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29th-Nov-2015 08:54 pm - a show and a movie trailer
Like a lot of Netflix subscribers out there, I binge-watched their newest original offering, Jessica Jones. It was grim, but very good. The themes of power and abuse make for a very dark show, even though it wasn't as physical violent as, say, Daredevil. It's very much a film noir sort of show, with a hard-edged detective as the leading character (complete with first-person voiceover) and a life-changing traumatic event in that character's life as a focus.

Many, many posts out there highlighting the potential upsetting nature of various elements of Jessica Jones, so I'll refrain from adding to that. It's definitely at the far edge of what I'll watch; I wouldn't want it any more grim. I will say that ultimately the show had a hopeful message: you're not the same after tragic events, but you can move on anyway. (And if you want a list of what I can recall about the possibly triggering dark stuff, lemme know.)

What else? For me there was a bit of a lull in the middle; episode seven in particular was a bit annoying. But as a whole it was a strong season one, and I'm looking forward to more.

a few spoilers and a critiqueCollapse )

Moving on: the trailer for the newest Captain America movie (Civil War is the second part of the title, I believe) doesn’t interest me. 1) In what world are Steve and Tony friends? Work buddies at best. Which is a valuable thing, but… 2) Bucky is a pawn in all of this, and I’m not emotionally invested in Bucky. 3) Marvel movie-verse is severely lacking in women, and I’m just tired of that. It was especially noticeable after watching Jessica Jones. I may well be DONE with CA/The Avengers and the "Only one woman per team allowed" thing they have going on...

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15th-Nov-2015 09:28 pm - listen to the wind blow...
lockhart, bad teacher
I'm going to put the real world on hold for a bit and talk about TV.

So, about Jane the Virgin this season... aie, love trianglesCollapse )

Hm. I thought I had more to say about that, but... not really in a coherent way.

Supergirl's debut reminded me that cast spoilers, general reactionCollapse )

I stopped watching Empire. spoilers for 2.01Collapse )

I can name at least three other shows I've quit that fit this pattern as well. Sorry, Taraji P. Henson! I'm gonna miss seeing you on the little screen.

Like JtV, The Flash hasn't been as strong its second season, though I'm hopeful for improvement. spoilersCollapse )

Sleepy Hollow is still causing my hope to dwindle, but I haven't quite given up on it. ehhhCollapse )

Elementary is back, but only two episodes so far. Nothing much to report yet. I will say that the makeup artist has done an incredible job making John Noble resemble Jonny Lee Miller. It's amazing.

Good heavens, one of these shows is gonna get cut simply due to time factors, right? The only reason I'm mostly caught up right now is because I took a sick day last week. The show most likely to get pushed back to "wait until it gets to Netflix" status is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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4th-Nov-2015 05:35 pm - fall TV update
Hey, Person of Interest stuff! Not that the show is back--season five is still on hold, with no official start date. Anyway, reminder that Grimorie started a tumblr-based rewatch comm, watchofinterest. We're in mid season two so far. You can actually post comments there and reply to them, rather than reblogging.

Also, I wrote a very belated episode reaction post for season four's "Terra Incognita". (It's on the Carter LJ comm.)

On to TV that's currently on air. The Flash has been less shiny in its second season, but I'm not close to that nebulous stop watching point. I did stop watching Empire; it hit that questionable consent issue too much in episode 2.01, and I bailed. I still love Cookie Lyon, but I'll just have to 'watch' via gif sets on Tumblr.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is having a decent third season, although I'll be honest: 1) there could be a fifty percent reduction of Jake Peralta content and I'd be pleased, and 2) still not that excited about this new canon pairing. I don't hate it, but eh... see #1 and my lack of interest in Jake.

Dean Winters was in one or two episodes of B99, and I'm still impressed with how much I haaaaated his 'Vulture' character. Acting -- it's amazing. (I loved his turn on T:TSCC, so it's funny to hate him so much as another character.)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its interesting and problematic existence. So many fascinating ideas! So much failure in some of the writing! I do enjoy it--I wouldn't watch it otherwise--but it consistently leaves me saying "What a mess" after I've had time to mull over an episode.

Anyway, I really liked the flashback episode showing spoilery thing for 3.05Collapse )

I'm behind on Jane the Virgin, which is due in part to the love triangle returning to the forefront. I like Rafael reasonably well, but he and Jane have a lot to learn about how to deal with each other. I like Michael too, but even though he and Jane understand each other, I'm still anti-Michael when it comes to Jane. He lied to her. A LOT. And I'm not feeling forgiving of it. So I basically don't have a pairing that I really want to happen right now, which makes the love triangle storyline annoying.

Books: still re-reading Harry Potter. Currently in book four. Aie, poor Harry.

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14th-Oct-2015 06:06 pm - oh, hey, it's some finished fic!
title: Tomorrow Was Made for Some
fandom: Person of Interest
summary: Reese and Carter are unprepared to navigate the turbulence in their tentative relationship through a year of shocks and challenges. At critical moments, when things seem about to flame out, Fusco, Shaw, and Finch provide crucial assistance.
(shorter summary: mostly not-sappy pregnancy fic)

characters & pairings: Joss Carter/John Reese, Harold Finch, Lionel Fusco, Sameen Shaw, Taylor Carter, original characters
rating and contents: M
word count: around 38K

Note 1 blacktop50 did most of the heavy lifting on this co-written story.

Note 2: AU from just after 2X22

on AO3 (complete at 13 chapters) or on FF.net (will be updated regularly)

May post a link soon to my thoughts about collaborating on this story.

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11th-Oct-2015 09:16 pm - that fandom aten't ded yet
The students in my school district get two - TWO - days off this month that we (the faculty and staff) have to work. *cue the jealous grudge*

Anyway. Maybe I'll get some fanfic written tomorrow? I actually have an idea that's tickling my brain enough to make me write notes. Lacking a fandom that really says Love me! means no fanfic production of late. This started before Person of Interest killed off Carter, by the way. The transition from procedural to full-on sci fi show had me already losing that level of interest (heh, interest) that my brain apparently requires to produce fic on a semi-regular basis. Killing Carter rather cemented it, however.

(Depression may be a factor as well. But I wrote that multi-chapter fic with depression, so I'd guess it's not the biggest element in writing production or lack of it.)

Co-written PoI fic is pretty much finished, thanks to my co-author. I'll post a link once she starts putting chapters online. It really did end up being a hybrid story of what I like and what she likes, which is fascinating.

Er. Anyway. Last two Person of Interest related things:
1) we're doing a rewatch on Tumblr, which has reminded that I really did love that first season of the show. Grimorie chose a format that allows for actual comments on the posts, so you don't have to reblog to talk about the episodes. Like back in the day, yeah? I'd say I miss back in the day, but when it comes to PoI fandom, I really really don't.

2) There are spoilers out there for the upcoming season, which is being filmed right now. No air date yet (it's going to be a mid-season replacement). This teaser trailer from whatever con is going on now is silly and pretty spoiler-free. So enjoy.

Books: nothing of interest to report recently, though I have some recs that I intend to explore soon.

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20th-Sep-2015 09:09 pm - book and oops
Yay, book nine of Seanan McGuire's October Daye series came out earlier this month. I made time to read it this weekend. It's an enjoyable series, with a direct forward narrative and characters I like. Having them set so deeply in fae-land makes them a bit more distant to me than, say the Rivers of London series (which is pretty much like our London plus some magic/magical creatures), but McGuire's clean writing style and coherent universe makes for a good read in spite of that.

I broke my fabric-buying moratorium. *face of shame* This teal dress was lovely, but not quite something I'd wear, with the large fabric-covered buttons down the back. (Why would you want large, lumpy buttons running down the back of your dress or shirt? They'd be uncomfortable when you sit!) Also, the neckline is higher than what I like. So I found some teal fabric with a very subtle herringbone pattern, and ordered it. And I'm sorting through patterns; I have it narrowed down to two right now.

It's been a hectic start to the school year, but my classes are good. Most of them, anyway. There's a good enough balance in them to make for a nice chemistry.

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23rd-Aug-2015 11:49 am - Where did my summer go?
Quick update! It was summer and I did things! Most of them were fun! Summer is fleeting! So is this post!

Okay, maybe not so fleeting for the post. I guess I'll highlight the new experience: I got to see (the northeast corner of) Ohio for the first time. It was so pretty. Apparently summer is far more fleeting there than it is here, when we're talking about the season itself and not the break from work that students and teachers have.

So yeah... full summer (briefly) in Ohio, high temperatures well below what they are here, wildflowers in bloom everywhere. It was gorgeous. And I went swimming in Lake Erie and lived to tell the tale! It actually wasn't as cold as I expected. (This does NOT mean it was warm. Just... not super-cold.)

Also spent some time in DC and Oklahoma again. And goofing off in my own home. It was lovely.

No real news to report for media consumption. Last night I finished rereading the Rivers of London books, the five in print as of now. I wanted to see if there were hints about [spoilery thing that happened at the end of book three], among other things. And I enjoyed them about as much as I did the first time around, so yay.

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6th-Jul-2015 10:39 am - on hold
I was just about to type one-handed while on hold on the phone, but they finally answered my question. Or rather, they said they'd call me back. We'll see...

Anyway! Season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was better than season one. Or it just works better as a binge-watch show, perhaps. (Yay, Netflix!) Certainly watching them in a short amount of time helped me get through the Coulson stuff, since he's never going to be my favorite. I really enjoyed hating Ward--what a good villain he makes. But mostly I enjoyed the characters I grew to like the most: Bobbie Morse, Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, Skye...

Ooh, speaking of Skye, that was a really great arc for her backstory. Kyle McLachlan and Dichen Lachman were amazing in their roles connecting to her. So if Coulson isn't your favorite but you're willing to put up with him, I'd say give season two a try. Definitely not perfect, but an enjoyable run.

Book series rec! Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series starts with Midnight Riot (in the US / in the UK the first book title is the same as the series title). Newbie policeman stumbles across a good witness for his case, only the witness is a ghost. And so begins Peter Grant's introduction into a different side of London. There are five books so far, and while a lot of storylines are definitely in the middle as opposed to done, I can safely say that Lesley May is getting one of the more interesting arcs. And Peter is a very good POV character: observant, caring, occasionally an idiot. I'm waiting impatiently for the next book.

Been doing some sewing of the tailoring/modifying variety. Chopping sleeves, shortening hems, etc. It always takes more time than I think, but I'm slowly adding things I'll actually wear back into my closet.

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I finally finished The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. It was mostly awesome, which is high praise for nonfiction from me. Especially nonfiction that isn't a memoir or autobiography. So if you have any interest in how Alexandre Dumas' biracial father fared in revolutionary France... or in Napoleon, or the French Revolution itself, you should read it. It was fascinating. Be patient with the prologues, though; they will eventually end. That's the less awesome part.

I also read Sunshine, by Robin McKinley. I finished it, and didn't even begrudge the book's existence, but I'm not keeping it on my Kindle. I'm still trying to diagnose why I didn't love it. The ideas behind the world-building were interesting, although I think they were introduced in strangely lumpy ways. I liked most of the characters, and honestly, some of them could have been fleshed out more. (Hehe... fleshed out... vampire novel... okay, enough silliness.) Anyway, if you're really into (fictional) baking, vampires, and minimal (though still present) love triangles, maybe give it a try? Otherwise, eh.

In book and TV news, there's an adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on British TV now. I remember reading the book years ago and thinking, "Why all the hoopla for this?" Unlikely that I'll try the show, especially considering that I'd have to take some trouble to find it.

I've managed to watch eight episodes of Drop Dead Diva, which isn't exactly breathtaking speed, considering that I watched the first one two months ago. The second-hand embarrassment thing is a bit of a problem every once in a while, but so far I've genuinely enjoyed all of the episodes.

And now that season two of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on Netflix, I may try that again. Having tried two episodes of s2 so far, I'm reminded of my dwindling appreciation for Agent Coulson, which could be a problem. I particular dislike his tendency to give speeches. *sigh*

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27th-May-2015 08:31 pm - ouch and TV
not again (my boobs are fired)Collapse )

On a less sob-filled note... Drop Dead Diva continues to be sweet and delightful. I've only watched six episodes so far, because other things have gotten in the way, but I do like it. The sixth episode started with a dream sequence with Tim Gunn, and the tone was just right.

Netflix also has a newer offering, Witnesses (Les Témoins). It's a French murder mystery, six episodes. It's... well. Thumbs up overall, but the first four episodes were definitely better than the last two. The woman in the lead was consistently interesting, and there was good forward momentum overall. But some of the concluding elements were just too implausible. Also, cell phones exist, and the last episode sort of forgets that. Heh.

Currently reading The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. It's about Alex Dumas, father of Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Black Tulip and lots of others). It's very interesting, but long enough that I'm not burning through it at my usual speed. The prologues (TWO of them) are a bit too adoring in tone, but after that it's fine.

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12th-May-2015 08:29 pm - there's a movie this time
The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- spoiler-ishCollapse )

Enough about that. Jane the Virgin had its first season finale last night. o_OCollapse )

Person of Interest has been renewed for a fifth season, but only for thirteen episodes. Honestly, that's okay with me except for spoiler for mid-season fourCollapse )

Reading a very silly book about a witch and a vampire in love, and I've almost deleted it from my Kindle twice already. The worldbuilding is interesting enough, but the romance part is so very predictable, and not in a good way. Also: Her eyes floated up to his. Heeeeee. I didn't know witches had detachable eyes!

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Person of Interest season four finale: spoilers, of courseCollapse )

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3rd-May-2015 08:58 pm - more tv than books this time
Author Maggie Stiefvater has a book series, The Raven Cycle (still incomplete), that starts with The Raven Boys. Apparently it's fairly popular; I had to wait to check out the digital copy from my library.

I like Stiefvater's prose more than some other recent YA novels, but it was hard to distinguish between two of the main characters' voices. So... I doubt I'll read more anytime soon. Maybe try something else by her where there aren't four teenage boys to recognize.

TV: Person of Interest has yet to be renewed or cancelled for a fifth season. And I'm left indifferent by this. spoilers for 4.20 and 4.21Collapse )

So for me, cancellation is not a "bring tissues" kind of event. Remember when this show was THE show for a while? The only show to inspire me to write a multi-chapter fic. (It's been over a year since I've posed any fanfic, by the way. PoI isn't THE show now, but neither is any other show, apparently.)

The Flash caught my attention again, and I caught up on recent episodes. Thank goodness spoilers for 1.20 and a warningCollapse )

Anyway! As someone who never got into comics as reading material, this show is a fun watch. Pretty people, and Barry "No Chill" Allen is a goofy and happy superhero, in spite of angsty (dead mother) backstory. Tom Cavanaugh as the ambiguous Dr. Harrison Wells is great. I love Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and robot boyfriend Eddie Thawne (he's not really a robot), and Barry and Iris...

Also caught up on Elementary, which currently deserves the secondary title of Friendship is Magic, or something of the sort. Alfredo! Detective Bell! CLYDE!!!

And just one episode until I'm caught up on Jane the Virgin again, so maybe I'll wait to post about it. I'll just say that it's living up to its telenovela roots.

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23rd-Apr-2015 06:04 pm - 'tis an update (don't faint in shock)
Ack, it's been how long since I last made a post? Good thing I've actually been using my Goodreads account to track what I've been reading lately, because otherwise I'd forget it all. All of these are fiction books, by the way. No real demons to account for in my reading selections...

I've read three of the Maggie Quinn books by Rosemary Clement-Moore. They're fast-paced and fun. The series reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a smaller Scooby team. No actual vampires, but there's some demon-vanquishing. The first book is set in Maggie's high school, then it moves on to college.

Want more teenage girls with supernatural problems? Try Liv, Forever, by Amy Talkington. I liked the premise--dead girl works to solve her own murder. Thumbs up, but not way up.

China Dolls, by Lisa See, tracks three women (two ethnic Chinese and one Japan-born) living in the US (and aiming for stardom) before and during World War II. The story is compelling; the prose is a bit stiff. Ultimately I'd say it was worthwhile, because I learned a lot about the time period, and it was interesting.

As for TV, I tried the first four episodes of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix. I think it's too violent for me. Plus I know a few spoilers, and I don't think I'll enjoy it enough to continue for now. Maybe over the summer, when I'm not as busy... but it's not a top priority.

Drop Dead Diva was a Lifetime series that I'd never heard of until last week. I've seen three? four? episodes so far. Spoilers for the pilot (and whole premise): beautiful but shallow woman dies, gets a second shot at life as an overweight attorney. Sounds... not so promising, I know. But so far I've been pretty charmed by it; they've avoided some of the worst potential missteps, and there are WOMEN! WHO ARE FRIENDS! WITH EACH OTHER! That part is lovely.

There's a bunch of seasons of it on Netflix now.

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Author Terry Pratchett died last week. While I don't have the level of fannishness about his books as many of my friends (RL and online), he was still a favorite of mine.

Related topic, I've now read all eight books in the Toby Daye series by Seanan McGuire. Which means I'm stuck waiting for book nine.

Also read Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. It was... not like anything else I've read. Some romance, a bit of history, several assassin nuns, and a surprisingly interactive god of death. I've already downloaded book two, which apparently switches to the POV of a minor character in book one. Which definitely means more assassin nuns.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan, is a YA novel set after a zombie apocalypse. Sadly heavy on the love quadrangle and light on the whole survival thing. Too bad; the author did some compelling world-building, but the characters themselves didn't really interest me.

Hey [personal profile] chaila, I've read three of the Thief books by Megan Whalen Turner. The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. They're interesting, though I want more of the women's POV. Maybe after I read book four I'll look for some fanfic.

TV: series three of The Great British Sewing Bee has been so much fun. Thanks for letting me know it was airing, DB. I haven't watched the finale yet, but I'm pretty sure about who's going to win. This season has been a delight because several men participated, and talked regularly about how much they liked sewing for the women in their lives.

(Real life sewing: I made a trial run garment of a blouse last week... good thing, too, because the pattern needed some adjustments. So now I have the pretty fabric cut out, and just need to sew it.)

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a new series on Netflix and mild spoilers, my reactionCollapse )

Agent Carter finished its eight-episode run. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and hope that it will be renewed. The shorter format may have worked in its favor, so if they go with another tiny season, I won't be too upset.

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24th-Feb-2015 05:20 pm - oh, the weather outside is frightful
A lot of people have written a lot of things about Sleepy Hollow's second season, and I feel a bit like one tiny bee in a hive mind right now. mild spoilersCollapse )

So with bad weather, I ended up watching Broadchurch season one on Netflix. vague spoilersCollapse )

Daybreak brought the third season of The Great British Sewing Bee to my attention, so I'll probably dive into that next. Already watched the first episode, in fact; it was posted on youtube, so check there first, if you're interested.

Time to figure out something healthy-ish for dinner. Handfuls of almonds, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips probably don't fit that bill.

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22nd-Feb-2015 06:00 pm - tv and sewing
no good
Hi! *waves* Alternating between "Yeah, things are fine" and "Bleh, depression is the worst" lately. But I have done some TV-watching, so here's a quick update on that:

Sleepy HollowCollapse )

Jane the VirginCollapse )

Person of Interest has fallen in the ranks. It's now a show I watch while multi-tasking. It hasn't fallen to the 'grading papers' category, but I've been browsing Tumblr or Facebook while watching the last two episodes. *sigh* Hard to believe that this is the same show that interested me enough to write a multi-chapter fic.

I accidentally gave up watching The Flash. Turns out I somehow recorded the not-HD versions of recent episodes, and so far I haven't cared quite enough to hunt those episodes online. Maybe I'll catch up this summer. I do like the actors playing the leads, Grant Gustin and Candice Patton. Mostly I like seeing them looking pretty and smiling, which I can do by looking at Tumblr while watching Person of Interest.

Still watching Elementary and Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Other stuff! I like button-front blouses, but so many of them that have sleeves (I do like sleeves) have long sleeves, or worse, three-quarter sleeves. From Friday night until today, I've altered the sleeves of four shirts and one dress. They all have short sleeves now, with some variation to them.

Coming up next in the sewing department: I need to finish my little project for the kiddos I teach in Sunday School, and I need to try a different pattern for a blouse I want to make. Trial run garment first, because I don't want to waste my pretty pretty fabric. I already did one trial run garment (over Christmas break)... and it was a good thing, too, since that pattern didn't work for me. :(

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27th-Jan-2015 08:13 pm - whee, it's a drive-by post
I keep missing Parks and Recreation, which is back for its seventh and final season. I haven't seen any episodes yet. Oops. Anyone been watching? Is it worth seeing? Season six was uneven enough that part of this is probably just lack of interest on my part.

ABC series Galavant ended as it started: unevenly. Though I still enjoyed it immensely, and hope that they'll go ahead and do a second season at some point. Karen David as Princess Isabella was a delight, and I loved Sid. And the evil king (the first one, not the second one). And the landlocked pirates. Oh, and cook and his lady-love. :D

And... that'll do it for now. We had a work thing last night, so I have yet to watch Jane the Virgin, The Flash, and Sleepy Hollow for the week. (How did half of the shows I watch up on on the same night, anyway?)

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