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Fanfic Update ML
Fangirl Focus
I have created an announcement ML for anyone who doesn't have an LJ and wants to be notified when I update my fanfiction.  (Or I suppose even if you do have an LJ but you don't want to watch/friend me.)   The form itself is below, and pretty self-explanatory. ;)


This ML is hosted on my paid webspace provider (Dreamhost), which I have been using for more than ten years.  It is for announcements only.  That means it won't accept replies from members (or anyone else), which should mean no spam.  (It won't even accept email from my email account; I have to login to Dreamhost and send through their interface.)


Smallville: A (long overdue) review
Very Bad Day
I said a year ago (ack!) that I would write a review... and still haven't done it. I decided I better do it before I have to rewatch episodes to remember why I feel the way I do.

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Damn it, now I have to watch Smallville!
I hate it when fandom eats my brain. Fandom can be worse than zombies in that respect.

Why, oh why, did I decide I needed to watch Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman? It's a show from the mid-nineties that gave a romantic comedy spin to the Superman mythos. It's fun. It's often adorable. Dean Cain (especially in season 1) is a right hottie, and the chemistry between Lois and Clark is fantastic.

So I dragged out the DVDs and watched them. And that's when fandom chomped my brain. "Go read fanfic!" it said. So I did. Then it started trying to get me to write L&C fanfic--which I am resisting, but it's seriously difficult.

Since I was having trouble finding stuff that was hitting the right buttons for me, I ended up branching out into other forms of Superman, reasoning that it's still L&C at the end of the day.

A few days ago I made my way to Smallville fic, and now I'm going to have to cave and watch the show. There're just too many things referenced that I'm clueless about.

And, you know, watching a new show would be fine, except:

(1) At least when it started out, Smallville was a teen angst show. Not really into teen angst.
(2) Lois isn't even introduced until season 4. That gives me three seasons of teen angst to watch for nothing but backstory.
(3) Clark apparently spends 7 or 8 seasons (out of the ten total) being especially angsty and dramatic over his supposed love for Lana Lang. Not only am I not interested in watching it, I'm utterly baffled by this. I'm especially baffled by the sheer number of people who ship the pairing, despite the fact that Superman has never, ever, in his entire history, chosen anyone over Lois Lane. I really don't understand how the romance hung on for another four seasons after she came on the scene.

I'm considering starting with season four, but I'm afraid I'll still be confused. I've also considered starting with... I think maybe season 8? Whenever it is that Clark and Lois start eyeing each other for serious... but, again, I suspect there will be much confusion.

It wouldn't be nearly as annoying if I could stream it--then if I didn't care to watch an episode (or decided to skip entire blocks of them) it would be easy to pick and choose. Instead, however, I'm having to get the discs from Netflix, and thus if I need to go back and watch something, it might be on a disc I don't have at the moment...


In conclusion, I guess I'm saying that fandom is a harsh, brain-eating mistress. And also, if someone else is a Lois and Clark fan and can tell me a good point to start watching Smallville, feel free to lay it on me.

Dissidia Fic Recommendation
I haven't managed to play either of the Dissidia games, but from what I've read, this fic strikes me as both (a) hilarious and (b) appropriate. There's even a hint (if you squint?) of cloti at the end:

Cyclic Dilemma


Tifa artwork by Fairheartstrife/Windrider1
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The awesome [personal profile] fairheartstrife (Windrider1 on LJ) gifted me with this Tifa artwork. Because, as I said, she's awesome.

Isn't it fabulous? I'm thinking I may have to work it into the conclusion of Calling.

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FANFIC (Drabble) -- Pen Pals, Fan Clubs, and SOLDIERS (Fidelity)
Cloud Pleaser
Title: Pen Pals, Fan Clubs, and SOLDIERS
Words: 950
Note: This is set in the Fidelity universe. I'm not sure why, but my brain insisted I write it. Just how did Tifa find out about Cloud's fan club?

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Fanfic -- "Most Precious" (Kenshin/Kaoru, 2/?)
Smexy Kenshin
Title: Most Precious, Part 2/?
Pairing: Kenshin/Kaoru
Rating: T
Length: 4600 Words
Prompt:  Written for dylynnr
, the winning bidder on my RK fanfic help_japan auction.  Request was for a fantasy-themed Kaoru/Battousai

Thanks To: jane_drew_, quoth_the_ravyn,  and guardantares for the ongoing encouragement. You're all made of win.

Note: OMG! Finally! Also, there's a slightly revised chapter one you might want to read.

In which our cast of characters grows, and Kaoru meets a statue. Sort of.Collapse )

Fanfic -- "Most Precious" (Kenshin/Kaoru, 1/?) -- REVISED
Smexy Kenshin
Title:  Most Precious, Part 1/?
Pairing:  Kenshin/Kaoru
Rating:  T
Length:  7500 Words
Betas:  jane_drew_quoth_the_ravyn,  and yuenmei.  Thank you all, you were immensely helpful! <3
Prompt:  Written for dylynnr, the winning bidder on my RK fanfic help_japan  auction.  Request was for a fantasy-themed Kaoru/Battousai
Note: This is a slightly edited version -- roughly an additional 1000 words -- from the one I posted, oh, two years ago.

In which Kaoru and Misao are *still* taking a trip...Collapse )

I am *such* a word snob...
This isn't exactly a secret to me, and yet sometimes it's driven home with new and pressing sharpness.

Such as a moment ago, when I realized that although the book Mr. Impossible is (on the surface, at least) exactly what I was looking for, I'm skeptical about reading it because the blurb describes the hero as being "irretrievably reckless".

What does that even mean? How can recklessness be irretrievable? Or, more appropriately, how could recklessness ever be retrievable? Isn't it sort of a given that it's irretrievable, given that retrieving is not something one does to recklessness?

So I looked it up -- you know, on the off chance that it meant something unexpected.

(No, seriously, I do this. If I think an author is using a word incorrectly, I check to make sure I'm not insane. If I thought someone was using the word "the" incorrectly -- although I can only imagine one possible way to do so -- I would still be at least tempted to look it up and check. This might mean there's something wrong with me.)

And it does and it doesn't. Irretrievable means (as you'd guess) "not retrievable". Point for me. However, it also apparently means "irreparable". Which makes no sense: retrieve and repair don't mean the same thing at all. However, if "irretrievable" means "irreparable", and the more applicable term is "irreparable" (recklessness being a character flaw that might be considered beyond correction), then why not use irreparable?


Loretta Chase (or her publisher), why are you making me sad?

Also: apparently in some states, instead of couples having "irreconcilable differences", they are said to have an "irretrievable breakdown". This also makes me sad. So does the other (legal) term for it: "irremediable breakdown".

Why must people mess with my words?! (All your words are belong to me. Mine. Quit messing with them and making them mean the wrong things.)
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LOL -- for my RK friends ;)


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