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1. [community profile] fandom_stocking is open for sign ups till the 14th! (I suppose at some point, I should do a sign-up for it.)

2. And I realised that [community profile] genprompt_bingo have no deadlines and was tempted into getting a card. Bingos, always so hard to resist, look:

Energy Beings Happy Endings Lost and Found Cowboy AU Space AU
Antarctica Revelations and Concealments Stream of Consciousness Deities and Followers Sphinxes and Chimerae
Mirror, mirror: Doppelgangers, clones and evil doubles Superpowers Wild CardRoad trip Rich and Poor
Curses Dinosaurs and Pre-historic Creatures Something or Someone Falls Northern / Southern Lights Found Families
A Test of Worthiness The Pen is Mightier than the Sword Siblings The Pursuit of Happiness Someone gains Purpose

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Dec. 6th, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is kind of a fun-looking card.

And that's not a version of fannish bingo I've seen before, I don't think. I may be tempted...
Dec. 6th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
It's very laid back! It has no deadlines as such, and the prompts are all gen, but you can create shippy or gen things from them as you please. And they have this opt in or opt-out system that is very handy for getting a card. I'd eyed it up for a while, but I'd kind of assumed there were clashing deadlines with other things. :-)

(not that I'm tempting you or anything)

(not AT ALL. one little bit.)

*looks innocent*
Dec. 6th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
I've just been and looked at the prompts and it is a fun list! I really, really don't need to be thinking about writing anything else until I've finished my Yuletide story -- which is in not in very good shape, and which I have increasingly little time to work on (gulp!) -- but if it's got no deadline, it might be something I can amuse myself with when that's all over.
Dec. 6th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am (happily) done with my assignment, but I want to write two treats I eyed up when the letters went out, plus there's fandom_stocking - but this one will still be valid when that's all over. And I think the min requirements are pretty small, so filling a square might even count as warming up activities!

*pets you for approach of Yuletide bears* Good luck!
Dec. 7th, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
Please don't mention bears :(
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
Sorry! *hands over extra bear-repellant*
Dec. 7th, 2016 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

You're supposed to have little jingly bells, aren't you? It's Christmassy at least!
Dec. 7th, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
It turns out the bears have eaten all the assignments instead. I can't decide if this is a bad thing or a good thing!
Dec. 8th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's a bad thing because poor mods! (Also mine was posted! I had it all neatly there in my assignments section and now it's vanished! And I know the story is still there, which is the important bit, but I like the way AO3 records your completed assignments as if it's a great accomplishment.)
Dec. 8th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, poor mods. But I feel oddly better about still having nothing to submit!
Dec. 6th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Also I've just this minute realised I have a 'curses' square. LOL. It's not like I know a fandom where that one would be highly appropriate...
Dec. 6th, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
"Doppelgangers, clones, and evil doubles" might be relevant, too. :) And several others, for that matter...
Dec. 6th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
That is an amazing bingo card! Space! Cowboys! Prehistoric beasties! I don't generally like AUs, but I think I could probably make an exception for those. :) I wish you much fun with it.
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
My total knowledge of cowboys is taken from The Gunfighters, Carry on Cowboy & Gunmen of the Apocalypse from Red Dwarf, so it will be, ah, interesting if I take it! ;-)

I'm not sure what I'll do with the dinosaurs, but it's definitely a fun square.
Dec. 8th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
My Western-loving brain wishes to begin deluging you with recs, but I think you'd probably find the almost complete lack of women a bit of an irritation! Actually, I have an idea that you'd love Victoria Cannon from "The High Chaparral". She's magnificent, but also sadly prone to the curse of the variable writing team. Sometimes awesome, all too often left in the background with nothing to do. Oh, ye olde TV, how you do at times frustrate! And it's not out on DVD, so I can't introduce you to her anyway. Bother.
Dec. 9th, 2016 09:22 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I don't think it's my genre! If there are any where the women get to do as much fun stuff as in Carry on Cowboy, that might be okay, but otherwise yeah. Not so much! Just like you'll never watch any of my historical dramas, no matter how much I tell you they actually have prison breaks and duels and plane crashes and things! ;-)
Dec. 9th, 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, it's a bad state of affairs when a Carry On film manages to be a bastion of female empowerment! But yeah. As I get older, the inequalities of Westerns bug me more and more. I still enjoy them, but they could be so much better.

I'm not that oppposed to the slower dramas! :D Swords make life better, but they're not an absolute requirement. I do love a bit of Dickens, for example.
Dec. 10th, 2016 10:10 am (UTC)
Well, despite all the innuendo, and what I call the silly sexism (the tiresome 'bathing beauties' type), they stand up really well from that angle when compared to just about any other contemporary comedy film you care to name. (I found this out around 17 or 18 when I did a Media Studies projects on women in Fifties comedy films. Our sources were a bit random and few, but the Carry Ons came out massively ahead of the others). Carry On women may still play sexist roles a lot, but by and large, they're cheerfully confident, happy with their sexuality, come in all shapes and sizes, are usually several of them, and they're played by damn good comedic actors. There's a lot of role-reversal and, even if it's obviously intended as funny, it's still there. (Like Angela Douglas being the most competent sharp-shooter in town in Cowboy; or at least a lot more so than Jim Dale!) The fifties can get a hell of lot worse than that. Indeed, the sixties, the seventies... /o\

ETA: I wonce made a vid on the subject. It was one of my first & it's a bit shaky, but I think it does capture both the cheerful confidence and the talent (as well as the sexism).

Lot of period dramas even have swords too! (As I keep saying, I reckon you'd quite enjoy old school Poldark. There's mining, but also mines blowing up and people drowning in them, and sneaking into Revolutionary France to break somebody out of prison and Ralph Bates being mostly evil. Cornwall was a wild place, apparently! New Poldark has some of these things, but I think you have to enjoy Aidan Turner taking his shirt off to like it properly (which is how a person decides between them, unless they hate shallow pretty TV or beige cardboard TV). Although to be fair, old Poldark has abusive vicar Christopher Biggins in S2, which does need to come with warnings... 0_o)

Edited at 2016-12-10 10:21 am (UTC)
Dec. 10th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, old "Poldark" is on my list of things that I really should try sometime. Sometime when there are forty hours in a day maybe. :D There is So Much Telly. Which is a good thing, as it's nice to have choice, but still!

And that's really interesting. Thinking about it, the early, b&w films actually were pretty even-handed in that respect. The women often have the upper hand (even if, as you say, it was probably done for comic effect). "Carry On Constable", for instance; and also the perfect efficiency in "Carry On Nurse", set against the shambolic behaviour of the male patients. It's just that later on they seemed to throw all that aside in favour of Barbara Windsor's bikini flying off. That's a very nice video though, and helps to underline why it's pretty much a civic duty to think that Joan Sims was wonderful. Hattie Jacques too, particularly before they made her into rather too much of a caricature. "Carry On Sergeant" and "Carry On Nurse" are especially good for her.
Dec. 10th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
Indeed! :-)

I think people tend to focus in on that bit from Carry on Camping and that's what the whole run gets slapped with, whereas they stayed pretty fun (despite odd bits like that and 'harem' type scenes) certainly through the sixties. It's this odd mix of those moments that have gone down in public consciousness with something that's actually at ground level mostly a lot more female-positive than most other contemporary comedy. The even-handed humour stays throughout; it's only the last handful that really start to drag things down, and even some of them are either quite good or quite interesting - comparatively, of course!!

And, ha, surely Hattie's finest film has to be Cabby! Not that the daffodil moment isn't excellent, of course. (She always is). And Joan Sims just gets more amazing with time. Mind, I always edit it out a good lot of the innuendo in my memory, but even so... and they could always manage a really great bring the house down (often literal) set-piece - the dinner in Khyber and the epic comedy sword fight of Don't Lose Your Head are particularly great, but there are loads.
Dec. 6th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
Aw man, I am so easily tempted by bingos. Noooo, I don't need a bingo card in my life right now! (But who doesn't want a bingo where "Northern/Southern Lights" is a possible square?)
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
It has no deadlines, so you can just snaffle it now and play with it later? :-)
Dec. 6th, 2016 11:04 pm (UTC)
That is very much a fun looking card.
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
It is! :-)
Dec. 7th, 2016 02:42 am (UTC)
Have fun, honey! Looks like an awesome card!

Dec. 7th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs back*
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:10 am (UTC)

I live gen prompt bingo for the lack of deadlines. I think I took a year and a half to get a line on my first card. There should be a bingo for 'filled up lots of squares but no more than three in a line'.

Dec. 7th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
It is nice to find one without a deadline! Even though sometimes deadlines help. *pets shiny card*

hc_bingo has extra ways to get a bingo. You can't quite get it for that, but parallel diagonals seems to be a thing for the scatter-squared bingo-er (like me too). :-)
Dec. 7th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
That card looks fun! I've never done one of those bingos before.

*tries to resist...remembers I still have secret Santa to work on...can't resist* :p
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ha, well, have fun! And as there are no deadlines, it can easily wait till you've done your Secret Santa fic!
Dec. 7th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
Lots of intriguing prompts to play with! If in doubt write a S&S story;)
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
A good motto for life, really! ;-)
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
That card looks cool! :D
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think so. :-)
Dec. 9th, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)
... why would you do this to me?! fandom_stocking isn't so bad because I do know I don't have the time for it, but a bingo with no deadlines... Argh. Someone stop me!
Dec. 10th, 2016 08:31 am (UTC)
LOL< but what can be the harm in a bingo with no deadlines? ;-) I'm sorry you're too busy for f_s, though.
Dec. 11th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
You are a bad, bad influence, you know? ;) *wanders off to take another look at the very tempting prompt list*
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