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2018 Questionnaire
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1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
Went to a convention in Europe. The Italian Institute, it was an experience both in Europe and European conventions.

I observed my Parabatai facing her fears for charity

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do resolutions tbh . my life very rarley changes so theres no much point

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
not this year, far as I'm aware.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
no

5. What countries did you visit?
Brussels (though just the airport lol) Italy, and Wales

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?.
money.
news on the actual likely hood of saving Shadowhunters

7. What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
TIIC2 in June
Steam Powered Giraffe's 'last uk gig for the forseeable' in August
Within Temptation in November.
Wales Comic Con and Pandemonium in December

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
meeting David Castro, Jade Hassoune, Dom Sherwood, Matt Daddario, Alan Van Sprang and Nicola Correia-Damude,

9. What was your biggest failure?
still being jobless. screwing once in a lifetime photoshoots up , missing gigs, the usual

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nothing new no. flu kicked my arse in december like it always does.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
2 parabatai photoshoots. and 2 photoshoots with Jade Hassoune

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
the Shadowhunters cast.
Ally Gothgerbil
Anthony Rapp
Jaime Milner

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depresssed?
yeah well.. thats a list too long to write. but right at the top is Freeflop who don't know a good thing when they have it.

14. Where did most of your money go?
conventions

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Italian Institute 2, Wales Comic Con 2, Destination Star Trek, Pandemonium

16. What song will always remind you of 2018?
Everything by Lifehouse. David Castro sung it at TIIC2 and said in his mind it was dedicated to Raphaels sister Rosa.

also Blackbird by Alberto Rosende and Jade Hassoune: the alpha of our little pack lives in George Harrisons old house and we were there when they boys did a live, and from the second Alberto played the first chord the temperature plummited. it was eerie as hells.
Heather and me told Alberto and Jade when we met them at MCM and they loved it, said it was really creepy and gave them goosebumps, then when we saw Jade recently at Pandemonium, Ally was with is (the alpha of our pack, as if you didn't already know that) and he remembered the story and told her that him and Alberto had been talking about it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? meh.
b) thinner or fatter? meh.
c) richer or poorer? poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
trips to London, hanging out with the ghouls, gigs. the usual

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
being broke.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
I always do this questionaire before christmas, but its never very different. just another day, nothing special.
our 'yule' is more special. its a few days somewhere in december where my little pack get together and celebrate the fact its been 9 years since we met each other (bit more since me and Ally met but sentiments the same) and we exchange gifts and things.
21. What was your favourite month of 2018?
June or December

22. Did you fall in love in 2018? & 23. How many one-night stands?
I don't know why I leave this question in from year to year, the answers never gonna change. I AM A SEX REPULSED ARMONATIC ASEXUAL I DON'T SLEEP AROUND AND I DON'T FALL IN LOVE.

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
SHADOWHUNTERS

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Oh yeah. best not to list though. leave it to the imagination

26. What was the best book you read?
Competance by Gail Carriger

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lifehouse thanks to David Castro

28. What did you want and get?
To finally meet members of the Shadowcast
To finally see Within Temptation live.
for my little familliar to still be with me. for now.

29. What did you want and not get?
hmm.. to meet Alexander Siddig and Karl Urban when I had the chance due to funds

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them 2 the crimes of Grindlwald.
and Aquaman, though i've not seen that yet 'officially'

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
birthdays next week, i'll be 34 and i think i'll be doing exactly what i'm doing now, sat at a computer rp'ing and dying of flu.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Shadowhunters being renewed.
Jesse Rath being announced for a con I can actually attend.
Jon Con coming back to the Uk for..something.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?
seelieable

34. What kept you sane?
Shadowhunters. Killjoys, Torchwood. my familliar and my pack. you know. the usual.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
see 22. but if we're talking platonically it somewhere between Anthony Rapp, Alan Van Sprang, Dom Sherwood and Jade Hassoune

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I stay out of that sh*t pile as much as I can. thats my parents thing

37. Who did you miss?
not to be odd..but Chester Bennington. this year has totaly been bare without him, the music scene is sorley lacking.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Find me here, and speak to me
I want to feel you, I need to hear you
You are the light that's leading me to the place
Where I find peace again

And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this"
Everything by Lifehouse

41. sum your __2018 up in pictures (IN NO ORDER)

this will be in a future post as i'm still collecting pics and whittling them down

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Wales Comic Con 10.1 December 1st and 2nd of December 2018

words of the weekend
Alan (holding my Seraph blade Remiel) “do you want me to slit your throat?”
Me “if you want.”

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Update 20/9/18
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Short and sweet. I will start posting again, reviewing again, ranting again. its just been a werd year.

Goblin Dreams August Online Market - Shadowhunters fans should take note
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#saveshadowhunters
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This is a request to all my friend whether you like Shadowhunters or not.
Just one tweet just one
And I will owe you a favour
"Please #SaveShadowhunters @larrytanz @reedhastings @mmoszkowicz @tascheim @kareyburke @bensherwood @RobertIger @vickiabc123 @lynnbarrieabc @netflix #NotOurLastHunt "

Ultimates 3 in brief
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Started with a trip to Angel Korean and Chinese resteraunt on  Hanover St by the coach station.
then me and Heather watched Holy Grail while Ally begun her packing.

we didn’t make registration the next day. but we got checked in, and it tured out our room was right near the main hall so. despite Ally having to face the creaking old elevator of doom sounds. we made the party in good time. I as ‘alternative Harriet the spy’ and ally as an operative of the Federations Section 31.

turns out I can do at least one foot based condance, even if i have had to edit a section for vanities sake.
The next day we registered and got our stewarding duties, I managed to ask Jeremy a question, to which he responded (avoiding spoilers) that Winn and Brainys relationship is a blooming/ongoing thing. and he’d love a solo storyline outside the doomed romances and exploding flying monkeys,
I can’t remember how or why but Florina and Chyler comented on something I was holding, called it a goat and i realised i was carrying my friends new mascot. a Drama Lama I’d named Sean because of its expression reminding me of the one the Starfury Allfather frequently gives me. i explained the name and what it was, after saying vehimently that it was not mine and i’d forgot i was carrying it and handing it back to Ally who was sat at the edge of the row next to me. not the first time i’ve wound up being called out because of her plushies :D
after the Supergirl talk we were on duty and due to me being a fan and potentially bais or something Ally got put on the door of the Sanvers meet and i was left on the door of the talks. it went smooth enough. day door duty on the main hall isn’t usually very interesting.
after the talks we went to get something from the local shop i was calling the piggly wiggly because I was trying to work on my impression of brainy for if anyone recognised me that night.
going blue for a convention was a first for me, and while it didn’t completly fit Quarls skin colour it was close enough..I was close enough (thanks to Kree the assasin of make up Ally) to have a picture later liked by the man behind Brainy, Jesse Wrath himself.
Ally went as Sinara a Kree assasin 1 of 3 (also blue).
I was the only Brainy, and the only Legionaire, I did later pose an idea o cosplay Mon-El but was suggested to stick to brainy as he was more liked lol.
watching a member of the Kree condance is an experience. i can tell you.

we called it a night a lot earlier than we usually would, mainly to remove blue (i had a photoshoot the next day)

the next day I scrubbed myself raw a 2nd time just to be on the safeside and went down to have a photo taken with Jeremy Jordan, my original idea being to show the Asexual flag (which you can see in the picture but i’m not waving i) but he distracte me by commenting that he was Hufflepuff too as i was wearing my house shirt rather than my original planed ‘human’ brainy cosplay.
I went from the photos to autos and then into the talks where I asked Willa Holland what kind of reason she would like the writers to use for Roy coming back to Arrow next season without Thea. she said she wanted something good, like he’d seen her safe then went back to keep an eye on the family.

we went on duty during the final talks and i tested the reach of my new Camera’s zoom.

Closing ceremony was almost on time, and every guest made a hint to Sean to bring them back next year when Ultimates moves to Birmingham, and then the con was over bar the party.
as ally and I had checked out we didn’t have the ability to crash out in our rooms or go change, however ally managed a quick change somewhere and reappeared at the party around the same time as some of the guests returned to dance, dressed as Epona the celtic goddes of the hunt. and played shoot the plastic cup pyramid with a girl dressed as Arrow. the night went on with the usual odd dances and condances (and Billy Talents Fallen Leaves)
For three nights i’d been requesting a Bon Jovi song that, while it was usually played at the cons I didn’t always pay attention to not being a fan of the band, but it was relevant to me this weekend due to Bon Jovi being one of the 21st century things Mon-El taught his team about in the future, and Imra having quoted the lyrics to him when he was refusing to let them help the present day heroes “you live for the fight when thats all that you’ve got.” and when it played on sunday I tweeted “3 times, 3 times a song i don’t like for a girl I do. saturn girl forever.” but it didn’t send (hence why i’m mentioning it here)
we Gave Clare and Adam a lift to their hotels after the Survivors photo and then headed off out of blackpool for the last time (after a con) stopping long enough to get a starbucks which i think i left clap cold on the shelf of Allys spare room as i crashed the second we got in and had to go home pretty soon after waking up. (after falling asleep a few extra times sat that morning lol)
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things of note this convention:
Sean was nice to me. this wierded me out no end. as while proffsionally he’s close to being a gentleman. personally i usually get at least one little snark from him regarding my dedication to one of my fandoms (either Shadowhunters or Twilight)
AND I managed to get a stable photo of him, which again is bloody rare.
The last two cons have fallen on or around Allys birthday, with last years marking her 50th, so Heather and I decided to start Allys Birthday on the friday, presenting her with 18 cupcakes, and I presented her with one peice of her Birthday present a  Jessica Jones Q-Fig for her to get signed by Krysten Ritter who was attending the convention. the next parts we’re thinking will have to wait till actually after her birthday, depends on timing :D
Speaking of my Parabatai - Heather didn’t come this time round, she decided to watch the demon ally keeps in her house instead and save her energies for Enchanted. her absence was remarked upon which is why I am mentioning it here :D
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All in all:
as always an excellent convention, sad its the last at Blackpool. but I do love the Hilton :D
Tarsanah performed excelently even if she did have afew freezing moments as the batteries died.
Ultimates 3 Photos, review and stewardphotos all posted in various places. just gotta wait for the Survivors photo to go up and this conventions in the bag.
Next Starfury: Enchanted in June

1st of april 2018: mainly a convention roundup for the coming year
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Very few people I know still read and even less use LiveJournal posts anymore, but its like a tradition to post updates to my strange little world here. ever since I met aeron_lanart .

so.
Its the begining of the 4th month of the year, April 1st 2018 15:00 and the british weather is as dreary and wet as you'd expect for february, only its April. at least in the fandom/music verse, my year is looking good.

Gigs:
Normally I end the year complaining that I've not been to enough gigs. and while 2 bands and one solo artist I want to see are playing and I can't see them, this year I cannot complain 2 bands I thought i'd never get to see are doing brief tours of the UK this year, and I have bagged tickets for my and my little trio to See Within Temptation, and me and my Parabatai to see Nightwish.

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Conventions:

I missed my chance to meet Tom Wisdom when he did a Starfury in February. most people don't mark the chances they missed but I do. because it reminds me i want to Cosplay Michael at some future event.

Anyway....At the start of this year I was expecting a quiet one, a bit like last year after Forsaken was, I had my ticket for Italian Institute con in Milan and Sam and i were busy planning that..but as always Sean never lets me rest in peace (and mild boredom) he added 4 conventions to the 2018 roster. 2 regs and 2 new. 2 are one side of TIC two are the other. but its always best to prepare before, not

Currently, Including none starfury I have tickets to 3 conventions but I have 12 on my want to do list (including the three I have tickets for) I tried to be logical, weigh up what I can/could/should do.. but to be logical, well..frankly it never works with cons.

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Wales Comic Con was a given. I've only missed maybe 1 April WCC and that was because of New Zealand. I go even if theres no one I majorly want to meet because its tradition. this year so far (after cancelations) I have 2 people I'm interested in : Craig Parker (LOTR, LOTS, Spartacus) and Amy Jo Johnson (MMPR).

Starfury: Ultimates is another thats become tradition, because I am a fan of a lot of the shows it covers, and because it falls around Aeron's birthday. this year I have one draw Melanie Scrofano (Wynnona Earp,Frankie Drake) but Starfury cons themselfs are reason to go in themselves


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Collectormania 25 - ok so this ones hit and miss. i've only been to one other collectormania and that was so Aeron could meet Ming Na Wen (again, her birthday) but this year is one for all three of us. 3 cast from the original Highlander movie are going and . well. my little trio and Highlander - has to be done. now. I call it Hit and Miss because I'm..not really a Movie fan. I'm more about the tv show. but for the other two, their fans of both. and Aeron went to see it at the cinema when it first came out.  its not till June so they may yet get someone from the show. but we're all going as Immortals, which, unless you know the verse, for me, will look very underdressed at a con :D I've an idea for a photoshoot, but not sure he'll be up for it, we'll see.

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Starfury:Enchanted-  a OUAT convention, which for me, is a must for reasons that have nothing to do with its subject. Jaime Murray (WH13, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Defiance) and Kirstin Baur Van Straten (True Blood)

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LFCC: so far this is the biggest maybe of all maybes as its the same month as I am in Milan. but if I can make it there is one reason so far. and its an important one.

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Invasion: original a "con for actors who don't fit in the wheel houses of other cons but who people want to see attend Starfury con" this years is mainly Dark Matter themed, with Killjoys cast and Eve Myles and Allison Scagliotti along for the madness.
I love Eve Myles, but from the second this con was announced my reasoning has been defined: Killjoys. one of the few decent scifis in the pas few years. and one hell of a cast. the Killjoy guests for this outing will be led by one of the Jaquobis brothers - Aaron Ashmore (WH13, Lost Girl, Smallville, Killjoys)



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Destination Star Trek: i've wanted to attend a DST for a while. but I'm currently not sure how to make this one work anymore than i've been sure how to make previous ones happen. its DS9 themed this year with the shows anninversary. but the draws for me both come from the Federations recent Addition: Discovery Jayne Brook (ST:Disco, Chicago hope) who plays Vice Admiral Katrina Cornwell and Jason Isaacs  (Pan, Harry Potter) who plays Lorca

Cal Mah: so. a few weeks..maybe actually a few months ago FCD organiser Will started asking if people would be interested in a convention specifically for Gaters (Stargate fans). then a about a fortnight ago he announced it was happening, in November, and tomorrow we should get the first guest and the final location (we know its leicestershire) now. everyone knows I am a gater. and I have wanted to do an FCD con for ages and missed my chance last year. so this.. this is a 2fer.


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Starfury: Vampire Ball 9 - Vampire ball used to be our 'traditional' con but then finances and RL decided to be an ass. and we've since missed 4. now. we were planning on doing 9. this was reinforced by Sean announcing a guest who made even Heather want to say "Holy shitballs." in Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl)


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Wales Comic Con 10.2  - ever year I don't seem destined to do Wales point 2. mainly because of whitby. but this year I'm more determined than ever to try because of one man. James Frain (Tudors, Gotham, Grimm, Disco, The Cape...) originaly signed to do point 1 had to reschedule because of filming. its one of 3 events in December so.. could be tight

and that leads me to the most suprising con announcment of the year so far. Pandemonium con;

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Pandemonium con- a LONDON Shadowhunters convention has been announced for December, by a Spanish organiser, now, most people would be kicking themselves for not waiting just a bit longer, and buying tickets for a con in Milan. but I'm not. I saw the pics from last year and am looking forward to The Italian Convention2 and if then I meet the actors again in December, I'd say thats a bonus really.

December. My Birthday month, usual deader than tank tops has 3 cons I wanna do. plus the Nightwish gig which I already have tickets for. so. like i said.. could be interesting


in other upcoming things My mother will turn 70 in 4 days.


2017Review
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I usually start the year review with some proverb or word of wisdom from some language i'm interested in.  this year the only quote that matters the Quote of the year for me. comes from @Jon_Cor at Forsaken "Nothing is ever infact a fact." but it didn't really work as a title. so "2017 review" it is,
Note that its not obvious to beging with, but I have to state here and now, that all things I say in this run down of my year, are my opinion, and mine alone, I speak for no other creature but myself. so. to the buisness of year reviewing

Conventions:
Not as many as I would like, but enough to review :D

Forsaken- the uk's first (and most likely last) Shadowhunter verse convention

badly advertised, not very organised, attendees a mix of news and plastics, but past that - Joel labelle, Kaitlyn Leeb, Maxim Roy and Jon Cor...omfg!
Jon was my reason if I needed one (besides the fact it was Shadowhunters) He was so awesome, didn't think I was odd for loving Hodge, Wasn't too offended when I told him he'd answered a question meant for Joel but I'd not stopped him because his answer was awesome, signed 3 things for me and even high fived me when I told his PA I wasn't into Disney that I liked broken and dark people, like Hodge.and... He got Hodge! I mean really got/gets him! more than any fan or actor I've ever spoken too.
Since he's no longer in the show I doubt I'll get another chance to meet him but it was so... so worth the other crap (attendee caused I hasten to add)
Kaitlyn recognised me as Meliorn and loved that I was openly not a Malec person and I scared Joel and Maxim with the circle blades Clare made, Jon loved them, didn't help the others though, telling everyone they were projectiles as well as hand to hand weapons.
"nothing is ever in fact a fact." Jon said during the con. but this is: Forsaken for me was the last decent Rogue con I would ever attend


Ultimate's 2 / Collectormania 24 - So we bought tickets to Starfury Ultimate's for Allys birthday, (50) but I didn't really see more than the opening and closing ceremonies and the parties, as we stayed at Allys and travelled in, but also because on the Saturday we drove down to Birmingham to Collectormania 24 (the first CM in its new home of Birmingham) so Ally could meet her AOS crush Ming Na Wen (Chun Lee, Street fighter) and I could finally meet Reverb/Vibe actor Carlos Valdes, my costume was in tatters since the back of my jacket has peeled but I took my shades to show my place as a viber.
On the way to the con, Heather, who had purchased a photo with Carlos (I was settling for an auto and meeting him due to coin and said costume issues) was considering poses, I said I wish I'd brought Cyane, a gorilla teddy that my mother gave me as it would have worked for a Grodd substitute, she said maybe next time, but fate is funny, and when we stopped at the services she came across a littler Gorilla plushie with sparkly purple eyes, now, with Grodd/Vibe/Heathers love of Teddies and the fact the birthday woman has a major thing for purple. I still say it was fated.  she didn't think she had the coin, but since I'd budgeted to hell with meets and autos I did and bought it for us both. but didn't name it. after discussing the craziness of the idea we handed the naming to Carlos himself, since his character Cisco is the Meta-namer on the show. I cringe every time I think of his choice but he said it, so its law. sat next to Hugin on my shelf waiting for my next flashverse meet is a little gorilla called "Wriggle Rump."
So I met Carlos and he gave my Reverb shades the Vibe seal of approval (just need a new Jacket).
Ally met Ming, didn't drool, picked a picture of her on a motorcycle as her 8x10 (ming + bike = happy birthday girl) and we met Carly in full Stahma gear (pre Jaime being announced for Enchanted).

Smaller cons were in small number for one reason and another this year:
I did Wales Spring, MCM Liverpool, Finally got to meet Tony Curran and Casper Zafer at Newcastle Comic Con, Met David Yost and Arthur Darville at Em in Nottingham.

But the one that stands out for best reasons is Wakefield:
I never thought there would be a con in my area, let alone one with three cool guests (James McKenzie, Roger Velasco and Justin Nimmo) but it happened, and I also got to work the Leeds Bradford Starfleet table with the C/O's
"happened" to have my camera on me so I got nominated as the roving photographer/ part time chair photographer. I was by the chair twice when it counted, once to get Roger and Justin  to pose out of costume and one to have them pose in full Ranger uniform, Justin even asked for a pose he'd done in the show, went to explain and I just beamed "don't need to explain." now...me in full TNG uniform not sure if I looked cliché or just felt it lol but he seemed to get I was a PRIS fan.. somehow despite my geek showing I seem to have earned the friendship of Roger and Justin's agent Kelly, who..well. 2018 will be interesting.
What more can I say but>>>>> <<<<I've tried to quantify what happened, into words, I've asked for quotes. and nothing sums up the fall of Rogue Events. especially not for those who attended its swansong

Gigs:
2 plus Whitby where The Birthday Massacre played a mix of new and old album.
but the stand out of the year has to be Counterfeit playing in Leeds. -
Finally got to meet Jamie and as expected I made an ass of myself. tried to avoid all mention of TMI but ended up saying #BTA didn't I. anyway. the gig was amazing. the crowd were arseholes. didn't realise they were supposed to use the whole room to dance not just crowd the stage. and when Jamie got down to play "Letter to the lost." they didn't give him or the song the respect they deserved. Will be seeing them next year in Manchester. a city where I have yet to find a badly behaved crowd. but besides the idiots in my local area the band were amazing.
I Saw The Cruxshadows in Sheffield again. new album is just as amazing as ever. and got to almost get jumped on, fell on, and walked into by Rogue. who came so close when he dropped off stage at one point it looked like he'd not planned it.



Other Events in 2017:
Scotland - After Newcastle Comic con, Heather, myself and my dad went to Scotland for the week, on the way we stopped at a estuary town along the Clyde and I couldn't get Kate Rusbys Drowned lovers out my head.
We stayed in Fort William, a stone's throw from GlenFinnan on the shores of Loch Sheil where the Macleod's from Highlander hail from. we visited Eilean Donan Castle used in the movie and the credits of the show, drove by the location of the farmhouse where Conner and Heather lived in the movie and (just to add another fandom) we were on the Loch when the train crossed the Glenfinnan Viaduct used in Harry Potter, it turns out the Viaduct isn't the only potter connection. the loch was the scene of the 2nd test in the Tri Wizard tournament, and one of the inlets (I think that's what they are) lead to where Dumbledore was buried.
We also saw the giant Kelpie heads, and visited Edinburgh, but I underestimated just how BIG it is and we didn't get round everything we wanted to there. we are plotting a city only return visit.
McKellen Pride - Sir Ian McKellen originates from the same town as my Parabatai (Wigan, Lancashire) and he returned this year to open the towns second ever pride and to hold a small audience the night before. Heather scored us tickets: Sir Ian opened with a reading from Lord Of The Rings (the Balrog/you shall not pass scene) he spoke about coming out, working on the stage and in Hollywood,  and playing a widow/dame (strangest sight in history I swear) and read Shakespeare..now I'm an idiot, I recorded him but my speaker was pointed the wrong way so its barely audible but the image is there :D.



Other Fandom Things in 2017
Star Trek return to Series form with the USS Discovery leaving dock in September this year, starring Sonequa-Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, James Frain, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif and Wilson Cruz. it has been highly debated and talked about both before and after the airing of the first half of season 1. which finished in (1a) in November. it returns (1b) in January and I for one cannot wait.
Killjoys has been picked up for two seasons, to see it to the end of the story. and Shadowhunters has been given a season 3 (announced while we were at Forsaken) - 3a airs in March of 2018


A true friend is one who walks in when the rest of he world walks out:
As always I have to have a section to mark those people who have made this year bareable, the good thing is this year theres no need for a piece on those who've also made it unbearable.
SO: to embarrass the hell out of them I am actualy going to name names.
through cons and gigs, lunacy and Luls, these few extremly demented downworlders have made this year awesome.  Hunter, Kai, Sarah, Clare, Jennie, Adam, Ashley, Rosie, Taz, Carla, Michelle.
A special mention to Sam. who, while in America let me bug her and didn't tell me to go jump. and who i managed to wheedle into organising to go to Milan 2018 the very day she returned from America. 2018 is going to be an experience for both of us lass.
Ally and Heather, what can I say that I don't say so often your tired of hearing it ladies? not sure i'd still be topside if it wasn't for you two sometimes. (and by topside I mean, not in an institution)
I am not the expresive type as you know. but you know where I stand when needed... i hop.

Minnie: my little black and grey familliar has had her troubles this year. teeth and liver both givng her jip. but she is still here and barking. and I thiank every angel, watchtower, demon and deitiy for her every chance I get. and I do not care if that is soppy.

Short and sweet?  and thats it ladies and gents. my year in review.
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I am working on a photographic round up.

Ave Aqua Vale (2017)
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Ave Aqua Vale (2017)
Ave Aqua Vale means Hail and Farewell. it comes from Cassandra Clares Shadowhunters, it is what they (Shadowhunters) say in place of the mundane "rest in peace." in our world it comes mainly from Catullus 101 by  Gaius Valerius Catullus "atque in perpetuum frater ave atque vale" which translates as "and forever brother, hail and farewell"

What a lot of people have been saying about 2017 is that it hasn't seen the departure of many 'stars and celebrities' and their right. last year I had to create a seprate section to my review to say a fitting farewell to those who would not see out the year. this year however, while smaller, it is no less disheartening.

John Hurt 1940 - 2017
most famous recently for his work in the Harry Potter franchise playing Garrick Olivander, with a career spanning nearly 60 years, SIR John Vincent Hurt CBE is/was/will always be one of Englands greatest acting talents.


Stephen Furst 1976 - 2017
To me Stephen will always Vir Coto, the bumbling loveable attaché to Ambassador Londo Molari in Babylon 5.


Nelsan Ellis 1977 - 2017
Nelsan is best known for playing the flamboyant short order chef Lafayette in HBO's True Blood. no fan will ever forget his face to face with a group of rednecks demanding "who ordered the burger, with aids!"


Chester Bennington 1976 - 2017
I'm not sure what to say here. Chester was the leader of one of the greatest bands ever! Linkin Park. their music spanned genre/fandoms/situations. you just had to listen and there was one of their songs somewhere.

personally after I did a mini AAV video after i found out it wasn't a prank, I didn't feel quiet up to listening to the band for a while, and that left me without anything to really write to...then I decided to go by a quote from Satai Delenn "we die, but what is built lingers." he's gone. but he'll never be forgotten, like all great musical artists he'll live on in his music




Chester lost a good friend of his to Suicide a few months before his own in fellow singer Chris Cornell in May. it affected him and some believe this lead to what happened in July.

Chris Cornell 1964 - 2017
both deaths were recorded as Suicide by Hanging.
both  death leaves a hole in music



Jonghyun - 1990- 2017
just this week as I was compiling this the world of Kpop lost Kim Jong-hyun better known mononymously as Jonghyun the leader singer of the band SHINee

one of my two best friends lost her parents this year, her father before her birthday and her mother just recently. before christmas. I never had the privilige of meeting her father. but the way she spoke about him made both myself and Heather feel we would have gotten along

The women (Ally and her two sisters) are. speaks volumes for the type of people her parents were. and thought I don't understand the belief system they held. I hope that wheever they have moved on to that they are happy.


2017 questionnaire
weeping blood
midnightmurdina

1. What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?
Hmmm... well, not as much as I would have liked.
*Went to Scotland with my Parabatai and my dad. its not my first trip to Scotland but its the first time I've been away with my dad and my Parabatai. hell it is the first time a friends been on holiday with us ever.  don't count Haye festival as that was two sets of friends (dad and his mine and heather) who happened to be going to the same place, for different reasons so shared a car, but stayed separately) mom stayed home to Dog sit, but there are plans afoot for us all to go off somewhere.

*Went to Wakefield comic con (its unusual if you know me, where I live and my opinion on said place)


2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don't do new year's resolutions. I don' see the point in them, their promise to do things that you make to yourself all year anyway the only special thing is their made on a certain date.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
about 15 days ago. my friend Midget had a little girl. Waverlee

4. Did anyone close to you die?
no. Thank the angel.

5. What countries did you visit?
England, Scotland, Wales (if you count Wrexham)

6. What would you like to have in 2018  that you lacked in 2017?.
More Gigs, More cons, Less owing people, more travelling.

7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm pants with dates but:
*Meeting the members of Counterfeit
*Forsaken convention
*meeting Casper Zafer
*meeting Carlos Valdes


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Can't says there has been any big achieving going on this year. it has been pretty limp

9. What was your biggest failure?
the fact that there hasn't been any big achieving or meets going on this year. missed most of the epicness.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
the usual teeth bs.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
well I am looking at updating my camera as a christmas present as we speak.
but I'd probably say at the moment the best buy of the year...can't think of one. probably my Starkweather ring which while not 'official' fits the description of a Shadowhunter family ring in the books.


12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Ally.
Anthony Rapp.


13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depresssed?
how long do you have?
Not going into the whys and wherefores but this year has made me really wonder about the fandoms I am part of. I'd never leave, not for all the verses but I just despair.


14. Where did most of your money go?
the usual. cons

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Forsaken - Meeting Jon Cor was...epicness

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?
Counterfeit's Romeo , Clean Bandits Symphony or probably Macklemore's Glorious I think

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? 
meh.
b) thinner or fatter?  meh.
c) richer or poorer?  meh.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
cons. gigs. the usual.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
everything else (except travelling with friends)

20. How did you spend Christmas?
not there yet but I can pretty much tell you how its going to go. like every other year, slow and boring.

21. What was your favourite month of 2017?
April - Counterfeit gig and Forsaken.

22. Did you fall in love in 2017? &  23. How many one-night stands?


24. What was your favourite TV programme?
best i can give you is top 4.
Shadowhunters, Wynonna Earp, Emerald City and Midnight Texas,


25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
oh so many people.

26. What was the best book you read?
its a coin flip between Ben A's "The Hanging tree". and Miss Gail Carrigers "Romancing the Werewolf."

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Far as I can think there hasn't been one this year.
I like Auger who supported Cruxshadows in Sheffield this year but I wouldn't say they qualify


28. What did you want and get?
To Forsaken, to meet Counterfeit.

29. What did you want and not get?
To Meet Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley (another case of the less said the better)
To London - not been able to get to the capital properly at all this year.


30. What was your favourite film of this year?
currently? don't have one but i'm still waiting to see Justice League after a month of cancelations and bad timing.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
33, went to York with the Parabatai and watched movies.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
probably going to the Italian Institute con instead of I9

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
old gothic fat chick with a cosplay and geek bent.

34. What kept you sane?
ha! thats a larf

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
see 22 and 23


36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Trumps determined to start world war 3, destroy freedom of speech and take us down with his country.
meanwhile our country (despite election results) continiues its slide down the porcelain p hole.


37. Who did you miss?
Didn't get to see Scott or Erykah this year. was odd.


40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year."
" Skin to bone, steel to rust
Ash to ashes, dust to dust
Let tomorrow have its way
With the promises we made
Skin to bone, steel to rust."


41. sum your __2017 up in pictures (IN NO ORDER)
This is going to be in my review which I am still working on.

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