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Believe it or not, I have a bunch of fluffy, even romantic fic for various fandoms in my head. But apparently before I could get to them I had to write a little hate sex. And work out some of my feelings about the fastidiousness with which Downton Abbey has been treating WWI and 1917 in general.

Title: Respite
Rating: NC-17
Fandoms: Downton Abbey, Regeneration Trilogy
Pairing: Thomas Barrow/Billy Prior
Spoilers: for Downton Abbey S2, set before Regeneration, but with canonical characterization.
Warnings: painplay (RACK)
Word Count: ~2.8K
Disclaimer: This is a work of transformative fiction. These characters are not mine and no profit is being made from this work.

a/n: for [ profile] taurenova's request at the Fall Fandom Free-For-All. I think it might be a little bleaker than what you had in mind, bb--and I apologize in advance.

Summary: Thomas Barrow saw Billy Prior twice. Once in a casualty clearing station in France. Once on an English train heading north.

Respite )
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I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up the pace of TV watching I set myself at the beginning of the season :( Here's all I managed to see last week. (+ Psych, which I watch now because my boys love it so much they need me to share the joy. Not that I mind--it always has a good line or two).

Merlin 4x04 )

Downton Abbey 2x05 )

Alright--hoping to see Homeland and H50 in the next few days! And DA 2x06.
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Re: the therapeutic value of reading Jane Austen:

"H.F. Brett Smith, an Oxford tutor, served in World War I as an adviser in British Hospitals. His special responsibility was the prescription of salubrious reading for the wounded, and he recommended Austen's novels to "severely shell-shocked" veterans."

(I can see this happening at Downton Abbey--perhaps not with the desired results)
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Long post is long—sorry!

So, I listened to all 24 hours of Wolf Hall and I loved every minute of it. Mostly I listened in the car (I drive a lot—mostly 10-15 minute trips from pillar to post) but some while I was running.

(and so, strangely, the novel was good for my fitness level, between my new Vibram five fingers, which look like this:

And kind of make me resemble this:

But make running less painful for me than it ever has been before (though, sadly, no faster)—anyway, between the shoes and the narrative, I actually wanted to run!)

It’s a kind of strange experience to listen to narrative as you run, though. The novel has some very sad parts, and I happened to listen to those as I was running during the last heat of the summer. So there I was slogging along in my blue shoes, pouring sweat and crying. I’ve been listening to Regeneration for the past few days, and I’m sure my face is fixed in a permanent sympathetic grimace.

I’m an aural person at the best of times, and I think in some ways it’s easier for me to process and remember books I hear than books I read. Also, of course, listening is slower. So I found that I had a greater awareness of the novel’s technical achievements than I think I would have done if I’d read (all 600 pp. of) it.

Which of course my book group had not interest in talking about , so I’m just going to go on about it for a minute now, feel free to scroll by.

rambling about Wolf Hall )

So then I wrote a little Downton Abbey snippet last week about WWI war wounds. And that made me want to re-read Pat Barker’s Regeneration. But, things being as they are, that means re-listening. Anyway, the novel completely holds up (it came out in 1991), though I expect it wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice for what to listen to in the car. It may, however, have spoiled my enjoyment of Downton Abbey. Because really, talk about two different perspectives about what was going on in the north of England in 1916! In Regeneration, women in service are telling off their employers right and left and going to work in the munitions factories—just for example.

spoilers for Downton Abbey 2x03 )
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So, kinda by the skin of my teeth, I finished a line for [community profile] kink_bingo

card and thoughts under cut )
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So, I was having a weirdly hard time trying to figure out what to write for the "medical kink" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card. And then Downton Abbey went and dumped a scenario in my lap. Spoilers for 2x02!

Title: Bandaging
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Thomas Barrow/Edward Courtenay
Spoilers: Missing scene for 2x02.
Warnings: a little bit of medical ickiness.
Word count: ~1.8K
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit

a/n: for the “medical kink” square on my kink_bingo card.

Summary: Bandages are just like any other linen. The human form is just another parcel to be wrapped. The only art is in making things tidy and secure.

Bandaging )
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Okay, I know everyone is eagerly anticipating the return of Hawaii Five-O tonight (and no one more than my six-year-old, who is Steve McGarrett’s biggest fanbody), but I have two words for y’all: Downton Abbey.

Which is back, and as glorious as ever.

Downton Abbey 2x01--don’t click if you are waiting for PBS to air it in 2012 )

Dr. Who 6x11: cut because even though I like it very much DW falls into the category of things I fail to have the proper reverence for )

I will probably watch H50 tomorrow, when I can share the joy with my six-year-old. The fandom is so big now, and so intense, that it all makes me a bit nervous—everyone seems to have so much riding on it….

Oh, and happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!


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