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Comment and I'll give you three of your icons and three of your interests to explain.

Here's what silsbee329 asked about.
single rose - Is there a story behind it?
I found this icon, made by x__conniieee, one day when I was wandering around LJ. I thought it was absolutely lovely and have kept it ever since. I use it for posts of a more personal nature.

john adams - I love 1776!
This icon, made by roadstergal, tickled my fancy as I, too, am a huge fan of 1776! I love William Daniels, who I first was introduced to with St. Elsewhere, and I thought he was a totally wonderful John Adams. I bought the DVD and watch it every few months. What fun music!

jeeves ties bertie's shoe - does this one make you as insanely happy as it makes me? ;D
Ohhhh, yesss! I made this icon, and every time I use it I think of the quote where one of them mentioned how odd it was to have Stephen waiting on Hugh like this; particularly things like taking off shoes, helping in the bath, etc. Also, I'm a sucker for any shot that shows one of them touching the other one. Hee!

Fanfic: What got you interested, and when?
I'm a newcomer to fanfic! I started watching House last summer and quickly became a H/W shipper! I got obsessed with Hugh Laurie from there, and I stumbled onto fanfic as I was doing Internet searches to learn more about him. Then I found LJ and saw that it was a good source for a wide variety of fanfic; from there I found J/W fic, and the rest is squee-ish history! :)

Hugh Laurie: What's the first role you noticed him in?
House! I've only been a card-carrying Hugh!girl for about 9 months, but I am rabid! :) It wasn't long before I found Stephen Fry (where have these two been all my life?), and the obsession just went crazier from there.

The Gimp: Tell me why you like it so much. :)
1. It's FREE! :)
2. It wasn't incredibly hard to learn, and there are a lot of good tutorials and information on LJ and the Internet to help you learn it.
3. It's fun to use; I've really been impressed at some of the graphics I've been able to create! I know it's not quite as fancy-schmancy as Photoshop and some other programs, but I like it! *huggles GIMP* (although a different name would have been more preferred!)



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Apr. 30th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
You! A 1776 fan! Yayness! I don't believe I knew that! *boing*

And I'll take a comment and interest as well...
Apr. 30th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Yay! Yep, I've been a 1776 for *years*! PBS used to show it every July 4, but I don't think they've done that for a long time. So I wound up buying the DVD so I could have my own freedom celebration whenever I wanted. :)

I love "Cool, Cool Considerate Men" and all of the John/Abby interactions the best. And the Richard Henry Lee song makes me laugh.. uproarious-LEE!

OK, for icons, I want to know about Kipper Kirk, Fascintating, and Courting. For interests, tell me about Alan Moore, Ed Exley, and Naraku/Kagome. I've never heard of any of those!
May. 1st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I was introduced a couple of months ago and promptly dragged into the fandom by a friend. ^^ She's obsessed with it, but in a good way.

I am a John Adams/Dickinson shipper, but eh. All's good. Especially the Adams/Jefferson/Abby Ot3. :D

I love that song. All of the songs. *grin*

Okay...d'you mind if I do the interests and icons here? I like a good break between memes in my LJ.
May. 2nd, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
OK, I give in. Point me to the 1776 fanfic! Is there a comm on LJ?

Adams/Dickinson. Hee!

Yes! I'd love for you to do the interests/icons here! *waits eagerly*
May. 2nd, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
look_sharp. :D

Kipper Kirk - My, you've picked my Red Dwarf related icons. Kirk is from Star Trek, and the quote is from Ace Rimmer, who happens to be an alter-ego of Arnold J. Rimmer from Red Dwarf. Ace is perfect, a space adventurer, and wears a gold tin foil-y suit and makes it look sexy. What's not to love?

Fascintating - The chap on the left is Rimmer. He put a sock in his underwear for the ladies he (mistakenly) thought they were going to meet. Lister (of course) had to make fun of said sock. Cue the looks at Rimmer's crotch. :D

Courting - He's from Red Dwarf, again. He's the Cat. The Cat was trying to court with whomever showed up. Unfortunately, the only other people on board was Rimmer and Lister, and as much as I'm in favor of a threesome, it didn't happen.

Alan Moore - He writes the absolute best graphic novels (comics) and is generally awesome. He wrote Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and many others. I HIGHLY reccommend Watchmen.

Ed Exley - He's from LA Confidential, a movie I greatly enjoyed. Must see it again, come to think of it.

Naraku/Kagome - From Inuyasha. Naraku's the bad guy. Kagome's the girl who's trying to recover all the Shikon Shards. I've read awesome fic about their twisted love. (Canon-wise, they aren't in love, but I still love the pairing for it's creepiness.)
May. 2nd, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
OK, I now have decided that I must learn more about Red Dwarf. I'd never heard of it until I got to LJ, but there does seem to be a cadre of loyalists here, and many of them seem to be on my f-list!

*returns* I have just added it to my blockbuster.com queue. :D

Hee! Thanks for the linky to the LJ comm... I shall check it out. Great name!
May. 3rd, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I do think you'll like it. The humor should be right up your alley. ;)
Apr. 30th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Yay! Great answers!

1776: I just saw this for the first time last winter for some reason, and I fell in love with it immediately. So funny! And William Daniels is delightful.

Fanfic: I have almost the same story, but I started watching in earnest last spring (around the time that "House vs. God" aired - that's when I first noticed the H/W yumminess).

Hugh: Same here, except for the Stephen part. I've been a fan of Stephen's since "Peter's Friends" (I never really noticed Hugh in that until after "House". Silly me.) and then "Wilde". I was completely intrigued to find out that the two of them were best friends. Now, like you, I can't get enough of them! (I can't believe I just bought that Jeeves clock!)

GIMP: Oy, that name! Hee. I'm all for free stuff, though! If I'd known it existed before I got PSP, I might be a GIMP person, too.
Apr. 30th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can see how you'd kind of miss out on Hugh in "Peter's Friends" over Stephen. He was lovely in that movie (as he is always!). And "Wilde"... *swoon*! What a fabulous piece of work.

So for interests, I'd like to know more about hindi films, harlem renaissance, and old movies... how did you get interested in all of them? :)

For icons, tell me more about Toys Rock, Amy, and SV Tasty.
May. 2nd, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Hmm... let's see... (hope you don't mind if I answer here!):

Hindi films: I LOVE those films from India that are referred to as "Bollywood"! They have fun musical interludes and dramatic love stories. Good stuff.

Harlem Renaissance: We did a lot of programming at my library on this subject recently, and it really piqued my interest in the subject. I am especially interested in the literature of the period, and writers like Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.

old movies: I was a Cinema Studies major in college, so I got a lot of exposure to the older films. I love 'em. I am crazy about James Stewart, Myrna Loy, Katharine Hepburn... so many people!


Toys Rock: House with his yo-yo! One of the first six icons I ever made. I like the font - reminds me of a "Rolling Stone" cover.

Amy: Do you know the folk/rock band Indigo Girls? Well, I am a huge fan of theirs, and that icon is of Amy Ray's hand strumming her guitar.

SV Tasty: That's the gorgeous Michael Rosenbaum (Lex from Smallville) sipping a drink. I just think he looks so adorably dorky there. :D

And "YAY" for co-challenge posting duties!! We must chat...
May. 2nd, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
I've always loved old movies. I was pretty much obsessed as a kid, and read a lot about the the old stars. Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Astaire and Rogers are some of my favorites. I think my favorite movies are the old screwball comedies.

I've heard of the Indigo Girls, but I don't know any of their music. I will make an effort to listen to some!

Yay for co-challenge posting duties! I'd love to chat; I have a user name on Windows Messenger, googletalk, and AIM, or if you prefer we can email. I have a few ideas for challenges already, so I'm looking forward to this! :D
May. 3rd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
You know what? I've never seen an Astaire/Rogers movie (I've seen them separately, but not in any of their famous pairing films)! *hangs head in utter shame* This must be rectified immediately!! Any suggestions for a first choice? I love screwball comedies, too. My favorite is probably Arsenic and Old Lace. Too funny.

Yes, you must listen to some Indigo Girls! It'll change your life! I recommend anything from "Rites of Passage" to start with. They're all amazing, though. :D

I'm bethctg for googletalk, so we can always do it that way, but email is fine too. I work from noon til 8 tomorrow, so I won't be around during that stretch. Anyway, I am so looking forward to entering your challenges! :)
May. 3rd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
I think my favorite Astaire/Rogers flick is "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle." It's actually a biopic about a famous husband-and-wife dance team from the early 1900s. It was their tenth movie together, and it's really wonderfully touching and Ginger is lovely. Not too much original dances because they were recreating the Castle dance moves, but as an overall movie telling a story, that's the one I'd suggest. As for just sheer, all-out, Astaire/Rogers escapist glitz, "Top Hat" fills the bill. :)

Hah! Arsenic and Old Lace is wonderful! Cary Grant is really hysterical in that one, and all of the supporting characters are so spot on to their roles. Josephine Hull is adorable! :)

Have you ever seen "Penny Serenade"? It's with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. ZOMG so sweet and sad... a real tearjerker! It's one of my favorite old movies.

OK! I will make a point to get some Indigo Girls, and start with Rites of Passage. Thanks for the rec!

I've sent you an invite via googletalk; I'm assuming your email for that is bethctg@gmail.com. I'll be around tonight after 8, so maybe we can touch base. If not tonight, then definitely over the next day or so. Looking forward to it!
Apr. 30th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, great I like these memes I want to play to! LoL
Apr. 30th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Yay! I love for people to play along!

For icons: What are you doing?, walking in a scent of loveliness, and teddy one. I'd like to know why you like them and how you got some of the effects.

For interests: icon making (how did you get interested?), the boondock saints (never heard of them!), and typing (typing??)

PS... I LOVE your new Kingdom icons. Mmmmmmmmm
May. 1st, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)

I did the reply at my journal. Because I am extremely long winded. I watch the first episode and he is just looks hot as Kingdom. I had to Icon him.
May. 2nd, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
I've commented at your journal, as you already know! :D

I agree... Stephen looks *amazing* in Kingdom! Yum!!
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Apr. 30th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
Hee! Of course, my dear! All of my user pix are gankable except the ones that say please don't gank. :)

Awwww, your puppy eyes are soo soo cuuuuute!

For icons: the two rainbow ones and, OK, I'll bite... the rodent erotica one. Hee!

For interests: blue whale, homosexual whistling (I'm almost afraid to ask!), and custard socks (again, there's a bit of fear in picking that one )
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May. 1st, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
OMG. *finally notices exactly what's happening in your Freddykins/Eric icon* *giggles*
Bwuahahahahahahahahaha! I saw that screencap and my dirty little mind went right into the gutter... and a slash icon was born! :)

I didn't realize those were all QI things when I picked them, but yay! for me that that's how it turned out! My Stephen radar must have been extra strong. Those Dialogs are all excellent; thanks for sharing! I completely died laughing at the custard one... I MUST find that video and watch! :)
Apr. 30th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Ooooh, me too! I'm fond of my userpics and curious to see which you pick out.
Apr. 30th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)

OK, lemme see...

Icons: Bertie blue eyes (one of my favorites), trapped in icon, and Brian Mikey hugs

Interests: Daniel Jackson (who is he and why is he an interest?), writing (how did you get started writing fanfic?), and wodehouse (how long have you been a fan?)

Apr. 30th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, good ones. The Bertie blue eyes icon is by icons_of_isis and it's just such a good shot of him. I remember that fabulous story that followed Jeeves through some of his earlier employers and showed how he came to work for Bertie, and when they first meet face to face he thinks how the Ganymede book should have made some mention of the extraordinary blueness of his eyes. That icon always reminds me of the story.

The trapped in icon one is by taelonmahal and it's got David Hewlett (from my David Hewlett, how are you so awesome? phase) in his exceedingly weird movie, Nothing. I always thought it was a bit funny and meta.

The Brian Mikey hugs is from Queer as Folk, and I actually made that one, although it's only cropped and subtitled, nothing fancy. Brian/Mikey was my favorite pairing from that show, which in case you haven't seen it is entirely made up of canon gay and lesbian pairings. Hence the title, you know.

For the interests, Daniel Jackson is a character on Stargate SG1, which is a fandom I wrote in for quite a while. Daniel/Jack is the main slash pairing there and Daniel was the favorite character of many a slasher. Very pretty, and also with amazingly blue eyes. *g*

I started writing... oh, that's a difficult question. Actual posted fanfic? Around 2002, in the Whose Line fandom. In my head? Probably since I was about nine. I was making up fanfic before I even knew what it was. I just liked imagining the characters from my favorite shows and giving them new situations to be in. I'm sorry to admit that many of my earliest stuff featured Mary Sues, but at least I was kind enough to never commit them to words and inflict them on the internet at large.

I got into Wodehouse via House and Hugh Laurie, and old Youtube clips of Jeeves and Wooster. I haven't been in the fandom terribly long... let's see--posted my first J/W story Jan. 15 of this year, and at that point I'd been reading the fic for exactly one day. It's a fabulous fandom, and since many small fandoms are friendly and inviting, I just dove right in.

...I suspect this reply may have gotten longer than I meant it to. Am hitting post before I can reconsider. ^_^
May. 1st, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
he thinks how the Ganymede book should have made some mention of the extraordinary blueness of his eyes
And that right there? Is how fandom slash squee-ness is born.

I've never seen Queer As Folk (never got the premium cable channels), but I've been meaning to rent it. I take it you'd recommend it?

Your story of finding Wodehouse via Hugh is exactly the same as mine! I posted my first J/W after being on LJ for about a month having never read any of the books at all (but having seen the shows over and over and over). I agree; this is a wonderful fandom!

...I suspect this reply may have gotten longer than I meant it to.
No, no, no, it was perfect! Thanks for sharing all the great information, m'dear! :)
May. 2nd, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
You know, I suspect Wodehouse inserted a certain amount of subtext on purpose. I mean, consider some of the later Jeeves books written in the seventies, when "gay" meant the same thing it does today, and yet Bertie still identifies as a gay bachelor. *g*

I liked Queer as Folk, although it has good parts and less good parts. It's essentially a gay soap opera, but well done, and fully of lots of pretty boykissing. (Also lots of pretty boysex, so, you know, do not watch when others are present who might not go for the graphic stuff.)

The thing I love about the Jeeves and Wooster fandom is the thing I love about all small fandoms; the closeness of it, and the way that each story gets appreciated because there isn't a flood of new stories every day. Also, the nature of the fandom lends itself to a higher quality of fic, I think.
May. 2nd, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha! I *love* your theory about Wodehouse intentionally slipping in slash references.

I'll add QaF to my blockbuster.com queue! I'm all for boykissing and boysex, so it should be fun. Hee!

I agree with you about the J/W fandom. It's definitely nice when what you write is appreciated! :D Speaking of which... do you have any fic in the works? *bats eyelashes*
May. 2nd, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which... do you have any fic in the works? *bats eyelashes*

Ack! *is sheepish* No, I'm afraid not. I'm still definitely in the fandom and I'm reading all the new fic that comes out, but I'm also two weeks away from finishing my bachelor's in accounting and college is sucking up my life at this point. Also, I think reading the books was intimidating, because it's one thing to write fic based on a TV show, but writing based on the books makes me feel like I have to try and live up to Wodehouse, and I'm just not anywhere near that good. But hey, most people aren't. ^_^
May. 3rd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Congrats on finishing your degree! Is this a career change? First bachelor's?

It took me 25 years to get my bachelors; I graduated in May 2000 with a BS in computer science with a minor in math. I completely understand the time it takes to finish... especially with kids!

Yeah, and I agree with you about the books being harder to live up to. I admit, when I write my J/W, I always picture Hugh and Stephen and hear them saying the dialog. I do use the books, though for slangy referencs and good quotes and such (such as, "There is never a time, sir, when ties do not matter." hee!)
May. 4th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! First bachelor's, yes, and it only took me nine years between finishing my associates and finishing this one. *g* To be fair, I had a head start on the two year degree and finished it at 17, so I was kind of ahead of the game there. This is not so much a career change as a career start (hopefully) since right now my biggest intellectual challenge is potty training my youngest.

I do tend to imagine Hugh and Stephen in the roles when writing fic, because it helps to have someone to picture and because they played the roles so very well. Stephen gave Jeeves a kind of... I don't know how to describe it, really. The way he moved, his facial expressions, the tone of his voice--all of them at times came across as very gay. Don't know if that's just Stephen's style, or something he did intentionally. It lends itself well to slashy thoughts, though. *g*
May. 4th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
heh. I remember all too well the days when the most excited conversations I had were about my son's pooping in the potty. Come to think of it, I'm sure my conversations today are any more interesting than that! Hee!

Good luck with the potty training. It's good that the last one is at that stage! :)

Well, I think you're right about what Stephen brought to the role. But also, a gravity, and a worldliness, that I think was perfect. And you're right, whatever it was, it all adds up to the perfect catalyst for many many slashy dreams and fics! :) yayayayayayay!
Apr. 30th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
I'll play. :D
Apr. 30th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
Hallo there! :)

First off, is Stephen taking applications for a new lady friend? If so, where do I sign up???? :D

Icons: Bunny sex (hee!), SP/NF OTP (who are they?), and Hugh's Wrists Tied (*gulp* ZOMG! What is that from??)

Interests: askewniverse, fried gold, and roadside prophets. I've got no idea what any of those are!

NOTE: I had the oddest problems posting this! I hope your email isn't being spammed with it!
May. 1st, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
where do I sign up
Right after me, darling.

Actually, it would seem that he was taking those applications 20 years ago. I wonder if all the positions have been filled. ;D

..... No wonder Hugh started cross-dressing.


Bunny Sex - Someone posted that photo with a Happy Easter message a few years ago, so I made an icon out of it. Er, I keep it because people seem to like it... and I especially like to use it when posting/commenting about sex-stuff.

SP/NF OTP - That's Simon Pegg and Nick Frost from such films as Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz and the greatest sitcom ever Spaced. That icon was made from a screen cap I made of them kissing in the zombie episode of Danger! 50000 Volts!.

Hugh's Wrists Tied - is a screen cap I made from the cinematic masterpiece Girl From Rio. I'm pretty sure I made it just to use with one of my fics that featured Hugh with his hands tied behind his back.


Askewniverse - Kevin Smith's company is called View Askew. All (almost?) of the movies made by View Askew exist in the same universe (sharing characters, references to each other, actors, and locations).... the View Askew Universe aka The Askewniverse.

Fried Gold - I'll give you the Urban Dictionary's definition of this one:
Fried Gold, meaning 'great' or 'perfect' replaced the phrase 'Textbook' in the Spaced DVD commentry and also appeared in Shaun of the Dead. The phrase was invented by Nick Frost, who is also a firm believer that dogs can't look up.

Roadside Prophets - One of my favorite movies of all time. One in which, I might add, that I've never met another living soul in real life nor on the interwebs who has ever seen it. However, I very obscurely referenced it several times in my Dogma fics, so there's one person on my f-list who always gets it when I include it in a 'guess the movie' quiz. I think I love this movie mostly for the dialogue.

RE NOTE: I only got it twice. ^^
May. 1st, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
Right after me, darling.
Hee! Lemme see, that puts me 254,395 in line, I think. :)

..... No wonder Hugh started cross-dressing.
Hahahahahaha! I saw that in the quote it says Stephen is 31, which puts it from 1988 or so... just about the time they were starting Boffle. So you may not be too far from wrong! :D

Hugh's tied wrists are totally guh! I've just bought Girl from Rio from eBay, so I shall be on the lookout for that scene when I watch. :)

I've added Roadside Prophets to my Blockbuster.com rental list. Thanks for the rec!

And I love the expression 'fried gold.' I shall make a point to use it in everyday conversation. :)
May. 2nd, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
The whole context/time line of that article goes so great with this idea I've been kicking around in my brain for months (maybe longer). Maybe now I'll finally be motivated to write it out.... maybe...

I hope you like Roadside Prophets. Most of the reviews I've seen online are kind of negative. I guess you just have to be in a mood to watch a movie about a bunch of crazy people. At least now it's finally on dvd.

If you'd like another rec, Proof is another one of my fave movies of all time. The one with Hugo Weaving as a blind photographer, not the other 50 billion movies with the same name.

I've yet to work 'fried gold' into a conversation. :D

May. 2nd, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
Oooh, yes... write it, write it! I *adore* your fics! :)

I'm looking forward to the movie and will let you know what I think. And I'll add Proof to the list as well. I never gave Hugo Weaving much thought before, but after V for Vendetta, I'm totally there! :D

I'm still working on 'fried gold'.
Apr. 30th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
YESH!!! for GIMP, amazing thingie. ^_^ i think, if i ever get photoshop-whatever, i'm going to see if i can translate some SC.
Apr. 30th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes, GIMP is teh bestest! (except for the name )

Icons: Baby (sooo cuuuute!), dumbledore killer, and Arya

Interests: books (who are some of your favorite authors?), history (do you have any particular favorite subject areas?), and snowboarding (how long have you been doing it?)
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
EEEEE, takes me forever to find this! o.O had to search my email.... tons of old emails just sitting there.

anyways! :D
1st icon: i couldn't resist! babies are so adorable anyways and that babe just had the cutest eyes and face! xDD had to.
2nd: essenceofadream made it! :D i just started laughing and laughing when i saw it. couldn't resist snagging. ;D
3rd: Arya? she's really pretty. C:

J.R.R. Tolkien! C.S. Lewis!
mmmm, about the World Wars.
i've been snowboarding for two years now. :P only gone 8 times in my life, though.
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