Tags: squee

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happy-making things, & maybe potential posts

There have been several things that have made me happy lately, some of which I really, really need to make posts on at some point:



  • Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor novels


  • Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, and good YA fiction in general


  • The Dark Knight. I'm not going to see it until scarletts_awry gets here in a few weeks, and then we are going to see it TOGETHER YAYZ, but I'm delighted at all the good things I've heard, and I am so excited about it.
  • As I think I've mentioned before, the Bale/Nolan Batman is my Batman, and seeing that finally realized on the big screen, as I originally did with Batman Begins a few years ago, makes me more happy than I can easily put into words.

  • the set and costume design on Mad Men (I've been watching the marathon today), which are gorgeous


  • The Middleman, which is continuing to delight me. Okay, one comment about the most recent episode, "The Flying Fish Zombification."




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Okay, I clearly need a Middleman icon. And one for Eureka and one for Batman. And, while I'm at it, one for Buffy, too.
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show pimp: The Middleman

The Middleman premieres tonight on ABC Family. The show is about the titular Middleman, an "independent contractor" who deals with problems like tentacle monsters and mad scientists, and is based on executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach's graphic novel of the same name.

It looks like it's going to be a hell of a lot of fun, and has been getting stellar reviews. More importantly, it's my friend spyscribe's first regular TV show gig, and we're all really proud of her here, and excited about the show.

If you like comic books, if you like sci-fi, if you like quirky humor and well-written characters, this is a show for you.
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fuck you, she's awesome!

Meme ganked from melinafandom and various other flist people:

So I was adding some new interests to my LJ profile (because I, uh... have some new interests. Yes.) and found myself feeling defensive every time I typed a female name, thinking, basically, FUCK YOU, SHE'S AWESOME, because I felt as if someone somewhere was going to be criticizing my love for them.

So, anyway, then I made a list of women who make me want to say FUCK YOU, SHE'S AWESOME. They are far from the only women who are awesome, or the only women people need to be told to step off of, but they are the top ten I feel that way about, right now, off the top of my head.

If you want to argue with me about the awesomeness of any of these women, I am afraid I will simply be referring you to the subject line. THAT IS ALL.

~~~

So! Tell me who's awesome in your book! Post your own list if you like! FUCK YOU, SHE'S AWESOME!


My list (and no, I didn't limit myself to ten):

Stella Bonasera (CSI:NY)
Martha Jones (Doctor Who and Torchwood)
Sarah Jane Smith (Doctor Who)
Toshiko Sato (Torchwood)
Gwen Cooper (Torchwood)
Suzie Costello (Torchwood)
Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Tara Maclay (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Anya Jenkins (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Faith (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada)
Emily (The Devil Wears Prada)
Selina Kyle (DC Universe)
Sasha Bordeaux (DC Universe)
Helena Bertinelli (DC Universe)
Renee Montoya (DC Universe)
Chuck Charles (Pushing Daisies)
Olive Snook (Pushing Daisies)
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happy happy joy joy

Thanks to everyone who commented on the smile meme! You all brought me much delight and joy this week, and it was really needed.

Further to that, some awesome things of awesome:

Joss Whedon wrote an Internet musical during the writers' strike. It's called Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and it stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day (Vi on S7 of Buffy) See here for confirmation from the man himself.

Made of win. I'm telling you.

And then there's this Highly Controversial tampon ad from Australia, which I found completely and utterly hilarious, but it's entirely possible that I'm a bad person.

Seriously, it's SO WRONG. And simultaneously SO CUTE.

Also, scarletts_awry and I have been discussing the situation, and we've decided that we need to start writing more crack AUs for CSI:NY. There aren't nearly enough of them. And, um, we're a little too good at coming up with completely cracked-out ideas. Never mind BSI 'verse. I'm talking the Band AU. And that's nothing compared to some of the crack scarletts_awry has come up with.

And she's going to force me to write it, because she's MEAN.

Possibly we're both a little overly caffeinated.
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"Kick, Pooh, kick!"

Happy birthday, karaokegal! I hope it's a lovely one.

ABC picks up Pushing Daisies for a full season.

The news makes me very happy. Despite my concerns after the pilot aired about whether they would be able to sustain the concept (concerns I still continue to hold, mind you), I'm finding this show to be an utter delight, and so far it's held up brilliantly. I liked the third episode even more than the second (see subject line for one of the big reasons why), and that's after the second episode featured women in daisy hats and gold false eyelashes, not to mention Kristin Chenoweth doing a musical number.

I'm in the midst of writing my story for all_hallows_fic. It is very long, very challenging, and, at times, very emotionally difficult to write.

It also was probably a direct contributing factor in how scarletts_awry and I came to decide that there needed to be sonic screwdriver sex toy fic in CSI:NY, preferably featuring Flack.

We were both a little loopy and punch-drunk when this happened. That's my defense and I'm sticking to it. and she started it.

Anyway, if I'm a little light on the ground this week, this story is the reason why.
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I said: boy, you are my Fifth Avenue

This is my 1,000th post.

I feel like I should have something profound, or at least interesting, to say, but I don't, not really.

In the course of those 1,000 entries I've:



  • written probably something over 500K words of fanfic;


  • written reviews for every single episode of CSI:NY from S2 onwards (and a couple of scattered ones for S1);


  • written reviews of various other episodes of TV shows and movies;


  • revealed my shallow aesthetically refined side and my general fashion obsession;


  • come up with the Fashion Watch for my episode reviews, something that started as a lark and evolved into a regular feature that's one of my favorite things to write every week;


  • gotten new insights into how I feel about things like narrative structure and stealth character development and character porn and sexuality and subtext (I highly approve of all of them);


  • discovered a few narrative obsessions of my own, like negative space and the fellowsoldiers ethos and water imagery;


  • posted music, sometimes with accompanying fic, and got to share my favorite songs with other people the way they'd shared theirs with me;


  • solicited opinions on important subjects like what kind of underwear Don Flack prefers;


  • had conversations about fandom and all kinds of other topics with lots of different people, and gotten into some amazing, insightful discussions;


  • got to meet other fans and talk to them about our shared interests;


  • made new friends that I never would have met otherwise;


  • found, among those good friends, a couple of people to whom I can talk about almost anything, sometimes for hours at a time, and who are also an amazing support system as my first readers when I'm trying to beat a story into shape;


  • occasionally talked about my personal life, never without trepidation no matter how vague I was being;


  • and just generally found a lot of fun and a lot of joy that I never would have otherwise




I started writing fic in January 2005, because I wasn't writing and I was going out of my mind, and because I thought this might be a way to change that. I never expected that I would write as many words as I have since then, or as many stories, or that I'd end up pushing and challenging myself as much as I have.

The other reason I started writing was because, simply, I wanted to talk to other fans. I craved conversation and discussion, and I hoped maybe I'd find one or two people to talk to.

I really, honestly never expected that many people would respond, even so. I never realized that I'd find quite so many people to talk to, or that people would be willing to read what I write and talk to me. I don't quite believe it even now. It's...it's a gift, it really is, and I'm grateful for it every day. I'm grateful for all the people I've met and all the words I've written and this show I still love so much that has guided me to all of that.

I don't look at my info page too frequently, but I did tonight (and earlier this week, which is when I realized I was coming up on 1,000 posts). There are a lot of people here, and a lot of history now. It's pretty damned amazing. I just...I don't know. I never think that I do anything very special, or unusual. I write fic. I write overly analytical reviews of crime shows. And I think I must be doing something good, because here I still am, and here all you are, and I feel guilty for even pointing that out, like I'm overstepping myself by saying any of that.

To everyone who I talk to and who posts, ever: thank you. Thank you for all the conversation and good times.

To everyone who reads here, but has never said anything: say hi sometime, if you like. I'd enjoy it.

I'm really looking forward to my next 1,000 posts.
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random acts of glee

Trailer for An Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Not at all the kind of movie I usually go for, but Thurman and JDM are both hot hot hot like hot things. (We've already documented my fondness for JDM, and I am head over heels for Uma -- in Kill Bill in particular, but she's just really awesome in general.)

And in the trailer JDM is amused and cranky and snarky and a firefighter, and he grabs Uma and throws her up against the wall of an elevator, and they start kissing the hell out of each other.

Therefore: made of win!

I'm writing again (I think), which is also made of win. Possibly. I have a couple of smaller pieces in progress, in addition to the bigger, long-term projects I'm always working on.

"Family of Blood" tonight, so I'm planning to do a combined review of that and "Human Nature" once I've watched them both, and then maybe I can start plowing through the S1 marathon I recorded last weekend.

And there's just ONE DAY LEFT until Torchwood and S2!