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And by the way did I happen to mention....? (Or, what do you do when the spirit doesn't move you?)

1) That otherworldlyric extended it's current icon challenge  #170 for one week (aka, until Friday the 25th) because there was only one entry? Normally I'm begging for extensions on these challenges so I should be all over that, except...the prompt is George Thoroughgood's "Bad to the Bone"and I'm not moved or inspired in any dimension. This is probably another case of "familiarity breeds contempt" - and in this case, possibly testosterone poisoning. I've read the lyrics multiple times trying to find inspiration to subvert it, to remove it from the familiar context - and I only need two consecutive words from the lyrics. Gotta be something I can do with it:

was born

the day

to the

bad to

before I

woman beg

girl squeal

tell ya


Nope, I'm just not feeling it this time around. But maybe some of y'all can find what I'm missing and embarrass me with your brilliance.  (I'll just be over here washing down the aftertaste of testosterone with a bottle of estroge....and a Samuel Smith's organic double chocolate stout for a chaser.)

2) That my my recent post after a longish absence (moving! packing! tired! busy! Excuses: get your red hot excuses!) has over 100 comments in the thread, which is funny and wonderful because I thought no one would respond to it that silly thing. My f'listies are made of awesome. Further proof? Y'all made Vastra and Jenny a part of my life. Victorian interspecies lesbian detectives? Samuri swords and bifurcated tongues? BEHOLD THE AWESOME WHICH IS, WAS, AND EVER SHALL BE.

Either I need to do more polls, or I need to talk about Orphan Black and interspecies lesbians more often. Maybe both. Speaking of OB, did I also mention....

3) ....that I forgot to credit the lovely eilowyn for encouraging me to watch Orphan Black, which is my New Favorite Thing. Because she said kind and loving words that flattered my soul and she's one of my personal heros and role models - one of my real life Buffy's - so how could I resist? My first reaction to the pilot was "Ringer meets Dollhouse." But much, much better.

4) And that I've only seen the first three episodes of S1 and Tatiana is my New Favorite Actress and Cosima is my New Favorite Character - along with Felix. (Felix is LOVE.) And that Cosima is[Spoilers for Orphan Black...]*BIG SPOILER FOR OB* a lesbian and my heart is EXPLODING WITH JOY. (And OMG what the hell is that - not who, what - at the end of S1 ep 3? the bleached blond who looks like a cross between an anime villain and a prehistoric leviathan? What is this even?)

6) Even BIGGER explosion: kikojutsuka (aka lanoyee ) linked to a Reddit convo with OB creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, and Graeme said this: "The Cophine relationship, we really loved anyway and to see it get that much support and to see that people thought that it was an important relationship to be on TV made us want to continue it and bolster it. And yeah, why the hell is that? Why do lesbian characters always die in TV? RIP Tara."


Oh fuck YES and THANK YOU FOR GETTING IT, Mr Manson. And thank you for honoring Tara.

 

Now I've got a serious hankering for some crossover fic.  And hey, speaking of crossover fic...

7) clockwork_hart1 is accepting/filling multi-fandom fic prompts - femmeslash, gen, het, threesomes, you name it - and knocking it OUT OF THE PARK every single time. She has stories for fandoms and characters I'm not at all familiar with, or characters I am but wouldn't ship together otherwise except her writing is so lovely and universal in moods and themes, so evocative/poignant/sexy/funny/yummy that it doesn't matter. I can think of exactly three other times I've experienced that in fanfiction, and the other times were some ten years ago.

8) FYI: when your heart explodes with joy, hardwood floors are a lot easier to clean up than rugs or "vintage" linoleum. Trust.
and I'm not moved or inspired in any dimension
BASICALLY THIS.

Since there was an extra week - I managed to scrape some things together. I manipulated several lines together and took some liberties that I probably shouldn't have. And I don't care. Ladies are more important.

Let us bathe in man tears.


Or:

I broke

young girl

one alone

yours alone

I met you

:)


clockwork_hart1 is a gem among humans.


Edited at 2014-04-25 04:39 am (UTC)
I managed to scrape some things together. I manipulated several lines together and took some liberties that I probably shouldn't have. And I don't care.

Eh, the rules only say "at least two consecutive words from the lyrics" so anything else is fair game. I just couldn't get myself to that point - I gave my best energy to a boatload of Buffy icons earlier in the week.

I broke

young girl

one alone

yours alone

I met you


GORGEOUS and THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. It's been so many years since I wrote poetry (like, 20+) that I need to make it a practice again.

But there's also that disturbing "yours alone" that reminds me of Tara in WAY ("I am you know - yours" and YES, it's supposed to be disturbing when she says it IMO. The modern concept of "romance" is super-creepy on so many levels. And ugh, Tara....)

clockwork_hart1 is a gem among humans.

Indeed - as are you. How the hell did I get so lucky to have such friends in my life?
I'm loving clockwork_hart1's prompt fills!

I was blown away - I already knew she was super-talented but it was just one after another, so assured and each one a pearl, all different to each other. Amazing.

The W/A one is STILL giving me feels - cute cuddly feels and smiles on a spring morning! (And bless you for giving the prompt hon!)
HI this is me coming out of the woodwork for my every once in a while to say: YESSS YOU'RE WATCHING ORPHAN BLACK GOOD.

Also I see you've been stalking my tumblr. :P ;) TREAD CAREFULLY because I have posted some spoilery things for season 2! And probably will do so in the future. But but but YES and you know what I love most? That the Cosima/Delphine relationship just kinda happened and wasn't made that big of a deal out of.


HEY YOU!



And I was def. trying to be careful and just skim past the OB ones; I was doing really good until I saw Graeme Mason's quote and Tara's name and I just skidded to a complete halt.

Like, keep giving me more reasons to fall in love with the series y'all - just keep it coming! (And I admit, having male producers/creators makes me a little nervous still which sounds awful and sexist but it's not just Joss to blame I have decades of experience watching shows by male creators with female protags that just go sliding down the hill in terms of how female characters are depicted.)

But I'm really hopeful - eternally optimist with a side of snark at your service.
Like you I don't always get inspired by challenges ... I am a member of a Star Trek one, and that one only gets an entry from me about one in three!

Still, the challenges I find the hardest in the 20in20's are usually the icons I end up the most pleased with ... Good Luck
One in three sounds about right!

You know what can be frustrating? Coming up with a great idea for a prompt AFTER the challenge closes. Small thing to be frustrated about, but still - I know I get in my own way a lot of times. Can't do everything though, and it's good to hear that other folks go through the same.

the challenges I find the hardest in the 20in20's are usually the icons I end up the most pleased with

Those are the ones you probably have to push yourself outside your comfort zone a little more, aren't they? Thanks for the good wishes, sweetie!

Have you entered slayerstillness or btvs_hush challenges?
You are such a sweetie! I go to bed early because I got in a fight with my parents (which is sad because I'm 30, not 15), and I wake up to see this! If I'm your Buffy, you're my Tara!

And there are interviews out there where the actor who plays Felix is a HUGE Whedon fan and said one of the biggest thrills he got was when people like Alyson Hannigan began tweeting about OB. There was that good EW article (the reason why we're still together, even though our relationship is toxic) and once you're done with season 1 I'll transcribe the juicy parts for you because I can't find the articles online and anyway I wouldn't link them to you yet because SPOILERS HO!
I got in a fight with my parents (which is sad because I'm 30, not 15

No it's not sad, it's normal - frustratingly so, but still....Coming from a 45-year old hon, I'm here to tell you - fights with your parents? Have nothing to do with age. It's about the family dynamic.

I like Harriet Lehrner's Books, The Dance of Anger, The Dance of Intimacy and The Dance of Deception quite a bit btw. She talks about the "change-back!" moves that occur in relationships. When one person in the family makes changes in their life (as you are right now) other people feel uncomfortable and try to get you to "stay in place" and go back to the familiar dynamics and controls because it's familiar, even if the changes are ultimately healthier.

And, uh, wow, I did not mean to go off on THAT tangent. Anyhoo....

If I'm your Buffy, you're my Tara!

Oh my....



What is the actor's name who plays Felix? I really should bother to learn these things now shouldn't I? That has to have sent him over the moon getting a tweet from Aly. (My friend Kendra got one over a year ago from Tom Hiddleston out of the blue because friends had told him good things about her and her work; she was floating on a cloud for ages.)

And yes, I think I'm going to try to avoid more spoilers although the BBC does not help because I learned the show was about cloning from their ad at the end of the pilot.
The girl squealed the day she was born. They thought they could make the woman beg, but....

Dawn-fic.
The girl squealed the day she was born. They thought they could make the woman beg, but....

Dawn-fic.


YEEEEESSSSSSS....I adore Dawn's courage so much - girlfriend sasses the HELLGOD who wants to kill her? She is FUCKING FIERCE.

Definitely fic, it won't fit on an icon. Maybe you could toss this prompt clockwork_hart1's way? *smiles hopefully at Lucy*
Orphan Black is like candy!

Dark chocolates with but no labels on the box so you have no idea what you're getting next - gooey, crunchy, sweet....

This is the first show I've been OMG must watch wanna eat this up NOW! about since Buffy two years ago. Back then I watched it on my own though; I didn't have other people to squee with. :)
Guess who the one entrant was???

Aaand I (absolutely on purpose) made the icons lady-centric. I'm not THRILLED with them, but there is one - a Dawn one - that I'm 100% about. (even though it works just as well, if not better without the text, so I'll probably make a version without it anyway).

And oh my God you are too kind but thank you for promoting the meme! (and btw I am just overwhelmed with Buffy/River feelings right now and it is totally and utterly killing me so UGHHH and I am holging you and kikimay 100% responsible and you barely know River. I want more.) I'm having a blast filling the prompts! I would do Orphan Black but I haven't rewatched or started s2 (It premiers on Wednesday! WE FINALLY HAVE A DATE! English tv is hard work because spoilers are basically unavoidable so I'm glad I don't watch Game of Thrones because I've accidentally come across enough to ruin all four series) so I'm no where NEAR confident enough with their voices and it's something I'm just not willing to fuck up.

That was a clusterfuck of rambles. What I meant to say was thank you for all your kind words about my writing, I'm glad it affects you and also sure that you're trying to make me blush until my cheeks explode.

And interspecies Victorian lesbians will always rule
Guess who the one entrant was???

SRSLY??? *SQUEES*

Aaand I (absolutely on purpose) made the icons lady-centric.

Could I love you more than I do? No, I could not.

I can't wait to see what you've done.

(even though it works just as well, if not better without the text, so I'll probably make a version without it anyway).

With PB I have to add the text when it's larger size, and sometimes I regret not making a text-free copy later; like one I did of Dawn in Bargaining for an OWL challenge. Other times I find the opposite, that a certain concept needs that text either for the visual composition or to complete the idea. But I never know until after the fact.

I would do Orphan Black but I haven't rewatched or started s2

Well now that I know Cosima's a lesbian and after Graeme Mason's mention of Tara, I'd been toying with the idea of asking you for a Tara/Cosima fic. Because Cosima is a scientist, so she's got a bit of Willow's intellectualism but - not as childlike/cutesy, if that makes sense? But she's also very "light", so I wonder if those two would "gel" as a pairing? as a friendship? *ponders*

Or would it be too much "marshmallow on cotton candy" -ness?

And you are on to me, ma'am - and I bet you blush very prettily!

Vastra & Jenny are so awesome! ♥

When elisi, clockwork_hart and beergoodfoamy started talking about them on the other convo thread and sending me links to vids etc I'm like, wait, WHAT? WHAT IS THIS?

I am so out of the loop when it comes to pop culture. I have some major catching up to do. (And then the same week I find out about Cosima and - more 'splodey joy.)
Orphan Black is definitely a show I want to watch sometime soon. I haven't been able to find it on Netflix or Hulu though so I guess I'll just have to wait some more.

Weirdly enough you can supposedly watch the S2 premiere in full on BBC America's website but only short clips from S1 as far as I can see:
http://www.bbcamerica.com/orphan-black/

You can watch it on Amazon Prime if you an account set up with them. I hope you'll be able to see it (I'll have to be careful now about spoilers!)
I wasn't able to participate in that round of OWL and I wasn't feeling that inspired by the lyrics either. Also, I haven't watched Orphan Black yet, but plan on doing so soon and that being said, I appreciate your spoilers being behind an LJ cut :) Thanks for that
I remembered the cut? *double checks post* Oh good, I did. If I do a write up of any given ep I'll say so right up top and put everything after a cut!

I wasn't able to participate in that round of OWL and I wasn't feeling that inspired by the lyrics either.

Have you voted on the nominees? I did yesterday (I wanted to vote for 4, I had to whittle it down to three *grumble*) There are some really lovely ones, as I assumed there would be. I'm always interested/curious to see what other people do for prompts that didn't inspire me.