hafital: (MCU - Nat and Steve)
hello friends, let's see if I can get through all the things I keep meaning to post about. Just realized I haven't posted since my birthday! I feel like a whole lot of things have happened at the same time that nothing much has happened haha. Ah life, you rascal.

this is largely a fannish post.

1. After watching all of Friday Night Lights, I rewatched it all the way through again because I wasn't quite ready to let it go. I read all the fiction that was decent (and although I started off giving it side-eye, my favorite pairing turned out to be Tim/Julie say what) and was sad that there wasn't much. Then I finished watching the final season of Bloodlines and it's just so WEIRD because Coach Taylor is now a murderer! Okay, not really, and I will follow Kyle Chandler wherever he chooses to take me. But, watching John Rayburn after watching Coach Taylor is a trip. (season 1 of Bloodlines is masterful and frankly the series should have stopped there, the other 2 seasons are messy. But even so I have huge fondness for the cast -- so I enjoyed the series despite this).

2. Because I am here for all things MCU, I did sit through Iron Fist even though everyone said not to haha. Yeah. Okay, so, it was really .... tedious is the word I think. And it's hardly worth discussing anymore. Danny reminded me of this guy I knew once who I had to travel around europe with and who I wanted to push off a train. Also, I spend a good amount of time trying to make jokes about the hand fighting the fist. HAHA. Easily amused, I am. I did like some parts! Okay, no, actually, the only part I liked was Claire. Everything else was gross. I started off with fondness for the other characters that would have normally carried me through any dislike for the show but one by one I stopped liking them except for Claire. I am going to watch the Defenders, though, and just hope that Danny annoys me less.

3. Wonder Woman was amazing and fun and as awesome as I could have hoped and I've really enjoyed all the excitement and discussion around it. The little girls dressed up as Diana, the fan art, seeing Gal Gadot everywhere because I have loved her for years and she is lovely. It's great to have a decent DC film. I enjoyed the heck out of it in the theatre, but only saw it once. I'm sure I'll see it again whenever it's available. I have to admit though that I felt a bit removed from it. I couldn't let go of how similar it was to CA:TFA. Casting Chris Pine didn't help, imo (although don't get me wrong, I adore him! If someone forced me to rank the Chrises, he'd be at the top). It's not that one or the other film is better or DC vs MCU or anything dumb like that, it's just that I felt like I was watching a remix. Still enjoyed it though!

4. AND I also saw Spider-Man: Homecoming. Which I loved <3 <3. cutting just in case )

5. Also, talk about late to the party but I am just now getting around to watching Band of Brothers. Yes, I know. That is so 2001. What can I say? I finally caved and got a subcription to Amazon Prime and there's tons of stuff on it. I watched all of the Sopranos, too, and that was also something I hadn't ever watched despite the hoopla. Anyway, I just finished watching season 2 of Billions, so watching a young Damian Lewis as Winters is kind of a continuing treat. Winters is nothing like Bobby Axelrod, which is probably a good thing.

6. Billions is outstanding, fyi. Highly highly recommend but it's not a fannish show.

7. I started watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, and fully agree with the critics about the treatment of suicide in this thing. Yikes.

8. ETA - Forgot to mention that I INHALED all of the new Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an E on Netlfix. I watched it in 2 days which I never do. Normally I stretch out a tv show for weeks. Anyway, to say I loved it is an understatement. It is not the Anne of Green Gables of my youth. And I don't care. It was awesome. Amazing. I want all the more seasons it deserves to be. ALL OF THEM.

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In other news, my mental vacation from writing is at an end I'm diving back into rewriting the second book. OY. REWRITING SUCKS YO. haha I just realized that oy and yo are the same two letters flipped. It's the little things.

I would also like to tackle some fan fiction I got brewing, and although the last 2 months would have been ideal to knock some of those out, apparently my brain had other plans. Like sloth. haha. Whatever, I will manage somehow.

I am going to Spain! For two whole weeks! In September. And considering I am allergic to olives and olive oil I might die! I have no idea what I'm going to eat while I'm there. Pray for me.

Mother continues to have misadventures in this new life after moving back to Los Angeles. That's a post for another day.
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So much to type about, so little brain.

This is what I've been doing:

1. I watched all of season 1 of Westworld and have decided not to continue with it. As a friend of mine said when i mentioned I just watched it and that I didn't think I would bother with season 2, it's too "rapey." That, and I pretty much actively hate every human and I'm not that fond of the robots either, so when I'm rooting for everyone to die I'm pretty sure that's time for me to bail.

2. In my infinite wisdom I decided to pick up Friday Night Lights again. I'd only seen season 1 back when it aired, and never continued. This was because of reasons, some to do with the show but mostly because life was very life at that time and I can pretty much pin point my break up with appointment television to that period. Anyway, a friend had just watched it all on Netflix, and I had always intended to watch it anyway, and I heard it was good, so I was like, okay, I think I'm ready. And I started watching it again and all through rewatching season 1 I was like, OMG this show is soooo goood why did I ever stop watching it whhhyyyy I love everyone on this show so much. And then I started watching season 2 and I was like.... OH RIGHT THIS IS WHY. Hah. No no, not because season 2 was uneven or anything but because I love these characters so much that watching them hurt even a little bit, emotionally or physically, makes me very anxious. Let's just say when I roll my eyes at the MCU fandom for losing their collective heads over Bucky Barnes, just say Tim Riggins to me and I'll shut up.

3. The kittens over at The Librarians are all very kittenish and that show is too darn adorable.

4. Life got out of hand this month so I haven't seen Logan yet. Nor Iron Fist, which I do plan on watching even though everyone and their grandmother says it's terrible.

5. Even though I saw the movie The Martian in theatres, and I had a copy for ages and watched it at least a few times since then, I suddenly had a desire to read fan fiction for it the other day. Specifically, I wanted Watney/Mitch Henderson (don't ask me why) but there's NOTHING in that pairing. I am so disappointed in fandom right now. BUT I did read a bunch of lovely fic in various pairings and threesomes, and some group Ares fic. I've bookmarked a handful that I liked, and I'm still poking my way through the stories on AO3 (surprise surprise there's not a lot) but I have a fic rec for anyone even remotely interested.

All This Could Be Yours, by mardia (Lewis/Watney) -- Both Commander Lewis and Mark Watney are stranded on Mars together.

It's not even remotely a popular pairing, but I adored this story. In such a small fandom, one starts to read everything, and I was not sorry to give this one a try. It's the first in a series, but the other 2 stories are more companion pieces. Not sure I've read another story, fanfic or professional, that truly delves into real intimacy between 2 people as well as this one, imo.
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Ack! I'm leaving on a plane today for the UK! ahahaha.

I have fannish things to talk about. :D

1. Despite swearing off the reboot films, I went to see Star Trek Beyond. It did not suck. Quick thoughts: Read more... )

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I also went to see Ghostbusters. Which was very charming! I laughed a lot. HUGE fan of Kristin Wiig so pretty much anything she's in I'm game and she never has failed to make me laugh. I have a picture of Dooneese on my fridge!

Anyway, I had seen the original Ghostbusters just a few weeks prior, in the big screen which was neat! and the reboot is great but damn that first movie was really fantastic. I hate to compare the two, especially with all the meta and criticism (and hate) about rebooting films with female casts (which I am 100 percent on board with!) but my favorite part of Ghostbusters was in the original:

"Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here."
"Is this true?"
"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick."

HAHA

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I watched all of Aquarius, and I don't really have much to say about it other than a) the actor playing Manson looks nothing like him. b) 3 of the men in this tv show look so much alike I get mixed up. c) I realized I hadn't seen David Duchovny act in anything else besides The X-Files and Twin Peaks. It was weird seeing him not be Mulder!

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Also watching Bloodlines, finished all of the Twilight Zone, almost done with Animaniacs. How's that for a strange mixture? Jeez.

Finished the most current season of Orange is the New Black. I'm still watching! It's hard to like anyone on the show though. And I don't want to comment on Poussey.

Also finished the current season of The Librarians. It's so cute and silly. I love it. Not quite up to the love of Leverage, but still enjoyable. I adore Jenkins.

Next up Stranger Things.

Still in love with Captain America. <3 (as anyone who follows me on tumblr is well aware)

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Since May? Or maybe April? I have been trudging through the first draft of another novel. writing is hard. /o\ Everything else in my life is on hold until I have a working draft. Right now the thing looks like a monkey with 8 arms and 12 eyes and maybe half a leg.

Although I am taking a break while traveling. YES.
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I have now seen all the MCU to date. \o/!!! And now I have to wait forever for all the rest of them. Man, this is worse than a live TV show. lol.

While I have watched all the films more than once and enjoy rewatching the films (because they are comforting, yes) I doubt I will have any desire to rewatch M:AoS, but I did like it a lot more than I thought I would.

A few thoughts on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: )

Anyway, I did very much enjoy M:AoS! It's a fun diversion. I want more of the same, with less manpain and boyangst, please.

On a related note, I have been watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, and, aside from mostly finding the show charming and amusing for a sitcom, I am further entertained by my head canon that Robin Scherbatsky is a cover for Maria Hill and no one is the wiser. hahaha.
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So, this is where we're at:

~ Mom's gall bladder surgery SUCCESS. woo hoo. The surgery itself was a breeze but she was very sick afterward from the drugs for a couple of days, but she was pretty much a new woman 2 weeks after the surgery.

~ I love my mom, but after a more than a month long visit staying with me the entire time, I almost wept with happiness and relief when she finally returned to her home. Seriously, I was giddy with FREEDOM. It's been a couple of weeks now, and I'm still just over the moon when I get to be home for an evening and I get my apartment to myself. lol.

~ While Mom was here, we watched all of Haven on Netflix. I just love their faces. It's not in the least bit like Leverage (and in my opinion Leverage is a more neatly held together show and has a stronger family theme that makes it TOPS in my book) but it hits the exact same happy spot in my heart as Leverage. Could be the threesome thing. Probably. ;)

~ I finally (finally) caved and started an X-Files rematch on Netflix. I blame Tumblr. But, you guys, this is monumental! I watched X-Files first run in college and now I am older than either DD or GA were when they were on the show. It's a total mind boogie. But I have not watched these episodes in the meantime. I have not watched some of these episodes in more than 20 years. OY.

~ So, like, when I first started watching X-Files way back long ago, I watched it fully in the Mulder camp. I mean, that I believed what he believed. I was like poor Mulder, no one believes him! Why is everyone so mean to him! (Although I loved Scully and never minded that she was a "non believer") Now, I'm watching it, especially season 1, and I'm like whoa, Mulder, pull it back some there, not everything is alien related. Except that it kind of is.

~ I find, 20 years later and with the advantage of some age, that Mulder was way too trusting and that Scully was absolutely right to be as skeptical and non-believing as she was. However, the show is written in such a way that Mulder is always right even when he doesn't have the right to be, and that makes Scully, as the skeptic, always wrong, even though she is really always totally right. It's kind of annoying. As the mytharc progresses, though, most of that starts to even out.

~ But in actually, my love for Mulder and Scully (Mulder/Scully!!!), goes deep. Like cellular level deep. Part of my genetic make-up deep.

~ Scully FTW. ILU SCULLY. "Please explain to me the scientific nature of the 'whammy'."

~ The cockroach episode is still the most revolting hour of TV ever.

~ I am also having a lot of fun joining in on the Highlander Rewatch over at [personal profile] killabeez journal. Season 1 should just be renamed the 'Tessa Is Better Than You' tv show.

~ It's like I'm stuck in the 90s! Which is I guess an improvement from that time I was stuck in the 70s.

~ Along with the X-Files rematch and the Highlander rewatch, I am totally enjoying the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Clearly I have a thing for found families! Not certain if this will survive the upcoming films -- this isn't a TV show but it's still very much a "live" fandom where things could still go sideways -- and also it's like years out. Not sure I have the staying power all the way into 2019 or whatever.
hafital: (HL - Thinking Methos)
Adam Scott and Paul Rudd recreate the opening scene from Bosom Buddies.

A friend of mine posted this on FB and it reminded me of several things:

~ The genius of Paul Rudd

~ The genius of Adam Scott

~ How young Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari were

~ How much I loved Bosom Buddies

~ Possibly this is the show that hard wired me for slash....


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In other news, I bought a new car. Brand new. D'oh!
hafital: (VOY - Chakotay)
I actually went to go see it back in december but am now just getting around to writing about it. Such is life.

I have a friend whose opinion I generally respect a great deal, who posted on facebook how much he loathed this film. He's a huge Tolkien fan, and as far as I could remember he loved the first 3 LotR films. And then, I saw many of my online friend's comments on LJ who seemed to really love the film. So I had no idea what to expect! But since I was NOT a fan of the first LotR films, yet I did rather enjoy the first Hobbit film, I really didn't stress my head over it. Long since gone are the days when I cared what Peter Jackson did with these books. But I was curious.

Also, amusedly, since I was a wee kid back when I read The Hobbit the first time, I have always pronounced Smaug like Smog. So, I have been saying to people, "Oh, I'm going to see that Smog film," or "I saw that Smog film. You know, Smog, the dragon," and I get this blank look. haha.

Random thoughts. I mostly really liked it. )

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In other news, things continue over here. My mother has had a cerebral angiogram so the docs can have a look at her special brain. We hoped this would clear her for general anesthesia so she can have the gallbladder surgery, but no luck. They want another MRI or something. Oi.

Meanwhile, she's planning on going out of the country for a couple of months, so many of these things will have to be delayed.

I bought her an iPad mini for Christmas. Instructing my mother on how to use an iPad has been... fun? lol.

I am... almost done editing. By almost I mean not really done at all, but done with the big stuff anyway. Yay!?

I am also thinking of buying a new car. Soonish.

I fell down the stairs carrying a GIANT bag of laundry and hurt my food. It is nearly all better now, though I have a smallish lump on the side and my toes are still bruised. It was pretty banged up, and as I lay on the ground cursing my first thought was "Oh fuck I can't ride tomorrow," haha. Only, I did ride. I rode on it all bruised and swollen and stuff all that week, because I am a badass. No actually, while it was pretty bad, it was okay to walk on and stuff, so I figured it was okay to ride.

I have been watching Scandal with my mom while she's in town. I never would have watched this if she hadn't wanted to. I am of two minds about this show. I like it sometimes. I mostly like Olivia Pope, I like her team, but then I find it immensely frustrating and ridiculously predictable. I'm too lazy to do another cut tag, so maybe I'll talk about it in anther post sometime.

*waves*

Nov. 2nd, 2013 08:47 pm
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Hello good peoples! I am here, and doing well. Been meaning to post and thank everyone for the comments on my previous post. I read each one of them and they meant a lot, so thank you.

quick update on the fam )

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I was very sorry to read about [profile] suzecarol. I got to know her a little bit in the Highlander fandom. She had a larger-than-life personality, a tad intimidating, always funny, and she was very kind and encouraging to me personally, and I remember her fondly and with much love.

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From just before my father's death, till now, I have been watching episodes of Clean House on netflix. For some reason, only a few seasons are available for streaming, but I suppose that's all right. I don't know what I'm going to do without it!! I've never been one for these sorts of reality televisions make-over shows, and I couldn't tell you a) how Clean House ended up on my netlfix queue, or b) what made me click on it and start watching. But let me tell you it was a God send during the more stressful weeks! And also, I feel like a paragon of housecleaning in comparison. haha. Anyway, I had fun tv crushes on almost everyone of the Clean House team. :D

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Clean House sort of took over there for a bit, and it was literally the only thing I could watch (well, that and Star Trek Voyager.) but I have recommenced my Xena: Warrior Princess watching and have finally arrived at season 6, most of the gods have been killed and I'm wondering how it's all going to end. I admit it was a bit of a push to get through those earlier seasons but I have liked most of seasons 4 and 5. Although, I was GREATLY DISAPPOINTED that netflix doesn't have "Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire" for streaming. It skips right over it. WTF? Darned music rights. I was so looking forward to Jace! And I am a bit bummed about Joxer. :(

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There is a new Star Trek tv show filming. Star Trek: Renegades. I am both excited and terrified. /o\ Mostly terrified, I'm not gonna lie.

Incidentally, the actress who played Eve in Xena is a captain in Renegades, so that's cool. And Tuvok's in it, which is also cool.

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Everything else is pretty groovy over here. Still horseback riding. Editing and horseback riding, that's my life. Did my second jump show last weekend and did not disgrace myself, so yay. Video was taken but I haven't gotten it yet. Hopefully once I do get it I'll figure out how to share it.

I rode one of my favorite ponies today. His name is Sharky, but affectionately called Pigpen because he is a slob. He is an almost all white Pony of the Americas, who was probably cut late because he is studish and likes to mount other horses. He does not discriminate but mounts mares and geldings, big and small. Considering he's just barely 14 hands, seeing him go for the ass of an 18 hand gelding is both hilarious and ridiculous. He is also hung like an 18 hand horse. I mean, it's like a third leg back there. When he drops, it's kind of obscene, and HUGE. We had him tested to make sure he wasn't still a stallion, you know the kind that didn't drop their testicles, but no, he's fully cut, so we give him girly hormones to reduce the studishness and basically turn him into a mare, but it doesn't seem to make that much of a difference. So he's full of himself, cute, a good jumper, excellent western horse, a total brat, likes to stick out his tongue, is randy, and a slob. <3 <3
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Hello beautiful people!

I am alive! Yes, it is true. And doing fairly well. My long silence is not because I have nothing to say, but rather because I have too much to say and no head space and peace in which to say it.

But, I would like to tell you all that I have a tumblr, finally. As per my usual habit, I only join up with these things after everyone else already has so I can be fashionably late to the party. I have the same user name there as here -- hafital.

I like tumblr. Pictures are pretty. I still don't completely understand how it works, though. Right now my dashboard consists of mainly Star Trek pics (heavy on Voyager) and horses, so you can see where my interests lie. If you follow me, that's what you will mostly be seeing. As well as some ballet/dance stuff, Dance Academy pics (the best 1/2 hour Australian teen dance drama in all the world!), and maybe a stray Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann or two. I try not to annoyingly reblog too much but I don't really know what I'm doing with tumblr, so bear with me.

I've also recently become weirdly obsessed with this ABC Family show (now canceled and off the air) called Make It Or Break It, a teen drama about gymnastics. It's ridiculous. I can't honestly recommend it, but I'm enjoying the heck out of it at the same time. It doesn't hurt that the head coach is tres cute. And I think there's even a slash pairing with him and the rival coach from Denver. LOL.

With dance and gymnastics covered (Dance Academy and Make it or Break it, respectively), now I just need a teen drama set in the hunter/jumper world and I would be SET.


In family news Read more... )
hafital: (HL - Quickening)
Good morning, friends. Today, I have to go back to work. :( It's been a lovely break. Although being stuck at my parents for 3 days, while nice being with them, I was seriously bouncing off the walls by the end. I guess I'm not used to quite that level of inactivity, because doing nothing (physical) for 3 days by the third day my entire body hurt. lol.

I resorted to running around the house and up and down stairs.

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I did manage to finally (finally!!!!) upload all of my stories (as far as I know, I don't think I missed any) onto the AO3 archive. So, now, this has replaced my website. It's nice having them all in one place again. For the last few years they've been scattered among several different archives or LJ.

phew! That was hard work. I even backdated them all to when they were posted (or near to for a few that I have no idea haha). I had to go on to trekiverse.us to find some of my original ASCEM posts for the star trek stories! It was a bit like excavating or an archeological dig or something. hee.

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Highlander Holiday Shortcuts reveal is today!! Get your last minute guesses in. :)

There have been some truly remarkable stories this year, not least of which is the story I received this year, a bittersweet story that reminded me strongly of old school D/M. Trefoil. It's D/M, M/A and it's lovely.

I'm so immensely proud of us, as a group. We done good.

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We had a horse colic very badly Monday morning at the barn, and she had to be humanely euthanized. She was bleeding internally and any operation had little chance of working. Apparently she was in too much pain so they put her down. I wasn't there and only got word when I finally crossed the border midday on Monday. Her name was Delilah, although I usually thought of her as Louisiana, which is her state name (we give our horses state names; it makes it easier). She was a gray mare, and she puts me in mind of the horse in this story written for the hlh_shortcuts about Methos and his gray mare :D :D, both terrifying all the world. . She was really great mare, very willing over fences and dependable. You could put kids on her or adults. But, by God don't put her near another horse or she'd eat them up alive. She had to be a no tie horse (meaning you had to tack her up in her stall) because she would *literally* climb over the x-ties to attack another horse 2 cross ties over. Not kidding. And in lessons she had been known to cut across the arena and bite and kick other horses. It got pretty bad for a while there until we all had standing orders to keep her away and she chilled after a while.

She was the last horse I rode before the christmas break, and I was supposed to ride her yesterday.

I loved that horse. I'll miss her.

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OMG there is so much TV to watch! I have yet to finish the most recent Doctor Who series and now there's a christmas special. And also I have yet to start series 2 of Downton Abbey and now there's a christmas special for that, too.

And what am I doing?? I'm rewatching Highlander. LOL. WELL WHAT DO YOU EXPECT AFTER HLH_SHORTCUTS?!?!

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I've only dipped my toe into yuletide. Every year I intend to read the whole archive and every year I don't get very far. Although I did read a lovely Breakfast Club story.

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Crap, I better get dressed and face the day.
hafital: (ST: TOS - goggles)
You know, this no livejournal at work think sucks donkey cock. I really do miss it. :( My iPhone is great and a life saver, no question, but I get major eyestrain reading on it, and it's much worse to write posts or long emails on it.

It's why I'm not posting as much or reading my friend's list as much. :( sniff. Pity me. I miss you guys something awful. I can't read LJ at work and I'm so frequently busy until late in the evenings that reading and posting once I get home is also difficult.

I would like to buy an iPad, and maybe in the new year I will manage that. I would have to get a 3G one, though, as I can't use my workplace's wireless without invoking the wrath (and idiocy) of IT. bastards. I hate them.

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So, I've finished Mad Men through its most recent season and, I don't know, it was great and all, but I hope I'm not supposed to be madly in love with Don Draper, 'cause he's gross. Nearly all the male characters on that show are revolting, imo. I do love Peggy and Joan, though. I have wanted to love Betty, and I feel for her being married to a nightmare like Don Draper, but she's a tough one to get fond over. I love little Sally.

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I don't talk about this much, but I am *still* working my way chronologically through all the Star Trek shows. Started with Enterprise, then TOS, then Next Gen <3 <3, and now Deep Space Nine, which was the only one of the ST series that I never watched in its original run and the only one that I couldn't get into. And, it's still very difficult for me to remain interested in it. I don't know what it is, I know so many of my friends love it and hail it as the best of the ST shows, but I find watching it so tedious for some reason. Not that I don't love many of the characters in it a great deal, but I guess the conflicts in it don't grab me as much. It's weird to love the characters so much but not really care about the show (I am supremely uninterested in the Dominion or Cardassians and what not. I am somewhat interested in the Marquis because of Chakotay and Tom Paris, but there isn't much about them, really). I've come to love Kira, and I hadn't much liked her before. And I'm all about Odo and her and can't wait for them to get together! I think they might be my favorite, then Sisko and Jake, and then the rest. I used to really love Dax, but now actually watching the show more closely, I don't find her nearly as interesting as I thought I would, and I'm not really that big a fan of Dax/Worf. I love Alexander Siddig quite a bit, but, although I am fond of Bashir, I like the actor so much better in all of the other projects I've seen him in. (Assad, I will always love you!!! xoxo)

I'm in the middle of season 5. I got waylaid somewhere mid season 3 and stopped for nearly a year, I think, but then muscled through. It's a little more interesting now.

Thank goodness that most (all?) of the Star Trek shows are on Netflix streaming!!! yay. I've set up the xbox I stole from my mother so that I can stream onto my TV. In a word, It's AWESOME.

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New apartment is lovely, although I lost energy and got distracted and haven't finished decorating and stuff. whoops.

Still horseback riding tons. Oh hey, I have also started a weekly ballet class for adults! I'm... really not very good at it, I've discovered. haha. Who knew? lol. Ballet is hard, you guys. It's like, really hard. I find that I have tons of strength, and I'm not even a little bit sore the next day, but completely fall apart when I have to balance or twirl. It's fun though! My body is all the wrong shape for ballet, but it's all good.

I've signed up for the [profile] dw_femlash ficathon and of course [profile] hl_shortcuts. *big eyes* I guess this means I actually have to write something... For the past few months I've mostly been rewriting some original fic; my fanfic writing skills are rusty.

Although I've been reading tons of fanfic. Mostly Harry Potter fanfic, randomly (don't ask), although I'm not finding anything I like much. :(

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So, where was I...

I think I'll answer two of these, seeing as they're relatively quick answers.

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Um, I don't think I've had a character try to push their way in so much as I've had characters in a story know the direction of a story better than I do. *g* So, in those instances where characters take over the wheel of the car, I go through this process: fight it, get stymied, stop writing, let the story stew for a bit (anywhere from moments, a day, or weeks), go back to it, try the opposite of what I was doing before (meaning, for example, if I was trying to make the characters go forward, I make then walk backward, or sometimes it's make a character whisper instead of shout, or have them be weak instead of strong, or something like that), that usually unlocks the story and I can get going again. Sometimes I can bypass this whole thing by taking a step back, closing my eyes, asking a question, letting the answer bubble up naturally, then writing again.

I don't think that really answered the question, though.... lol.


6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Oh, I like both. I used to think I preferred writing male characters, and I think in fanfiction that still is the case. But in original fic, I write both and enjoy both. There's something wonderful about writing the opposite gender, I can't lie, but I love writing complicated women, too. They touch different places inside of me.


The 30 questions on Fic )
hafital: mysticalchild_isis (HL -- Methos)
So after some deliberation, I think I've figured out how to spend my tax return. :D :D Some of it is earmarked to go into savings to pay me back for a new mattress I bought in December, and some of it is earmarked to pay down a credit card, but the rest is up for grabs -- sort of. There is, in reality, not that much but whatever.

I have some dental work coming up I should probably save more for, and I want to buy some of Cheri Huber's books, not to mention 2 big trips coming up in the summer (well, one big trip to europe, hopefully, and another horseback riding 4 day adventure) but the real debate is whether to get an iPhone, or an iPad, or BOTH. hah.

There is also a ton of horseback riding gear that I want...

Sadly, my refund does not have a magical extension charm. It can't really cover all that, but I think the iPhone is definite, since its supposed to be finally available for verizon and all that. I can't upgrade (if I want my discount) until the end of Feb. so the timing works out unless verizon explodes or something.

I REALLY want an iPad, but it's gonna have to wait.

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In other news, I'm almost to the end of The Wire, season 2, and I'm getting really into it! I really like everyone, even the criminals have a certain charm. I'm eager to see where these characters go, how they change over the course of the life of the show. I'm spoiled for one or two things, but mostly am watching blind. I love that! lol. I love watching a TV show and knowing you're in for "stuff" and having no clue what that will be.

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For reasons that frankly I can't entirely remember, I started listening to the ENTIRE Dune series cycle on audio books. After some debate I decided to include the last two books written by Herbert's son and Kevin Anderson.

It's been... interesting? Dune remains pretty incredible as a stand alone book. I had read it several times as a teenager and again in college but haven't reread it in years, certainly not since I started writing, and I was pretty astonished to realize how influential it has been on so much of my writing.

The rest of the series is on some pretty heavy (spicy?) crack. And just gets more so as you continue. I don't know how to feel about much of it, particularly the role of women in the entire series. He keeps to pretty rigid gender roles but then by the end makes women essentially the rulers of the known (crazycakes) universe. Of course they're basically homicidal sex-crazed maniacs... they're either "whores" or "witches." So, I guess nothing new there! lol. And let's not get into the whole axlotl tanks business...

Also, this might be a petty peeve in light of all there is to discuss about the Dune series, but I find it *so* aggravating when an author is not true to the internal logic of the universe they're creating.

But it's still been an interesting ride, and I look forward to finishing one day before I'm as old as Duke Leto II. hah. (and I was rather amused to realize that Methos is STILL older. :D)
hafital: (ST: TOS - goggles)
Hullo good friends, I am alive, and things are good, mostly even better than good, and some things doing the best that they can.

It was rather an agonizingly impossible feat, but my parents have officially moved and are now ensconced in their new home in Ensenada, Mexico, mostly intact, although as of last night the truck with their stuff hadn't arrived yet. So, hopefully that resolves today....

My week helping my parents pack can be summed up thusly: they don't throw anything away, and if you say, 'hey, you know, this [whatever] has been in the back of a [cupboard/closet] for years and you have [never used it/forgotten it existed/have done without it for YEARS] maybe you can [throw it away/give it away]?' you are met with either shock at the thought or an aggrieved sort of complaint about how it might be needed or it's still good or it'll keep or what have you.

The amount of expired food I threw away... let us not speak of it.

But, what I had to remind myself (constantly) is that of course this was rather a difficult thing for my parents, change always is, and at this stage in their lives, having to uproot and go somewhere unfamiliar, even with all the advantages that might or might not be there, was quite traumatic in its way, and they are not young, and not entirely well.

And now they're just far enough away that I will not really be able to help them much, which in some ways is a relief, and in other ways is a little frightening. I really do hope this is over all a positive change for them.

So, that's done, then.

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In other news, I'm busy as a bee. I placed 3rd in my class (training test 2) in the Dressage schooling show that my riding school had about a week ago, which is cool. And me and two other girls did a very silly Western riding exhibition, and that was fun, even if my pony spooks at loud music... haha.

Also, I may have ridden bareback on my friend's horse with another girl, tandem like (the two of us both on his back). There is a picture somewhere that I hope to get. At least I wore a helmet?

Also, somehow I've been designated as the go to girl/crash test dummy for kid horses that are acting out. How this happen?

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My roommate is leaving me AGAIN. And hopefully (really) for good this time because she's on the verge of getting engaged and I wish her all my love and all the best, etc.

I'm dreaming of affording my apt. by myself, but if that were the case I need more income. So, I need to get on that...

Or I could a) get another roommate, b) move to a one bedroom, which I can more or less afford on my current salary. CHOICES. OPTIONS.

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I finished the audio book for Emma and then went on to Mansfield Park (LOVE. Although Edmund remains a boob. I love Mary Crawford!) And now I have Pride & Prejudice (read by Lindsey Duncan!!! I luff her! I totally have a girl crush on her big time), although I haven't really listened to it yet. There was a problem with the disks playing in my car so I'm ripping them for my iPod. I would rather have saved P&P for last, actually, and may do so anyway. Can't wait to listen to Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

I have to admit that S&S is my least favorite of the JA books, although it's one of my favorite movies. hm.

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I finished the first 3 seasons of Burn Notice. The 4th is not out on DVD yet. So, meanwhile, I've moved on to The Wire, because everyone says it's the best TV show ever, and so naturally I must investigate.

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It's time for [community profile] hlh_shortcuts!!

I truly debated whether to participate (with this and yuletide) or not this year, mostly because I am MIA from practically everything and not at all fannish, and easily distracted with Real Life, such as it is. But the truth of the matter is I love to write, and I have fun every year. So, there you have it.

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In the immortal words of Flight of the Conchords, "Come on sucker, lick my battery!"
hafital: (ST: TOS - goggles)
is that, to most in the social networking line of work, creating interconnected-ness is desirable, because it's all about being seen and stuff, catering to that insatiable vibe. Moar moar moar. Meaning, LJ is just riding the same wave everyone else on on the intarwebs is. Unfortunately, fandom swims upstream.

Personally, I just can't muster up the proper amount of indignation. Sadly, I think I'm too lazy. lol. Or maybe I'm too zen. All things, good and bad, eventually pass. It's all a matter of degree. (And, you know, it's like getting mad a snake for being a snake). I x-post from DW, and that's about all I can do.

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Burn Notice is a lot of fun, and I truly enjoy watching it. I've motored through season 1 and 2, just started season 3. As enjoyable as it is, however, I find that all the episodes rather blend together. The overall arc of Michael getting to the bottom of his burn notice is clear and I can follow that very well, but all the rest of it? The clients and the jobs and all that? Are entertaining but interchangeable. Not that this is a bad thing. It's the same with Leverage. Makes the show a candy snack, which is good. Especially when you actually have good actors and decent writing.

Also, they make Miami look so shiny.

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I checked out an audio book for Emma from the library and fell in love with it all over again. haha. It's so *delightful*. I own the Gweneth Paltrow film, but then had to netflix the Kate Beckingsale version, which has it's own charms, not least of which is Mark Strong as Mr. Knightley. (OMG LOVE). I have the most recent version waiting for me -- Romala Garai as Emma and Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley (JLM also played Edmund Bertrum in the theatrical Mansfield Park. I find JLM a bit too... pretty and delicate looking for my leading men, but we'll see).

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I saw Inception )

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I recently finished listening to the audiobooks version of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, which I highly recommend.

It's also about to be released as a film (sometime in Sept.) staring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield.

Read more... )

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Incidentally, I just realized that Carey Mulligan played Kitty Bennet in the recent 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice. I mean, I knew Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow on DW for years now, and of course I know she's been very fortunate in her career of late, but I TOTALLY had no clue ALL THIS TIME that she was also Kitty Bennet. You guys, you don't understand how many times I have watched that film! LOTS. And I never put two and two together.

She was a tad plumper back then. Which is saying something because she's rail thin now.

This makes 2 Bennet sisters who have appeared on DW. The other is Miss Evangilista who was Mary Bennet. And interestingly enough, both were Moffat episodes.... hm. Of course, I seriously doubt Jenna Malone will appear on DW, and it'd be pretty surprising of Keira Knightley ever did.

dang it.

Aug. 12th, 2010 11:14 am
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Unexpected thing 1: Getting my period twice in a row in one month with a week off in between. wtf? I am so bad at registering when my body is stressed. lol. All right, body, I get the message. Taking a mini break from running around like a loon.

Unexpected thing 2: wireless router just died! argh. There is a neighbor with an unlocked network, thank goodness, but I hate stealing bandwidth. And also, it sucks paying for an internet you can't use. Buying a new router will have to wait a bit, though. double argh.

Somewhat expected thing 1: So, remember the finger I smashed in the car door a while back? For a while there it looked like I would lose the fingernail. And then it looked like it would be fine, just a nasty color until it grew out. But today, it's cracking and not feeling very steady. ew! I was hoping to avoid this. lol. At least I have a pretty manicure at the moment, so despite that, my nails look fab (manicures never last very long for me, though, as I a. grow nails very quickly, and b. end up chipping enamal either typing or at the barn.) Hang on, little nail! Just hang on!

Totally expected thing 1: Watching Burn Notice is fun! I'm totally charmed. I was already smitten with the actor playing Michael Weston, so really this was an easy sell. And I've had a girl crush on Gabrielle Anwar since Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. But it's got that lovely light-hearted-with-pockets-of-seriousness type vibe like Leverage which can be often a much needed break from regular high drama type TV shows.
hafital: (HL - most religious)
Day 29 - Saddest character death

Copying [personal profile] killabeez, since I don't particularly have a current television obsession at the moment, I'll answer this question first.

Let's cut away, just in case )
hafital: (ST: TOS - goggles)
Day 28 - First TV show obsession

If we're talking obsession coupled with fannish type activity (i.e. reading fanfic, recording/rewatching episodes, attending conventions) then my first TV show obsession is The X-Files. It was a first in all those things. *g* and occupied the forefront of my (tv related) thoughts for a good number of years. It had me so firmly by the throat for so long, I almost got in a huge fight with my best friend when she messed up a recording of one of the season premieres. I went to my first show specific convention for it, and the first fanfic I ever read was Mulder/Skully. AND the first slash I ever read was Mulder/Skinner. Gateway show. haha. And then, rather abruptly, the obsession just sort of ended. I still haven't fully watched the last season of The X-Files.

Prior to The X-Files in my life, I was a fan of many a TV show, but never do much with it other than watch it every chance I got. There are two that come to mind, MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
hafital: (HL - Thinking Methos)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

I have two answers for this. One silly, one for reals. The silly answer )

The real answer )
hafital: (A2A - Alex in Wonderland)
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)


Gosh, so many! The main one that comes to mind is The Wire, which I've been wanting to watch for ages now, but I guess just haven't had the time yet or something else took precedence, for one reason or another.

I have a hankering to rewatch all of MacGyver and The A-Team, and each time I see anything about the new Hawaii Five-O, I kind of want to check out the original series, which I wasn't allowed to watch as a child. I'm still limping through Classic Who at less than a snail's pace. I also stalled out on my watch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (I know it's supposed to be the more critically acclaimed of the ST spin offs, but I can never seem to get into it...)

I just started Burn Notice, which is a lot of fun. [profile] unovis_lj gave me Sons of Anarchy, so that's on the list.

One day I'll check out Justified and Treme.
hafital: (PR -- Tim Gunn)
Best quote, continued:

Family Guy is not a show for everyone, but it never fails to make me laugh. Nothing is a sacred topic on Family Guy, everything is ridiculed or parodied. Often they cross the line, and it's all very cringey, but then brilliant at the same time. I'm picking more or less neutral quotes that work (sort of) out of context.

Lois: Oh, what about this, Meg? A pink baby-tee that says "Little Slut." That seems pretty hip.
Meg: I don't know if that's really me, Mom.
Lois: Well, they've got one that says "Porn Star" and another that says "Sperm Dumpster." And they're all written in glitter.
Meg: All right, all right. Give me "Sperm Dumpster."
Lois: That's the spirit!

more Family Guy quotes )

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