Oh no!

Mar. 30th, 2009 07:19 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (glasses)
RIP Andy Hallett.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (the girls)
I wrote a fic! I wrote a fanfic and the world is still revolving. I'm just as shocked about this as you are.

Anyway, one of my claims for [livejournal.com profile] loveforthefolks was Darla, and thus for her we have When the Night is Cloudy, a story about Darla and motherhood.

Go! Read! Enjoy! =)

I did it

Feb. 14th, 2006 09:27 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
Okay, I did it. I registered for WriterCon.

...

Eep?
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (vampnip)
Apparently I want it to snow so badly that I'm hallucinating it now. I actually stared out of the window all happy about the pretty flakes that, upon closer inspection, weren't actually falling. Whoops.

It's supposed to snow here sometime soon but we're not slated for the big insano blizzard that you midwestern folks are getting. Do feel free to send those flakes in my direction though. Only not tonight as I've got my last belly dance rehearsal before performing on Sunday. Tomorrow. Or 10pm Eastern tonight. That way I can be home, get tomorrow off work, and make pancakes for breakfast after staying up way too late writing with somebody, not that I'm mentioning names here.

My wishlists are coming along. I was finally able to Google for the Gryffindor colors via Knit Picks yarn. However Knit Picks isn't giving me an easy handy dandy wishlist link the way Amazon does. I tried to get them to mail me a copy and so far nothing's showing up in my box. Not even in the spam filter. *Pout*. If I don't get anything tomorrow I'll give up and post what wish list things I have. The Amazon one is certainly healthy enough ;)

Fannishly I'm having a Wesley Renaissance. fannish metaing that can go behind a cut tag since this is long enough )
And now to do the various things I need to do before leaving work and going to bellydance.

TDS, hot

Jul. 27th, 2005 02:12 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (reading)
Night before last I got almost no sleep due to stressing out over my car. My car, in the meanwhile, sleeps fine as near as I can figure.

It's icky nasty hot outside, which I mention because if I'm going to bore you by talking about my sleep patterns I might as well aim for an exacta by throwing in a stunningly observational anecdote about the weather.

My little town has apparently been hit by a bit of controversy over a mother who accidentally locked her newborn in her car and then argued with 911, the firefighters, and the cops about breaking the window to save the kid. She claims it's because she worried that the broken glass would hurt her child. I can't help but observe that I'm fairly certain I personally could crash in the passenger side window of a Mini Cooper and not damage someone in the back seat, assuming Minis have backseats.

This line of thought turns fannish when I ponder how Tommy Gavin would handle a situation like that, and frankly if Rescue Me doesn't ever show Tommy dealing with that kind of stupidity I shall be quite disappointed.

Related to none of this: I want to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert make out. Every night. It should be the bumper between TDS and The Colbert Report. Then there should be vids. Make it so.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] su_herald would like people to self-pimp their BTVS/Angel related stories, vids, graphics, dicussions, etc. Please do, as the Sunnydale Herald rocks.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
So I was talking about how The Gift has some of the worst continuity that BtVS has possibly ever seen and it got me and others talking about moments in Buffy and Angel that are so bad or dumb that at this point you can't help but look back on them with an indulgent smile.

I'm not talking about things that you remember that angry up the blood, though lord knows both shows had those too. Nor am I talking about concepts that sounded dumb and yet worked out really well, like Smile Time or the musical.

Instead I'm talking about stuff that's dumb in that special, unique, only Joss and the gang could ever write something that stupid and yet we still love them, kind of way.

As a for instance:

Spike being tortured by having his head held underwater in the exact same year that Angel not needing to breathe underwater is a huge plot point.

Very possibly all of The Gift, from "Olaf's a troll god since when again?" to "Haven't any of you ever heard of a band-aid?"

You get the idea.

So let's hear it. Now that the shows are over and everything takes on that sweet nostalgic glow, what are some of your favorite most dumb-ass moments on either Buffy or Angel?

I'll toss a few of mine in under a cut like this )

So what are some of yours? =)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
Went to brother's, went to Mom and Dad's, about halfway through the day got sick due to heat, something I ate, leftover stress, or all of the above. Am still feeling a bit wonky so this might be an early night for me.

Rewatched The Gift. You know, I almost hate to say it but that ep does not bear up under repeat viewings. It was a barely held together ep in the first place, but the more you watch it the more you realize how much Joss was really phoning it in. Sure there are good lines and moments, but they're tiny pockets inside of a big muddled mess the likes of which we wouldn't see again until Hole in the World. Perhaps the lesson here is that Joss has a kink for killing off beloved female characters, but he's way too close to actually execute that well. Or, er, them well, as the case may be. Ahem.

Which isn't to say that I'm not a big girl who doesn't tear up every time Spike loses it at the sight of Buffy's body because I am and I do. But so much of that is due to the score, which is amazing, and Marsters selling that moment, which is also amazing, and so very little is due to what's actually going on because yes, continuity of any kind did fly out of the window and keep on flying throughout the ep, and Hole in the World was incredibly sucky on so many levels but at least that plot convienence death made sense in and of itself whereas with this, even years later, you still want to shake Buffy and the Scoobies and demand to know why in all their years of combat not one of them has ever learned about applying pressure and elevating.

At least, you want to do that in the moments you're not wanting to know why, if it had to be blood, the monks didn't save everybody a lot of time and turn the key into a stone, or a teddy bear, or a bagel for that matter.

Still, one has to admit that even watching the dumbness takes on a nostalgic glow. Buffy and Angel may have had some truly sucktacular moments (coughBuffymorethanAngelthankstoMarticough) but their our sucktacular moments, damn it! I mean come on, where else would you get one show torturing a vampire by sticking his head underwater in the exact same year as it being a huge plot point on the other show that vampires could theoretically live at the bottom of the ocean for millenia so long as no cute British boys come to save them? Only on our shows, baby! You gotta love it.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (glasses)
I'm actually getting things on my To Do list done in a timely manner. That's just freaky and wrong.

Still, who am I to complain? Thanks to that I was able to take it easy today. I cleared out the remaining things that needed to be To Done this weekend and then relaxed with brunch and Firefly. I've given up on my hope of rewatching the series before Serenity this Thursday, but I did finally get a chance to listen to the commentary on Serenity aka the original premiere. (Note to fellow [livejournal.com profile] frugal_fans: A good way to restrict your DVD purchases is to slap yourself repeatedly on the wrist and not buy new DVDs until you've actually watched and played with all the extras on the ones you currently own.) (Unless it's a fandom that's your crack, then of course you go all out because you Must. Have.) (Obviously.) (Anyway...)

It really is interesting watching Firefly under its own merit now. This gets wordy, so cut of meta Firefly babbling for the sake of your flist. )

At any rate, I'm late for dinner. I just wanted to add on a knitting note that I knit a sheep! It's a little sheep, made out of a pattern of purling stuff together and increasing other stuff and ears! There's actually a set of stitches that the pattern has dubbed "Make ear"! How cute is that?

Sure it took me at least 3 frogs and about two and a half hours if not more today to just do one sheep, but if I've done one I can do more! And if I can do more, I can make a baby blanket! Wheee!

Fic: Out

May. 17th, 2005 03:17 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (vampnip)
Fic! Fic for [livejournal.com profile] fractal_bat who asked for "a story set in an AU season 4 where Connor hooks up with Wes instead of evil Cordy."

I hope this fits the bill )

It's done

Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:23 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
I... I did it.

It was a little emotional but... it was a good choice. Time has passed, there are... I suppose one could call them more tangible mementos.

Plus it's a good decision, practically. One has to move on, make room for new things... granted this is a big hole to fill but, in a way, that's part of why the time had come.

Now all there is left is to face it:

I... I finally deleted the last two episodes of Angel off of my Tivo.

Thank you, thank you. There's refreshments in the living room for those who want to join in the wake.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (rswes)
Was betaing a fic just now and it occured to me:

Canonical ability, as far as we know, to survive almost any form of torture, stabbing, knife or gunshot wounds? Check.

Able to survive wounds and/or attacks that would have killed a human being? Check.

Skilled with a sword? Check.

Ability to hide large weapons in clothes no way big enough to be designed for the job? Check.

Most upset by the wound that could have possibly cut his head off? Check.

Conclusion? Wesley is obviously a Highlander.

I don't know why any of us didn't realize that before.

ETA: Aha! Apparently there are those who have thought of it, and written fics accordingly. See? See?? That proves that we're on the right track!
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
Was watching Redefinition tonight.

It's what? Four years later and I've watched and rewatched this episode a million times and only tonight do I notice this exchange:

Lindsey: "Holland's vision lives on."
Lilah: "Screw his vision. Anybody's going down in here, it's gonna be you."
Lindsey: "If that's what it takes."

BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! OMG that is the best EVER! And I'm saying this about a Mere fucking Smith ep, so you know it takes a lot for me to give her props.

Heeheeeheeheee.

And you know what's the best? I even went to the old TWOP recaps just to see if I'm the only one who missed that line and yep, it flew right over Strega's head.

Ah, my show. You truly are the gift that keeps on giving.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (going down)
Home again from church. Called the owner of the dance school to give her the heads-up I wouldn't be coming to the party. Am now free to spend the rest of the day baking, wrapping presents, and first and foremost getting a nap.

The weather outside is failing to be frightful. I am not surprised by this, though I am pouty.

I see the slash debate has reared its ugly head again. I persist in wanting to pull these people aside and go "It's okay. My ones and zeros do not make your Angel/Batman/Frodo/Harry/Jack/etc. gay."

What amazes me is the people who feel the need to either do full-force flaming blasts and/or twenty page essays that boil down to the theme of "Your interpretation is WRONG WRONG WRONG." Which amazes me because no, my interpretation is my interpretation. If Angel reads as someone coming off at Fag Factor Five to me then he comes off at Fag Factor Five to me. You can't tell me that I think Angel is straight. I've known me longer than you have. I know what my own thoughts are. I think chocolate tastes good, I think cover versions of "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" are crimes against humanity, and I think Angel swings both ways so hard we could use him as a door in a restaurant kitchen. What you think about him I make no claims to.

With that, I go to take a nap.

Morning!

Nov. 22nd, 2004 11:21 am
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
Three days until Thanksgiving. I'm excited. You know me and the cooking holidays. =)

Finally, after the whole weekend, sat down to write last night. I got about halfway done before I had to give up and go to bed. I'd like to try to finish it tonight but I also need to menu-plan for Thursday, so we'll see how that goes.

The cornbread made last night was okay, but not great. I used Alton's recipe from his new book. Ironically I found it to be a little dry, so I'm now on the prowl for other cornbread recipes. Suggestions are welcome =)

I don't know if this is the fault of going to bed in the middle of a story or not, but last night I had a Buffy dream )

In other news, death to all leaf blowers.

Ah, mom

Nov. 15th, 2004 02:08 am
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
Conversation from this evening:

Mom: What's this episode of Angel we're watching? Guys under guys?
TBQ: No, Guise will be guise. Guys under guys is another ep entirely.
Mom: Okay.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
One's a brunette. The other's kind of blond. Together, they have sex.

Or is that DVD cover supposed to be indicating anything else? 'cause dude, whom are we kidding?
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
For my official End of Days entry, I present this essay on episode 5.17: Underneath. It's not as bad as it seems )

Ah Gunn

Oct. 24th, 2004 09:32 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (dead gay show)
I've said it before but it bears repeating: it's a bittersweet pain to watch s2 Gunn, knowing the kinds of crappy dialogue and plotlines that are going to be shoved down his throat because for some god-unknown reason Joss couldn't figure out what to do with him.

Why yes I rewatched "Untouched" tonight, why do you ask?

Ahh, Mere Smith's first. Remarkable in that in spite of Joss's obvious efforts to fix it up, you can still see some of Mere's hallmarks in there. Though it's also amusing that some of her weak spots are also Joss's weak spots. This possibly goes far to answer my question about why Mere was allowed to write for the show as long as she was. (blah blah obLoyaltywasagoodepandasfarasweknowshewrotemostofit disclaimer).

I was amused this time to notice a bit of blocking on David's part which is a fav of mine from s4. He's got somebody behind him and he just puts his arm back, without looking, and the blocking as a concept involves just this extra stretch with his fingertips that basically sums up with this tiny bit of movement how little he thinks of the person he's interacting with. In Untouched it's him handing off the coffee cup to the cop without glancing back to see if the cop even takes it. In Salvage it's Angelus pushing one of the shempires away, where his fingertips give that extra inch of push that makes it all the more funny.

The Salvage move gets me every time, so it was interesting to see that David had done it before.

The other thing I noticed - well, always noticed but this time actually wondered about - is how at one point in Untouched Wes is written out of the ep. I didn't really get into the meta and the set gossip until later s2 (ah, the foiler of the Gunn/Cordy relationship, how we miss you) so I'm left to be curious now as to whether Alexis had some side project going that week and needed the time off, or if this was the first sign of Mere's classic "I can't write all the characters, so the ones I forget about basically vanish from the screen like it's Sting's Set Them Free video."

It's interesting in that def. a case can be made that there's nothing for Wes to do, so might as well provide a reason for why he's not there (and certainly it's a better reason than Mere's usual "stand them in a corner silently" or "put them in another room until they have a line again" - which I'm assuming was Joss's influence). But OTOH there's no reason for Cordy to be present in the final scene with Angel, Bethany, and Bethany's dad either and yet there she is. Hence me wondering if Alexis had another job that week, or maybe even a vacation that he was due ;)

Ah well. We may never know.

Still, good times. s4 is, of course, my baby now but s2 is still high up there in my favs. It's nice to snuggle up with it again.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (gay supremacy hour)
Senate rejects move to ban same-sex marriage. Wooo!!!! Pardon me while I do a little dance.

[dancedancedance]

In other news I'm not above offering sexual favors for anyone who buys me one of these. You only think I'm kidding.

Finally, and related to absolutely nothing, am I the only one scratching my head over the intent of the Accidentally In Love video? Because first off the rabbit is disturbing. And second I think I'm supposed to hate the guy, but actually I don't. I get that him posturing and preening when he wakes up is supposed to be a hint that he's self-absorbed, but he's making the girl breakfast! Yeah, he makes a mess and doesn't know how to cook, but he got up to make the girl breakfast. He even takes the time to put it on a tray, and adds a flower for decoration!

And what does the girl do? Twitch and make faces at the noise (because she's incapable of saying "Hey, can you keep it down?" apparently) and then run off with the scary bunny.

I think I'm supposed to be all "Yay! She's with the rabbit who sang a sweet song to her!" but really I'm all "Yay! That nice guy doesn't have to deal with his ungrateful girlfriend anymore!"

So yeah. I don't get it.

I still want my puppet though.

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