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Like I said at the end of the last series, I won't be doing reviews for each issue of Season Ten. I said this mostly to preemptively assuage my own guilt at not getting a reaction post up promptly and not doing "my part" to keep discussion alive in our corner of the fandom. This was silly of me. Obviously I was going to feel guilty anyway.

But life is life and this is probably about the level of promptness that we can expect from me for the duration of the series. Now let's see what kind of reaction we can expect from me!

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Sorry for jamming all of this together, but I actually thought I'd be a lot briefer with my comments. As always, I'm all over the place but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to talk about these comics with anyone who wants to. Also happy to host a conversation if any of you just want a post where you can talk to each other. Dark Horse Buffy forever!

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Title: Older
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: This part, 2623
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to Boss Whedon.
Notes: Forget beta'd, this hasn't even been proofread. I finished it two minutes ago and my tentative plan is to come back later and shriek at the mess and fix everything.

The reason I'm posting it now anyway is because today is the birthday of someone really fantastic and special, janasbangel, and I didn't have anything prepared for her. I still wish I could do better than a hastily completed fic chapter, but I thought it might brighten her day - at least this gives me a space to tell you it's Janas's birthday so you can wish her a happy one.

So, to a beautiful soul and great friend, I hope you find some enjoyment here!

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The Glue of the World: Spoko babbling

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Not gonna be able to watch GoT tonight so I might as well blather about something else.

Lolita.Collapse )
The Brothers Karamazov.Collapse )
War of the Worlds.Collapse )
Animal Dreams.Collapse )

Right, so that's all the books since last time I talked about the books. YAY BOOKS. Hey, did anyone else take that "How Well Read Are You" quiz on BuzzFeed? Can we talk about how the scoring is kind of unfair? Exactly how many classics are we supposed to consume every year by their standards?

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The Glue of the World: U2 - One

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Title: Older
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: This part, 2490
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to Boss Whedon.
Notes: Don't think this means I'm back on the actual horse now. Both parts were already written; I just split up the episode when I realized that it was twice as long as my other "Older" chapters.

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The Glue of the World: R.E.M. - Bad Day

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Title: Older
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: This part, 2512
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to Boss Whedon.
Notes: Okay no but seriously WHAT.

It's a long story.

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The Glue of the World: Iron and Wine - Upward Over the Mountain

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A'right, all ye who lurves Buffy/Angel in a kissyface way and wishes there were more of us to squee about it: know, meet, be aware of siegeperilous02. Every LJ entry I make is basically a friending meme but especially this one.

AND ANOTHER THING. I know I've only rarely ever mentioned my devotion to X-Men here - the comics, not (particularly) the movieverse - but it exists. The good news is I finally found an all-encompassing community for it. The other kind of news is that it could use some activity, so go know, meet, and be aware of xaviersestate if you share my X-fanaticism.

That's all for now. I did btw make it back from LA in one piece, but now I have to DRIVE a CAR. Ugh.

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Hey folks, I'm headed to Los Angeles on Sunday! It's a business trip and I probably won't have any time for proper sightseeing, but I've never been to LA before and I want to enjoy it as much as possible while I'm there.

So if anyone has any general tips on what to notice while you're on Angel's turf - specifically, the Avenue of the Stars, since that's where the hotel is - I'd love to hear them!

Also wish me luck in surviving an actual business trip for four days, I spent all last night dreaming about being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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The Glue of the World: The Beatles - Let It Be

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SMG ships B/A and it's heaven.

I ship Goliath/Elisa because holy crap how many fictional couples are there where they can only see each other after dark? And we're combining this with love that can never be and also he's psycho-protective over her even though she's a tough girl who can take care of herself? Is this real life television?

(This is the first show that's had me hunting for online fandom stuff since Friendship Is Magic. Probably could have predicted I'd love it this much, but not how frustrating it would be to not have easy access to an active fanbase. If anyone wants to talk about Gargoyles, YO.)

I forgot to mention in my last TV Lately post that I watched the entirety of "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" on YouTube and don't even regret the time spent. I'm not part of P&P fandom beyond having always liked the book, but the vlog retelling is well-made and entertaining, and with a little bit of discipline, you can watch a few videos a day and it will enhance your life instead of taking it over. It's too late at night for me to go linking things; it'll turn up in a search if you want it.

Does anyone play games? Card, board, video? Christmas brought one of each to my household: Munchkins, Settlers of America (Catan Histories), and FFXIII. I could ramble on my own, but it would be more fun if someone was familiar or curious about any of those.

I went on a big icon mining quest and I'm all tricked out now. It was necessary. Gargoyles. Sleep is for the weak.

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The Glue of the World: Billy Joel - The Longest Time

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So yeah, this is how I decided to spend my weekend.

1-25 Alana
26-48 Marko
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114-116 Prince Robot
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Icons can be altered or used as bases as you wish. Comments and credit are appreciated but not mandatory. Don't hotlink.

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Table generated using angelamaria's Icon Table Generator.
Icons by their own makers.


Aside: I could use a little tech help, if anyone knows why the gif that I made online won't keep its animation when it's uploaded to LJ.

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The Glue of the World: Billy Joel - Downeaster "Alexa"

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The entire run of Disney's Gargoyles series is now legally available on YouTube.

I thought some of you might want to know, since it's an amazing show that was difficult to find until recently. And yes, this is coming from the perspective of someone who has gargoyles decorating her blog, mantlepiece, and skin, but I swear, it's not all about the title! Ask any geek of the 90's and they'll assure you, it was a revolutionary cartoon then and it holds up now. I watched the first two episodes tonight and might do the odd blog post on it as I continue.

In other TV news, Simon and I are finishing up the fourth season of Doctor Who, and he's finally starting to love it like I do, rather than just viewing it as something to do together. In retrospect, this is about where I got fully hooked too, which is incredibly weird when you think about it - if someone recommended me a show by saying "Don't worry, it gets better after the fourth season," I'd think they were nuts. But another weird (wonderful) thing is how the early seasons are so much more enjoyable the second time around. Even knowing Matt Smith is around the corner doesn't make the goodbye to David Tennant any easier.

Ponies are still ponies, and they're there for me every week, but the unspeakable glory that was promised to us in the form of a pony voiced by Weird Al Yankovic failed to deliver. The episode wasn't that funny and the songs weren't that good. It's a damned shame, is what! Maybe the reason we only hear about him when he has a "comeback" every five years or so is that he depletes all of his powers with every album and needs that time to regenerate them. Good thing there was a Discord song a few episodes back to make up for it.

I also started rewatching Seaquest: DSV. All of the shows above have proved better for nostalgic purposes, but none of them star any dolphins, do they.

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The Glue of the World: The Wallflowers - One Headlight

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Title: Chorus
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: 2531
Rating: General
Summary: Years after Sunnydale, Oz reconnects with the one person who changed everything for him - and it's not who you're thinking.
Disclaimer: Nothing is mine.

This is the one I was talking about that doesn't have Angel in it. It does tie in with some of my other stories, but you'd need to be fairly well-versed in my fanfiction to spot it.

“Some of them still don’t believe in us.”Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Heather Nova - Walk This World

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Thank you landrews for picking five icons for me! Come play, it's fun.

1. Reply to this post with "not today," and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

1.isthereanythingbetter

I grabbed this from iconomicon, a wealth of interesting icons. Since I've had it I've found no end of potential meanings in it: immensity, mystery, nature, tranquility, adventure, freedom, and of course just plain water are all concepts that seem to be implied in one simple image of the ocean. On a personal level, I have no talent for swimming or boating, but the physical and metaphorical properties of water have always been deeply important to me. Also I have a thing for aquatic mammals.

2.friendshipismagicicon_80

This is a scene from the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which is kindasorta my favorite show in the whole wide world. It's pretty much what it looks like - hyper pink pony being ignored by calm purple pony. In real life I'm seldom if ever the talkative one in this kind of scenario, but online I find myself getting really really excited about this or that, and I see this as the perfect animated sequence for portraying that state of mind. (And the first I ever heard of the show was a gif just like this one!)

3.janasba

This was made by the talented and generous janasbangel. Mostly I just thought it was a masterful and convincing manip, and I can never have enough B/A icons, but I also like seeing the couple as they never were in the show. Even in the wedding dream sequence, Buffy's youth was evident enough to keep the formal wear from reaching this level of sophistication, and anyway we already knew they were doomed. Here she's got grace and maturity, and they both look assured in their relationship - it's like an AU in which they're an undercover crime-fighting rich human couple. Bring it.

4.iconomicon7

Another one from iconomicon, but it's a heck of a lot harder to find applicable posts to use this one on. Death? Anatomy? Maybe for all those times I talk about animating the run cycles of canine characters? Anyway, I do have an interest in skeletal structures, and this icon is just too damn cool to not keep on hand.

5.gameof25

Fans of Game of Thrones will recognize the silhouette of Arya Stark, everyone's favorite wolf girl, and the quotes from her mentor that she keeps reciting for a long time in the book series. None of them particularly speak to me; this icon, I think, is all about the character. She needs a mantra, something to constantly reaffirm her self-reliance, and eventually it begins to shape her: I like the way the words seem to fill her up, replacing everything that should be inside her. And that much is probably more than I've written about GoT here for months, so obviously I haven't had much opportunity to use this icon.

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The Glue of the World: Powderfinger - My Happiness

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This is a shout-out to all my fic-reading followers and friends: while we're contemplating the lull in Buffyverse fandom, don't forget to appreciate what we do have. Scribes of Angel is the best active site for Angel fanfiction that you'll find, and scribesds also keeps her other pages current and tidy - they're all easily accessible from the Scribes link or Dark Star's Portal. Go take a look, find something cool, talk about it. Most writers like feedback on their old stories as much as their new ones.

I got a giggle just now when I opened up the listing of my own stories on Scribes and found a trail of blue frowny faces....guess we know what my favorite genre is! Here's hoping I'll add another kind this year. I'm working on a story now, but not an Angel one. You'd never guess the two characters I have conversing. I've certainly never seen it in another fic.

There, now I've got you curious. :) Go sate yourself with something from Scribes!

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Undiluted spoilers.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: The Travelling Wilburys - Last Night

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Watch this one if you haven't seen it:


More importantly, watch this one if you have seen it:


I worry that today's pop culture audience isn't getting its share of classic rock. I search for "battlestar galactica all along the watchtower" on YouTube and everyone is all "Bear McCreary!" and I'm all "No, Jimi Hendrix!"

...My new year's resolutions didn't include making a ton of short entries on LJ but that's what seems to be happening anyway so I'm just gonna go with it.

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The Glue of the World: Eels - Mr. E's Beautiful Blues

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Disney is revoking Dark Horse's publishing license for Star Wars comics. I don't read them myself, but they're the major Dark Horse engine and it's pretty brutal to take that away and give it to a much larger publisher (Marvel).

No predictions coming from over here; I just wanted this information out there amongst those of us who have formed attachments to other series from Dark Horse. Show your support in whatever way you can.

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The Glue of the World: Barenaked Ladies - Call and Answer

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And it was like dot dot dot and I was like WINCE.

Follow the tag for links to basically everything fandom-related that I've ever done.

Fanfiction:

False Witness (Buffy/Angel, Ensemble)
Indeterminate Time (Buffy/Angel)

Drabbles:

Angel's biography as told through Nirvana song titles (Angel)

Comic Summaries/Reviews:

Willow #2&3
Buffy #16&17
Spike #5
A&F #17&18&19&20
Willow #4&5
Buffy #18&19&20&21
A&F #21
A&F #22
Buffy #22
A&F #23
Buffy #23
A&F #24
Buffy #24
A&F #25
Buffy #25

Crafting:

Not Fade Away in Sculpey

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The Glue of the World: Reliant K - The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

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Been a few weeks since I saw the movie but heck, I got this icon so I gotta use it. And just on the off chance there's anyone left who hasn't seen this...



Spoilers for the third book as well as the second movie, and also, I guess, some kind of spoilers for the latest Peter Jackson abomination.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: R.E.M. - Leave

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Lots of other stuff I ought to be using LJ for, but I had this one more Saga scan post I wanted to make - and probably one more after this just for icons. The others I did were just a couple panels at a time, but this time it's three short scenes I wanted to share in full. The first one is a great study in how much can be conveyed without comprehensible dialogue, and the last one makes a lovely subversion of that scene in Avatar: the Last Airbender when a baby is...well, I won't spoil it.

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And that's the end of my scannerfest. Not saying I'll never do it again but this "feature" in my blog obviously hasn't been a heavy hitter and it takes a relatively large amount of time to put together. That's okay; next time we'll just talk about the comic! Like, OH MY WORLD, did you SEE that last issue and EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER being in it PLUS THE BRAND *pantpant* please talk to me about Saga okay there has never been a better time for Saga talk.

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I come from the town of Mira
Beyond the bridges of Saint Claire.
I guess you've never heard of Mira?
It's very small but still it's there.
They have the very greenest trees
And skies as white as flame,
But what I liked the best in Mira
Is everybody knew my name.
Can you imagine that?
Can you imagine that?
Everybody knew my name.
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