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February 17th, 2019

It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
Just mainlined the first four eps of Magicians season 4.

I have...feelings. There are too many and most don't have names. Some are just inarticulate screaming.

...yeah.
Tonight a book on my shelf caught my eye, so I read it.

The book was Double Trouble by Carol Morse, a 1964 teen comedy that I inherited from my mother—though she was in her 20s when it came out, so I'm not sure how she ended up owning it or passing it along to me. At some point I misplaced her copy or gave it away, thinking I wouldn't miss it, and then I missed it; after years of searching—do you know how many books are called Double Trouble?—I finally found it on AbeBooks a couple of months ago and gladly snatched it up. It's about boy-crazy twin girls learning how to be their own people and have their own feelings and interests instead of doing everything together. They live in a generic small American town that out-Pleasantvilles Pleasantville, and their lives are wholly unlike anything I have ever known. I first read it with absolute fascination in the 1980s, feeling as though I were doing research on a foreign country. It seems even more alien now. (Though this time around I spotted the lesbian, English teacher Miss Winifred Lawrence, who never felt like herself until she went to an all-girls school where people started calling her Larry. She's also tough as a teacher but nice once you get to know her, and the narrative goes out of its way to establish her as an outdoorsy, sturdy world traveler. Mm-hmm. She felt familiar, an un-strange person in their strange self-contained land.)

There was no purpose to me reading it, except that I was glad to own it again and wanted to see whether it still gave me that feeling of fascinated curiosity, which it does.

I hadn't realized how much the notion of a to-read pile/shelf/list was pinning me down. I feel free.
First, holy shit, I got another story! It's another original work, survival and a western, and it is gorgeous. The creeping danger of the weather feels real, and it rolls out into a delightful story.

Watch For Me By The Moonlight (1738 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Wounded Stranger/Female Homesteader
Characters: Female Wounded Stranger, Female Homesteader
Additional Tags: Western, Fantasy, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

A wounded stranger, a snowstorm, a homesteader, and more...



MCU )

Pacific Rim )

Marvel comics )
I'm writing "Stormy Weather 2" out of the Miraculous Ladybug canon.

Also I'm going to make "Stormy Weather 2 What Stormy Weather 2" an AO3 tag. It is going on all my future ML fics that do not explicitly deal with this episode.
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dirty_diana: Zari from Legends of Tomorrow in 60s flower crown (zari woodstock)
Twelve hours left to sign up for [community profile] space_swap. Nominations for [community profile] unusual_bearings (Mpreg, fpreg, all the traditional pregs) are open and I am debating how weird I want to get. Also, [community profile] vid_bingo! Picked up my first bingo card in forever.

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Chris Wood and Melissa Benoist are engaged. It's adorable. Also the Liam Payne/Naomi Campbell rumours are amazing to me, I'm so cheap and easily entertained I'M SORRY. (The part where the British tabloids have decided Naomi's a cruel man-eating cougar is less amazing but I'm not saying it might not be accurate, and lbr Liam's probably into that.)

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A post on The Good Doctor by [personal profile] sciatrix which was interesting to me, because I've been enjoying it but secretly, on account of having little idea how to evaluate the autistic representation. I'm also super into All-American at the moment. It's about a football player from Compton moving in with a family from Beverly Hills It reminds me of early The O.C. or original 90210, any of the glossy fish out of water teen soaps, but it's pretty modern in execution. There is exactly one white main (Cody Christian, who I understand to have been on a show about werewolves?) and otherwise Taye Diggs and the talented baby actors of colour are ripping it up. It has adorable teen lesbians! It gets emotionally stressful! There isn't really that much football, but there's not zero football either so *shrug*. I do wish the clothing department was a bit more committed to the rich kids angle, because I am shallow like that.

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My flist being adorably terrible at shitposting is my favourite thing. If it's more than 100 words you've entered the realm of regular-ass content, come on now.
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8:28 wasn't that sybaritic, but it was adequate. After diagnosing so-so vision, I had brekkie, struggled with reading on my screen, then went back to bed, where I dozed off, not waking up until 3:55. Whoa!

The longer nap had restored some vision, so I watched last night's MacGyver which gave us not only the yummy topless Lucas Till but also an intro to the newest agent who was described as Wonder Woman's sister. Yup, she was a badass. Then I watched the Valentine's epi of The Rookie which was probably the best of the season as different stories played out, good, bad, tragic, and scary-horrifying. I'm not sure, but there may be a gay male couple acknowledging each other (hooking up?) on the force. But, with my sight, I have no way of identifying them. Anyway, Nolan's returned roommate told him to invite a bunch of his single buddies on the force to a party, saying that "Wolfgang" owed him a favour!

In the evening, I had a hunch so recorded Jeopardy! Yup, I was right: it was a rerun of the last game Austin Rodgers played last year (and obviously lost). I occasionally like to see their last games. And, speaking of Jeopardy!, I believe their multi-decade all-stars series begins this Wednesday. Talk about pressure!

Anyway, no pressure on me. I decided not to write anything for the [community profile] romancingmcshep fest this year. I just didn't feel anything from the prompts. So, I'll just be happy to read.
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Title: Heartstrings
Fandom: Adventure Time
Characters: Marceline
Rating: G
Length: 13
Author Notes: Written for Challenge 254: Note and Challenge 96: Music (Bingo Square) at fan_flashworks
Summary: Marceline plays music to express her emotions.

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"No Mercy" by Heather Peace, via [personal profile] aurumcalendula's sizzling multifandom F/F vid


....totally fair

(Not unrelatedly, someone on [community profile] spacefungusparty compared Michael Burnham and Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius to Sydney Bristow and Irina Derevko and I LOVE IT)
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February 16th, 2019

Vidder: Kitty aka [personal profile] winterevanesce 
Title:
 Don’t Worry
Fandom: Anna and the Apocalypse
Genre(s): Zombie Apocalypse, Dark Comedy, Dance, Action
Song/Artist: Don’t Worry by Madcon
Software(s): Vegas Pro 14
Characters/Pairings: Anna Shepherd, John, Steph North, Chris Wise, Lisa, Nick
Summary: “We can own the night, don’t worry about a thing.”
Stream/Download/Notes: AO3 | Website | Tumblr

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Hey, do I know anyone affiliated with a Girl Scout doing online cookie sales (with, one hopes, ship-directly-to-buyer as a delivery option) in the Little Brownie Bakers region? I wanna buy a bunch of Thin Mints.

ETA: sorted!

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Very quick delayed allcapsy reaction after a second viewing:

NOW THAT WAS MY SHOW

Matter can neither be created nor destroyed in an isolated system )

tl;dr I liked "Obol for Charon" a whole lot, loved this one to bits and pieces. I am HOPEFUL. (Speaking of "Obol," Sonequa Martin-Green is marvelous, but I dunno how Doug Jones manages to be heartbreaking through twenty pounds of ridiculous makeup. SirPatStewACTING.gif)

Everything having to do with New Fake Spock: I still don't fucking care.

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  • That Thing You Do (rewatch): It's been at least 15 years since I last watched this movie. I could still identify all the scenes added for the Extended Release. Every single one of them was unnecessary and I kept saying "I see why they cut this". Except for the scene where Guy tells Faye how much he appreciates her. That scene can stay. And Tom Hanks and his boyfriend with the flashy car, they look like they have a good relationship.


  • Lemony Snicket A Series Of Unfortunate Events, season 3: Much less background Jewish stuff than in previous seasons. :( The sugar bowl was also, wow, such an aggressively pointless macguffin. Things also dragged a bit at the beginning, although the ending episodes were much better. Enjoyable, but I liked the previous seasons more. On the other hand, this season doubled down hard on it being all about siblings and family and complicated family dynamics so, y'know, catnip.


  • Clue: So this is famously a movie with three endings to have three different killers. I'm a bit meh about that. Just commit, y'know? Let the actors and the narrative build stuff instead of going "surprise! it was this person! don't think too hard about how implausible it was!" Since it was going for the trick ending, I feel it fails as a who-dun-it, since there's no real clues you can follow, since it wants to have its cake and eat it. This is a problem with a lot of trick ending stuff, that it wants to be so clever and go "ha ha fooled you", it utterly fails to set it up in the narrative at all and so just doesn't work, and this is three times worse since they wanted to have three different endings and didn't set up for any of them.

    I really disliked the last "actual" ending that they went with for the home video release. I'm fine with Wadsworth being Mr Body, but ugh, that last kick that Mr Green was just pretending to be gay? No. Especially not with all the backstory re: gay history, the FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover. So that ended on a really sour note for me and it was so unnecessary.

    Other than that, generally enjoyable. Tim Curry was having a lot of fun.

The Monster Baru Cormorant

3/5. Volume two* in this epic fantasy about a queer woman who climbs the ranks of her imperial colonizers to take them down from within.

Hm, I am less sure about this. Is it dense and prickly and political? Yes. Does it have cut-glass edges that are very pretty and very sharp? Yep. Is it concerned with agency and oppression and other stuff I care about? Ye-es . . .

Are these doorstops going to be worth it in the end? Is all this violence and betrayal and slow flaying of the self to accomplish an impossibly destructive goal going to pay any sort of dividend? That, I'm less sure of.

*Not a novella! …Don't ask how many times I put this down and came back later.