Posted on 10-Mar-17 at 1:46.
It's been six months since we lost Bang, and we decided we were ready to bring a new greyhound into our life. Meet Trane (formerly Rams Night Train). He's almost 3 years old, and had a very brief and not very successful racing career. We brought him into our condo unfostered, which has been challenging, moreso than we anticipated. He's the complete opposite of Bang in some ways - boisterous and openly affectionate, and very food oriented. I love him already.
We've had him for five days so far, and he's come a long way (learning stairs, brushing up on that potty training, learning that all food is not his). Still working on the alone training. He has mild separation anxiety (most greyhounds do--they've never been alone ever in their lives). Since we both need to go to work on Monday (dog walker will come midday) I'm a bit worried. But we've made some progress, and we have two and a half more days to work on it. He's a smart boy, so I'm hopeful he'll be ready.
Posted on 31-Dec-14 at 3:36.
.Your main fandom of the year?
I haven't been active in any fandom this year, but I've been lurking in Sherlock for a while now. I've read ALL the John/Sherlock fic. And then read it again. Have a soft spot for Mycroft/Lestrade, too. Your favorite film watched this year?
At the risk of being terribly unprofound, I adored "A Cabin in the Woods". I love seeing a cliche turned on it's head. And then rolled over a few times for good measure. I went into it without knowing a thing about the plot, and loved every minute of it. Your favorite book read this year?
Hmmm. I guess long, plotty Sherlock AUs don't count? Then I'm going with "The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright, which is a history of religion. It's a slow read and I'm only halfway through it, but I'm finding it utterly fascinating. Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
I'm really liking Lake Street Dive. I don't remember the album's name but it might be their first one. Your favorite TV show of the year?
Started watching Sleepy Hollow this year, and both the husband and I are enjoying it. We just started working our way through the S1 DVDs. Also started watching Face Off, which is so very awesome! I'd say it's a tie between the two. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Stumbled into X-Men fandom after watching XMFC and XMDoFP, and am now reading all the Charles/Erik I can find. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Hard to say. I'm enjoying Supernatural this season, but as always, I wish Dean and Cas would work together more. Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
John Watson. Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Abbie, from Sleepy Hollow. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Supernatural addressing the whole vessel issue with Cas. I suspected Jimmy was gone, but it was so nice to have that confirmed. The most missed of your old fandoms?
H50 was the last fandom I was really active in, and I still miss it. It was great fun. Danny Williams will always own a piece of my heart!The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Can't think of anything, really. I have plenty to read as it is!
Posted on 01-Feb-14 at 10:00.
Posted on 22-Jan-14 at 9:18.
Posted on 19-Dec-13 at 10:18.
SPN: What are your thoughts about John Winchester - in canon, in fanon, I general?
I'm really torn about John. On one hand, he seems like the worst father in the world, heaping too much responsibility on Dean at too young an age, and ignoring or not accepting Sam for who he is, and never developing a relationship with him. He was far too strict with his boys. On the other hand, maybe he was just doing the best he could in a terrible situation.
I always find the flashback eps with young John particularly heartbreaking. He's so innocent and optimistic about the future, and he loves Mary so very much. So different than the broken man we saw in S1.
I'm also curious as to where John is now. No one in heaven seemed to be able to find him. I'm sure it was just a throw away sort of line because JDM was unavailable, but I'd love for them to follow up on that storyline.
Posted on 17-Dec-13 at 7:35.
Question: SPN: How do you think Supernatural will end and/or how would you like it to end? Or, tell me what you think about Misha Collins.
I'm going to go with how I want Supernatural to end, because a post about Misha Collins would simply consist of row after row of hearts. I adore him so much he makes me goofy. :D
So, first of all, I don't want Supernatural to ever end, because it seems to have gotten a second wind and I'm really enjoying it. Also, even in it's not-so-stellar seasons, it's better than most of the other stuff on TV. (Plus, Sam and Dean and Cas. I'd watch them read a phone book together). But if it must end, I want Sam and Dean to still be hunters, along with Cas, who is a sort of half-powered angel. Just enough power to keep it interesting, but not too much to take all the challenge out of it. They'd live in the bunker, and maybe Charlie would live there too, and hunt with them, at least some of the time. And since crazy things happen all the time on this show, Kevin, Jo, Ellen, Bobby and Rufus all return to earth, alive and well and help fill up the bunker and they all bicker together happily ever after.
Posted on 17-Dec-13 at 2:06.
Question: SGA: What is it about John Sheppard that still calls to you despite canon being over and fannish drift?
Aside from from being ridiculously handsome, I've always been charmed by John's goofiness. Sure, he's The Big Hero, but he's also a bit of a dork, is pretty damn awkward at times, and pretends to be suave and debonair but misses the mark completely. He also seems to delight in playing with Rodney, and has always seemed kind of tickled by Rodney's (sometimes) abrasive personality. JF created a marvelous character, one far more interesting and appealing than was originally written by TPTB.
Posted on 16-Dec-13 at 9:19.
The problem I have with Crowley is that I adore Mark Sheppard, and find him so utterly endearing and delightful that I find myself rooting for him, despite the whole evil demon business with the killing and torturing. Sure, he's a asshole, but he's an asshole with charm and style.
Honestly though, aside from my Mark Sheppard fangirling, I do love the character. We've seen Crowley victorious, but we've also seen him vulnerable and beaten down, which is interesting for a demon. He does keep his side of a bargain, as is appropriate for a crossroads demon. I'm very intrigued with him right now--how much of him is human, after the treatment in last years season finale? (which JP and MS rocked in a big big way). I hope we see more of him in the second half of the season - apparently MS has been a busy man and wasn't available for much of the first half. I think his story is going to be very interesting, and I can't wait to see it.
Posted on 13-Dec-13 at 8:56.
Q: Tell me something in fandom that has shocked you.
This is actually a tough question, because I've been in fandom so long (on and off since around, 1994-ish?) that I feel like I've pretty much seen it all. So I'm just going to go back to the beginning, shortly after I discovered that X-Files and Star Trek fandoms existed in the first place, when I was shocked, SHOCKED that people wrote Mulder/Skinner fic, so shocked that I had to read ALL of it, and then had to go back and read it all over again. And thus, I became a slasher. :D
Posted on 11-Dec-13 at 8:54.
You're in the writer's room for H50. What is the pitch for your dream episode?
I can't help myself--it would have to be a Fake Boyfriends plot. Or Fake Husbands. I would make up some ridiculous plot that TPTB would love: a high powered lawyer/real estate developer/CEO would be found dead and he would turn out to have ties to a gun running yakuza/drug dealing mysterious accented crime syndicate/eastern European assassin but also an ex-boyfriend who was a tad cranky about the breakup so in order to cover all bases Steve and Danny would have to spend the entire episode at a couple's resort to investigate. They would have to hold hands and address each other by pet names and share a bed and slow dance together and Danny would complain about Steve being way too tall and Steve would be all "Danny, couldn't you at least shave if you are going to pretend to nuzzle me?" and they'd be all kinds of cute and it would be the best episode EVER.
Oh, and I'd add a big long car chase at the end, and a shootout, and the murderer would turn out to be the pizza delivery guy because he didn't get a big enough tip or something profound like that.
Posted on 07-Dec-13 at 10:06.
Dean and Cas and their Profound Bond, what's not to love about them? I love how the show has developed their relationship, making it clear how important they are to each other. They have amazing chemistry, and while the show plays around with it a lot, I don't think they'll ever actually go there in the romantic sense. Which I would never want them to do, because it would never be the Dean/Cas that I have in my head. And romantic relationships never turn out well on the show. sheron finally put into words
what I love so much about shipping angel!Cas and Dean. Such a powerful being, ageless, sexless, yet so in love with Dean--it goes deeper than just sex. My headcanon says that Dean is just a little awestruck that a creature like Cas would love him, because Dean doesn't think himself worthy of such love and devotion. And I think Cas's love would be a little overwhelming. Cas rebelled against heaven and his fellow angels for Dean--there's just no telling what Cas wouldn't
do for him.
I think Cas is actually pretty comfortable with his feelings for Dean. He's intrigued by humans, by how downright ornery they can be. (Some more than others, and I'm looking at you, Dean). The show tells us that angels don't have emotions, then shows us something completely different--angels whose emotions are all over the place, being whiny and angry and jealous and constantly battling for power. And, of course, Castiel's obvious affection for Dean. And his sly sense of humor. So yeah, I'm not buying the whole unemotional thing. He loves Dean.
Posted on 06-Dec-13 at 8:06.
It's so hard to even know where to begin when it comes to Cas. He's one of my most favorite characters ever, in any show. He's fascinating, complex and mysterious at some level, and always evolving. I love all versions of Cas - smiting all-powerful angel Cas, rebel Cas, confused Cas, crazy Cas, evil god Cas, human Cas - all of them are fascinating and intriguing. And really hot (what, I'm shallow that way, okay?). Cas has been on an incredible journey, from a warrior of the lord, following orders like an obedient soldier, to rebelling (which he did FOR DEAN, ALL FOR YOU, DEAN) and embracing free will and then kind of losing his mind and doing terrible things to the world to wandering talking to bees and every time he tries to make things right, it all goes terribly wrong. And it all started because of Dean. And yeah, I ship it. Oddly enough, I have a hard time shipping human Cas with Dean, though. Not sure why, except that maybe the dynamic between them is very different. I wrote a fair amount of Dean/Cas fic a few years back, so after envisioning their relationship with Cas being all-powerful, it's hard for me to wrap my mind around it any other way, I guess. Or maybe human Cas is just so vulnerable and melancholy that I just want everyone to hug him instead.
I have a lot of favorite Cas scenes, but one that still gives me chills is in Lucifer Rising when Dean finally talks Castiel into helping him to try and stop the Apocalypse, and Cas grabs Dean, cuts his own arm and draws the banishing sigil. Along with the scene where Cas cuts the sigil into his own chest (it doesn't get any more bad-assed than that). Also in Season 7 when Dean finds Cas again, when Cas has no memory of who he is. And, now that I think about it, Castiel's very first scene on the show--I don't think any character has had a better introduction than that.
I also love that we get to see humanity in all its contradictory glory through Cas' eyes.
And I also love the chemistry between Dean and Cas, and the connection between them, but that's my topic for tomorrow, so I'll stop here.
Posted on 05-Dec-13 at 9:36.
I never realized how much I missed having a garden over the past 30 some-odd years until we bought our condo. We don't have a backyard, but we do have a good-sized third floor balcony that gets tons of sunlight, and is perfect for a container garden. It's basically a decorative garden. I sometimes think about growing vegetables, but the flowers bring me such joy that I stick with them. I do make an exception for herbs, because fresh herbs are awesome.
I grow about half the plants from seed (I start them indoors) and the other half I buy for instant gratification. I've grown verbena, dwarf sunflowers (so adorable!) portulaca, big bushy decorative grasses, morning glories, cyprus vine, petunias, linaria, wildflower mixes, to name a few. My big dilemma in the spring is 'do I plant what has grown well in the past, or do I try something new?'. With all that direct sun, it does get very hot up there by late summer, so the plants have to be heat tolerant. I tried growing four o'clocks one summer and while there were plenty of buds, the poor little things never opened until the fall.
I am especially fond of morning glories. So delicate! Seeing them opened up in the morning is always such a special little surprise. I grew them as a child, but my mother always complained that they were too messy, and limited the number I could plant. So, needless to say, I've had summers where the entire balcony was festooned with them. :D
Hmmmm, now I feel the need to browse through some seed catalogs...( And of course, I can't talk about my garden without sharing
Posted on 04-Dec-13 at 8:26.
Charlie!! There are no words for how much I love Charlie. She's brilliant, she's funny, brave, adorable, a total geek--all the good things--but still human and a little flawed and ridiculously likable. Her first ep, back in Season 7 - The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo - filled me with such glee, and still does, every time I see it. I had one of those OMG WHO IS THAT I LOVE HER revelations (never saw Felicia Day in anything before that). It was such a great ep, and I was so happy that they brought her back for several more eps. Plus, a genuine gay character on the show--it's about damn time. One thing I love about her eps is that we get to see the Winchester world from an outsiders POV, an outsider who accepts who Sam and Dean are and what they do, and is willing to accept their monster-filled world. But while she is afraid of the monsters (and rightly so), she remains full of wonder that such creatures exist. Another thing to love is her relationship with Sam and Dean, especially Dean. She really is the little sister he never had. There's such lovely warmth and affection between the three of them. She brings out a side in Dean we don't often see, since his relationship with Sam is (all too often, IMHO) fraught with all kinds of angsty issues.
One thing I'm really hoping for this season is that she gets to meet Cas. Or Crowley. Or both. I want to see her interact with more of Sam and Dean's world. As long as she stays safe. Because anything happens to Charlie, it's a deal breaker for me.
Posted on 03-Dec-13 at 8:40.
What do you think of the changes in characters and tone over the seasons?
I DVR'd and mainlined all 8 seasons over a two month period during the the summer, and didn't always watch them in order so it's a bit jumbled up in my mind. (I don't think I've actually seen all of S8 yet) But I feel like the earlier seasons were much more about the characters and how they solved the case, and the gruesome stuff was suggested and more often than not happened off screen. The last few seasons feel more exploitative when it comes to the victims, and so much more gory and violent, which I definitely do not like. I tend to skip over those scenes now.
On the other hand, I'm not all that fond of the Gideon years. It became more of an ensemble show when he left, and that is definitely the show's strength. Plus I adore Joe Mantegna so I prefer Rossi to Gideon. And right now I miss Emily something awful. She was awesome, and I think her years (seasons 3 - 7?) were some of the best, with so many great character moments and overarching character storylines and well-written, unpredictable episodes. As for Season 9, I think a couple of the eps have been really good, but I'm missing the connections between the characters, like Reid and Derek's friendship, and JJ's family, etc. And I want the plots to be more character-driven. The characters aren't interchangeable, they all have their own POV and background experience and knowledge that they bring to the cases, and I hate when the writing does not speak to that.
And, on a final, very important note, what the heck are they doing with Reid's hair this season? Bring back the long curls, please! :D
Posted on 02-Dec-13 at 8:43.
My head canon for Steve and Danny goes something like this (whether they are currently in a relationship, or on the verge of being in one, it varies in my head):
Steve is utterly captivated by Danny, by his quicksilver moods, his passion, his ability to complain about pretty much anything, his quick smile, his even quicker scowls, his snug button-down shirts, and by those pants - the grey ones - that hug every curve of Danny's ass, not that Steve is looking or anything. He's also captivated by how damn big Danny's heart is, and amused by how Danny pretends not to have that big heart. Steve knows how gentle and soft and boundlessly affectionate Danny truly is, behind all those words and waving hands and looks of shocked disbelief.
Danny, on the other hand, is totally not intrigued by Steve's stoic, heroic ways, nope, not at all, that kind of thing does not appeal to him (there's a fine line between brave and insane, Steven) and not at all intrigued by those tattoos (really, both biceps, Steve? Was that necessary?) or Steve's penchant for sleeveless shirts, and yeah, okay, maybe Steve's fierce loyalty is kind of touching, and Steve wearing his dress blues to testify at Danny's custody hearing was a nice touch and the thing is, Danny's pretty sure that Steve would do anything for him, and that he would do anything for Steve, despite his best judgement.
They are a team, they are partners, they are friends, but they both know it goes deeper than all that. And they are both a little scared by it.
Posted on 01-Dec-13 at 3:03.
I'm leaping onto the bandwagon: Pick a date during December that hasn't been used yet and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related, to whatever you want. I know I haven't been posting much fannish content, but I'm still watching H50 and SPN, and have gotten hooked on Criminal Minds and Almost Human, too.
They may be brief, or not, depending on the subject.
Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet (or if I feel I will only speak negatively on something, I might ask you for something else).
Please note I will be out of town and away from email & LJ from Dec 21st - 27th, so anything on those dates will be delayed. ( Read more...Collapse )
Posted on 17-Jun-13 at 7:52.
Word Count: 1547
Summary: Danny tells Steve how it is.
Notes: Written for my Trope Bingo prompt "Soulmates". ( KismetCollapse )
Posted on 30-May-13 at 8:04.
Title: The Consequences of Plaid
Word Count: ~3300
Summary: Inspired by this photo of Scott Caan.
Because, how not?
Notes: Comment fic porn that got totally out of hand. On A03At siriaeve's journal
Posted on 28-May-13 at 8:11.
Title: In the Thicket of Things
Word Count: ~2200
Summary: Written for kristen999
's prompt at the RUNNING HOT III: HOTTER THAN EVER
multi-fandom fever!fic prompt fest: After being missing for a few days, Danny finds Steve 'somewhere' with an infected bullet/stab/shrapnel wound. Cue bad guys closing in and Danny being all BAMF getting Steve out while taking care of him. ( In the Thicket of ThingsCollapse )