The Long Way 'Round for Brigdh. Pitch Perfect, Beca/Chloe.
Homecoming for dharmavati. Melina Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles, Finnikin/Isaboe.
My gifts were great! My main gift was Pieces Missing, a lovely, sad post-s2 Dance Academy fic. But I also received two Yuletide Madness gifts: Pas de Deux (Dance Academy) and at practice (Snow White and the Huntsman).
I haven't read much in the archives yet, but I look forward to it!
Hello, my new favorite person! You should know that I am very easy to please, and am pretty much guaranteed to love anything you come up with. If you can have fun with any of these prompts and write something you enjoy, then I'm sure I will love it.
( some details )
I hope that was informative! Just write something you enjoy and you can't go wrong. Happy Yuletide!
David Cook replied to me on Twitter, so let's not even pretend like that's not the highlight of my week. He asked for Twitter questions, I asked what his favorite song is to play on tour, he said "Rapid Eye Movement," the wedding's in June, you're all invited.
At some point last week I finished S2 of Downton Abbey, plus the Christmas special. ( a bit spoilery for US viewers )
I've been speeding through my Gilmore Girls rewatch, which is all well and good, except now we have hit the part in S6 where I want to smack both Lorelai and Rory upside the head and tell them to think about other people for once in their lives.
RL stuff: There's a promotion happening at work - not the promotion I mentioned a while ago, which rightfully went to the girl whose position is now open - and I think I am going to apply for it, but I'm already trying not to psych myself up for it. It's basically one step up from what I do now, so I know I could do it, but I don't know if I'll get it.
Also. I tripped and fell the other day, and I am obviously 90 years old and decrepit, because now I am sore all over and have a blinding headache. BLAH.
I think I might have a cavity, and if so, I might feel the need to kick someone in the teeth. Just FYI. Granted, I haven’t been to the dentist in...7 years? 8? So I probably had it coming. And my insurance is supposed to kick in this month, so that’s something.
I did not do all that great with my January goals. ( January breakdown and February goals )
( RL musings about grad school and adventures in Craigslist )
WOW THAT WAS BORING, SORRY DUDES.
I restarted my Gilmore Girls rewatch, which leaves me feeling vaguely nostalgic most of the time. I associate seasons 3 and 4 really strongly with my time at OBU, since Katie and Renee and I used to watch/obsess over it together, and I was also pretty into the fandom, so I have a lot of memories there.
As for currently airing stuff, blah blah Shameless blah blah Parks & Rec blah blah THE GOOD WIFE IS AMAZING blah blah Nikita comes back on Friday, thank heavens.
I also watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night, and, man, thank goodness Dad and I didn’t go see that together. I still have not gotten over seeing Atonement with him in 2008.
Devil's On Your Back - Nikita (Alex/Jaden) for missvmarigold
Summary: "I'm not going to hug you," Jaden warns. "So we might as well go dance." After Alex breaks from Team Nikita, she and Jaden go on a date. Sort of. AU after "Glass Houses".
Writing this story was a great opportunity for me to rewatch season 1 and focus in on some aspects of the show that I hadn't done previously. Jaden was never a character that I particularly connected with, but when I saw her on the character list I just thought, hmm, what if she were still around, working with Nikita and wreaking her own particular brand of havoc? And then I rewatched S1 and remembered how much I enjoyed her dynamic with Alex, and, of course, how much I love the Alex-Nikita relationship. I admit that the story I had in my head for this AU was far more detailed than what I ended up writing, which was essentially "Alex and Jaden talk out their issues and maybe dance and make out." A big thank you to Tris (allchildren on Dreamwidth) for talking it through with me and helping me make it better.
Here We Go Again - Farscape RPF (Claudia Black/Ben Browder) for bowlerhat_girl
Summary: "And, okay, there's that one time when they're arguing about a scene and she nearly breaks a director's chair while trying to chuck it at his head, but it's nothing they aren't able to work out over tea and crumpets the next day." Claudia finds it hard to get work without continually running into that Browder character.
I LOVE THESE TWO SO MUCH. This was great fun for me. I don't have a ton to say about my process here; I just had the idea of them continually getting tossed into each other's paths professionally and how that would simultaneously make them happy and piss them off.
Overall, this Yuletide had its challenges, but I am proud of what I wrote and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. Yay!
You guys, I got spoiled so hard with Yuletide this year. I received two fantastic gifts that were precisely what I hoped for, and it is so evident that my author(s) worked diligently to fulfill the prompts of my heart. It's my first Yuletide and I could not be more pleased.
From Distaff to Spindle, a Haven fic featuring Audrey, Nathan, and Duke. IT'S A FAIRYTALE. IT IS SO GREAT. The dynamics between the characters are so spot on, and the rhythm of the story is lovely. UGH. *SPAZZES*
Birth, Controlled, a Being Erica fic where Sam, Erica's sister, is her patient. I have been waiting for AGES to find a BE fic that felt true to the greatness of the show, and this fic does that in spades. Feels like it could be an episode of the show.
As for me, I wrote two fics in the archive. Both of my recipients have commented positively, so either they liked them or were too polite to say otherwise! Which is good for me and my fragile ego.
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I am completely positive I will love whatever your gift to me turns out to be! However, I'm hopping on a plane in, like, 5 hours to go see family for Christmas, so if I do not get a chance to comment right away, please do not freak. I AM SO EXCITED, THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
And to everybody else: MERRY CHRISTMAS. I LOVE YOUR FACES.
I don't know you, but I already think I love you. Though I did a pinch hit last year, this is my first year fully participating in Yuletide, and I am ridiculously excited about it. Each of my requests are for canons near and dear to my heart, so there is really no way I won't love whatever you come up with. Here's a bit more about what I like in fiction, and in these canons specifically.
( the nuts and bolts )
I hope this was helpful for you, and I hope one of these requests inspires you to write something you really enjoy. I'm sure I will be delighted, no matter what you come up with. Thank you so much, and happy Yuletide!
This mix originated because I was listening to Laura Veirs's album, Saltbreakers, and thinking about how it seemed to fit the show to me so perfectly. I don't know how to express the feeling I get from the album and the show - something nautical-y, ocean-y? Something like that. So I wanted this mix to be about that, and about the town and the Troubles, and who is Audrey Parker?, etc. But mostly, it's about Audrey and Nathan.
( cover art, track listing, and download links under the cut )
So. After some praying, soul-searching, talking it over with friends, etc., I have decided to leave California. I was so hell-bent on staying out here, and felt like if I decided to leave, it would be admitting defeat. However, I have recently realized that leaving is not failing, but rather admitting that I've given it my best effort for over a year, and I just need a break, and I'm not likely to get one if I keep struggling the way I have been.
I'm not sure where I'm headed. My dad's house in Oklahoma City or my mom's house in Houston are both possibilities. I should still be able to collect unemployment until I find a new job, but that money will go further with me not paying as much rent, etc. I've given my landlord 30 days notice, and I've decided not to concern myself with getting my car fixed. I'm going to let the dealer take it back.
What that means for you guys is that I know many of you donated money with my car troubles in mind. That money will now be used to help me buy a plane ticket home, but if any of you object to your funds being used for this purpose, I completely understand. Just contact me and I will issue you a refund.
I'm sad. I'm really sad. But I think this will be all right.
(If there's nothing you want to purchase, but you'd still like to help me out of a tight spot, see this post here. And THANK YOU to everyone who has pitched in so far. I can't even tell you what it means to me, for real.)
( TV on DVD )
( books, paperback and hardback )
Feel free to spread this link around, if you know someone who might be interested!
My job is honestly the least of my worries. I like working there, but if I can't, I will just go back to collecting full unemployment and be not that much worse off. I hate leaving them in a lurch, but what can I do? Nothing.
I have a call out to the guy I bought my car from. I'm going to ask if he'd be able to take this car back, get me into a different car, and add whatever money onto my loan. I'm not very hopeful he'll say yes, but it's worth a shot. The mechanic also said he would be willing to make a payment plan with me, but he'd want at least $200 straight up, which I don't have. I don't know if I can ask my mom for $200 when she already fronted me $300 for the freeze plugs.
Basically, I feel sick doing this, but here. I have a Paypal button. Later on I am going to be listing some DVDs and books for sale (searchtheskies, I got your email and I am on it!), and if there is any fanwork I can do for you as a trade, I'd be happy to do so. I just...I could use some help, if you're able.
Here are 21 Mary icons, from episodes 4-7 of series 1. Once again, screencaps from disparue.org. Please credit if you take an icon, and enjoy!
( icons! )
Here you will find a fanmix of 10 tracks and one bonus track, generally dealing with Mary's feelings toward Matthew and a bit of the reverse. Individual tracks available upon request.
( cover art, track listing, and download links under the cut )
As I may have mentioned when I started making posts about Mary for womenlovefest, one of the biggest areas in which I have seen her get criticism is in how she handles her relationship with Matthew. I certainly talked about it in this Tumblr post here. My feelings on Downton Abbey fandom really can be summed up as such: if I never see another person saying "Mary doesn't deserve Matthew's love" or "Matthew is too good for Mary," it'll be too soon.
I freely admit that I ship Mary and Matthew. I love their relationship, and think they are deeply in love with each other. So I know that I am coming from a biased perspective, and you should all know that going in. I don't anticipate this post being a ship manifesto (okay...maybe a little!), but I certainly won't attempt to be objective, because I'm not. But I did want to touch on some common assumptions/attitudes about Mary and Matthew's relationship, and talk about why I think they're misguided/shortsighted/just plain wrong.
First off...so I lied, I wrote a bit of a manifesto.
( the princess and the sea monster, an overview )
Now that I've already babbled on for entirely too long, here are a few attitudes about Mary in relation to Matthew that really get my hackles up.
( if you've been around me at all lately you know what these points are going to be )
Stay tuned for Part 2: I Pretend I Can Make Graphics!
For today's womenlovefest post, I'd like to talk about Mary and her relationship to her younger sisters. Before I start talking about Mary, Edith, and Sybil, I want to mention that I myself have two younger sisters, and though we're all in our 20s by now, the age difference between us is similar to that between the Crawley girls (my middle sister is almost 4 years younger than me, and my youngest is two years younger still). While we are altogether much nicer to each other than Mary and Edith (if not quite so good-hearted as Sybil), I see a lot of us in the girls, simply because, IMO, there is no one in the world who knows how to love you, needle you, support you, or infuriate you like a sister. So I freely admit that my interpretation of the Crawleys' sisterly relationship is going to be skewed by that.
( standin' on their own two feet and ringin' on their own bells )
Next up, I'm thinking more icons. Hopefully tonight!
( icons! )
Today I'd like to talk about Mary's relationships with some of the servants in her family's employ. It's interesting, because in this day and age, it's not like we're going to run around giving people a medal when they treat others with decency and respect. But in Mary's time, there was much less expectation that members of the nobility would treat members of the serving class as equals. Of course, some did, but it was by no means commonplace. And though Mary is not the only Crawley to do so - her father treats his employees quite well, and Sybil is the most liberal-minded of them all - I find it interesting that people devoted to calling Mary a bitch rarely mention moments such as these. So I've selected a few scenes of Mary's interactions with the servants, and though I've briefly discussed what I think they say about Mary's character, I'd love your input as well!
( even butlers have their favorites. )