Chapter Five of Monster in Her Man , Chapter Thirty Six of In Hell's Wake , Chapter Sixteen of A Different Path and Chapter Twenty Two of Some Kind of Wonderful by salustra.
Spike icons by comlodge.
The LATimes talks to Rebekah Isaacs about Season Ten.
We also forgot that Tuesday was Mardi Gras, and apparently San Diego REALLY loves Mardi Gras, so... that was interesting. Certain coworkers of mine now refer to me as "Princess."
ANYWAY. Let me know if I missed anything awesome on the interwebs. Now I'm back and have oodles and oodles of links that you've probably already seen. Separated into categories for easier organization.
Oscar stuff first:
* Lupita Nyong'o gave an amazing speech about beauty and skin color, and then continued her flawlessness with her acceptance speech. Plus, visual proof that she can (and does) rock any color dress.
* Anna Kendrick kept a diary of her Oscar weekend.
* An interview with an Oscar seat-filler reveals what goes on behind the cameras.
* Ellen interviewed the winners on her show. Here's Cate Blanchett and Lupita part 1 and part 2. The pizza delivery guy also went on Ellen to collect his tip.
* Tired of Frozen's Oscar-winning song, "Let It Go"? Then this is the parody for you.
* Ground Floor has been renewed for a second season, while The Mindy Project has been renewed for a third.
* Community's Joel McHale and Jim Rash take on True Detective.
* FML. I thought I was done with HIMYM, but now Krysta Rodriguez is starring in the spin-off, which means I'm gonna have to watch it.
* Julia Stiles has a new legal drama coming to TNT.
* John Oliver's new HBO show, Last Week Tonight, has a trailer.
* Emmy Rossum talks about season 4 of Shameless, which has been fantastic.
* I'm all for Chris Evans pursuing more directing gigs, but I hope he finds projects he can also star in, because otherwise I'd miss him as an actor.
* Speaking of, OMG this Captain America: The Winter Soldier clip! My bb! \o/ Plus, here's two new ads with new footage, and some speculation about the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and therefore Agents of...) in the MCU.
* Scarlett Johansson is pregnant, which will almost certainly impact filming for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
* Other Age of Ultron news: Marvel is locking in Thomas Kretschmann, who will appear as Baron von Strucker in AoU, in case they want to use him again, and adding Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun to the cast, in a yet to be announced supporting role.
* Not really a link, but I finally saw Thor: The Dark World. I don't have much to say about it because, other than Thor and Loki being adorably brotherly, I don't really have ~feels? Thor is probably the least interesting Avenger to me, Thor/Jane does nothing for me, and I'm mostly in it for the supporting characters, so as long as there's enough laughs, I don't mind that the plot's a bit of a mess. But yay for Zachary Levi joining the MCU!
* Marvel is airing a one-hour special on ABC about... themselves, basically. It's a one-hour commercial for their TV show and the 3 new movies coming out in the next year and a half. Which I will watch because I am a sucker for new footage.
Movie, musical, and movie musical stuff:
* Veronica Mars has been added to the Kindle Worlds legal fanfiction list. Plus, lots of photos from the movie (one week, you guys!). You can actually watch the first two minutes of the movie, but before you get excited, it's basically a "previously on" summary of the TV series.
* Steven Spielberg wants to remake West Side Story. I know people get tetchy about remaking classics, but maybe this time they'll cast lead actors who can actually sing?
* Speaking of movie musical remakes, Quvenzhane Wallis is freakin' adorable in the trailer for the new Annie.
* Into the Woods is getting an off-Broadway revival. Not sure how I feel about this "stripped-down" version.
But in the meantime, FIC. All of these are at least nominally non-AU, in the sense that the characters still play hockey, but then there might also be soulbonding or a green card marriage or a ficus plant. Fidelity to actual observed RL personalities is loose at best, with a strong but questionably accurate trend towards space toaster Sidney Crosby and imperturbable sweetheart Geno Malkin. Since that is a combination I find appealing, I am not much fussed about accuracy. :D
NB that many of these are locked for AO3 users only, so be sure you sign in first.
( AU-ish Sidney Crosby/Geno Malkin )
( less AU-ish Sid/Geno )
( other pairings )
Mirrored from Twisting Vines.
Twisted Boulevard, the urban fantasy anthology from Elektrik Milk Bath Press in which I have a story, is now available. They will do international shipping there, but it should also be available from Amazon UK in a week or so. (For some reason there is always a delay, apparently.)
I am looking forward to receiving my own copy soon and getting to read the other stories.
(In unrelated news, I really wish I knew why my laptop was running quite so slowly. It is most annoying.)
commodorified: Ooo err posh
If anyone's interested, it's one of the jasmines I was babbling at kaberett about:
The bloke just got a new chip-based humidity sensor. Being the mature, experienced researcher that I am, I suggested that he test it
by breathing on it.
by sticking it up his nose.
by putting it down his trousers.
I encountered a problem with some data yesterday. The amount of time I allocated to attempting to fix it was
as much time as I needed to complete it
the length of the Series 5 DVD of "Red Dwarf"
Chapter Thirteen of Best Laid Plans by forsaken2003.
Chapter Three of Pieces of a Puzzle by lusciousxander.
Chapter Three of Despair and Delight by salustra.
Fred icons by spikesredqueen.
TotalFilm includes Oz, Lilah, Darla, Drusilla, Wesley, Buffy, Andrew, Willow, Xander, Lorne, Faith, Cordelia, Spike, Anya, Fred in their "20 Greatest Joss Whedon Characters". "You go to a Halloween party, make all the effort of hiring an extravagant costume and slathering yourself in make-up. Then Oz (Seth Green) turns up in his regular clothes and an unobtrusive name sticker that simply reads: 'God.'...At first a somewhat forgettable B-character in a suit who crops up in Angel's first season, Lilah soon transforms into one of the show's greatest she-bitches - always ready with a tart put-down, she's a Machiavellian schemer who does her own thing (when she's not answering to the suits upstairs, of course)...She's the perfect mirror to Buffy, herself a convention-flouting blonde bombshell, though with a very different agenda. (Darla also helps to establish that Angel very much has a type.)...Like a bat out of hell, Drusilla (Juliet Landau) descended on Buffy season two with her own very special brand of cuckoo. She's just the kind of nuts that Whedon does so well. A total conundrum, she's alternately innocent, childlike, deadly and demonic...If we'd told you when Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof) first wafted onto the scene in Buffy's third season that he'd become one of the darkest, most captivating anti-heroes in the Whedonverse, you'd probably have laughed in our face...Charged with fighting monsters as a teenager, she goes through all the trials that most young people face (college, first jobs, first loves, deaths in the family), always with a quick one-liner and a stake at the ready. It's her journey that we go on for seven years, and what a journey it is...His defining moment (aside from getting beaten up by Anya) comes in 'Storyteller', in which we see the movements of Buffy and her friends through Andrew's fanciful eyes...Of all the characters on Buffy, it's perhaps Willow who develops the most over the show's seven seasons. Initially an awkward nerd, she graduates literally and metaphorically when she becomes interested in magic - which turns out to be an extended metaphor for homosexuality (and, later, less cleverly, drug addition, but we'll ignore that)...Though he's rarely at the centre of the story, season three episode 'The Zeppo' was a master class in alt-POV storytelling - while Buffy and co fight the apocalypse, Xander's got his own non-end-of-the-world problems to contend with...When he's not interfering with Angel's broody schtick by referring to him as "angel cakes" and "angel face", Lorne (otherwise known as 'The Host'), quickly turns into a valuable ally - not least because he has a direct line to the Powers. Also, he's fabulous...Initially conceived of as a dark slayer yin to Buffy's bubbly slayer yang, Faith (Eliza Dushku) is like the awesome older sister you're probably glad you never had - dark, dangerous, rule-trashing, tough as nails, always ready for a fight - and yes, she's smoking hot, to boot...Entertainingly snippy but dismissable in early seasons of Buffy as a prom queen with pointier fangs than most vampires, Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) was granted unexpected depth by Whedon and his writers over the course of her time on Buffy...Spike's an infinitely more interesting vampire than wet-blanket Angel (even Angelus can't hold a flame to him). He's killed two Slayers in his time, he's named after a railroad spike and his style icon is Billy Idol...Frank to the max, Anya's everything you'd expect an ex-demon to be - cynical, obsessed with money and sex, and hopelessly confounded at every turn by the weirdness that is humanity...By the end of her first season (Angel's third), though, Fred's proved she's vital to Angel Investigations. Not only does she boast an intellect to rival even Wesley's, she's also the sweetest thing you ever did see.
WhatCulture lists "10 Things Angel Did Better Than Any Other Show".
HuffingtonPost talks to SMG. And how the cast keeps in touch .
( Road closed. )
Crossposted from my Livejournal.
So those are my,
So, yesterday, the new projector arrived and Rackham cobbled everything together and set it up on a stool to give it a test run. And it. Was. AWESOME. And, of course, we had only one choice for the first movie to play on the new theater system...
( A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... )
So, yes, we're a bit excited... this is the sort of thing that I don't think we would have ever thought to do on our own, but since the screen was already set up, it was too much to resist! And you can tell how excited I am, because I'm going to inflict more photos one you.
( Rackham standing next to the screen in the dark. )
And something Rackham has been positively itching to do... ( Play Xbox on the big screen. )
I still need to see about getting some footage of it, but Zoë (our cat who already likes watching television) is absolutely riveted by the big screen... she would even start walking toward people on the screen when they appeared and then stop, sort of puzzled. It was really funny! I think the size of things is really confusing her.
Crossposted from my Livejournal.
( We certainly could have never done something like this! )
Crossposted from my Livejournal.
( Traffic camera photo from this morning, under the cut. )
That's not a river next to the roadway... those are flood waters this morning, which is why I'm really glad we live on the west side... not nearly as likely to get cut off from the rest of the world!
( Rain-drenched Valley. )
Crossposted from my Livejournal
Mirrored from Twisting Vines.
My forest garden is really more of a forest fence, but nevertheless, over the winter I have started planting up. At a workshop recently someone mentioned that you should try to get a photo from the same place once or twice a year as your garden develops, so here is my first one:
Very far right, in shade, is a blackcurrant bush with some daffodils by it, and to the left of that, a space where I will plant tomatoes in pots again this year as they did very well last year. (Not really part of the ‘forest’.)
In the bed right of middle, I’ve planted a fig tree against the fence, in a paving-slab box. There’s some volunteer parsley in that bed too, and some ground cover strawberries. I’m planning to plant some fennel, chard, and perhaps Good King Henry in there later this month as a herbaceous layer; and probably some rocket will show up as it does everywhere else. I may well train the fig against the fence, which is a bit against the forest garden theory but more practical in this tiny space.
The left-hand bed has a grape vine, which I will train up the fence and over to the left. There’s also a Daubenton’s Kale (looking a bit toppled-over; it seems taller than the one I have had before but we’ll see how it does), some chard and rocket, and I’ve moved my thyme in there. I’m considering moving some of the other perennial herbs in there too.
Then looking left again there are the herb pots; and since taking that photo earlier in the week, I’ve moved the mini greenhouse again so it too is against the fence. I planted a dwarf cherry tree in a pot against the fence at the other side, and an autumn olive at the shady end of the garden, so there are lots of things to keep an eye on this year. I’ll take another photo like this in late summer to see how it’s all looking.
[Humuhumu looking particularly intelligent in the garden of the Victoria & Albert Museum.]
Three weeks ago (which now feels like a lifetime ago), Humuhumu and I went to London to spend a few days exploring.
We started off our exploration with a trip to Accident & Emergency at West Middlesex Hospital. As you can imagine, this was not part of our original plan. We managed to get through our four-hour journey from rural Worcestershire with minimal fuss, although Humuhumu was a little under the weather and had a slight temperature.
By the time we arrived at our friends' house and had some food, she had decided she was really finished with everything. I went to put her in the bath and discovered she had a full-body rash. I tried to put her in the bath. Cue top-of-lungs screaming. I phoned NHS Direct. Since we weren't at home, they sent us to the hospital.
I suspect that by the time the taxi arrived, the Calpol had kicked in and she was over it. But we proceeded to A&E regardless.
If you were to organise a tour of London, you probably wouldn't start with A&E. As far as I could work out, there were three types of people there.
- Very young children in various stages of meltdown.
- People who looked as though they were really not in a good way in life generally and were likely regular visitors, if not inhabitants, of A&E.
Humuhumu, by this time, had recovered her good humour and was attempting to charm people with smiles and chuckles.
Her success rate was low.
We were called to see the Rapid Response doctor quite quickly (within half an hour of arrival). He peered at Humuhumu, who submitted to his examination calmly, and concluded that she had a rash and a cold. (Yes. Yes indeed.) He gave us antihistamines and told me to give them to her for the rest of the week.
My little drama queen and I went home.
Despite the inauspicious beginning, the rest of our week went rather wonderfully. We spent time with owlfish and her Grouting, who is a few months older than Humuhumu, at the V&A, exploring an art installation in the garden. We saw caulkhead for lunch and foxfinial at the Tate Britain, where we all had to restrain ourselves desperately from touching the Henry Moores and the Barbara Hepworths. We went to the Science Museum with the other parents and children from our lab and had lunch with our labmates. And we spent time with our gracious hosts and their Minions.
( V&A garden, Vauxhall Bridge, Minions )
A Powerful Requiem , Cordelia/Angel by katleept.
Mother Dearest , Spike/Xander by forsaken2003.
Run For Your Life , Giles/Xander by il_mio_capitano.
Love Song for a Vampire (The Other Side), BtVS/Teen Wolf crossover by skargasm.
DenOfGeek visits the cast of AtS ten years later.
Crossposted from my Livejournal.
Crossposted from my Livejournal
( Thursday, 27 February - Cool Treehouse )
Crossposted from my Livejournal.
• What are you currently reading?
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and it's not hitting me on the same level of "wonderful surprise" that the previous book did -- it reads more like a conventional fantasy quest story -- but I'm still enjoying the story and the characters a lot. Particularly Emma (because when could I resist a character with fire-based superpowers, esp when they're a take-no-shit teenage girl), and Bronwyn the gentle giant, but I also enjoy Jacob as a male narrator who really has no interest in being tough or cool and doesn't mind taking orders from awesome ladies with fire-based superpowers.
I've also started Cress by Marissa Meyer, the sequel to Cinder and Scarlet. These are really ambitious books -- juggling A LOT of characters and storylines and world-building concepts as well as being fairy tale retellings. I'm not sure MM's storytelling really lives up to the ambition at this point in her career, but I do enjoy the character dynamics, and, well, seriously, there's a handsome space pirate named Carswell Thorne whose opinion of himself far outstrips his actual abilities; there is nothing about this that I don't love. Also, I'm pleased that I called the fairytale being riffed on a long time ago, based on the title and a couple of clues within the earlier books.
Since I decided to go to WisCon, I've been juggling my reading list to try to get in more SFF/ Tiptree-long-list type books. So I've started Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I'm not really far enough in to know what I think of it, and while I know the basic concepts (the narrator has no concept of gender and is also a sentient spaceship posing as a human???) I don't actually understand how this works yet. I'm certainly curious, though.
• What did you recently finish reading?
Queen Isabella by Alison Weir. I've discussed this a few times so I'll just C&P my final review from GoodReads: 'A pretty juicy story -- at times got a little drone-y about who was staying at what castle when but then there would be another execution, invasion, or assassination. Weir goes all in for some conspiracy theories on what comes across as scant evidence (I might buy Edward II escaping his captors but I have a harder time with him settling into a life of contemplation before an emotional reunion with his son). Still, lots of good stuff, though I'm pretty sure every major player in this story was a terrible person.'
Something Red by Douglas Nicholas. This medieval historical fantasy mashup is SLOOW (until it gets really hectic), and has a lot of what a friend I took writing workshops with used to call "gratuitous landscape." That said, the world of the book feels really lived-in, and the characters are well-drawn. The best nutshell description I can give is that if you've ever read the prologue to one of the Song of Ice and Fire books and wished the whole book was about those minor characters -- this is that book. Only, let's be real, with better writing.
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I just went to a bookstore event for Bruce Holsinger and bought A Burnable Book, which is a historical mystery set during the reign of Richard II and featuring poet/friend of Chaucer John Gower as the sleuth. I haven't read any of it yet but word of mouth is good and, well, I'm obviously in a medieval mood. Then to tackle more of my pre-WisCon reading list; I want to read N.K. Jemisin's Dreamblood books, and well -- you know there's a list.
Chapter Twelve of Best Laid Plans by forsaken2003.
Chapter Four of Monster in Her Man , Chapter Two of Despair and Delight and Chapter Thirty Four of In Hell's Wake by salustra.
ms_scarletibis is seeking a meta website .
Spike/Buffy video , thanks to eilowyn for the link.
Buffy banner by comlodge.
DenOfGeek talks folk and fairy tales as told by AtS.
ComicBookResources previews Angel & Faith, Season Ten, Issue No. One .
Vote for your favorite vampire slayer.
Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, who writes Afterlife with Archie, has just been promoted to Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics. Apparently this is a new position created for him as Archie Comics continues to expand its interests in all sorts of interesting directions. There's an interview with Aguirre-Sacasa and co-CEO Jon Goldwater here, which has a fair bit of corporatespeak but also a nice summary of the different things they've been doing lately.
I'm particularly fascinated with their explicit interest in creating Archie AUs:
Given what we've seen from Archie in the last few years, and "Afterlife" being as far as things have been pushed so far, do you think there's a lot of room to further challenge the perception of what people expect from Archie?
Goldwater: Yes. As long as the story is a great story, and you're not changing the essence of who the characters are, I think people will not just accept it, I think people are incredibly interested in Archie being put in different types of incarnations, whatever they may be. As long as Archie's Archie, and the gang are who they are, whatever the setting is around them, I think people are really interested in that kind of situation.
Aguirre-Sacasa: I completely agree. The monthly "Life with Archie" -- I think people love seeing those twin storylines develop. That's now been going 35 issues. People love it. "Betty and Veronica" -- the brilliant Dan Parent did a great run of stories [last year] in a fairy tale setting. I think people love seeing these characters in different environments. It feels a little more fresh, it feels a little more contemporary, it feels like it's in dialogue with the rest of culture. Do I think there could be a "Game of Thrones" version of Archie and his gang? Absolutely.
Obviously such things have been around for ages; there's a futuristic Archie-in-space setting that turns up in reprint digests sometimes, there's the one with the time-travel agents, there's the crossover where the Archie gang met The Punisher (I am not even kidding). Still. I approve of the new wave of weird stuff. Although probably I still will not get my a/b/o AU.
In 2001, with the United States coopting Tolkien's rhetoric of dark and light and moral war to justify casually stupid militarism - at the start of what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought, one of the longest wars of the modern era - they took Tolkien's peacenik epic and retold it to emphasize and valorize violence. And admittedly Peej isn't American, but a lot of the project, including a lot of the money, came from either the US or Great Britain, who were allied with the US at the time in the famous "Coalition of the Willing." So I'm not sure the films' Kiwitude can excuse them from this one.
They "empowered" characters by giving them more violence to do, as in the case of Arwen. They recut and rebalanced Tolkien's multiple interwoven narratives to give more heft to Aragorn's military prowess and to minimize the intensity of Frodo's long slow sad story of grinding pain and unendurable pressure, endurance beyond hope. They erased both the story of the scouring of the Shire, which brings home the aftermath of war and shows its price on a more intimate scale, and the story of Frodo's shellshock, which he never really recovers from - the price on the internal scale, the price to the soul. They bring war back home with them. Merry argues for its necessity; Frodo stays "shocked and sad."
‘But,’ said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, ‘I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire, too, for years and years, after all you have done.’
‘So I thought too, once. But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.
Sam But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo ... and it's worth fighting for.
... I'm not at all sure that those two passages are from the same story. Not deep down where it counts. For one thing the relationship between the characters totally reverses, from Tolkien's naive Sam who hopes beyond reason and worldweary Frodo who always knew just how much he was losing to Jackson's butch assertive Sam and passive unthinking blank slate Frodo, who is merciful to Gollum because Gandalf told him to be more than out of any considered personal conviction. But also - there's a difference between book!Frodo's "give them up" and movie!Sam's "worth fighting for," although battle is certainly one of Tolkien's recognized modes of self-sacrifice. But the one emphasizes the omnipresence of the cost of war while the other doesn't mention it - apparently once you figure out that there's "some good in this world" you become the equal to any task, no matter how impossible, and of course as the films demonstrate the wages of fighting is glory: the only one who visibly pays is Frodo, and even in his case going to the Grey Havens seems kind of like a trip to Disneyland. Eowyn's choice to ride to battle loses a lot of its unhealthy/suicidal undertones, and her choice to turn away from violence in the Houses of the Healing is omitted. Both Merry's and Pippin's battle traumas are skimmed over; the psychological aspects of Merry's hurt after the Pelennor is disappeared altogether. Back in the Shire, before he sails, Frodo seems physically pained rather than shellshocked; and I'm using that word rather than PTSD for a reason, because Middle Earth came into being while Tolkien was resting in a field hospital after the Battle of the Somme and is fundamentally bound to World War I because of it.
And just as I am filled with rage and bitterness that Dubya is in art galleries rather than in chains at his own trial in the Hague, so too I find myself unwilling to happily accept the place that the Lord of the Rings has come to inhabit in sff pop culture since the films came out: elegant but somehow George-Lucas-esque pieces, real pretty and with some totally cool bits, some strong female characters and some stirring speeches about hope and change, and underneath it all an incoherent attraction to violence, callousness, hierarchy. A New Hope ends with that bizarre visual Nazi reference, The Return of the King with some pretty frank and unreconstructed monarchalism. Not to mention the pervasive racism of the orcs, the nastiness of the Haradrim, the general failure to imagine a diverse world. That last is, yes, also a failing of Tolkien's, and certainly you can find nastinesses he's said, but the business with the orcs at least isn't a failing of the text's.
First a dislaimer that I have absolutely no opions on who should win, because of all the movies nominated, I've only seen Despicable Me 2, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa. True cinephile, I know.
Ellen was so cute, although I had completely forgotten that she'd already hosted the awards once... Looking at Wiki, I can't actually remember that year's show at all. Did I even watch it? Why wouldn't I have watched it?
I couldn't fail to notice that there were whopping six women in the movie heroes montage... The superhero montage had did a bit better with nine.
LOL at the announcer totally butchering the name of Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa (and the names of the writer and the producer) when the short film nominations were introduced :D If I didn't know what she was trying to say, I wouldn't have recognised it as Finnish. Seriously, people, it's not that hard - the movie's name is pronounced exactly as it's written ;)
(My only dress-related comment for the night: One of the Finnish nominees' dresses (the yellow one) was designed by the winner of Finnish Project Runway, whose brother and sister both won medals at Sochi.)
Is it just me, or do the foreign language films always seem more interesting than the actual best picture nominees?
The best song is the only category where I can actually have an opinion, and I think my favourite was either Pharrell Williams or U2, and I do not understand the love for the Frozen song.
In all, much better than last year. Then again, three hours of noise would probably have been more interesting that last year's show.
eta: C'mon, people! Did no-one watch the Oscars? I just checked my f-lists and not one single post about the awards? I want to talk about this stuff!
First of all, thanks for signing up! I'm glad we matched, because that means we like some awesome ladies in common. Please write whatever you're inspired to write.
General likes (cut and pasted from the past couple years): Highly competent ladies combining their skills and being awesome together. Don't feel pressured to write something with an elaborate plot (though that would be awesome!) Banter between the ladies while the action goes on around them is just as welcome. Conflict is welcome, too. I hate the cliche that women are always at odds with each other/fighting over men, etc. However, I am happy to see female characters work through conflicts that are important to them and come to their own kind of resolution.
General avoids: Some of the characters I've picked have less-than-happy endings in canon, and I'd rather not have stories that are exclusively about other people being sad after their deaths. You don't have to avoid references to tragic endings in the story but I prefer the majority of the story to be about the characters while they are alive.
( Canon specifics for Fullmetal Alchemist, James Bond (Craig movies), Homicide: Life on the Street, Justified, and Six Feet Under )
And that should cover it! I love this exchange and the chance to request some of these longtime favorite fandoms.
In other news, things I have learned about hockey RPF:
* Food is really, really important. No fic is complete without a scene of food porn. And by that I mean people cooking and eating and moaning over food, not, like, applying it to their bodies for someone to lick off.
* The only thing more important than food is pining. SO MUCH PINING. ALL THE PINING.
* Native Russian speakers are allergic to articles, definite or indefinite. They're also fond of speaking in third person about the person to whom they are speaking at the time.
* A chirp is a kind of insult among hockey players, which leads to a lot of mental images of a lot of big rugged athletes twittering at one another.
* Hockey fandom is apparently uninterested in h/c as a genre, which surprises me given how often the fics circle around players being injured (partly because it saves the authors from having to write any actual hockey, and partly because apparently this particular duo has spent a lot of their respective careers being seriously injured).