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Comment with one of my fandoms and a number.

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

And then we can taaaaaaalk about it. :)
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Josh is away at a party, and I would love to talk to you guys about anything really, but here are some talking points:

1. Give me your Game of Thrones predictions. How will it end? What plots points will be resolved and how? What will happen to your favorite characters?

2. How would you have ended Penny Dreadful? Rewrite that awful ending for me, my friends. Or if you, *gasp*, liked it, tell me why. I'd love to see a ray of sunshine in that ending.

3. Tell what you would have done for a sixth season of Stargate Atlantis or an eleventh season of SG-1. What would you have the Gateverse people get up to?

4. What do you hope to see on this new Star Trek show? Is it true that it will only be available on some weird streaming channel that you have to sign up for? *sad face*

Tell me something. Ask me something. :)
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Josh has been gone since Wednesday; he'll be back on Monday. Emma is away at a friend's birthday party sleepover. Fiona has been asleep for three hours. I can only watch so much back to back Bluebloods reruns and read so much very very bad fanfic in which Oliver Wood tricks Harry Potter into shagging him because Ginny Weasley paid him to (although I suspect more of both will be occurring later tonight). Talk to me, my friends!

I'm up for talking about anything but potential topics of conversation include

Game of Thrones
Harry Potter
Star Trek
Star Wars
Supernatural (the rewatch with Emma continues; we're in season 7)
food, the eating and cooking thereof
fashion, cosmetics, and jewelry

ETA: WTF, PBS? I appear to be watching Ramsay Bolton and Gandalf the Grey in a terrible sitcom with a laugh track. *boggles*
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so talk to me, my friends, before I get on the road!

Ask me things. Tell me things.

I'm bored. Josh is watching . . . basketball. *shudders*
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[personal profile] executrix just told me: BTW I tried to Make Fetch Happen by calling 50-word stories "byatts".

Why not?

Give me a fannish prompt (characters, pairing, episode, color, song, whatever), and I'll write you a Byatt. If I don't know the fandom, I'll make something up. It will be adorable ridiculous.

Feel free to play along if you like.
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1. I'm reading a fantastic book that Executrix sent me about the way that American heiresses started invading Victorian England because they couldn't achieve social recognition or make good marriages in an American society ruled by stuffy old birds like Mrs. Astor. Anyway, fun factoid: kid gloves were worn by both men and women at society functions so that flesh never touched flesh while dancing; the gloves were thin and tight enough that the outline of the fingernails was visible through them, and they only lasted for a single use. Talk about disposable income.

2. cut for discussion of exercise, weight, and mental health )

3. cut for discussion of dieting )

4. cut for discussion of sartorial woes with a side of self-loathing )

5. Getting to Know You Meme: Ask me a question, and I'll ask you one in return.
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Hey, everybody. I've got an evening to kill. Up for some conversation?

Potential topics include cooking and food, my SPN rewatch with Emma, Star Wars, TV shows you're loving. Maybe there's something you've always wanted to ask me. I'm up for talking about anything. :)
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[personal profile] wendelah1 gave me 20. If you want to do it, just leave a comment and I'll give you a number.

Then, at 20

I lived in: a shitty apartment complex. It was within walking distance of the college I was attending. It was probably condemnable, and lots of druggies lived there. When our friends moved in next door, they found used needles stuck up under the ceiling panels and on the top of the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. And yet, our landlord (who also lived in the complex) was the best landlord ever--kind, generous and amazing.

I drove: a Ford Tempo

I was in a relationship with: Josh. We got together when I was nineteen and he was twenty.

I feared: death.

I worked at: being an undergrad. I also worked at the university library and as a tutor for the tutoring center.

I wanted to be: an English professor.

Now, at 36

I live in: a three bedroom, two bathroom house that I am renting in a tiny Southern town

I drive: a Hyundai Sonata

I am in a relationship with: Josh; March will be 15 years married.

I fear: death. Josh dying. Something happening to my children. Josh not getting tenure.

I work at: a state university as a English professor.

I want to be: less anxious.

Hit me up with a number if you want to also meme.
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Josh is away at a party, and I'm pulling Feefers duty. *sob sob* However, this gives me an excellent and rare opportunity to talk with y'all in real time.

So, tell me something. Or ask me something. I miss being able to make a post and spend the evening leisurely discussing. Most of my replies to comments to my posts are made over the course of several days now. It'll be nice to spend an evening discussing something.

Potential topics:

Food
Books
Halloween
Fashion and wardrobe creation
Jewelry
Perfume
Adult coloring books
Makeup
Yuletide
Your go-to gift ideas for the people in your life
Dishes and silverware
Literally anything else you want to talk to me about
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Some lovely someone(s) has been nominating my stories for the SunnyD Awards and for the No Rest for the Wicked Awards. I have been very anxious about Fi, and that's been a bright spot in the past few days for me. Many, many thanks, Mystery Nominator!

Fi went to daycare today; she doesn't seem any worse. I am crossing my fingers so tightly they are cramping that she will not get any worse.

I had a lot of fun learning about your collections and tea preferences, so let's do something along those lines again.

Tell me all about your

1. Favorite animal
2. Favorite historical figure
3. Favorite terrible movie
4. Favorite item of home decor
lunabee34: (food:  sushi color by cattyhunts)
I love talking about this kind of stuff and realized I don't know the answers for these questions about a lot of you, so I made a questionnaire. Answer any or all!

1. Do you collect stuff? If so, what and why?
2. What's your favorite color?
3. Favorite dish to cook or eat out?
4. Do you handwrite letters? Use a physical notebook? Care to wax rhapsodic about either, including the perfect writing utensil?
5. Do you drink tea or coffee or another hot beverage? What's your favorite brand or blend?

Tell me anything else interesting that might occur to you. :)
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lunabee34: (sg1: gate b/w by catharsis_o_s)
Epiphanies brought on by the Nineties Weekend we listened to on the way home from Atlanta:

Tyrion Lannister is the likely pen behind the lyrics of "Where Do You Go?" [My Lovely]

Enrique Iglesias is not in fact singing, "Te quiero no burrito," but, "Te quiero amor mio," which makes much more sense.

Who wants to talk about fannish stuff? I'm up for talk about any of the following: Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, Gateverse, Buffyverse, Star Trek, etc!
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lunabee34: (voyager: tuvok/neelix by dragonflyopera)
I want to do this meme again. Not going to have sign-ups for specific days, but give me some topics you'd like me to talk about, and I'll post in December about them. <3 :)

Topics:

Intriguing: How did you first get into fandom/what were your your first fandom experiences? (define "fandom experiences" however you'd like to) :)

Endeni: if you were in charge of the next Trek movie what would it be like?

PrincessofGeeks: How you envision Jack and Daniel and how you fell in love with them. Your fannish trajectory. Your writing process. Some hobby that you love outside fandom; why and how.

Elfin: Which Star Trek captain is "your" captain and why?

Zulu: A tradition you have started or maintained--not necessarily connected to a holiday, but could be. :)

Executrix: What's the line between being "fannish" about something and "watching/reading/listening" to it?

The_rck: One fandom you didn't expect to love but did (or one you expected to love and didn't. Your choice).

Sallymn: tell me about three of your favourite authors?

Lyr: What's your little black dress fandom? You know, that fandom you find yourself trying to crossover with everything else - whether you actually write it or not.

Umadoshi: Are you able to describe the way scents evoke characters for you? So far I don't have that relationship to scents at all, but it fascinates me!
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I realized that in the rush of the semester starting again that I forgot to link to the lovely story written for me in the Jack/Daniel ficathon. Everyone go read Blue World by [personal profile] topazowl, who did wonderful things with my prompt. The rest of the stories can be found HERE (some are still pending).

Now for that meme everyone has been doing:

MEME )

All my fic is here at AO3.
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A Meme via likeadeuce )

For those of the Stargate SG-1 persuasion, a couple queries:

1. When Daniel de-ascends the second time, he re-appears naked in .... General Hammond's broom closet? Is that right? Or is it off the conference room? IDK I can't remember.

2. Jack drives a pick-up truck, yes?
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lunabee34: (are those men kissing? by animekittysama)
I don't want to read, there's nothing on TV, and I miss talking to y'all.

Ask me something. Tell me something.

We could talk about NCIS, specifically Abby or Diane (Gibbs and Fornell's shared ex-wife).

Or we could talk about the educational system in the US.

Or we could talk about makeup and nail polish.

Or Penny Dreadful. MMmmmmmm. Penny Dreadful.

Or, you know. Anything.

Ever since being sick, I am struggling with the worst apathy. I could post more but it seems too much trouble. I could read fic but nothing is pinging me. I could *write* fic and even have several WIPs already started, but I never work on them. Maybe a rousing convo with my friends is the kick in the butt I need to start feeling engaged again. :)
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This old ass bio of Dickens by Una Pope Hennessy

The Never Ending Story (which I did not know was originally a book until now)

Bill Maher's outfit this past Friday; so disappoint, my friends

This is the End starring Seth Rogen and friends

The Expendables 2

Warm Bodies

Holy OMG Walking Dead; *wails*

Any takers? :)
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1. Favourite Christmas episodes of tv shows. :) for [personal profile] aryas_zehral

This actually ended up being more difficult for me to answer than I thought it would be. I can't think of many Christmas episodes of TV just off the top of my head. I liked this year's NCIS Christmas episode (I am a sucker for sick kids OMG). My favorite Christmas movies are White Christmas and Holiday Inn, and my favorite Christmas story is "The Gift of the Magi." Makes me tear up every time I read it. My favorite Christmas song is "Some Children See Him" sung by Andy Williams, and I am the target audience for every holiday commercial ever made. Those coffee commercials where people come home for Christmas slay me. The commercial this year where the couple decorates their elderly neighbor's house for Christmas brings me to tears.

2. Your favourite Farscape episode or moment. :-) for [personal profile] china_shop

This, in contrast, is an easy question to answer. My hands-down absolute favorite moment in the show and miniseries is SPOILERS )

3. Best/wackiest/most memorable story about grad school for [personal profile] zulu

We started grad school in the fall of 2001, and so I had been teaching for a matter of a few weeks when 9/11 happened. At this time, Josh and I did not watch the news and you couldn't really check the news on the internet at that point and we didn't listen to NPR unless we were in the car, so we slept in late as usual and went onto campus. Everything was so quiet and still and people were huddled together or talking on their phones, and it was just weird. We knew instantly something was wrong. I went into my office, and my office-mate told me what had happened. We went home; I think classes were cancelled for that day (I can't remember) and watched the planes crash into the Towers over and over again for hours. I had a student that semester who quit coming to class and tried to give me the excuse that he was a journalist who was needed to cover the terrorist tragedy. Talk about an utter lack of sympathy for that bullshit.

I got pregnant with my first daughter in the second semester of grad school. I was deeply, horribly sick the entire time I was pregnant with her. This led to me throwing up pretty much everywhere in Oxford; behind every bush, in every parking lot, in the trashcans of every building on campus. It was awesome to overhear the wife of one of my professors say at a social gathering how pitiful it is that the female students get so drunk, and so early in the day even. She then recounted the story of what I recognized as pregnant me throwing up in the parking lot of Blockbuster as an example of this issue. LOL

And for an even three, my undergraduate classes in English were pretty light on the theory. I'm certain that theory was informing what my professors chose to teach us and how they did so, but I didn't read any Lacan or Foucoult or learn anything about the different theoretical schools. Our first semester in grad school, we all had to take an intro to theory class that exposed us to the most important theory at that time as well as a history of the discipline of English as taught in America. Fascinating class (even if it remains the most contact I've really had with theory; a lot of the older profs at Ole Miss at that time were more into close reading and historical readings than anything else, and so I'm really weak in that area to this day; I'm totally cool with that, though; while I find some theory useful for understanding literature, I find a lot of it obfuscating and clearly something somebody wrote to get tenure rather than because it added anything to the discipline LOL; I accept that I may be alone in this feeling, fellow profs on the flist). There was this one girl in the class who just got more and more upset as the class wore on, and one day she just stood up, announced "Fuck this" and flounced on out the door never to be seen again. I have never seen anyone implode like that before. It was bizarre. We still have the book of Lovecraft poetry Josh had borrowed from her and could not return on our shelf.
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I am done with teaching and grading and being miserable! LOL I was teaching two second session classes this semester to accommodate Feefers, and these classes compress 16 weeks of learning into 8. I have to give the same volume of assignments and reading and all that jazz as I would in a regular semester, just in far less time. One of the classes was online, and the other face-to-face class met daily Monday through Thursday. I was also teaching two full session online classes. For the online class, the big assignments were all due at the end of the class as in 24 hours before grades were due. Naturally, our online teaching platform broke the weekend before, and left everyone in a tizzy (most especially me!). I did not have to give any incompletes, but it was touch and go there for awhile. I did, however, make myself so anxious grading and worrying about everything, that I was sick to my stomach all Monday night. :(

But I have written on my Yuletide story all day, and I am almost finished with it! I love Yuletide. I always end up with the best prompts and have the most fun writing. I should finish tonight or tomorrow.

Now for a belated meme answer:

[livejournal.com profile] lyrstzha wants to know what fandoms I wish more people would follow me into. I wish more of you were into New Girl, The Mindy Project and NCIS but I'm not really in the fandom for any of those shows. Hmmmmm...... more of you should definitely be writing The Hobbit/LoTR fanfic. *nods decisively*
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[personal profile] karmageddon asked me to talk about what books kids should read at what ages. ELementary school must-reads, Middle school must reads. How/what to teach kids about literature.

This is a very timely topic as Josh and I have been pondering recently how to handle this very issue with Emma.

I suppose I should begin with a brief discussion of my own childhood as a reader. Even though I grew up in the pre-Internet era and my choices for reading material were confined to actual, physical books, I had access to a wide variety of books, and my reading was rarely curtailed. My house was full of hundreds of books, and I had access to them all. I had free rein of the school library, and I was allowed to buy whatever I wanted at the bookstore (Oh, Walden Books, you died such a sad death decades ago) without Mom even checking to see what I'd bought. Only once did my parents try to curtail what I read. My mother had a collection of more than 100 romance novels, and we're not talking Harlequins here. These were sexually explicit, epic tomes of historical romantic fiction. Once she realized I was reading these books, she tried to keep me from them (but I'd already pretty much read them all at that point) with limited success.

I would like for Emma to have that same lack of restriction, and I truly don't think there is anything that she *shouldn't* read. There are no books that we have hidden anywhere. They're all out in the open, and she could technically take any of them without telling us and I probably wouldn't know she was reading it unless she told me. I think Josh did put the only copy of Playboy we own (mmmmmmm, Charisma Carpenter) in our bedroom at one point, but it was on the shelf for years before he did that, and I put it back when I realized what he'd done.

I only have two concerns with what Emma reads. The first is that I don't want her to scare herself and inconvenience me by having nightmares/being scared of the dark, to be a blunt and selfish parent. LOL In the past few months, she's expressed a lot of interest in reading Stephen King, and I'm hesitant to let her read something that turns me into a whimpering ninny. I told her she could read The Langoliers and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, but she hasn't taken me up on it yet. She wants to read Skeleton Crew instead, of course. LOL

The second is that I don't want her to read something she's not ready for. We like angst and violence and dystopias, Josh and I, and I don't want her get fixated on something that she's not ready to think about yet. As smart and precocious as she is, Emma is still very much a child by her own choice. Even while many of those around her are hurtling headlong as fast as they can into what passes for adulthood to 11 year olds, Emma fiercely clings to childhood. She's not boycrazy; she doesn't want to read about sex or really even see kissing on TV. So far, other than the King, she hasn't asked to read anything I'd feel uncomfortable letting her read, so that hasn't become an issue yet.

As far as teaching kids about literature goes, I think the three most important things that parents can do at home is to read themselves in front of their children, read aloud to their children, and talk to their children about what the children read on their own. The number one predictor of how students will perform in any of my classes is whether they read for pleasure. I almost never have students who don't read on their own time earn A's in my classes. It's a little scary how accurate that one predictor is. I always tell my students that if the only time they read is when they are forced to for school they should think of themselves as athletes who only practice their sport during games. It's astonishing the degree to which reading influences the quality of student writing as well. I see it with Emma. Because she reads so much, she has internalized the fundamentals of narrative structure and grammar.

In terms of must-reads, I probably would mention all the tried and true Caldecott and Newbery winners you guys already know about. Instead I will tell you about a couple of books for teensy kiddos that I really like.

First Book of Sushi by Amy Sanger Wilson is fantastic. The art is great (lots of red, black and white), and I love the text. This author has done a whole line of board books about cuisine from different cultures. I also really like Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. It's a kitty! In lovely black and white.

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