imhilien: Keep Calm (Keep Calm)
Well, it was my birthday the other day - thanks to those who wished me a nice day. I went out for dinner with my folks to an Italian restaurant in town, which was nice. I had lunch with a friend yesterday and tomorrow I'm catching up with another friend.

Was shocked when Notre Dame cathedral was burning - not nice news to wake up to the other day.  I admire buildings like that as they were built in a long ago age without things construction firms take for granted today; concrete mixers, cranes, etc. Was relieved that the rose window(s) survived and some things had been removed before the fire.

Hope everyone has a nice Easter holiday with lovely chocolate. :)  Today is one of those nice autumn days, fine and clear with actual warmth if you sit in the sun.
imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)
We had daylight saving last week with the clocks turned back an hour. The mornings are lighter again, but the suddenly darker evenings always take some getting used to. My electric blanket is being used again and so is my scarfs.

So, new Star Wars trailer. Looks interesting! The title 'Rise of Skywalker' has been debated a lot and could refer to: a) The new title of Force users, b) A  new spaceship (Sir, the Skywalker is approaching! Run away!) or c) Angry at being fridged* in 'Attack of the Clones' the ghost of Shmi Skywalker is back for vengeance.

I recently saw and enjoyed the film 'Woman at War' which is (deep breath) an Icelandic eco-thriller comedy. Featuring a middle-aged Katniss Everdeen-type character in sensible jumpers with her bow and arrow. Lovely landscape. Subtitled of course.

*When a female character is killed to further the storyline of a man. I saw this in a book trilogy once, the main character was a woman - no, sorry, she has to go because the trilogy is really about a minor male character who turns up. I didn't read the third book.

Apr. 4th, 2019 05:08 pm

Meme time

imhilien: Rainbow (Default)
Snaffled from vilakins...

Your rainbow is strongly shaded green and violet.


What is says about you: You are an intelligent person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at
imhilien: Keep Calm (Keep Calm)
Last Thursday was the autumn equinox and the morning started with a heavy, damp fog that had rolled in. Fortunately by late morning it had gone and it became a nice hot day. It's been like that ever since, although there is some stormy weather on the way later this week. Mornings and evenings are getting darker more quickly though.

I went to see 'Captain America' recently to cheer myself up and enjoyed it. It was set in the '90's and I liked how it poked gentle fun at '90's things such as video stores, boxy computers with stone age internet (and how long it takes to download stuff) and pagers.

Some links:

An Incel's life turns around when he gets some pet shrimp

A poem - 'I got told what to call this poem by my male colleague"

Best part:

A special thank you to my dissertation advisor
Who, when I told him what I wanted to write about,
Told me about his son’s last holiday abroad
And how his son had told him something interesting
Vaguely related
To my interests
And wouldn’t that be a more interesting topic to write about?
Mar. 16th, 2019 03:26 pm


imhilien: Sad (Sad)
Am horrified that there was a mass shooting at two mosques yesterday in Christchurch. Men, women and children amongst the victims.  Apparently it was planned - planned! - for two years and the four people responsible chose Christchurch. Which has only been starting to pull itself back together after the killer earthquake some years back that destroyed the CBD.

Today I've heard that the streets of Christchurch are quiet... too quiet. My heart goes out to the poor city.
imhilien: Reading (Reading)
A murder-mystery book I recently read and liked was 'The Con Artist' by Fred van Lente.

Comic book artist Mike Manson arrives at San Diego Comic Con to get art commissions, which are his bread and butter. His ex-wife is at the con as well as Danny, the man Mike caught his wife with. But when Danny is found murdered, Mike becomes the prime suspect. He has to solve the crime - at the same time as getting those precious art commissions. Drawings are throughout the book.

It's set in a slightly different universe, because there's mention of a 'Dragonriders of Pern' movie. *snuffles* *looks at dragon collection* However, I  don't think in any universe there would be a Lord of the Rings movie by the title of 'Sauron's Revenge' (1st of 7 movies). *giggles*  That's just being silly. I think.

I like stories set at conventions - there's the 1988 'Bimbos of the the Death Sun' - obnoxious guest author is found dead at a con, all the attendees could be suspects. 'Night of the Living Trekkies' has a zombie apocalypse beginning at a Star Trek con (quite plausibly, too).

Lastly, I have sympathy for this reviewer from the 'Smart Bitches, Trashy Books' website -

"Have you ever felt like a book was fighting with you? I had such a hard time with my innocent-seeming paperback copy of Lady Traveller’s that you would have thought it was one of the feisty books in the Terry Pratchett universe that have to be chained to the shelves. It wouldn’t lie flat. It kept worming its way under couch cushions and blankets. Every time I picked it up I dropped it, and every time I dropped it my bookmark fell out."

The book was rated C - in the end.

imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)
Here is a link to a recent hurt / comfort crossover story I enjoyed - Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Firefly. Recced by the community halfamoon.

A Friend to the Spirit

In her dreams, there was an angel, like in legends from Earth-that-Was, with blonde hair and a kind smile, and River knew that this angel meant her well; that she was here to protect her; that she was River’s sister.

 or, what happened when Buffy ended up in the Firefly universe at the time of the 'Serenity' movie.


imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)
Well, the weather is still warm but it's getting darker in the mornings now. I've got a hair cut booked for this week as I'm starting to feel like a woolly sheep.

I've been enjoying watching season 2 of 'The Durrells' on TV. It's based on the book 'My Family and Other Animals' which I confess I've never read. Anyway, it's a quirky comedy about an English woman in the '30's who takes her four children to live on the island of Corfu. Youngest boy promptly goes 'yay!' and starts bringing home animals such as otters and pelicans. There's been a debonair chap with a red sports car who's been charming the mother - who sounds just like Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter movies. So, every time he speaks I keep thinking, 'Remus?' :D

A nice movie I saw recently was 'The Kid Who Would Be King', which is a contemporary King Arthur movie, starring Patrick Stewart (TM) as Merlin (hooray). Alex, a bullied schoolboy, finds a magic sword in a stone at a semi-abandoned building site. It must be a joke, right? But this gets the attention of Merlin and Morgana Le Fey, who was banished underground and has been waiting for the swords return (she believes she's the rightful heir to it). Can Alex rally his fellow students to fight Morgana and her undead army of knights?  Nice scenery of Cornwall and Glastonbury Tor. Some of my ancestors came from Cornwall near Bodmin Moor (where the Lady of the Lake was supposed to reside) so I always throw my money at movies like this. :)

If it helps, the previous movie the director made was 'Attack the Block' (starring 13th Doctor Who and Finn from Star Wars) about a poor English council estate that had to fend off an alien attack.
imhilien: Lady Riding (Lady Riding)
Snaffled from Massimo on Twitter, the following is a major plot point in the Saga of the Exiles books:

The Zanclean flood or Zanclean Deluge is a flood theorized to have refilled the Mediterranean Sea 5.33 million years ago. According to this model, water from the Atlantic Ocean refilled the dried up basin through the modern-day Strait of Gibraltar

Jan. 29th, 2019 04:58 pm

Hot times

imhilien: New Zealand (New Zealand)
Phew, it's hot today and I've got a fan going - for me this means it's hot. It's 30 degrees (90 deg F). A heat wave that's been menacing Australia has arrived here (a lot of our weather comes from Australia). I'm wearing a bamboo fibre t-shirt and leggings which has helped a bit, as they're good to wear in hot weather.

Last week the hall of my old intermediate school* caught fire due to workmen doing maintenance and apparently a third of the school is damaged. This was upsetting because it was also the school my mum and her siblings went to as well. When I attended eons ago, I saw my first computer - it was a clunky, black and white thing that only played a mathematics game. But it had a sound card, and we were all fascinated. Internet - what was that?

*I was there when I was eleven and twelve years old
imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)
Day 8
In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Because You Were Silent (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Buffy realises that she owes the injured Spike for not betraying her or Dawn to Glory, and returns to the crypt. Post 'Intervention' AU

Wish (Labyrinth)

After Sarah returned from the Labyrinth, some things were never the same again.

The Promise (Harry Potter)

While hunting for Horcruxes, Hermione is made a dark promise by Snape. Or perhaps it was just a dream...
imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)


In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.


Mark Watches Babylon 5

As a long time fan of this show, it’s fun seeing a newbie watch it for the first time. I feel I should be eating popcorn when I read his blog review of each episode. There were five seasons, he's going through season 4 right now (cackles).


[community profile] labyfic

A fan fiction community for the movie ‘Labyrinth’. It was one of those movies I could never quite forget.


Fantasy Cafe

A book review site that’s good value.

imhilien: Huh? (Huh?)
Today I went to a shopping mall looking for a new backpack as I needed one and there are sales on at the moment. One thing I wanted for my ideal backpack was lots of extra compartments.  I noticed the ones probably aimed at males were in sober colours with lots of compartments. The backpacks aimed at females were bright and cheerful with only one extra compartment, if that. Sometimes it looked more decorative than useful.

When you see this sort of thing, you can't unsee it (like the pink tax). Grr.

In the end I found and bought a navy blue backpack with some pink detail and lots of extra compartments. Maybe they realised tomboys / serious women existed as well after all...
imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)

Day 3

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

When I was in high school eons ago, my favourite cartoon was 'Jem and the Holograms' and I've always loved the theme song. :)


imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)

Day 2

Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.





A TV ad inspired by Mad Max, it makes me laugh every time.





Dangerous Wizards and Where to Find Them


On the way to Ach-To, a slight navigational deviation takes the Falcon to a galaxy much, much closer to home.





That Time Dudley Stole a Book


Dudley Dursley, terror of Privet Drive, spends just enough time with a book to cause trouble for Harry. That doesn't surprise Harry. The way it all turns out does.

imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)

Day 1

In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane.

Books have been my main Happy Place since I was little. I'm an artist and I also write, so when I get into the creative 'zone', that's a Happy Place too.
imhilien: New Zealand (New Zealand)
Happy Midsummer to those in the Southern Hemisphere (and Happy Midwinter to those up North). Summer got going here about a week ago and it's nice to be back in t-shirts.

My part time job doesn't need me back until the second week of January, so that's nice. I'm not going on holiday, but might do some local things like going to a beach for the day.

Christmas will be a low-key one with my folks.

Am looking forward to the upcoming fandom 'Snowflake Challenge'. I've been doing them for a few years now and it's always fun. For newbies, every day from January 1 - 15 there is a fandom question (i.e. name three favourite fan fictions you have written). You don't have to answer each question, though. There's Yuletide as well to look forward to. :D

imhilien: Laughter (Laughter)
As a Babylon 5 fan, I've been enjoying the website 'Mark Watches Babylon 5' as newbie Mark blogs about each episode he watches. You can tell who else is a newbie by the capslock comments of 'ZOMG what just happened?!?'

The comment that has made me LOL the most is a newbies response after the season 3 episode 'Voices of Authority', where our heroes have to (cautiously) contact an old and powerful alien race:

"I would just like to say from the bottom of my heart that I love the Disco Ship. I love that some of the oldest, most powerful beings in our universe are apparently giant floating Tiki masks who travel around in the most disco looking ship imaginable, upon which I can only assume they are having a 24/7 rave and are too busy waving glowsticks around to want to help Ivanova et al"

imhilien: Fangirls (Fangirls)

Over at That Artsy Reader Girl this weeks Top Ten List is about literary villains, so I thought I would mention my top ten most memorable (in no particular order).


1. Archangel Michaela (Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh) – In an alternate earth where (non-religious) angels rule and vampires & humans serve, she is beautiful, vicious and complex.

2. President Snow (Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins) – No one does ‘the end justifies the means’ like him. Also, Donald Sutherland did a great and menacing portrayal of him in the films.

3. Miss Minchin (A Little Princess by Frances Hogdson Burnett) – Worse. Headmistress. Ever.

4. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – The scary thing about her is that she could be in your workplace.

5. Dumbledore (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – A villain who was really hiding in plain sight (e.g. leaving Harry in an abusive household, no regular checkups).

6. Gollum (Lord of the Rings series by J.R. Tolkien) – Corrupted, vicious and pitiful.

7. The White Witch (Narnia series by C.S. Lewis) – Her backstory in ‘The Magicians Nephew' terrified me as a kid.

8. Marc Remillard (Exiles / Galactic Milieu series by Julian May) – Brilliant and capable, but flawed and arrogant (as described by someone on the interwebs).

9. Raistlin Majere (Dragonlance series by Weiss & Hickman) – A lot of peoples Bad Romance back in the day, this charismatic but sickly mage wanted to be a god. That would show those who looked down on him! (No. Just… no).

10. The Phantom (Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux) – Deformed genius with a beautiful voice kidnaps singer he is obsessed with. Yet if he’d had a normal face, people would have looked up to him.















imhilien: Tea (Tea)
Spring has taken a few steps backwards to winter as it’s become cold again and there’s snow in the South Island. Yesterday I was out and there was a freezing, gale-force sou’ wester that almost blew me over at times.  I reacted by eating a nice steam pudding by the heater last night. ::nods::

Last year I had gone to a knit-and-spin retreat held nearby for the first time, and a few weeks ago I went again. I had a nice time – the renovations being done last time had been finished and the place looked that much better.  We were given a ball of wool each (in blue or grey) and asked to create over the weekend a square 25 x 25 cm in any way, which would be part of a planned blanket for charity. I was given some grey wool (very nice wool, too) and I crocheted a square. We were all given a gift at the end of the retreat, and I got a big, multi-coloured ball of wool.  Now, what shall I do with it…

I’ve recently joined a book club that meets once a month in a café at a park. What’s good about this club is that they have a theme each month, and you bring along a book that relates to the theme, which opens up a lot of possibilities. Next month is ‘books that scared you’ and I’ll think I’ll bring along my copy of ‘The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales’ by Kate Mosse, which does have some genuinely creepy stories.

I was at the library recently and saw season 1 of the sci-fi TV show ‘The Expanse’ which I immediately grabbed and watched, as I only saw a few episodes on TV a while ago before the screening times starting jumping around. Grr. It’s based on a book series set in the solar system in the future, where a missing person sets off a chain of events. A hard-bitten cop and a ships crew both end up searching for her and *spoiler alert* there’s an amusing clash of personalities when they both team up to search together. I’ve heard the show has been renewed for season 4, so that’s promising.

Snaffled from

Which Dysfunctional Space Crew Do You Belong In?


Well aren't you just a perfect embodiment of chaotic good. You're clearly the just the kind of talented misfit that belongs on the crew of the Serenity. You may grouchily claim you're not a team player, but you'll find your family, and maybe a cause worth fighting for, when you join this space team.


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