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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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For my b-day this year I took 2 days off work (friday and monday), took myself to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, mom and I are having brunch in a little bit and then going to go see the Circle (her choice) because it is also moms day, had a lovely pre-birthday trail ride on the best damn horse ever yesterday who is being retired to Kentucky this Wednesday and I'm trying not to cry about it, had a less successful b-day ride this morning on the bitchiest mare ever I thought I was gonna die no lie, spending the whole day monday with bestie S, and then barn girl dinner this coming Wednesday, which will be slightly bittersweet as the ponies retiring to KY are leaving that day.

pant pant pant

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My very important thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy right here! )
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I had been composing a post, in my head, that I had entitled "complain complain complain" but it was full of me complaining and I got bored with it, and it never got out of the internal dialogue stage of post-making.

So, there's this post instead. Full of nonsense.


1. We are now four days out from CA: Civil War and I remain about 98% spoiler free! \o/ Basically I don't watch TV and only squint at tumblr. None of my real life friends cares one iota about the MCU. Although there was that one time I was at dinner with a bunch of friends and someone brought up the CW trailer and I was like GOTTA GO TO THE BATHROOM BYE.

2. 'Course I probably just jinxed myself.


3. Today at the car dealership, on some morning talk show, a couple of the MCU actors were there promoting the movie and I was like "oh no you don't" and had my headphones on in a jiffy. But I was momentarily struck by how weird it was to watch these particular actors being interviewed. And then I realized that I had gotten so used to seeing them only in gif format on tumblr, where that was more normal than regular video. OY.

4. One of the things I wanted to complain about was the dearth of Sam/Steve fiction out there. Why isn't there more? WHY? Feel free to rec me some Steve/Sam, although I feel like I've been pretty thorough in my searches. Preferably not also as part of Steve/Bucky or another pairing because of reasons. Not that I don't love them all, because I DO, I really do.

4.a. I admit I have picky tastes.


5. Also if anyone has any good recommendations for Steve/Thor? I tried checking out the pairing tag on AO3 but got dispirited at what seemed to be only cracky/gimicky type stories all wildly ooc, but maybe I missed something.

5.a Also, also, I've come to accept that I will always be out of step with fandom at large -- I only play in a fandom sandbox if I love canon and it seems to me that most everyone else plays in a fandom sandbox *despite* canon.

6. I rewatched all of Star Wars, from the prequels to Clone War to the original trilogy to TFA. And this is what I learned: a) Obi-Wan Kenobi is my favorite character, b) the Emperor has got some serious long con game skills yo. Like, the man has patience. c) having the force is more trouble than it's worth, d) Clone Wars is by far the better, more comprehensive part of the stories pre-original trilogy, e) JJ Abrams should not be trusted with science. not even with fantasy science. I know there's hand wavy explanation for why everyone in every system can see the starkiller destroy that one system but it's dumb. At least the trilogy kept to it's own logic, but TFA is kind of all over the place. f) but even with that, which honestly pulls me out of the story every time, TFA is a lot of fun if only for Rey and Finn. And sometimes Poe.

7. I've started writing a new book and... you guys, writing is hard.

8. I am deeply amused by the billboard around town for Neighbors 2 (and jeez, was there a Neighbors 1???) because it's like EXACTLY the same as the billboards all around town for CA Civil War. EXACTLY THE SAME. Honestly I'd almost prefer the plot of Neighbors 2.... haha. Okay not really. But kind of yeah.

Wow that was kind of complainy after all. :/
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Done and DONE. \o/

To Fly Toward A Secret Sky (14747 words) by hafital
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Helen Cho, Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Maria Hill, Vision (Marvel), Wanda Maximoff
Additional Tags: First Time, Canon compliant through Age of Ultron, No Spoilers, Light Torture, Canon-Typical Violence, Sam Wilson to the Rescue, Everybody gets along, Don't take my stuff, Sam Needs A Hug, angsty romance
Summary:

Steve brings Sam with him to visit Tony in the Tower, but not everything is what it seems.

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YAY! I can cross this silly thing off my list.

Twelve Times Damned, Twelve Times Hopeful (35444 words) by hafital
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Clint Barton, Laura Barton, Steve Rogers, Cooper Barton, Lila Barton, Nathaniel Pietro Barton, Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Sam Wilson, The Vision, Wanda Maximoff, James Rhodes, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Polyamory, Canon compliant through Age of Ultron, Canon-Typical Violence, Found Family, No Bartons were harmed in the writing of this story, bucky barnes to the rescue, No Spoilers, Angst with a Happy Ending
Summary:

They were on the street when the voice came through comms. It went to all of them. They could all hear.

“Steve,” said the voice.

Clint stopped, turning to Rogers and Wilson at the sound of the unfamiliar voice. Rogers raised his hand up to his helmet and looked at the surrounding buildings, turning in a circle. “Bucky?” he asked. “Is that--Where are you?”

“Steve,” said the voice again, and Clint now knew it belonged to James Barnes. “It’s an ambush, Steve. Get the hell out of there.”

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hullo, hullo. I know it's been weeks. But I've been mired in fic writing so, yay?

~ I got to hang out with [personal profile] killabeez both this weekend and last weekend, and I got to see and hug a bunch of folks very quickly at Escapade for an all too brief but beautifully fannish lunch. Couldn't do my usual Saturday membership this year. :( But it's all good.

~ With CA: CW coming hard upon us (*snicker*), I figured if I was gonna write these couple of MCU stories, I better do so now. I'm not especially nervous about it, but I'd rather get these stories out now rather than wait and possibly have my fannish interest go awry. Also, I should be starting my next novel, so I gotta push these puppies out the door.

~ I recently inhaled all of The Blacklist that was available on Netflix, which, I liked for the most part. It's entertaining, if somewhat ridiculous, but what isn't these days anyway? lol. BUT, rewatching Age of Ultron after spending that many hours watching James Spader on The Blacklist, now I can't see Ultron without hearing Red Reddington and it is HILARIOUS.

~ I'm days away from finishing my current MCU story. What type of MCU story am I currently writing, you may ask? UGH is my answer. I had this genish story idea focusing on Bucky and Clint Barton that I couldn't get rid of, and because I apparently lack the gen-writing gene it is now Bucky/Barton/Laura, with a primary focus on Bucky, I guess. I don't know. It's still very Steve&Bucky though, if anyone cares. It's good? I like it? I'm sort of falling in love with the dynamic in this. These are neither of my one true characters or anything, I'm so much more a Steve and Sam girl, but WHAT CAN YOU DO?? I feel like the premise might turn off some people, but whatever. It's got the full Barton family effect going here! Surely someone will want to read this thing? Anyone? Bueller?

~ Work is aggravating, but barn life is popping. Yet exhausting. It's been pretty much non-stop activity in my social life since December. I'm tired. I need a nap.

~ my new apartment is great, but predictably I got overwhelmed in decorating and so it's not done yet. My tighter budget is no bueno. I'll pick it back up!

~ OH. Highlander friends!!! I keep forgetting to mention that I'm going on a six day Scottish Highlands trip on horseback. ON HORSEBACK.** Through the Scottish Highlands. Basically from one side to the other. The itinerary takes us to the castle from the first movie! I did not know this when I chose this particular package trip, but it is certainly a bonus! I'll post the itinerary when I get a chance. This is the company hosting the trip. And we are going on the Wild West Highlands one, route 2, which is apparently more rugged. :D I wanted the Wiskey and Castles trip, but the dates didn't work out, but bonus highlander castle is awesome so yay! And we ride along Loch Ness, so that'll be cool.

** Or as my Thor-like Iranian Pilates coach would say, "On back horse? You went backhorse riding?"

~ whoops I'm late for work.
hafital: (MCU - Sam)
We're having like some kind of freak summer storm weather here at the moment, so, on the one hand it's awesome that we're getting at least a little bit of rain. The rain is great. MORE RAIN. GIVE ME ALL THE RAIN.

But, then, on the other hand, IT'S MISERABLE MAKE IT STOP. We are suddenly in a swampy tropics here in SoCal.

It's not so bad when it's actually raining. Then, it's kind of awesome. But it only rains enough for the humidity to rise. And then it's like death.

We are delicate flowers here in southern california. We don't do well with weather.

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I went to see Ant Man. I rather liked it! Although the main thing I took away from it was a desire for an Ant Man/A Bug's Life/The Tick cross over, tbh.

No real spoilers... okay wee baby spoilers. )

The self-indulgent mcu cap-centric fic writing continues. I soldier on, shield raised, peering with dismay at my growing word count.

ETA: hey everyone check out this article of a calendar using hot pics of veteran amputees. They're amazing.
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Here is a list:

~ I have become addicted to Whole Foods's Mighty Omega 3 Trail Mix. It has almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and dark bittersweet chocolate. Considering I also use almond butter instead of peanut butter because I avoid legumes, I have serious concerns that I may be eating too many almonds.

~ I started doing this ab work out to Uptown Funk once a day, give or take. Yes those are teeny little gymnasts. Do not compare yourself. I modify just about all of the exercises. I also sometimes choose this other gymnasts ab work out to Who Run The World. It's about 4 or 5 minutes, nice little workout.

~ Being the only responsible adult in my family is hard. My mother was in town last week -- during that week she managed to bust up her iPad, get a second traffic ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign at the same stop sign she'd already gotten a ticket at and by the same police officer, got another ticket for having expired tags which wasn't actually her fault (we had sent in all the paper work and all but the smog check was never transmitted and then I didn't realize we never got the new reg and sticker.) Then she got a parking ticket. It's like parenting a teenager.

~ I went to see Ex Machina. Read more... )

~ I also went to see Tomorrowland, which is only worth it for the totally retro Disneyland art direction, and all the Disneyland references. I know Disney keeps trying to recreate the success of the Pirates of the Carribbean films. Too bad they keep failing! It's not a horrible film, though, and the character of Athena is awesome and my favorite part.

~ And before all that I went to see Avengers Age of Ultron for a second viewing. I had this long post partially written about whatever it was I was thinking after seeing it a second time (which was basically: I liked it a lot more the second time but everything I didn't like before I still didn't like and everything I liked before I f'ing loved... or something) but then I was falling asleep while writing it so it sat there unfinished in my browser for over week. Anyway, here are my big brain thoughts: Read more... )

~ I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility that I may or may not be writing self-indulgent Cap-centric MCU fic.

~ Have I mentioned how much I loathe being in a live fandom? This is like my worst nightmare, I'm not kidding. I finally caved and used the blackout list or whatever for Tumblr to avoid Civil War spoilers. Speculation is not my friend. Go away, all of you.

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