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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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It's high time for a Giles episode, and here one comes. In fact, here comes the most attention his backstory will get, as far as I remember.

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The Glue of the World: Tom Waits - I'll Be Gone

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Of course this does not take into account the relative likelihood of anyone's survival. I know lots of my favs are safe.

I want to see your list!

Thanos
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Iron Man/Tony Stark
Captain America/Steve Rogers
Loki
Maria Hill
Wong
Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Taneleer Tivan/The Collector
Okoye
M’Baku
Nebula
James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine
Thor
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Sam Wilson/Falcon
Vision
Stephen Strange
Drax the Destroyer
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
T’Challa/Black Panther
Shuri
Gamora
Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Groot
Mantis
Rocket Raccoon

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The Glue of the World: The Cranberries - Zombie

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I can never resist these. Give me a show/movie/fandom, and I'll tell you:

my favorite female character
my favorite male character
my favorite book/season/etc.
my favorite episode/issue
my favorite cast member
my favorite ship
a character I’d die defending
a character I just can’t sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp

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The Glue of the World: Blondie - One Way or Another

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I finally (finally!) saw The Shape of Water. It was really good, but Minor spoilers.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Don Quixote

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Original fiction:
Worked on "Retronym" somewhat buuuuut...fanfiction. Dammit, fanfiction.

Art and crafting:
You know, I've just been having a great, happy-go-lucky, somewhat productive but mostly just fun time with my tablet. I'm finally working on another of those two-panel MCU comic strips, and that Kastle pic counts for my goal of digitally coloring three sketches. No traditional art or crafting this month, but whatever, that can have its turn later.

Reading:
Wait for it: I finally finished a book. Yeah. First one this year that I actually finished. And it wasn't even one of the long ones I've been working on all year, or the self-help book (had to return it and now I'm waiting for my next hold on it to come through). It was Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle, which is a name, and there aren't many of these, that will make me grab and read a book without knowing anything else about it. I'm happy to say I can recommend without reservation, although it's not my favorite by him. I also don't want to mention much about the plot, because for me it's a rare pleasure to start reading without knowing anything about what's coming, and this one really rewards you for it. Unlike most of Beagle's other novels (not that I've read them all by any means), this one has a modern setting and for at least half of it there's very little supernatural activity. If I hadn't known better I would have thought there was none coming, and when it does, it keeps you guessing about what the nature of the otherworldly aspect is -- if you know your mythology you might be able to guess, but if not, you'll still enjoy the reveal.
Plugging away at Crossroads of Twilight, book 9 of The Wheel of Time.

TV and games:
Did one more BtVS review. Started setting up for the next one, but it's not coming out easy and I feel like something's telling me to not bother concentrating on it right now.
I started rewatching Lost, yay! Finally! I think I still love it (or love it again, I'm not sure anymore)! Also made some good progress in FFIX.

Other:
Reviewed Jessica Jones S2 (which either no one else has watched yet, or no one had anything to add). Probably some other stuff in there too, whatever.

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Mad-Eye: good good
The Glue of the World: Bob Dylan - All Along the Watchtower

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Chapter Title: Pete Castiglione
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 2728
Rating: Teen for language and canon-typical violence
Summary: As Sgt. Mahoney has observed, Frank and Karen keep bumping up together.

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The Glue of the World: Modest Mouse - The World at Large

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Chapter Title: Jump the Gun
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup
Wordcount: This part, 2666
Rating: Teen for language and canon-typical violence
Summary: Matthew Michael Murdock makes many memorable mistakes.
Notes: I'm still here; had some stuff going on this week that kept me away from posting this chapter but it wasn't writer's block stuff. I should warn you that this one is all from one character's perspective. Also that the character is Matt. Frank and Karen will be back to fret over each other next week.

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The Glue of the World: Tom Waits - A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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Binge completed, plus a few days to ponder on it.

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The Glue of the World: Bill Kiley - Rooftop Overload

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Chapter Title: Playing Pirates
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 3018
Rating: Teen for language
Summary: Frank wants answers. Matt wants some exercise. Karen wants a dog.
Notes: No notes!

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The Glue of the World: Simon & Garfunkle - Bridge Over Troubled Water

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I like to have a book going in all of several categories -- sometimes I put it down in the middle and finish something else before I go back to it, but it's enough to have it already started or queued if I happen to feel like comics instead of a novel, for instance.

My categories are below, along with what I currently have in all of them.

Audiobook: I finished Changes (Dresden Files book #12) and then started and today finished the next one, Ghost Story. I'm actually catching up to the present! Since it's my audiobook series and never quite secured enough of my devotion to graduate beyond that, I'm always a little iffy on what just happened, but I was extremely impressed with Changes. Lots of interesting things happening, highest stakes ever, lots of twists at the climax and quite the cliffhanger ending. I liked Ghost Story too, especially for the clever way it dealt with said cliffhanger. Ready to jump right into Cold Days oh heyyyy I just realized what that title probably references.

Nonfiction: Got a couple of these at the moment, thanks to my characteristic lack of restraint at the library. I saw this Slayers & Vampires dealie in the new books, and while it's not something I would ordinarily go for, it was, you know, new. People are still writing entire books about the Buffyverse! It's pretty good -- cast and crew interviews in convenient bite-sized chunks that you can browse through and ignore whatever you want. Honestly, it's probably a better book for half-interested past-peak fans like me than the type who devours all the new material and really cares. It's due in a couple days so I'll see if I can find something worth sharing before then.

The other one is Mastering Comics, which appears to be a second volume to a book I haven't read, but apparently I'm on a mission to read everything the library has on comic book creation and then do nothing with whatever knowledge I get from it. Mission made more difficult because, 'scuse me while I rant, topics that interest me always seem to be the ones that librarians have no idea how to sort. I found this one in YA Nonfiction. The entire section of graphic novels is in YA, too. Honestly, someone please just crack open some of these and decide if it's really what you want your kids reading.

The other other one is 12 Rules for Life; bandwagon, and a self-help at that, but it's good so far.

Fiction: Still Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; probably around two thirds done? I slowed down after taking on all these other things to read, but the pace of the book itself is gaining speed and certainly maintaining its quality.

Reread: Crossroads of Twilight (book #10 of The Wheel of Time). Taking it easy and indeed just got past the prologue, which is ridiculously (and needlessly!) long for this one. Flipped through to find out if this is the one where [Spoiler]Egwene becomes my favorite character. It is, so there's that to look forward to. Also looking forward to finishing it, because after that point I'm going to start actually reading the books and not just half-assing it.

Kindle: Still Anna Karenina and to be honest I'm not sure if I've made any progress at all since last time I mentioned it. See, I take my Kindle everywhere and pull it out whenever I'm out with a few minutes to kill, but at home I only read my not-on-the-Kindle books, and, uh, I haven't really been leaving the house lately. Don't worry Anna, I'll be back!

Comics: Found the first volume of Marvel's Runaways in that trusty ol' YA graphic novel section. And okay, this one probably does qualify as good teen reading, given the premise, but that never stopped me anyway. Of course I'm a big Brian K. Vaughn fan and I've been looking forward to the TV show, although I'm still not sure how I can access it, so there was no good reason not to start with the source material. Nothing terribly surprising about it yet and I don't love the art, but good comics is good comics.

Poetry: I've had this big hardcover Treasury of Poems on my hands for a long time, as evidenced by the gargoyle bookplate I stuck in there (no chance I would defile a book like that these days). It was probably just right for me as a dreamy young lit nerd, but now that I'm going cover to cover (one poem a night, sometimes two if they're short), I'm finding it all kind of safe. Weird way to describe poetry but I guess you can grow out of anything.

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The Glue of the World: Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

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Chapter Title: Javelin
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 2749
Rating: General for now
Summary: Bagels for breakfast. Curry for lunch. Knuckle sandwich for dinner.
Notes: I'm five episodes into Jessica Jones S2; will post reactions later. I'm pretty sure that this story will still work with canon, set after The Punisher and before JJS2, but I'm not going to stress if it doesn't.

Brief reference to Agents of SHIELD S2/3 in here. Won't affect the plot but I like getting my MCU references on. Oh, and I've decided that my chapters will be longer from now on. Yeah I'm still worried about running out of story, but I felt like there wasn't enough happening in each update.

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The Glue of the World: A Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Angels Standing Guard Round the Side of Your Bed

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Yeah the last one was "The Pack" and now I'm suddenly in S2, but I've explained elsewhere how it all makes sense.

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The Glue of the World: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cowgirl in the Sand

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There was a time when I would write down lists of songs that reminded me of the Endless, seven characters personifying aspects of life in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, in mini notebooks, and painstakingly add to them and imagine what kind of CD covers I would design when I finally scraped them all together. It was hard because I didn't want to, like, buy a whole CD for every song I didn't have, but what could I do.

Not a lot, until now. So sure, the music basically represents what I liked to listen to in the late nineties, excepting a few current favs I added to fill out each track list, but it was a particularly emotional time in my life and I kind of needed closure for the late nineties. Anyway, Sandman represents what I liked to read in the late nineties so there we go.

I don't really expect anyone to go listen, but I wanted to show off my album covers. (All were made by googling for the character and then making adjustments and adding the name in Photoshop.)

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The Glue of the World: Kula Shaker - Tattva

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Chapter Title: Watch Over My Friend
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 1762
Rating: General for now
Summary: It's Karen's turn for a talk with Matt's priest. Jessica begins work for Foggy, but...something's up. Is something up? It seems like maybe something is up.

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The Glue of the World: Moana - How Far I'll Go

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I mentioned how I got a drawing tablet for Christmas, right?Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Amon Tobin - The Killer's Vanilla

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Original fiction:
Yesterday I kind of got somewhere with "Retronym".

Art and crafting:
Did some more drawing with the tablet, although the two projects I actually have on the list are very slow going. Should at least have a coloring job to show you soon.

Reading:
Guys, I haven't finished a single book yet this year. Except for Winter's Heart, which doesn't count because it's Wheel of Time. Weird thing is, I'm not even mad at myself. I'm finally into Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, like into it into it, like I can't even figure out what was stopping me before. Went from about a quarter finished to over half, so this will probably be the first real book on my list this year.
Also I finished Winter's Heart and purchased and started reading a new copy of Crossroads of Twilight (to replace the one I bought years ago not realizing it was the book club version).

TV and games:
Working on my review for "Lie to Me" right now.
I'm a few hours into Final Fantasy IX and starting to get invested (although to be honest I had hoped for better graphics - the cut scenes and backgrounds are nicer than FFVIII, my standard for everything, but I'm not crazy about the character design). Unfortunately my PS2, which I bought used in 2009, is having a heck of a time even booting up, so I don't get to play every time I have the chance and inclination to do so. Yeah, obviously it's time for an upgrade, but I'm probably going to let it die completely before looking into it.

Other:
Made three more fanmixes on 8tracks. Long before I was part of any kind of online fandom, I had a plan to make a mix for each of the seven Endless from Sandman, and now I'm finally doing it and that just makes me so happy.
I got Castle Kairos going! I haven't done much touching up since the last post I made about it, but I'm taking it off the resolutions list. (Oh man, it's the first item I'm removing from the resolutions list. I am so behind.)
Wrote a few meta posts so I'm good for that one.

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The Glue of the World: Massive Attack - Angel

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Chapter Title: AKA Jocks vs. Nerds
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 1828
Rating: General for now
Summary: Foggy hires a contractor. Frank has an overdue talk with someone who...doesn't really want to be a contractor, tbh.

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The Glue of the World: Death

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Chapter Title: Cold Blows the Wind
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 1907
Rating: General for now
Summary: Karen gets to work. Her first source is a fool, her second is distant. She still can't let go of Matt.

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The Glue of the World: Zoe Keating - Legions (War)

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Because this is my current character obsession and because Tumblr fandom isn't doing it for me and because I've heard whispers (which I grudgingly believe) that there are MCU Netflix fans who don't like her, I'm just going to spam your flist a bit with some graphics and ranting.

How's that sound? Karen, what do you think?



May contain spoilers for all seasons where she has appeared, which currently include Daredevil S1&2, The Defenders, and The Punisher S1.

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The Glue of the World: Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

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