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So the other thing I did yesterday was catch up on Jane the Virgin, which I highly, highly recommend, especially if you are missing Gilmore Girls, Pushing Daisies, or Ugly Betty, because it contains elements of all three: the strong, central mother/daughter relationship like Gilmore Girls, the sense of candy colored whimsy (and an AMAZING narrator) like Pushing Daisies, and the telenovela over-the-top-ness like Ugly Betty. Plus its own unique charms, which include Gina Rodriguez, who is utterly delightful as the titular Jane, Anthony Mendez as the Narrator, and Jaime Camil as Rogelio De La Vega, Jane's telenovela star father. It's funny without being mean, heartwarming without being twee, and it's got enough plot to satisfy any soap opera junkie. And it balances all of it with great aplomb.

Plus, most of the action is driven by the women - Jane, Xiomara, Petra, and Luisa are all the main movers of the plot (and while Alba is not a main agent of the plot, I do love how supportive of Xiomara and Jane she is, even when she disapproves - she is much more emotionally available than Emily Gilmore). And even though it has a love triangle (possibly more than one going forward), Jane's two suitors are pretty well drawn, so you never feel like "of course she's going to pick X! Y is terrible!" But really, Jane herself is the best thing about the show - I already love her and want her to be happy.

Anyway, watch this show! It's received a full season order from the CW, but I don't think its ratings are very good, even by CW standards. I know it's on against Sleepy Hollow, which is why I put off watching it, but it's definitely worth watching, and the episodes are available on the CW website (not the pilot, though, which is just dumb).

I need an icon.

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It replaced 'direct' with 'dig' (why?) but it knew immediately how to spell Cumberbatch. (As in our honored lizard-prince from beyond the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch.)

It's also possibly my autocorrect is being paid off of by the Cumberbatch Oscar lobbying committee for unknown but probably sinister reasons.

I've been less right than wrong

Nov. 22nd, 2014 09:25 pm
musesfool: korra, looking hopeful (all that heaven will allow)
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Work was ridiculously hectic on Thursday - the kind of day where it was 3:30 and I hadn't had lunch yet - and yesterday was more of the same, plus having to stay late to make sure things were ready for a meeting first thing Monday morning. So last night when I got home, changing into comfortable pants turned into a three hour nap, so when I woke up at 9:45 pm, I just said fuck it, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. And I slept pretty well until about 7 am, so that's when I got up. I don't often sleep 12 hours in a night, but sometimes it's just necessary.

When I got up, I watched this week's Legend of Korra, without knowing the story behind why it was a clip show (the short version: Nick slashed their budget mid-production, and it was either a clip show or laying people off early, so I'm glad they went with the clip show, even though I think it could have been much more cleverly done). With that said, it's still a clip show, and not of a quality with "The Ember Island Players." spoilers ) Hopefully the plot will get back on track next week.

As for Elementary, I don't really have much to say about this episode except that I really enjoyed it, especially spoilers )

This afternoon, L. and I went to see Birdman, which was pretty interesting, though the ending didn't work for me at all. spoilers ) But it's a pretty funny movie, and Keaton and Norton have some great scenes together.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 08:42 pm
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40052 / 50000 words. 80% done!

Last night's count, but I haven't written any more yet tonight.

Also for me to piece through later: a 200+ reading music collection

Fanmix: Grow Old With Me

Nov. 21st, 2014 08:32 pm
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The Mother: Wow! You know every one of my stories.

Ted Mosby: ...And you know every one of mine. I guess it's official: we're an old married couple.

The Mother: Nice!

Ted Mosby: We did it!

A down-tempo mix for older Ted and Tracy surviving and eventually playing bridge on the front porch with Marshall and Lily.

Grow Old With Me
Overwhelmed - Tim McMorris ☂ The Fray - Kiss Me ☂ You+Me - You and Me ☂ Iron & Wine - Naked As We Came ☂ Blake Stratton | I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) ☂ Christi Miliboloti - La Vie En Rose ☂ Sleeping At Last - Tethered ☂ Matchbox Twenty - Now Comes The Night ☂ Tom Odell - Grow Old With Me ☂ Sleeping At Last - Turning Page

Listmania

Nov. 21st, 2014 02:18 pm
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1. Acquired Dragon Age: Inquisition. Still haven't played it.
2. Read The DaVinci Code. Conclusion: could've been worse (see: Twilight).
3. Almost done with Tales of Xillia. Just along for the ride, now.
4. Watched Alien for the first time, which was awesome.
5. I'm doing all opening shifts at work. Am either stupid or crazy.
6. Getting really tired of the email spam about my Russian bride(s).
7. My guildies are trying to make me play Assassin's Creed. Am resisting heroically.
8. This Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub recipe looks fantastic.

Also, I noticed the Xenogears Perfect Works on sale (legit?) at Kinokuniya the last time I was there, which potentially kneecaps my plans to sell my Saga Frontier 2 book for millions if it got the same treatment. Oh well. :p
musesfool: Oliver, Diggle, & Felicity from Arrow (proved things i never believed)
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Because I know you were wondering, boss1 is okay - no broken bones, just bruises and aches. She's actually here today, which I have to say, I do not think I would be that hardy. Which is probably why I'm not a CEO.

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Arrow: Draw Back Your Bow
Let's give it up for that episode title. spoilers are totally earwormed )

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Req. Reading

Nov. 19th, 2014 07:59 pm
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Hello, new Dreamwidth people! Welcome to niche corner, I hope you will enjoy your stay. :)

My sister is two years ahead of me in school. One of the cool things about that was that she would give me a head's up on what was coming in my grade. One of the things she shared was what book they assigned her class to read. Of course, being incredibly nosy, I would want to read those books too (even if they were Not On My Grade Level (tm) -- some books I loved (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe that I read when I was seven), and some I wasn't so fond of. Naturally, like older siblings everywhere, my sister wasn't above playing a trick or two on her credulous little sister.

Like this book, Hatchet by Gary Paulson -- was assigned to all sixth-graders at school. My sister told me, in confidence, that the novel contained a scene where the marooned main character, in dire straits, decides to eat the dead pilot's body. I complete believed her! I thought cannabalism was pretty heavy stuff for twelve year olds to deal with! Of course, she lied. When I actually did read the book and went to confront her, she played dumb. What? Huh? I told you he ate turtle eggs!

I've never trusted her since! (I kid, I kid.)

The good:

But yeah! Anyway. Growing up, I was always the weirdo who usually enjoyed the assigned reading. In high school and then college, I was assigned to read Crime and Punishment three times (I had read it first on my own steam), and I loved it more each time. The Great Gatsby? Oh, I love it. DAT LAST PARAGRAPH. Hamlet? Ham-yes! The House on Mango Street? MORE PLS.


In college, I wasn't an English/Comparative Lit major (although maybe I should've been -- the results would have been exactly the same), but I loved the classes I took in both of those departments. They introduced me writers that I'm still fannish about -- namely Dashiell Hammett and Rosemary Sutcliff. Good times, man. Good times.

The bad:

But of course, there were a couple of stinkers too. I will never like The Scarlet Letter, and not only because of the labored search for symbolism that always followed every discussion of the book. (Although. Is there any Dimsdale/Chillingworth out there? I'm asking for a friend. Or Pearl futurefic.)

Oh, and A Separate Peace. So awful, so pointless. I switched schools between ninth and tenth grade and guess what they both reading that year? My 10th grade English teacher, who was otherwise a very wise and kindly woman, absolutely would not accept the explanation that 90% of the class backed -- that Gene's actions only made sense if we assumed he was in love with Finny and then reacted from that. At the time, I thought she was a horrible hypocrite. Now I realize that it's entirely possible that she didn't want some conservative parents all up her grill, but...

Meh. There are better, more relateable coming-of-age stories out there.


So! Flist! Tell me about your assigned reading! Which ones were your faves? Which ones did you Cliff Note? Enquiring minds want to know!
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So boss1 had a meeting uptown this morning and she was emailing me about her calendar, as she is wont to do, and two minutes after a "set up a meeting with X" email, I get an email entitled, "Going to the ER, got hit by a taxi." EEK! I don't even know. Hopefully she is all right. I cleared her afternoon schedule, in any case.

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The Flash: The Flash Is Born
spoilers )

Anyway, for all its flaws and bobbles, I still enjoy the show tremendously, and it's still early in its run.

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Wednesday reading meme!

What I've just finished reading
In reverse order:

Honor Among Thieves (Rebellion & Empire 2) by James S.A. Corey, which is an entertaining bit of Star Wars stuff set between Star Wars and Empire. I especially liked that, unlike a lot of these types of books, it was in Han's POV all the way through, and I thought it gave good Han. Not enough Leia, and barely any Luke, but I did enjoy Han's thoughts about them (and wow, possibly the authors ship Han/Luke?), and I liked the lady spy character. I imagine it's difficult to write a novel with Han and an original female character as the main characters in the original trilogy time period, because you have to walk the line of Han being flirty/impressed with the new woman without going over because HAN/LEIA OTP OF OTPS and no tie-in novel can mess with that, I don't even care if that makes me sound like a crazy shipper, because I saw Star Wars in 1977 (FOUR TIMES) when I was 7 and long before it was retitled, so I am a crazy Han/Leia shipper stfu. Ahem. ANYWAY. I thought this book walked that line nicely, and made Scarlet Hark an interesting character without making her practically perfect in every way, and it had a really interesting device at the center of the plot, where you could understand why it was a really important mission but also why you never heard about it in the movies. And for all that she wasn't onscreen often enough, there was some good stuff about Leia and the costs of being the leader of a rebellion, and just how good at it she is. ♥LEIA♥ #perfect space princess

India Black: Madam of Espionage #1 by Carol K. Carr, which I enjoyed but which was more of a chase novel than a spy novel. There was very little in the way of spy v. spy and a lot more caper-type shenanigans. I will probably eventually read the others in the series, because I liked India, Vincent, and French, but I feel no need to rush out and get the next one.

FOXGLOVE SUMMER by Ben Aaronovitch, the fifth(!!!) in the Rivers of London or possibly the Peter Grant series.
spoilers )

What I'm reading now

This morning on the train I started reading Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias, which is a near-future dystopia where Latin@ immigrants are tattooed and being rounded up and put in camps, with a magical realism bent. Interesting so far, but I'm not sure how these two genres are going to meld.

What I'm reading next

*hands* Your guess is as good as mine.

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Someone to open each and every door

Nov. 18th, 2014 12:13 pm
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It's cold out today (but sunny!), so I wore my new winter coat. Actually, it was my mother's - a baby blue LL Bean duffel coat. It even has a hood! I'm not sure why I didn't take it last winter, when it would have been most welcome, but it hung in the closet in the house until it was sold and we cleaned it out. I also wore my new Turtle Fur™ headband thingy (since I have trouble with hats staying on my head because of my hair, and a baseball cap doesn't cover my ears), and I was actually a little too warm on the subway, but better that than too cold on the bus stop. And that's without a fleecy hoodie underneath, so I still have that option for when the temperature and not just the wind chill is in the teens.

Also, my committee meeting this afternoon got switched to a conference call, which makes it slightly easier on everyone and hopefully shorter, too.

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Sleepy Hollow: Mama
spoilers )

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Fifty Shades Freed--Chapter 7 (Part III)

In which Grey wants to fuck Ana at work because “you’re my wife”, despite Ana saying no out loud to his face multiple times; Ana cannot keep track of her own canonical timeline; bothering people is an achievement; Grey has “floppy sex-hair” despite NOT having had sex with Ana; Ana tells Grey to his face that he never listens to her; Grey informs Ana that she is as precious to him as a child (hello there, Pedophilia!); there is hatred for a woman architect who dares to be beautiful; Ket and I would much rather watch Let’s Plays of a survival horror video game; and Ana’s solution to everything is lots and lots of white wine.


#fifty shades freed #50 shades freed #rape threats tw #pedophila tw #internalized misogyny #incipent alcoholism tw #eternal darkness sanity's requiem #sporkings #christian grey belongs in a horror movie #whyarewereadingthis

i used to know my right from wrong

Nov. 17th, 2014 03:08 pm
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This thing where I try to be a better person and not complain about shit all the time is really wearing. If I'm not complaining about shit, I don't even know who I am! I'm just naturally curmudgeonly!

Here are two things I do feel okay complaining about:

1. it is fucking freezing in this office. Is it too much to ask for some heat in the workplace?
2. I had ten pages left in my book when my train pulled into my stop. For once, dear old MTA, couldn't you have held us at Canal Street just a little big longer? (note: the book was not Foxglove Summer, which I did read and enjoy this weekend and will talk about in the usual weekly book meme. For that, I might have stayed on the train an extra stop and walked back.)

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Brooklyn Nine Nine spoilers )

The Good Wife spoilers )

I don't know how this show is so stellar in its sixth season, but I love that it is.

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I attempted this slow cooker macaroni and cheese yesterday, with some substitutions, and that is probably why it didn't work out very well. I still ate it for dinner, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up pitching the leftovers, because it wasn't particularly good (I mean, it was still mac and cheese? but kind of a blah and it didn't even have the crunchy breadcrumb topping). And also, since I used shells instead of elbows, it took an hour longer to cook. Ah well, live and learn.

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I'll be your number one with a bullet

Nov. 16th, 2014 10:52 am
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
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Recent conversation with my sister, when this song came on the radio --

Me: What's this band? It reminds me of high school. Is it Blink-182?
Sis: Nah, it's Panic! At the Disco. Or that band with the weird name.
Me: It's Fall Out Boy! ... Man, I used to hate Fall Out Boy. I don't even remember why.

In my defense, I never really paid much attention to music in middle school. Or high school. Or most of college. But let me share some stray thoughts about the popular music of 2002-2006:

- Blink-182 was a nineties band, c'mon self. In college, I had to analyze 'I Miss You' for a media comp class.

- I remember why I hated Fall Out Boy now! MTV would play their songs ad nasuem after school during TRL. Yes, in those days MTV would still occasionally play music videos.)

- There was this really cute, really short guy in my ceramics class who always wore a Franz Ferdinand shirt. I don't remember his name or if we ever talked, but I remember that he looked like a tiny Antinous with slightly shorter hair and a Franz Ferdinand shirt. At the time it didn't seem weird to me that he wore that shirt a couple times a week. I thought he was like a cartoon character, maybe his wardrobe was FULL of the same black Franz Ferdinand shirts.

- Britney Spears' "Toxic" >>> every other song played during my high school years. It was also the song playing the first/last time I smoked pot. (I always always the good girl with extremely delicate lungs -- smoking joints or cigarettes were not the way for me to act out. I acted out by skipping lunch and hanging out at the library. D:)

i wanna guard your dreams and visions

Nov. 16th, 2014 10:35 am
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All right, I'll throw my hat in the ring.

December Talking Meme

Pick a date below and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want.

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.

Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't. You can see my posts from last year's meme here.

31 days of December )

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Last night, I came home from work, and in the middle of changing out of my work clothes, i took a two hour nap. Gah, why is nap-sleep like that so much better than night-time sleep? It was SO GOOD. And then of course, I was up every two hours when I finally went to bed. But I did have a very detailed dream about Bucky breaking his programming before Steve got out of the ice, and Natasha helped him. And I thought about how lucky Bucky is, not just to have Steve (and Sam and Natasha) now, but to have had him previously, to have those memories of Steve, and of his family, and the Commandos, etc. Natasha had none of that. She had to make herself into a person without having had that core of personhood previously, with just the remains of what the Red Room made her. Gosh, I love her so much.

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Elementary spoilers are adequately sexed )

Legend of Korra spoilers are allergic to drowning )

This mid-season analysis has some interesting points about Kuvira as a parallel for Korra. I am very interested in seeing where all this is going.

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