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Pick any character from a fandom of mine and I'll answer the following questions:

1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?

Not going to list all my fandoms; if I've ever mentioned viewing/reading/consuming it, I'm cool with answering the questions for any character.

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The Glue of the World: The Little Mermaid - Kiss the Girl

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Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General
Wordcount: This part, 2219
Characters/Pairing: Peter&Rocket; Tony/Pepper; Clint/Natasha
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.

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The Glue of the World: Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough

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The good news is that Spike's kittens are back, or at least one of them, and that Buffy cuts loose and yells at Andrew for once, leading to Andrew and Xander talking about how hot that was/wasn't in one panel that really felt like the good ol' show was back.

The bad news is everything else. Hey, we all know where the divide is here on which fans are enjoying the season, and maybe that's all that needs to be said about it. But if you're on my side of the divide, I can tell you categorically that there is no coming back from this. There is no future issue coming in which Buffy realizes that her choices regarding Spike are the reason she's lost her self-respect, not the antidote for it. This is the story. While I don't doubt that the relationship will run its course, whatever ends it isn't going to provide a satisfactory response to our objections.

I don't really want to harass the creative team over this, since I don't bear any of them as individuals any ill-will. Putting the story before the demands of the audience is a tricky business, and they're now left with all the detriments of Whedon's screwy priorities and none of the benefits of his genius writing. I also don't want to keep up the maintenance on my longtime hope that the decay of the story will eventually speak for itself - it might, but that won't affect its popularity one way or another and it's not my business if it does. When it comes to stuff like the Twilight series I've always insisted on defending the fans even while criticizing the work, and maybe it's time to apply that policy here.

All in all I guess what I'm trying to say is that this might not be my primary fandom forever. Brain bleach just isn't cutting it. The only thing I really feel like writing for lately is Guardians of the Galaxy, anyway.

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Mad-Eye: morose morose

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Kean help I only know one of those words.

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Mad-Eye: silly silly

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Title: Expired Dominion
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: 5142
Summary: Faith and Spike's friendship is at a rocky point. They're both determined to put their quarrel aside when they're assigned to a mission together, but the threat won't let them ignore it.
Rating: General
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to Boss Whedon and his merry band of Mutant Enemies.
Notes: This continues a Spike/Faith series I was working on, but the first four stories I wrote for it were all in 2009. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Here are the links to each one:
First chapter.
Second chapter.
Third chapter.
Fourth chapter.

This one picks up a few weeks after #4. So, why did it take six years to write five thousand words? As usual, I have no excuse, but I'm glad I finally got this out there. I can't honestly say if I'll continue. There are definitely other stories I would like to tell in this 'verse, but I'm not going to start anything else until I know for sure where it's going.

I still love Spike and Faith together just as much as ever, though. Part of what got me moving on this again (the last five hundred words or so took longer than all the rest) was the way the comics have given up on Spike. It would have been great to see his character develop enough to make relationship choices that we could root for. Fix it with fanfic...

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The Glue of the World: Skyrim

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MulanCollapse )

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Big Hero 6Collapse )

Interstellar, Birdman, and MockingjayCollapse )

In a World...Collapse )

That's all I can think of for now. Obviously I'm not writing up every movie I see anymore, or trying to. Could use your input on one thing, though! What Disney movie is next for me?

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Mad-Eye: okay okay

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Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General
Wordcount: 1865
Characters/Pairing: Peter&Rocket; Tony/Pepper
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.

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Mad-Eye: tired tired
The Glue of the World: Abba - Head Over Heels

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Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General
Wordcount: 1649
Characters/Pairing: Peter&Rocket; Tony/Pepper
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.

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Mad-Eye: relaxed relaxed
The Glue of the World: Adventure Time

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Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General
Wordcount: 1186
Characters/Pairing: Peter&Rocket; Tony/Pepper
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.


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Mad-Eye: good good

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Lately I've been watching animated Disney movies whenever I have a couple hours alone to fill, because I'm an adult and I'll watch what I want and I love them. No great revelations coming, but here are some observations on my own viewing:

Going back six months or so, I've seen The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Emperor's New Groove, Fantasia, Pocahontas, and Sleeping Beauty. I had seen all of them before (I think), but had mostly forgotten everything, except for The Lion King which I used to chain-watch and which remains my favorite.

I like the new CG-animated stuff as well, but I don't really consider it in the same category. I know that Merida, Rapunzel, Elsa, and Anna were added to the official roster of Disney princesses, but to me they're just princess characters that were created by Disney. (Anyway, Elsa's a queen for most of the movie, which is totally different, and how is it fair that one movie gets two princesses?)

However, I don't make a distinction between the princess/romance/fairy tale type of story and the ones that are more about critters and/or kids getting into trouble. The parallels tend to run pretty strong, anyway: act of heroism, coming of age, love interest, happy ending. Even the animals have animal sidekicks. Someday I want to go through the list of every Disney movie that fits my arbitrary criteria and make a chart of each archetype and who represents it. Things get really interesting when the characters break the mold, because you can always still match them up to an archetype; it's just not usually the one you'd expect. Lilo & Stitch has a princess: Nani. Aladdin has a horse: the Carpet.

All of my emotional reactions still kick in at the same moments that they did when I was a kid watching this stuff, but I feel like I've lost some of my appreciation for certain elements, like the music. Maybe that's just because I grew up in the golden era of Disney soundtracks (don't even try putting that Tarzan crap next to my The Little Mermaid). I don't dislike the songs from (most of) the modern films, though; they just don't stick with me after the movie's over. Granted, I bought the Frozen soundtrack just like everyone else, but I've already explained why we're not talking about Frozen right now.

Conversely, I also think there are aspects that I appreciate now which I couldn't as a child. Most animated movies these days are made to appeal to both, but the 'adult' parts usually boil down to a couple subtle jokes. We might be overestimating the sophistication of adult humor there: the kids probably like the subtle jokes too.

Anyway, there's one area where this genre really kills it, and that's sincerity. Villains broadcast their evilness, love lasts forever, lessons learned are both straightforward and effective. These are the very reasons that people my age (as well as cynical young ones) don't take fairy tales seriously, claiming it's all cliche and fluff. I say fairy tales are nothing short of honorable. They show us how beautiful virtue can be and create symbols that we can use to understand our own world. There's a trend that's been going on for probably a few decades now to either reimagine or spoof the most familiar Western tales, and I worry that it's gotten to the point that today's children are more familiar with the parodies than they are with the source material. What a loss! Cinderella isn't that girl who made a cameo in Shrek, she's Cinderella.

The stigma against princesses also strikes me as unfair. Sure, none of us want our little girls obsessed with boys or their own appearance, but to say that sums up the Disney princess formula is a gross oversimplification of characters who are already pretty damn simple. Even the earliest ones were icons of undeniably positive qualities like love, kindness, and the incredible ability to domesticate and uplift woodland creatures just by physical proximity. At least as far back as Eilonwy, we had princesses guiding the action through their own motivation and choices, often showing great courage and making personal sacrifices. Why wouldn't we admire women like that, or let them be examples for our children?

Not sure what's next for me but there are several to choose from on Netflix. Hit me, guys: what's your favorite Disney movie?

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Mad-Eye: rejuvenated rejuvenated

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Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General (but starting to get a little creepier)
Characters/Pairing: Peter&Rocket; Tony/Pepper
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.
Other disclaimer: Well, you knew I couldn't put my name on it without tormenting at least one of the characters a little bit.

Also, I finally remembered to link up the chapters, so check the buttons at the bottom of each entry if you'd like to read it all at once. It's been a really long time since I posted a chaptered fic!

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Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General
Wordcount: This part, 1366
Characters/Pairing: Peter&Rocket; Tony/Pepper
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.
Other disclaimer: Now we're rolling. I'll probably soon run out of pre-written bits, but there's nothing that inspires writing like other people wanting to read it...and publishing lets me pretend other people are reading it. :)

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Here goes nothing!

Title: Detonation Imminent
Author: Kairos (or Psyche, on Ao3...this could get confusing)
Fandom: MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy
Rating: General
Wordcount: This part, 1611
Characters/Pairing: Peter & the team - no pairings yet
Summary: Peter's trying to figure out how to be a leader. He decides that breaking into the Avengers' base of operations is a good place to start.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.
Other disclaimer: Much as I loved the movie, I hadn't really expected this to happen, but it did, so if you're not into MCU fanfiction...move along! If you are, this one starts a little generic, but the next chapter is where I actually started writing, so I had to go back and set the stage - I think it will improve from here.

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The Glue of the World: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy

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You know, for all the hours we've collectively put into analyzing Buffy's love life, weighing the merits of one relationship against another or one vampire against another, fighting with each other, rooting for our ships, and poring over canon for hints as to which way she's ultimately leaning, it seems like we're missing something dreadfully simple here.

When Buffy is showing any romantic interest in Spike, the story gets worse. The plot is weaker, the characterization feels off, even the quality of the dialogue mysteriously slackens.

WHAT OTHER EVIDENCE DO WE NEED.

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The Glue of the World: David Bowie - Moonage Daydream

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The Glue of the World: Dishonored end credits

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Going to make this short, since I haven't written anything on the comics in ages, and there's a lot from the previous issues that I would need to address if I was going to claim any semblance of a thorough review.

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The Glue of the World: ~*~office sounds~*~

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So, ever since I discovered "social capital" on LJ, I've been secretly obsessed with my statistical popularity on this barren desert of a blogging platform. Seriously, even when I hadn't updated for months and I knew it, I was still sneaking peeks at my profile and frowning at my "10 or less". When I got up to eleven or twelve I was like, JUGGERNAUT, BITCH!

And all of a sudden in the past few days:

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It's probably some kind of skewed reading and will vanish expediently, but for now?

Mad-Eye: predatory predatory
The Glue of the World: The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

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Hello! I was just looking at my LJ profile, thinking about updating it, and I decided that instead of getting rid of the drabble grid I have up there, I should give myself another shot at completing it. So I rolled a random number and wrote something for the #31 prompt. Hope you like!

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The Glue of the World: Bob Dylan - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window

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If I try to write anything earnest about Bones it's just going to be a carbon copy of my last couple rants, so suffice it to say I watched another season and hated it as much as I usually do, but with one qualifier!

The new intern was fun. I don't remember her name (I mean, of course I don't), and it doesn't bode well that she slept with Sweets, but otherwise I think I genuinely liked her!

Anyone else have that reaction? Or the polar opposite? I'd be interested in hearing either.

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The Glue of the World: Nina Simone - Four Women

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