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Wooow, so I haven't done one of these in a really long time. I've been pretty fandom active, too, I just haven't been on LJ. Anyway. I recently started Teen Wolf, and ARRRGH, I really like it, it's a huge, huge guilty pleasure and a lot of fun, and the whole cast is just adorable, waaah. I'm two episodes behind on SPN, and as soon as I finish Teen Wolf, I'm starting American Horror Story, and can someone tell me if it's seriously something I shouldn't be watching before bed?? I hear it's "gross," but no one will tell me what they mean by gross, IDK, because they're worried about ~spoilers? I don't care so much about that, though, so... if you watch it, give me your opinion.

Less than two months before the first con of the year for me, and then two months after that is the second, and if (big if) I have money, there MAY be something going on re: Tumblr-based fandom this summer, we'll see. Anyway, that's fandom in a nutshell??

For fellow fandom peoples, here's something I ripped shamelessly from Tumblr, you can do it, steal it, ignore it, whatever -- give me some letters, I'll answer. If you post it, I'll try to reciprocate.


A - Your current OTP
B - A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind
C - A pairing you have never liked and probably never will
D - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t
E - Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what
F - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom
G - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it
H - Do you prefer characters from real action series or anime series
I - Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why
J - Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr
K - How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom
L - Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for
M - Your favorite fanart or fanartist
N - Your favorite fanfiction or fanauthor
O - Choose a song at random, which OTP does it remind you of
P - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)
Q - A ship you’ve abandoned and why
R - A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships
S - Show us an example of your personal headcanon
T - If you mostly have homoships, do you have any heteroships
U - If you mostly have heteroships, do you have any homoships
V - Are you one of those fans who can’t watch anything without shipping
W - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms
X - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms
Y - A fandom you’re in but have no ships from
Z - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go

We just wrapped up finals at work, I have an easy-peasy day Monday that I'm going to mostly use to get some writing done, and I'm at my mom's house playing Quelf and it's so silly and fun and WOOO, weekend.

Hope things are awesome for you all xx
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A total TL;DR about Wincest )

TL;DR: I ship incestuous pairings; no secret. But how I ship -- these, and any pairings -- differs and depends on any number of factors. Those of you involved in fandom (those of you who ship), are there certain scenarios, details, circumstances, tropes, etc. that either make or break a fic for you? Are all your pairings all about the porn, or do certain pairings have certain “rules” for what you will and will not allow in fic?

* “...no cloying pet names”: I have to admit, despite saying this, I have a deep, deep soft spot for any time Dean calls Sam “Sammy,” or (especially) “baby boy.” I can’t abide any other pet names, though. Sorry.
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Thorki, bitches. Because I like it.

Having to spend several hours in North Station waiting for a train last weekend gave me plenty of time to listen to a podfic I had downloaded from AO3. This is a link to the text version, which in turn has a link to the podfic version. FWIW, if you're into podfic, I would definitely rec this one; she has the characters inflections and speech patterns down (I especially love her Darcy!)

Shatter, by Aria (podfic by Cyranothe2nd) @ AO3. "Loki," Odin says, heavy with disappointment and regret for all he has to raise his voice, "Odinson. I cast you out." An AU retelling of the film from Loki's point of view, wherein Loki is the one banished to Midgard instead of Thor. Obvious incest/pseudo-incest warning, given the pairing. Fairly graphic, but beautifully written sex scenes. Gorgeously written overall (I was hooked from the first, simple line: Something in Loki is flawed beyond fixing. This is a truth.)

Other shit has gone down, but that will have to wait until tomorrow when I'm not half asleep and after I have at least one good cup of coffee under my belt. Peace, peeps.
afterallthistime: (what's my perversion?)
Avengers edition. Um, Thorki edition, more specifically. This is what I've recently read and loved, and what I am currently reading.

The Hope Only of Empty Men, by Clarice Chiara Sorcha @ AO3. Described as "cracky angst," and with good reason, it is nont-the-less beautifully, painfully written. Medical experimentation, trigger warnings (miscarriage), mpreg, some dub-con. So good, though. Author summary: In order to do the right thing, sometimes you must take the wrong and twist it around to make it seem like it never was anything of the sort. But in the end, the road to Hell always has been paved with the best of intentions. Thor/Loki.

Revelations, by astolat @ AO3. Just started reading this, but already, it's so in character, and well done, with an intriguing premise. Thor/Loki, Tony/Pepper. Told from alternating POVs among the Avengers. Also, a WIP. Author summary: When Thor fell, everything trembled.

The Fools We Are as Men, by Clarice Chiara Sorcha @ AO3. Also just started this. Thor/Loki. Pseudo-incest (obviously), non/dub-con, violence. If her other story is any indication, this one should be well-written and fucking heartbreaking. From a prompt at [livejournal.com profile] norsekink, Thor, Loki, the Warriors Three and Sif are captured, Loki uses his body as a bargaining chip to obtain more food, blankets, etc. for everyone, and says nothing of it.

On My Knees (Fighting You to My Dying Breath), by OneWhoSitswithTurtles @ AO3. Almost 30k words, posted as one chapter (GAH), I'm about halfway through it. Aside from pseudo-incest, no real warnings to speak of. Author summary: Thor and Loki return to Asgard, where Thor binds his life to Loki’s to save his brother from imprisonment or worse. Loki fights him with every breath until Loki realizes that Thor might mean more to him than he ever expected.

Reply to comments and such tomorrow; I'm either going out with Raeann, or my brother tomorrow night (don't know yet), and Saturday hopefully will be nice weather and maybe I'll see some people or at least get to the gym, goddamn it.

But for now -- Facebook, Tumblr, smutty pseduo-incestuous Norse porn, rum 'n Coke, and bed.

THANK GOD TOMORROW IS FRIDAY.

(Six days left).
afterallthistime: (what's my perversion?)
Sherlock fanvids, I has them.

The first video, "Waited Long Enough," is a post-Reichenbach, post-hiatus AU; Sherlock returns to John, but first he must prepare him. It is brilliantly edited, and wonderfully composed. It's seriously stunning.

The second video is a standard "yank out your heart and stomp on it" Johnlock video, but I... I don't know, something about the song it's set to ("When She Loved Me," from Toy Story 2 - SHUT UP IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SONG) makes it extra sob-worthy.

The third one is a video that EVERYBODY in the fandom should see - it's a tribute to the #believeinsherlock movement, it is glorious and beautiful and encapsulates everything that I adore about fandom, this fandom in particular.

Sherlock fanvids )
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Before I launch into the nostalgia-fest:

Oh my God, you guys. Oh my God. Guess what we're getting? Click! )

So I spent a big chunk of the night at my parent's house hanging out; we watched Ellen and Family Guy and I spent way too long on Wikipedia. I got distracted looking at entries for old shows on Nickelodeon. I read up on UPick with Stick Stickley, TeenNICK, SNICK - oh God, apparently the SNICK line-up I remember most vividly was apparently the very first one, and one that only existed for the first two years of the block's run, but it totally defined my Saturday nights for me between the ages of ten and twelve - Clarissa Explains it All, Roundhouse, Ren & Stimpy, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Ren & Stimpy is one of those shows that I've since seen, and while a lot of it sort of makes me go, "Seriously, was I fucking on crack?," there are bits that still make me laugh, or episodes I can still quote verbatim (i.e., the ENTIRE "Space Madness" episode - "They think I'm crazy, but I know better. It is not I who am crazy, it is I who am mad!... Oh my beloved ice cream bar! How I love to lick your creamy center!!") More so than that, though, I recall it most clearly as the background noise for basically every night I spent with my sister, brother, and our cousins Jeff and Nikki, who came to the house almost every Saturday night, and whose visits were often the highlight of the week. We've since grown apart from both of them (for various reasons, though we still occassionally communicate with Nikki), but for years, that was our routine - they'd come over and either my dad would make pizza or we'd order out, and then we'd watch SNICK (Nikki at the time was between six and eight and would always book it to play something else with Joce and Rob when Are You Afraid of the Dark? came on, because it scared her, so for that show it was usually just Jeff and I) and stay up to ungoldy hours (or so it seemed... looking back it was probably like, 1 am or something) goofing off and playing games -- for some reason, vague recollections of Mall Madness and Dream Phone feature heavily in my memories (Dream Phone - the guy my sister and I thought was the cutest was named Steve - 555-9999. Oh my God, the fact that I remember that kind of makes me hate myself).

Of course, everyone remembers Clarissa (who grew up as a young girl in the early 90s), but I almost never hear people talk about Roundhouse, which was a musical/sketch show the Nick had... it was a lot more cohesive and less goofy (cheesy, but not as "goofy") as All That would be, and it was a lot less cynical and less about gross-out humor than You Can't Do That on Television was. I loved that show. In my travels, I found a website dedicated to it - like, a bizarrely comprehensive website, actually, called Easychair Expressway. I'm looking back at the song section - sadly, no media, but all the lyrics, and oh my Godddddd, so cheesy. But it was deliciously cheesy.

Apparently a bunch of these shows have been showcased at various time on something called The 90s Were All That, which I guess airs/aired on Nick at like, midnight or one am?? I of course don't get Nick (hell, I don't get any television), so I haven't been able to verify this, but uuuugh, I want to see these shows again. I'm kind of a nostalgia whore.

There were so many other shows that they listed that I completely forgot about until I saw them on the schedule - The Secret World of Alex Mac, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (which I remember my sister liking, like, a lot?), The Adventures of Pete and Pete.

Someone needs to get this stuff on DVD, um, now.
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Possibly (probably?) not of interest if you haven't seen the Second Season of Sherlock, DEFINITELY not of interest if you aren't a hardcore Sherlockian, so feel free to skip, no hard feelings.

Inspired in part by The Reichenbach Fall, as well as a precedent set by Holmes fans after the publication of Doyle's "The Final Problem," Sherlock fans are taking to the streets.

Meet-ups are being organized world-wide - a listing/central hub for them can be found on Tumblr here - and we are spreading the word - "Believe in Sherlock Holmes."

Locally (i.e., the Meet-up I am attending) can be tracked using the Tumblr tag "#believeinsherlock boston."  The tags #believeinsherlock, #moriartywasreal, #supportjohnwatson, and #thedevilwearswestwood are also being used; there may be others, but these are the ones being used most frequently on Tumblr and Omegle, at least in my experience (#believeinsherlockholmes or #ibelieveinsherlockholmes and similar permutations may also be being used).

***I want to note that despite some postings on Tumblr (a fraction of the fandom, at best) we do NOT condone graffiti or any kind of permanent tagging/defacing of public property.  We want to show our support for the fandom and have fun, but we also want to do it in a respectful and legal way.  Posters, fliers, chalk messages, and post-it notes are fine.  Carving, spray painting, or otherwise causing lasting damage to buildings or landmarks are not.

Check out the above link for more info on existing Meet-ups, or if you are interested in leading/organizing/initiating a Meet-up yourself.

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Not gonna lie, I haven't been reading a lot of fanfic lately, because the primary fandom I read in is Sherlock, and right now, everything is Reichenbach and everything hurts. Oddly enough, while on Tumblr, I can resist the pull of fanfic links, but I still hit play on the fanvids. One in particular has stood out lately.
I've also uploaded two little pieces of Sherlock doggerel of my own to AO3: The Sherlock Alphabet (Season 1), which I wrote back in June and went up originally on Tumblr, and I Am Not There, I Have Not Gone, which is based on "Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep." Sherlock fans, are you ready for Sunday?
afterallthistime: (what's my perversion?)
So, this has been... um, a week. Yes. Not an outstanding week, not in any really positive - or negative - ways, so I suppose that's something to be grateful for. No soaring highs, but no depressing lows, either. Work has been steady and consistent, things not progressing hugely (though overall, good progress has been made), but going generally well, personal life fairly satisfactory, though my house is a ROYAL mess (which I hope to rectify in the morning), and I'm pleasantly tipsy (after a rather large pomegranate margarita and a beer) from a holiday dinner with my mom, dad, Raeanne, and her fiance at one of our favorite restaurants/lounges. Tomorrow is Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and, oh my God, every source I've heard from are shouting about the epic homo-erotic bromance from hill and dale.

To paraphrase something I read on Tumblr, "Game of Shadows is as homoerotic as gay porn wishes it was."

To that end, I give you RDJ and Jude Law on Graham Norton (AND EDDIE IZZARD WAS ON TOO, WTF, WHY DID I MISS THIS):



So looking forward to this, I need more homoeroticism in my life (fuck, who doesn't?) and if it can come in the form of RDJ and Jude Law in a steampunk-inspired Sherlock Holmes pastiche, then I'LL TAKE IT.

I've been having some serious thinky-thoughts lately about things, primarily about what I might want to do post 'this' job, and I'd like to devote an actual, thoughtful post to that, so blogging that while tipsy is not ideal. Perhaps tomorrow.

Has anyone else seen the new Sherlock Holmes? Thoughts??
afterallthistime: (what's my perversion?)
Late and brief.

Every Sherlock fan has read "Alone on the Water," yes? It's a classic. If you haven't read it, read it here. Have tissues ready. No, this is not a joke.

Then, you have to watch this video. But you have to have read the fic first.



I totally thought I was over that fic, and then this cruel, brilliant person made this gorgeous, heartbreaking video and... the floodgates opened.

This was admittedly a short entry, but I haven't been consuming a lot in the way of fanfic or anything lately... mostly I've just been reveling in the fact that WE HAVE AN AIR DATE FOR SEASON TWO OF SHERLOCK, AND IT'S NEW YEARS DAY, Y'ALL. Of course, that's for the UK, but I have faith in the goodness of Tumblr that there will be either a livestream or a download link available within the hour.

Also, as if I didn't need more reason to salivate over season two, EVERY SINGLE TIDBIT of info I've seen has been just more and more epic. I'm in love, people.
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After posting the other day, I did in fact go online and seek out my "whaaaat-the-fuck-am-I-doing?" pairing. There's lamentably little, guys. So, so little. Here's what I've found and read; summaries by the respective authors.

World's Worst Myth-Match, by Growly. Aahz/Skeeve, G. After much goading, Aahz comes up with a plan to help Skeeve get out of marrying Queen Hemlock.

Myth-enchanted, by Growly. Aahz/Skeeve, PG-13. Done to Peja's first-line challenge...."I wasn't thinking about sex ...."

Mything You, by Growly. Aahz/Skeeve, PG. Skeeve thinks about Aahz after his partner leaves in a huff.

Myth-Use, by L Bradford. Aahz/Skeeve, G/PGish. In which our hero encounters an alien world, a stable, gin, and more angst than you can shake a stick at, though not entirely in that order.

Mythed But Not Forgotten, by L Bradford. Aahz/Skeeve, G. Sequel to Myth-Use, set during Myth-Chief. Skeeve deals with coming back. Relationships get complicated, but weren't they already? The Bazaar on Deva is a scene of staid interest in the proceedings. Yeah, right.

Sexual Myth-Conduct, by Growly. Aahz/Skeeve, NC-17. After many myth-haps, the pair finally gets down to the dirty business of relieving Skeeve of his virginity. Basically a PWP.

Just for the record, the books are a lot of fun if you've never read them, and you totally should.
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Perhaps there will be more later. I am at my parent's house for a visit, waiting for them to come home. I have read this in the interim. It is less of a punch in the gut (like "Alone on the Water") and more of a slow-building ache.

Trimmed and Burning by achycarnations at AO3. Major character death. Short, beautiful.

ETA: Um, yeah, so mentioning some details, like, oh, the FANDOM would be helpful. BBC's Sherlock, Sherlock/John pairing (obviously).
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Here we have a beautiful fan-made trailer for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, made just in time for tomorrow's series finale, the last DW episode we'll see for about a year (dear God, it's like Sherlock all over again...) It contains mostly footage and dialogue fromt he reboot, but with a fair share of classic Who clips and sound bytes as well, and it's very well done. Also, as sort of a sidenote, the Wholock stuff going around on Tumblr is crazy. I'm kind of watching from the periphary, but I have to say, some of it is epic, and it is a crossover I would kill to see.

Raison d'Q and C'est la Q, by Mercutio. Pre-slash, Picard/Q. I'm enjoying finding some nice, subtle, IC fic for this pairing. This is mostly introspection and discussion, some really well-written dialogue and good voices. G to PG rating on these two, probably.

TQ, by Mercutio. Picard/Q, NC-17. Ridiculously hot one-shot; d/s, some light bondage, orgasm denial. Hit on quite a few of my own personal fiction kinks, so I guess YMMV, but hey, that's fanfic for you in general.

I read the above stories all in one night, late, before bed, while home alone. I really haven't read much fanfic this week, I've actually been doing some reading in real books, plus class, meetings, and passing out after work everyday (plus some pretty massive headaches, which make staring at tiny print on a screen a hassle and a half...)

Oh, on a Sherlock note, with a hint of the Doctor thrown in, MARIELIKES TO DRAW @ SOCIETY 6, HOLY CRAP. This girls is amazing, and I might actually, seriously be considering saving up some money to actually buy some of these prints (not any time too soon, sadly, since there's STUFF GOING ON in the next few months that won't be going on later, but I'm pretty confident (*fingers crossed*) that the art will be around for a while). "And the World Stops Turning" is just beyond lovely, and "Constantly" makes my heart break, just a little. If anyone wants to buy me a Christmas gift this year *points to link.* Yes.

It's a bit late to be doing chores, I admit, but there's some stuff I can get done before bed, and it's that much less than I need to do in the morning. Looking forward to a relaxing weekend, hope you all can say the same. Cheers!
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Kind of random fandom Friday, I guess. No overarching theme this week aside from slash (oh, always; lots and lots of slash). What have I been looking at or reading this week??

Doctor Molly, by porpoise_song at AO3. Perhaps not excitingly named, but I love the concept: what if Molly Hooper was taken for the Doctor's (yes, it's a Doctor Who crossover) new companion? I love Molly, and I love the story thus far (it's six chapter so far, I believe, but I have only just finished Chapter 3). This is NOT SLASH, surprisingly enough. I know, rare for me, even RARER for me in this fandom.

The Syntax of Things, by what_alchemy at AO3. One of my favorite, favorite tropes in Sherlock fandom, Sherlock as transgendered (FtM). This one is very well-done, different, with a lovely and complex relationship written between Sherlock and Mycroft. This one is Sherlock/John.

Once More With Feeling, by [livejournal.com profile] red_carrigan. Sherlock/John. Light fare, very cute. After reading so, so many "John meets The Holmeses" fics, it's refreshing to read "Sherlock Meets the Watsons," and even nicer that John has a happy home life in this one (everyone seems to assume his home life was miserable...?)

A Far Distant Star, by [livejournal.com profile] icarus_chained. TNG, Picard/Q. Angsty and schmoopy, and a little too fluffy (I don't do fluff, usually), but still enjoyable. One of the few P/Q I've found that isn't hardcore porn (though it anyone wants hardcore porn, I can provide) and considering this was written when the author, as far as I can surmise, was a teenager, this is pretty damn good (I remember - hell, I read through, since it's still on archive.org - some of my old fic and cringe).

Sanity, by Tiggy Malvern. TNG, Picard/Q. Pre-slash, well-written, setting things up for an NC-17 sequel, but I actually really like it as a stand-alone; as most of you know, I'm not fond of established relationship fic involving non-canonical couples; I prefer the build-up, the prelude, the possibilities. And I ♥ ambiguity.

Also, fandom-related, did anyone see the Doctor Who homage on Community last night? Inspector Spacetime? So awesome. So happy that NBC Thursday programming is back.
afterallthistime: (what's my perversion?)
After so long in fandom, it's really strange to hit upon things that make me embarrassed. I mean, fandom is such a broad spectrum, with so many twists and turns, genres and subgenres, eccentricites and niche interests. Being involved in fandom but self-concious about what you're invested or interested in seems counter-intuitive, particularly when you can't quite identify why you're self-concious (or downright embarrassed) in the first place.

That being said, I am (for some reason) hugely embarrassed to ask this, but: to go along with my comment the other day about watching a lot of Star Trek: TNG with my husband, I have to ask - does anyone have any good Picard/Q fic??

(Guh, I have been into way weirder pairings, why is this so hard for me?!)

ANYWAY. That is going to be my Fandom Friday, that request, because it's already technically Saturday and because I neglected to bookmark a good chunk of the stuff I've been reading this week (though I actually haven't been reading a ton, work has been kicking my ass every which way from Sunday.

Actually, to go along with the above, do you have guilty pleasure fandoms/pairings/kinks? I'll tell you mine if you tell yours ;)

Why do I feel like I'm going to end up Friend's Locking this entry soon??
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Ah, how quickly doth the "blog everyday" resolution fly in light of my return to work. It's been an adjustment, guys. It's still crazy stressful, and I still feel paralyzed with nerves sometimes, but I'm determined to try. I'm going to say I did what I damn well could, and that's all I can possibly do. On the plus side, the days move pretty quickly. Chalk that up to a really interesting schedule.

So what days did I miss? Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So that's cooking, writing, thinky-thoughts, and fandom. Well, luckily, there hasn't been a lot for you all to miss. I've done no writing, though I found a list of six words that I'm going to use for my next sestina, and I've started outlining the "plot" (I don't know what you'd call it? All my poems are sort of narratives, so "plot" seemse the most convenient descriptor). I hope to have at least a stanza done and posted by tomorrow at the latest for the beta-est of beta reading.

The only thing of note I cooked was pork chops with sweet potatos and apples, which was quite good - they didn't specify a type of apple to use in the recipe, so I used a few jazz apples, which are my favorite to begin with. They worked well. Some of the sweet potatoes were still a little underdone, but I think that's more about the concessions I had to make (I was supposed to bake it covered for a certain amount of time and then unciver it, but I don't have covered baking dishes and I'm out of tin foil) than it does with the recipe itself. Out dinner guest that night had never had sweet potato before, and he seemed to enjoy it, so they must not have been too bad. I also didn't measure out the brown sugar (layered with the apples and sweet potatos) and instead just eyeballed it. In retrospect, I probably could/should have used more. The recipe, by the way, is under the cut. )

Fandom-side, well, I've been trying to find Sherlock fics where he is in character and on the (autism) spectrum; so far the kinkmeme has a few WIPs that are very, very promsining, though one looks to be almost certainly abandoned (sigh) and one other looks like it might head down that route:
Diagnostic Criteria, an almost certainly abandoned fic, has Sherlock "outed" as autistic by Mycroft, and was shaping up, in a very short space, to be a very good fic (which makes it's abandonment that much sadder). It was all about how a particular label can change the entire perception you have of a person, even though nothing about that particular person has changed. I was really, really getting into this one, but as it hasn't been updated since July, I assume it won't be. (Prompter's summary: "Freak," Donovan growls. "Sociopath," Sherlock reminds her. "Autistic," Mycroft corrects. )

Trial and Error, very short, dealing with Sherlock's apparent disinterest in sex as a tactile sensitivity connected to Asperger's. Brief, but had potential.

I Think There's Something Wrong, what is shaping up to be the only one of these fics that gets finished, and also the one that is already the furthest along. I'm enjoying this one quite a bit, the build-up to the discovery is intriguing, and to see the dyanamic shift - or not - when John finds out is going to be interesting.

Thinky-thoughts: um, nothing I want to post outside of heavy Friend's Lock. Not necessarily anything bad, either, just nothing I want broadcast to the (potential) public. So there's that, and maybe I will delve into that later. I'm not sure yet.

Last night the girls came over, we drank and ate pizza and watched "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and it was quite fun. I felt kind of piggy eating so much pizza, which is carrying over to today with pizza for lunch and now tasty, tasty apple donuts that Mel brought over. I'm trying not to feel too bad about this weekend's indulgences, because this was a stressful first week, I'm still on track weight-wise, and I will be at the gym four times this week, so I will work this all off. I'm just trying not to fall back into bad habits.

Today, I have just been lounging around. I took a walk this morning and a couple of blocks away there was a yard sale where, for two dollars I got two hot glue guns and an almost unused bag of glue sticks. It was a pretty epic find, since my own glue gun has been missing since last July (presumably in the jumble of last minute wedding prep). I've got dinner on for five/six (and and I plus his gaming group), just pasta and meatballs, but a lot of both, and a choice of three sauces (marinara, alfredo, and creamy pesto). Hopefully, if Andy's friends leave early enough, we will be watching the new Doctor Who episode tonight, which has apparently already sent half my Tumblr dash into tears... I look forward to and dread it in equal measure.

Assorted other points:
-Am now a size 14 (down from a 20)! Woo-hoo!
-Being around while Andy's watching Star Trek: The Next Generation has lead me to watching it with him, and... now reading TNG slash fic. God. DAMMIT.
-I did my typical gym routine last week, and on the variable difficult (hilly terrain) setting on my elliptical, I finally broke my own record and did a nine-minute mile.
-I sat in on the Junior class meeting this week, and when they talked about class rings, it occured to me... I have no idea where mine is. This calls for a trip to my parents' house.
-Andy wound up doing our monthly budget, and I really, really like this system (doing the budget at the beginning of the month, pulling out our "spending cash" budgets and... that's what we have to spend, at our discretion, for the month. LOVE IT. I'm not bad at managing money, but because it causes me unnecessary anxiety, Andy does the finances. And it's very helpful to me to have a visual representation of how much money I have to spend. It let's me plan my social outing with a lot more control).

Okay, so, I suppose that's it. I am going to try to be more on top of this, for serious. I think I just needed something off my plate for a bit while I reacclimated to my schedule, and LJ drew the short straw.

How's everyone else this week???
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Brief, today. Doctor Who fanvid edition.



This is the greatest fanmade trailer I've seen in ages. Oh my God, I would KILL to see this crossover - Sherlock/Doctor Who - happen. And this is SO, so, so well done.

The Sound of Drums )
Chameleon Circuit at VidCon 2011. I admit I have a soft spot for Simm!Master, and I love this song. This is a good recording of it, where you can hear the audience singing without it drowning out Liam, and - possibly my favorite part - right when the music starts up, the entire audience starts clapping the drum rhythm. It's amazing. This song always kind of gives me goosebumps anyway, if I'm being honest. Also? "REGENERAAAAAAAATE!!!"

The Doctor is Dying ) Of one my other favorites off "Still Got Legs," lead vocals by my love Alex Day - and including a brief interlude of "I Need a Doctor," which is pretty awesome ;)

Silence and the End of All Things ) Also by Chameleon Circuit, this song brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it. This is a simple fanvideo (not a performance) that does a nice job matching up the song lyrics to the scenes of the show (and gave me a new respect for how grounded in canon all the songs are, because it's been a year and half or so since I watched this string of episodes, and wow, the songs are really spot on).

That shall be all for tonight, ladies and gents, I'm pretty exhausted and I'm looking forward to simply vegging out and doing some websurfing before an early bedtime.
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I should have posted this yesterday, but I had lost it. I just found it again.

Anyone who has every been involved in fandom, especially from a young age, needs to read this. The first time I read this, I actually cried.

Originally written by [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm and found here.

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Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.

Fandom is people you don’t tell your mother you’re meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.

Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.

Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky’s law and Godwin’s law and Murphy’s law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you’ve ever had them.

Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn’t care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries. Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you’re really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.

Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn’t create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn’t create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissention. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.

Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.

Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself.
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GUYS, DOCTOR WHO COMES BACK TOMORROW *DANCES* Honestly, I thought initially we were going to have to wait until October (because I swear I heard that somewhere...?), so getting it back again this week is awesome (especially since I will likely be homebound Sunday, since MA has already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irene).

Also, the episode is called "Let's Kill Hitler." How can you not love that? New DW trailer! )

The earlier than (I) anticipated return of DW almost makes up for the ridiculous Sherlock delay.

Speaking of Sherlock:

Waking You Up, by brbsoulnomming at AO3. This was a kick in the gut, along the lines of "Alone on the Water," but there are some twists in there that make this very worth reading. If I say any more I will spoil it. Please read. It's so well done.

and stand there at the edge of my affection, by coloredink once again at AO3 (BTW, for the handful of fen who haven't visited AO3, go, go, go). This is cute and fluffy and manages to be in-character and I'm really not one for fluff, but for some reason, um, this fandom writes it so I like it? Sherlock asks John for help in writing a love letter. Very cute.

Oh, and in tangentially Sherlock-related news: HOUSE. Anyone who knows me knows I was severely disappointed in the last season, for various reasons (which I won't get into). BUT -- it looks like House is actually going to go to prison for his actions in the last episode (which, by the way, was one of three I saw last season). I've been hearing rumors, though no one will confirm or deny anything, that this may be the last season as well, so I feel compelled -- as someone who used to be deeply involved with the fandom (albeit as a passive participant) -- to watch, at least for a little while. House Season 8 teaser trailer! )

Seeing the trailer for Season Eight made me ridiculously nostalgic for the show as it once was, and for the old House/Wilson dynamic, so here is a classic piece of H/W fanfic, one of the first I read in the fandom and still one of my favorites: Blow the Candles Out by [livejournal.com profile] bethfrish. (This one is rated R, but I think it's tastefully done, and it's really only one scene). Six years later, and I still read it and feel blown away.
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Two pieces of short Sherlock fic, and a video (non-Sherlock related, gasp!!)

The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows, by [livejournal.com profile] flecalicious. A Sherlock fic that explores the relationship between Sally Donovan and Sherlock and explains what she meant when she said that Sherlock "Would always let you down." Really beautifully written, it makes Donovan sympathetic and neither glorifies or excuses Sherlock, nor makes him a monster -- everyone gets to be themselves, and we get to understand and appreciate them more for it. The ending is heartbreaking, as everything in the Sherlock fandom that isn't pur crack has tended to be lately.

Like a Teddy Bear, by Demon-Panda. Sherlock: Argh, so the Earth goes round the sun - if we went around the moon, or round and round the garden like a teddy bear, it wouldn't make any difference! From a totally throw-away (and funny!) line in The Great Game comes a study in the relationship of Sherlock and Mycroft. It is, of course, a lump-in-the-throat kind of fic, but it is understated and sweet and, oh. I love reading about the Holmes brothers as kids, and I'm so looking forward to more Sherlock/Mycroft in the next series.

And finally, Daniel Radcliffe's new movie, The Woman in Black, has finally released it's official trailer, and - as if you din't already know this - I totally have to go see it.

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