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~all around me darkness gathers~ ~fading is the sun that shone~ ~we must speak of other matters~ ~you can be me when i'm gone~ ((All of this has happened before)) ((All of this has happened before))
God bless the rain, and the rainclouds that bring it. God bless the music, and the voices that sing it. God bless the ones who sing everything wrong. God bless all creatures who do not belong.
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I should have bought or otherwise found a way to listen to Hamilton: an American Musical as soon as I started hearing about it, but even if I had I doubt I ever would have managed to get tickets back when it was possible. So I'm late to the game as usual, but as for a live performance, we'll call this one a maybe someday.

Spoiler alert: America wins the Revolutionary War.Collapse )

Anyone else like musicals? Anyone else like this one?

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All Places Are Alike to Me: in the greatest city in the world!
Mad-Eye: I am not throwin' away my shot
The Glue of the World: the world turned upside down

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I'm back on the Daredevil train, slowly working my way through the second season for the second time. Considering that I watched the first season three times within the first couple months it aired and still craved it, I'm kind of sad that the magic apparently isn't there anymore, but it might not be the show's fault.

Just finished the first full Elektra episode.Collapse )

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

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Just one thought about S3, and nope, it"s not about the Red Wedding.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: TMBG - I Should Be Allowed to Think

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I doubt spoilers would really be an issue for anyone reading this but it"s a matter of form.Collapse )

As for that domestic harmony, my box set of GoT S4 just arrived, and that's the first season with episodes I haven't yet seen. WHOSE SHOW WILL PREVAIL?

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

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I'm listening to a Dresden Files book about werewolves, and I'm writing a fanfic about werewolves.

I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, and I'm always writing a fanfic about vampires.

The last book I finished was about a scientist trying to turn animals into humans through painful surgical procedures. It came up randomly on my "read next" list, but coincided with my fanfic about Rocket's origins.

Come to think of it, the Age of Apocalypse comic event has an arc about experimentation that combines human and animal genes, and so does Gargoyles.

And then there's Supernatural, which basically has an episode on every fantasy/sci-fi trope ever invented.

Not really trying to figure out what this says about me or the media I tend to consume, but I do want to keep writing. Sometimes when I'm stuck, I realize that I just need to change gears and work on a different story. Sometimes that just leaves me staring blankly at a different open doc. How do I know which solution to use and how does inspiration enter it?

Also I've been making a concerted effort to only watch TV when I really feel like it, and only shows I really want to watch right at that moment. (Adventure Time and now Animaniacs are the rulebreakers, since I feel okay leaving the room to do something else and missing bits.) Hence, dropping my second viewing of Daredevil S2 a few episodes in. For some reason I'm playing FFVIII again. That seems somehow like it's part of the same puzzle.

Anyway, there are a few stories/writing projects I really want to finish or to just keep up the momentum. I don't think Daredevil is part of the inspiration for any of them.

I was going to spend this weekend in DC but plans changed and now I have a weekend at home by myself instead. I think I may use it to finish my Daredevil S2 rewatch.

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

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Fanfiction:

Add a chapter to "Older" per the challenge I set on Day 6: I DID THIS HAHAHAHAHA
Write some B/A fic totaling at least 5000 words: Around 3k - it'll be a long time before it reaches the light of day even after I get through the 5k mark for this one, but let me tell you I am glad to be dusting it off.
Complete a fic of any length for the GotG fandom: Worked on it, posted one chapter. Currently on a break but probably not for much longer.

Original fiction:

Finish writing the first arc of my superhero comic: Wrote, like, a paragraph.

Art:

Draw centaur porn: Went back to that old sketch, it's not getting any better, but I don't need it to really.
Use my sewing machine: Cut out the pattern and started sewing! ...Is the good news. The bad news is that this is harder than I remember and I'm discouraged by how much I suck at it.

Reading:

Finish a book a month: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. Probably one of my favorites from him! Also coincided nicely with "Brace for Impact", what with the unethical experimentation topic.
Finish the Age of Apocalypse event before the movie: I decided I don't need to see this one in the theater, so the deadline is moot, but I'm still reading and it's still pretty okay.
Read one poem every night before going to sleep: Back on it with fair reliability. Over halfway done with the Frost collection.

TV:

Catch up on Game of Thrones: Finished S3. Sadly, Mr. Kairos's interest has waned again, and he's making me watch the first season of Breaking Bad before we continue on to S4.

Other:

Nothing this month.

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

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The other day I took a Buzzfeed quiz on which Civil War team you are, which gives basically the same result as flipping a coin but kills more time. I got Team Iron Man, and the description started with something like "You take responsibility for your actions," which made me double-take. I had actually thought that would describe Team Cap.

Filed it away until earlier today, I read a comment on a blog post by someone who said she preferred Spike to Angel because he took responsibility for his actions. I thought wait wait wait, that's why I prefer Angel to Spike. Don't try to find the post; it was a few years old and not on LJ, but now I'm interested in probing that idea to find connections.

When Team Cheekbones says that Spike takes responsibility, they mean that he accepts that he's the same person with or without a soul, right? There's no, "That wasn't me, it was him." But Angel, who refers to Angelus as a different entity, is still working on cleaning up the mess regardless of who made it. What's it really mean to hold yourself accountable? Accept the blame and carry on, or shun authority and shoulder the load? Is there even a right way to look at it?

No secret of course that I'm Team Forehead all the way, but as for Steve and Tony, I still haven't really chosen a side. That's perplexing, and it's why I haven't said much about the movie yet, and it's also what I liked best about it. After Tony relayed the grieving mother's story to the Avengers, it seemed cut and dry; his argument wins because it's the one that's holding a photo of an innocent dead teenager. He says he wants supervision so that the team's vast collective power will be under control, and that makes sense.

Except that whoever controls the power gets the blame for the mistakes. There really isn't any reason to believe that there will be fewer casualties once the UN is in charge of deploying the Avengers; those casualties will just be someone else's fault. Tony's got good reason to look for guidance from an outside source, but Steve's going to feel worse about the conflict he didn't try to stop than the one he couldn't stop.

In place of a conclusion, here's the best thing I've read so far on Civil War. I take no responsibility for any of the sentiments expressed.

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Mad-Eye: tired tired
The Glue of the World: Deus Ex

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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.

I take credit for Dru, but when did YOU go insane?Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: crazy crazy
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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Mad-Eye: silly silly
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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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: restless restless

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

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Mad-Eye: hungry hungry
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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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
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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Mad-Eye: tired tired
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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Mad-Eye: content content
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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Mad-Eye: thirsty thirsty
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.

Comrade Quill, signal from you is farther away than expected, have Guardians left Knowhere so soon?Collapse )

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

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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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Mad-Eye: grateful grateful
The Glue of the World: Quantum Break

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