rivendellrose: (Hand and Arm)
Spoilers under the cut, the usual ranting and raving and random notes. And then more spoilers than usual because I think The Boy's Reddit habit ran him across something that's a major spoiler, and then he was like "Haha, listen to this crazy theory that a bunch of people seem to believe," and I was like "...Oh fuck I'm pretty sure that's actually true," and then my brain started putting together other disconnected pieces and guys, my brain just isn't a pretty place right now.

I will separate the Big Spoilers from the Just This Episode spoilers. But, like... WARNING.

Spoilers, spoilers everywhere. )
rivendellrose: (Hand and Arm)
Well, that was unquestionably an episode that happened.

In which I have feelings about Discovery, some of which are not good, and also talk about spoilers. )
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Spoilers and random thoughts under the cut.

Context is for Kings )
rivendellrose: (Sea and Sky)
The Boy and I had four of our closest friends over to watch the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery this evening, and I would say that it (both our party and the premiere) was a success.

Random, Disordered Thoughts and Spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2 )
rivendellrose: (Not Alone)
The world is a mess, my country is currently being driven 110 MPH the wrong direction down the freeway by a drunk toddler with a bad spray-on tan, and, oh, I'm pretty sure I'm about to get my period. Which means that I'm still not pregnant. Oh, and I get to spend a week in the middle of nowhere with my in-laws at the end of this month, assuming we all live that long!

Which we had damned well better, because at this point one of the main things getting me through all this is writing ridiculously AU OC fanfic for Star Trek: Discovery, and if I don't get to at least see the fucking pilot before this trash fire of a global situation goes critical, I am going to raise motherfucking hell in the afterlife.

All of that said, work is going pretty well for the most part, my cats are still cute, and The Boy and I are generally doing well. And I've been enjoying writing the afore-mentioned ridiculously AU OC fanfic for Discovery. Also, I'm giving some tours this weekend. So, hey, good things.
rivendellrose: (Flapper)
I was (everyone act surprised) a loser in school, but my mom was the Cool Mom. Everybody liked my mom. This was fine when I was a kid-kid, but not fine once I was a teenager because it's not actually as helpful as you'd think, when you're a bookish weird kid, to have a mom who would rather be hanging out with the kids than, y'know, being a grown-up. Most people want their parents to be cooler. I wanted my mom to stop trying to be friends with my friends. Like, seriously, we had fights about this.

Flash forward to today, when I got a text from my mom telling me that [friend I haven't talked to in years because she ghosted on me after quitting the job we both worked at] left her a voicemail, and... look, I realize it's irrational to be mad that this friend who isn't really my friend anymore probably butt-dialed my mom, but I am totally a little bit irrationally angry, because I'm still kind of hurt that this friend totally ghosted on me. And now this wtfery.

meme time

Jul. 2nd, 2017 12:51 pm
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Dunno if anyone's interested, but I'm seeing this meme around a lot again, so I thought I'd throw it out there:

Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Pretty much all my fic can be found here now.

meme time

May. 19th, 2017 02:49 pm
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Snagged from a bunch of folks:

1. How did you name your pets?
Theoden was named "Jupiter" when I got him from the animal shelter, and as appropriate as that was for a big, rather round, buff-colored boy, it didn't shorten well for calling. At the time Lord of the Rings was my most overwhelming fandom, and particularly the Rohirrim, but "Eomer" didn't work... which made me think of his resemblance to Bernard Hill as Theoden, and that stuck.

Our other cat, originally The Boy's, is Random. Because his acquisition of The Boy was very random. :)

2. Poirot or Miss Marple?
Neither, really, but I've probably seen more Poirot.

3. Do you have a FB account too?
Yeah, but I tend to avoid it mostly.

4. Books - hardcover or paperback
I read mostly on my Kindle and from the library, nowadays, but am perfectly happy with whatever. Slightly prefer paperbacks for being less heavy and also generally cheaper.

5. Mobile: Windows, Android or Apple?
I didn't get a phone at all until very late, and when I upgraded to a smartphone I was very happy with my Palm Pre. Currently have a very old iPhone, but planning to switch to Android whenever I finally convince myself to upgrade.

omg!

May. 17th, 2017 03:48 pm
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There's a trailer for Star Trek: Discovery!

An actual realfax trailer, not the bullshit teaser crap that they put up last time! This one has actors! Speaking lines! In costume and makeup! This show might actually happen sometime!

Okay, while the excitement is still real and hasn't yet again been replaced by a gnawing sense of dread and the certainty that no other Star Trek will ever be what Deep Space Nine was to me...

Dear CBS:

Please, for the love of all that's holy, don't fuck this up.

The world has kind of gone to shit, lately, and I could really use having a Star Trek (no, the movies don't count - the movies, to me, have never counted) to look to for hope. Also, you've delayed so long that you're once again going to be coming out around my birthday, so for my birthday, I would very much like you to not fuck this up.

Love, Me.

So, friends - what do YOU want from the new series? And how much do you think your tiny little hearts are going to be crushed and broken by the reality that we shall inevitably experience come "sometime in the fall?" And what the fuck is up with those "Klingons," anyway?

Edited to Add: For my first specific request, I would like this tweet to be some kind of stupid joke. Because that shit looks like their redesigned Klingons got really drunk and saw Tom Cruise's new The Mummy movie and got some kind of bizarre resurrection idea and no fucking way am I putting up with that kind of bullshit.

Oh god, it took them all of ten minutes to poke a hole in my enthusiasm. This going to be a nightmare, isn't it?
rivendellrose: (cat)
Theo is completely healed up from the surgery to remove his tumor, so now it's time for the other cat, Random, to have an eye infection of some kind. Yay, more vet visits! (Booooo.)

And this time won't be with the cat who turns into a melted marshmallow at the vet, but the one who makes even experienced vet techs and veterinarians think that we picked up an angry feral on the way to the clinic.

In unrelated news, American Gods is predictably (and, occasionally, unpredictably) fantastic, iZombie continues to be delightful, and I got a part time job as the administrator for the editing guild that I've been on the board of for the last few years, which means I can continue my freelance editing career with slightly less guilt and panic about regular income.

Also, I had a very cute but slightly harrowing tour group at the museum today. It turns out that it's very difficult to run a tour for a group that runs the gamut from three late-teens all the way down to what I would guess were second graders. Super nice kids, really lovely, but trying to gear the tour to such a broad group really put me off my game. I'm very glad the tour next week and the two the week after that are supposed to be more traditional single-age groups.

And now, back to the transcription client.

(I am very glad that Mother's Day is going to be over soon. I'm hoping someday it won't be a thing I dread, but... so far, definitely still a dreaded thing.)
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Since I had to dig it up for a Tumblr post (which you can see here if you like), here's a link to Greg Aronowitz's blog post in which he tells the, er, fascinating story of how Delenn's makeup in the B5 pilot got to where we saw it (and from where), and how Mira Furlan made sure we got the Delenn we know and love.

http://barnyardfx.blogspot.com/2010/05/babylon-5-you-may-think-you-recognize.html



Choice quote:

"Mira suddenly shot up and said, "HIM!?! Did you say make HIM more human?” For the first time, Mira discovered that Delenn was supposed to be a man. I guess all of the descriptions in the script stated “frail alien” and “wise mystic”, but never really called out a sex. The gender change was something JMS was going to keep secret till the series needed the curve, but I guess it was kept TOO secret!"

PS: Why is the "preview" function on Dreamwidth totally broken? I hate not being able to check my HTML when I'm doing something other than just text and normal links...
rivendellrose: (Default)
Comment with one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you:

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed
rivendellrose: (letters)
Ganked from [personal profile] nostalgia: A writing questions meme!

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What's your favorite line of narration?
4: What's your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn't listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?


My fic is all here, and I would love a few questions to distract me from the frustrating formatting issues in this edit I'm working on!

progress

Apr. 5th, 2017 08:53 pm
rivendellrose: (Hands and Arms)
I have updated my icons to remove the old fannish ones I wasn't using anymore, and include some new ones that I think I will get more use out of. Nothing fannish yet, though I might trade a few old ones out for that later. We'll see.

In other news, Theoden (my cat) seems to be recovering nicely from his surgery... mostly evidenced by the fact that he jumps up on my desk to try to find food that I might have left there, and starts chewing on stuff and crying and being annoying about 2 hours before he's supposed to get dinner. So that's... good? For a certain definition of "good." XD

I'm also trying to get caught up to where The Boy is at in S-Town, which is tough because he listens while he's on his commute, and I don't have a commute anymore. But it's a very enjoyable and mind-bending story, and good listening for while I knit in the evening.
rivendellrose: (letters)
I think I need to make some new icons. A lot of my existing ones are nice, but they're from ages ago and (in a few cases, at least) fandoms I'm not really connected to anymore. I love my Daleks, but I haven't been in Doctor Who fandom for years. I'll have to think about what my new icons should be and let myself work on them as a reward for finishing work in the next few weeks.

Also need to figure out the custom mood theme thing, and maaaaaaaybe play with my layout. I've never done custom layouts, but while I like the stars the black background on this one is maybe a bit much for me. We'll see.

...Oh, and remove my automatic cross-posting so it doesn't throw errors when I stop paying attention to it.
rivendellrose: (Tea)
Dear Fancy-Pants Neighbor,

Under most circumstances it would really annoy me that you had your landscaper tearing out your still-blossoming spring bulbs yesterday because that's a serious waste and it makes me sad, but since I was able to snag a bunch of the ones he'd left laying on the sidewalk and hustle them home to an empty planter on my balcony and a day later it looks like I'll probably have a number of cute little bluebells for a little while and possibly some hyacinths (which hadn't even opened yet, you monster), I guess some degree of thanks are in order.

Sincerely,
Your neighbor who hates watching plants die


Dear Cat,

I know you hate your e-collar (aka Cone of Shame). I know it makes you miserable and sad, and you don't understand why you can't lick your leg. The thing is, you had surgery. Remember that day when we took you to the scary place and then when you came home you were really wobbly and drunk and sore? Yeah. They had to cut a big tumor out of your back leg. You can't lick your leg because we'd like you to not tear out the sutures and reopen the incision. If you manage not to tear or otherwise damage anything before then, you should be able to have the sutures removed this Saturday, and then we can all go back to life as usual.

Until then, please try not to knock the guard-wall off your litter box and then forget where your fuzzy butt is supposed to be in relation to the box, get litter on your collar, or, worse, get poo on your collar. None of us have any fun when you do these things. None of us.

Sincerely,
Your Humans

fyi...

Apr. 3rd, 2017 09:19 pm
rivendellrose: (bleeding heart)
I've deleted my LJ account. The new ToS bullshit was bothering me, the giant ads drove me nuts when I logged in, and it was time to admit that just having had an account for 14 years wasn't actually enough to make it worth keeping when the site was clearly going under.

So yeah. My fic is all (or very nearly all, at least) up on Ao3, I'll clean up the links in the sticky post for them later. I might even figure out how to upload my Neko-Chao kitty mood theme here someday, now. It never felt quite right here without them.

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