A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Monday, October 21st, 2013
12:16 pm
plus ça change...  
  • Still madly in love with the MCU: Phil/Clint is the OTP of my heart and no one will ever convince me that Phil went away and came back and Clint was never told about any of it. I will especially not be convinced of this through the cunning use of fanfiction.
  • Still reading comics: Mostly Marvel (Young Avengers, Fearless Defenders, Secret Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and that one with all the purple. I think there's a dog in it too.) (I am behind on *all* of these titles.) Also Satellite Sam, Quantum and Woody, and Sex Criminals.
  • Still in the same house, same job (which I still love), same car, and have the same dog.

But there's new stuff!
  • PACIFIC RIM!!! So S2 wants to go see it and I'm all "okay. what the hell," and guys. I love this movie so much! I don't think it's a particularly *good* movie, but the fannish heart wants what it wants. The Blue Ray came out last week and so I've been watching it occasionally a lot and my god is some of that dialog clunky and unnecessary (see above, not a good movie). But there are kaiju and jeagers and badass Russians and the most adorable pair of bickering scientists ever ! (yes, I ship it like a shippy thing. shush.)
  • On the tee vee there are shows. Sleepy Hollow is fun and adorable (Abbie) and Arrow is back (Felicity) and I have The Blacklist on the DVR as yet unwatched.
  • Of course I'm watching Agents of SHIELD because Coulson. And wow, a lot of you all don't have a single nice thing to say about it. I honestly don't know what people were expecting to have let so many down so spectacularly. (I could expound upon my theories, but perhaps I'll save that for another post.) It's obviously a show that needs to find its feet and it's getting better with each episode.
  • I've been making stuff. I saw an adorable bit of fan art on Tumblr of Phil cuddling a Hawkeye plushie and decided to make one of my own. So I made a couple of little guys first to get the hang of things. Then I made something bigger. Then I decided that I needed to dress as Newt Geiszler for Halloween and maybe New York Comic Con and hey, wouldn't it be cute if Newt had a plush kaiju? The cosplay didn't get done in time for the con, but the kaiju did! I carried her around for two of the four days and she was a big hit. So I'm a plushie maker now.
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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Monday, October 21st, 2013
11:21 am
So I Got This Thing  
An email telling me it's time to re-up my paid status at Dreamwidth. Which I read daily, even though the pickings are slim, but haven't posted anything to since the end of January. (Yes, I'm part of that slim pickings problem. I know.)

Starting now, I'm making an effort to post regularly. Not daily, because unrealistic expectations are unrealistic, but maybe once or twice a week? Let's see how this goes.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
12:07 pm
In Which I Talk About Comics  
Not dead yet. Fjords may be involved.

Hawkeye
I love this title beyond all imagining. Not just because it's Hawkguy, but also because it's Kate and Pizza Dog. Matt Fraction's writing is brilliant. Matt Hollingsworth's colors make me want to weep with their perfect limited palettes. But mostly it's David Aja's art that draws me in. It looks simplistic, but it's actually precise especially when combined with the dynamic way he lays out a page. There's only ever been one other book that I've loved top to bottom in the same way (Daredevil with Bendis and Maleev), and this? May actually top that one for me if it keeps up the ways it has.

Today is the release date for the Sandy fund raising issue. Like a good girl, I pre-ordered a hard copy to do my bit for the project even though I'm all digital now. But. I couldn't wait to read it so I bought digital too this morning. That's how much I love this book.

Captain Marvel
I liked this book in theory, and started buying it, but never got around to reading it. So when the last issue (#9) was said to be a good jumping-on point I said 'fuck it' and just started there. And I do like it. Sorta. I loved the writing, hated the art. If I don't like the style of art in a book, it'll just throw me out of the story. Now I'm sad because yes, I'm a little in love with Carol Danvers but this artist (Filipe Andrade) is listed for the next several issues. As in, not a fill-in but a whole new direction for the art. At least I have the impetus to go back to the issues I haven't read yet.

Young Avengers
I've never read any of the old Young Avengers or Journey Into Mystery, so I came into this title cold when it debuted last week. I already loved Kate, and I instantly fell for Billy, Teddy, and Noh-Varr. America shows promise. If there's anything that will turn me off of this book it'll be Loki. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around him (which is sorta the point, I know). Writer Kieron Gillen has said he's continuing Loki's story from JIM and well, there are reasons I didn't read JIM. But the rest of the book? All the love. (This comic is why I'm listening to 60s girl groups at this very moment.)

Also, Music
So I follow a bunch of these comics creators on Twitter and Tumblr and some of them post things about music and I just flail and go listen to things (see girl groups, above). David Aja in particular seems to be a big fan of garage bands, as am I, and he will post links to these little gems that I either didn't know or hadn't heard in a long time. Also, the man posts a playlist on Spotify for every issue of Hawkeye he draws. Come for the comics, stay for the tunes!

Other Things What I Am Reading
Gambit: Which I'm enjoying because... Gambit! I'm not entirely on board with the story thus far, but I think the new arc will be an improvment. Avengers Assemble: The last few issues have been fun, but I may throw this over for the main Avengers title (my budget says I only get to have one or the other) Green Lantern Corps: The last DC title I'm still reading. Sort of. I'm waiting until the current crossover arc is finished before I read it. I've been a bit disappointed since the #0 issue that retconned Guy's backstory; up until that point GLC had largely been untouched by the shit-splosion that is the New 52.

Books What I Am Anxious To Read If They'd Just Come Out Already
Secret Avengers (Feb 13): All SHIELD all the time. 616!Coulson, Nick Jr., Maria Hill, Clint, Natasha... all the love for the cast of characters. But the overall premise, the thing that makes it 'secret', that has the potential to make me really not like this book even though I really want to. X-Men (no adjective, April): Not only is the cast all women mutants, but includes my favorites Kitty, Jubilee, and Rogue. (♥ROGUE♥). I know nothing else about it. I don't need to.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
10:53 am
In Which Elections Have Consequences  
I wasn't watching the presidential race last night - I've been a Nate Silver fan for too long for that to be a concern. I live in Bumfuck, Hoosierville so I was watching the contests for Senate and Governor.

The (barely a) Democrat, Joe Donnelly, won the Senate race against rape apologist extraordinaire Richard Fucking Mourdock. I was hopeful for Senate simply because even in Indiana ("The middle finger of the South jutting up into the Midwest") that shit don't fly.

Unfortunately the news is not so good about our new Governor. Just as the long, state-wide nightmare that is Mitch Fucking Daniels (who sold our roads to the highest bidder, instituted a regressive tax structure, and tried to privatize everything including the welfare system) comes to an end, we'll be saddled with Tea Party wanker Mike Motherfucking Pence. You know, this guy:


  • Author of the budget amendment to defund Planned Parenthood.

  • Believed in 2007 that Shorja market in Baghdad is "...just like any open-air market in Indiana in the summertime."

  • Advocated shutting down the federal government last year if Republican budget cuts were not enacted.

  • Compared the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act to 9/11.

  • Oh yeah. And he thanked a woman at a town hall meeting who compared President Obama to Hitler.


So while I'm truly happy about the forward movement in marriage equality and all of the fabulous women - gay, disabled, and other - who won last night, and the continuation of the administration of Mr. Obama and Bad Ass Uncle Joe, I am truly frightened for the future of the state in which I reside.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
12:41 pm
In Which There Is a Big Bunny Rabbit In the Room  
So. Let's talk about the trailer for Iron Man 3.

Cut because some people are funny about these thingsCollapse )

Also, there will be a tag in which we find out that Phil is alive. Just sayin'.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
5:21 pm
In Which My Conspiracy Theory Is Proven [Partially] Right  
On September 5 I said:
Official Prediction: The post-credits tag on IM3 will indicate Phil isn't dead (thus allowing Agent Coulson to be part of the new series).

Today, Clark Gregg showed up at New York Comic Con and played a video from Joss Whedon announcing that Agent Coulson will be in the the new SHIELD series.

Still waiting on IM3, but that other part? I fucking called it.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
4:22 pm
In Which I Make Stew  
Fall food is the best food. The honeycrisp apples are back in all their crunchy sweet glory and I'm sitting here eating the first one of the season. The Pot of Awesome* is in my oven, simmering a lamb stew with turnips, homemade stock, and a big handful of rosemary from the bush outside. Dear god my house smells good!

And biscuits. There will be buttermilk biscuits with the stew.




*The Pot of Awesome is a big ceramic coated cast iron dutch oven the roommate bought me for Christmas a couple years back. It is huge and weighs 12lbs. empty. It makes everything cooked in it awesome.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
2:15 pm
In Which I Post Twice In One Day  
Because there's also this little interview with Clark Gregg that I may be drawing sparkly purple hearts all over.
If you got to pick, which one of the Avengers would you want to be?
I might be revealing too much to say that in his nerdy heart, Phil Coulson really believes that he is one of the Avengers and I love that. I love that part of him so much that I really can’t look outside of it. He’s the only one, he’s the only person in that world that I would want to be.
Damn straight Phil is an Avenger! (Also: awww! ♥♥♥)
Is directing feature films something you’d like to do more of in the future, something with Marvel perhaps?
...I really get along with those guys, I like them, I like the way they do business, I like the way they work. I do speak to them from time to time about trying to find some way to stay in their world by doing some writing and directing.
::adjusts tin hat::
This is how they keep Phil's return quiet. He already talks to Marvel from time to time, so if he just happens to be around when they're filming, it doesn't mean a thing (wink wink nudge nudge).

Some people will go down with their 'ships. I will go down with my conspiracy theory.

Now go read the rest of the piece, if for no other reason than it contains the phrase "sex addicted colonial theme park worker."

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
1:34 pm
In Which I Buy Stuff  
So I may have spent my lunch break driving to Target to get my copy of The Avengers. (and the new Green Day disc and one of those Lindt bars with sea salt, but you don't care about those things) (though some of you might, because it's Green Day and salty chocolate both of which are quite popular) Apparently the copies from Target have an exclusive extra 90 minutes of... something. The sticker on the front tells me how much extra stuff but not what it is. Anyone know? I may own it but I can't actually watch it for another four hours and when I do get home and fire up the tee vee, the roommate will probably talk me into just watching the straight film so he can see it again. Little does he know that I'll be astounding annoying him by reciting dialogue.

<evil whispery voice>The Tesseract...</evil whispery voice>

I also may subject him to rewinding those shots of Clint whipping out the collapsible bow a few times. Because of reasons.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
11:01 am
In Which I'm Further Disappointed With DC Comics  
This posting daily thing is hard. I've failed two out of the previous three days.

  • It's Wednesday, New Comics Day, and the release date for Green Lantern Corps #0. GLC is the only DC title I'm still reading regularly, because a) Guy Gardner and b) the GL franchise was largely untouched by the New 52 retcon. This issue promises "The New 52 origin of Guy Gardner!" If you find me weeping in a corner later today, you'll know why.

  • Relatedly, at Baltimore Comic Con last weekend Dan Dido admitted that he skipped last year because he was afraid of reaction to the New 52. Also writers for the reboot were told to "write as if they were writing fan fiction." I want to know what these people think fan fiction is like, because I think they missed the point.

  • In Movies I Hope Make It To Backwater Indiana News (Avengers Actors Edition), Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing has been picked up for distribution. Yay! Also coming in 2013, Thanks for Sharing described as a "sex addiction comedy" starring Mark Ruffalo and Gweneth Paltrow. So in the next six months, I get Ruffalo, Renner, and Gregg in new things plus Iron Man 3. All good.


    Random Ridiculous Fact About Me: I have, regrettably, never been outside of the US. No, not even Canada. I need to fix this.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Monday, September 10th, 2012
2:58 pm
In Which I Talk About Superhero Costumes  
So this came up on Tumblr this morning, and it reminded me of my Marvel Comics Costume Theory with which I shall now regale you.

Marvel characters have the most awful, impractical costumes ever. There are two things that turn up in costume after costume:
1. The pointy mask (Hawkeye - both of them, Wolverine, Scarlet Witch, Marvel Girl)
2. The hip sash (Captain Marvel, Psylocke, most iterations of Jean Grey) or equivalent

There's a third thing, but I need more examples before I can add it:

3. Bucket boots

Masks are a hindrance always, but the whole secret identity thing calls for them. But why so high and pointy? Then there's the hip sash, which is just begging to get entangled in legs or used against the character in a fight. Several other costumes have things to cause similar troubles, like Elektra's leg and arm bands with their streamers and whatever the hell it is Clint used to wear. I haven't looked at enough costume designs to add the bucket boots, but Cap has them going on, as does Clint. Old school Hawkeye has the Marvel Costume Triumvirate, and that is just sad.

Random Ridiculous Fact of the Day: I have made a bow string for ActionFigure!Clint's bow. (That's not weird, right?)

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
8:25 pm
In Which I Spend the Night In an Airport  
The order of the evening yesterday was supposed to go something like this:
  • Drive to commuter train station (approx. 1 hr, 45 min)
  • Take train into downtown Chicago (approx. 1 hr)
  • Take Red Line to Wrigley Field (approx 20 min)
  • Go in, buy a shirt, take our seats (approx 30 min)
  • See show (3 hrs plus, depending on Bruce's mood)
  • Exit park, get back on Red Line (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Red Line back downtown (approx 20 minutes)
  • Commuter train back to Indiana (approx 1 hr)
  • Drive back to LaFeet (approx. 1 hr, 45 min)
  • Back home and in bed by 3am.


It really really didn't happen that way.

Got to Wrigley just fine, and then was faced with the debacle that's "paperless ticketing" for people sitting on the field. What this means is that they don't actually issue your tickets until you arrive at the venue and hand over your ID and the card with which you purchased your seats. Because actually issuing tickets to thousands of people at Will Call (ten windows, but still) will go exactly as quickly and smoothly as you think. We were shuffled from place to place, making two full trips around the park before actually going back where we started from and getting our tickets. We were seated by 15 minutes after the scheduled show time; a lot of people weren't so lucky. This is probably why the show started an hour late. So at 8:30, Bruce launched into three and a half hours of the best show I've personally seen him do. Also? It didn't rain! We bolt for the exit as soon as the last note is finished, and head for the station and wait in a queue masquerading as a mob to get on the Red Line for about 30 minutes. When we finally get to the platform, the train is packed, the doors are closing, and we're told the next one will be there in a few minutes. Another 30 minutes later, the next train pulls up but by this time we've already missed the last train back to Indiana and the next one isn't until 8:45 the next morning. So hey, we're already on the CTA, we'll transfer and go up to O'Hare and snooze on their furniture and use their bathrooms and generally just look like any of the other people who get stranded in an airport overnight. Not much sleeping actually happened, but we were indoors and there was security and padded benches and a 24 hour Starbucks. I finally managed to doze off around 5am, only to be asked by a nice policeman if I was okay. "Yes sir. Just really really tired." So a couple hours later, we went back downtown and finally got on the commuter train. I made it back home a bit before 1pm.

So. I had an adventure. How was *your* Friday?

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Friday, September 7th, 2012
3:54 pm
In Which I Pay $100 to Stand In the Rain  
In about 30 minutes, I'll be leaving to go see Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field.

It's been raining on and off all day in Chicago; there's a 50% chance of more rain at show time. I'll be sitting right about where Starlin Castro plays shortstop.

I will be getting wet.

Random Ridiculous Fact of the Day: This will my 12th Springsteen show since 1984.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
3:14 pm
In Which I List Random Facts  
I got nothing today. I put a piece of headcanon in a comment last night and I've been poking it with a stick to see if there's a story hiding in there. So in order to keep up with the Post Shit Daily Initiative, I'm cheating with a stupid question meme.

Random Things About My HomeCollapse )

This entire post counts as your Random Ridiculous Fact for the day.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
12:15 pm
In Which I Talk About Phillip J. Coulson, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  
Keeping the Hope Alive: Clark Gregg Loves The Idea of Coming Back as The Vision

I had a spirited discussion with a vendor at comic con about this; he was adamant that Vision was telegraphed by Fury ("My one good eye") while I am a proponent of the 'Phil sent his Life Model Decoy out with the Big Fucking Gun' theory. (Though I suppose the third, and simplest, prevailing Theory of Coulson Survival - Nick Fury is just a lying liar who lies - is also valid.) What I'm getting at is I'm not on board with Phil not being Phil. Not just because he's half of my current OTP, either.

Official Prediction: The post-credits tag on IM3 will indicate Phil isn't dead (thus allowing Agent Coulson to be part of the new series).

Okay. Maybe that's more wishful thinking than prediction. But I will remind you all if I turn out to be right!

Also, I want one of those Tumblr geniuses who make the constructed reality .gif sets to do one with Phil and his BFG and those shots of Jeremy Renner in the Hansel and Gretel trailer with the BFG. "If I didn't know better, I'd say you were compensating for something Sir." I may have a thing for fictional Big Fucking Guns.

Random Ridiculous Thing of the Day: Today I'm wearing my Brian Wilson Ninja Socks.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
12:39 pm
In Which I'm Left Standing On the Pier  
I completely missed the boat on the Elementary leak over the weekend. By the time I saw it was out, every link I clicked was no longer valid. ::sad:: That hasn't deterred me from reading other people's reactions, though. I've mostly seen guarded enthusiasm (which is better than I'd expected) which means I probably won't hate it (as I'd feared). Though honestly? I don't expect it to turn out to be anything but American Network Television™. With expectations that low, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

I think the only other thing with a fall debut I'm interested in is Arrow. It won't be the Ollie Queen I know and love, but... Huntress! Regular doses of John Barrowman! Girl!Speedy!

I've decided that the Post Shit Daily Initiative shall now include a random ridiculous fact about me.


Today's Random Fact: I now have a COULSON LIVES sticker on my laptop.

ETA: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters trailer!! Good christ, Renner. You're gonna kill me!

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
4:15 pm
In Which I Do Something Stupid  
Aside from a single cocktail or glass of wine when I go out, I really only drink twice a year - my friend Sarah's big Halloween party and the New Year's Eve party the roommate and I throw. I don't even drink much on NYE because as host I have things to do besides giggle and make poor decisions. For the past few years, I've been on a medication that pretty much nullifies the effects of alcohol so I haven't even gotten any good giggles.

I'm no longer on that medication.

I had a few drinks last night.

I've turned into a lightweight.

I haven't had a hangover in 20 years, at least. Until this morning.

I'm too old for that nonsense.

People came over (some of them very young) and we played Cards Against Humanity. CAH is fun; CAH when everyone is a couple of cocktails in is fucking hilarious. (And someday I need to play that game with people who don't turn incredulous when the "Harry Potter erotica" card comes up. Like you guys. You should all come over and play. I'll buy pizza.)

Note to self: Do not let 22 year olds goad you into shots (plural) of Jameson's ever again.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
2:04 pm
In Which I Actually Post Shit  
In spite of me being actively fannish for the first time in years, this is not the place that it's happening. I'm not particularly happy about that, and it has everything to do with me consuming and not participating. I really should participate. I really should, I dunno, actually post shit. Today is the first day of my Post Shit Daily initiative.

So a few weeks ago, Beth came to Chicago and the two of us did the Wizard World con (which Beth has conveniently summarized here). I've purchased art at comic cons before but never whilst suffering from/thoroughly enjoying Fannish Obsession. So this time? I came home with a lot. One of my favorites required a mat to fit a frame nicely, so I special ordered one at the local craft emporium. I went to pick it up the other day and found a lovely young girl behind the counter wearing a shirt with tiny chibi Avengers cartoons drawn all over it.

Me: OH MY GOD YOUR SHIRT!
Her: ::blush::
Me: That is adorable! Did you draw them?
Her: Yes! ::beams, pulls my mat out for inspection::
Me: Perfect. This is going home to frame a Hawkeye print I bought at comic con!
Her: Oh cool! My guy is Cap. I'm making a female Captain America costume for Halloween. My friend is doing female Thor.
Me: I love genderbent costumes. I did female Guy Gardner last year.
Her: ::looks impressed::
Me: ::prattles on about costumes seen at the con::

That was fun. I don't meet baby fangirls in the wild very often!

I can't show you my other favorite bit of art, because I'm unable to scan it. Beth and I each commissioned an ACEO of Clint and Phil - they are tiny and utterly delightful!

Once all of the new stuff is framed and on the wall I should show you all. It should be impressive.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
2:28 pm
Brians of Britain  
  • My Cubs are tied for the second-worst record in baseball. I knew they'd not be good this year, but this is downright painful. Is the season over yet?? (Feel free to remind me of this post when I'm whining about not having any baseball long about January.)
     
  • I hate when good plot bunnies snuggle up to bad writers. I've gone through these motions far too often lately:
    • Read summary.
    • Think, "oooh, this could be good!"
    • Read about 200 words.
    • Mourn lack of spellcheck, never mind beta reader and/or brit picker.
    • Sigh.
    • Close tab in abject disappointment.

  • Sorta related: I have thoughts about engagement and marriage in slash fic. But I think those may get their own post.
     
  • Bruce Banner's arc reactor fetish. Just throwing that out there.
     
  • Still haven't gotten out to see Avengers again, what with going out of town and all. I've been told I have 16 hours of "personal business" time to burn at work before June 30. I think the liberal application of superheroes and bad-ass secret agents to my brain counts as personal business, right? So that's four afternoons off for four matinées.
     
  • Yes, I was out of town. I went to DC and was all touristy and stuff. And I got to see my dear [profile] trixiesfic, which I hadn't gotten to do since we stopped being roommates in 2003. Also too, I got to see PANDAS!

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  • I went on said vacation with a non-fannish friend who I see about once per year. Scenes from my trip:
    • As I read some particularly steamy John/Sherlock on my Kindle, "What are you reading?" Uhh... "Sherlock Holmes."
    • As I break the silence by laughing at a ridiculous crossover gif set on Tumblr, "What's so funny?" Show her. Get blank look in return. "It would take an hour to explain. Trust me, it's fucking hilarious."
    • As I giggle madly at the prominent placement of 50 Shades of Gray in an airport shop, "What's so funny?" Do I do a full explanation of fanfic in the security queue? No. "Have you heard of 'mommy porn..?'"
    • As I try not to not be too obviously amused as I listen to Cabin Pressure on the flight home, "What in the world are you listening to?" "It's a British radio..." "Still?"*

  • In conclusion, I would like to thank Tumblr for bringing to my attention the following:
    • Jeremy Renner's arms
    • Jeremy Renner's ass
    • Jeremy Renner


*She suffered through my very first bout of Anglophilia in the late 70s with the fourth Doctor and Dave Allen and Wodehouse Playhouse and The Duchess of Duke Street and Monty Python. Lots and lots of Monty Python.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
2:47 pm
Huh.  
Guys, I may have committed an act of fanfiction.

As a matter of fact, it's the preface of (what I hope to be) a series.

I need someone to give it a quick once-over. Volunteers? Please?

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
1:46 pm
This is Not About Calculating On Base Percentage  
  • Question for Kindle users: How do you get fic from LJ/DW to Kindle? Sometimes I'm good with passing it through Readability, but that doesn't always (but sometimes does) work for people who have adult content gates. All my Kindle gets in those cases is a "mature content" warning. Help?

  • I knew the Cubs would suck this year (a "building year" they call it) but I had no idea they'd produce the suckfest that was the first inning last night. The Cubs have Theo&Jed (aka The Best Looking Front Office in Baseball) and they're supposedly geniuses about this stuff, but honestly. If the Pittsburgh fucking Pirates don't exercise their option on a guy, it's probably a good indicator that he's Very Bad at Baseball.

  • I believe I have now read most of the good Mycroft/Lestrade that is readily available, and about half of the Mycroft/Lestrade I've found of dubious quality. I have discovered that I will read anything that involves Lestrade having tattoos, piercings, and/or a bike. This should surprise no one who knows me.

  • Relatedly: Rupert Graves in his 40's? Sex on a stick.

  • Since I live a good hunk of my online life at Tumblr, you'd think I'd become inured to animated .gifs. I am not. I'm really not. I do like some of them (almost any of them showing Sherlock throwing his Ear Hat Death Frisbee f'rinstance), but mostly I want to give all of Tumblr a dose of Adderall and tell it to stop fidgeting. And to get off my lawn.

  • How did I manage to have four players on my fantasy team hit the DL between the draft and opening day? HOW??

  • Hope: 1. That feeling you get when a co-worker loves the fan art used as backgrounds on your monitors. 2. Discovering the crack crossover you thought would never appear really does exist.

  • Disappointment: 1. That feeling you get when you find out the same co-worker has no idea that the show they reference even exists. 2. Finding the crack crossover story you thought would never appear is suckily unreadable.

  • In conclusion, "breathe" is a verb. "Breath" is a noun. Please use them wisely.


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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
11:23 am
[insert mildly amusing phrase or non sequitur here]  
I swear there's a conspiracy afoot designed to make me crabby today. It also appears as though it will be one of those days where my train of thought keeps getting derailed. It's gonna be a long day.

Things that do not suck:

  • From the Department of Old Fandoms Never Really Die: This made me go "aww!"

  • To all the people posting adorable, snuggly, John/Sherlock fan art to Tumblr, please keep up the good work. You help me remember what a ridiculous romantic I really am.

  • OTOH, if I never see another Virgin!Sherlock story again it will not make me sad. The first two or three were kinda sweet and/or interesting but as an entire subcategory? I get where it comes from, but... no. (Not to be confused with Asexual!Sherlock, 'cause I'm okay with that even when it gets in the way of my slash.)

  • Also too, it looks like everyone has finished their post-Reichenbach stories at the same time. Was there a deadline?

  • Started (re)reading the original ACD canon. I read a couple of stories at some point in the distant past, but they didn't make much of an impression at the time. But now? It's pretty much like reading Victorian fan fiction.

  • O hai, I got a new tattoo Sunday!Collapse ) I think this is the last one.

  • Cubs open in 23 days!


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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
8:44 am
Up on banker’s hill, the party’s going strong  
  • Happily wallowing in the honeymoon phase of Sherlock fandom, trying not to succumb to sensory overload. My last big fandom was Smallville, and that was a decade - and many technological advances - ago.

  • I'm not accustomed to the sheer volume: The advent of the AO3 means I don't have to search for stories.* The advent of Tumblr means I have all the picspam I want at my fingertips. Discs of S1 arrive quickly and inexpensively. What I can't yet get on disc can be had by other means quite easily.

  • Was it really that long ago that we had tape trees and mailing lists? 'Cause it seems like it was just last week.

  • New use for Evernote: Start drafting a post at home, continue it at work. Huh.

  • Cubs tickets have been acquired. I splurged on seats right behind the bullpen. I had meant to be behind the Giants bullpen (Hellooo Mr. Wilson!), but am actually behind the Cubs bullpen.

  • Message to Mr. K. Wood, relief pitcher: I will be sitting right behind your usual place; please still be a healthy Cub on September 1. Thank you.

  • There will be an actual, honest to god, tourist-in-a-hotel vacation in my near future. This will not be connected to visiting a friend or family, a con, a wedding, or any other event. I honestly can't remember the last time that was true of recreational travel for me.** Destinations up for discussion include San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland*** - I have never been to any of those cities. Suggestions? Opinions?




    * I do still have to search for good stories. Big fandom = wide variety of kinks that are Not Mine.

    ** It may have been the 1983 trip to Maui. If so, that's pathetic.

    *** Portland is currently running dead last because it doesn't have a Major League stadium to cross off the list. Just sayin'.

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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Monday, February 27th, 2012
11:47 am
Hark! A Journal Post!  
I have the attention span of a fruit fly today:

  • I have finally, as of Friday, finished off the second series of Sherlock. I have poked around AO3 a bit, but I would welcome recs of either stories or authors. I seem to be smitten in a way that I wasn't after the first series. ♥

  • This may or may not be entirely related to a love of unruly dark curls and ridiculous cheek bones.

  • The Chicago Cubs open their 2012 season in 38 days!

  • During a game of Cards Against Humanity (best. game. ever.) on Saturday I drew a card requiring the others to guess what I thought would be universal currency at a time in the far future. The answer I chose as the winner? Erotic Harry Potter fiction.

  • Pintrest is just Tumblr with pretensions.

  • A leaked copy of the new Springsteen album found its way to my laptop somehow, and I have given it a few listens. I was afraid I'd not like it at all based on the single (We Take Care Of Our Own) but the rest of it is really very good! I am pleased.

  • It took nearly an entire month, but I am once again in full health. GI doc insisted on yet another test - which I nearly refused - that finally diagnosed a problem I've had for years. Huzzah!

  • Related: a brief scan of my insurance company site shows claims for all this gastrointestinal nonsense in the five figure range. I am fortunate (and greatly relieved) to have the best health insurance on the planet.

  • FYI - I'm folding up my tent over at LJ for the most part, so I've started unfollowing accounts en masse. Rest assured that I haven't decided that I just don't like you any more. If you'd still like to be able to read the rare locked post and are on DW, give me a nudge. P.S. - Still can't comment at LJ from my laptop.


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A veritible huddled mass, yearning to be free
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
7:45 pm
Thank You All, and More TMI  
Thank you all for your well wishes on my previous post. I started to make individual thank you replies and, well, sorry. Just not up to it.

I saw my GP this afternoon. She was very close to hospitalizing me for dehydration; she took my BP standing twice to make sure it was really that low. She also managed to get me a colonoscopy appointment for Thursday. I went to the office of the gastro doc, filled out the papers, and got my prep instructions. I honestly didn't think about them too much until I got home laden with clear liquids and laxatives.

More TMICollapse )

I know you all aren't here for medical advice, I just needed to get all of that out of my head before it exploded. There's no worry like worrying about serious health matters.


*Before I got the prep directions, my GP told me to start eating a soft diet (rice, bananas, etc.) so no, she didn't let me leave without concern for my nutritional needs. I don't think she realized that the clear liquid part would start so soon.

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