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Movie Geek Meme

Here's a great meme for movie geeks from Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, which I found courtesy of maurinsky at Laughing Wild. There are 38 items, and even I couldn't answer all of them, but if you like these things as much as I do, post your answers here or at your place.

1) Second-favorite Stanley Kubrick film.Collapse )


New Buffy Fan-Fic

Title: More Than You Know
Author: melville22000
Rating: PG (violence)
Fandom: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Codes: FF (non-explicit), romance, angst, violence
Pairing: Buffy/Tara
Spoilers: To the final scene of "Seeing Red" Season Six
Disclaimer: All honor to Joss, it's his world and characters. I take the blame for everything I've changed.

I've finally finished my sequel to "Easy To Love!" It's twenty chapters, most of them short, just under 10,000 words total. It would have been done months ago if I wasn't a lazy procrastinator, but never mind that. It's done, and I'm quite pleased with it. I don't know how to post it here in separate chapters, so I've put it on fanfiction.net.

Chapter One starts here

Hope everyone enjoys it!


Twenty Questions Meme

Tagged again by cherrymmm, this time with twenty questions.

I tag nmcil. I think everyone else I know on LJ has been tagged already.

1. Make a list of five things you can see

My checkbook
My calculator
The tax forms I should have filled out and mailed two months ago.
A hundred or so scattered books and papers I should pick up, but won't.
The refrigerator.

2. Would you ever get plastic surgery?

No, why should I?

3. Is there anything in your fridge right now you would never eat or drink?

No. There's rarely that much in there, anyway.

4. Do you drink coffee?

No. Don't like it.

5. Do you nap a lot?

Always on Saturday and Sunday.

6. Who was your first celebrity crush?

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl.

7. What's your current fandon/obsession/addiction?

I still write Buffy-fic, so I guess it's still Buffy. It could become Dollhouse, if it isn't cancelled. *crosses fingers*

8. What are you listening to right now?

House rerun on T.V.

9. What was the last text message you received?

I don't own a messaging device, not even a cell phone.

10. What websites do you always visit when you go online?

Basket of Kisses (a Mad Men blog)
Several other blogs of friends
Pandora (streaming music)
A couple of others that are none of yer dern bizness!

11. What was the last thing you bought?

On Sunday morning I buy my groceries for the week.

12. Astronauts or cavemen? Explain.

Cavemen. They're more willing to kill.

13. Does weather affect your mood?

Absolutely. I'm always in the best mood in October, when the weather is perfect.

14. What is your zodiac sign?


15. Name a song that makes you think of a ship/character you like lately.

The Buffy/Tara fic I've been working on forever (I'm gonna finish it! I will! It's 3/4 done now, despite my lengthy periods of procrastination, and I still love what I've done, so you'll eventually read it. I promise!) got it's title when I heard Frank Sinatra's recording of "More Than You Know."

16. Weird dream

I can never remember my dreams, but one time, after a couple of nights of insomnia, I finally got to sleep, and I dreamed that I was sleeping. How's that for meta?

17. Do you have any siblings?

Two sisters: one older, one my twin.

18. What's something you'd like to say to someone right now but can't say out loud?

Go away and don't bother me.

19. What are your plans for next weekend?

Not a thing. That's how I like my weekends.

20. Say something to the person who tagged you.

I hate being tagged, but you're nice for remembering me.


Five Things Meme

I was tagged by cherrymmm with this meme, five random things to riff on. Anyone who cares to comment I will, if you want (I won't make this mandatory) tag you with five more subjects for you to write about on your journal.

Mine were:

Pumpkin pie
Rachael Yamagata
The Stand
My So-Called Life

1. Pumpkin pie - I don't like pie. Not pumpkin, not apple, not peach. Not any kind. Now that I've told you, you all know it. But it took my family several decades before it sank in. For years, at family gatherings I would be offered pie, say "I don't like pie," and would get surprised responses. It's only been in the last few years that they've finally remembered and don't try to push it on me. I consider it a minor victory.

2. Football - I'm not quite as intense a football fan now as in my youth, but I still watch every Sunday from September to January. Being an Eagles fan can wear you down. Being a fan of any Philadelphia team has long been based on knowing that, in the end, they'll let you down. The Phillies 2008 World Series victory (yay!) defied that, hence the delerium here last October 31st. But the Eagles blowing it against the Cardinals restored the norm.

3. Rachael Yamagata - I had to Wikipedia her to find out who she is. Then I checked out a few of her songs on Youtube (Ain't the internet great?!). Not especially struck by anything yet, but maybe she'll grow on me.

4. The Stand - I've never read it, or seen the TV miniseries. In fact, the only thing of Stephen King's I've ever read is the non-fiction Danse Macabre, his book-length essay on horror in fiction, movies, and TV. It's a great reference book and source of ideas, which I still use. I'm not a fan of the movies made out of King's horror novels, except for the miniseries made from IT. But I love the movies made from the non-horror Shawshank Redemption and Dolores Claiborne. In the latter, Kathy Bates gives one of the great movie performances, superior even to her work in King's Misery. Rent it.

5. My So-Called Life - This was so hyped at the time it first aired, I may have gone in with too-high expectations. The first episode turned me off immediately, I recall, because of the characterization of the parents as cliche shallow self-involved yuppies. I found myself fighting the show, which is fatal, so I gave up after the second week. When it was re-run years later I tried to watch again, but I still didn't like it. I like Claire Danes in other things, though. In Little Women she was a brilliant Beth, a very difficult role.


I'm awed

I'm so happy. I'm so relieved.

Now I have to go and watch the next president give his victory speech.


ETA: What a speech! Invoking Lincoln and Martin Luther King. I'm shaking.


Happy birthday, Cherry!

August 14th is a good birthday for sex symbols: Halle Berry, Catherine Bell, Mila Kunis, and cherrymmm. :-)

Have a happy day!


Do you eat dessert first?

My new story is coming along, if slowly. The odd thing is that I find myself writing the second half first. Since it's a longer story than I usually write, and there were certain scenes I was thinking about, the ones I really wanted to write, I decided what the hell, why not write them first? It seems to be working well so far. At least I like what I have and I think it will fit together. Does anyone else do this?


Now that I'm back in the world of fan-fic, I've been thinking about why we write it. Your reason(s) may differ (and I'd love to hear them), but mine is the same as for anything else I write: I want to read it. When I was halfway through my most recent fic, I wondered if anyone else had written it. So I went to fanfiction.net and, after searching through their Buffy/Tara stories, found only four stories with the same situation as mine, and only one with a similar plot. As the tone and approach were different from mine, I went back to my story reassured and finished it. But while there I noticed, as I always do when I go to fan-fic sites, the vast number of stories in a category I generally ignore, the Alternate Universe stories.

My avoidance of AU stories probably has to do with my attachment to canon. It's not just that I make a fetish of canon, it's more because of the reason I make a fetish of canon. To me, fan-fic is all about seeing the characters we love in new situations without making them something they're not. If you change too much of what we've seen them go through, you change them. So, to me, AU fics have always seemed more like exercises in self-indulgence, all too often changing the characters in order to fit them into whatever story the writer wants to tell. Not as self-indulgent as fan-fic porn (which, I admit, I sometimes enjoy :-), but that's a different discussion), and I have to admit I admire the detail and dedication that many of the AU authors offer. They re-write whole seasons, re-creating their own versions of the Jossverse, or create their own universes.

The reason I'm going on about this is, as I've been casting about for a new idea, I've found myself thinking about an AU story of my own.
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