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Thoughts about Iron Man 3

I've been meaning to write some thoughts down since I watched Iron Man 3 for the first time--then I decided it was better to just go and see it again so I could really pay attention. And then the next day my friend wanted to go see it, so that happened.

Then I kept getting distracted by gifs on tumblr.

So, without further ado, thoughts! There are many of them. SO MANY.

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Is it weird that I have so many thoughts about a summer superhero movie?

Probably. Oh well.

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Tropes

Okay, you know the trope about the war-hardened soldier who just wants to grow peas/smuggle/drink and get old and definitely doesn't want to go save the world, right? Think Han Solo, or even the Wizard in the new, not-great Oz movie. Or Madmartigan.

That's the trope. Where are the women? I can think of one example (kinda) in a Patricia C. Wrede book (Caught in Crystal, where the main character is sought out because she went on a pretty interesting trip when she was young that seems to have some ramifications in the present.). I'm actually pretty sure there are more, but I'm drawing a blank.

I also looked on TV Tropes, but I don't think I have the right name for the trope--and I'm definitely NOT talking about the Lovable Rogue or The Lancer, although those could be combined with this one.

Halp.

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I almost got mauled by a dog today, and I think it shows how strange I am because I kind of count that as a highlight. I mean, if I'd actually gotten mauled by a dog it would have been terrible, but as it is, I get to count it as a win. "Hey! I didn't get mauled by a dog today! What a fantastic day!"

(Okay, so the actual danger level was very low. There was just a very defensive dog off its leash in the neighborhood and it DID NOT LIKE STRANGE WOMAN IN ITS TERRITORY.)

The rest of the day wasn't bad either. We've been having fabulously warm spring weather the last few days. Sunday was the warmest 3/31 of record. Ever. By something like 6 degrees. I wore a pretty dress and did my hair in a french braid (myself!) and wore makeup and jewelry and sandals and looked TOTALLY cute.

(Best compliment: "I didn't recognize you. You look so beautiful!" This was followed by a horrified look from the complimentor, and I assured her I wouldn't take it amiss.)

Anyway, the weather today was great, and my boss took us all out for lunch and I got to do a fun project and complain about ridiculous form requirements from the home office. YAY.

I also just saw the 100th ep of Castle, which was spoilers!Collapse )

Other things which I am excited about: Iron Man 3. STILL. [personal profile] splash_the_cat has been keeping me extremely squeeful on tumblr by reposting lots of Tony and Pepper gifs. I always want to reblog them and hardly ever do because I'm PRETTY sure I don't have enough unique followers to justify reblogging 8,000,000 Tony/Pepper gifs.

:-)

I'm also re-reading Pride and Prejudice. *happy sighs* I really like how Lizzie doesn't show up as a main character right away--though I think that actually frustrated me when I first tried to read it.

I'm... disappointed that goodreads is being bought by amazon. I don't use it a lot, but I don't really want a one-store platform. Bah.

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Mary Margaret Has Fun Hobbies

1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: I will never quit you. What? THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE EPISODE? That sucks.

2. I am re-watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice. These things might be related.

3. Once Upon a Time! How did you manage to become My New Thing? There is still so much wrong with you. But I apparently don't care.

4. I got spoiled for something related to Iron Man 3. Really, not a Big Thing, but a very fun thing. Oops? There's really no way I could have avoided it, I know. Not unless I cut myself off from all internet-related fun for the next month or so. That wasn't going to happen.

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What's on my mind, what's on your mind?

Below the cut is what I'm watching on TV and what I might like to watch but am not sure about.

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Yes, I know I said I wasn't really fannish about this show. Shut up.

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OUaT: The Queen is Dead

I have realized that I'm quite fannish about certain parts of Once Upon a Time, specifically the Snow White Kicks Ass show. I like the other shows that air alongside that one okay, like the Belle Knows Books Save Lives show and the Mulan Deals with Aurora show and the Hook Wears Eyeliner show.

The only problem is that I'm not a big fan of the Rumpelstiltskin Makes Bad Decisions and Deserves Our Pity show, which seems to be on a lot more than necessary.

But that's okay! I have fannish thoughts about this episode!

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Things that take up time

1. Work. Work. Woooooooork. I stayed late last night and I'm still not exactly caught up. (Close enough, though.)

2. Moving. Oh, ugh. Moving. The actual date is this Saturday. Tomorrow. Yikes. But I am ALMOST ready--I just keep finding more things to worry about. Just last night I remembered two more people who were coming to help, and now I am worried that there will be TOO MANY PEOPLE to help me move and that they will know that I am a ridiculous person who thinks she needs five more people to help move than she does. I just keep telling myself that really I'm just throwing a moving PARTY. My brain seems happier with that idea.

3. Looking for a condo. Apparently you have to spend time researching them and looking at them and thinking about them. Who knew?

4. Preparing for the Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Sunday. Look, I know I'm maybe not evidencing the best judgment by being responsible for a birthday party the day after I move, but your best friend's 30th birthday only comes around once!

5. Posting to LJ. :-)

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Castle: Recoil

Me, as of two minutes ago: ACK! Why is no one talking about last night's Castle yet?!

If anyone responds at all, there will be spoilers in the comments.

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Star Wars Director

It's JJ Abrams.

I really wish I had liked the new Star Trek*, because then I don't think I'd be this conflicted. On the one hand: ALIAS. On the other: Abrams, if you put a giant red ball** into Star Wars I will never forgive you***.

*I have other critiques of it besides "There is no excuse for MINISKIRTS on a space ship," but that might be a thing that constantly annoys me whenever I think about it.

**A small one is, however, allowed. Subtle references are cool. Giant plot anvils are not.

***I probably would, if it were awesome enough.

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Star Door Team One (The Up Goer Five Meme)

Via [personal profile] rydra_wong and [personal profile] executrix: The Up Goer Five meme in which you describe your canon, using only the ten hundred most common words (and their derivatives).

See Up Goer Five and the Up Goer Five Text Editor.

I should probably have done something else, but I couldn't help thinking that Stargate would be delightfully challenging.

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Notes:

1. "Earth" is not allowed. This surprised me.

2. It took me forever to realize that "human" was allowed, so at first I was using "people of the type that live on our ball of ground and water."

3. I'd love to see what other people did for both Stargate and other fandoms.

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1. My roommate and I took an evening journey last Wednesday to the indoor hot tub. Things that made this journey interesting included: Locked and unresponsive gates that should be open, below-freezing temperatures, flip flops, and mud. Thankfully, neither of us lost shoes or toes permanently.

2. I keep having dreams that I'm sure you guys would find hilarious* and then being able to recall anything about them except that fact.

3. I saw Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables on Saturday. I liked them both, and ALMOST made it through Les Mis without crying. SO. CLOSE.

4. I made bread for the first time! Well, bread that wasn't Amish Friendship Bread, anyway. I use the quick no-knead bread recipe. It was easy and it turned out amazing. I may have to start doing that all the time.

5. I watched all of the Golden Globes last night. I don't think I've ever watched all of an awards show before, and I know it was partly because it was on live before primetime. Also partly because of Amy Poehler.

6. Yesterday I drove through a three-block radius in town which had the distinction of being the only place within miles with honest-to-goodness snow. It was almost like some little cloud passed over said, "Oh, bother this," and dumped the load it was carrying before disappearing into the clear blue winter sky.


*Not really. There are a few people who can tell entertaining stories about their dreams. I am not one of them.

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Thursday Theories

I was initially just tickled at the idea of the Hulk REVIEWING MOVIES, but then I saw that there was a link where the Hulk explains Mulholland Drive, which I admit I saw and did not even come close to understanding, even though I would have said that it was an intensely compelling experience.

I read the whole 11,000 word explanation (which is in ALL CAPS, because HULK), thinking to myself how amazing simple it really was and how I could possibly have missed it... but it was the part at the very end that made me write this entry.

The Hulk was defending that there's room for a complex movie like Mulholland Drive to exist, and he made the point that he watches all movies while asking the same questions about character motivations and theme and imagery that Mulholland Drive demands. Sometimes this means that uncomfortable questions about "popcorn" movies come up. I can't tell you the number of times I've been told that I need to "just enjoy" the movie, and not think about everything that is wrong about it. To that idea, the Hulk says this:

THERE IS NO REAL VALIDITY TO "TURNING YOUR BRAIN OFF" ARGUMENT. THAT'S PURELY AN EXCUSE TO GIVE A PASS TO SOMETHING ONE KNOWS IS BAD. AND IT'S AN EVEN BIGGER LIE BECAUSE THE BEST POPCORN MOVIES CAN ACTUALLY TURN YOUR BRAIN ON.

That.

:-)

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You know how you get comfortable somewhere, or with something in your life, and that's when you get the news that you better start preparing yourself for possible change? That's my life right now--both at work, and at home. I don't really have any other details at the moment, so I'm going to be all cryptic here, but my role at work is definitely going to shift a bit (mainly, I think, in good ways), and I may be moving. Maybe. Like, so maybe that I ALMOST don't want to even put it in writing maybe. And if I do, it won't be far.

I decided to try to write at lest 10 minutes every day this year, keeping in mind that sometimes that wouldn't work. So far, I have done it! Over two thousand words on a long, epic Stargate fic that I'm not sure where it's going. I plan to keep poking at it, since that seems to provide opportunities for things to happen.

Also, I mentioned that re-watching Farscape was one of my 2013 goals, and since then I've been plagued by John/Aeryn shippy thoughts as well as the knowledge that trying to watch now would be fatal, as I have no extra time until summer starts. SOON, though. SOON.

P.S. Who else is watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Hmm? Because we're getting to the Good Parts!

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Ow, or, Running Hurts

I started off the year right and decided to try running another mile (my second) on January 1. This despite the fact that the most I'd run since I RAN my mile was a quarter of a mile. I don't mean at once. I mean at all. I mean, it WAS all at once, but... well, you get the point.

But the good news is that I DID run a whole mile. I did!

I'm just paying for it today. Yesterday I felt a bit sore, but not too bad. Today my legs are trying to get me to cry.

Ow.

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Five Lovers Helen Never Took. Sanctuary, Helen/OMC, Helen/OFC, Helen/John, Helen/James, Helen/Nikola.
Close to Perfect. Stargate SG-1, Sam/Jack.
Bedroom Situation. Stargate SG-1, Sam/Jack.
Pairings I have (most likely) not written. Meme responses. Sam/Caldwell, Sam/Rodney, Jack/Janet, GLaDOS/Bird, Darcy/Elizabeth, Hailey/Grogan, Daniel Jackson/Dana Scully.

Okay, yes, there are only four links. That averages out to one each quarter, as long as I include the meme responses. I don't know that I can even pick a favorite, because they are all so precious--not because they are so amazing, but because there are so few of them. It's a scarcity thing. What the Stargate ones show is that I'm still completely obsessed with Sam/Jack, and still have a tendre for the bed-sharing cliche.


Fannish things I did that were not fic
I posted my Super Nostalgic Sam/Jack recs list, which was totally fun and non-comprehensive.
I fell in love with SG-1 all over again.
I made up a silly poll to ask you who was the best character of all time and got the
most awesome Sam Carter love fest in my comments.

My various fannish obsessions throughout 2012
Fringe
Stargate SG-1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Really, really obsessed. Though I didn't write fic for it. Ugh. WHEN WILL I NEED TO WRITE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF FIC FOR THINGS AGAIN?!)
Legend of the Seeker
The Avengers
Once Upon a Time


Past Years
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006

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Stargate Novels

Okay, I admit it--I can't stop buying Stargate stuff. Especially Stargate novels. Of course, my one, lone bookstore that used to carry them (I think just for me, even though they didn't know who was buying their one copy of all of the Stargate books) no longer has new ones... but apparently, you can buy them as Kindle books!

YAY.

However, I'm a little shy about buying them without recommendations. Is anyone else still reading them? If not, I'll just bite the bullet and pick up a couple of the ones I haven't read yet--probably Transitions and Oceans of Dust, since those are the next ones. Then I can do reviews. Mwa ha ha!

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Title: Bedroom Situation
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Pairing: Sam/Jack
Rating: PG
Category: A cliche cabin fic--the cliche is sharing a bed, because I am predictable.
Summary: The team is at the cabin, it's late, and there is a Bedroom Situation. My thanks to annienau08 for the beta--among so many other things.


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Writing and Twilight and Movies

This November, I knew I wasn't going to be able to handle NaNoWriMo, so instead i joined wrisomifu, in which you are only required to write 10 minutes each day. I ALMOST managed writing every single day, and wrote 5,705 words in November.

That's 5,705 more than I could have ever DREAMED I'd have written in only 30 days.

Also, there's a new fic coming--Sam/Jack stupid cute cliche fic, to be precise. It should only be a matter of days before it's posted...

Moving on, yes, I saw Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. It was awesome. I generally like the movies much more than the books, because the movies take a LOT of the WTF parts right out.

I have to say that, due to the fact that I'd largely forgotten the specifics of the book, and because I'd been warned there was some sort of surprise twist thing, I Hey, maybe someone else wants to go in not knowing--that means spoilers under the cutCollapse )

Guys, there are SO MANY movies I want to see. I think I want to see about half the movies out right this second, and there are more on the way. I don't have time for them all, though.

I think I want to see Argo, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, Life of Pi, Wreck-it Ralph, and Anna Karenina, among others. What am I going to dooooo???

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Thankful indeed!

Okay, so despite the fact that I was not entirely recovered from The Sickness of Doom, I was able to go to Thanksgiving. I should Not Have Eaten what I did, in fact, eat, but I am not too badly off, considering.

It was good to spend time with family.

On Black Friday I usually go do some shopping early-early, but this year I am going to sleep in and make sure I heal up. I can always hit stores later, or do some shopping online.

Oh, and Annie? I finished the lyrics today. Oh, yes, I did. Mwa ha ha! :-)

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