shah_of_blah: (troy)
I've been feeling like I ought to post for awhile, but I have refrained because I didn't actually have anything to post.  Weird.  So I thought I might do a TV post, but I don't have a lot to say.  Possibly because I have not been watching an overabundance of television (mostly just Community and Parks & Recreation).  All I want to say is that I love Community and I love Troy Barnes and this most recent episode made me very happy.  It also made me want to watch Reading Rainbow again.

Anyway, one of the reasons I have been a bit MIA recently is that I have been working on my thesis, which is a collection of short stories.  I just turned in the first draft this morning.  It's approximately 25,000 words.  Now that it's, well, semi-done I might be around LJ more.  If nothing else, I've got to write my remix fic.

In the meantime, here's a meme:

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions (not the same questions that I was asked and not the same questions for everyone)
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

[livejournal.com profile] nazkey  asked me...

1. You have the chance to have a one-on-one with Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, James Joyce, Samuel Richardson or Dante. Who would you pick and why?
James Joyce.  Hands down.  I don't really know why.  Of these, I've only read works by Joyce (Portrait of the Artist) and Spenser (Faerie Queen).  I'm not that crazy about either of them, but one of my life goals is to read Ulysses.  A few months ago, I was telling a classmate about this desire of mine, and my fear that I wouldn't be able to understand it without the aid of a professor.  She said something about a knowledge of Homer being all I needed.  I think.  Also that "who do you write like" website has told me I am James Joyce in the past (also Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, and Gertrude Stein, so you can decide whether or not it's to be trusted).  Anyway, yes, I would like to meet James Joyce.

2. You are reliving the plot of "An Affair to Remember" where you meet the love of your life on a cruise, but are involved with someone and you agree to meet this man on top of the Empire State Building in a year. Do you? Why?
Well, I've never seen that movie, but yeah I would probably do it.  Although the location is not ideal as I am afraid of heights.  But I've never even been inside the Empire State Building and I'm always seeking new experiences.  It would probably make for a good story, no matter what happened.

3. Who are your Oscar picks? Do you even care?
I really, really want True Grit to win Best Picture.  I loved Black Swan and The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right too (and I liked some of the others) but for some reason, I feel strongly that True Grit is the only one which truly deserves this accolade.  Natalie Portman should win Best Actress and Colin Firth should win Best Actor, but the Coen brothers just outdid themselves with True Grit.

4. You've been nominated for a Noble prize. What category are you in and what did you do to deserve the accolades?
Hahaha, okay, I'm not going to answer this seriously, but instead I will tell you an amusing anecdote.  Background: In addition to being named after a Beatles song, I was also named after a Mario Vargas Llosa character.  My mom was a big fan (key word here being "was," as they have since parted over political differences).  So when he won the Nobel Prize, I got this email from my mother in my inbox:

Hiya darling! Did you know that Mario Vargas Llosa, that Peruvian jerk who writes fabulous novels, just won the Nobel prize for lit?

Since “[character]”* was running through my head when you emerged, and since I told him that when I met him several years ago, it’s almost as if you are winning the prize!

Congratulations!
 

So by the transitive power of Mario Vargas Llosa, I have already won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

*At this point, I don't actually care if people know my first name or not.  I just enjoy being coy about it, and I'm curious if anyone who doesn't already know can figure it out.

5. If you had to pick ONE song, book, movie & TV show which best describes who you are, what would they be?
I am assuming you mean just one, and not one of each.  That would be way easier, wouldn't it?  I'd probably say something different if you asked me tomorrow, but right now I'm inclined to say Stranger Things Happen, a collection of short stories by Kelly Link.  I want to be her.  When I read this book, it was like a revelation.  That is what I want to write.  So yeah, I want to be her.  I suppose Stranger Things Happen encapsulates a lot of my weird fascination with words and the world.  If you read it with that in mind, it might tell you something about me.
shah_of_blah: (mutant enemy)
I finished my angry Lost essay that has been in the works for quite some time.  It's up at Critically Obsessed, but I will post a teaser here.  A very long teaser.  The essay is approximately 2000 words in total.

Disclaimer: If you really like Lost, you might not want to read this essay.

Lost is fundamentally nonsensical )

Read the full essay at Critically Obsessed.
shah_of_blah: (k/l res ship)
So yesterday I found the BSG bible--a document Ron Moore wrote in 2003 for the writers to use as a basis for the first season (and, you know, the rest of the show except they didn't know they'd get more than one season at the time).  You can download it here.  It's about 50 pages long, and I found it quite interesting.  No matter how I may feel about retcons and character/relationship continuity and plotholes and bizarre storylines, that all came later and this bible--this document of what they wanted to do (whether or not they succeeded)--makes me happy.  it reminds me of how amazing the first two seasons were (although things did get a little rocky at the end of season 2). 

Mission

Our goal is nothing less than the reinvention of the science fiction television series.

We take as a given the idea that the traditional space opera, with its stock characters, techno-double-talk, bumpy-headed aliens, thespian histrionics, and empty heroics has run its course and a new approach is required.  That approach is to introduce realism into what has heretofore been an aggressively unrealistic genre.

Call it "Naturalistic Science Fiction."
 
VERY VERY LONG )
shah_of_blah: (pilots)
I am having an extremely nerdy day.  First of all, my TROY AND ABED IN THE MORNING mug arrived in the mail today.  It is beautiful.

Second, I am reading The Iliad and thinking a bit about Greek mythology which naturally reminds me of BSG.  Where do I begin?  I'm developing this theory.  It's a pretty basic idea; I'm just adding more details to it.  Anyway, if you read 'Portraits' you might have an idea where I'm going with this (but if you didn't, I'm about to say it so that's okay too).  On Kore, Cylon, Hera, Troy, etc. )

Other nerdy things: yesterday I started reading the BSG series bible, and today I found the official map of the Colonies.  Both are very interesting!  I wrote a whole post about the series bible, but it got REALLY LONG so I will post it separately, probably tomorrow.  But I still want to talk about the map.

You can look at the map on io9, and read a brief, interesting (to me!) interview with Kevin Grazier and Jane Espenson: Detailed Map Of Battlestar Galactica's Twelve Colonies.

why this is interesting to me )

ETA: I just remembered something else I wanted to talk about!  In a comment on the io9 article about the series bible, one user said that there was a major shake-up in the writers' room.  I cannot find the comment anymore (urgh), but I believe this shake-up was said to have taken place in the third season.  Anyway, the point is that all of the female writers left except for Jane Espenson.  This is something I have been wondering about for some time: why was she the only woman on the writing staff?  Now I want to know more about these women, what they wrote, and why they left.  Sadly, since I cannot find the comment, I do not remember their names, except that the user cited 'Flesh and Bone' and 'Resistance' as exemplary episodes that they had written.  I agree that these are excellent episodes.  Now, I think I must comb through all of the writing credits to figure out just who the writers were before I started following the series in real-time.  This may be essential to my 'Gender Issues in BSG' essay that I will write after my 'Why I'm Mad at Lost' essay.
shah_of_blah: (bad horse)
So long-time flisters might remember that back in the day [livejournal.com profile] visualthinker11  and I wrote a cracky series called The Very Secret Diaries...on the Hellmouth!  They live at [livejournal.com profile] hellmouth_vsds , and new readers ought to begin with Angel's Very Secret Diary, Days of Our Unlives.  

But the reason for this post is that the Strangely Literal podcast did a reading of Buffy's Very Secret Diary, Slayers Rule, Vampires Drool.  You can read the diary here and/or listen to the podcast here.  V. exciting!

The podcast actually went up last month, but I keep forgetting to tell people about it.  Now I'm taking a break from work to post about it (and listen to it again).  Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sl_podcast !
shah_of_blah: (never fade away)
PART ONE
PART TWO

For the third and final installation, we have the following fandoms: Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wonderfalls, The Education of Max Bickford, 30 Rock, Lost, and a bunch of books.  Also some music.  Oh, and a thing about Ripley.

25 awesome women )

And that's it!  Who's on your list that I missed?
shah_of_blah: (kara sunshine)
Continuing with the "30 Days of Awesome Women" list that I began yesterday, here are 11-20.  You can read the first part here.

Fandoms include: Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Alien, His Dark Materials, The Hunger Games, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Poisonwood Bible, Howl's Moving Castle, Discworld, Pushing Daisies, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Farscape, Lost, Angel, and Bionic Woman.

26 awesome women )

Alright folks, I'll see you tomorrow with the third and final part!
shah_of_blah: (martha)
So here's the thing.  I'm not really into criticizing women (with a few exceptions).  There's far too much of that in the world, and I don't like to add to it.  Last week, I was reading this thing about some female characters in sci-fi, and it reminded me of the flowchart thingy that got linked all over the place a couple months ago.  Long story short, while I certainly see the value in speaking critically about the way women are written (and hell, I do it all the time) I feel it's detrimental to dismiss those women.  So I got the idea to do this post.  And I was going to post it on More Joy Day, which is today (Thursday) but I forgot and have only just remembered.  It will most likely not be Thursday anymore by the time I finish all the coding, so just know that I did start the post with a few minutes left in the day!  

Anyway, I have been waiting for the opportune moment to post the "30 Days of Awesome Women" meme.  All in one day.  Or maybe three.  That moment may have been a couple of hours ago, but points for effort. 

Behind the cut, you will find the first ten categories and LOTS of pictures.  Fandoms include: Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Veronica Mars, Doctor Who, Dexter, Firefly, Community, Angel, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Chuck, Wonderfalls, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Farscape, ...and I think that's all of them.  There will be more fandoms in the later parts.

Also I cheated and listed multiple characters for just about every category, so there are far more than ten women behind the cut.

22 awesome women )

Okay, that's all for now.  I'll be back with 11-20 tomorrow.  Probably.  And by "tomorrow" I really mean "later today" because it's not Thursday anymore.

In the meantime, feel free to chime in with other awesome women!
shah_of_blah: (Default)
Today is my third LJ anniversary!  Happy anniversary to me.  And happy new year to all of my flisters!  Last night, I was in this bar and the bathroom walls were covered in graffiti.  All sorts of messages, but my favorite was easily this one: "I am a leaf on the wind.  Watch how I soar."  Someone had also written "RIP Wash" next to it, and another Browncoat had written some of the lyrics to "The Hero of Canton."  It was one of those little instances that made me happy to be a nerd.

Anyway, onto the year in fic.

the roundup )

Total: 12 fics, including random drabble-y things.  One remix, three crossovers, one multi-chapter fic.  Three as-yet-unwritten WIPs.  Approximately 26,300 words. 

the review )
shah_of_blah: (pilots)
The reveal has gone up at [livejournal.com profile] pilots_presents , so I can claim my fic!  Woohoo!  Also I am inordinately pleased with myself because I got 12/18 guesses correctly.  I put way too much thought into this.  Anyway, here's the one I wrote.  Which was basically just an excuse for a huge nostalgia trip.

Gift for [livejournal.com profile] rayruz 
Title: Save the Last Dance
Summary: Kara thinks Lee has terrible taste in music.
Characters: Lee, Kara
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Beta thanks: [livejournal.com profile] amaliak 
Author Notes: Set in early Season 1, circa Water. Also I sincerely apologize for the title.

Save the Last Dance
shah_of_blah: (Default)
Meme!  Stolen from everybody.

the year in fandom )
shah_of_blah: (pilots)
Hello!  I have three fic recs for you today.  Three very different fics. 

1) Some amazing person wrote this really, really fantastic BSG/BtVS crossover for me at [livejournal.com profile] pilots_presents !  I've read it three times already.  It's so good.  Thrilling and heart-breaking and so very satisfying.  Lovely prose too.  It's an AU in which Kara is called as the Slayer back in the 1890s (in the Australian outback!  Though they don't stay there).  Adama is her Watcher of course, and Lee is tagging along as a Watcher-in-training.  Anyway, it's brilliant.  Go read it: Prophecy Girl (Part One and Part Two).

2) I don't usually rec WIPs, but I'm enjoying this one so much and it is another BSG/BtVS crossover--and those are so rare.  I check Twisting the Hellmouth pretty regularly (for those not in the know, it is a website specifically devoted to BtVS crossovers) but their BSG section is quite sparse.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across Shaking the Cycle!  In this AU, Dawn is kindasortanotreally reincarnated on the Twelve Colonies...as Kara's younger sister.  There are twenty chapters so far, but they're still on season 2.0.  I'm really liking it so far.

3) Wounded Wing by [livejournal.com profile] mserrada .  This fic is quite long, which some may find off-putting, but I loved it.  Although I must caution you that it's not for every reader--it's very, very dark.  This story deals with one possible version of Kara's incarceration on New Caprica and the repercussions once she returns to the fleet.  There are scenes of torture and abuse, so if that upsets you too much you're probably best not reading it.  Still, the bulk of the story takes place on Galactica, rebuilding Kara's distorted relationships with her friends and family.  The link above is to the first chapter, or you can see all the chapters in the tags.

Also I randomly watched "Water" today (my dad is rewatching the first season) and I had almost forgotten just how good the first season is.  I mean, this episode only has one Kara scene in it and still, it is great!  Oh, how I used to love Boomer and Chief and Cally and Gaeta (I still like Gaeta, but the other three are iffy).  Also s1Gaius is so very amusing.  And Lee, he was so awkward!  But of course my favorite part of the episode is when Kara blows smoke in Baltar's face.
shah_of_blah: (mutant enemy)
Awesome article about River Tam, Buffy Summers, and Ellen Ripley.  There's a bit of love for Kara Thrace in there too.  Sady Doyle on The Awl: Ellen Ripley Saved My Life

I'm not sure how I feel about her comments on Sarah Connor.  I've not yet managed to sit through a Terminator movie from start to finish (I've seen bits and pieces of the first three), but I disagree with her take on the Sarah from T:SCC.  Although she may be overshadowed by Cameron in the fans' eyes, I don't think that she bows down to John or Derek or Cameron.  Quite the opposite, actually.

Also, Community:
Troy and Abed in stop motion! )
shah_of_blah: (wolv eep)
I keep thinking about things to post and then not posting them.  So here is an amalgamation of all that.

I almost posted about Dexter last week, just because I was in conniptions, I tell you. Conniptions!  No seriously, I kept having to pause the episode because I was freaking out.  And contorting myself into increasingly more bizarre positions.  I have no idea why.  I guess that was the only way I could express my inner turmoil.  Well, I was also chanting "fuck fuck fuck" under my breath for awhile, but you know, besides that.  I haven't seen this week's episode yet.  Maybe it will be less panic-inducing.

I could tell you about my writing.  But I don't feel like it.  I am woefully behind.  That is all.

Mostly I just want to talk about my various girlcrushes.  I want to do a picspam or something about my soccer girlcrushes.  I HAVE SO MANY.  I have also long held the belief that Abby Wambach is my soccer Starbuck.  Just go with it.  Anyway.  But I haven't done this post because I figured nobody would care to read it.  Hmm.  Also I'd have to find good pictures, which is sometimes difficult with women's soccer.  Lack of resources and all that.

And more recently, I want to post about my Pedro Almodóvar girlcrushes.  For a Spanish seminar this semester, I watched a shit ton of Almodóvar movies, and I AM IN LOVE.  Not with him.  With Carmen Maura.  If there were a fandom for his films, it would be amazing.  Sooooo many awesome women.  So much femslash.  (Though the pessimist in me would say all the fic would be about Antonio Banderas.  Or Gael García Bernal.  Ah well.  At least it would be canon slash, most likely).  Anyway.  I want fic about Carmen Maura and Penelope Cruz and Victoria Abril and Marisa Paredes and Chus Lampreave.  Dear god, I think I want RPF.

Other things...I have gone cold-turkey on Glee.  Yup, I am quitting.  No more.  Please yell at me if I start watching again.  This show is not good for me.  It just makes me angry.

I have reached an attitude of resigned indifference to the forthcoming Hunger Games movie.  more on this )

My decision to Not Care was also prompted by a rewatching of The Golden Compass movie.  I really don't like this movie )

Community (more specifically, Abed) has inspired me to watch more Farscape.  Still haven't finished season 2, but I'm getting there.  Sadly, Netflix took the series off Watch Instantly last month.  Also sadly, it's finals.

Well now, if anyone read all this whole mess of a post, wow!  Congratulations?  Or thank you?  I'm not sure.  I guess the point of this post is that you may have girlcrush picspams to look forward to.  That or a lengthy and very angry dissection of The Golden Compass movie.
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
So, here's a meme that I got from [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero .  I put my iTunes on shuffle and wrote down the first lines of the first twenty songs that came up.  Your job is to guess the song & artist!  I expect some of these to go un-guessed, but I'd be curious to see if anyone can get them. 

ETA: I put the answers in white text so if you want to see, you can highlight them.

twenty songs )
Also I went to the midnight screening of HP7, yes I did.  It was good.  Really good, actually.  And I never say that about this franchise.  Also there was a fistfight right in front of me in the line.  Fun times!
shah_of_blah: (bees!)
oh my god )

I always need extended recovery time after this show.
shah_of_blah: (river)
Meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero  and a bunch of other people.  Since I am narcissistic enough to write fic commentaries, there is no way I could resist this.  I love talking about writing.  You can even ask me about my original fiction if you want.

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" or "Tell me about Character A?" That isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if that's right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun than work.

Ask me questions!

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz; is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.


Also, I just edited the text of the meme...I don't know what that says about me.
shah_of_blah: (k/l res ship)
My [livejournal.com profile] intoabar  fic!  This is completely unbetaed.  Also surprisingly maudlin.  I'm not British, so if anyone notices mistakes in Jackie's speech, please let me know.  Title is from a line in Richard Thompson's beautiful "Waltzing's for Dreamers."

And we'll drink out old memories and we'll drink in the dawn.
-Richard Thompson, Waltzing's for Dreamers


Title: Drink in the Dawn
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shah_of_blah 
Prompt: Kara Thrace walks into a bar and meets…Jackie Tyler!
Fandoms: Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who
Word Count: ~1100
Rating: PG
Warnings: No warnings needed.
Disclaimer: not mine, not for profit.
Characters/Pairings: Kara, Jackie, mentions of Kara/Lee
Summary: Kara really tries not to be approachable, tries not to look like anybody’s frakking shrink. So why is this woman practically crying on her shoulder?
AN: AU for the end of BSG.  No spoilers for anything.

Drink in the Dawn )
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
Oh Glee.  I don't know how to deal with you )


In other news, I have spent the last couple of days reading trashy BtVS all-human AUs.  Yeah, I don't know either.
shah_of_blah: (wolv eep)
Oh flist, I want to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] pilots_presents , I really do...but that December 5th deadline is far too close for comfort.  I know, I know, I'd have a whole month to write 1000 words.  But I'm already in a mild state of panic over my [livejournal.com profile] intoabar  fic which is due in, oh, less than a week.  And I am constantly behind on my thesis project.  So much writing.  No time for fanfiction.  But...it would be so fun!

*is wracked with indecision*

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