Gimme back my livejournal. There is a motherlode of Xmen First Class slash fic I have to read.

Games meet

May. 31st, 2010 01:03 pm
Long trek together with Jelmer and Tam to Xhoffraix.Driving went fine, the 3 hamsters under the hood of the Wagon R did need some encouragement to get us up the longer hills...
Meet was lovely, lots of people, games, some very nice weather early on the saturday, enough room to get away when the lots of people became too-many-people. Hugged [livejournal.com profile] sessifet25 . A lot. Had a very fun Eurovision party with lots of booze. I liked Greece, Belgium, France. I liked Germany too but I wasn't expecting it to win - I had it in the sweepstakes, so that was nice :-)
My favourite idea was to make the wind machines controlled by text messages, so that if enough people texted 'wind' to a special number the machines could rise to gale force and blow the singers off stage. Wouldn't that be fun?
I could have done without all the fat jokes about some of the singers. FFS, at least they're not just picking people out of a model catalogue and sticking the real singer into the background.
I thought this was the very best moment:


They got a do-over - though I thought he kept going admirably!
Can the writers of Castle please go hang out with the writers of Bones over summer and impart some awesomeness on them? DAMN the Castle season finale was good, a beautiful bittersweet mixture of hope and sadness/frustration. A great note to leave me on for the summer break, a note that will definitely have me back in September.
By contrast Bones has sucked donkey balls ever since ep 100, the writers are terrified of getting the main characters into a relationship but there really is no more logical progress or escalation to make if they want to keep them apart, and the stretching they're going to to keep it all going is really starting to show. Without giving spoilers, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT. Might as well rewatch S1-5 because they're just keep going back to the start anyway. A lot of frustrated fans after that finale, and I can't even really see progress from here. It's like the writers have just given up, and I'm giving up with them. Not enough hope in the finale to make me anticipate a way forward from here. I'll probably watch a few eps... or maybe not - I only watched S4 after S5 had begun. I'll be in my own little fanfic world.

Strangely, I don't feel the need to write Castle fanfic - maybe because the series writing is so good?
If you're not already watching Castle, go and find ep 6 of S2. It's a great series in any case, but the start of that episode is... inspired.
On October 7 it's exactly 10 years since I first went to an AFP meet.

I literally can't imagine what my life would be like now, if I'd never done that.
I've had this in my youtube favourites but it was taken down there, just found it back - Nathan Fillion has a great sense of timing. And Sean Maher being really cute.

Edit: ah, so I was NOT being crazy when I originally thought I remembered this being Viggo Mortenson and Orlando Bloom.

Fiction

Jun. 8th, 2009 10:45 am
Someone has posted a friendly, upbeat review for every single chapter of my first desert story. Then said she is a bit hesitant to start on the sequel (because I've been letting that hang for a looong time). Feel like I've been powah-boosted!
So all other activities are off until I've finished that damn story. It's nearly finished anyway, I just stalled near the end.

Brain itch

Jun. 6th, 2008 11:37 pm
I've not written anything, fiction wise, for about a year now. It's like there is a tap inside my head that was always wide open, and it's just shut off. I really miss writing, I miss the feeling that there's a story happening and I just have to catch it into words on paper.

I don't have that back yet, but I've been having a weird sort of brain itch over the past few days, like maybe it'll come back. I've been reading some of my older stuff, which is always entertaining in a vague "did I write this?" kind of way.
I just wrote an email to someone about www.matchitforpratchett.org and closed off with

"I can't even imagine what my life would be like now if I'd never started reading his books"

And then it struck me that the same probably goes for a lot of my friendslist. So think about it for a bit and then post your list :-)

- Would never have gone to live in the UK when and like I did
- Would not have met the vast majority of my friends
- Would not have met my first boyfriend.. nor my current
- Would not have started sailing when I did
- Would not have had the lovely Moz to keep me company while I was feeling poorly

Pretty much all the people and things that are important to me, I came by, in same way, via Pratchett fandom...
Everybody in dvd regio 2 who doesn't have this yet.. or knows a bunch of people who should really watch it.. Amazon has the Firefly box set on sale for 14 UKP. Makes a great gift!
Quoting from A TV viewer's Bill of Rights

I hereby inaugurate the TV Viewer Bill of Rights. These are things that we demand that networks start doing. You want us to watch, market and support your shows? Fine. Do these things for us. And trust us, this is not rocket science.
1. Stop caring so much about overnight Nielsen ratings. When DVR playback was added in, “Jericho’s” ratings rose at least 10 percent. When making decisions to cancel or save a show, networks should factor in iTunes sales, online streaming, on-demand viewing and the fervor of a show’s audience. NBC did that with “The Office,” and look how that paid off. With an Emmy, thank you.
2.
Live with lower ratings expectations. You have a million ways to sell shows now – through foreign rights, DVD sales, syndication, iTunes and so forth, and now you can sell ads online too. Get over the obsession with this week’s numbers and look at the big picture: You now have even more ways to sell your products and make money.
3. Give marginal shows more of a chance – let them air for at least six episodes before you yank them.
4. If you do cancel a show, put all of the remaining episodes online immediately. Don’t dole them out once a week. And if you’re going to burn off episodes of a canceled show on the air, tell us when they’re going to be on and then don’t stop airing them without warning us.
5. If a show is going to be pre-empted or moved, tell viewers that. You have a broadcast network – broadcast the news, for Pete’s sake! Have an on-air announcer tell us when we can next see the show and tell us on the Web site why it wasn’t on that week.
6. Speaking of Web sites, sites for individual shows often are a joke. Tell us when a show has been moved, preempted or canceled – before we read it somewhere else. And improve the often-clunky access to streaming shows on your Web sites.
7. Don’t yank shows around for no reason. ABC, you wanted good ratings for “Men in Trees” – and you got them. You moved it to Thursdays but then pulled it and never told us when it was coming back. Ask us again why we’re watching your shows in shrinking numbers.
8. For the love of TiVo, don’t give your shows two- or three-month breaks (at least “Lost” has learned this lesson). We have lives, and we don’t always remember when a show is returning or what happened before the break.
9. Don’t respond to the rise of DVRs and commercial-skipping by shoving endless product placement down our throats. Done right (meaning, done subtly) it’s an acceptable evil. Done wrong, it’s gross.
10. Last but not least, take chances. Make good shows. We’ll forgive you interesting misfires as long as you stop making tired versions of somebody else’s hits. Nobody saw the success of “Lost,” “Heroes,” “Ugly Betty” or even “Jericho” coming. Keep surprising us and creating interesting characters and worlds, and we’ll do our best to show up.
You should go watch this video. Because it's a shiny, shiny thing.

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