1. I have been feeling both excited and guilty about the sheer plethora of awesomeness on offer at [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 . I haven't read enough Buffy fic this past while, and this offers an excellent chance to get caught up. I'm feeling full of love for [livejournal.com profile] drsquidlove  fic, Doritos on the Slippery Slope, which is funny and sweet Xander/Giles. For real.
  2. The season opener for Glee, which I have finally got around to watching, left me a little bit cold. They've ramped the autotune way, way up this season. I was also unimpressed that they'd given Santana a boob job (in the text, I have no clue as to whether the actor has also had surgery), and did a whole bit where Brittany was persuaded to falsely accuse the new football coach of molesting her.
  3. [livejournal.com profile] sound_of_bells  has some interesting thoughts on Inception being the ideal fandom. Her thesis is that Inception's awesome world-building, but insipid characterisation, provides the perfect sandbox for fangirls to play in.
  4. There's been a few f-listies talking about relationship problems in the last couple of weeks, and the advice they've received has universally included 'relationships take work'. It's given me some thoughts about the ways that obvious, clear relationship problems and solutions are ubiquitous in both scripted and non-scripted television, and what impact that might have on our collective expectations of how we relate to our partners. And, some follow-up thoughts about what a tremendous douchebag 'Dr' John Gray is, and yet how his Mars/Venus claptrap has permeated pop-psychological understandings of relationship dynamics.
  5. [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight  provides a whole bunch of recs for the [livejournal.com profile] no_tags  anonymous bandom fic exchange. Night writes beautiful, beautiful fic across a whole bunch of fandoms, and this persuaded me to give bandom a shot in the first place. Not that I'm blaming anyone, of course.
  1. I spent four hours reorganising my Delicious tags today. I have reached the limit of my ability to relax and now need to get back to work. Thankfully, this is happening tomorrow.
  2. [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni  is a staggeringly prolific author. Thankfully for Buffy fandom, she is also really, really good. The piece of Oz/Xander smutty goodness she wrote for Secret Slasha, A Talent for Observation, is awesome sauce, and made me go 'Hee!'
  3. I'm liking the kudos function at AO3. It feels a little like the Facebook 'like' function; a low impact way of acknowledging a good fic that you might not otherwise have left a review on. (Disclosure: I don't review everything I read, which is almost certainly horribly rude.)
  4. I've always been a bit wavy on the ethics of writing and reading RPF, but have nonetheless read enough Bandom fic this holiday to sit down with Mikey Way's mother and have a decent chat about his life. Idek, but some of it is glorious.
  5. I'm thinking of writing Faith-meets-Dean-Winchester fic for [livejournal.com profile] winter_of_faith , and fear that this may just be because I want to meet Dean Winchester.
Meme from all over, but I copied/pasted from [livejournal.com profile] raedbard . 

Cheerio 2010 )
The feeling of Yuletide is excitement tinged with panic and fear, yes? I wasn't fully initiated into the mysteries of Yuletide last year, but all the 'Yuletide assignments are the event horizon of fannish awesomeness' posts are kicking up my sense of doom.
  1. Barb ([livejournal.com profile] rahirah ) has hit upon the cunning wheeze of the Nertz to you, Joss Whedon! Ficathon. An act of fannish protest against the forces of the comics, and the way that they are separating people from the goodness of the Buffy-verse, participants are invited to rewrite things in S8 that really, really bug them. For those of us who have banished the little of S8 we read from our minds, Barb offers a handy list of prompts. Apparently the wacky Dawn-times did not end with her being turned into a giant. Who knew? (Except for most of my f-list.)
  2. I did not like The Kids are All Right. Everyone in it who was not the titular 'kids' was a total horror, and turning the husband in the world's most stereotypical heterosexual relationship into a woman, does not render a film's sexual politics unproblematic.
  3. A year ago, I thought that everyone flailing over Yuletide was acting in an entirely incomprehensible fashion. Today, I read one of those posts of Yuletide technobureaucracy, about fandoms and characters and some giant list of names of things, and felt so excited that I had a head-rush. Fandom has turned me into a flail-er. I don't think that this is an entirely bad thing.
  4. I had to stop reading [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants  because it made me too grumpy. I may need to stop reading [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets for the same reason.
  5. I only have three more episodes of Supernatural S5 to watch. I almost can't bear to do it, because then it will be over until the S6 boxset comes out. (On the plus side, I've just ordered Dollhouse S2, although S1 was pretty creep-tastic on the consent issues front. I'm not sure that I'm ready to be more disappointed in Joss Whedon.)
  1. Iteration 43214312423 of the "Is Aaron Sorkin a misogynist?" debate appears to be cranking up, and I have not yet seen The Social Network.
  2. I sense the vague outlines of a Veronica & Mac fic looming at me out of the mist, but am unable to bring it into focus.
  3. Yuletide nominations are open. I am very pleased about this, because I participated for the first time last year and feel like I will enjoy it even more now I have a sense of what the hell is going on. 
  4. I have poked at a bunch of fics that remain singularly reluctant to conform to any kind of authorial expectations about shape, pacing, plot, or characterisation.
  5. I wish I had more time to spend doing fannish things. 
I tried that Who Do You Write Like? "statistical analysis tool" that is doing the rounds.

Apparently I write like: Mark Twain, Raymond Chandler, Chuck Pahluniak, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Dan Brown, James Joyce, J.K Rowling, Margaret Atwood, and Isaac Asimov.

Not to hurt the feelings of the "statistical analysis tool", but science is laughing in its face.

(I am unsuccessfully trying to fight down the tiny bit of satisfaction that my results were heavy on the Vonnegut and Asimov. I write nothing like either of these people.)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] eowyn_315  (who snagged it from [livejournal.com profile] flake_sake.)  The original meme asked for favourite characters across books and TV, but I've just gone for TV.

Apparently, I like sarcastic, broken men with Daddy issues and competent, clever women. Who knew? 

Read more... )
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Di Penates were Roman household gods. My name is a not-very-funny reference to the role of TV in my house. I don't watch a lot each day, but I'm really into what I do watch.

(Much less interesting: I also wanted a name that I didn't need to add any other characters to, and that was available on Yahoo, too.)

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