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Bryan Fuller has developed a new show, Mockingbird Lane, and the pilot will be showing on Friday before Grimm, with the option for a series order if it gets good ratings. It's a reboot of The Munsters, but honestly that's pretty much incidental to my excitement about this. A new Bryan Fuller show! On my television! *flail*

Suddenly I feel struck with the desire to re-watch Wonderfalls. Again. Maybe I will offer it for Yuletide after all...

Incidentally, we're still an episode behind, but I am positively gleeful about a lot of the directions Grimm has been taking itself this season. The world-building and character entanglements get more and more interesting.
location: Round the Bend
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It was kind of an accident. We (me, the SO, and... we'll call him H1 for Housemate #1) had just watched the last two parts of The Pacific, which were not really spoilery, just talking about the mini-series in general terms, but just in case. ) I turned to the boys and said "I need to watch something frivolous now." I was hoping for Justified (we're about 4 episodes behind, and I had a hankering to watch Hoosier from The Pacific become Justified's Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson), but the SO insisted that he needed to play a video game for a couple of hours, so that was out. (The boys have a fairly strict code about tv show watching. They're from Texas, okay, they were raised polite. It's inconvenient, but cute.) H1 said, "I don't know if this fits the bill, but H2 and I have an episode of True Blood to watch." I had a feeling that whatever else you could say about True Blood, it probably counts as frivolous! So H1 and H2 spent a good 10-15 minutes trying to fill me in on the general outlines of the plots and who everyone is (and they still had to pause during the show a few times to explain various people and subplots they'd forgotten to tell me about, and also to help me tell all the scruffy medium-brown-haired guys apart), and then we watched episode 3.1.

Note: this is the only episode of the show that I have ever seen. I did read the first book of the series, years ago, and it did not impress me. So, um, take all opinions with a grain of salt. Who knows how I'll feel about everyone a few episodes from now.

spoilers for 3.1 (and probably previous seasons) here )

I suspect that I'm going to keep watching this show. And not just because of Eric! Though he might be a significant part of it. :)
Music:: random snippets of music from the SYTYCD eps I've been watching
Mood:: 'okay' okay
location: Circular Stone
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1. This line from the most recent ~weekly shiplist my favorite comic book shop sends out: "Also, MARVEL has a new "permanent" title: ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN/WOLVERINE. Honestly, we have no idea who to give this one to, so let us know if you want it." This was especially funny given that the email started out by listing all the complicated shenanigans involving the Avengers titles name changes and what they were gong to do about subscriptions, detailing exactly who, subscribed to what old title(s), would get what new title(s) by default.

2. Mixing and betaing for [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang has forced me to realize that I can, indeed, still read and enjoy MCR fic, at least sometimes. Yay! I expect that my bandom consumption will still stay a bit deflated, though.

3. I am totally in love with figure skating fandom right now. If there were more fic for me to devour I would probably be even more solidly in the fandom, but even just all of the resources and squee over at [livejournal.com profile] ontd_skating is absolutely delighting me. Hell, I even signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] holiday_on_ice fic exchange. My signup was embarrassingly long-winded as usual, but I enjoyed thinking about prompts and such so much that my brain seems to be stuck in plot bunny mode. It would not surprise me if a figure skating plot bunny post materializes sometime in the near future.

4. I am still in war mode. That sounds strange. I mean, I'm still riding my recent wave of interest in wartime settings and military things that was sparked by Generation Kill and fed by my Yuletide assignment (god, I still have to write up that Yuletide wrapup post, oops), and enjoying it immensely. I'm in the middle of watching Band of Brothers, and while I'm reserving judgment on The Pacific as a whole until they show the rest, I am definitely enjoying watching it. The guy who plays the poet is damn easy on the eyes, and the appearance of a couple of Wonderfalls actors made me so happy! Actually, speaking of Wonderfalls, I saw Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (so adorable!) this past week and fell in love with Lee Pace all over again. And I didn't even realize going in that it was set on the eve of the British getting into WWII! It went well with Connie Willis's new novel, Blackout, which is about time-traveling historians studying the British home front. It was a hands-down amazing read (I devoured it so fast), with the single flaw of actually being only the first half of the story. Luckily the second part will be out in the fall. But I want it now! In the meantime I'll be getting my war fix through the rest of The Pacific and Band of Brothers, and probably re-watching GK and reading more of the book. Hmm. Maybe I'll finally watch Full Metal Jacket to get in some Vietnam. I wonder if I could find something good for the Korean War. Huh. Come to think of it, you could say my interest was actually sparked by that Japanese history class I took in 2008 and all of the fantastic end of WWII and postwar stuff we read and discussed, and then maybe fed by Waltz with Bashir, which is a freaking amazing film, also from 2008, about memory and the 1982 war between Israel and Lebanon. So yeah, I've been on something of a war kick for awhile. So if anyone has any recs for war-related stuff, please hit me with 'em. Any war in any time period, any medium, and any aspect of war. I'm interested in it all!

5. I have added a new reality tv show to my roster of tv shows, bringing the number I follow up to... 2 and a half. I had half a mind to follow Idol after falling for Adam and Kris and Allison toward the end of last year's season, but I'm too lazy to watch it live or commandeer my SO's housemate's dvr, and they don't seem to post full episodes online, so fuck 'em. But that's the half, because at least I tried. I'm keeping up with Project Runway, give or take, and now I seem to be watching Dancing with the Stars. Damn you, figure skating fandom, damn you! It is fun, though. If Netflix had either Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance, I'd probably be mainlining old seasons as I type this. It's just... Project Runway and shows of that nature are the perfect mind candy for when I'm interested in characters and talent and ambition and creativity and sometimes beauty without actually having enough brainpower to concentrate on a storyline per se. I think the next on my list is going to be Top Chef. I do love food, after all, and the one ep I saw last year (also the first and only Top Chef ep I've seen) was pretty neat. I did spend one year watching The Amazing Race with an old housemate of mine, but I think it has about an equal chance to annoy me as to entertain me, so it's in the second tier. Plus, I guess I'm just more interested in watching people singing and dancing and making beautiful (and/or delicious or otherwise awesome) things than watching people run around and do arbitrary challenges.

Wow. This list is kind of all over the place. It's sort of... shallow shallow shallow WAR shallow. I guess that pretty much covers my life right now, though. Incredibly fluffy in general, but with these rather prominent (but not usually overwhelming) depressing and difficult bits. But still, hard to complain about mostly fluffy.
location: Circular Stone
Mood:: 'surviving' surviving
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I have barely made a dent in the archive, I am afraid, but given the looming reveal, it seems to be time to compile my first Yuletide rec list. 17 Fandoms represented: Appetite (for Lightin' Dynamite) (song), Assassins (musical), Brick, Dogma, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Jessie's Girl (song), Kill Bill, The Lion in Winter, Little Miss Sunshine, LM Montgomery - Emily series, Love Actually, Psych, The Royal Tenenbaums, Runaways (comic), Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing, Strictly Ballroom, Wonderfalls.

Please also see my recs for the three amazing stories written for me, in fandoms Gosford Park and Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet.

7 fics I absolutely adored )
11 fics I really enjoyed, and quite recommend )
13 more fics I enjoyed )
location: the land of ice and snow and dear old friends
Mood:: 'happy' happy
Music:: "Joy to the World" (in my head)
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I have to apologize for barely existing these past few weeks. Between TAing and packing and trying to spend time with my roommates before they leave me for rainier climes, I haven't been online much. I've been making huge lists of stories to go back to, hopefully next month after moving. I plan to start reccing again then, too. I miss it! But I seem to have become a bit preoccupied with this whole experiment involving the actual writing of fic, so the little fandom time I've manage to carve out has mostly gone towards that.

I ended up taking a stab at writing some porn for [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis's Fourth Porn Battle, because I'm fairly certain that someday soon I'll want to write a story in which the characters get past their first kiss, and it seemed like a good idea to practice. It turned out rather more like schmoop than I'd originally intended, but well, at least they definitely go further than kissing. I realize this statement will surprise no-one, but I feel the need to say it anyway -- goddamn, is writing porn difficult.

If you haven't seen Wonderfalls, it was this marvelously quirky show about a sardonic twenty-something girl who lives in the town of Niagara Falls. One day, animal-shaped objects start talking to her. There are only 15 episodes of it, sadly.

Title: Things Jaye Tyler Hadn't Realized About Herself, No. 43
Fandom: Wonderfalls
Pairing: Jaye Tyler/Mahandra McGinty
Rating: R
Words: ~650
Disclaimer: Characters and setting so very much not mine.
Notes: Written for the Fourth Porn Battle, prompt "Jaye/Mahandra, command," original thread here. An experiment in mildly explicit femslash. Constructive criticism and general feedback is much appreciated.
Warning: Spoilers for the end of the series.

Kiss her! commands the fish hanging behind the bar. )
Mood:: 'busy' busy

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