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Winter Sunlight
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Still rewatching Heroes. You know, I think half the reason why I still love Nathan Petrelli so much (in spite of the fact that he's a total dick most of the time - a big part of the Heroes-watching experience for me is going "Nathan, don't do the thing .... no Nathan ... DAMMIT NATHAN!") is because of his desperate efforts to keep his life normal in spite of all the weird around him, and his face when the weird intrudes on it anyway. I just rewatched the episode where Hiro shows up at Isaac's apartment in New York cheerfully nattering about flying people. Nathan's expression, omigod.

I'm also noticing pretty strongly on the rewatch how most of the factors that made the show go completely off the rails in later seasons are already present -- melodramatic buildup to events that don't end up affecting anything, EVERYTHING being connected all the time even when the writers have to strain credibility to the breaking point to shoehorn people into each other's storylines (and a corresponding lack of follow-through on a lot of character relationships because everyone is wandering in and out of the others' storylines all the time), failure for anyone to give basic information when they can drop cryptic hints instead, and so forth. But the characters are really fun, and the characterization in the first season is pretty solid. I'm up to, I think, 1x12 or 1x13 and still enjoying it. At the very least, it's good background noise for doing art.

ETA: Also, I'm loving Claire so much on the rewatch. I think she was one of my favorites the first time around too, but she's probably my very favorite right now. She's SO GREAT. And I had forgotten okay, this is actually a spoiler, if it mattersCollapse )

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Well, that was a book, I guess

I've been going through my books, trying to unload the ones I'll never read again and read some of the enormous to-read pile that I've acquired over the years from library book sales and used bookstores and whatnot. There are books in this pile I've had for a decade without reading them. I think it's safe to say I don't need to keep them anymore.

I decided to read one of them tonight, and I'm not sure if a book in recent memory has made me go "WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK" quite so many times in the first few chapters (until I gave up).

The book is Ember From the Sun by Mark Canter, and it is ... well ... it's a book. That was published. By Bantam-Doubleday, even!

The general premise of the book sounded promising. A scientist manages to implant a surrogate mother with a Neanderthal embryo, so basically it's Jurassic Park with Neanderthals. But why, oh why are all thrillers involving Neanderthals so mind-bogglingly terrible? The last one I tried to read was this one, which ticked off every last item in your basic terrible-Crichton-ripoff plot outline. Such as, for example, the characters finding the camp of the research team that disappeared before them, discovering the journal that explains what happened to the other team, and deciding to read it in linear order to preserve the suspense of the ending, while something is attempting to pick them off one by one. It is difficult to appreciate their plight when I just want to scream, "Read the last page first, you morons!" at them every 3 pages or so.)

Anyway. Ember From the Sun. The cut isn't really for spoilers - although yes, there are extensive spoilers, but seriously, are any of you actually going to read this book? Mostly it's just cut to keep you from having to wade through all this if you don't care.

Ember From the Sun, or, Neanderthals + a whole world of WTFCollapse )

ETA: Heaven help us all, the author seems to have recovered the rights and brought it back into print via self-publishing. I would like to point out that the cover is actually a remarkably accurate visual rendition of the content of the book: incoherent, weird, New Agey, and full of elements that don't quite work together.

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Winter Sunlight
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Books, anyone?

Clearing off space on my bookshelves (to make room for more books, obviously), I came upon Melusine and The Virtu by Sarah Monette, the first two books of her Doctrine of Labyrinth series. Anybody want these? As much as I enjoyed certain aspects of the books (Mildmay!), I don't see myself rereading these, because I basically spent the entire time I was reading them wanting to set one of the co-protagonists on fire. Most of my discards are just being taken to the used bookstore, but since these books have something of a fandom following and are now out of print, I'd be happy to mail them to anybody who wants them. I might ask you to pick up shipping if it's more than a couple of bucks, but otherwise don't worry about it.

ETA: Claimed!

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Winter Sunlight
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*pours glass of wine*

I really should not be this glad that my Saturday evening plans fell through, but this has been an exhausting week -- what with emotionally draining houseguests (my in-laws), frantically cleaning the house top-to-bottom in advance of said houseguests, trying to get the garden in, realizing last-minute that I haven't done any of this year's promotional materials for my comics class and scrambling to get all of that done before running a comics workshop on Wednesday night. And I have something scheduled tomorrow night (selling my stuff at an intermission show for a geek-themed play on campus), plus wanting to buy my bedding plants and finish getting the garden in tomorrow, so they can benefit from all this lovely, unseasonably warm sunshine we've been having ... let's just say I was NOT ready for a fun night out on Saturday. My feelings right now are considerably more oriented towards collapsing at home for a couple of days that I don't have to go anywhere.

It would have been difficult to gracefully get out of the Saturday thing if my only excuse is "I've hit my introvert social maximum for the week" -- it's a going-away party for a friend. However, she changed it last-minute from something I actually wanted to do (dinner at a nice Greek restaurant in town, followed by a bar crawl, which I was already planning to quietly beg off from), to something I really don't want to do AND have a decent excuse for not doing (a concert with a band I don't care about, that has $40 tickets). She doesn't mind me not coming and we made plans to have lunch next week instead.

Collapsing at home it is, then!

Also, once I get the garden in, my (once) frightfully intimidating May to-do list will be nearly 100% done. For the rest of the month, the only thing I really HAVE to do is to get my Kismet page buffer finished through early August (since I will be either traveling or too busy to work on it for most of June and July). And yeah, that's gonna be quite a bit of work, but it's fun work, and otherwise I can play a bit, and do art, and maybe write some fic. And figure out what my next big fiction project is going to be.

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Winter Sunlight
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For the interested, I posted the list of h/c bingo fills for my blacked-out bingo card to [community profile] hc_bingo. There might be some stories you missed, especially if you've just started following me recently! They're not in any particular order, so the fandoms are all jumbled up. (Well, it's the order the prompts were on my card, because it was easier to do the links that way.)

Just because I was curious, I totaled up the word counts: 129,100. Which actually for me is not super high. But it was interesting to know.

In other news, I watched this lovely Heroes vid while back, and now I'm rewatching Heroes, season one. Such a shame the show was tragically cancelled after the first season, isn't it? I wonder what they would've done if they'd had more seasons. Guess we'll never know.

Anyway, it's still really good, and I still love the Petrelli brothers (and Adrian Pasdar's eyelashes) as much as I ever did. And everyone else too, especially Claire, who is awesome. Everyone except Sylar. Go die in a ditch, Sylar. Also, the last time I watched this, I hadn't seen Carnivale yet, so it's disconcerting to see the actress who played Sofie playing a hardass FBI agent.

If you haven't seen the show, it's well worth watching! Just ignore Netflix's attempts to convince you there are seasons past the first one. This is a lie, and no good will come of listening to it. This does mean that the show ends on a cliffhanger, but trust me, anything you can come up with post-season one is probably better than what they actually did.

(And if you want to know what happened, go through my heroes tag. It's not the actual posts so much as the comments where the real hilarity happens. If you want to see me throw fits over inconsistent characterization and stupid writing, the tv:heroes tag is the place to do it! Unfortunately, on the DW side, this is from the period where I changed my username and the DW-to-LJ importer doubled up all my posts, so there's two of everything and I never figured out how to fix it. Just ignore that. XD)

I was also thinking about how mid-2000s this show is. After Lost got big, there was a sudden temporary deluge of similar shows: big ensemble casts, season-arc plots rather than episodic plots, loads of secrets and clues and complicated ties between the characters. And I miss them! Yes, I know they tended generally to devolve into incoherency after a season or two, but there aren't very many shows like that around anymore. Orphan Black is the only one I can think of off the top of my head. (Of which, by the way, I haven't seen the current season yet, so no spoilers, please!)

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Heart
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\o/

I posted my two Daredevil fics for the kissing fest to AO3, and you know what that means?

I BLACKED OUT MY H/C BINGO CARD!

I've never done that before! wheeeeeeeeee

Now I just need to gather all the info for all 25 fics to post to the h/c bingo community before the end of June ...

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More fills for the kissing fest, and a fic rec

Fic rec: vinegar and cellophane by [archiveofourown.org profile] oh_simone - Agent Carter, 20K words, gen, post-first-season (so, spoilers). Daniel POV, focused mostly on Daniel, Peggy, and Jack, with appearances by the rest.

This is THE long post-canon plotty genfic of my dreams! It's incredibly rare to find fic that nails "my" Jack Thompson, and his relationships with the other two; it's mostly either Jack-as-unlikable-asshole, or "Jack never did anything wrong, and Peggy and Daniel are jerks for distrusting him". But this fic has a wonderful Jack, and a wonderful Daniel and Peggy, and a plotty slow build towards gradually growing trust/friendship. I loved every word, and I'm going to claim it as my personal headcanon until season two comes along and josses everything.

Meanwhile, I wrote three more fills for the kissing fest (one of which is for my own prompt, but the rules said you can!).

Peggy/Jack/Daniel, drowning
Foggy/Marci, alcohol and bad choices (TW: aftermath of an attempted, offscreen assault)
Foggy/Matt, hospital (which I am also claiming for "surgery" on my h/c bingo card, as soon as I get around to uploading it to AO3)

All three of these are set after their respective series, so spoilers can be assumed. ([personal profile] alessandriana! Don't read the Foggy/Matt one until you've seen all of the show!)

I am very amused (but obviously happy) that the first one I wrote, which is for a complete weirdo Age of Ultron pairing, is getting a whole bunch of comment-love! I think most people are just clicking on it because it's so strange, and then end up liking it. XD

ETA: Anyone want to leave more Agent Carter or Daredevil prompts at the kissing fest? :D I seem to be mostly looking for ones that I can write in an h/c-ish kind of way, and I've discovered that I really like writing Foggy's voice. And more prompts with some combination of Peggy, Jack, and Daniel would be great. :D

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There is an MCU commentfic kissing fest being hosted by [personal profile] such_heights - leave prompts for kisses, or answer prompts, or both! :) I'm hoping for more Agent Carter and Daredevil prompts in the mix, since that's mostly what I'm feeling inspired to write.

Although, so far, the only fill I've written is this post-AoU one here, which contains AoU characters and is basically gen. I'm going to try to write a couple more. And I've left a TON of prompts.

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Winter Sunlight
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Avengers 2: The Jossening

Behind the cut - a few thoughts on finishing up the Bucky & Sam fic after having seen Age of Ultron, with spoilers.

Age of Ultron spoilersCollapse )

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Winter Sunlight
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The Sam & Bucky fic: an assortment of things

Here's a little grab bag of some extra stuff that goes with the fic I just posted.

First of all, for the last chapter I was trying to figure out what the generator room of a secret underground HYDRA base would actually look like (seriously, I swear THE big source of delays on the last couple of chapters was trying to figure out how a secret underground bad guy base would be constructed, probably in more detail than actual TV show/movie show writers generally do) and I came across this really cool page on the power station at the Amundsen-Scott base at the South Pole. At least, I thought it was interesting! I started out patterning the HYDRA power plant after this one, although as you'll notice if you read the story, it ended up taking a somewhat different turn.

Second - the fic actually started out very different. I started writing it for a prompt at avengersgen last May, for Sam getting Bucky out of trouble. Originally I had imagined it as some kind of "5 Times Sam Saved Bucky" fic, or something along those lines, but I wrote this little tossed-off bit about Sam catching Bucky after he fell out of a plane, and then I thought "OKAY ACTUALLY I WANT TO WRITE THAT FIC", and then 32K words of fic happened. XD But I did actually start writing the other one. So here's about 800 words of the fic it almost was, but didn't turn out to be. It's still tempting to turn this into an actual fic, but I don't really have a plot, so mainly it's just some plotless speculating on how Sam and Bucky would work together in the field.

The unwritten Sam and Bucky fic from last MayCollapse )

And that's as far as I ever got with that.

The other thing I wanted to post is something I just pasted into a comment over on the fic at AO3, and I thought, why not repost it here as well? I tend to write out of order, and one of the early scenes I wrote was a reunion scene that got cut because the plot went a different way. Deets under the cut so I don't spoil my own fic.

The cut reunion scene, with context - this would"ve been near the end of Chapter 4Collapse )

I also have some thoughts about how this story was or wasn't jossed by Age of Ultron, but I'll put those in a separate post so people who are avoiding spoilers won't be spoiled.

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