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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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Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Just leaving this here since it's the first time I got the Hogwarts results I wanted in an online quiz and you never know when you're going to need to put a character into the Sorting Hat.

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Mad-Eye: satisfied satisfied

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I make jewelry sometimes, and now I can sell it.

And you can buy it!

Please criticize me in whatever ways you can come up with so I can improve my crafting and marketing techniques and maybe eventually actually make a sale.

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Mad-Eye: anxious anxious
The Glue of the World: Meiko Kaji - The Flower of Carnage

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Hey, I turned this old post into an article for public consumption and got paid for it.

Not my first feature article but it's the one I've had in mind for ages so I guess it feels more significant.

If you have suggestions for other topics, I'm listening.

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Mad-Eye: geeky geeky
The Glue of the World: Damien Rice - 9 Crimes

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LJ is doing a 10 Year Challenge thing and emailed me with a link to my first-ever entry in this blog...wasn't I so tiny and cute!

It did cross my mind that the end of 2018 marked my tenth year in the Buffy fandom, and I wanted to do something special with it but nothing came to mind before the approximate date had gone by. Or, more accurately, I suck at fandom lately.

Anyway. I still lub you guys. If you want to share some memories here, go wild.

Mad-Eye: nostalgic nostalgic
The Glue of the World: Wicked - Popular

Audiobook: You know, I thought I stopped listening to audiobooks because I wasn't walking or biking daily, but now I realize that I probably shouldn't have bothered with Side Jobs. Short stories interrupt the routine, too. I forget the title of the next Dresden Files, but I'm pretty sure it's the one that everyone says is the best, so I'm going to look into that. (Skin Game? Is that it?)

Nonfiction: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend -- I actually read this, or at least some parts of it, years ago. This time I actually am getting a dog.

Fiction: Not really anything, which means it's time to start The Gathering Storm. I guess the only reason I've been putting it off is because I wanted to catch up with the Tor.com WoT reread first, but I'm doing that now too.

Reread: The Subtle Knife, but yesterday I was given the best reason ever to put it down for a while: Simon wants to read His Dark Materials! He never does that! Of course, I pretty frequently read while Simon isn't around, so I may finish the trilogy while he's getting through the first one anyway.

Kindle: Finishing Moby Dick, probably within a couple days. I think the next classic queued is Uncle Tom's Cabin, although I might break for another Pelted, since I nabbed Even the Wingless while it was free.

Comics: It's actually been kind of a long time since I had some comics to read. Does anyone want to rec me something? No guarantees I'll take it, but this is a rare opportunity to rec me anything, usually I block them all out. :)

Poetry: I'm still on the same Treasury of Poems that I was last year at this time, which is no surprise since it's a large book to be going through one page (if that) at a time. But I'm more than halfway through now. The poems are categorized by topic and right now it's "Mother".

Mad-Eye: mellow mellow
The Glue of the World: Hozier - Take Me to Church

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So, I'm actively watching all of the current Marvel shows and caught up on most of them, but not this one because the whole second season dropped at once and in this house a marathon does not mean dawn to dusk. I'm not sure whether Runaways is my favorite out outside of the Netflix'verse, but if not, it's at least second.

I think Taaroko and I are up to the third episode of S2. Who else is watching?Collapse )

Watch Runaways! Come talk to me about it!

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Mad-Eye: pleased pleased
The Glue of the World: Red Dead Redemption II

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Wait, really? That means like...five entries a month. I don't remember doing that this year. 

You can get card with your statistics here!

Mad-Eye: confused confused
The Glue of the World: Red Dead Redemption 2

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Which TV shows did you start watching in 2018?
The Gifted, Inhumans, Runaways, Cloak & Dagger, Stranger Things, Brooklyn 9-9, Disenchanted.

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2018?
Star Trek. I'll pick it up again if Simon ever wants to. I tried The Dragon Prince on Netflix and didn't feel much, and same for Siren on Hulu.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2018? Why?
I can't believe it's taking Legion S2 so long to get to Hulu! You're killin' me here!

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2019?
Not sure about release dates for most of the new stuff; honestly, most of them that I can think of are probably more likely to hit in 2020 or later. If the Loki and Scarlet Witch series hit this year, I'm thinking I may have to wait anyway, because I don't think I want to shell out for Disney+ right away. But there's The Witcher, and maybe this will finally be the year for The New Warriors, and possibly I'll find my way into Relics & Rarities.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2018?
That's easy: Inhumans.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2019 unless things significantly improve?
Also easy: Disenchanted.

Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get?
Anything in the MCU Netflix lineup, which is what I said last year, but now I'm clinging to the remaining shows extra hard. Marvel throughout the other networks is looking pretty good, too; I don't think I'd drop any of those.

Your main fandom of the year?
MCU/Guardians of the Galaxy/Netflix MCU

Your favorite film you watched this year?
Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Your favorite book read this year?
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Anna Karenina, Changes, 12 Rules for Life, Summerlong, Fangirl.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Gunn's A-Blazin' Mix and anything from Galavant.

Your favorite TV show(s) of the year?
Runaways, Cloak & Dagger, The Gifted, Brooklyn 9-9, Daredevil, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Runaways and Cloak & Dagger.

Your fandom that made an unexpected comeback this year?
His Dark Materials -- I found the trilogy in a Little Free Library and decided it was time for a reread, and I've really been enjoying it.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Disney firing James Gunn. The wham-wham-wham cancellations of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and then -- excuse me but wtf -- Daredevil. Lack of crossovers in JJ S2 and Daredevil S3. The ugly side of the GotG fandom rearing its head. Most everything Star Wars-related.

Your fandom boyfriend(s) of the year?
Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Stephen Black, Freddie Mercury, Deke Shaw, Ward Meachum, Adrian Pimento, Alex Wilder, Stakar Ogord, Hernan Enrique Salazar Alvarez.

Your fandom girlfriend(s) of the year?
Karen Page, Mantis, Cassie Lang, Blue, Valkyrie, Domino, Lorna Dane, Clarice Fong, Gina Linetti, Old Lace, Aleta Ogord, Persephone.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Meeting Taaroko. Meeting Michael Rooker. All the other Fan-X amazing stuff that happened. Meeting Kita. Th return of Janas. "Rubberband Man" announcing the Guardians in Infinity War. Team-ups in Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Buffy as usual, but mostly the Rocket fandom.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
The "real life" fandom. :)

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, The New Mutants, The Lion King, and all the movies from 2018 that I missed in theaters. Plus new seasons of Game of Thrones, Agents of SHIELD, and (very soon!) The Punisher.

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Mad-Eye: complacent complacent
The Glue of the World: Red Dead Redemption II

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One-Shot Fanfics:

Wedding at Sea (MCU; Tony/Pepper)
Axe Handle (MCU; Thor&Rocket)
Meanwhile on the Street (Netflix MCU; ensemble)
Rocket Being Loved by Five (and Rocket Loving One) (GotG; Rocket&Guardians)

Fanfic Chapters:

A Conspiracy of Ravens (Netflix MCU; Frank/Karen)
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen


Drax Meets the Punisher
Rocket Meets Jessica Jones
Kastle collaboration with Taaroko
Rocket Sketches
Rocket Cornered
Rocket & Quill doodle
Rocket & gun doodle
Thor & Loki doodle
Frank & David doodle
Portrait of Gamora

Episode Reviews:

The Pack
Lie to Me
The Dark Age


Kastle Valentines
Defenders Chart
Stark Raving Hazelnuts


Karen Page Appreciation Post
Jessica Jones Season Two reactions
The Shape of Water reactions
Infinity War reactions
More Infinity War reactions


Interviewed by the Sunnydale Fanfic Club
Made these ten fanmixes
Got Castle Kairos properly set up
Co-created a Rocket Raccoon Discord server
Co-created a mix tape and hand-delivered it to a celeb

Mad-Eye: thirsty thirsty
The Glue of the World: Lemon Demon - Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Chapter Title: She Sees
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 3204
Rating: Teen I guess.
Summary: You want Kastle? I give you Kastle. It's got coffee, it's got dogs, it's got really intense conversation and a harebrained scheme to use gunfire for an ultimately good cause. But first, it's time to check in with Matt.

Another witness who swears he saw Daredevil fighting the Punisher. I know what you’re going to say, but even rumors are rooted somewhere.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: hungry hungry
The Glue of the World: Tom Petty - Into the Great Wide Open

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Original fiction:
This is where I really blew it this year. And it's a shame, because I kind of believed in some of my WIPs - and still do, sure, but...imposter syndrome I guess? I actually went to a panel on that at FanX, and it's past time to dig out my notes (on all the panels) and get serious. It's not even like I've been writing much fanfiction.
Gonna forgive myself for blowing off NaNoWriMo in both July and November, though. Who knew you could be so busy without a job. We're just about settled into the new house and it's time to start establishing new routines and getting back to some of the old ones, so I hope part of that is a dedicated block of daily time in which I don't allow myself to think "But I'm not in the writing state of mind right now!" or other such nonsense.

Art and crafting:
I think the drive to finish my GotG/Netflix MCU crossover comics has keeled over (three cancellations later...). Maybe I can find some other cool idea to replace it.
No painting in watercolors at all this year, but at least I did a couple pastels!
No sculpting either. Wait, I did do a little bit of millefiori, if that counts. It didn't come out too well but I'm jazzed about the idea of making jewelry lately, so maybe that's where the mythical beast I promised myself will come in.
Not sure I ever got a third hand-drawn sketch scanned to digitally color. That one I am going to follow through on, though. I still love my tablet.
Haven't sewn anything. It's pretty intimidating. My last try was embarrassing.

Oh, boy, where did I leave off? I know I've finished a few books lately. Pretty sure I completed the "three authors I've never read before" resolution, so, yay me? Probably not going to get all the way up to twenty-four total books, but that's okay. At least I was reading a lot.
Also, I'm not going to finish Wheel of Time this year, but I am going to finish the reread part. So next year I can start with the first Sanderson, which will be the first I haven't read before, which is cool!

TV and games:
New BtVS-related review just has to be to get back into the Buffy fandom in some capacity. Maybe the reviews will come back, maybe not.
Simon and I did another Lost sprint and then he got a new video game and doesn't want to watch with me anymore again. Haven't decided whether to carry on by myself or if I should wait for the right opportunity to grab his attention with it one more time.

The whole "other" category is a mixed bag and I'm not really sure I have anything to say about it.

So yeah, I guess what I'm getting at here is that the annual resolutions format isn't working for me like it used to. Maybe for 2019 I'll try something like starting each month with a list of projects I want to concentrate on, or something like that.

I've decided not to do Christmas cards this year. It bums me out but I think with everything else going on, it'll be for the best. Anyone who wants to send me something anyway, you'll have to privately ask for my address. I can pretty much guarantee you don't have this one. :)

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All Places Are Alike to Me: forever home
Mad-Eye: pensive pensive
The Glue of the World: "The Defenders Medley" - Beyond the Guitar (on YouTube)

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Chapter Title: I'll Trust Your Judgment
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 2468
Rating: Teen I guess.
Summary: Exposition and bonding.

You know I wouldn’t lie to you about this.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: awake awake
The Glue of the World: The Good Place

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Chapter Title: No Safer Place to Be
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 3757
Rating: Teen for language and canon-typical violence
Summary: The thing about Karen being missing? It wasn't a false alarm.

It's extra long. There was nowhere to cut it. But things are getting Kastley, and this is it for now.

Mr. Castle, I’m sure you can understand why your sudden appearance here is surprising, not to mention unnerving.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: tired tired
The Glue of the World: Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved

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Chapter Title: Got Your Guy
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 2324
Rating: Teen for language and canon-typical violence
Summary: Jessica has a success, Frank not so much.

Yep, I'm still writing this. In fact, gonna do two chapters in a row.

Don’t let anything happen to that damn dog. She wants it. She’ll be back for it.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: busy busy
The Glue of the World: Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl

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Title: Rocket Being Loved by Five (and Rocket Loving One)
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: 2155
Rating: General
Characters: Rocket and the team, no pairings.
Notes: I kind of intended to forget about this as soon as I wrote it, but I guess I still like archiving everything here. This one's short and fluffy and was written for a prompt that sounds mostly like the title but not entirely.

You do not go tempting fate like that when there are people who need you.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: restless restless

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There's a lot of backstory to this post, some of which you might already know. You might have even wondered "Why hasn't Kairos, the biggest GotG fan ever, been posting about this?" The answer is that I've mostly moved over to Tumblr for GotG stuff, and obviously that I haven't really been posting to LJ about anything, even though I always mean to.

The backstory in question, if you don't know, is that James Gunn was fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 because of some offensive tweets that he made years ago. Fans are angry, the cast stood up to defend him, but Disney won't budge and Gunn himself vanished from social media after his initial apology. There's been a lot of misinformation floating around about this, so if you've only heard bits and pieces and you're not sure who's in the right, I'd be happy to dig up some sources for you. For the purposes of the tale below, though, all that needs to be said about my own views is that I desperately want him back; as far as I'm concerned he's the heart and soul of my favorite movies.

So, what's a fan to do.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: accomplished accomplished
The Glue of the World: Brooklyn-99

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Original fiction:

I've been working on my NaNoWriMo romance novel. Not much to say about it except that that has been happening.

Art and crafting:
Haha I only put watercolors on my list for traditional painting media but I finished an enormous pastel and I'm halfway done with another one so yay me?
No luck doing anything digital lately. My tablet is fine but my Mac is in the shop.

Finished Anna Karenina and The Invisible Man and a book called Fangirl that a friend gave me because I divulged my secret in real life and she was interested. That's my third book this year by a new author, so I finally finished a resolution.
Kinda been without poetry, but I did start on a collection by my Least Favorite Honored American Poet (Walt Whitman) before misplacing it, and finished this little book.
Currently reading Moby Dick and this book about avian intelligence. The latter was a birthday gift, the former a Kindle classic I've been looking forward to for a while, and it does not disappoint. But you know how sometimes the most exposure you have to a certain classic is through a spoof? This song has been stuck in my head nonstop.

TV and games:
I jinxed it when I said Simon was still into Lost so far. I asked him if I could go on without him, and he said yes, and I watched the next episode by myself but there were two shocking deaths at the end of it and I decided it was worth it to wait for him to feel like it again.
I haven't really felt much like a Buffy marathon and I think my DVDs are buried in storage anyway. The only thing I've been watching by myself is Brooklyn-99. Except whoa wait, I do have a huge backlog of watched shows, since I haven't posted about TV in ages. Oh well. B-99 is good, I like it.

Writing for CBR basically takes care of my "blogging about media" item; yay loopholes.

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Mad-Eye: guilty guilty
The Glue of the World: Pater Noster

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Um, hi? I've been so busy with the move (and there were/are computer issues mixed in) that I even skipped my checklist for May, but I'm ready to start returning to LJ now. 

Naturally I was also too busy for a lot of my goals. Here's just a general sort of where I'm at.

Original fiction:
I've actually made some progress in "Retronym". Starting to feel like it might be a goal I actually achieve this year.
The other writing goals on my list, not so much. I put down Camp NaNoWriMo rather than NaNoWriMo because I thought the month of July would be when I had some time to spare this year, but it's looking like that is very much not the case, so I'm switching back to November for the goal.
No recent work on the comics or last year's November novel, but I'm not at all giving up on them. Tell you a secret: I landed a freelance job writing for a website, and it's nothing special but it's the first time I'm being paid for writing and I want to take it seriously. Even if that means neglecting my original work for a while. 

Art and crafting:
Hey, I finished coloring another sketch! And it's a sketch from like a million years ago that I still happened to have a scan of on my hard drive. Here's the WIP and the completed piece.

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Mad-Eye: busy busy
The Glue of the World: Only Fools and Horses in the next room

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Chapter Title: But the Fighter Still Remains
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 2417
Rating: Teen for language and canon-typical violence
Summary: It was supposed to be an ordinary day, but no, she has to save another life.

So, it's been a couple months and I really didn't intend that at all. Even the anticipation stage for Infinity War turned out to be a major distraction from everything else, but I'm not giving up on Kastle; just left them on the back burner for a bit.

Very sorry if anyone's still interested in this story and I left you hanging! I'll try to be better.

And let’s be honest, she’s not exactly the prettiest. If nobody wants her, well. Better if we just give her a chance, right?Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: stressed stressed
The Glue of the World: Carnival - Mira

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