carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
I am a writer of Man from U.N.C.L.E. fanfiction and that's what brought me to LJ.

I write gen (and maybe a little het). Sorry, no slash. But if you have an interest, links to the my stories are behind the cut.
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carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
I've added to my website my Easter Egg story from 4/18/14.

WORD COUNT: approx 975 words
WARNINGS: Mild Language
SUMMARY: Sure as roses are red
Napoleon ultimately knew
Illya was tricky
Though a 'gentleman" too.
TIMELINE: Spring 1963
carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Blame [ profile] avery11! [chuckle]

This one did have me laughing though...

You Are a Black Panther

You see through people. You understand others' motives and plans.

You have a knack for predicting the future. You just know what people are going to do.

People are attracted to you. You are naturally able to influence other people's thoughts.

You have the charisma to be a beloved guru or dictator. It's all about how you handle it.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Last one for today, I promise!

You Are Grounded

If slow and steady wins the race, then you're going to be crowned grand champion. You are consistently consistent.

You pride yourself on being dependable and reliable. You are a rock, and you are especially loyal to your friends and family.

You're the kind of person who finds it hard to say no to someone in need, and why would you even want to? Helping out gives you a sense of purpose.

You do well with a routine and consistency. You find 'boring' to be quite rich and deep. You enjoy perfecting your everyday tasks.

You are agreeable whenever possible. Disagreeing stresses you out, so you only stand your ground when it's necessary.

You are patient and very open to changing your mind. You are always willing to hear someone out, and you are a good mediator.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)

You Are a Seeker Soul

You are on a quest for knowledge and life challenges.

You love to be curious and ask a ton of questions.

Since you know so much, you make for an interesting conversationalist.

Mentally alert, you can outwit almost anyone (and have fun doing it!).

Very introspective, you can be silently critical of others.

And your quiet nature makes it difficult for people to get to know you.

You see yourself as a philosopher, and you take everything philosophically.

Your main talent is expressing and communicating ideas.

Souls you are most compatible with: Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Nabbed from [ profile] glennagirl...

You Are Logical

You are a very rational and cool-headed person. People are often surprised by your reaction to the world.

You are a big fan of order, and no one organizes chaos better than you do. You know how to make sense of madness.

Although you are quite unemotional, you are a very happy and content person. You know how to neutralize strong feelings.

You are both creative and a perfectionist. You get great satisfaction out of a job done right.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Nabbed from [ profile] avery11...

You Are a Blue Pencil

You are down to earth, very reliable, and completely trustworthy. When help is needed, you like to step up.

You are naturally responsible, and you can't relax until everything you need to do is done. You even enjoy planning out your free time.

You don't like chaos, trouble, or drama. You try to prepare for the worst, and you like the intellectual challenge of thinking ahead.

You would make a great accountant, financial analyst, or data scientist. You can look at all the facts objectively.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
I've added to my website my Mood-Y: Challenge 2 story from 4/12/14.

WORD COUNT: approx 575 words
SUMMARY: Chess is a game of strategy -- whether conventional or unconventional.
TIMELINE: Summer 1963
carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
...why T.V. execs insist on taking a good premise that really has a limited shelf-life and try to make it into a continuing series instead of a limited-run series?

This question comes to mind because I recently watched the premieres of the two new shows BELIEVE and RESURRECTION. Now I have to admit both shows have intriguing premises and the couple of episodes I've watched thus far have been well worth the time. But still, I can't help but wonder how long before:

  • all the running from the bad guys on BELIEVE gets old?

  • the bad guys finally catch up with the telekinetic wunderkin and her "dad" on BELIEVE?

  • the bad guys really are shown to be no threat on BELIEVE because they are just too lame to catch wunderkin and dad despite numerous "close calls"?

  • it is figured out on RESURRECTION just who (or what) these returned dead folks truly are?

  • the confrontation with whatever the returned folks are on RESURRECTION comes to a head and writers have to try and invent a reason to continue the show beyond this logical end?

Both these shows would work best, in my opinion, as limited-run series of predetermined length. (And the length could be predetermined to be one or two T.V. seasons, or just 12 shows. As long as there would be an expected point where the writers know they can conclude a concept that is limited in scope). But as "unlimited continuing" shows, where execs really expect to get at least 100 episodes so to foster a syndication deal on reruns, they are very likely to stall and peter out in quality because beyond a certain logical point there is just nowhere to go.

It happened with LOST (let's be honest). It happened with FRINGE. It's happened with other shows that were far less commercially successful: like that one about the people who lost a certain amount of time from their lives when the world stopped. (Can't even remember the name of that one and it went on to have what is considered one of the worst finales ever in television history.)

Here's another example: the scifi series V. The original was one of the best mini-series of all time. Then they did follow-up mini-series to the original: bad but bearable cause at least they realized there was a limited set of circumstances to draw on and they would have to end when they came to that point. Then they tried a continuing series: it was patently awful and silly as well. Then they recently tried a "reboot" continuing series: again, it just had nowhere to go beyond a fixed point and stalled out big-time in viewer interest (because viewers knew there should be a logical end and yet there wouldn't be).

And then there is the counter-example of UNDER THE DOME, which was a mini-series the execs thought half-way through its initial run it would be cool to expand to a future continuing series. Seriously? It wound up with there being no ending to the original mini-series even though there was no more steam in the story. (It had actually gotten patently ridiculous.)

So what is wrong with taking these very intriguing concepts and just letting them be limited-run series, with a definite beginning and a real end? Why milk these concepts beyond what they can provide in the way of true entertainment value?
carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
The Awards Circuit site has put out predictions for possible 2015 Oscar Nominees.

Guess who is on the possible contenders list for BEST ACTOR in a LEAD ROLE? None other than Henry Cavill in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.!

Now granted, these prognostications are all conjectural in the extreme since nothing but a few clips and a trailer here and there have been seen by the critics for any of these films.

Still, that Cavill is even on the list makes me even more hopeful about the new movie being a worthwhile retake on our beloved 1960s series.
carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Nabbed from [ profile] sheilasmiles

You Are Solitary

You are big on solitude, reflection, and quiet. You love the calmest moments of spring - when the world is still waking up.

You enjoy having time to yourself to take everything in. You function better if you can process on your own schedule.

You notice every detail of life and can spend a lot of time thinking about one or two tiny little things.

You are good at coping with the busyness and chaos of life if you have enough down time. You find your inner peace and comfort.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
You select a particular entry, and it just won't stay there. It goes back to every entry in your personal blog. And even if you then click into the particular entry, it doesn't let you edit that entry.


It's the IE browser, folks, or at least most versions of IE. (I found editing worked fine from a 64-bit Windows machine with IE 10. But on a 32-bit Windows machine with IE 9, it's a no go.)

This from the KNOWN ISSUES page:

• It is not possible to edit entries using Internet Explorer right now. This is reported and is being fixed.

So guess I use Chrome to do the newsletter today.

My Path...

Feb. 26th, 2014 04:01 pm
carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Swiped from [ profile] avery11...

Your Path is Private

You are the kind of person who prefers to travel alone. You like to observe, think, and sort out whatever is in your head.

You prefer a path that's fit for one. You can see others once you arrive at your destination, but you need your downtime first.

You are very original and insightful. You look at the world in a unique way, and others can benefit from your point of view.

You are a bit of a loner, but you connect well with people when you take the time. You are very understanding.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
I've added to my website my Mood-Y: Challenge 1 story from 2/8/14.

WORD COUNT: approx 1,530 words
SUMMARY: Reminiscences from our past sometimes serve as pre-cursors to recognitions regarding our future.
TIMELINE: Mid-Winter 1965
carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Very true! [grin]

You Find Stories Comforting

You love to dream, imagine, and escape into a beautiful story. There's nothing like leaving the real world for a while.

Books are the ultimate relaxation for you, but you can also be drawn into the right movie, tv series, or even song.

For you, there's no better experience than finding a book you love, especially if you connect with the characters.

You can lose all sense of time in a story, and at the end of it all, you have a new perspective on the world!

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Okay, let's not get nasty! [laugh]

You Are a Despot

You're dominant and powerful. You always need to be in charge.

While others respect your competence, you can be a bit of a dictator.

Hard working and serious, you never let yourself down.

You are exact and accurate - and you expect others to be the same way.

Your strength: You always get the job done

Your weakness: You're a perfectionist to a fault

Your power color: Gray

Your power symbol: Checkmark

Your power month: April

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Another one for giggles!

Your Name Comes From Neptune

You are able to adapt to any situation, surroundings, or groups. You are highly flexible.

You tend to hang back and observe before you show your cards. Because of this, you are often seen as mysterious.

You are very intuitive and sensitive. You have a deep understanding of the world, even though the world doesn't understand you.

At times you feel like you could be psychic. You read people that well.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Okay, this one had me giggling!

You Should Paint the World with Green

If there's anything you think the world needs more of, it's intention and meaning.

You're always trying to get yourself and others to slow down. You believe in deliberate action.

You are a huge believer in personal growth. You seek to even out the unbalanced aspects of your life.

You haven't set out to become wealthy, but you just may end up that way. You have your priorities straight.

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Too true! [chuckle]

You Are An ISTJ

The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.

You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knitting.

Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.

You are conservative and down-to-earth. You hardly ever do anything crazy.

In love, you are loyal and honest. If you commit yourself to someone, then you're fully committed.

For you, love is something that happens naturally. And you don't need romantic gestures to feel loved.

At work, you remember details well and are happy to take on any responsibility.

You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

How you see yourself: Decisive, stable, and dependable

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, conservative, and egotistical

carabele: (Animated Napoleon)
Interesting since I don't really see myself as a risk-taker, but more of a pragmatist. I'll do what needs doing without over-worrying.

Your Courage Word is "Risk"

You believe that a courageous life is all about knowing when to leap. You take calculated risks.

You know that sometimes you have to lay it all out on the line, even if you might end up losing big.

You try not to be attached to any one outcome. You know that life is always a crap shoot.

Taking risks is scary, but you feel like there is no alternative. You can't win if you don't play!