the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (CM: Garcia/Reid)

I started watching this TV show on Netflix.  You probably haven't heard of it; it's called "Doctor Who."  Or something like that.

So I'm finally getting around to that.  Upon reflection, I probably should not have watched Torchwood first, since the tone is so similar, but with extra helpings of cheese.  But I think I will come to enjoy the cheese.  I've started with the Ninth Doctor, and I'm five episodes in.  I shall update you as I progress.

Also, I am not going to ask whether I should sign up for [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang this year or not, because I know what the answer will be.  I'm just experiencing some commitmentphobia at the moment.  I'm sure I'll get over it in the next... day or so.

Final day of the book meme!  Sorry the ending is so predictable.

Day 30: Your favorite book of all time )

the_deep_magic: (The Pillow Book)

Nothing but books tonight, since I'm feeling oddly wrung out, even though I didn't have anything approaching a stressful day.  Le sigh.

Day 26: Most surprising plot twist or ending )

Day 27: Favorite title )

Day 28: A book everyone hates that you like )

Day 29: A book that changed your opinion on something )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Lee Pace in eyeliner = invalid argument)

I suppose now's as good a time as any to announce it, especially since I've started dealing with the practicalities: I'm going back to grad school.  Different school, totally different field.  As much as I enjoyed Rhetoric and Composition, studying writing and parsing language, even if I went back and finished my thesis, I would essentially just be qualified to teach community college or lower-level university courses.  Not that that is any less valuable than teaching super-advanced literary theory, but I don't think any kind of classroom teaching is what I want to do right now.  Maybe someday, but not now.  I also need to move out of my own hometown for a variety of sanity-related reasons.

New plan: fight crime (tights optional) )



Okay, enough of that Life Plan shit.  Some books for you.

Day 24: A book you wish more people would read )

Day 25: A character who you can relate to the most )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Like a square wheel)

Free Slurpee Day 2012: 8 Slurpees, 8 different 7-11s, 7 different flavors, no regrets.

Well, okay, the sugar crash was/is still unpleasant, but as I am now unemployed, I am free to spend the day driving all about town in pursuit of my beverage of choice and reap the consequences thereof.  If you weren't following my exploits on Twitter, I had: Coke, Wild Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Banana, Mango Bango, Grape, Twisted Citrus, and Wild Cherry again.  (I would have preferred to end with another Coke for a sense of symmetry, but alas, the flavor was defrosting, it was getting to be rush hour, I would've had to go fairly far out of my way to find another 7-11, and quite frankly, I was getting a little sick of Slurpees at that point.  Who knew?) 

I drank them all, with the exception of about 3/4 of the Mango Bango because it had artificial sweetener in it, which was not advertised on the sign.  I even drank the Fanta Banana, which was, quite frankly, revolting (though not as bad as the artificial sweetener).  At 7.11 ounces each, that's a rough total of 51.5 ounces or 1.5 liters of Slurpee, which is -- and I never thought I'd say this -- too much Slurpee.  Though it did help that it was 97 degrees outside and I have a colossal sweet tooth.  Still, I don't really want to calculate exactly how much sugar I consumed today.

Day 23: A book you've wanted to read for a long time but haven't )



Regarding the preview for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in 3-D: Really?  Really?  I know it's Baz Luhrmann and all, but... really?

I'm starting to think I update this thing too much.

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (CM: Garcia/Reid)

Dear Season Finale of Criminal Minds: THANK YOU FOR OBLITERATING MY SHIP WITH A SINGLE LINE OF DIALOGUE.  A rather mean one, too.  ::facepalm::  Oh, well.  Why start paying attention to canon now?

Thoughts on the ending of House )



Proposal: television shows (particularly dramas) should last no more than 5 years.  I know I'm not saying anything radically novel here, but deep down, every fan knows this.  Even if the shows haven't flamboyantly jumped the shark by then, that's when themes and underlying plotlines start to get repetitive and tedious, so the writers start inventing crazier and crazier shit to try and get out of the rut.  The problem with most TV shows is that, in order to work, everything must generally return to normal, if not by the end of the show, at least within several episodes.  Why we can't seem to deviate from that formula, I don't know -- I guess it's just what audiences expect.  The proliferation of "procedurals" (dig my alliteration) has entrenched this even further.

In order for a show to get away from this formula, it has to have a limited run, a planned narrative arc with a set end date.  I will give Heroes credit for trying to do this with seasonal "volumes," but their writers obviously discovered Turkish black mule heroin sometime during the second season and THAT went flying off the rails.  I'm trying to think of a scripted dramatic television show I liked and watched all the way through which ended with its dignity intact, and I'm having a tough time coming up with one.  Possibly Lost, but I lost (ha) track after the fourth season or so.  Most of my very favorite shows died horrible, lingering deaths.

Anyway, When I Am in Charge, TV shows will have a 5-season maximum.  Then we will have fond memories of them, instead of having to pretend later seasons simply do not exist.  I'm looking at you, X Files.

Day 22: Favorite book you own )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)

Got the sister graduated and moved back home (temporarily)(according to her).  Was prepared for the frustration of packing and shipping all of her shit (and there was a LOT of it), but not for all the capital-F Feelings brought up by flashing back to my own college graduation, how mentally and emotionally exhausted I was, how ready to get the hell out of Dodge and therefore how much I took for granted that I can never get back.  Cannot work on processing these Feelings, however, until Tuesday afternoon, when I am finished tutoring.  Like, for good.  I love it, and I feel like I finally started to connect with the kids, but I just can't seem to get enough hours to make a real job out of it right now.  I do have other plans, upon which I'll elaborate soon, but for right now: books.

Day 17: Favorite quote )



Day 18: A book that disappointed you )

Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie )

Day 20: Favorite romance book )

Day 21: Favorite book from your childhood )



Oh, and I'm rereading Owen Meany now, because I couldn't not.

the_deep_magic: (The Pillow Book)

Going out of town to see the sister graduate, but here are two quick book meme-y things, since I know you will miss them while I am gone.



Day 15: Favorite male character(s) )

Day 16: Favorite female character )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)

Ok, so, I owe my College BFF presents for, like, three birthdays and a Christmas (I know; I suck), but she always gets awesome presents for me, so I've decided I want to try to write fic for her.  Problem: she is exclusively into femslash, and I've not had the occasion to read much of it, much less write any.  Her OTPs are Kaylee/Inara from Firefly and Emily/JJ from Criminal Minds, and I know there is a ton of fic out there for both pairings, but I don't know where to start.  If any of you can recommend me some for either pairing -- or, hell, any really rockin' femslash -- I'd greatly appreciate it.  Her birthday's in August, so I've got some time -- but I'd still better start soon, knowing me.

Day 12: A book you used to love but don't anymore )

Day 13: Favorite writer )

Day 14: Favorite book from favorite writer )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Imaginary men)

Well, I was a bit loopy last night.  Anyway: movies.  No real spoilers for either, but might not make much sense unless you've seen them.

The Avengers (not the one with Emma Peel) )



Dark Shadows )

Only one book tonight.

Day 11: A book you hated )

the_deep_magic: (So then that happened)

Last portrait (for now); kinda sad.

The model is sad, too )



Ok, time for some books!

Day 8: Most overrated book )

Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving )

Day 10: Favorite classic book )



And now for something completely different: I had a weird experience the other day.  I had Netflix'd A Dangerous Method, even though Keira Knightly annoys the crap out of me, and the whole time I was watching, I had the unshakeable conviction that I've seen this before, and Ralph Fiennes is supposed to be playing Jung.  Credits say it was based on a play called The Talking Cure.  I went through some old travel journals, and sure enough, I saw The Talking Cure at the National Theatre in London on January 2, 2003.  Google confirmed it starred Ralph Fiennes.  Then I remembered -- the terrible seats, because the thing had been sold out before it even opened; the three-story set that took up the entire proscenium, floor to ceiling; being really uncomfortable during the rough sex scenes because I'd gone to see it with a slightly older male friend. 

What disturbs me about it is that I didn't remember the play for certain until I found the ticket.  I thought maybe I'd imagined the whole thing.  And if I hadn't seen the movie the other day, I couldn't have told you anything about the plot.  I was excited that I managed to see the play, and according to the journal, I really enjoyed it.  I don't know; I suppose the nine-year time lapse makes it forgiveable, but I've always had a really good memory, and it freaks me out when I can't remember things I think I should.  I mean, I'm not 100%, but I'm pretty sure I saw Ralph Fiennes' naked ass (or, as we were in London, arse) that day, and that is not something that should be forgotten.  I'm too young to worry about my mind going, but I do, even if it's probably not warranted.

Incidentally, that's the same London trip in which I met Gillian Anderson as well as Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.  The latter called me "daft."  In an affectionate way, of course (long story involving a friend bribing me to ambush her at the stage door).  Whatever, Professor McGonagall called me daft!  I'm practically a Gryffindor!  ::throws confetti::

the_deep_magic: (The Todd says: "Pinto five!")

Book meme chunkin' time!  Okay, that sounded kind of gross.

Day 3: Your favorite series )

Day 4: Favorite book from favorite series )

Day 5: A book that makes you happy )

Day 6: A book that makes you sad )

Day 7: Most underrated book )



I was out of town with the family for the weekend, and when we went to pick up the dogs from the boarders, we found out they've been using Gator, our 95-pound German shepherd, to haze the new employees.  Gator has a loud, ferocious bark, and he goes nuts whenever anybody passes by his crate, so the veteran employees make the newbies go in there to give him his food and water.  Of course, once they're inside, Gator turns into the big ol' muffin that he actually is.  It's the little one you've actually got to watch out for...

So, I was away from the computer all weekend.  Anything happen that I should know about?

Just kidding! )

the_deep_magic: (The Pillow Book)

So I've decided to use May to do the 30 Day Book Meme, which I copied from somebody-or-other back in February, but I wanted to have it all done (or mostly done) before I started... and then I got distracted... and now it's May.  The one-a-day thing might not work, since a) I'm going out of town twice this month; and b) I'm already a day late.  So you're going to get them in clumps, and you're going to like it.  I promise to hide any major plot spoilers.

Day 1: Best book you read last year )

Day 2: A book you've read more than three times  )



Consider yourself lucky -- I thought about doing the 100 Things meme on Books, And What I Think of Them, so you could have 70 more of these. ;o)

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