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Apr. 1st, 2011

A Madeline/Operations LFN vid!

There's quite a nice community of Madeline/Operations vidders over on Youtube - I've been enjoying their work for a while now. But I just came across one vid by Maria Purt that she says was inspired by one of my fics, Return From the Land of Shadows. The vid is great, and I am thrilled that one of my ideas helped inspire her to create something else!

I'm embedding the vid here, and I hope any TR fen who see this will go and leave Maria a nice comment!

Dec. 31st, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! I'm off to buy some wine for a New Years Eve party where they promise to serve enchiladas with homemade mole sauce flown up all the way from Mexico City. Seeing as mole is possibly my favorite food ever, this should be an auspicious start to 2011.

I hope you all have a wonderful celebration!

Dec. 29th, 2010

Yuletide rec for Caprica

I haven't had time to browse very many of the Yuletide stories yet, but for those on my friendslist/circle who are fans of Caprica, there is one story that you simply *must* read. (WARNING: the story contains spoilers for all of the unaired episodes, so if you haven't seen them yet and wish to remain unspoiled, please wait to read this.)

The story is entitled, "We Built This City," it's in Tamara's POV, and not only does it flesh her character out wonderfully, it really delves into the possibilities of V-world in rich and thought-provoking ways. You can read it here. It's gen, and not rated, but spoilers ahoy!

Nov. 10th, 2010

Spooks 9.8

Just got around to watching it and...


The writers are on crack. And not the good kind.

Oct. 29th, 2010

Catching up on Spooks S9

I've been out of town this week, but had my laptop, which meant that I actually had a little free time to watch a few shows!

Most importantly, Spooks S9 - I just caught up through Ep. 6. I wasn't especially eager to watch this season, but wow, I'm glad I did! The plots and premises have become ridiculous beyond belief, but at this point it's gone far beyond getting annoyed by and crossed over into "Oh, what the hell, I'll just roll with it" territory.

My likes (I'll try to avoid specific spoilers):

1. Ruth's character development. She's got a hard edge this season! And a kind of confidence that I never could have imagined the Ruth of S2 having. I can see her running Section D now, to be honest.

2. The newbies (and I still include Tariq in that group). I like how they are gelling as a team, and I like that their personalities are their own instead of just version 2.0 of a prior character. (Well, Dmitri is a bit lacking in the personality department so far, but I think he'll get there.) And I like that they still make n00b mistakes, too.

3. Lucas!!!! I liked Lucas well enough in S7 (but was never a big fan), and found him annoyingly stupid in S8. This season's Lucas is still stupid, in a way, but wow, they've managed to make him the most interesting character of the season. Suddenly, I find myself sitting straight up and thinking, "Whoa, this dude is HOT. Like interior of the sun, hot. Why did I not notice this before?"

I can't wait until the next episode! *Bites nails*

Oct. 3rd, 2010

I am amused

Dear Justin Bieber fans on Twitter:

The fact that I have "JB" in my username does not actually mean that I am either: (1) Justin Bieber himself; or (2) any sort of Justin Bieber fan. So why do so many of you keep following me??

Yours in bafflement--

P.S. I'm pretty sure you're not going to find my posts complaining about BART very interesting. Sorry!

Sep. 4th, 2010

Popping up briefly

I've been so swamped lately, I've barely had enough time to sleep, much less keep up with online reading/posting. (I'm also several days late posting a story for a fic challenge I signed up for...argh!) But I gather LJ has done something upsetting again? Oh, quelle surprise!

I briefly had a Facebook account, but deleted it because I found that 90% of what I saw there were people's game-playing updates, which, you know, I just don't care about, and i got tired of blocking every damned application. I do have a twitter account (both a regular one and a fannish one, which is jaybee165), but rest assured I will never cross-post without explicit permission! (I probably wouldn't ever cross-post at all, anyway. It's mostly a lurking account.)

Jul. 8th, 2010

And the hurricane has landed

I was in downtown Oakland when we got the two-hour jury verdict warning, and so there was plenty of time to clear out and head home. BART was massively crowded with all the people getting out of Dodge. As for the verdict itself...involuntary manslaughter, the mildest option available short of complete acquittal. Not surprisingly, people are upset and disappointed - including me.

I would have liked to have stayed downtown for a while to watch the press conferences, etc., but I was nervous that they would close the BART stations altogether if I waited too long, and that's my way home. So...I'll just be watching the news and reading Twitter this evening instead.

It's quite surreal to see an event from my own town becoming a trending topic worldwide. Fingers crossed that things stay calm.

Jul. 1st, 2010

Like waiting for a hurricane...

I'm soooo behind on replying to comments (and reading my friendslist - I will catch up soon, I promise!), but I'm emerging for a quick update. (The virus infection: cured! After 2 days of running different scans and fixes. The knockout combo seems to have been malwarebytes plus tdsskiller. We will be keeping a wary eye on that computer for a while, though. Fortunately, we never use it to pay bills or do anything particularly private. Flat tire: replaced! So those annoyances have been dealt with.)

Today, however, was very strange and disconcerting. My work situation is somewhat complicated these days, but setting that aside, I go down to my (sort of) former office in downtown Oakland (nearly) every day. If you're familiar with Bay Area current events, you'll know what I mean when I say that my building was precisely at ground zero during last year's Oscar Grant protests (which I witnessed). If you aren't a Bay Area person, I'll just say that my city is facing its own version of the Rodney King verdict at any moment, starting from tomorrow on.

There was quite an air of nervousness today. Lots of businesses boarding up windows; small rallies already taking place at 14th & Broadway and in Frank Ogawa Plaza; lots of email alerts from building management about what to do/how much warning we'll get about the verdict. (I've set up all sorts of SMS and Twitter alerts from BART, the police department, and news organizations, so that should give me plenty of advance notice.) I plan on staying at home tomorrow, but God knows how long the jury will actually take! Watch: they'll get hung, and we'll have to go through all this again.

Jun. 27th, 2010

One of those days...

So. On the same day that the significant other tells me, "Uh oh, I think I have a computer virus," we also discover that the car has a flat tire. Universe, I do not appreciate your sense of humor.

I will be spending the day doing computer first aid, while the SO gets the tire changed. So much for a relaxing Sunday! ;-)

May. 23rd, 2010

Legend of the Seeker 2.22

Oh, show!!! I am going to miss you. You made fandom lulzy and happy for me in a way that nothing else ever has!

So now...I look for fic.

May. 15th, 2010

Legend of the Seeker 2.21

I just watched LotS 2.21, and...

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May. 8th, 2010

Legend of the Seeker 2.20

AHFUSI%^PY1158987$%^FhgvvkhgivitvYTRFYERPIQUH%&*^fhkGIUY VIUfiuyt&^t7576R9V!!!1!!1!1!1!11!1!1!1!

That is all I can manage right now. Coherent later.

Jan. 10th, 2009

Fic: Missing and Present (Spooks/MI-5, Ros/Lucas, R)

Title: Missing and Present
Fandom: Spooks/MI-5
Characters/Pairing: Ros/Lucas
Rating: R
Wordcount: Approx. 1800
Spoilers: Set in the immediate aftermath of 708, so contains spoilers through the end of Series 7
Summary: Ros bears burdens for colleagues both missing and present. But maybe she's not the only one.

Written for PetiteEtoile22 for Yuletide '08. She asked for Ros/Lucas hurt-comfort. I'm not sure if I quite managed the hurt-comfort, but I aimed for a similar kind of mood.

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For those who prefer visiting the Yuletide archive itself, my story is here.

Dec. 20th, 2008

Fic: Gifts (Spooks/MI-5, Rated PG)

Title: Gifts
Fandom: Spooks/MI-5
Rating: PG
Wordcount: Just over 2000
Characters/Pairing: Juliet, Ruth, Harry, and Oliver Mace; references to Ruth/Harry, Juliet/Harry, and maybe even Mace/Harry if you squint
Spoilers: Set during Series 4, although there are no particular spoilers aside from who the characters are.
Note: Written for [info]green_bottles for the Spooks Secret Santa 2008 Challenge. She asked for Juliet, Lucas, Ruth, Harry, or Mace as characters (I managed 4 of the 5!) and Juliet/Harry, Ruth/Harry, Malcolm/Ros, Malcolm/Colin, or Harry/Mace as pairings (I got in 3, well, maybe 2 1/2 of 5), and her prompt was "biting piece of chocolate with dry exterior". I hope you like it!

Spooks Secret Santa Masterlist here.

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Nov. 6th, 2008

Fic: The Monster At Home (Spooks/MI-5, Juliet, Genfic, Rated R)

Title: The Monster At Home
Fandom: Spooks/MI-5
Rating: R (for references to violence and strong language)
Characters: Juliet-centric genfic, with appearances by Harry, Ros, and Adam, among others.
Spoilers: Contains spoilers all the way through the end of S6; certain scenes and snippets of dialogue borrowed from numerous episodes scattered throughout S5 and S6.
Wordcount: Approximately 7700
Summary: How could she have failed to notice such a dangerous threat? She hadn't thought to be vigilant for it, that's how. She'd spent too many years in Washington: she hadn't paid enough attention to the monster lurking at home.
Disclaimer and thanks: The characters and settings belong to the BBC and Kudos. Thanks to [info]msgenevieve for the handholding and encouragement and to petite etoile22 for the beta! This is a new fandom for me, and constructive criticism is more than welcome!

The Monster At Home )

Jul. 31st, 2008

Fic: Tango Circular (La Femme Nikita, Madeline/Operations, PG)

Title: Tango Circular
Fandom: La Femme Nikita
Characters: Madeline, Paul (Operations)
Prompt: 044. Circle.
Word Count: Approx. 768
Rating: PG
Summary: A visit to Argentina prompts a conversation that goes in circles.
Author's Notes: This is set pre-series, but one could say there are mild spoilers for Season 2. Written for the Fanfic100 challenge over on LJ, and also offered to nell65 for her birthday. Nell, may you break out of circles and forge an exciting, new path!

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May. 20th, 2008

Thinky thoughts about the season finale of House

House, Amber, and character arcs - contains spoilers for the season finale!

spoilers ahoy )

Mar. 24th, 2008

Back from traveling

I got back from Yosemite last night. It was as beautiful as ever, of course! However, I learned the hard way that snowshoeing is not necessarily very kind to my verging-on-messed-up knees. Maybe on a perfectly flat surface it would be fine, but tramping over lumps and sloped surfaces? Ouch.

On a fannish note: one of my travel companions brought a book along to read before bed. I did a double-take when I saw the author was the one and only Lee Goldberg! I stifled my cackle of glee because I knew it would be impossible to explain fandom_wank to a non-fan, but I did manage to sneak a look at it: a Monk tie-in novel, written at what looked to me like a 5th grade reading level. It was every much as trite as one might imagine. (Mind you, I find the TV series itself insufferably annoying, so I might not be a very impartial judge.) Still, it was exciting (if a little disconcerting) to stumble across an actual Lee Goldberg reader among my own acquaintances!

Mar. 20th, 2008

Weekend trip

Real life has been kind of kicking my ass lately, in more ways than one, so I haven't done a lot of posting.

However, I leave tomorrow morning on a 3-day trip to Yosemite. I'm looking forward to waterfalls at their fullest, and hopefully avoiding the bears. ;-) This should be a nice little break, and I look forward to returning with a little more energy for online fun. Unfortunately, I'll miss the IJ content party tomorrow, but I'll catch up when I get back!

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