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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))
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Because I've got a half hour and because I was recently asked about it and because I'm in a miserable mood today, let's talk about Saga, the best comic ever written, and how it could be better.

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Well, I had a lot more to say but my half hour is up, so whoever wants to can rant along here or tell me why I'm wrong (maybe I am wrong!). If you're not already reading Saga, you still need to, no excuses. If you are, I'm hoping to do another big set of icons or some other graphics, but there are too many fandoms to be fanned....and my mood hasn't really improved yet. We'll pick up this topic later, just like I said about all the other topics.

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All Places Are Alike to Me: work
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The Glue of the World: Battleblock Theater theme in my head

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Just gained a few friends from a site-wide meme, and you can too:

( multi-fandom friending meme )

Eventually LJ will probably turn into a wasteland populated by twenty or so of us inflexible stalwarts, all of whom are friends except for grrm, so we might as well start getting to know each other now and see who makes it to the Ablogalypse.

Tl;dr, this is me bidding a warm albeit absent-minded welcome to anyone who's decided to tolerate my presence on their flist. Man that makes me feel like I should show more appreciation for those of you who have been doing that for years. I swear, I've tried to be entertaining! I'm trying right now!

Second order of business, I've been nominated at the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction awards (click the button to see the other nominees) for "Chorus", possibly the only fic I've written this year. Thanks, whoever!

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The Glue of the World: Simon's classical music iTunes playlist (culture, what)

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Does anyone watch True Blood? I figured I would try Season 2 after all this time just because it's there, but now I'm kinda drawn in.

Trouble is I know for me it's all about
kink, and pretty soon they're going to smash this Bill/Sookie thing that's hitting me in all the right spots. After that I suppose there will still be werewolves, and then one thing or another will keep me clinging on even though I'll be bitching all along about how much this show has gone downhill.
So maybe it's a good thing Amazon only has it through S3.

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The Glue of the World: S02E05

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I watched Season 8 on Netflix a while ago and wanted to make a post about it here, but stalled because damn, this is a kind of depressing thing to write about.

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The Glue of the World: Cat Stevens - Father and Son

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By now you've probably heard that the annual I Will Remember You Fic Marathon is changing hands; angelus2hot will be the primary organizer this year, while scribesds takes a much-deserved break from it. (Personally, I hope she's spending the time relaxing in a hot tub or rockin' out at clubs, but I know she probably just needs to concentrate on her real life.)

I would have instantly volunteered for the task myself, if not for a major personal event that I have overlapping it, so while there's nothing for me to really add here, I did want to keep the conversation going a bit longer out in the open. We've heard from a lot of fans lately, affirming the importance of the IWRY Marathon to them, and it's never too early or too late to show your support by pitching in to help. How? Write. If you don't have a story idea? Write anyway. If you've never written B/A before? Make this your first time. If you're not confident in your ability? Take the plunge, ask for a beta, and write.

How else can you help? Well, for that you'll have to ask angelus2hot. I'll try to be around for the next few months to help plug, beta, and answer questions, but my main goal is to produce one B/A story of real quality, so I suppose if you want to help me, ask me how it's going. ;)

Here's to another great year of B/A fanfiction.

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The Glue of the World: Nobuo Uematsu - Not Alone

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Apparently the entirety of MLP:FIM S4 is already available on Netflix, which is great because it's more or less impossible to find the finale on YouTube.

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The Glue of the World: Tom Waits - We're All Mad Here

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Finally watching the fifth and final season.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Billy Joel - Movin' Out

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Okay, I'm just going to come right out and say this: so far, the Buffy half of the Season 10 comics is bloody fantastic. The characters look right, they sound right. The plot development is interesting, the continuity respects longtime fans without alienating new ones, and the humor is funny.

You got fed up with Season 9, we all did. You gave up on the comics altogether, I get that. But if you stuck around (or came back) and you've read what I did over the last few months, raise a glass with me and forget all the criticism. Forget the postmodernist wannabes trying to find offensive tropes. Forget the bloggers glancing at pirated copies before insisting that it can't be good because the last series wasn't good. Forget the kid in the lettercol trying to revert to the weak former story model by justifying the PSA characters and bemoaning their sudden and blessed absence.

We've all had so many complaints about where this franchise has gone that I for one started viewing each minor improvement as nothing but damage control. I didn't want the comics to give me an engaging new story, I just wanted them to fix the old one. I wanted a canon explanation of Angel's actions as Twilight. I wanted Buffy to stop trying to act like an adult and start acting like an adult. I wanted Dawn to firmly reject Spike's friendship and make her reasons for it crystal clear. Etc. etc. etc. Season 9's Angel & Faith fulfilled a little of my wishlist while Season 9's Buffy piled on more things I wanted fixed and it did not level out to square one.

I still want those things. But you know, this has been the show from the very beginning (or at least the end of Season 5). Along with the good, you get gaping plot holes, foolish moral messages, badly written episodes, and an infuriating lack of resolution for any of the biggest mistakes. I kept watching/reading because in spite of it all, the characters and world I loved still existed and they were worth the time I spent with them. That doesn't change just because the faults haven't been retroactively healed by what's come since then.

Season 10, or at least half of it, may be shaping up to be better than not only Seasons 8 and 9, but Seasons 6 and 7 too. I propose we sit back and let it. We can't hinge everything on hoping for specific events to occur. The repair crew is never coming in. What we have now has to be enjoyed for its own merits, or it can't be enjoyed at all.

If that seems like a no-brainer, it is. If the book's not making you happy, drop it. I choose to pay my dollars, read, and love it.

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The Glue of the World: Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone

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Hey friends! Bet you weren't expecting this: janasbangel wrote a fic for Cookie Day, and she used my Joy'verse setting and OC Joy for it. How cool is that? I made some cosmetic changes and added a few words, but the idea and content are hers.

It's reposted here with permission. Enjoy!

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The Glue of the World: Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

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Since the advent of TV on Netflix I've been watching fewer movies (possibly true for others too?). I've got a handful of them to rattle on about now, though, and because of my recent travels to a faraway SO faraway destination, I've had a lot of flying hours to kill and a decent selection of movies at my disposal.

The first one I chose was Life of Pi, even though I'd already seen it. I love that movie. Nevertheless, I fell asleep in the middle and didn't bother going back to finish it, and I probably won't feel the need to see it again. It would be nice to read the book again, but I doubt I'll ever have the time.

The rest might contain spoilers, so...

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In other movie news, I finally own a DVD of Empire Records. I've seen it over thirty times on VHS and NEVER the extended version, so it's gonna be crazy times when I crack it open. They'll probably block off the street. I may liveblog.

What's out now, either in theaters or to rent, that I should see? Aside from the latest X-Men of course. Lately I'm just not informed at all and I want to know what to look forward to.

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The Glue of the World: Spacehog - In the Meantime

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Covered in this installment: War of the Worlds, A Tale of Two Cities, Ulysses, Bend Sinister, and Green Rider.

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The Glue of the World: Ween - The Fucked Jam

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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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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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