Obsession update (twelve days)

Wow, that twelve days went by pretty quickly. Part of it is that my days have been more pleasant since coming here, and since I enjoy doing what I am supposed to be doing, I don’t have to spend quite so much energy on escapism. Also lots of nice people to spend spare time with in low-stakes settings.

  • watched Spooks 8 through all the way at least twice on the internet, and certain scenes many times. Like dozens of times. Spooks 8.4 at least three additional times on top of the complete watchthroughs. Final Sarah Caulfield reflections coming up. Unfortunately, they’re awfully longwinded. I’ll try to put in lots of pictures. Yes, I have spent something like a whole day of the last twelve watching Spooks 8.
  • Strike Back 1-2 twice each, in pieces the mornings while I am collecting my thoughts for the day. I still find it really soothing to think about being rescued by John Porter.
  • Still reading with pleasure “Truce” by fedoralady. Episode 8 went up last Friday. Warning for abundant NC-17 comment. If you don’t like to read about fornication this is not the fanfic for you. If you do, though, I think she writes it really well and always includes some surprising detail that makes the sex fresh, so you don’t find yourself thinking, “oh, there they are, going at it again.” Admittedly, the amount of sex they get occasionally challenges physiological credibility. Four strong ejaculations in about eighteen hours –three of them in ninety minutes?– from a man who’s got to be nearing forty in this story? I guess that’s why they call it fiction. Anyway, I’d like to comment over there but the author has disabled OpenID comments, and I need an LJ account like I need a hole in the head. But something I really loved about this last episode was the theme of fantasies –Layla and Porter still get plenty of (cough) satisfaction, but only in their fantasies or over the phone, and then they dream about each other. I found particularly ingenious the way that the author assigned Porter a more stereotypically female dream (having a family with Layla, Alex, and his son with Layla) and gave Layla a dream with male overtones (fantasies about her tutor that drawn on questionable romance novels and are too risqué to be named). A crowning touch here was the way that the Layla of Porter’s dream emphasized that this was Porter’s dream in specific, not hers, even if she was happy to be in it. Also in general I’ve appreciated how the later episodes of the story have turned away from the Diane-bashing that was my only criticism of the story lines so far. Looking forward to more. If you have an LJ account and like this story go on over there and give her some love.
  • got my paperback copy of Strike Back with the images of Richard Armitage as Porter and Orla Brady as Katie Dartmouth on the front. Paid a little more for that edition as opposed to the earlier paperback edition, since I figure he must get some sort of royalty for use of his image on the cover. By the way, the foreshortening operative in the cover picture unfortunately makes Orla Brady look like a troll, although she does at least have both hands. (Random physiological question — should someone who’s just had her left hand amputated a day or two earlier really do any running at all? Wouldn’t that be awfully hard on the heart, which is also on the left side of the body?) Anyway, read through three times. (I am a fast reader and Chris Ryan isn’t exactly Thomas Mann.) Review coming up when I have time. Of course, now I have to ship it home with me. If I’d bought the version without the Armitage cover, I’d probably leave it here, but now it has gained the status of a relic of the obsession. 🙂
  • Ordered Lords of the North from the Audiobook Collection. Patiently awaiting delivery sometime next week.
  • Ordered a copy of The Tempest from amazon for delivery to my parents’ house, so that I can read nights in hotels on the drive back south in August. I admit that I ordered it precisely for the reason that Natalie listed as a con. Yes, I enjoy reading about sex, especially by inventive people who write about it skillfully. Anyway, if you go to the link in this bullet point you can enter a drawing to win a free copy. I just figured I can afford it and want to support talent.
  • Note to self: at some point I need to tot up what this is costing me. I read a great comment somewhere, wish I could find it now to link to, about the advantages of having well-educated female fans in terms of their choices about discretionary income –i.e., Mr. Armitage really should be happy to have well-educated female fans who can just drop $20 on a DVD or $50 on an audiobook from a foreign country– that made me snort out loud with glee in the library. (I just wish I could send all the money to Mr. Armitage instead of however many pence on the copy he gets from this stuff, if he gets anything.) After hearing me short, a disapproving elderly professor at the reading desk next to me growled and shook his head. The whole world’s clearly gone downhill since women have been allowed to earn Ph.Ds. and laptops have been allowed into scholarly institutions. We’d all be much better off it were still exclusively men scribbling away with their pencils, which they sharpened occasionally with penknives.

This afternoon a doctoral student arrives whom I’m mentoring in the use of historic library collections and archives in Germany and paleography (the irksome study of how best to decipher old handwriting written exclusively by men who were sharpening their quills with their penknives), so I’ll be giving intense coaching. (I’d like to think that if women had been writing, it’d have been neater, but I have my doubts, admittedly.) Saturday is Germany vs. Argentina, and Sunday a group of us is going on a little excursion to see some bare ruined choirs and there darn well better be some sweet birds still singing there. Anyway, all this is to say that I’ll be posting regularly, probably something every day, but delays may occur in response to comments.

I hope everyone continues to enjoy their Armitage obsessions. I still don’t feel like mine is anywhere near under control. I’m trying to take a cue from y’all to just lie back and enjoy it …

~ by Servetus on July 2, 2010.

22 Responses to “Obsession update (twelve days)”

  1. LOL!!! Snorting in the library, etc.!
    Yep. My Armitage obsession is doing fine thanks for asking…and I will certainly lie back and enjoy it — and think of England!

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    • I forgot about all the librarians who read this blog. 🙂 I now apologize formally to all librarians everywhere who are opposed to loud snorting in the lib.

      I’m glad somebody is thinking of England, Phylly3. 🙂

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  2. I think I could do with some mentoring in paleography too… so I can decipher my supervisor’s hand writing!

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    • Unless s/he learned to write the German scripts of the 15th through 19th centuries I probably can’t help you much, but I suggest blowing the script up somehow with either a scanner or a photocopier. That can help a lot. Hang in there. Luckily or unluckily for me, my doctoral adviser always typed his (single-spaced pages of) comments.

      Of course, you could always inform her/him that you are only able to respond to and accommodate comments you can read. 🙂

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      • We’ve been working together a few years now so I feel its too late to bring it up, I’m too polite 🙂 In a weird way I kind of enjoy the challenge of deciphering his scrawl on my drafts now… like’s like “HA! I figured it out!” I find writing over the top of his words helps. I might try a magnifying glass if I get stuck in the future, thanks for the ‘blowing up’ tip! Apart from his writing he’s a great supervisor.

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  3. Those are techniques that we use, too, Skully. It helps a lot to know the script the writer was taught to write via one’s own hand. Many historians use magnifying glasses as well, though I find it doesn’t help me much, either because I already have glasses on or because my hand isn’t steady enough.

    Yeah, if that’s your worst problem with him …

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  4. A refreshing summer, servetus! Europe, archives and ruins, some scholarly work and much Armitage creativity.

    So, you see, an actor crush is not necessarily a psychological problem – especially when it delights so many cyber-participants!

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  5. @servetus,

    A word of advice — don’t add up the cost.

    And do I see a hole forming in your head?

    Actually, it feels pretty good to have another hole!

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  6. Be glad you ordered the edition of Strike Back with Richard on the cover. The first edition has several major editioral problems which had certain members of the fandom out with their red pens!!

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    • Uch, that is so annoying, especially since (to be honest) it’s not really that compelling of a novel. I figure for 7 pounds they should at least be able to get the editing right!

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  7. A friend of mine over at LJ sent me a link here as she thought I might like to read what you have to say about my latest fan fic, “Truce.”
    It is always a treat to discover someone else who enjoys the products of my fevered imagination, one which receives plenty of stimulation from a certain extremely talented, charismatic and gorgeous actor we all know and love.

    John Porter does have amazing staying power, does he not? (Particularly for a man with a hole in his side.) I figure reality is somewhat overrated at times, so I just go ahead and let those two dive right in for loads of fun.

    I cringe at the thought of how much money I have spent over these last couple of years satisfying my RA addiction, but since it has helped my hobby of fan fic writing to blossom and garnered me many bright, talented, and interesting friends from around the world, I figure it’s all worth it. As is the Creator himself.

    Many thanks for your kind words. As John himself might say,
    “cheers, mate!”
    Angie /fedoralady

    PS The latest chapter, which I am about 5,000 words into, takes it all to new heights, or depths, depending on how you look at it.
    Yep, very NC-17 indeed. I think you’ll like it. ( ;

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    • Indeed, Angie, loved Ch. 9 and will probably love every episode you write. I didn’t think I was going to like “The Adventure Continues,” but I became addicted to that as well. You have an amazing imagination and a prolific keyboard! Thanks for taking the time to comment over here.

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      • Glad you are still feelin’ the love. Ah, TAC – my Robin Hood/Sea of Souls/Spooks/Torchwood crossover (with snippets of VoD and BTS thrown in for good measure). That was a lot of fun to write, I have to confess.

        Obviously growing up with my nose in a book and two older sisters who were also readers, who passed down many novels (ncluding a few with rather naughty passages), rather than endless TV channels, video games and the internet was probably all for the best. Not that I don’t enjoy those things now . . . thanks again!

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  8. Haha! I wondered how many ladies would rush to order “The Tempest” after reading my “con.” 🙂 You’ll have to tell us (or at least me, because I’m curious) what you think later.

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    • You know me, it’s always about the meta. I tend to think written sex scenes are about sex and other things. E.g., when I myself dream about having sex with a specific person it’s often not about the erotic attraction. Working on a theory here. Of course, I also just like it. 🙂 But I can understand totally why one wouldn’t. In fact, I am usually bothered by depictions of sex on screen.

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  9. I actually find written sex MORE intimate than watching it on screen because we read about every detailed emotion and sensation that accompany each action… so there is really nothing left to the imagination, if ya know what I mean. 🙂 I think I was just sheltered from risque media for so long that as an adult, I’ve never adjusted to being used to it… and that’s okay with me. I don’t judge anyone who enjoys that sort of thing! 🙂

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    • The rule for us growing up was that we could read most of what we wanted but not watch, so I am always a bit stunned by explicit stuff on screen. Your comment is interesting, because my perception tends to be that if I am reading it I am not trapped into a particular interpretation of what’s going on, but seeing it leaves nothing to the imagination. I.e., we experience this issue really differently. Interesting.

      Hope all continues well with your pregnancy.

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      • Our experience is similar, and excellent point about having less freedom to interpret an image as opposed to the written word. But of course there is some writing that leaves little to interpret. Not sure I really like that kind of writing, but to each his own. My oh so scientific test for determining that writing is too graphic is if I feel beat up or in any way need to take a bath after reading.

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