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Chapter Title: Light from the Sun
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2350
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: No, this is not the product of a sudden influx of inspiration. It was already written and I was saving it for when I had stored up a fair amount of words beyond it - I haven't done that, but I promised Ao3 I'd update, and anyway sitting on it hasn't been helping.

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In addition to leaving comments and kudos, Ao3 allows users to bookmark a story as a public rec or a personal reference. As a reader I haven't had much need for the feature but today it suddenly clicked that I could read the notes that readers had left on my own stories.

So I basically discovered a handful of new reviews of old stories, only they were phrased like, "Early B/A" and "great atmosphere with really natural dialogue" and "The one were the Avengers capture Rocket with the intent of helping, Rocket gets triggered and reacts magnificantly and Quill can't believe he just met Captain America." (Sic, for all.)

Much as I wish everyone would tap me on the shoulder whenever they rec'd my stories, I think my favorite kind of feedback is the kind that wasn't intended for my benefit. Not that I doubt the integrity of reviewers, but having my work summarized by someone else lets me see it through their eyes and understand what they liked about it.

And I really needed a bit of that; I always make sure to tell my readers that their comments keep me going, but when comments dry up I start to realize how true that actually is. My problem, not anyone else's - nobody is ever entitled to feedback - it's just helpful to examine the writer/reader relationship sometimes and find reasons to believe I'm not the only one getting something out of my stories.

If it wasn't already clear, I'm at a standstill with "Brace for Impact" and can't help wondering if the crowd from "Detonation Imminent" is ever going to find it. Working on a way forward either way. I'm also halfway through The Island of Dr. Moreau; maybe that will help.

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The Glue of the World: Quantum Break

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Gotta tell ya, the only thing I've felt like doing lately is watching TV and blogging about it (or writing fanfiction, which isn't that different), but life conspires against me. Apparently I've decided to bike myself to death, now that the weather allows it, except that the weather doesn't actually allow it, I'm just crazy enough to put on rain gear and pretend like that fixes everything. Exercise is dismal, yo.

Okay, stop talking about biking, yes. I've been doing the "watching" part because it's very easy even when you're tired, so now I'm going to try to do a little bit of the blogging.

All of these shows are old except for Daredevil, and I don"t have any spoilers for that one, so I"m not splitting up the cuts.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: mellow mellow

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Nobody asked me what lower-tier Marvel classic superheroes from the MCU-eligible pool should get their own show, but if they had, I would have said "Cloak & Dagger", and I would have said it quickly, because I've been thinking about it for a long time.

Well, I've been a good girl and I get a cookie.

This is so cool. Just wait til you see how hot this duo is going to be in live action. Just wait to fall hard for their lonely teenager, unwilling experiment subject, complementary-opposites love story.

Even better, it's not on Netflix - wait, that's better? Yep. You want your gritty violence in some shows, you want your youth-accessible comic action stories in others, and this one's the latter.

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Chapter Title: Things Fall Apart
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2939
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: Finally getting a bit of Rocket&Peter H/C going...you know, the good stuff.

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The Glue of the World: The Witcher

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The Glue of the World: The Wallflowers - One Headlight

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The Glue of the World: The Witcher

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...Is what I've been watching before and after the Daredevil S2 marathon. (I have more to say about Daredevil S2. Naturally! It might have to wait until after/during a second viewing, though. I want to be thorough.)

Supernatural is improving. I still don't have a crush on either of the boys, which feels wrong. And after consuming this kind of fiction all my life, there are certain elements that come across as stale. On the other hand, there are others that my brain automatically begins to dissect so I can decide how I want to approach them in my own stuff. You know what a tulpa is? It's an android in an urban fantasy setting, that's what. And demons are the fantasy version of alien races.

I don't think I'll ever use demons, though, because I've never seen anyone make the concept of them that interesting. Supernatural's bringing in angels too, and I'm not sure if that makes it better (because it's less common) or worse (because theology doesn't translate smoothly to folklore). But Castiel himself is clearly a good character and already breathing new life into the show the moment he appears.

The other thing worth a change of heart is that there have been a couple of excellent one-shot episodes, like the Groundhog Day style looper. I think I've mentioned before that I prefer to get my humor from other genres rather than watching comedies, so I very much appreciate when SPN makes me laugh.

Right now my plan is to finish the five-season arc and see how I feel. Anyone's welcome to change my mind. Or just share your own opinions on Supernatural, sans spoilers through S3.

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The Glue of the World: The Witcher

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So yeah, I rewatched GoT S1 and I had some thoughts.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Evanescence - My Immortal

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Hey guys, sorry I've been so quiet around LJ. Trying to use my free time to work on stuff like the list below, plus I just haven't been in the blogging mood. Nothing bad; I like to think of it as recharging time.

Usually I really love April Fools Day, but it works out best for general silliness, and the jokes aimed at actually fooling people seem to have gotten out of hand these past few years and imploded, so yesterday was a bit of a snooze. I wrote something ridiculous for Ao3, but it was between the hours of sentience and the hours of creativity derived from sleep deprivation, so...soon to be forgotten and possibly deleted.

Looking forward to more show and tell this month. Anyway, here's my progress from March.

Fanfiction:
Complete a fic of any length for the GotG fandom: Started posting it, even. Shouldn't be a problem to finish by the end of the year.

Original fiction:
Clean up and post/publish a couple poems: I...actually remember that I was cleaning up "Prayer for My Friends" from wherever I last posted it, but now I don't remember what I did with it.

Art:
Sketch the main characters from the two comics: Managed four of these, posted here, here, here, and here. These are technically the two main characters from each comic; I may keep going with other characters because I wouldn't say I didn't get anything out of it, but I'm also crossing it off.
Use my sewing machine: Bought fabric for my apron.

Reading:

Finish a book a month: Unicorn Western by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. I realized I wasn't going to finish the Dostoevsky by the end of the month, so I reached for something short and light to meet my quota. The hype around this one was aimed entirely at the wacky-zany-outrageous genre combo, and to be honest, there isn't much else to say about it. If you like Westerns and/or unicorns, go for it. I probably won't bother with the sequels.
Finish the Civil War event before the movie: I'm still not done with it! So many comics! Still enjoying it though.
Read one poem every night before going to sleep: The habit is pretty much established now, but I skip more nights than I'd like, just due to tiredness. Close to halfway finished with the complete works of Robert Frost.

TV:

Catch up on Game of Thrones: Rewatched the first season. I know, I gotta blog about this stuff!

Other:
Nothing this month.

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Mad-Eye: contemplative contemplative
The Glue of the World: The Verve Pipe - Kiss Me Idle

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Leaving this here primarily as a bookmark for myself on the off chance I have time to go play in it.

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The Glue of the World: Live - Pillar of Davidson

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Chapter Title: Things Fall Apart
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2766
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: Hoping to draw more eyes to this on Ao3 and FF.net; maybe it's just due to it being a sequel, but in any case, this chapter's gonna bring the pain and angst so I hope that helps. :)

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Chapter Title: A Very Private Moment
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2527
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: You want to know the best thing about writing for this fandom? Check out the comics-canon character I'm introducing here.

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Chapter Title: The Happiest Man in the Galaxy
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 1917
Rating: General
Notes: Like I said, I'm writing a sequel to Detonation Imminent. Wouldn't let myself start posting until I already had 10,000 words written but here we are now.

Gripped by sudden dread, Peter staggered backward and steadied himself against the counter, unable to tear his gaze away from Drax. “Oh my God,” he breathed. “Are you giving me dating advice?Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Metallica - The Memory Remains

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Up to and including Episode 7.

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In the middle of a relaxed-pace Firefly rewatch, and I think I realized why none of the canon ships ever quite grabbed me.

Zoe and Wash touched a lot of hearts because of the transposed gender roles they represented and the general odd couple feel to their relationship. And then it was basically the same thing with Simon and Kaylee; city mouse falls for country mouse. Mal and Inara were a classic mismatch, too.

None of them are totally ineffective, but it's a little too clear that they were paired up that way because they're mismatched, and not because of their chemistry. They all have traits that the other can admire, but there's no particular reason that they'd find enough common ground to choose each other.

If you met the characters individually without the context of the plot, the obvious matches are Mal/Zoe, Wash/Kaylee, and Simon/Inara. Thing is, I think they're obvious because that's how it would happen in real life. People tend to fall for each other when they share a history or similar interests or a certain level of education.

Not a big deal; I still like watching their relationships and I didn't need a ship anyway. Just makes me think about what makes a romance romantic.

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The Glue of the World: The Wallflowers - One Headlight

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I don't even know how to collect and organize everything I want to see in 2016, but here's my current dilemma: I don't like Superman and I don't like DC and I don't care about Batman and I don't like Ben Affleck, but I love Wonder Woman.

Can someone plan to make a cut where only her scenes are included? Kthnx.

Also, the new Civil War trailer today looks spectacular. Don't know why they decided to reveal Spider-Man finally, though. I thought they were doing pretty good giving him the Luke treatment.

I wanted to see Zootopia but it was my husband's turn so instead I saw some British guy trying to be an Olympic ski jumper but at least Hugh Jackman was in it.

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Just a couple short paragraphs; I"m overly cautious about spoilers.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Disney - The Circle of Life

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I liked the second season of Marvel's Agent Carter a lot more than the first one and I hope it gets renewed for a third.

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Looking forward to the return of Agents of SHIELD. Hoping they embrace the same philosophy of fun-infused drama.

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Mad-Eye: pleased pleased

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