December Talking Meme: Buffy and Dawn

Dec. 21st, 2014 01:51 pm
selenak: (Buffy by Kathyh)
[personal profile] selenak
Disclaimer: I don’t read the comics. The only BTVS canon for me is the tv canon. So whatever issues you may have with the comics aren’t relevant to how I see the characters; pray bring them up elsewhere.

Dawn was controversial from the get go – both as a character and as a concept - , and from what I hear she still gets complained about in some fannish quarters. Now it’s been a while since my last BTVS rewatch, but I still remember Dawn fondly, and a big reason for this is that the Buffy and Dawn relationship spoke to me from the get go.

Spoilery thoughts ensue )

December Talking Meme: The Other Days

omg, this cat.

Dec. 21st, 2014 04:10 am
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We keep the cat treats in a locked Ikea cabinet in my office -- it's a two-drawer cabinet, like this but stacked on top of each other instead of side by side. Ginny loves those damn treats; she comes running every time the cabinet gets opened, even if it's me opening the top drawer (where I keep my snacks) instead of the bottom drawer (where the cat treats, among other things, are).

I just caught her standing in front of the cabinet with her teeth on the key trying to turn it.

Our cat has figured out that keys open doors.
sholio: Red Christmas ornament (Christmas ornament)
[personal profile] sholio
Title: Fairytale of New York
Fandom: White Collar
Word Count: 3700
Pairings: canon ones
Summary: Three views of Christmas, on the first Christmas after the series finale. For my h/c bingo "begging" square. Huge finale spoilers.
Cross-posted: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2813135

Fairytale of New York )

Thank you, anonymous writer(s)

Dec. 20th, 2014 02:46 pm
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[personal profile] jae
It is amazing how much better I feel about being on the defaulted-on-after-the-deadline pinch hit list when I can see that there's a gift for me in the Madness archive.

Thank you so much, whoever you are! You have already made my yuletide.

#

For my eventual pinch-hitter, though: thank you, too, for stepping up to the plate!

I'm quite aware that I'm hard to match (because my small-fandoms-of-choice tend to be pretty atypical fannish fare). So let me clarify that even though my "dear yuletide writer" letter specifies a preference that you work with or jump off from the established canon in some way, I absolutely will understand if that turns out to be too tall an order on such short notice. Honestly, whatever you can give me at this point is something I'll be grateful for, given all the difficulties. And I really do appreciate so much that you were willing to give it a shot.

#

Come revealtime, I will owe you both cookies!
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I'd love it if insurance companies had to make it clear how much of the money they took in as premiums was paid out again to policyholders.

Because I don't object to pooling risk, but I do object to large rake-offs.

(The Affordable Care Act said that health insurance companies have to spend 80% of their income on medical care. I don't want to go so far as to regulate it. But if you make it public then people can at least take it into account when making their decisions.)

Via discussion here.

Internet...upgraded!

Dec. 20th, 2014 11:54 am
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Looks like Virgin has finally upgraded our internet speed.

At the same time, one of the Powerline extenders I was using (to connect the study to the living room) was being intermittently dodgy. So I grabbed a new pair of AV500 (to replace the old AV200 ones), and did a before/after test with SpeedTest.net.

With the AV200 ones I was getting around 50Mb/s. With the AV500 ones:


That'll do. For this week :->

(I really should plug a laptop directly into the router and see what speed _that_ gets. With our walls, and laptops that don't support 5GHz they max out around 32Mb/s over wireless.)
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By now, I have pretty much been sick (with various stuff) for three out of the last seven weeks. I also haven't really seen the sun since... Sometime in mid-November? I pretty much only left the house for working and out of these seven weeks even that wasn't the case for 9 days of sick leave. This is getting me down big time and while watching Netflix can be nice (currently binging "Call the Midwife" and "30 Rock") I am getting what in German we call Lagerkoller. Cabin fever.

Gah. I need to go for a walk later. First step : shower and get dressed.
selenak: (Obsession by Eirena)
[personal profile] selenak
Mine depends somewhat on the length of text I intend to write. But for the most part, it works like this: 1 Glimmer of an idea, 2) research. Not always: very rarely, I've written in direct response to an episode I just watched, and thus there was no lengthy pondering and no research.

But in most cases, I tend to mull over the ideas I have, to do research which sometimes adds new direction - be that research in the sense of canon rewatching/rereading or research in the sense of finding out background facts -, and to let the ideas grow. Sometmes, not often, but sometimes, I talk about these ideas with other people. (This was most recently the case with one of my two Yuletide stories.) Generally I like to work on my own until I've done a first draft, but it can be both necessary and profitable to bounce ideas off someone.

Once I've pondered, let the ideas grow into somthing more, have done my research etc., I write the story. Read it through on my own. And go off in search of that most invaluable of writer's help, a beta-reader. Seriously: whether you're a newbie who has just completed her first story, or a veteran of decades, beta readers always help. (I don't always have them, granted, but that's more an availability and fandom knowledge question.) In the case of my fanfiction, there's an additionional reason, to wit, English isn't my native language, and while I'm reasonably fluent I still make mistakes now and then, especially in the written form.

I have the rough outline of a story in my head before I start to write them - i.e. I know what will happen to the main characters, where I want to go with them. Something I've never experienced was to start writing with no idea of how a story would end. Otoh it does happen that supporting characters (supporting in my story, not nessarily in their original canon) suprise, in the sense that I had no specific ideas about them in mind when starting to write beyond some vague awareness they would show up, and then they suddenly get a key scene or two, if it's a longer story.

Writers' block: also sometimes happens. In which case my usual method of dealing is to write something else, or nothing at all: I can't write half heartedly. But sometimes working on another project clears your head and emotional cluster, I've found.

Writing, technically: I type. My first few stories, as a teenager, were written by hand because I'm that old, and I switched to using computers and type my tales when I was 19-ish. Also: I need quiet. Music can be a good way to relax between writing sessions, but not during, not for me. It distracts me. And speaking of distractions: I don't care much where I'm writing, i.e. at home or in a hotel room, as long as it's quiet and I have any research material I might need to recheck available. But people and phonecalls can be serious distractions wherever I am.

December Talking Meme: the other days
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I've been thinking that maybe all the current races are elves who've been cut off from the Fade to various extents and in different ways.
Read more... )

Daily Happiness

Dec. 19th, 2014 11:06 pm
torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I have the sweetest cuddliest cat ever! (You may think it is your cat that deserves the honor, but I disagree!)

2. Oceanhorn is really fun. I've been playing it a lot.

3. It's so busy at work and people keep calling in sick (so far there's been at least two people out every day this week (plus one who's been out for a while due to appendicitis), though at least today it wasn't cashiers), but I still have managed to get some stuff accomplished (though really hardly anything today due to the morning delivery check taking so long because of large shipments + one fewer people to help check).

4. I get to sleep in three days in a row!

5. I made salmon and rice for dinner (with sauteed onions and mushrooms) and it was sooooo delicious.

This is delightful.

Dec. 20th, 2014 12:37 am
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[personal profile] kate
I am watching The Librarians (thank goodness for On Demand - I am going to catch up on EVERYTHING over the next two weeks). It's terrible, but in that way that is delightful to watch.

I love everyone - Jane Curtin and Bob Newhart, GOODNESS I LOVE THEM. Rebecca Romijn is... well. I love her. I love her character. I love her bun. Her fake fighting skills are crap. But she'll get better. Maybe Christian Kane will give her some tips.

I love Christian Kane SO MUCH but he looks... not great. I'm hoping things get better. But it doesn't really matter, because he's CHRISTIAN KANE and I love him. His stupid face! His stupid accent! HIS SHORT LITTLE LEGS! I love him so much. I miss his hair, but what can you do. Also, him being super smart and an art historian is brilliant. I also love in the first episode how he interacts with Cassandra is brilliant.

I love Cassandra and Ezekiel (HIS ACCENT OMG) and Jenkins (JOHN LARROQUETTE WHAT) and while I haven't seen one of the Librarian movies/miniseries/whatever-the-hell-they-are in a while, but Noah Wylie's Librarian-cum-Doctor is lovely. He's delightfully eccentric and cranky.

I love the bad guys, too! :D :D :D MATT FREWER, MY GOD. Also, Lamia (Lesley-Ann Brandt) is gorgeous, and SHE can actually stage fight. Brava, my lady. Brava.

Delightful. Cheesy, terrible CGI, but OMG I will watch this FOREVER. LOVE.

OH! OH! OH! And episode two is going to London, where there is a great ley line under it. CAN YOU SAY NIGHTSIDE?! WHO IS WRITING ME THIS CROSSOVER?!!?!!!!

Also, I watched the little "Intro to Galavant" thing, and that looks like it is going to be fricking GENIUS. Tim Omundsun is brill, as is the guy playing Galavant, both of the leading ladies, and at least three of the supporting characters (particularly Luke Youngblood, who is gorgeous and has a lovely voice). It seriously looks like it is going to be AMAZING, and ALAN MENKEN IS WRITING THE MUSIC. I was going to watch it before (Tim Omundson! Comedy musical fairytale!) but once I found out about Alan Menken, I am now pretty certain this is going to be a brilliant hit. The only problem is that I'll be travelling on Sundays for the next few months. :( :( :(

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