Sep. 13th, 2017 07:33 pm
bradygirl_12: (supergirl (blue eyes))
Last week was the Week From Hell, and this week is no better. The changes going on in my life are making me cling to Fandom once again as my life preserver. Thank the stars it's my favorite time of year. Maybe that'll cheer me up. :(
bradygirl_12: (canadian beaver)
Happy Canada Day to all of our friends up North! :)

My paternal grandmother was born on Prince Edward Island, so I've got some Canadian in me! ;)

I've also been on a Canadian kick since the Due South Archive was transferred to AO3 and I've been going through 154 records to reformat where I can, add tags, and break up the stories into chapters. I've been rereading the old stories and poems (I wrote a LOT of DS poetry!) and remembering the friends I made in that fandom, many of whom I'm still in contact with today.

The show aired on American TV from 1994-1996 and was revived for a 1998-1999 run. The show was quirky with subtle humor in the first two seasons, poking fun at Canadian and American stereotypes, and it became a hot fandom with the Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio slash pairing. The show's subtext sometimes was more text! Ray bringing Benny home to meet his mother in the Pilot? Ray the only one to call him 'Benny'? Meeting in a closet at the Chicago Precinct to discuss strategy? Riiiight! Saving each other's lives? Dief (short for Diefenbaker), a deaf wolf who had saved Benny in the Yukon, welcoming Ray into the pack right away? I could go on and on! :)

The revival went on without David Marciano (Ray Vecchio), who was no longer available, so Callum Keith Rennie played Ray Kowalski as the new partner. Paul Gross (Benton Fraser) was given complete control (never give an actor complete control!). He wrote the scripts, starred in the show, and produced. The show's humor went from subtle to broad, and the tone was completely different. Kind of reminded me of the old '70s British SF series, Space: 1999, with Seasons 1 and 2 drastically different. Anyway, there are a lot of Fraser/Kowalski fans out there, but there are still Benny/Ray V. fans carrying the torch. The episodes, including the Pilot, can be found on YouTube.

Due South was one of the first fandoms to successfully straddle zines and on-line archives. During the show's first run, dozens of zines were published, not only in the U.S. but also Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. Hundreds of stories were being uploaded to Hexwood (the old name for the DS Archive), and the show stayed hot for several years. I wrote the first Benny/Ray V. slash story (as Jeannie Marie) that appeared in a zine, The Straight And Narrow (the story title, not the zine title). :) In addition to the 154 stories and poems that I uploaded to Hexwood, I wrote dozens more for zines. A great creative time! :)

I also went to the DS con, RCW 139, in Toronto in '97, '98, and '99. I was the DMOB (David Marciano Oestregen Brigade) liaison to David Marciano in '98, and let me tell you, I've never seen more gorgeous green eyes! :) I continued DMOB duties in '99, but David was not a guest that year. I did bring Ray Doll in '98 and David got a big kick out of the knitted doll. :)

In '98, the Toronto Daily Mail published a story on slash fiction with Benny and Ray V. excerpts. I can only imagine what David thought reading the paper with his morning eggs! ;) But he's a very cool guy. Very courteous to the fans and a good sport, too.

I've finished 140 records and have 14 more to go! Whoo hoo! :)

May 4th

May. 4th, 2017 11:11 am
bradygirl_12: (pickle (dill)--olive (dancing))
May The Fourth

Be With You!!!

bradygirl_12: (uhura (mirror--knife))
Happy Star Trek Day, my friends! :)

Yep, today is the 50th anniversary of that groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon, Star Trek! It debuted on NBC this day 50 years ago and ran for three years, inspiring an animated series and three television spin-offs, six TOS movies, several ST:TNG movies, and the current Reboot. Even if a person hasn't watched a single second of any of the TV shows or movies, they're aware of who Kirk and Spock are, "Beam me up, Scotty!", and probably tribbles! :) It was the show with the first interracial kiss on TV (Kirk and Uhura in Plato's Stepchildren) and featured an integrated cast (though I Spy and Hogan's Heroes beat them out by a year, it was still a major thing in 1966). The show entered the cultural lexicon a long time ago and inspired people in real life to go into scientific careers and to join NASA. It helped create modern Fandom and kicked off the slash movement within that Fandom. You can thank K/S for the abundance of slash from all TV shows and movies today.

Enjoy the day, pet a tribble, play the Vulcan lyrette, and create your own adventure on the holodeck. Above all, live long and prosper, my friends! :)
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (hair pull))
I am never disappointed at the generosity of my friends in fandom. I woke up this morning to the wonderful message that I'd been gifted with an extension of my paid account! THANK YOU, [ profile] catalenamara! *dances* One of the things I miss about no longer attending Media West* Con is seeing you in person. We had a lot of good times there. :)

It's a beautiful day.  I finally put out my plants on deck today. We've had warm weather but suddenly the night temps could hover around freezing, so I waited until now to put the plants out.

Ficcish update coming soon! I know you're all breathlessly awaiting it ;)
bradygirl_12: (han--luke (sickbay))
Yes, my friends, the Force is with us today! :)

I plan on going to see the movie next week. Too crowded this weekend and showings are all sold out, anyway. I think if it's really good, I may get a creative jump-start to go back to writing Han/Luke fic again. Why when they probably won't be in the new movie very much? The universe of Star Wars will be the inspiration. And who knows? I might find some inspiration in this new film just for itself! But I have a Han/Luke idea I'd like to tackle. It was a story submitted to a zine years ago but the zine never happened. I don't have my original manuscript anymore but the basic essence of the plot is in my head. It could probably do with a rewrite, anyway. :)

Any Han/Luke fans out there?

I thought The Big Bang Theory was hilarious last night. Oh, well, Amy, at least Sheldon isn't saying once every seven years like his idol, Mr. Spock! ;)

Enjoy the day, my friends, and SPOILERS BEHIND A CUT! ;)
bradygirl_12: (autumn leaves (orange))
Ah, the Autumn Equinox! Always happy to greet it! :) Today will reach around 70 and is simply gorgeous. Fall brings many things, not the least of which is the new TV season. Yay! :)

Funny how with less daylight, we're actually entering the lighter half of the year. I went to the local farm stand last week and picked up a baby pumpkin and three colorful gourds. Also some yummy cherry tomatoes! :)

Anyway, in recent years I haven't watched as much TV. I always had a handful of shows to keep track of, but was so busy with Livejournal in its heyday, reading dozens of stories per week and writing my own and communicating with fellow fans, that TV was on the backburner a lot. I also caught up on a lot of reading (of actual books). This season, though, appears to be a packed schedule for the first time in years. If there's a conflict or I miss something, I'll catch up On Demand.


During football season, it's watching my beloved Patriots and other football games during the day, including Sunday Night Football (8:00-11:00; NBC), so the following will be caught up on during the week:




THE BIG BANG THEORY 8:00-8:30 CBS (This will move to Thursdays once Thursday Night Football is done on CBS, and SUPERGIRL takes over the timeslot. Definitely will check the Maid of Might out! :))


Looks like this will be the busiest TV night!

THE FLASH 8:00-9:00 CW



LIMITLESS 10:00-11:00 ABC (I'll have to catch up with last night's premiere. Conked out and missed it! Also bummed out that FOREVER, a very good show, wasn't renewed. Bleah!)


ARROW 8:00-9:00 CW

LAW & ORDER: SVU 9:00-10:00 NBC


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 8:00-11:00 CBS (Until November and then THE BIG BANG THEORY takes over 8:00-8:30)


HAWAII FIVE-O 9:00-10:00 CBS


Ha, if I'm home (more often than not) it's Retro Night!


BATMAN 7:00-7:30; 7:30-8:00 METV


STAR TREK (TOS) 9:00-10:00 METV

This doesn't even count if PBS has something good on, and if TMC and AMC's movies don't appeal, and the History Channel isn't so great that particular night. I'd like to have a busier social life, but frankly, my budget doesn't allow for it! :) TV will feed the fannish Muses, anyway.

I'm not sure if I'll give HEROES a try on Thursdays. The first season was perfect and ended just right. They should have stopped there. Season 2 was dreadful, 3 mediocre at best. Kinda killed the vibe.
bradygirl_12: (fenway park 1)
Very sad news today. On the cusp of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, we lost Leonard Nimoy. :(

He had a full, rich life. Born in Boston's West End to Ukrainian Jewish parents, he was raised in a tenement and roamed the streets of Boylston and the Fens, selling newspapers as a boy. He saw the Red Sox play at Fenway Park and learned to row on the Charles River. He was a man of whom nothing negative was said of his character, and William Shatner called him the brother he never had.

I fell in love with Star Trek as a child and my love for the show has been with me all my life. It fueled dreams in me, and it brought me to modern fandom. My first slash love was Kirk/Spock, easy because of the depth of warmth and affection between the characters that we saw on a weekly basis. It was my 'gateway' fandom, as it was for so many. Through fandom I found my true outlet for creativity and made so many friends! I have been very happy in fandom all these years.

Star Trek and Mr. Spock is part of the cultural language and an actor could do a lot worse than be known for a character with such impact on so many people's lives. When you inspire people to become scientists and astronauts, you're doing pretty well. I can see The Big Bang Theory, which he guest-starred on, to come up something soon. :)

Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy. You lived long and prospered.
bradygirl_12: (christian (oscar winner))
Hi, luvs!

I'm enjoying the pre-Oscar Red Carpet Show on E! I love seeing the gowns and jewelry. The actual show itself is a snoozer. ;)

I haven't seen any of the nominated movies this year. My movie buddies and I fell out of our twice-a-month movie routine last year due to weather, work, illness, etc. We haven't started this year due to weather issues, but maybe we can get things going again. It didn't help that last year's crop of good movies was pretty thin.

I enjoy Oscar Night for that buzz of excitement and the gathering of Hollywood. I love going back-and-forth between the world of Fandom/Hollywood and my sports world, even though there are many similarities between them! I have never liked locking myself into one box. I prefer multiple fandoms, both movies and sports, and enjoy diner food as much as a four-star restaurant.

Why limit yourself? Is it a snobbish thing for some people? Wouldn't be caught dead watching anything but PBS or Mad Men or would NEVER watch any superhero TV show or movie? People look down their noses at certain entertainment (okay, reality shows might fit, heh heh) but so many fannish people diss sports, too. I like a world of variety, and what's more varied than watching the Hollywood elite try and say interesting stuff without a script? ;)

So sit back, get out your cheese and crackers, put your feet up and watch the glitz 'n' glamour! :)
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (xmas))
Rules: During the next five days, post three positive things about your day and ask three people to do the same so the positive attitude can gain some ground.

I was tagged for this by [ profile] rileyc. I can't guarantee five consecutive days, but I'll do the five days. :) Anybody who wishes to do this, go ahead!

1. I had two medical appointments this week. Still waiting for the results but am done with the poking and prodding!

2. I was invited to participate in a Bruce/Dick Christmas Exchange. It's a nice feeling to be invited! :)

3. My fasting has gone well today. Purifying the body is a good idea once in awhile.
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (golden warrior))
A Happy Summer Solstice to you all! :)

Funny how with the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, we're really entering the dark half of the year. But such is Nature!

Finished my weekly cleaning. Everything's sparkling! :)

I now have 41,000+ words written so far for my [ profile] dcu_bang. *dances*

I hope to get back to my Avengers story and I came up with possible Steve/Bucky idea last night. I'm still holding out hope that I'll get some inspiration to write Steve/Thor and Steve/Sam, but right now Steve/Bucky is the hot pairing for my Muses.

That Steve/Diana story that's been sitting around may be posted soon.

What's up with LJ? Actually listening to feedback? Or is this just the ol' shell game? A pity that they started responding after everyone left. Ah, well, at least it'll benefit those of us die-hards who stuck around. I like the option of keeping my old Friends page and the subject lines back again. Maybe these new owners get it. Anyway, check out [ profile] lj_feedback if you're curious.

I don't think LJ will become the fannish go-to platform again, but who knows? If people get tired of the shiny new baubles like Tumblr, maybe they'll return. I follow a few blogs over there and it's frustrating to just see people hitting the 'Like' button and reblogging and very little commentary. How do you get a sense of someone by just that? I guess social media likes it that way these days. I'll stick with LJ and DW for my little niche of fandom, thanks.
bradygirl_12: (robin (joyful))
Hi, luvs! I’m baaaack! Didja miss me? :)

It’s been a crazy week. I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions. Today was the last day I went over to the house (more on that later).

Before I go to the cut, I’d like to offer fic to whomever is kind enough to renew my extra userpic packages. I’ve lost so much lately that it would be nice to hang on to my full complement of icons. Thank you! The expiration date is May 14th.

Come join me for Moving Tales )
bradygirl_12: (robin (joyful))
Hi, luvs!

I'll be on-line tomorrow and hopefully squeeze in some time on Friday, but Friday night the computer will be disconnected in preparation for the move on Saturday. I have no idea when I'll be back on after that. You'll see less fancy icons, too, as my userpic packages expire on May 14th. Enjoy joyful Robin while he lasts! Man, don't you hate scraping for every little thing and coming up short? *sighs* :(

I think I might need anti-anxiety medicine! I've been too crazy the last few days. I think I'm losing it!

At least the place I'm going to is nice (good reputation), but I've got a newsflash for people saying I'll be a social butterfly now: introverts do NOT change their ways just because they move from a house to an apartment. I will attend a few functions but I don't want to be around people 24/7. I desperately need re-charging after the week from hell.

So hopefully I'll get back on. With my wonky computer I can't be sure of anything. Before I got this computer in 2006 I had only limited access (no computer at home as my previous one had conked) and so I semi-gafiated from fandom for a period of years. Keeping my fingers crossed that won't happen again!

I wish I was a computer genius. It seems simple to set up but I'm always clueless, heh heh. And my I.Q. is pretty high, just that things like sense of direction and setting up computers seems to be missing. :)

There is one thing that a book will always have over a Kindle or computer or any electronic device. You never have to worry about formatting issues, nor accessing the content. You just open the cover and start reading! :)

See ya tomorrow but after that? Only the Fannish Gods know! ;)
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman love (stars))
Hola, my friends!

Are you looking to clean out your fannish clutter? No longer interested in watching a DVD but want it to go to a good home?

I’m looking for the Complete First Season of Wonder Woman (‘70s TV show) starring Lynda Carter. It’s the best of the seasons, IMO, set during World War II. If you have the DVD and are no longer interested in keeping it, I’ll happily take it. I can offer a ficlet about our Amazing Amazon in gratitude.

If you can help me out, please contact me through for my mailing address. Thank you kindly!
bradygirl_12: (new frontier (cover))
Hi, luvs!

Well, time to look forward for fanfic. Usually I’m an organized, goal-oriented person, but except for the first goal listed below I think I’ll do something different this year.

Drifting on the waves )
bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
Hi, luvs!

Hope you all survived blowing the noisemakers and drinking the bubbly! ;)

This is an interesting challenge that is very fan-positive:

bradygirl_12: (irish ying-yang)
Sorting out my zines and time to start selling! U.S. checks and money orders only. All prices include U.S. postage. Please P.M. ( for mailing and payment information and put ‘Zines For Sale’ in the subject heading. Thank you!

Zine List No. 1

Hogan’s Heroes (Slash)

Whatever Happened to Colonel Robert Hogan? by Tiger (aka BradyGirl_12) $12.00

In the last days of the war, the Gestapo took Robert Hogan away. When Stalag 13 was liberated, his men searched for him but he was gone. Now as a new war heats up in Korea, old secrets are divulged and the Colonel’s fate is revealed. Hogan/Kinch, Hogan/OMC. Eight copies left from my first-run printing.

Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Slash)

Classified Affairs #2 (B&W Suzann Lovett Cover) $17.00

To Walk In Darkness by Kate Drummond (Blind Illya) (Color Cover) $19.00

Multi-Media (Slash):

Awakenings #2 $17.00

Cohorts #2 $18.00

Diverse Doings #2 $18.00

Due South (Gen)

The Last Of A Breed #3 $20.00

Due South (Slash) (Benny/Ray V.)

Dog Tales At High Moon $18.00

Even Steven #2 $18.00

Pure Maple Syrup #1 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #2 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #3 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #4 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #5 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #6 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #7 $18.00
Pure Maple Syrup #8 $19.00
Pure Maple Syrup #9 $19.00

Put Your Head On My Shoulder by Too Loose $16.00

The Wild West West (Slash)

Gentlemen Never Tell #1 $15.00
Gentlemen Never Tell #3 $18.00

High Heels And Tight Pants #2 (Wild West West Anthology) $8.00

Four copies left from my first-run printing.

Special Item

The Super-Dictionary (1976 Edition—Excellent Condition) $25.00
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (prayer))

My auction thread is here. :)
bradygirl_12: (clark--bruce (hopeful))
Hi, luvs! Question for you, O Mighty Flist: I've been reading some Alpha/Omega fics and checked it out on Fanlore to find out exactly what it was all about, but my question is: when you write an Alpha/Omega fic, are there hard-and-fast rules you must follow, or can you take the general concept and create your own world around it? There are similarities to D/s in this and I'd like to try my hand at it. Thanks! :)
bradygirl_12: (superman (pink k))
[ profile] queer_fest opened its Prompt Claiming awhile ago and will remain open until April 2nd. There's lots of DC and Smallville prompts just waiting to be claimed in addition to Marvel and other fandoms. Why not check it out? :)


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