniping is to NOT be seen!

And Nesbit mentions his 'very important appointment' like he's the Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland or something.

I like that Mac doesn't take off the bandana that was used as a gag once he frees himself from the torture rack. I don't know why he doesn't, other than not wasting time.

We meet Mel's 'pet project' Robo for the first and only time. Robo has 'decorated' one wall in Mac's new loft with some of his artwork. (Mac slaps himself in the head after Robo's explanation.) I'll have to check later episodes to see if we can still see it.

This is one of those episodes that has some good scenes in it - the escape from the torture rack - but, overall, is sort of a flat episode that introduces some characters - most of whom we never see again, despite them being Mac's neighbors.

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Highlander II
15 January 2017 @ 03:20 pm
Snowflake Challenge - day 13 & 15  
Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you.


Making Richard Dean Anderson smile. It was a little thing, but it did happen. I mean, all I did was tell him he was done with his photo session for the day, but it was enough. And making people smile is pretty awesome. (I got him to drop and f-bomb too, which was also cool.)



Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to.


Dear Fandom -

You're a weird and fucked up place. I mean, how else would I end up going to conventions and eating pizza in the floor with Jim Butcher and writing fic and doing action figure theatre and meeting James Marsters (who remembered my House-related t-shirt) and made friends all over the place and a dozen other strange things that I probably wouldn't have done otherwise. I'm not mad about it. That would be silly. But it has led to some interesting things. So, yeah, fandom, you are weird and fucked up. That is all.

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15 January 2017 @ 02:46 pm
any crocheters out there who can help me out?  
somehow this 'easy' pattern is supposed to follow the laws of physics, but i've done this like a dozen times and the peaks and valleys never match up in any logical way... am i missing something?

row1: Sc in 2nd stitch from hook and in each of the next 11 ch, * 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of the next 12 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in each of the next 12 ch; rep from * across to last 14 ch, end w/ 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of the next 12, sc in last ch, ch1, turn

row2: bk loops only; sc in next sc, sk 1 sc, sc in each of the next 10 sc, * 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 12 sc, sk 2 sc, sc in each of the next 12 sc; rep from * across to last 14 sc...

the way row2 is working - the stitches don't match up for the 'sk 2 sc' on row1... is it not supposed to or is something wonky here?

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Highlander II
13 January 2017 @ 12:21 am
Snowflake Challenge - day 12  
Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out.


I'll rec [community profile] fan_flashworks again, which is where I've been spending a lot of fic-ish time.

There's also [community profile] fandom_stocking - which is nearing reveals, but it rolls around every year and is always fun.

[community profile] fandom5k is new (as far as i can tell) and looks like a lot of fun.

[community profile] intoabar is probably kicking off soon. it typically happens in the spring-ish.

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Highlander II
13 January 2017 @ 12:16 am
Snowflake Challenge - day 11  
Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.


imma say the folks I RP with - specifically my regular RP partner - b/c of all the storylines and weird shit and wackiness and schmoop and whatever else we come up with to put our puppets through. we're pretty sure they're angry at us a lot, but they get over it and keep going.

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11 January 2017 @ 01:56 am
Snowflake Challenge - day 10  
Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.


I dunno if this is a trope, a cliché, a kink or what - but it's something that I like to see when it's done well. When the more 'dominant' or 'powerful' character is the submissive in a BDSM context. And, by extension, taking the soft, quiet character and having them be an amazing dominant in a BDSM context. Flip all the stereotypes (but I'm not so keen on strict femme-domme). If it's got a good story and/or it's just done really really well, it's fun to see/read/etc.

(( this is really making me miss the heck out of [community profile] kink_bingo ))

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Highlander II
10 January 2017 @ 01:02 am
2-for-1 memes  
both of these swiped from [personal profile] calliopes_pen

the Fifteen Characters Meme.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.




the Time Stamp Meme...

Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll try to write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

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Highlander II
08 January 2017 @ 07:23 pm
Snowflake Challenge - day 8  
Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.



01. I'm a fairly accomplished photographer. [http://photographybyh2.h2smsk.com/photogallery/index.php] I took the photo of the Blue Angels that my icon is made from. There are 4 or 5 other icons of mine made from photos I've taken - a couple hockey ones, MiLB ones, Jim Butcher and a giraffe for sure.

02. I can wrangle and herd Gatecon celebrity guests into where they're supposed to be without them getting cranky with me. Hey, I had to herd upwards of fifty guests this last time between 3 photo rooms w/ RDA in the 4th - that's a skill, yo.

03. I can give you the general plot of any MacGyver episode solely from the title 99 times out of 100.


[it was really hard not reusing ones from last year y'all.]

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Highlander II
07 January 2017 @ 01:40 pm
Snowflake challenge - day 7  
Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something.


I was re-watching episodes of JAG and so, have some Harmon Rabb, Jr icons:



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