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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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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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Guardians, Thor, Defenders.Collapse )

Separate cut to account for Infinity War references, although not direct spoilers.Collapse )

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All Places Are Alike to Me: Soul Stone
Mad-Eye: creative creative
The Glue of the World: OMWF - Standing

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Spoilers abound, stop reading if you haven’t seen it, don't make me responsible for this.Collapse )

HAHAHA I swear I didn't pick the song playing right now, it was random!

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

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Art and crafting:
Finished another of the MCU crossover comics and I've got a couple different old sketches I'm coloring digitally. Time for another LJ art post soon, I think.

Reading:
Finished 12 Rules for Life, and that's an author I've never read before, so, one checked off there.
Also finished Crossroads of Twilight. I can't find Knife of Dreams, guess it's already packed, so the WoT reread will pick up again at some indeterminate time.

TV and games:
Did a review of "The Dark Age."
Okay, so I managed to get my husband into Lost, almost accidentally. Isn't that great? But it also means I had to wait for him to go back and watch the ones he had missed, and now I have to wait for him to watch any more, so this is going to be slow going.
Played a bit further in FFIX but I think I'm done for a while. The PS2 isn't worth moving and replacing it isn't going to be a priority once we settle in.

Other:
I don't think I listed it last time but I'm done making all the fanmixes I want to for a while. (Minor regret: I made a GotG mix last year but never put it up on 8tracks, and now I don't have solid evidence that I predicted the song that was playing when the Guardians showed up in Infinity War. I am that cool.)
Enough various posts to count for the "one meta a month" resolution, I think.

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Mad-Eye: busy busy
The Glue of the World: Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

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Title: Meanwhile on the Street
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: 1180
Characters: MCU Netflix ensemble
Summary: What happens to everyone else? The ones who didn't know anything except what they saw on the news?
Notes: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR! I have no idea if the Netflix series will address the end of Infinity War at all or if they've just given up on keeping continuity with the movies, but this is my take on [the end]the snap through the perspectives of the five main characters.

Also, more of the big sad.

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Mad-Eye: melancholy melancholy
The Glue of the World: R.E.M. - Try Not to Breathe

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Title: Axe Handle
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: 342
Fandom: MCU
Characters: Rocket and Thor
Notes: Big, huge, giant spoilers. Also the big sad.

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Mad-Eye: hopeful hopeful
The Glue of the World: Natalie Merchant - Life Is Sweet

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If you have to ask what movie, you have no business here.

Under the cut, and comments on this post, are NOT a spoiler-free zone.

Musings on Tony's arc.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: The Spinners - The Rubberband Man

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Title: Wedding at Sea
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Avengers/Infinity War/GotG/Iron Man/hell pretty much everything
Wordcount: 3074
Pairing: Tony/Pepper, Peter/Gamora
Summary: Tony and Pepper have some loose ends to tie up (in a knot) before all hell breaks loose. Assistance comes from an unlikely and frankly dubious source, but don't worry, he's got tunes.

What can I say, I got tired of waiting for Infinity War and I anticipate we're going to need a lot of fix-its so I got a head start. NO SPOILERS. I'm not seeing it until Friday morning.

And if you’re wondering why they’re on this ship
Or other plot-based facts
Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a fic
I should really just relax.”


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The Glue of the World: Oasis - Wonderwall

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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.

Look, I don’t want to work with you either, but we have an enemy-of-my-enemy situation.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: groggy groggy
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!

Kept me up at night, thinking about him in a war zone one day, but shit, I was proud, y’know?Collapse )

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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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