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Title: Older
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: This part, 3167
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to Boss Whedon.
Notes: BECAUSE RETRO CHALLENGE IS WHY! That's right! I said I was gonna add a chapter to "Older" this year and I JUST DID! I did it for the Retro Challenge! You can too! Taaroko already did, even though she didn't know it.

*ahem* So, if you're wondering what's going on here, and who'd blame you, this is a story that I began writing somewhere around seven years ago, an AU in which the characters are all one year older than in canon. It was last updated in the neighborhood of two years ago. But by gum, I'm still writing it.

If you want to give it a look, start here or here. The whole thing is posted under the "older'verse" tag, or you can read it on Ao3 or FF.net. Helpful note: not all the chapters are this godawful long. Apparently I'm too rusty to be succinct.

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The Glue of the World: Nina Simone - Either Way I Lose

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I want the world to know that Squirrel Girl is eligible for the MCU:

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The Glue of the World: Moulin Rouge - Your Song

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I had just barely heard rumors about the Preacher TV series, and suddenly there's a trailer.

This has serious potential to be an amazing show, based on some excellent writing, and I have no interest whatsoever in watching it.

Look, they're going to tell you it's unlike anything you've ever seen before, but it's not. Urban fantasy is our new base layer, and pop theology is its biggest sub-genre. If you haven't had enough gore, bleakness, and blasphemy played as humor, by all means dig in. I wasn't kidding about the excellent writing, and Cassidy is one of the best modern vampire characters out there.

Just remember, when you realize it's The Walking Dead with angels, Kairos told you so.

It's kind of awesome that Raina from AoS is Tulip, though. Okay. So that's one kind of awesome thing.

In other "small-screen budget special effects caught up to the stuff I read as a teenager" news, American Gods is getting a series, too.

Maybe I'm a hypocrite, because a lot of the same elements I was just complaining about are there, but this one's kind of exciting. I don't know this guy, but he's a hunka hunka burning something or other, and as soon as I laid eyes on him I thought, yep, that's Shadow.

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Mad-Eye: restless restless

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Very slight spoilers for one early scene in Civil War.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Bob Marley - Exodus

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Chapter Title: Taking Root
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2745
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: Can't remember if I mentioned before that I'm kind of using this story (and the first one tbh) to explore the idea of an "asexual romance". Also I would like to make you ugly cry.

I’m wide awake, and I thought about it good and hard, and I’m tellin’ you it ain’t worth it.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: sleepy sleepy

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Borrowed from frelling_tralk : comment with a fandom (or more than one) and I'll tell you:

the character i least understand
interactions i enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing i dislike about my fave character
one thing i like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character i wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed

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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: bored bored

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As you've seen if you read my monthly creative agenda, I've been educating myself on the Marvel Civil War arc that inspired the movie. Since I took the Really Freaking Thorough route, that rounded out at about 100 issues, many of which were essentially loose threads that incorporated the global event into each series' own story. That makes a lot of dead weight for anyone who's only there for the crossover, but it's also a nice way to get acquainted with the modern Marvel Universe if you're not sure where to start.

Spoilers for the comics, but not the movie because I haven"t seen it yet.Collapse )

Started this entry two days ago and lost the brain power for it, so I'm just going to wrap up here and see if any of my thoughts return later. I'm pretty sure we're all going to love this movie and I want to wring it dry.

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The Glue of the World: Animaniacs

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I had been debating whether The Force Awakens was one of those few movies I'd buy as soon as it was available - I like owning movies, because I'm a rewatcher, but usually I wait until it's cheap. Exceptions made if I really really really want to see it again right now.

My trip to Copenhagen solved that for me by having it in the movie selection. Wheeee! I watched it on both flights and I'm satiated until such time as it becomes reasonable to purchase on DVD.

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I also had time to check out X-Men 3: The Last Stand, since I hadn't seen it since it was in the theaters and I wanted to know if it was any better than I remembered. It isn't. I ended up forwarding through most of it. The only thing that surprised me was that MacTaggart's already been in a movie (albeit briefly). The only really neat use of mutant powers was Iceman vs. Pyro. I really hope that everyone involved in the reboot repents of the mess this studio has made of Marvel's most epic property.

Long flight - I also watched The Good Dinosaur. That was a mistake. There's nothing wrong with the concept, your standard "kid gets separated from his people, has an adventure to get back to them" in a mixed-prehistory setting. The kid goes through the usual checkpoints, making a friend, meeting a variety of strangers who help or hinder his quest, but none of it is fun. The friend is cute, but there's no good reason for him to be a human when he never speaks and he acts exactly like a wolf. The variety of strangers turns out to be a variety of rednecks, with the sole exception of a paranoid ceratopsid with an invalid horn configuration, who has the only good scene in the movie.

The animation doesn't really make up for any other failings - there are some cool-looking moments, but the character design is terrible. The voice acting is nothing special either. Not every Pixar can be a masterpiece, but this is the first one that's outright disappointed me.

Luckily, I don't have to lose hope for CG animated blockbusters, because Zootopia was just wonderful. Smart, creative, epic, cheerful, and full of anthropomorphic animals and all the species jokes that come with them. The part of my brain I wish I could turn off wants to complain that it should have been obvious that such a diverse population needs an equally diverse police force, and if they ever explained exactly what carnivores do eat, I missed it, but the world was detailed enough to remain convincing for two hours. I really liked that the plot incorporated all the difficulties of animals-as-people into the plot, instead of emphasizing their human traits, like cartoons for younger kids do. Lots of warmfuzzies, almost literally.

I'm buying my tickets for Civil War this weekend right now. So far I've rewatched Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, and I got my hands on a copy of The Winter Soldier, which I'm going to bookend with the Agents of SHIELD crossover, then finish up with Age of Ultron. Already feeling my soft spot for Steve growing, but I knew I was on his team anyway.

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The Glue of the World: Stroke 9 - Little Black Backpack

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Fanfiction:
Complete a fic of any length for the GotG fandom: Worked on it.

Original fiction:
Clean up and post/publish a couple poems: Dug this up and posted it. Not crossing it off yet; I have one more I'd like to share, since it's fandom-inspired, but that needs more work.

Art:
Nothing this month.

Reading:
Finish a book a month: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was (deliberately) setting the bar low at one/month, plus I was already near the end of Crime and Punishment, and the other two were both relatively short and easy reading. And everything was really good! Hooray for Kindle again.
Finish the Civil War event before the movie: Check! Timing worked out really well, too. I should have just enough time to complete a Captain America marathon.
Finish the Age of Apocalypse event before the movie: Not sure where I left this so I'm skimming through from the beginning, and for some reason I think I like it better this time.
Read one poem every night before going to sleep: Completely dropped the ball. Traveling, sore throat, events conspiring against me. Amazing how easily you can lose a habit.

TV:
Catch up on Game of Thrones: Finished Season 2, purchased Season 3, and (this is big) got my husband into it!

Other:
Nothing this month.

So, not as empty as I thought, though most of it was reading and TV. Hopefully May will have more creation, particularly the visual kind.

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The Glue of the World: Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

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More thoughts I apparently just couldn"t keep to myself.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: The Lion Guard

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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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