rivendellrose: (feeling blue)
I feel fantastically cruddy today. Seriously. Nothing serious, just hormonal crap and "BLEH" and the residuals of really not being ready to be back in the office after a week of vacation. I was getting spoiled there with the whole "being able to do what I damned well want to do rather than spending all day sitting in front of a computer fixing websites." The world's tiniest violin, it plays for me...

Anyway. I have questions for you, oh great and wonderful internet hive-mind.

1. Does anybody have any good solutions for combatting bags under the eyes that do not involve either spending a month's salary on a tiny jar of creme or anything that will cause my super-sensitive skin to break out? Don't laugh, people - I'm seriously tired of having the 4-piece baggage years before my time. And before you ask, yes, I drink a lot of water. It doesn't help.

2. Are there sunscreens with a significant (over SPF 30, let's say) amount of UV protection that will NOT cause my eyes to feel like they're burning out of my skull when I get a little sunscreen in my eyes? Because I try really hard to be good about sunscreen, but... that's getting really annoying.

In other, none-vanity-related news, the Boy and I are about halfway through Buffy S3, now - we just watched "Helpless" and "The Zeppo" last night. I'd forgotten how much my heart just died for Buffy and Giles in "Helpless." I think short of the whole debacles with them in in S6 and S7, that is the absolute most horrible episode for my love of their relationship.
rivendellrose: (Giles)
Just posted this year's [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles fic over at the comm. Woo, accomplished.

Title: Age Sneaks Up
Rating: Gen
Characters: Giles, Willow, Dawn.
Future!fic - set some eight or so years after the series. Please note that I'm willfully ignoring large swathes the Season 8 comics' canon. ;)

Summary: Age catches up with everyone in time, even the Slayer, her Watcher, and her friends.
Notes: Three vignettes, loosely connected. A sequel of sorts to my series of vignettes from this comm a few years ago, Seek Not..., but it does definitely stand on its own.

Warning: Some adult language.

Giles rather assumes, at this point, that he will never have children of his own..

And now I'm off to be lazy and watch a teeeeny bit of TV. And then, with luck, get some more writing done.
rivendellrose: (Poke it)
So... I just got The Boy through season 2 of Buffy today, and we both had an absolute blast watching the last few episodes (I'd forgotten how satisfying some of those plot-turns are), and then [livejournal.com profile] maymargaret sent me this: a link to a YouTube vid of one of the songs from the Doctor Horrible commentary musical that Joss wrote.

Go watch it. I'll wait.

Now that you've seen it, I have to ask... is it just me, or can we no longer say that Joss is unaware of his asinine racial politics? And with that, I throw up my hands in the air, and say "I haven't got a fucking clue why he has to be such a moron about things." If you can tell enough to write an amusing commentary song (unless the song was written by one of your compatriots, in which case you need to flipping pay attention to her), then why aren't you smart enough to Not Do Stupid Things Anymore?

Dear Joss: Please, please, please... I firmly believe that you mean well and are one of the best writers in TV today. Please try not to be such a dumb-ass about your racial stuff. Please? And while you're at it, can you stop letting them do things in Buffy S8 that, once I hear about them, make me insanely glad I've refused to pick up the comics? Or, you know, doing things in Dollhouse that make me think "maybe Joss has finally sold out to the corporate hacks"? Please?

(Please note that my "Joss Whedon is a bastard" tag is meant with a lot of love... it's just my general "Joss Whedon" tag, back from the days of, say, Serenity. :P)
rivendellrose: (buffy)
Still watching Buffy S7. One more episode to go, hopefully to be finished tonight.

Just in case someone else still hasn't finished - spoilers up to  )
rivendellrose: (buffy)
Finished Buffy S6 last night. More thoughts to follow later, when I'm a) awake, and b) on break, but... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Last few episodes were very, very good, Joss did his usual trick of pulling off story stunts that would have been totally idiotic if attempted by any other writer I can think of, and I squeed myself brainless about sixty times. Mostly involving Giles. ♥

We've also realized that we don't own S7, and thus must run out and fix this problem as soon as possible, while we're still on a roll. Yay!

fic link

Jul. 11th, 2008 08:43 am
rivendellrose: (Attention Plz)
Posted a slightly insane BtVS/Highlander crossover over on [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles. And just typo'd that as Summer_of_Files, which ought to be an X-Files ficathon. Anyway.

Fic is here.
rivendellrose: (Default)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] nekokoban because I'm sleepy and braindead. Or something. :P

Six Pairings I Like:

1. Doctor/Tardis (Doctor Who, and stop looking at me like I'm crazy...)
2. Romana/Doctor (Doctor Who)
3. Sarah/Harry (Doctor Who... can you guess my newest fandom?)
4. Mal/Inara (Firefly!)
5. Snape/Lupin (Harry Potter... though I haven't written it in ages)
6. Giles/Jenny (Buffy, and yes, I know I'm living in the past...)

Three Ships I've Abandoned:
(For the sake of expedience, we'll just go with "pairings from fandoms I no longer actively read and/or write in," 'cause honestly, I'm incapable of actually giving up on pairings. And fandoms, for that matter... XD)

7. Garak/Bashir (DS9)
8. Scully/Mulder (X-Files)
9. Lucius/Narcissa (Harry Potter)

Three Ships I've Never Liked:

10. Giles/Buffy (Buffy, obviously, and eew)
11. Sirius/Snape (HP
12. Harry/anybody (HP)

Two Ships That Have Piqued My Interest:

13. Master/Doctor (really, I think of this as Master-->Doctor, but either way)
14. ...umm.... okay, I'll admit a mild fascination with Romana/Sarah (Doctor Who).

Questions! )

new fic

Jul. 30th, 2007 04:28 pm
rivendellrose: (Attention Plz)
Also, I forgot to mention that I posted a new Buffy fic over on [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles. The post is here for anyone who's interested.

The story is written in three parts, each involving one of the kids doing a bit of snooping in Giles' personal belongings and finding something they didn't expect. Rating is PG or so, and I'm actually rather proud of this one. *g*
rivendellrose: (buffy)
I usually shoot to avoid potential wank, but... this time, I just can't restrain myself.

Laurell K. Hamilton speaks on her bloated obnoxious porn series Anita Blake books as compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I read the first five or six Anita Blake books one summer. I was amused by them. I got bored and annoyed around the point at which... hmm, I guess it was when she vilified whats-his-name Anita's werewolf former boyfriend and the were pack politics (and/ie, sex) became the most important thing in the book. The rest of the pile sat around my room for a few months, and then I returned them to my then-boyfriend who'd loaned them to me. Yawn, blah, end of story.

Except, of course, for the endless wanks this woman causes on her blog and such. Seriously, it's like she's trying to be the next Anne Rice, and if she can't manage it by author-superstardom, she'll do it by wankiness. This is a woman who claimed on her blog that anyone under a size 6 (I think it was 6? Could someone correct/confirm?) was not a person.

Obviously, I was not a fan of that statement. The answer to fat- or size-phobic tendencies in pop culture is not to vilify or dehumanize those of us who are small. :P

Anyway. A few quotes and my responses to her comments in this interview...

You seem to be interrogating the genre from the wrong perspective... )
rivendellrose: (buffy)
Watched the first three episodes of Buffy S6 tonight with the housemates (minus Claire, to whom many thanks are due for the use of her eps)... and already I'm seeing the increased darkness that people have been telling me about. Edited because apparently I can't count when I'm tired. :P A teensy bit of that slip was actually my associations with the sixth season - I have no concept of the 7th season whatsoever. People have told me lots about S6, but it's almost like S7 doesn't exist, except for a few teeeeensy little things that I generally just forget about or mentally smush over into S6. I inadvertently think of this as being the last season quite a bit. Anyway. Back to regularly-scheduled flailing.

'Bargaining' 1 & 2, and whatever followed it - a *very* short response )
rivendellrose: (sunflowers)
I got my passport today! I'm absurdly happy about this, despite the fact that the picture is (of course) hideous. I tried so hard to get a good one. But... whatever. ID photos are pretty much destined to be hideous, so I suppose it doesn't really matter. I'm just bitter about the fact that my one ID photo that was actually pretty ended up being my most short-lived - it got broken in my pocket and had to be replaced barely three years later. *Sighs* One of the best pictures ever taken of me.

Anyway. Have been reading a lot of fanfic lately...

(Why no, I'm not procrastinating on my own fic-writing... I'm practicing good academic habits by researching the field before I spend too much energy writing on a subject that someone else has already covered. And it's already saved me some trouble, since last night I discovered not one but two fics dealing quite handily with a subject I thought had somehow been neglected. So clearly this is a good idea. Riiiiiiight.)

...And it occurs to me to make a note of something that once (when I was about 15) seemed very natural to me.

Why is it that fanfic-writers seem to regard rape as the best possible plot device? In which there is much discussion of rape as a plot device, and of the fic in which I've recently seen it. )

I can't think of any other worthwhile conclusions or subjects to raise, and my hands feel like they're frozen. I need to pop my laundry into the dryer and go upstairs. I'd be interested to hear what other fannish folk think of all this, though.
rivendellrose: (wonder)
Curses upon GIMP and/or my computer - she only dies when I'm trying to do something that's actually working. And then I spend several horrible minutes in a panic, trying to close down everything I can, but, inevitably, it is too late. GIMP has shat itself, and will not let me so much as save my progress, and I must start over from scratch. ARGH. I absolutely hate how much processing space graphics programs take up, and how little I have to spare!

I'm going to go recreate the work I was doing on a new desktop, thanks very much. *Growls*

Meanwhile, have more fic. This thing came to me one evening when I was trying to work on the Buffy Fic of Doom, and since I'd always rather wondered what the hell happened in the gap not shown by the episode, I submitted to the bunny.

Title: Interlude
Fandom: Buffy
Characters: Giles and Jenny
Notes: Set during "Ted." Even in Sunnydale, it's hard to explain getting shot in the back by a crossbow. And no, I don't particularly know why all my Buffy fic so far has been partly from the perspective of hospital staff. I promise my next one won't.
Rating: Entirely safe, though there are certainly implications.
Disclaimer: If I owned them, things would have gone differently. Joss, Fox, and Mutant Enemy do own them, and I intend no infringement or monetary gain. It's just for fun!

Interlude )
rivendellrose: (vampire slumber party)
Last night began with Kendra and I deciding that we were sufficiently recovered from the angst of "The Body" to continue with Buffy season 5... and ended at 1:30am when we finished the season. There were just too many great cliffhangers! We couldn't stop til we'd seen the whole thing.

Biggest thing that occurred to me at the end of all of that... S5 would've been a great place to leave the series. Just like that - just where the season ended. That was a fabulous finale, and it left all the characters in good (...well, good from a narrative point of view, at least) places. I don't know much about S6, aside from the musical episode and "Tabula Rasa," but I know enough about the end of the series proper to know that I sort of wish the series had ended this way. Apart from Buffy, everybody would've been happier, and even Buffy seemed pretty damned content with her decisions and her conclusion in "The Gift." From a narrative standpoint... that's how being a Slayer works.

Other thoughts, including spoilers for the end of S5, obviously )

"the body"

Jan. 14th, 2007 10:41 am
rivendellrose: (vampire slumber party)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] maymargaret wasn't feeling well, and I had a headache, so we watched a ton and a half of Buffy. I was going to make one of my catching-up type review posts, but then we saw "The Body" last, and I kind of forgot pretty much everything else. That was a really, really, really good episode. As well as intensely upsetting and disturbing. I've never seen a TV show handle the death of a character so well.

I'm planning to watch it at least one more time before watching Joss's commentary, but for now my only complaint spoiler cut, in case anyone out there actually hasn't seen this )

I think I'm about a season behind in my little review/rant things, so I'll try to catch back up at some point soon. For now, must get ready for work.

Buffy fic

Dec. 29th, 2006 12:05 am
rivendellrose: (sunflowers)
One-shot, and entirely random. I blame [livejournal.com profile] maymargaret for putting this into my head. She enables me. I've been enabled.

Title: A Few Thoughts on Fatherhood
Fandom: Buffy
Disclaimer: I sure as hell don't own 'em, and I don't mean any insult to the great Joss or to the less-than-great Fox, etc. I just couldn't resist the temptation.
Characters: Hank Summers, with cameos by Joyce, Giles, and Buffy.
Timeline: Sometime before season 4.
Summary: It's not easy being the Slayer's father. No, really...
Notes: You wouldn't believe how hard it is to make up an excuse for Buffy to actually go to the hospital for a change. Just bear with me, for the sake of this. Unbeta'd, so please forgive typos and such!

A Few Thoughts on Fatherhood )
rivendellrose: (Default)
Today was sushi with [livejournal.com profile] coramegan, [livejournal.com profile] sjen, [livejournal.com profile] maho_kiwi and [livejournal.com profile] laylah, followed by a little bit of Christmas shopping, and attempted writing. And then we watched the end of Buffy S4 tonight, since we only had a few episodes left. Thoughts under the cut on the off-chance that I'm not the last person on earth who hasn't seen this. ;)

Riley, Angel, Adam, and the Cheese Man )

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