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14 September 2015 @ 09:53 am
time for my bi-annual lj check-in, I guess  
Everything else in my internet life is in a major throwback mode rn (I'll get to that in a minute), so I suppose it is only natural to also feel like visiting the ghost town that is livejournal. I do miss you, lj! Tumblr is the least social social media platform I have ever seen. I don't understand why fandom migrated to a website that doesn't even have a competent private messaging system. I want to take this up with the Council of Elders.

Anyway, I know it's been eons since I updated and I'm sure all 3 of you are on pins and needles, so my last year-ish in review:

Real life:
1. I think probably my most recent entries were whining about how everyone was moving away. So, that happened. It sucks. More and more the universe seems to be suggesting I move to Toronto, which is not actually something I really want to do, but not doing it increasingly feels like Macbeth trying to ignore prophecy, so, I don't know. Pretty much all my closest friends have wound up there, or are planning to wind up there in the next year or so.

2. I changed jobs. I started looking in January/Februaryish, interviewed for a position I really really wanted, did not get it, and the morning I got the rejection email and had big plans like "cry a lot", a friend from university texted me to tell me about a position in her department. I'm on casual contract, working 3 (soon to be 4) days a week, no benefits, and it's only a short-term contract for a short-term project (aimed to be finished by December 2016, though I'll likely be done before then), so it's not really The Dream, but it is a significant pay increase not to mention significant stability increase (for the time being), I like the work well enough (I'm a web writer), and I like my team. I wish it had a sense of permanence to it, because gosh golly would it be nice to be able to plan any fucking thing in my life ever more than 6 months in advance, but, y'know. ~Millennials~. In the meantime though I can't complain too much. Check back this time next year when my contract has expired.

3. Somewhat related since I'm working federally again, Canadian politics is a hot ass mess right now. I'm not sure which party I will vote for in October, but I sure know which party I won't be voting for. Contemplating a world where Harper wins yet another election is truly terrifying, and it is utterly baffling to me that this is even a remote possibility. If there is a God, the CPC will be decimated this election the way the Liberals were last election.

4. I started playing floor hockey. Sports??? Me??? Really? It is fun, although I am not very good. Most of my team is not very good either, so it works out, lmao.

Internet life:
1. Doctor Who starts on Saturday and I have never been less interested, womp womp. I think I would have been more interested if we had a new companion, but as much as I once liked Clara, 3 years of her is too much, especially after s8 gave her, like, four different wonderful exit points. It will be truly remarkable and sort of sad if what finally drives me away from DW fandom is not anything dramatically enraging like the 50th or River Song's life, but rather the sheer mediocrity of 5 years of Moffat with no end in sight, but here we are. Not with a bang but a whimper, and all.

2. The result of #1 is that I have been sort of fandom homeless for a while. I don't like being fandom homeless, because fictional escapism is my fave coping mechanism, so it's a restless feeling. I did briefly foray into Broadchurch fandom when s2 was airing -- I even wrote some fic (???!!) -- but a show that airs every other year with 8 episodes isn't very sustainable, fandom-wise. Can't w8 for s3 to come out in five billion years.

3. I've watched and enjoyed a few TV shows this year, although none in a "give me all the fic you have" way: Orphan Black continues to be one of my fave shows ever. Sense8 was wonderful, probably my favourite new show of 2015 so far, and I'm super relieved it got renewed. I watched Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 five years later and it was hysterical, R I P. I've got one episode left to watch of Humans, which is also great scifi. Daredevil I was shockingly into, as someone who wanted essentially nothing to do with Daredevil up until the point I watched it and developed a massive crush on Matt Murdock.

4. I'm also mega hyped for Jessica Jones, which at this point reads like a laundry list of my fave things, including but not limited to a female lead, a female superhero (!!!), a dark-n-gritty female superhero lead with PTSD who insists she isn't a hero but keeps doing heroic things anyway, a psychological thriller, Claire Temple, Krysten Ritter, and David Tennant. I bought the Alias omnibus about a month ago with a gift certificate, making it the first comic series I've ever read, and it was awesome. I can't wait. Jessica Jones is such a good character. The cast is gonna kill it. Eventually I'm gonna get to see love of my life Jessica Jones interact with love of my life Matt Murdock. Praise be to Netflix.

5. Aside from the Jessica Jones anticipation though, I started rereading Harry Potter, and I have completely relapsed into Harry Potter. Spoiler alert: I fuckin love Harry Potter. I had thought, when I started rereading -- since this is the first time I've read any of the books in about 5 years -- that perhaps my tastes would have changed and I'd find myself feeling differently about things and characters etc. Wrong!!!! My taste has always been amazing, Lily/James otp 4ever, etc. I'm 12 pages into a new Lily/James fic, in the year of our lord 2015. I will probably write more fic after I finish this one. What a time to be alive. I finished Prisoner of Azkaban (my faaaave) a few weeks ago and have been waiting to start GOF after I finish this fic. The most disturbing part about rereading is how old I now realize I am in comparison to these children. Harry & co are tiny babies! Lily and James get married, have babies and die before they are as old as I am! I'm older than the Cool Adults like Bill and Tonks! I'm so old my teacher crush on Remus Lupin is now just a regular crush! But anyway, it's been fun, I love Harry Potter, I wanna go see this mysterious play next summer, etc.

6. This was the summer of cons for me, since after seeing David Tennant and Billie Piper at Wizard World Philadelphia I ended up going to Montreal CC with goldy_dollar, shinyopals and lacunaz, where we saw Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, Caitlin Blackwood and Eve Myles. It was pretty cool -- I got to ask Eve Myles a question about Broadchurch, got a photo with Karen who is a doll, and we got an amazing group shot with Billie lmao. It was fun! Only Freema Agyeman remains on my gotta-catch-em-all Doctor Who cast list.
Lizbazcat89 on September 14th, 2015 02:20 pm (UTC)
you also saw Our Lady of Perfection hayley atwell at both cons. do not neglect my wife.

samesies re: the hp reread. i thought my tastes might change in New and Dramatic ways. but nope. i have flawless taste.
Kali: eng :: words words words_thirty2flavors on September 14th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
oh yes!!! I did indeed bask in Hayley atwell's perfection, both from afar and up close, then complimented her on a one-off episode of tv she did like 4 years ago and her twitter

right?? good to know I invested all my emotional energy in the right place back in like 2002, good job, me! way to be.
placebetween on September 23rd, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
Goddamn I really want to do a reread. All of my hardcover books are in San Diego and I'm clearly not going to bring them up here, though. Maybe I should just buy myself a new set??
Kali_thirty2flavors on September 23rd, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
THERE'S SOME REALLY NICE SETS OUT NOW THAT I WANT BUT HAVE NO EXCUSE TO BUY so you should buy one of them in honour of me
placebetween on September 23rd, 2015 03:29 am (UTC)
It's so weird because on one hand I want a newer set of the original hardcovers (because at first I was like ohhh nostalgia I'll keep my copy of POA forever, but then I saw it at home and I was like oh never mind this book is on its last legs given that I've read it probably a hundred times and took it to soccer practice and all that early 2000s bullshit) and then on the other I want a beautiful set of collectibles and it feels silly to own a newer set of the old hardcovers. I'll probably spend a significant amount of time agonizing it and do nothing, as usual.

This conversation is giving me the perfect excuse to actually use all these icons
Kali: eng :: words words words_thirty2flavors on September 23rd, 2015 12:51 pm (UTC)
lol I have a complete set of the US copies because I bought COS when we were in the States and from then on my mom was like "you should have a matching set!!" and refused to buy the Canadian editions. So I already have 2 copies of about half the series and therefore buying a third complete set seems silly BUT THEY'RE SO NICE.

I like the new ones where all the spines together make a big picture of Hogwarts. I think they're paperback though. You can also get House-specific editions, because some people still take their Hogwarts house that seriously, I guess. Slytherin oppression is real.

I don't have any HP icons left since LJ froze 90% of mine and arbitrarily selected some to remain. TRAGIC. Why didn't livejournal foresee 25 year old me relapsing into the fandom I loved when I was 10
Hannahfirstofoct on September 15th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)

I thoroughly enjoying your HP renaissance bb. Throwback! Maybe this new fic of yours will be the third ever ~Jily fic I read! (Second if the search/replace Cloen & Rose one doesn't count lmao)

And IKR s h o c k i n g that we would fall so hard for perfect Matt Murdock right?
Kali: dw :: ten :: fire and ice and rage_thirty2flavors on September 15th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)

I am enjoying it as well. I regret nothing. writing fic like it's 2005. If this is the 3rd Lily/James fic you read it will also be the best, by virtue of the other being written by a teenager. I'm glad past me set the bar really low.

I mean, no one who had seen the Ben Affleck movie could've predicted it, to be fair.
Hannah: Ten; three knocksfirstofoct on September 15th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)

damn. you're so confident this will be the best. :P

Kali: dw :: nine :: so was i_thirty2flavors on September 15th, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
I would take 16 year old Kali in a fight. Bring it. I have life experience, skill and size on my side.

I maintain we should rewatch it! It'd be so funny.
Hannahfirstofoct on September 15th, 2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
lmao sure why not. i don't live in the same world i did back in april/may lol. just let me know when
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯rosaxx50 on September 15th, 2015 09:43 am (UTC)
I think one thing led to another and now it's always crickets when I check. Come baaaaack. Tumblr has terrible opinions on everything.

Is there something terrible about Toronto, or just a case of... DNW to go there? It sucks that the job stability still hasn't come. Hopefully, it's on the pipeline either with this job or a different one.

until the point I watched it and developed a massive crush on Matt Murdock.

Oh, don't we all? He's fiiiiine. I've only watched the first two episodes. Really gotta finish the series.

I'm thinking about starting to watch Sense8, too. I flirted briefly with the idea when it first came out but ultimately didn't, because at that point I knew I'd just be downloading it and letting it rot. Then, yesterday, I tried the first episode and actually got 10 minutes in and still wanted to keep watching, which was a massive achievement, since I haven't watched more than five consecutive minutes of TV in the five months before that.
Kali_thirty2flavors on September 15th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
lol Tumblr is so frustrating. I'm neck deep in it now because like I said here I love fandom but Tumblr is the worst place for doing fandom, omg.

I just don't really like Toronto -- it's too big and the cost of living is very expensive and just feels sort of soulless to me. It's probably not the worst place to live, and as Canadian cities go it's the most practical (other) city for me, but blech lol. PLUS I HATE THEIR HOCKEY TEAM.

It's pretty rare for me to have as big a crush on a male character as I did on Matt, but it sure did the job of getting me invested in Daredevil. I ended up liking the show overall -- I was worried that all the villain's corrupt scheming would be convoluted and boring, but I was able to follow it pretty easily lol.

Sense8 is so good!! Especially if you already enjoyed the first ten minutes, because most people find the pilot ep confusing & slow, and it takes them 3-4 episodes to really get invested. The end of ep 4 is where I was like "SOLD" and it just went up from there. It's a fun concept.
some kind of snark faery: general (shyfoxling)shyfoxling on September 18th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
Somewhat related since I'm working federally again, Canadian politics is a hot ass mess right now.

No kidding. (Not Canadian myself, but husband is a Canadian expat, so I hear more bits than the average California grizzly bear.)

I've watched and enjoyed a few TV shows this year, although none in a "give me all the fic you have" way

That happened to me earlier this year with Takin' Over the Asylum, but "all the fic you have" for that is, alas, still devourable in just a few days, since few have heard of it.

As I am a Lily/Severus partisan (not against Lily/James, obviously it's the canon ship, just sayin'), perhaps we shall delicately avoid that part of the post. :D
Kali: eng :: a star danced_thirty2flavors on September 23rd, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Haha Takin' Over the Asylum is miraculously one of, like, 5 things on David Tennant's IMDB page I actually haven't watched. It is always unfortunate to get really into something that has no fandom though. Even with Broadchurch I found myself reading virtually everything regardless of whether I normally would or not, just because it was there.
some kind of snark faeryshyfoxling on September 23rd, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't really made a concerted effort to seek out Broadchurch fic in the way I did with Harry Potter (which might be given away by my icon) or with Doctor Who, but I read some that comes my way, mainly via a few people I follow on tumblr and some connections through there. Becoming a fan of David Tennant and trying to use his CV as a checklist has opened some new vistas in that regard. I remain bemused, though, at how strong a strain of Ship All The Billies And Davids exists among his fans - I'm more sanguine about random crossovers than I used to be when I first got into fandom in general, but some of the combinations like Rose x Hardy make my eyebrows do odd confused dances. (Though, to be fair, I've read Rose x Peter Carlisle that I liked fairly well and I've got a Donna x Peter sitting around to read, so there's that!)

Edited at 2015-09-23 04:05 pm (UTC)
Kali: dw :: ten/rose :: worst day of my life_thirty2flavors on September 24th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
I find rpf totally revolting, so all the not-so-thiny-veiled David/Billie masquerading as Random David Tennant Character/Random Billie Character is deeply irritating to me, too. I'm not sure if you'd have seen it on Tumblr or not but I did find the Broadchurch s2 "shipwar" utterly hysterical given that it was a shipwar between... like... shippers of the two canonical leads, and shippers of an absolutely fabricated-of-thin-air crossover ship. Someone called me "trash" when I poked fun by asking where all the Alec Hardy/Alesha Phillips was, lmfao. I love Ten/Rose, I love David Tennant, I love Bilie Piper, but not every one of their character arcs needs to recreate Ten/Rose nor should they be each other's only scene partners until the end of time.

some kind of snark faery: doctor who (TARDIS scanner)shyfoxling on September 24th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
I've seen a little bit, I think. I follow penfairy on tumblr and they have published some odd asks recently not just trying to sell them on Rose/Alec but, like, why they were wrong with Ellie/Alec or something? It's a headscratcher.

Someone called me "trash" when I poked fun by asking where all the Alec Hardy/Alesha Phillips was, lmfao.

Ah, but that's not David's one and only across all time and space, now is it?

It's a little funny how rabid some of the Rose fans get sometimes.

not every one of their character arcs needs to recreate Ten/Rose nor should they be each other's only scene partners until the end of time.

Preach it!
FANDOM WARRIORfandomwarrior on September 20th, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC)

Wow, into the Clone Club too, eh? I welcome you too :D

Kali_thirty2flavors on September 23rd, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oh I love Orphan Black! I've been watching since s1 aired. It's so good. Sarah Manning is one of my favourite characters ever.
Austinjohnmayergirl23 on September 23rd, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
staring longingly at all these threaded comments tbqh

remember hijacking parties omg my youth

I didn't post about it much on tumblr because I never post much ~original content~ on tumblr but oh man do I have a major crush on Matt Murdock. HIS FACE PARTS ARE SO PLEASING???

I haven't reread HP in maybe 2 or 3 years, which is a long time for me, but I do know that every time I reread them, I fall into a spell where I write nonstop fanfiction and then...not post it because I'm ashamed lol
Kali_thirty2flavors on September 23rd, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
LOL I KNOW. Multiple people replying to each other in a clear and coherent way? No character limit? An easy one-click and generally infallible way to reply to someone??? What in the world!

Liz and I had an entire discussion via email last week about hypothetical misguided wizard Tumblr sj that would definitely have been better suited to an LJ thread.

lol Matt Murdock made me confront some harsh realities about the kinds of tropes I super like. He is just so charming.

It's been a long time since I was feeling this fic-y and it's really weird. I don't remember how to cope with it. I'm at work and all I want to do is go home and write fanfiction like it's 2008 and I should be studying for finals.
placebetween on September 23rd, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2015!!!!!!!!!!!! IS THIS A NOVEL-LENGTH FIC? IT BETTER BE. I'M ROLLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR IMAGINING THIS. God I miss James and Lily. I've read every good fic for them on the internet at this point so PLEASE CREATE SOME MORE. Also did you see this today??


I really feel like JKR is trying to kill me. I would have been all over this five years ago and I'm still kinda all over it, but it makes me sad to start reading this?? I don't know what this means. I don't know what I feel. SOMEONE SAVE ME. When I got to the part of your post where you mentioned that you are older than the Cool Adults (tm) I had to get up and walk away for awhile. EVERYTHING IS OVER. WE ARE OLD AS ALL FUCK AND THE KIDS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THREADED CONVERSATIONS ARE ANYMORE.

Anyway, congratulations on the new job! I hope it leads to The Dream or turns into The Dream somehow. It seems like contract to hire is the new thing these days?? My dad, who is an older professional, just did contract to hire so he could work at a company he was really psyched about lmao. So good job my dad, good job you.

Relevant: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/millennials-to-snake-peop/jhkibealmjkbkafogihpeidfcgnigmlf?hl=en-US

Kali: e :: my dear watson_thirty2flavors on September 23rd, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC)
IT'S NOT. I CAN'T DO NOVEL LENGTH FICS ON MY OWN. I'VE TRIED AND SILLY LOVE SONGS WAS THE RESULT. IT IS HOWEVER LIKE 20 PAGES LONG? 20 pages of Lily/James fic in 2015 and it, frankly, will probably not be the last Harry Potter fic I write in this frenzy.

I did!! I have generally ignored Pottermore ever since the initial excitement wore off ages ago, but I saw people on Tumblr talking about James' parents and I was like well goddamnit now I have to read this. I actually really liked it though, which can't be said of all her (often contradictory) Pottermore canon. I feel like for the entirety of fandom the Potters were always written as this nice but vaguely stuffy old money respectable pureblood family and now JKR is like NAW, DIRTY MUGGLE-LOVING NEW MONEY LIBERALS and it's frankly kind of beautiful. James Potter swims in pools of money at lavish parties in West Egg because his dad invented a line of hair care products, and everything about James' life seems designed to personally spite Severus Snape. James and Lily at the height of a war named their marked-for-death Chosen One son after a Muggle rights activist. Maybe I'm not done raging against the machine!!

ALSO I spent so many years struggling to rationalize how James' mom could be a Black and yet no one would ever mention this to Harry at all ever. So whatever, RIP Dorea/Charlus, Heads of the Auror Department, I for one welcome our new hair product overlords.

I know what you mean though, any new Harry Potter stuff now kind of has this weird feeling of nostalgia. Where was all this info when I was writing fic ten years ago, JK???

Thanks! Yeah I think contracting is the new way forward because it theoretically "saves money" although I'm skeptical of how much money you reaslly save when you're perpetually hiring/rehiring/training. Whatever. It's fine for now.

placebetween on October 7th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
I kept this comment notification in my inbox for awhile because the entire two paragraphs about our new hair product overlords makes me laugh so much every time I read it. West Egg James Potter is IN STYLE and I also love it. I only wish I could grab every languishing James/Lily writer out of their retirements (like you ahahaha) to capitalize on this. Where is the UR list of authors and how do I bother them all?

Kali: eng :: words words words_thirty2flavors on October 7th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Right? It's the best. James Potter on rich kids of instagram!! All the other purebloods staring down their champagne flutes in disgust.

One of Tumblr's rec-a-posts for me the other day was from Bee Daily. Is she still writing?? Is Commentarius still being updated in 2015.
Kali_thirty2flavors on October 7th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
"SO GAUCHE," thinks Lucius Malfoy, before hand-picking which albino peacock chick he wants.
placebetween on October 7th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
Oops did I go to this link accidentally or