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I dunno if it counts as finding it when I followed syxp's own link, but Jack can read your mind. There's no comments on it besides mine, so I'm guessing something weird happened with the space/time continuum.

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I dunno if it counts as finding it when I followed syxp's own link, but Jack can read your mind. There's no comments on it besides mine, so I'm guessing something weird happened with the space/time continuum.

holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Fish)
First, I just finished an eight-week running program that is, theoretically, a Couch to 5K program. However, it's all done by time, and I am slow, so I just ran a little over 2 miles in 35 minutes.

The important part here is that I. Ran. For. Thirty-Five. Minutes. Straight.


I felt so good I ALMOST thought that it might be fun to keep running. :-)

I hesitate to put this out there, but I feel like it might be useful or encouraging knowledge for someone: I haven't lost a pound since I started running--and no, I wasn't trying to lose any weight. I haven't changed my eating habits and I haven't gone up or down a size, either. It's certainly possible that I am eating more calories, but I haven't felt like I'm eating a ton more than I was before. I DO feel much stronger and way more fit--it's constantly surprising to me how much MORE I can do without feeling out of breath. Anyway, there's some anecdotal evidence for you to use as you see fit.

... and now for the Sharks!

I wasn't able to actually watch Sharknado, but I almost don't care. People's tweets last night made me happy, and I have a few links to keep here for maximum joy:

(All of these have spoilers.)

Cleolinda compiles everything she knows about Sharknado
The writer of Sharknado answers some very serious questions
A beautiful review of a beautiful movie
The fact that this happened means that there will always be hope for humanity
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I've been remiss. [livejournal.com profile] pepper_field WROTE ME FIC for my birthday. Jack/Sara fic! And it's adorable and delightful and I have absolutely NO excuse for not mentioning it earlier.

Back in Eden.

Sara picks up a stray and ends up with more than she bargained for. :-)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (oops)
I'm sorry about this, but I just can't let it go. I put together some thoughts about the cost and consequences of magic in Once Upon a Time and some reasons why I think the magic system in the show is broken and terrible and needs to be fixed. I did this mostly from memory and my own impressions, so if you think I'm wrong about something or am missing important examples, please comment!

In which I am a wordy, enchanted fish )

P.S. I know it's "Rumplestiltskin" and not "Rumpelstiltskin" in Once, but is it shortened to Rumple or Rumpel?
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I think sometimes, when I start writing in a fandom, I start by writing fic that is almost meta. It's like I'm trying the characters out, seeing how the relationships that I see inside my head comes out on paper.

It's also often wish-fulfillment fic.

Not that this is coming up now for any particular reason or anything.

(As a side note, I sort of wish that it was still that time in my life when I didn't even *think* to look at articles about actors, or see quotes from them, or ridiculously cute set photos. I think that stuff gets in the way of my pure and unadulterated shipping. /grumpy old fan moment)
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This is why I almost never have a good character assignment in my friend groups. You know, when your friends are talking about a fandom and they try to decide who is like which character? Yeah, I'm nearly impossible, and this quiz seems to agree. :-) My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pepper_field for the link!

Results below the cut )
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On occasion, I've had the pleasure of waking up to a full-scale orchestra playing a composition just for me. It sounds as if I'm listening to live music--like the strings and woodwinds and brass and everyone is gathered around my bed to serenade me awake. The illusion is fragile--one breath that's too deep or a slight shift of my head, and it dissolves, fading into the background or dissipating entirely.

I've always assumed that not everyone has had that particular experience, but I was sitting at my desk today with my usual round of song snippets in my head* and thought: "Huh. I don't know that I've ever NOT had a song in my head."

I have songs playing in my mind when I am at work, or swimming, or reading, or driving (even when I don't have the radio on). And then I realized, based on how I've heard other people talk about having music stuck in their heads, that they MIGHT NOT have a constant low-level radio playing in the background of their thoughts. So I asked my coworkers.

One said she hardly ever has songs stuck in her head. Another said she had music in her head about 10% of the time.

So now I'm curious to know what other people's experience is.

*Currently I have about three songs that I'm switching between--and it's not like I listen to one song all the way through and then move on to the next--one song gets stuck in little pieces, and then all of the sudden it's a different song's pieces.

I also tend to add my own rhythm section by tapping my molars together in a way that makes my dentist despair.
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I just found this sitting around my drive, nearly complete. I'm hoping I haven't already posted it somewhere. That's happened to me before.

Title: Teamwork
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Characters: Sam and Jack
Category: Friendship, Gen, Fluff
Word Count: 450
Summary: Sam's had a long night. If only she had a viable exit strategy.

As parties go, this one sucks )
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That's the $10 question, isn't it? I keep hearing how people really liked it, and then read reviews that pretty much tell me that I'm not going to enjoy it all that much.

(If you're wondering, I didn't much care for the first one for various reasons, the smallest and pettiest of which was the plethora of miniskirts for no logical reason. Honestly, at this point, I'm not sure I really remember most of the specifics of the other reasons.)

(The pettiest reason I am not too thrilled about this movie? THE LACK OF THE COLON IN THE TITLE.)

Maybe instead of Star Trek, I should go see Iron Man 3 again.
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I've been meaning to write some thoughts down since I watched Iron Man 3 for the first time--then I decided it was better to just go and see it again so I could really pay attention. And then the next day my friend wanted to go see it, so that happened.

Then I kept getting distracted by gifs on tumblr.

So, without further ado, thoughts! There are many of them. SO MANY.

No, really. SO MANY. )

Is it weird that I have so many thoughts about a summer superhero movie?

Probably. Oh well.


Apr. 30th, 2013 02:13 pm
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Okay, you know the trope about the war-hardened soldier who just wants to grow peas/smuggle/drink and get old and definitely doesn't want to go save the world, right? Think Han Solo, or even the Wizard in the new, not-great Oz movie. Or Madmartigan.

That's the trope. Where are the women? I can think of one example (kinda) in a Patricia C. Wrede book (Caught in Crystal, where the main character is sought out because she went on a pretty interesting trip when she was young that seems to have some ramifications in the present.). I'm actually pretty sure there are more, but I'm drawing a blank.

I also looked on TV Tropes, but I don't think I have the right name for the trope--and I'm definitely NOT talking about the Lovable Rogue or The Lancer, although those could be combined with this one.

holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (weather)
I almost got mauled by a dog today, and I think it shows how strange I am because I kind of count that as a highlight. I mean, if I'd actually gotten mauled by a dog it would have been terrible, but as it is, I get to count it as a win. "Hey! I didn't get mauled by a dog today! What a fantastic day!"

(Okay, so the actual danger level was very low. There was just a very defensive dog off its leash in the neighborhood and it DID NOT LIKE STRANGE WOMAN IN ITS TERRITORY.)

The rest of the day wasn't bad either. We've been having fabulously warm spring weather the last few days. Sunday was the warmest 3/31 of record. Ever. By something like 6 degrees. I wore a pretty dress and did my hair in a french braid (myself!) and wore makeup and jewelry and sandals and looked TOTALLY cute.

(Best compliment: "I didn't recognize you. You look so beautiful!" This was followed by a horrified look from the complimentor, and I assured her I wouldn't take it amiss.)

Anyway, the weather today was great, and my boss took us all out for lunch and I got to do a fun project and complain about ridiculous form requirements from the home office. YAY.

I also just saw the 100th ep of Castle, which was spoilers! )

Other things which I am excited about: Iron Man 3. STILL. [personal profile] splash_the_cat has been keeping me extremely squeeful on tumblr by reposting lots of Tony and Pepper gifs. I always want to reblog them and hardly ever do because I'm PRETTY sure I don't have enough unique followers to justify reblogging 8,000,000 Tony/Pepper gifs.


I'm also re-reading Pride and Prejudice. *happy sighs* I really like how Lizzie doesn't show up as a main character right away--though I think that actually frustrated me when I first tried to read it.

I'm... disappointed that goodreads is being bought by amazon. I don't use it a lot, but I don't really want a one-store platform. Bah.
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1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: I will never quit you. What? THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE EPISODE? That sucks.

2. I am re-watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice. These things might be related.

3. Once Upon a Time! How did you manage to become My New Thing? There is still so much wrong with you. But I apparently don't care.

4. I got spoiled for something related to Iron Man 3. Really, not a Big Thing, but a very fun thing. Oops? There's really no way I could have avoided it, I know. Not unless I cut myself off from all internet-related fun for the next month or so. That wasn't going to happen.
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Below the cut is what I'm watching on TV and what I might like to watch but am not sure about.

click for more! )
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Yes, I know I said I wasn't really fannish about this show. Shut up.

spoilery questions )
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I have realized that I'm quite fannish about certain parts of Once Upon a Time, specifically the Snow White Kicks Ass show. I like the other shows that air alongside that one okay, like the Belle Knows Books Save Lives show and the Mulan Deals with Aurora show and the Hook Wears Eyeliner show.

The only problem is that I'm not a big fan of the Rumpelstiltskin Makes Bad Decisions and Deserves Our Pity show, which seems to be on a lot more than necessary.

But that's okay! I have fannish thoughts about this episode!

Queens, Daughters, and Dead Disney Mother Disease )
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1. Work. Work. Woooooooork. I stayed late last night and I'm still not exactly caught up. (Close enough, though.)

2. Moving. Oh, ugh. Moving. The actual date is this Saturday. Tomorrow. Yikes. But I am ALMOST ready--I just keep finding more things to worry about. Just last night I remembered two more people who were coming to help, and now I am worried that there will be TOO MANY PEOPLE to help me move and that they will know that I am a ridiculous person who thinks she needs five more people to help move than she does. I just keep telling myself that really I'm just throwing a moving PARTY. My brain seems happier with that idea.

3. Looking for a condo. Apparently you have to spend time researching them and looking at them and thinking about them. Who knew?

4. Preparing for the Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Sunday. Look, I know I'm maybe not evidencing the best judgment by being responsible for a birthday party the day after I move, but your best friend's 30th birthday only comes around once!

5. Posting to LJ. :-)
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Me, as of two minutes ago: ACK! Why is no one talking about last night's Castle yet?!

If anyone responds at all, there will be spoilers in the comments.

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