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22 September 2015 @ 09:44 pm
I'm attempting - attempting - a new creative thing. As in a short fanvid, using iMovie. It's a small project that I've been wanting to try for a few years and there's no time like the present, right? So I've started playing around with it for a bit each night. Only I've hit a wall. How do people get film footage from movies onto their computer in a way that they can do some simple edits?

I own the films I want to use footage from, I've loaded them onto my laptop, I've tried putting them in iTunes and dragging them into iMovie, and I've tried handbrake. I think it might be to do with films being protected? But then I tried a trial of something called TunesKit which said it would remove the DRM. Which it seems to do, but then the file still wasn't available in iMovie. And whilst I don't mind paying for a programme to solve my problem, I don't want to spend money on something when the trial doesn't work.

Any help or advice???
02 September 2015 @ 11:54 pm
I've completed a promptathon fill before the end of promptathon, hell yeah!

Title: should you need us
Rating/Warnings: PG13 (swearing (of the f-word and lord’s name in vain variety), verbal child abuse with implied off-screen neglect and possible physical child abuse)
Length: 5282 words
Summary: “I wish the goblins would come and take you away. Right now.” Fairy Queen Natalia steals Clint away, because his brother wished it so.
Author Note: For scribble_myname’s prompt on the be_compromised Promptathon 2015: fairy!Natasha steals Clint as her changeling child/little brother/helper or whatever A fairy AU with a touch of the film Labyrinth - title, the odd line, and the labyrinth itself are from the film, but you don’t need to have seen the film to understand this fic :)
With thanks to franztastisch for beta reading!
Also here on AO3.

I want you, she says. No one out there does.Collapse )
19 August 2015 @ 10:25 pm
I currently have 106 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 106 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like or three random tidbits about it. Or something.

I make no promises as to being able to count correctly or the quality of anything written earlier than in the last two or three years ;)
05 August 2015 @ 10:49 pm
On the downside, the update I keep meaning to post hasn't happened yet, but on the plus side that's because fic has taken priority ;) I've written two in the past couple of weeks, both around 5000 words and both for the AU Exchange on be_compromised. The Masterlist is here and what i've read so far is seriously fantastic stuff. My gift was a wonderful apocalyptic AU with gorgeous writing and hope and I love it to pieces:

take the sky from me by sweetwatersong (PG13)
Summary: The end came as an announcement, a promise, a future of burning worlds and expanding stars. The end came and there wasn't enough room to save all of them, weren't enough ships to bring everyone beyond the reach of a hungry red sun.
But it isn't the end, not quite. Not yet. And there are stars still left in the sky...

The first of the fics I wrote...Collapse )

by inkvoices for sandrasfisher
Rating/Warnings: Explicit [Spoiler (click to open)]sexy times, f-word swearing, mind games and brainwashing, assassins are assassins, (canon) age difference, off-screen in the past children handcuffed and made to shoot people
Summary: Isn’t it the same story whichever way you spin it? Tell me again, from the beginning.
Natasha Romanoff, born in America in January of 1971, doesn’t kill the kid who at some point came to be known as Clint Barton, born thirteen years after her in Russia. Instead she brings him in to SHIELD.
Author Notes: Thanks to franztastisch for (very speedy) beta reading and encouraging me to meet the Monday posting challenge.

“Tell me, from the beginning.”
“I have told you. And I’ve told you that I’m probably telling it wrong.”

A bit about the second fic...Collapse )

these are the days
by inkvoices for krilymcc
Rating/Warnings: PG13; part one may be triggering for money issues or social anxiety
Summary: Natasha came to Dunelm University with a plan. This plan did not include a roommate with no respect for privacy, an Olympic archer and his pizza stealing dog, or taking part in any crazy student fundraising.
Otherwise entitled: how Natasha survives her first year at university and learns not to let her degree get in the way of her education.
Author Notes: This is a UK AU, because ‘write what you know’, and universities in the UK don’t have mixed gender rooms (although they do have mixed gender halls of residence or colleges), so Hawkeye is not Natasha’s roommate. The other Hawkeye is ;) I hope this meets with your approval.
HUGE thanks to franztastisch, Dunelm’s Professor of Beta Reading and President of the Cheerleading Society.
Disclaimer: The university in this fic has an uncanny resemblance to a certain university in the North East of England. (The quote don’t let your degree get in the way of your education comes from an ex-Chancellor.) No affiliation or offence is intended. That said, this is work of fiction, so also I made a lot of stuff up ;)

part one on LJ|WIP on AO3
“Oh, hey, I guess we're roommates!”
feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
04 May 2015 @ 04:27 pm
This is not the Age of Ultron fic you're looking for ;p This is the continuation of me writing demon AU fills for Valentine's prompts, because, hey, it's only May. This isn't all that bad timing for me!

Title: an eye for an eye (also on AO3)
Rating/Warnings: PG13 (off-screen multilation of dead bodies, sometimes Clint kills people for a living, this demon wants to eat dead people, swearing, and Clint rambing whilst on drugs - for medical reasons)
Length: 4515 words
Summary: In which a red-haired demon follows Clint home, but he takes a while to catch on.
Author Note: Sequel to The Summoning. Written for this prompt from scribble_myname in the be_compromised 2015 Valentine's Mini Promptathon. With thanks to franztastisch for beta-reading this into better-ness :)
This is a mix of a lot of things – MCU, Fraction & Aja’s Hawkeye, and my portrayal of Stephen Strange is the MCU version that you haven’t met yet and will most likely be jossed ;) Remember: it’s not cannibalism if you’re eating a different species and the author takes no responsibility for anyone practicing demonic arts (even if acting on information provided by Strange).

an eye for an eyeCollapse )
03 May 2015 @ 01:40 am
Second viewing of Age of Ultron was on Tuesday for thinky thoughts and third viewing was this afternoon for trying to memorize quotes and checking a few things for fic purposes *grins*. So I bring you further, hopefully more coherent, thinking. Be warned: SPOILERS FOR ALL THE THINGS. Also it’s kind of long and detailed, sorry not sorry ;)

Also, I’m going to be making quote icons. Because reasons. So if you have favourite quotes comment with them – I’ve got a bunch, but I’m not convinced they’re entirely accurate and there’s that much in the film that I’m bound to have missed a ton anyway. QUOTE AT ME. You might get icons out of it. (And if my quotes aren’t right in this either, yell!)

here be lots of words on Age of UltronCollapse )

- also as-complete-as-I-can-remember plot summary in the comments
- also interesting meta on Natasha from thedancingcow on tumblr - critical of how she was written in AOU without being critical of her character
26 April 2015 @ 07:06 pm
This film, I like it! Another!

Which is to say I’ll be watching it again on Tuesday night before I get detailed, but I’ve put together some first reactions, including my Clint and Natasha views. The non-spoiler reaction is: I enjoyed the hell out of this film :D

Be warned: massive spoilers behind the cut. Also squee. And lots of Clint and Natasha thoughtsCollapse )
04 April 2015 @ 06:14 pm
01-10: Orphan Black
11-19: The Walking Dead
20-32: Age of Ultron (Hawkeye & Black Widow)


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03 April 2015 @ 09:41 pm
I watched the end of season 5 of The Walking Dead on Tuesday, and I’m still not over it. I have a love-hate relationship with this show. I don’t actually like horror. I got sucked into watching this because my dad was marathoning borrowed DVDs of the first two seasons when he was ill and I kept walking past and flinching, then going ‘wait, what? Don’t do that!’ and then finally sitting down because ‘damnit, I need to see if they survive this!’ (I had my revenge: the guy who lent my dad the DVDs? I got him into the graphic novels. Ha.)

So yes. The Walking Dead with it’s cast of characters that I watch with my heart in my throat in case something happens to them, because things keep happening to them, and it’s soundtrack and morality issues and zombie apocalypse, and then I read something the other that made me realise the bottom line why of why I can’t quite this show: it’s a misfit family story. That right there, my weakness, you found it.

If course now I find myself outlining Avengers/Walking Dead fusion fic, because I seem to express my love for things these days by wanting to fuse things with the Avengers, and no because I don’t know America that well, I swore I would never do American roadtrip fic, but. But. I may need to start researching American roadtrips.

Yep. Love-hate.

In other shows: I’ve now always watched the first two seasons of Orphan Black, and I’m not driven to fic but oh my heart that show is made of win. (Also a misfit family, ticky box.) I’m watching Blacklist, because James Spader, and we have Agents of SHIELD back in the UK, yay! Only I can’t watch it yet because the family are on holiday for Easter and if I watch it without my dad (who is my tv buddy) he will have the sad face. Alas, no sign of Peggy Carter in the UK *sigh*.

I’ve started Veronica Mars and I’m up to season two. This show is strangely addictive, in that I’m not sure why I’m addicted but I can never watch just one episode. Also I may ship Veronica/Logan.

In the Great Buffy Watch I am a quarter of the way through season 6! For people new to my flist, I was lent all seven seasons by a friend because I hadn’t watched all of Buffy and what I had watched I hadn’t seen in order. Obviously as this is a Joss Whedon show this had to be corrected. However, she lent me this, erm, is it two years ago or more? I seem to only marathon Buffy when ill. Something about Whedon dialogue and Buffy kicking ass makes me feel better. In my defence, at the same time I lent her season 2 of Dollhouse and she has yet to manage one season of a show in comparison to my 5 and a bit. So go me I guess, heh.

Game of Thrones is back later in April, which I watch bits of. I still need to read the last two books. And Castle, hopefully in May. Castle is like comfort food only not edible.

What’s everyone’s shows of 2015? And what makes you addicted? And why do you feel like writing fic for some and not others?

And Happy Easter weekend :)