shah_of_blah: (pilots)
Remix fics have been revealed, which means I get to claim my fic!  It amused me greatly to look at people's guesses from the poll.  I am apparently a tad transparent.  Anyhoo.  Enough chit-chat.

Title: Last Rites (The Coin for Charon Remix)
Summary: Kara pays her respects.
Characters: Kara, Lee
Pairings: Gen
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Word Count: ~3000
Disclaimer: I do not own BSG, nor do I own the original story.
Title, Author, and URL of original story: Offering by [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns .
Beta: Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] kag523 !


Kara pays her respects )


Also posted here on [livejournal.com profile] bsg_remix .
shah_of_blah: (doctor who)
I have too much work to do and I need distractions to keep me sane.  So you are getting a meme, swiped from [livejournal.com profile] sci_fi_shipper .

Pick your five favourite tv shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions about them. don't cheat!

1. Buffy
2. Firefly
3. Battlestar Galactica
4. Community
5. Doctor Who

meme-age )

Fic rec!

Apr. 7th, 2011 01:37 pm
shah_of_blah: (kara sunshine)
You guys!  Someone remixed my silly little Kara-takes-ballet fic!  And it's awesome.  So run (do not walk) over to [livejournal.com profile] bsg_remix  and read Storm the Court (Touch of Grace Remix).  I have not read all of the fics that have been posted yet, but I've thoroughly enjoyed all of the ones that I have seen.  One of my favorite things about the remix is how it really gets people reading and commenting on work that they might not have read otherwise either because it wasn't about their favorite characters/pairings or because they didn't know the author (I'm definitely guilty of this in my little Kara-corner).  Also, I had so much fun doing yesterday's [livejournal.com profile] the_wireless  update because there was so much fic!  And it wasn't all A/R!

I made a dreamwidth (same username) just for safe keeping (even though I have multiple backups of all my fic, I'm a crazy egotistical person who likes re-reading posts and comments).  I don't plan on posting over there (ever) though, so don't worry about me abandoning you all for another site.  
shah_of_blah: (kara sunshine)
This is completely out of the blue and may not interest you at all, but I wanted to share the incredible news--I'm not angry about BSG anymore!  I mean yeah, I'm still uber-critical of seasons 3 and 4 and that whole destiny thing, but that's okay.  I'm uber-critical of lots of things that I love (*coughdoctorwhocough*).  But in recent weeks, I have been filled with an overwhelming desire to rewatch EVERYTHING.  I think it all started when I read RDM's show bible and caught a case of nostalgia.  Even more than that, though, I am just filled with incredible affection for this show.  You know how I know?  Because a few weeks back, I read this list of the Top 50 Science Fiction Television Shows of All Time and I actually agreed with their assessment of BSG!  (Not that I agree with that list in its entirety--for one thing, Farscape is shockingly absent)

Anyway, yeah, just wanted to share.  I'm over my finale rage!  Two years after the fact.  Yay me.  I might even, dare I say it, be getting my squee back.  

P.S. I cannot wait for [livejournal.com profile] bsg_remix  to start posting!


This post brought to you by me putting off all the stuff I really ought to be doing.
shah_of_blah: (river)
I made my first post as the new mod for [livejournal.com profile] the_wireless .  So, you know...there's that.  Fun times.

To cheer myself up, I have been watching The IT Crowd in my copious amounts of free time.  I have to tell you, flist, Moss is my hero.  The s4 episode "Final Countdown" made me ridiculously happy.  ETA: I am watching the next episode and OMG Roy is wearing a Dinosaur Comics t-shirt!  I'm so proud of myself for knowing what one of his t-shirts was about.

Other things making this shitty week less shitty:
-Rewatching all of the Game of Thrones promos and wishing it were April 17 already.
-The knowledge that Community and Parks and Recreation have both been renewed!
-Katee accidentally starting a #thingsstarbuckwouldntsay meme on twitter.  "Oh, Baltar!"  Hahaha.  (Not that I am on twitter.  I just engage in some harmless Katee Sackhoff stalking.  Like you do.)
-This music video: She Don't Like Firefly.  My version would be "He Didn't Like Chiwetel Ejiofor's Performance in Serenity" or something like that.  True story.

P.S. [livejournal.com profile] help_japan  auctions are still going on (and my thread is here)!
shah_of_blah: (bad horse)
Three memes snagged from [livejournal.com profile] daybreak777 :

books )

movies )

And lastly, a fic meme!

If you had to delete all but five of your stories, which five would you keep and why? (Or ten if you prolific)

The Breath Between: I worked frakking hard on this one.  For a long frakking time.  It's my longest completed bsg fic to date, and I'm quite proud of it, so yeah, I'd keep it! 

Portraits: My ode to Kara Thrace.  I feel like this piece says more than the majority of my other fics.  And it's got mythology!  I could never throw this one away, not when it's all about how awesome my girl is.

The Disappearing Ground: Well.  Yeah.  This one isn't perfect (none of them are, obviously, but there's one huge glaring flaw in this one that I long to fix every time I reread it).  Still, I wrote it because I really needed to, and I'm very attached to it.  The last two lines might be the best thing I've ever written.

Say Anything At All: Five times Kara said something she didn't mean to say (but not necessarily something she didn't mean).  This is just my big ol' gen Kara fic that's actually a bit shippy, but you know.  From childhood to 4.5.  It was a lot of fun to write, and yeah, I'm proud of it.

Five Times Kara Told Someone She Missed Them: Like Portraits, I think of this story as trying to say something, which might be a bit surprising given the brevity and the format.  Five short scenes that illustrate Kara's evolution over the years through the way she relates to others.
shah_of_blah: (kara occupation)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] twelve_colonies ; the challenge was to write something under 500 words from the prompt "white snow."

Title: As the Driven Snow
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: not mine
Characters: Kara, Leoben
Summary: Sometimes it struck her anew, the falseness of this.

Kara woke on New Caprica... )
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: (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: (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: (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: (kara sunshine)
I wrote this the other day when [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero  asked for kidfic about a snow day on [livejournal.com profile] no_takebacks .  Reposting for archiving purposes.

Title: Snow Day
Rating: G (seriously)
Disclaimer: not mine.
Characters: Kara, Lee, Zak
Word Count: 729
AN: This is 100% self-indulgent, un-beta'd fluff, and it is not meant to be taken seriously.
Summary: Teenage Kara and Lee frolic in the snow.

The hill behind Lee's house is perfect for sledding )
shah_of_blah: (k/l res ship)
This is for [livejournal.com profile] stripes13  pretty much, since I don't think anyone else cares about my crack crossover thing that I will probably never actually write.  That's okay!  I just like to talk about things.  Anyway, today I want to talk about The Amber Spyglass.  I had a very strange and not altogether good day for many reasons, but one of those reasons was that I read the end of The Amber Spyglass just before going to class where I knew I would be expected to speak articulately about it (yes, I have a class about His Dark Materials--it's about Paradise Lost and Philip Pullman and other "visions and revisions of the Fall" which is perfect for me because I love Paradise Lost and His Dark Materials).  Anyway, er, got a bit off track there.  So as some of you may recall, I once wrote a post about how The Amber Spyglass makes me cry.  This morning I was actually holding it together pretty well and I thought I might make it through--but alas, I soon found myself hunched over my kitchen table, sobbing and wiping away tears with a napkin.  And hoping that none of my housemates came in because I didn't want to explain why I was crying.  Also I had to pull myself together before I got to class.  

But anyway, the point of this is that I just read the end of His Dark Materials and Book III has a perfect record for making me cry only this time I was applying it to Lee and Kara too.  And I'm about to reproduce the relevant section below, so spoilers for the end of His Dark Materials, obviously )

Bonus: here's something I wrote in my class notes today.  It amuses me, and perhaps it will amuse you too.  Lyra vs. Will and doing what they're told--if Lyra trusts you, she'll do anything for you, jump a raider back to Caprica or assassinate her CO, but Will will (ha) only ever follow himself.  Or Lyra.  No one else.  He'll mutiny at inappropriate times but he'll always have her back.  (okay, I didn't write that last sentence but I was totally thinking it)
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
How's that for a title?

I. I had almost given up on Farscape.  I was a couple discs into season two, but I hadn't been watching it recently.  Too distracted by life, current tv, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and also 30 Rock (I'm only two seasons behind).  I liked Aeryn, and John, and Chiana and Zhaan but the show was boring me.  And then, just randomly, I returned to Farscape yesterday...and dammit, they've sucked me in again!  The episode was "Out of Their Minds" and it was just so fun and cute.  Dammit.  I just...I get so tired of these problem-of-the-week episodes, and their bad guys are seriously boring.  And I can forgive that stuff in the first season but so far there's no sign of a genuine arc and it's just...well, now I'm watching Farscape again, but for how long?  Will I make it to the end of this season?  Or will I lose interest again?  I do not know.

II. spoilers for Chuck )

III. A meme from emmiere:
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter. (If you ask)
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

Love is a Hard Waltz by Nanci Griffith
Like a River by Kasey Chambers
Latika's Theme by AR Rahmann
Let It Blow by Richard Thompson
Little Rock & Roller by Steve Earle

IV. In case you haven't been listening to me ramble about it in the last couple of weeks, I've been re-reading His Dark Materials with BSG in mind.  the Grumman problem )
shah_of_blah: (kara sunshine)
I am ridiculously enamored with my imaginary BSG/HDM crossover thing.  I mean, sometimes it's just too good.  Take this moment from the end of The Golden Compass for example, when the children are running from Bolvangar:

Thick clouds obscured the sky, so there was neither moon nor Northern Lights; but by peering closely, the children could make out the deep trail Iorek Byrnison had plowed in the snow.  Lyra encouraged, bullied, hit, half-carried, swore at, pushed, dragged, lifted tenderly, wherever it was needed, and Pantalaimon (by the state of each child's daemon) told her what was needed in each case.

I'll get them there, she kept saying to herself.  I come here to get 'em and I'll bloody get 'em.


Sound familiar?

Anyway, Buffy meme:
Day 10: Least Favorite Season

By process of elimination, essentially, it's season 1.  Everything just doesn't quite 'click' in the beginning.  I elaborated on it more here on Critically Obsessed.

Day 11: Least Favorite Romance

I can't say I ever cared very much about Xander/Cordy.  It's fun and all that, but I always laugh when I see fanfic and stuff wherein they realize that it's True Love and Happily Ever After and all that.  Just no.

Day 12: Least Favorite Episode

Where the Wild Things Are.  No question.  It's soooo bad.  Although I do enjoy these moments, which just goes to show that even the worst episode of this show has some good stuff:

 
quotes and a clip )

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