pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (Default)
Friends only. But I love new friends! Just comment if you'd like to add me and I'll most likely add you back. All fic, art, icons, or anything of fannish interest are posted publicly.

If you're related to me, move along. Nothing to see here. These are not the droids you're looking for.
pathstotread: Kat and her perfect face (dance; staring into the sun)
I wrote two fics for Yuletide this year. They nearly didn't happen, because I was super stressed about grad school applications and the like, but I eventually got it together.

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!
pathstotread: (karen; hay gurl hay)
Dear Yuletide Author,

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!

- Carrie
pathstotread: Ann and Leslie hugging it out (pnr; you beautiful tropical fish.)
Happy Galentine's Day
my thread

I'll have other things to say when I haven't possibly sprained my ankle (might be exaggerating on that one, but OUCH IT HURTS) and am not working 4 hours past my actual shift, blergh.
pathstotread: Rory in bed, looking annoyed (gg; hate early. must kill early.)
On the one hand, I feel like I shouldn't post unless I have something interesting to say? But on the other, I feel weird and out of touch when I go too long in between posts. It's a quandary.

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.
pathstotread: (hp; right here with you)
This entry is, like, a particularly boring brand of word vomit. You have been warned!

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 )


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.
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (mwk; railway reality)
As this year was my first Yuletide, I can now do my first ever Yuletide reveal! I wrote these two fics:

Devil's On Your Back - Nikita (Alex/Jaden) for [ profile] 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 [ profile] 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!
pathstotread: (haven; the golden rule)

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.

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

pathstotread: (anthemic etc; attack of the face)
Dear Yuletide Author,

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.

Love, Carrie

And to everybody else: MERRY CHRISTMAS. I LOVE YOUR FACES.
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (rapunzel; yay!)
Dear Yuletide Author,

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!

- Carrie
pathstotread: (haven; planets bend between us)
I told myself that my next post wouldn't be Haven related, but THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS, NO?

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 )
pathstotread: (who; fragile as we lie)
I thought I should let you all know this, since several of you have helped me out by donating or purchasing DVDs, about which I am eternally grateful. I will never be able to express how much it means to me that you all care about me so much, and have such generous spirits. I hope to be in a position to pay it forward someday soon.

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.
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (Default)
As I mentioned in my last post, here is a list of stuff I am willing to part with in order to make some extra scratch for my car troubles and just life in general my move back home. The last time I had a DVD sale, I a) didn't offer some of my fave sets (Angel, Farscape) and b) charged a bit less, but...needs must, yes? These prices do not include shipping, so let me know which items you're interested in and I will try to figure out how much it will be to ship. Pricing is negotiable, especially if you're wanting to buy more than one item. Honestly, every bit helps, so if you want something but can only afford a certain amount, we can work it out. Paypal is my preferred method of payment (carrielh @ gmail), but other forms can be discussed.

(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!
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (Default)
So the reason my car is stalling is that while it was overheating, it blew a head gasket. Estimate to fix: $750-800. Pretty sure I'm going to get fired, because I can't come in tonight, and even if I had the money to get my car fixed (I don't), the repair would take three days, so I can't go in the next few days either.

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 ([ profile] 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.

pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (downton; bought into fairytales)
This will probably be my last [ profile] womenlovefest post, unless the S2 premiere (TOMORROW, OMG) leaves me with all new Mary feelings that must be discussed. I haven't been as dedicated as I'd hoped to be, but I've really enjoyed thinking and writing about one of my favorite female characters. I'm looking forward to going back and reading what others have posted about the rest of the fictional women fandom hates.

Here are 21 Mary icons, from episodes 4-7 of series 1. Once again, screencaps from Please credit if you take an icon, and enjoy!

icons! )
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (downton; got a fresh philosophy)
Part 2 of my ridiculous appropriation of [ profile] womenlovefest for my own shippy purposes. Uh...sorry?

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 )
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (downton; princess and the sea monster)
Catching up on [ profile] womenlovefest stuff! This is Part 1 of 2 of my Carrie Has Feelings About Mary/Matthew Fest-Within-A-Fest, so...FAIR WARNING. This is a lot of blabber, and the next post is a fanmix.

As I may have mentioned when I started making posts about Mary for [ profile] 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 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!
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (downton; bought into fairytales)
Eeep! Missed another day. COMMITMENT IS HARD.

For today's [ profile] 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!
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (downton; bought into fairytales)
I didn't get a chance to do much meta-ing today, but I did want to get something posted for [ profile] womenlovefest before the day was out, so! Here be 11 Mary icons, from eps 1-3. Later in the week I hope to have icons of the rest of the series. They are all for sharing, just credit if you take! Screencaps from

icons! )
pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (downton; hardest of hearts)
I sincerely apologize for missing a day in my [ profile] womenlovefest posting! Real life job-having, man, it's a killer. I hope to do some extra posts in the days to come to pick up the slack.

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. )



pathstotread: Jane looking at the sky (Default)

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