Administrivia: 29 May 2021

Quick peek in, I had to share this. Just saw it on Facebook.

It’s a caretaker job on an uninhabited Scottish island, Isle Martin near Ullapool.

I’m reading the description of what it’s like there and kind of mentally laughing (as opposed to out loud) because this is just the sort of thing Rory would have gotten up to back in the day and YOU JUST KNOW he’d take the damn job if he weren’t famous right now.

As it is, I’m looking at it going “dammit, I’m in the wrong country…”

Oh well.

Administrivia: 27 May 2021

Still adding things to my playlist. Well, sort of. They’re going into a temp folder right now, and when I collect a satisfactory number of ’em I’ll put them on my phone and a flash drive that I keep in the car I drive. I love that newer cars have USB ports in them now. I can keep all my music on a flash drive, plug it in, put it on random, and just go. No annoying deejays, no ads, no poor reception, no bullshit, just music. I think this car’s a 2013, so there you go.

Here’s the latest I added. Just ’cause.

(I cannot begin to tell you how much I had to chase my rolling eyeballs around the room when I saw people going “Supernatural is so cool! They got me liking classic rock!” Y’all, I was listening to classic rock when I was three. My favorite radio station was the classic rock station in high school. That last was thirty years ago. WHERE’S MY CANE.)

Anyway.

Got a couple things updated, the page about Rory’s love life and the one about his boats. Nothing huge, just clarifying a few minor details and adding a couple things in and rearranging some other things. Basically, each one’s got the same message it already had. I did think it was time to mop up most of the snark on the love-life article, though. I am distanced enough from that sorry situation with all the gossip and the outrage now.

I am much amused to find that if you search “Rory McCann boat” on Google, my boat article comes up first after the image thumbnails. I cannot say that for the entire website if you just search my dude’s name, but give it time. You never know. I might get very, very lucky.

(That’s all it really ever is.)

I don’t know if you were around for the previous incarnation of this blog where I mentioned working on a “Clegane dog project.” I got that done a while back. I am not 100% happy with it — I don’t think anyone who makes things is ever 100% happy with them — but it is a face mask, and it’s the one I wear most often when I go out. (I am fully vaccinated now and these things are supposed to protect others from the wearer more than the wearer from anyone else, so after it’s had an airing I don’t mind wearing it again between washings.) Someone hits here now and again from the city I live in so I’m a leeeeettle afraid of running into a reader of this site one of these days while I’ve got the thing on, but aside from that there’s been no static. No one’s even noticed what it is, the fuckers. Not sure if that’s because it’s one Clegane dog by himself (couldn’t be helped: there was no way to have all 3 dogs, be true to the design, and still have it look good — I tell myself Sandor was the last “dog” as Gregor was undead when they finally fought, so it’s just as well) or because I’m simply not running into any Game of Thrones fans, at least any who noticed any sigils whatsoever besides Stark’s and Lannister’s. Who fucking knows.

Anyway, when I made that, I carved a stamp with the dog image to make it, and I still have the stamp. So I used it to make Rory’s birthday card that I sent him this year. I will never know if he got either this one or last year’s, but it’s kind of fun to send them. And if he ever runs across this and still has the damn thing, he can make the connection — “Oh yeah, that’s who sent it.” Ha ha.

I will probably make one more mask just to have a couple around for when I get the creeping plague in the future (did you know we went from around 30 million flu cases in the USA per year to FEWER THAN 2040 FLU CASES IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON??? Don’t tell me masking doesn’t work), and then figure out some other use for that stamp. Seriously tempted to carve a dog going in the other direction and then using the rest of that yellow fabric to make some banners. I’m thinking something that can hang from a dowel, as a small wall hanging. It’ll be cool.

Don’t know if I mentioned I got a frame for the autographed photo finally. I had held off til I could get something with UV-resistant glass. The idea is to keep the photo from fading because when the blinds are up in my bedroom there’s a fair amount of sunlight gets in. So after more than a year’s worth of being stuck in an envelope, Sandor’s got proper pride of place. Someday I might actually get a curio cabinet (I’ve got several things I’d want to put in it), but for now a bookshelf will do. He’s up there with what little I own of Rory’s filmography, a few books having to do with the big man (two of his friend Graham Forbes’s books mentioning him, and a DCI Daley novel), a little figurine of the Hound’s mask, and so on.

I’m half tempted to write to the folks who got me Rory’s autograph last time and see if they still have any leftover stuff. I kind of still want that picture of him in the season 7 outfit, seated on the Iron Throne. GOD he looked good. Rrrowwwlllll. The man just needs to go around in period costume and never wear a tshirt again. That would be just fine with me.

Okay. I stop babbling now. I probably put you to sleep five paragraphs ago. ‘Later.

Administrivia: 26 May 2021

Yeah, I know, I’m way behind.

It’s not just here that I need to do more stuff. I have this never-ending to-do list in the back of my mind and every so often I get something major done but most of the time just shuffle shit around.

Like, I need to add more to my playlist.

This is a likely candidate.

Heard Metallica’s cover of “Rocky Mountain Way” the other day and… sorry, big man, I like Metallica too, but that was like nails down a chalkboard and I’m not bothered by nails down a chalkboard.

(So… it’s like if I were bothered by nails down a chalkboard.)

(Never mind.)

Every so often, as I think I’ve mentioned here a time or two, I have an all-nighter. Usually preceded by getting up later and later over several days. Not on purpose, though what happens finally is I go, “Welp, it’s after 5am and I’m still not tired enough, no point now, may as well see it through.” This most recent time happened after I’d slept through to 6pm the day previously. I think my sleep cycle itself is just fucked up. Probably hormonal, given my age (47). Yay. Could be worse, I could be having hot flashes in summer[HUSH, Self, or someone will hear me and I will be so, so sorry in another couple months HUSH HUSH HUSH] and at least when I’m pulling an all-nighter it’s usually productive. Like, the kitchen’s almost usable. Don’t ask, but I’m kind of proud of myself.

Anyway. I think I will putter here for a bit. Possibly accompanied by a nice bit of Highland Park. It’s grown on me. I still don’t go crazy with it (can’t remember the last time I was proper pished), I’ve actually managed to make the bottle last a month and I’ve got a nice little way to go, but it’s a nice way to relax. I hear rumors Balvenie is on offer in the same place I got the HP. I am so tempted. We’ll see. Chalk it up to “so far, I like peaty.” Might change my tune by the time I get to Laphroaig but we’ll see, won’t we?

Here’s a Rory since I’ve been horrible.

Rory by HIram Garcia, 2019

Later, ‘gators.

Administrivia: 19 May 2021

Just goes to show how closely I pay attention to shit. I just now saw this from two weeks back, going through Google to see if there was anything new on the big man…

Netflix Just Canceled Its 3rd Show in the Last Week

…and yes, they do mean The Irregulars.

It did not look to me as if they had killed off Rory’s character so, owing to the possibility they could have brought him back again, I’m a mite irritated. I mean, they probably wouldn’t have addressed his character again, given the direction the story took in the first season, but now they definitely won’t.

I have some thoughts about this, but before I get into them let me just say hold your damn horses because this isn’t criticism, more analysis, and I’m totally on Rory’s side here. If you think I’m not, that’s your opinion and you alone are responsible for it, but you are not entitled to your own facts. But this is a big reason I backed off from social media. I wanted to be able to say my piece and not have to deal with crazy over-reactors. So here goes.

At one point, getting small roles far between was a source of major frustration for Rory. We all know this; he came out and said so in the media whenever he could. I’ve got a “paper trail,” if you like, of articles where he does. But he’s since had a big multi-year role in Game of Thrones and, although he previously had had a pattern of spend up all the money he earned from a project and then live close to the bone until the next gig, I have a feeling it would have taken him major, major effort to be broke from GOT by now. He was in the introductory credits every single time he was on that show, and that level of pay would not be small potatoes.

So he’s very likely not desperate for work. So the voice acting roles, the little bits in TV shows, I wonder if these things are all we can expect to see from him in the future and whether he wants it that way.

Those who support the notion that he’s married — and he very well could be, we just haven’t seen solid proof yet, just hearsay — would argue he’d want to work less so as to spend more time with his wife, and that’s completely valid (and I would hope he’d be that sort of husband). Or he may just be burnt out from everything he had to do in GOT and various fan conventions, and from the attention from fans, and from the loss of privacy. Knowing what I know of him, which admittedly is not as much as I’d like, I think either possibility has equal weight. We’re talking about a man who will go off to the wilderness and live in caves and tents to get away from people. Hell, he could be dealing with both situations simultaneously, the being married and the being burnt out. Who knows.

If he does want more work, on the other hand, obviously COVID is an issue, but it wouldn’t be the whole story. The entertainment industry is still managing to crank out content; for instance, The Walking Dead was able to finish its most recent season. There has been weird shit going on in the UK with Brexit affecting how actors living in that country can get work, but I doubt it’s been a complete roadblock; couldn’t have been, or they wouldn’t have been able to make The Irregulars.

So I’m wondering if Rory’s age and lack of training are working against him at all.

Men generally get away more with being older in a field of employment, and acting isn’t much different, but I notice that most of the male actors with longevity already had multiple decades’ worth of work stacked up. The older they get the fewer of them the industry wants to work with. Odd, since the older a man gets, usually the easier he is to work with — they are at their most difficult in the same age range that they are the worst drivers! — but ageism is a thing, and men are only just so insulated from it. Rory looks damn good for his age, mind you. I think I’ve mentioned before that I once dated a guy in his late 20s who looked older in a lot of ways than Rory does now. But Rory hasn’t got a very long filmography, what there is is a bit padded with TV episodes, and the parts he did get were mostly bits and supporting stuff with not as much screen time and as often as not, he’d be killed off. Even in his best-known work he was always near the end of the episode intro billing, and he had to take an entire season off. The highest he has ever been billed that wasn’t his first billing in Jack ‘n’ Jill was The Crew, where I think he was listed third, and probably he’d prefer we stopped thinking about that one. It’s a good film, I think, but not one that would have wide appeal.

He has never been a bad actor, only an untrained one; so far as I know he’s had one acting seminar his entire life, not even theater class in the UK equivalent of high school, which he dropped out of anyway, and certainly nothing theater-ish in forestry school later on. I don’t know if he ever planned to get any more training apart from on the job or what obstacles might have been in his way if he did want that. I imagine being broke for most of his career would have been a major problem. I don’t know how nontraditional schooling works in the UK, anyway. He does have charisma, and I’m convinced that’s what got him the Scotts Porage Oats Man gig; yes he’s gorgeous, but he’s got that certain something. But again, ageism is a thing and anyway, if he prefers being bad guys in his roles now, you have to have the right kind of charisma. The kind that says I am one evil motherfucker instead of I smolder better than Dr. “Smolder” Bravestone. Drop your pants, ladies.

Hollywood, she do like her archetypes, and American viewers in particular hate seeing those mixed up.

I wish I understood why.

(Oh, who am I kidding. I probably understand why, but explaining would probably make me an asshole, and I’m not in the mood just now.)

Whatever the fuck’s going on, I’m not ready to jump to any final conclusions about which way I think this will go. I’d like to see us get all the way out of this pandemic and then see how the chips fall. From there, maybe I can make some better-educated guesses.

Especially with all his talk two Octobers ago about wanting to focus more on his career. So I’m probably worried about nothing.

I have to say I’m still holding out a little hope that Denzil Meyrick gets his way and that his DCI Daley books are translated to the small screen. Because I agree, I think Rory could do very well as Daley, and it’d thrill the hell out of me to see him top-billed in something. More Rory! Yay! But only a little hope. And another Jumanji film is still a strong possibility, certainly stronger than a DCI Daley show. So that’s something to look out for, probably.

Okay. I’m gonna go conk now; it’s just after 3:30am as I’m finishing this up. POSSIBLY more Rory screencaps by the end of this week. No promises.

Administrivia: 13 May 2021

It’s distantly possible that some of you may have noticed a glitch not long ago (2 in the morning my time, Eastern Daylight Time, closest you’re gonna get to a location for a while yet, if ever). Apparently there is a new version of WordPress, so I upgraded. If you visit a site when it’s upgrading WordPress, you… pretty much don’t see a site. So that’s what that was.

This is mostly an “I’m not dead” post. You know I do those.

I am not in a good mood, and it’s personal stuff, and I never know quite how much of it to explain in these posts because that’s not what the site’s about. But I’m also trying not to succumb to some kind of bad mood or another because I have to be “on” for the kiddo.

Might get around to big man in the next few days, might not. A window of opportunity has opened up (mostly because I broke the fucker open) to catch up on some messes around here and I don’t know how much I’d feel like doing this in my off-time after hours of shifting junk around and wearing myself out, but we’ll see.