March Media

Apr. 1st, 2017 06:13 pm
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (mus: fm: tomorrow comes a day too soon)
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chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (m: sw: han/leia ♥)
I got to see Star Wars: Rogue One today!

I also managed to see it relatively unspoiled. I had seen the various trailers, of course, and also the headline of one article that said "how did they manage to pull of that last scene?", but otherwise, I knew very little about it aside from the obvious implied by the premise.

Spoilers under the cut.

Rebellions are built on hope. )

I'm running out of words.

I wanna see it again.
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (t: o: hug)
Good things:
- I pre-ordered the Hamiltome and it is on its way to me now! Because I'm cheap-slash-poor I got free shipping so I won't actually GET it until Saturday, but still, that's pretty great.
- Less than a month until I go see Once. I have finalized the plans for the day, including transportation and a nice dinner afterwards and it's gonna be fantastic omg.
- Slightly less than that until the Tony nominations! I am excited for all of Hamilton's nominations. Also for all the other nominations (Audra McDonald? Megan Hilty? Jenn Damiano?), but let's be honest here, it's gonna be the Hamiltonys.
- I went out this weekend and bought Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital. Also they had the original trilogy in a set right there so I bought it because as much as I love my ancient VHS tapes they're a pain in the neck to actually watch. This is the only problem with me regularly getting paid money, I feel like I can spend it freely.
- I haven't had a chance yet to watch the original trilogy on Blu-Ray, but I did have time to watch The Force Awakens. Guess what? IT'S STILL A GREAT MOVIE. ♥♥
- On a related note, the Rogue One trailer was released and it is incredibly awesome. I suspect that eventually I'll be annoyed at Disney for their freely-stated intention to beat Star Wars into the ground with a new movie every year for roughly forever but right now that sounds like the BEST PLAN EVER.
- Flogging Molly is rumored to be releasing a new album this year. And yes, they've been "rumored to be releasing a new album this year" for the past several years, but they've released a new single and are promoting it and I feel like that's a pretty good indication that the rumor has legs this time.
- Also Declan Bennett mentioned working on his next album on Twitter and man I would give a lot for a new Declan Bennett album.
- The TV adaptation of American Gods has gone into production and everything I see about it makes me MORE EXCITED. I know it's early days yet and it could turn out to be massively disappointing, but so far it seems like they get it and they're dedicated to doing a good job with the material.

Bad things:

I really, really hate my job. Like. A lot. Dread getting up in the morning, countdown to the end of the day, fantasize about dying of a heart attack so I don't have to do it anymore. That kind of hate it. It's bad.

I'm fully aware that the whole "spend the work week praying for the weekend and then spend the weekend dreading the start of the work week" culture around employment in the US (and other places! but lbr, the US) is incredibly unhealthy, and also unhealthily normalized, and I can't help it I hate my job so much.

I'm looking into getting a passport and applying for stage tech jobs on cruise ships. Apparently I've got a distant cousin who works for a cruise company, so who knows, maybe I can use that connection somehow. But I can't keep doing what I'm doing.

IDK. It just sucks.
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (tv: a: brendan lahey)
I'm rewatching early Andromeda episodes tonight because of course I am it's not like I do anything with my life except rewatch old TV shows, and it's reminding me how I've always kind of wanted fic where things work out a few times and the random family members who show up for one episode end up sticking around. Like, Rafe accepts Dylan's offer to join the crew, and the signal booster works and Sara comes to the future, and Harper drags Brendan back to the Andromeda with him before things go completely pear-shaped, and IDK maybe Tyr manages to get Freya out before he stabs the Orca in the back, and maybe Rommie saves Maggie from herself and they add another ship to the fleet. Partly because I like most of the characters involved but mostly just because I think it would be interesting to see how the crew dynamic changes with a) more people and b) most of the people connected to each other in ways the original crew aren't.

Plus, I mean, just imagine Brendan, Sara, and Rafe trying to have a conversation with each other and how much of a mess that would be.
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (b: ani: omg yeerks!!! D:)
I kinda suck at social media lately, and I'm sorry. :/ I think I've officially failed at my New Year's resolution to post here more often, even absolving myself of that whole land-of-no-Internet period. I HAVE TO GET BETTER AT THIS.

Things that are going on:

- Today I am relistening to old episodes of Animorphs: The Radio Drama (Uncensored!) because there are no new episodes because I feel like it. It's been a while. I'd almost forgotten how much I love these guys. I now kind of want to listen to them read one of the books while I follow along and annotate an e-book copy with their comments, but on the other hand that sounds like a lot of work for someone as lazy as me.

- Yuletide nominations start soon, and I am, indeed, planning to participate in Yuletide for the second time and nominations for the first time; SUPER EXCITING. (I may also have failed my write-more-fic resolution for the year. I don't remember what the exact wording of it was. But it hasn't exactly been a banner year for productivity.)

- It's almost time for first-run TV shows to come back! According to the app I depend on to tell me these things, Sleepy Hollow premieres in a week, Castle comes back in two weeks, Elementary comes back three days later, Once Upon A Time returns three days after that, and then a bit later Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and Almost Human premiere. So. That should give me stuff to post about. (Fingers crossed for greatness. Three new shows is a lot for me to try picking up at once; hopefully at least one hooks me, although it would be super awesome if they all do.) (Other new shows I am vaguely planning to try: Star-Crossed on the CW, because Robert Hewitt Wolfe on staff, and Girl Meets Boy, because Boy Meets World sequel, but I don't know when either one of them premieres). I am also super excited about spoilers I've seen for Elementary and Once Upon A Time; haven't seen spoilers for Castle, but fingers crossed there, too.

- It's still almost two months until NaNoWriMo but I'm getting nervous about it already. I have the bare bones of an idea and slightly more development on the two main characters; I keep poking at it and mostly coming up with things that aren't going to be useful (if they ever are) until I'm well into Plot.

- I am super behind on the marathoning-old-shows-that-are-new-to-me project (specifically HIMYM at the moment); for various personal reasons I kind of just lost momentum and haven't gotten back to it. I need to do that. That was a New Year's resolution, too. I need to accomplish at least a few of these things.

- In personal news, I'm still unemployed but have resumed trying to learn how to drive. So. Maybe that will be helpful.

- I apologize for the length of this post.
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (tv: dw: 11/clara)
I am kind of obsessed with The Name Of The Doctor tonight, so under the cut find pictures, speculation, and headcanon spitballing.

Super-spoilery, if you haven't seen the episode yet.

Sometimes it's like I've lived a thousand lives in a thousand places. )
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (c: st: matt/abby dysfunction)
I finally finished reading all of The Swamp Thing, up through the June 2012 release. Wow. It's over. Finally.

I have no idea if I'm going to keep up with it from here out or not.

Thoughts on the series as a whole beneath the cut.

Tefé Holland is too good for this series )
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (tv: ms: drummers are cool)
This is kind of a late post, but, okay, here's three things from today:

One!
I hope everyone on my flist who celebrates American Thanksgiving, had a happy one! And those of you who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a happy November 24th! ♥

Two!
This is an actual conversation that happened:
My dad, randomly: "I miss the Great Dismal Swamp fire."
Me: " ... you miss the Great Dismal Swamp fire?"
My dad: "Yes."
Me: "But. It was a fire. In a swamp. A swamp called dismal."
My brother: " ... you know, I never actually considered the fact that the swamp is named 'Dismal' before ... "

Three!
After we ate Thanksgiving dinner (which was delicious), we (by which I mean me, my brother, and my parents) went out to a movie as a family ~thing.
And that movie?
THE MUPPETS, HELLS YEAH.

spoilery, mostly for character/dialogue/premise stuff, but a little bit of plot as well )

I want fic about the Electric Mayhem set between the last in-continuity movie and this one. For the record, I don't consider Muppets In Space to have been in-continuity.

HAPPY NOVEMBER 24TH, PEOPLE! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (a: kk: dorking out)
AWESOME THINGS:

- I have Internet back! WOO! And LJ is also back! Also woo! Stop leaving me, Internet access and LJ! I have dependencies!

- I now own a full-length black duster. We will not discuss the fact that it is early August, regularly reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and also southern Virginia. The point is that I now own a full-length black duster and this makes me happy even if I can't wear it for a few more months. (It was $15 at a CHKD thrift store. I can't resist that, okay.)

- New Doctor Who trailer! It is almost the same as the ComiCon trailer but not exactly and those not exactly bits are EXCITING and AWESOME. PTERODACTYLS, MAN.

- I received a $25 B&N gift card from my Secret Santa for my place of employment's Christmas In August thing. NEW BOOKS! Now I just have to find time and a bus route to get to a Barnes & Noble!

- *meaningless flail*
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (misc: lj)
Thoughts on random things:

Livejournal: LJ! You're back! Are you stable? Pls? I MISSED YOU.
For anyone who didn't find out the details about why LJ was being difficult, this is a good article about the situation.

Music: Have an awesome link! A new JoCo song!

Facebook: I know a few of you had me friended on FB, so I'm just announcing it here for posterity's sake: I have officially deleted my FB account. There were several reasons for this, ranging from "I never use it" to "I'm uncomfortable with their privacy policies", but the end result is the same. I no longer have an account.
In related news, no, I will not be signing up for Google+.

Torchwood: Oh my God, I just ... I can't. There wasn't even any Dichen Lachman this week to distract me from the total lack of any internal logic, consistent characterization, or continuity in any form. What the hell, Torchwood, didn't you used to be enjoyable? Is it me or is it you? One of us has changed and it's not working anymore.

Alphas: But you're working for me, Alphas! I'm seriously enjoying this show so far. Nina and Rachel's complicated friendship warms my heart. I want more Bill; I feel like I don't know him well enough yet. Okay, I feel like I don't know any of the characters well enough yet, but Bill feels more like a blank slate to me than the rest of the cast for some reason. Hicks is generic and bland (omigosh he left a crime scene for coffee how ~rebellious) but I warmed up to him some for that last scene with Gary on the room. AWWW.

Work: It's been a hellish week. I don't wanna talk about it. Maybe next week will be better?
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (c: s: bb!destruction)
Bullet points!

♠ I put my name on the AO3 waiting list, so we'll see what happens when that comes through and I actually have to. You know. Do stuff.

♠ I have officially booked a hotel room for this Wednesday. With check-in/check-out times it'll be more like 19 hours than 24, but that will still be immensely helpful. Isolation ♥♥♥ [/antisocial]

♠ Today I hit up a Borders clearance sale. And it's not that I'm happy they're going bankrupt, because I'm not, at all, it's really sad when bookstores can't stay open. But I did walk away with ~$80 worth of books and paid less than $8 for the lot. ...There was not a lot left on the shelves or I would've probably spent more than that. But y'know.

♠ There are evidently massive Doctor Who spoilers going around, and I would just like to alert everyone that, as much as a spoilerphile as I am, I would still appreciate not being spoiled about this. Please and thank you.

♠ Sometimes I feel sad and then I remember that I live in a world where Neil Gaiman wrote a Doctor Who episode and everything's shiny again. This is an oversimplification but nevertheless true.

♠ I wish I was in New York today to do the DW LineCon. MATT AND KAREN HANDED OUT DOUGHNUTS, YOU GUYS. WHY WAS I NOT THERE FOR THAT?

♠ I have finished Vol. 1 of The Swamp Thing and find myself getting annoyed by Alec Holland's unceasing emo. I suspect this is in part because every issue seems to feel the need to recap the first issue and I get frustrated at being repeatedly reminded of stuff I already know. (Also, they footnote everything. "After X happened, we knew we had to do Y!*" "*ed. note: as seen in issue #12" and I'm sure this was probably helpful to people reading one issue a month or whatever but for someone going at a faster rate OMG IT IS SO ANNOYING.) Also Matt and Abby have been MIA for much of the latter part of the volume which is frustrating because I find myself caring more about them than about the Swamp Thing himself. Maybe Vol. 2 will be an easier read?

♠ That was a really long bullet point, I'm sorry. Evidently I have more ~feelings about old comics than I suspected myself of.



...edited to fix tags and close a parentheses. *facepalm*
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (m: b&tb: reading rocks)
So apparently Borders is declaring bankruptcy and closing a bunch of bookstores, which is actually pretty sad. I remember when I was a kid and the only major bookstore I had regular access to was the WaldenBooks at the local mall. And then Borders bought them out and they were still WaldenBooks, technically, but with different rewards cards and a website and a new store layout. And then a couple years ago they closed and I stopped considering that mall to be a mall (you can't be a shopping mall without a bookstore, okay, you can't). And then six months or so ago they opened a Borders Express in that mall and I begrudgingly let them reclaim the title. And then last time I went which was like a month or two ago they were having a going-out-of-business clearance sale, which was...ridiculous, they'd been there about five months.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that it makes me sad when bookstores close.

(Also sad: that the more-local independent bookstore sucks and only wants your business if you know exactly what you want and spend under five minutes finding and purchasing it. You are an independent bookstore. You are supposed to encourage browsing and community and people who enjoy looking for a book when they're not sure exactly what they want to buy and whatever.)
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (t: [tos]: innocent bystander)
Word count: 24,290. I'm very nearly at the halfway point!

...A lot of this is going to come out in editing, though. There's quite a lot of "I can't think of anything to write so the characters in this scene are going to banter irrelevantly and with poor segue skills."

Fitz has shown up again and I'm enjoying writing him, though Mila and Nalini don't seem inclined to accept his assistance.



I thought I had something non-NaNo to talk about here but I can't remember what it was. So, sorry. :(
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (misc: nanowrimo 2010)
Reread last year's NaNo in one sitting and am surprised that there are parts of it I don't hate. Mostly dialogue, admittedly, but given that like 90% of the thing is dialogue that's not saying too much.

I don't think it's salvageable as is. The in-universe timeline is ridiculous and makes no sense, it's paced horribly, and about halfway through I decided to drop a subplot because of POV issues and then another third of the way through I decided to reintroduce it, IDEK. But I was really surprised to find so many parts that I actually like. Maybe one day I'll be able to salvage the concept, at least.
chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (tv: a: beka)
In which I muse some more on a genderflipped Andromeda. Because my brain is cyclic like that. Or because I'm obsessive about weird random shit. Or because I'm trying not to stress about important things and this is fun, idk. One of those, probably. Maybe a combination of all of the above.

cut for length mostly )

Thoughts?

I've clearly ridiculously overthought this and it is probably an indication that there is Something Wrong With Me, but whatever, it's a fun diversion. I'd like to be able to say that there will be fic as a result of all this overthinking, but I have learned not to promise fic-related things. There might be?