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Hello lovely Yuletide Writer,
First of all: Thank you so much! Yuletide is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.
General things: I'm happy with gen or with het, slash and femslash are good if it's canon. I'll read any rating, but I'd rather no PWP. I have no problems with violence or with foul language. Crossovers are loved, but by no means expected. You can get an pretty good idea of my fandoms by looking at my interests in my LJ profile. Or my username is the same on ff.net and AO3.
The Thick of It: I know Sam's about a grand total of about 60 seconds of screen time, but the small TTOI fandom has embraced her, and so have I. She must be something special to have neither been fired by Malcolm nor run screaming from him. So I'd love something with her. Malcolm/Jamie/Sam is my not-so-secret love, but I know that's pretty niche, and I adore these characters so much, that I'd pretty much be thrilled with anything. Tone-wise, something that matches the show would be good (but of course that runs a pretty wide gamut). Set any time during the series or pre/post canon is fine.
Veep: Not too much to add to my original request. With Veep, I would definitely prefer comedy.
Deadwood: The cancellation of this show still makes me furious. It's Deadwood, so something dark or introspective would be grand. But the show always had it's lighter moments, so if that's what your more comfortable with, great. But please, nothing totally fluffy. As I said, Adams is my favorite, though I love everyone else on the show as well. I like that he fills a spot for Al that Dan can't. Al and Dan have a closer bond of course, but when Al needs somebody who can see nuance and the longer game, that's Adams.
Sunday: Lunch with college friend/roommate
Next Saturday: Good seafood with coworkers
September 6-11: HOME! My cousin's wedding, seeing my family, eating my mom's food, ice cream from The Chief.
September 11: New Dylan album.
October 12-14: New York ComicCon! Hopefully in my femme!Riddler costume.
October 27: Louis CK with the guy
November 9: Patton Oswalt with a friend
Six days until I get to see Simon Amstell!
I just got tickets to....
LOUIS FUCKING C.K.!!!
October 27th. Pretty good seats: Center Orchestra, not too far back.
I. Cannot. Wait.
I am one of the last of my cousins to not be married/engaged. There are a lot of us on my dad's, so I feel kind of weird.
Okay, I am obviously super-bad at updating.
1. One of my favorite attorneys left last week. My other favorite attorney leaves tomorrow. That means there is one person left in the office I'm close to. I get along with almost everyone, but that's not the same thing. Losing Marc and Sandy sucks.
2. I'm getting an office. The best office. It has a window, and is sort of tucked away from where everyone else is, so it's quiet. I haven't moved back their permanently yet, as we're waiting on a new computer and a phone line, but I'm excited. I believe I shall get a plant, as I have a nice window.
3. I've been reading quite a bit lately. Today the sequel to Wolf Hall came out, and it is sitting on my kindle waiting to be read. I'm very excited.
4. Haven't seen the Avengers yet. I couldn't face the idea of the opening weekend crowd.
5. The end of the month will be one year for whatever it is that R and I have going on.
Even now, 13 years(!) later, watching The West Wing stirs something in me. There's something in the way Sorkin writes dialogue, coupled with the way people like Spencer and Sheen delivered it...There are moments of pure magic on that show.
And I still can't watch In The Shadow of Two Gunmen without crying massive amounts of tears. Which is kind of weird, considering no one actually dies in it.
My depression has lessened. I'm still going up and down a bit, but I've mostly leveled out.
Mad Men comes back tomorrow. Then Game of Thrones next week. Yay!
The Hunger Games was perfectly enjoyable. A couple of things I wish they had done differently, but overall, I quite liked it. The casting was great, and cinematically, it was gorgeous.
My mom comes to visit in a little over a week. I'm very excited about that.
So sometimes I think the only thing keeping me from going completely out of my head is tv, books and fandom. It's a sad statement, I know, but it's something that keeps my mind off other things, and gives me an escape.
Work is basically an un-ending pit of misery. My boss was out of the country last week, which just served to make me realize it's not the work I hate, it's the environment that he creates. Everyone was so much less miserable -and so much more productive- when he wasn't here. We are supposed to be getting a new copier, which we desperately need, but they couldn't deliver it yesterday because it was raining...and now it's raining again, and I think I might scream if we don't get it soon.
I have become obsessed with tumblr. When I first joined, I wasn't really impressed with it, but now I'm starting to enjoy it. I can happily send the day looking at gifs of David Mitchell and video clips of Brian Cox talking about the universe. And stuff from The Thick of It. eflind.tumblr.com I'm mostly just rebloging at this point.
Things with the guy continue to be okay, if undefined. It's weird, because he won't bother to mention it when he's going to be halfway across the country for a week, but then he'll be super-sweet and doting when I'm not feeling well. He called yesterday and said that he had been at Forbidden Planet and the "Resurrection of the Daleks" figure set had been marked down, so he bought it for me, just because. It's cool, because I don't have anything from the old series, and the only Daleks I have are the new stupidly colored ones. He said he thought I might like to have some villains to put on my desk.
Game of Thrones comes back in a month! And Mad Men! And The Killing! Sundays are going to be full. Well, actually, Mondays are going to be full, as I don't have cable.
So, I invited R to my brother's Superbowl party at the hotel where my sister-in-law works. Not that I give even the slightest damn about football, but I haven't seen my brother or his wife in ages, and I like their friends quite a bit. Plus, there drink specials and burgers/wings/nachos/etc...these are things I like.
But R hasn't met ANYONE in my life. Besides my cousin <lj user="messy_b"> who he met for like, 5 minutes, and only because they happend to be at the same convention in Chicago.
In some ways, him meeting my brother is worse than him meeting my parents. Meeting the parents definitely means a higher level of commitment (a level we are not at, by the way). But I know that my parents are very sweet, very polite people who would be nice no matter what. But my brother will sort of needle people. Not necessarily in a mean-spirited way, and it can actually be a sign of affection, but if people don't know him, it can be taken the wrong way. And R can be on the defensive side, so...I don't know. It's weird. I know I'm probably worried over nothing. But he's not met any of my friends or anything and now he's meeting my brother and sister-in-law. It's not just that I love them and they are important people in my life, but I also really trust their judgement, and if they don't like him...well, I'll have to do some very hard thinking about things.
Thinking about it, I don't believe my brother has met anyone that I've dated, so it's even more strange. It probably doesn't help matters (in my mind, anyway) that R is actually older than my brother.
I know that it's probably going to be fine and that I'm being all anxious and worried over nothing. But that's just what I do. I fret. About everything. All the time. Logic doesn't enter into it. At all.
Fret. Fret. Fret.
Christmas was a bit lonely, but not terrible. I talked to my family a couple of times through my little sister's iPad. It was fun to watch the kiddos and parents opening the presents I sent them. I got a great looking cookbook, an amazingly comfy cowl-neck sweatshirt, some cozy slippers, cute elephant earrings, and various other odds-and-ends. I spent the day re-watching LotR. Spent the day after with Rod. We went and saw Mission Impossible (pretty awesome, actually).
The Doctor Who Christmas Special was good. Nothing fantastic in terms of storytelling, but I loved Bill Bailey, and the end was awesome.
I didn't really do anything for NYE, but it's never been a holiday that I particularly cared about.
I did watch the premiere of Sherlock last night. Totally kick-ass. I really wish they were doing more than three episodes.
I'm not going home for Christmas this year. Sucks, but things at work are kind of a mess, and it's not the best time to be leaving. Work is irritating as hell. I really loathe it. I think after the holidays it's time to seriously start looking for something new.
I'm watching lots of tv and reading lots of books. Other than that, there isn't much going on in my life. I'm still with Rod. Things are going pretty well, I guess. It's been about six months now, which seems kind of crazy, but it's not all that serious. Haven't seen him a lot lately, as he has a lot of work right now. I was going insane trying to find something for him for Christmas. It's made harder by the lack of definition in our relationship.
But I found this...
at the holiday market at Union Square. I don't know if he'll like it, but I thought it was cool. And frankly, I was just glad to have something.
Dear Yuletide Writer,
First of all: Thank you! The fact that you are signed up for Yuletide means that you are awesome, and the fact that you offered one of my requested fandoms makes you doubly awesome.
Of course, optional stuff is optional. This is Yuletide, and I'll be happy to see one of my fandoms get any sort of love at all. But, I know as a writer I always like to have a least some sort of idea of what the person I'm writing for wants, so here it goes:
General things: I'm happy with gen or with het, slash and femslash are good if it's canon. I'll read any rating, but I'd rather no PWP. I have no problems with violence or with foul language. Crossovers are loved. You can get an pretty good idea of my fandoms by looking at my interests in my LJ profile. Or my username is the same on ff.net.
The Thick of It: I know Sam's about a grand total of about 30 seconds of screen time, but the small TTOI fandom has embraced her, and so have I. She must be something special to have neither been fired by Malcolm nor run screaming from him. So I'd love something with her. Malcolm/Jamie/Sam is my great love, but really, I adore these characters so much, that I'd pretty much be thrilled with anything. Tone-wise, something that matches the show would be good. Nothing too angsty, please.
Sports Night: Not too much to add to my original request. The show did a lot with both humor and drama, so any way you want to take it would be fine. Natalie, Dan and Casey...really any combination of those three works for me.
Deadwood: The cancellation of this show still makes me furious. It's Deadwood, so something dark or introspective would be grand. But the show always had it's lighter moments, so if that's what your more comfortable with, great. But please, nothing totally fluffy. As I said, Adams is my favorite, though I love everyone else on the show as well. I like that he fills a spot for Al that ...
Here's a link to my past Yuletide stories. Somehow I've only been doing it for two years. But now it's one of the highlights of the holiday season.
Here's the Sports Night one I wrote last year. Which is okay, I guess. It's nothing special, but I think there's some good moments in it.http://archiveofourown.org/works/140662
Here's the Deadwood one I wrote in 2009. Which remains one of my favorites of my own writing. Maybe some of the Thick of It fic would be up there as well. Looking back at it this year, I noticed a couple of grammatical things I want to change. But story-wise, I'm actually still really proud of this one. That said, if I get matched with Deadwood again, I'm sure I'll once again be kicking myself.http://archiveofourown.org/works/32517
I addition to Yuletide this year, I also signed up for the candy swap and the book swap. I ordered to books and candy for my recipients today. My candy recipient is in Switzerland, but I found a Swiss-based site that sells American food, so I was able to buy noms without dealing with customs forms or super-expensive shipping.
I got my package from my candy-giver today. Very very yummy pecan treats from a pecan farm in Texas. Regular pecan halves, honey-candied pecans and chocolate-cover caramel pecan clusters. Holy crud, they are the best pecans I've ever had. So so good.
I filled out my sign-up form for Yuletide. There were a couple of fandoms I was hesitant to offer writing for, but I think I can do it. I regretted offering Deadwood two years ago, and honestly, it was hard as hell to actually write, but it ended up being pretty much my favorite thing I've ever written. I like to challenge myself during Yuletide, because I HAVE to go through with it. Defaulting is not an option.
So, it's been almost a month since I updated. I feel bad about that. I didn't even update after Comic Con.
NYCC was fun. I got some nice comments on my Delirium costume. I should throw some pictures up, but I'm in the office right now, so that'll have to wait.
Otherwise, things proceed as normal. I'm stilling seeing R, though he's going to be gone a lot this month doing conventions. I turn 28 next week, which feels a little weird. 30 creeps ever closer and I still don't feel like an adult.
Homeland is probably my favorite show on tv right now. Fantastic cast, and some really solid writing. I love the fact that they are doing a show about terrorism that has so many shades of grey. And I have no idea where they are going with it all, which is always pleasing. I think I'm actually enjoying it more than Boardwalk Empire which really surprises me. Not that I don't love Boardwalk, I do. It's just that the mystery and tension in Homeland makes for a more engaging viewing experience.
Also, holy god, but Always Sunny has been good this season. I felt like last season the quality dropped quite a bit. But this season has been mostly fantastic. "CharDee MacDennis" was so funny I was in tears. I've already watched it twice, and I'm itching to watch it again. The League has been damn funny as well. I'm always amazed by just how far that show pushes the boundaries of basic cable.
Revenge is my favorite guilty pleasure right now. It's a total soap opera, but damn if it isn't engaging and fun.
In other news, the partners at my firm are splitting up. I'll still have a job, no worries there, but it's a little tense right now in the office, and could turn really ugly. Not sure how long the process takes or what all the fall-out will be. So, added stress. Always fun, especially considering how I always internalize stress and completely fuck up my stomach.
-So, I've been pretty sick the last couple of days. I caught a hell of a cold and it is making me miserable. Sinus pressure, congestion, cough, chest congestion. Not fun. The big problem is that cold medicine (even the daytime stuff) tends to make me really sleepy and foggy-headed. Yeah, it's been a fun couple of days at work.
-NYCC is next weekend. Costume is almost all done. Just need to sew on a couple more fish. I'm doing Delirium from Sandman. I'm looking forward to the con this year. There are some panels that sound really cool. I want to see the Locke & Key pilot and the new Avengers footage, and the panel with the Nikita cast.
Artist-guy has a table, so I figure if I get worn out from walking around, or if I buy too much crap (entirely possible), I'll have a place to come and rest/store shit, as needed. I should also see some friends there. One girl who used to work at my office, and a friend from Kenyon.
-American Horror Story premieres tonight. Man, I am so excited for this show. The ad campaign has been amazing. Now, it's the same guy who did Nip/Tuck, so I'm betting it'll go off the rails pretty damn quick, but we could also get a season or two of truly awesome television. Really, I think I'm just excited to have a horror show on TV again.
- In TOTALLY FREAKING AWESOME news, my cousin messy_b
asked me to be a brides lady (don't like the word 'maid') for her next year. Very very happy about that. Plus, the wedding is in my hometown, so I'll get to see the family for a couple of days.
-Finally ordered a new cellphone. I've had the same one since I moved to NYC, even though my two-year upgrade has been available for a couple of years now. I guess I just never felt the need. But the battery life on this one...
Fuck you, Show. You made dinosaurs and time-travel boring and lame.
I watch a lot of TV. A lot. When the new season starts, I watch pretty much any pilot that looks even remotely interesting. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised, usually I'm not. Most shows are back at this point, so here are my impressions so far.
Mostly just thoughts, but a couple of spoilers (but only one shows that have actually broadcast and not just leaked)
Ringer: This is a guilty pleasure show, no doubts. Very soapy and ridiculous, but rather fun. I worry about how long it'll last. It doesn't really fit with the rest of the CW lineup.
The Playboy Club: I might give this one more episode, but I think it's a miss. I don't think that everything set in the 60's is trying to capture Mad Men's success, but I do think this one is. The lead actor is basically doing a (terrible) Don Draper impression. Some potentially interesting stuff, but probably not enough.
Two Broke Girls: A perfectly acceptable sitcom. It won't be on my weekly schedule, but I'll watch if I come across it.
The New Girl: I wanted to hate this show, because Zooey Deschanel works my last nerve. But it was actually pretty cute and funny. I think it might wear thin before the season is through, but for now I'll be checking in.
Up All Night: Ugh. No. I really wanted to like this one, because I like the cast. But no. Not good. But not as bad as...
Free Agents: This made me sad. I quite liked the British version, but this is one miserable remake. Not even Anthony Head is enough to save it.
Pan Am: Watching right now. So far, okay.
The Secret Circle: Blech. I don't even know why I watched it really.
Revenge: Loved it. It's very soapy, but looks like it could be a lot of fun. Lots of twists and turns. And it embraces it's melodrama. I like the fact that the lead is by turns both sympathetic and psychopathic.
Charlie's Angels: Haven't watched it yet. It's sittin...