#CelebRAte Love: Armitage World Fandom Love 2017

I have always said that my favorite part of this fandom has been other fans, followed very closely by fan creativity. You all knock me out pretty regularly with whatever it is that you do, be it blogging or vidding, writing fic or tweeting snark. One of my favorite forms of fan art is, as far as I know, unique to Armitage World: the Richard Armitage Portable Shrine, each one lovingly handcrafted by our own Guylty. A couple of summers ago I was lucky enough to score a RAPS of my very own and as I was thinking about what to blog for this event it occurred to me that I’ve never shown any of you my prize. Ready?

I don’t remember when she put this up exactly but the theme of Hippie Flower Child Thorin Oakenshield was irresistible to me. I HAD to try for this one. I mean, really.

He’s perfect from his disco ball (for emergency parties) to his word magnets (for emergency poetries). The matching daisies just slay me, too, though hopefully the one on his sword is for love instead of war. 

Thorin wasn’t alone in the package Guylty sent me, either. She also enclosed a framed and matted copy of my very favorite photo of The Dude, taken by Guylty herself at the Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. 

There were a few other little things she added, too, but by far the one that means the most to me was the sweet note. Guylty’s creativity is warm because she is. She’s one of my favorite fans and I’m thrilled she’s still organizing events. Thanks for hosting us all, G, and for spReAding the love. ūüôā

Loved Loved Loved It!

Had a whirlwind weekend in NYC with a bunch of fabulous people…am now recovering on the couch with Supernatural and a pot of coffee. Be back later with a report of the whole shindig. ūüôā

I’m Running Away…

Sort of. SOMEONE has to have the bail fund for Judiang and Zan, after all. ūüôā

See you all soon!


Congratulations, Dude!

That’s the face of a happy dude, right? So I think that even though it’s¬†early I’m still gonna spin a groove and you all can dance along as you wake up. Have a great Friday morning and I’ll be back later with something cool.




Wherein Jazzy Is Reduced to a Pile of Goo

Thank you, XYZ Films. Thank you, Hollywood Reporter. Thankyouthankyouthankyou, Richard Armitage. Totally bowled over here. Um, please don’t expect anything more intelligible than that because it’s not happening.


I think I might need a glass of wine. Or five. Do not send help. Back when my brain starts working again.

Look! It’s Elvis! Or, Yes I Am Totally Cheating

Okay, Guylty issued this awesome new challenge last week and most of the participating bloggers have been posting daily and I swear I intended to do that but then I didn’t and now I’m cheating by answering all the questions at once. Yes, this is going to be long because there are fifteen questions so make a snack or something, I’ll wait. Ready?

If you haven’t run into this before, this is what Guylty came up with. I know she intended introspection but I’m not planning on going too deep here because, well, have ya met me?



1. What made you start blogging? Encouragement from Judiang and pi mostly. Oh, and Servetus because she had to Google Soundgarden and I decided that was wrong. It started out as a music and general goofiness blog.

2. The significance of your blog’s name? I am funky, my favorite color is blue, and the original blog layout had a graphic of dandelions blowing in the wind, which reminded me of Bloom County. ¬†

3. What’s your (usual) blogging process? I start snickering about something and then start writing in my head. When I have a paragraph or two I write it down. Sometimes I publish it and sometimes I don’t.

4. What’s your favorite post? Um…I think it’s still the Magic 8 Ball one, Signs Point To Oh Hell No

5. ¬†Which post got the most views? The Many Loves of Lucas — What Were The Writers Thinking?

6. Which post continues to give?¬†A Moron In A Tizzy,¬†which I wrote about Joan Jett in late fall 2013. It sat unread and uncommented upon because, well, it wasn’t about RA. A week or so later something happened that really threw me. While I was dealing with the emotional fallout from that thing, an anonymous commenter left a very kind note on my Jett post. I¬†don’t know what moved that¬†commenter to encourage me at that moment but I¬†needed it more than I can¬†express. Anonymous, if you’re reading this, thank you. You have no idea¬†what those few words meant¬†to me right then.

7. ¬†Which post has the most comments? Not sure and don’t feel like looking.

8. Which post was the most difficult to write? In My Life, which is about the way my grief for my mother has changed over the years.

9. Which post do you regret writing? At this moment, none of them. Some are definitely crap but I at least learned something from each one.

10. What do you find most difficult or challenging about blogging? Self-doubt, same as with other writing.

11. Your favorite aspect of blogging? Not the pay, for sure. ūüôā Um, just hanging out with you all mostly.

12. How — if at all — has blogging changed your life? It’s given me a place to put all of those ridiculous¬†bits of trivia that have been rattling around my pea brain.

13. What have you learned from blogging? That I remember more about The Chicago Manual of Style than I thought I did.

14. Any plans for your blogging future? Write more stuff. Be funny sometimes.

15. Any blogging role models? I don’t know if I’d say role model. I learn from everybody I read, though, so everyone? Everyone is good.

Okay, so, on that note, I’m spinning some Bangles. You all have a great night.


New (Really?) BOFTA Press Junket Interview

Posted¬†at WHYY Philadelphia’s¬†site¬†yesterday. It’s a short but interesting piece with film critic Patrick Stoner. Here.

Laughing The Edge Off

Still stoned on the dopamitage from the lovely¬†Valentine from¬†the lovely dude and the lovely Audible? So am I. I think. I’m going to have to listen to the whole thing again to be REALLY certain, you know, for research purposes. Yep, research.

Anyway, over the weekend¬†a funny thing happened on¬†Twitter. Fellow fan @horseygal77’s husband noticed that the mahjong tile for Red Dragon


is the same character on the¬†mighty chest of¬†late 70’s superhero Ralph…Hinkley? Hanley? There was a name change in there somewhere. Anyway, this guy.

Not so scary, right? Just me? Okay, then. More, uh, research. Yep, research.

Sunday Night Swoony Poetry

Did I say earlier that Sundays mean spoken word poetry for me? I think I did. Thanks, Universe (and Richard Armitage).

Button Up, Buttercup

I have a theory about how Philadelphia avoided the huge snow dump that was predicted for¬†it last week. This is by no means a sound meteorological theory (You expected sound? From someone who listens to a groundhog?) but it’s¬†inspired by¬†another near-miss weather event, the time Hurricane Gloria largely avoided New York City in 1985. Then-Mayor Ed Koch said, “We scared the hell out of the hurricane and it went elsewhere,” elsewhere being Long Island and New England.¬†I’m fascinated by the New York Cityishness of that quote and I always think about it when there’s some dire prediction that doesn’t come true. So my theory is this: Snowpacalypse 2015 was averted in Philadelphia because¬†Rocky Balboa and Dwalin are there and Mother Nature didn’t want to piss either of them off. Is Mother Nature a fangurl?

Anyway, it’s still cold in Philadelphia and it’s cold here, too, so I’m thinking about coats and being buttoned up and cozy. Which means that after I ranted last week about Richard Armitage being nekkid, now I’m doing a Richard Armitage Fully Clothed and Possibly Over Dressed pic spam. Because.

Okay, in this one he’s just wearing a…what is that? Blazer? Overcoat?¬†I can’t really tell but Judiang can ’cause that’s her with him after the Pinter/PROUST reading in NYC in January 2014.¬†She said later¬†that he was “a furnace.” Generates his own heat. Uh, I’m stopping there.

Judiang nearly melts next to Richard Armitage. Just don't tell her I said that. ;)

Judiang nearly melts next to Richard Armitage. Just don’t tell her I said that. ūüėČ


Okay, this is what I’m talking about: a good looking dude in a cuddly sweater handing me a hot cocoa. Perfect. I’ll even overlook the hair gel¬†thing going on there.

Richard Armitage as Craig Parker in CASUALTY in 2001. Screen cap courtesy RANet.com.

Richard Armitage as Craig Parker in CASUALTY in 2001. Screen cap courtesy RANet.com.


Of course if we’re going to talk about dudes in cuddly sweaters we have to talk about Harry Kennedy, right? Here he is looking a bit perplexed by whatever Geraldine is telling him.

Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy in VICAR OF DIBLEY. Screen cap courtesy of RANet.com

Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy in VICAR OF DIBLEY. Screen cap courtesy of RANet.com


He’s not nearly as perplexed as Kim Thayil, though, who’s wondering how the hell he wound up in another Richard Armitage pic spam. That background looks a little summery¬†for a¬†tuque but he’s¬†a Guitar God so he gets to¬†wear whatever he wants.

Kim Thayil looking skeptical of this whole exercise. I don't know who took it or where it's from but I found it at blabbermouth.net

Kim Thayil is skeptical of this whole exercise. I don’t know who took it or where it’s from but I found it at blabbermouth.net.


And then there’s Guy of Gisborne. You can’t really ever call Guy cuddly. I have to say that I really felt for Armitage having to wear all of this in the middle of the summer.

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne. Screen cap courtesy of RANet.com

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne. Screen cap courtesy of RANet.com


That was from Season 2, so after they dispensed with the mustard yellow thing he used to wear (in case it got a little chilly in July in Hungary)¬†and before they subjected him to this nonsense. “You know what let’s do? Let’s redesign his unnecessarily leather costume and add a couple layers of¬†padding!”

Richard Armitage as Mean Joe Guy of Gisborne in ROBIN HOOD, Season 3 promotional still. Courtesy of RANet.com.

Richard Armitage as Mean Joe Guy of Gisborne in ROBIN HOOD, Season 3 promotional still. Courtesy of RANet.com.


Poor Guy was always overdressed, right? Kind of like this.

Richard Armitage as...uh...someone in...uh, some show. Did you say something? Screen cap courtesy of RANet.com.

Richard Armitage as…uh…someone in…uh, some show…on some shady soft porn cable station. Did you say something? Screen cap courtesy of RANet.com.


Okay, the one thing that he’s missing in all of these shots, except the one with Judiang? A smile. I am indeed one of those cheesy people who believes you’re never fully dressed without a smile and this might be my favorite screen cap of him ever.

Okay, a smirk. Whatever. Richard Armitage as John Porter in STRIKE BACK. Screen cap courtesy RANet.com

Okay, a smirk. Whatever. Richard Armitage as John Porter in STRIKE BACK. Screen cap courtesy RANet.com


So, what are you doing to keep warm? Or cool, if you are someplace that’s warm right now? I’m gonna go get some hot cocoa now. You all have a great day!

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