the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
So this is the obligatory post wherein I apologize for not posting much.  To be fair, I'm mostly playing in the Teen Wolf littersandbox these days, and very little of that takes place on LJ.  I keep hoping that people are going to FINALLY give up on the clusterfuck that is Tumblr and either move back to LJ or pick another platform, but so far, no dice.  I haven't posted much in the way of fic, either, though I did compete in Mating Games again and I'm pretty proud of my fics for that.  You can find the fics here and bonuses here.

I'm considering only posting new fics to AO3 and just linking to them from here.  Is there anyone who a) is still reading this; and b) prefers to read fic on LJ?  It's just nice not to have to split it up over multiple posts on AO3, and that's the place to go for fic these days.  I love AO3, but unfortunately I think that's sucked some of the community aspect out of fandom, too.  No need for a comm -- just search by fandom/pairing/whatever.

Now for the good news: I got my master's degree.  I still don't have a full-time job, but I'm interning at the Women's Center and working weekends as a victim advocate for the Rape Recovery Team.  I may start blogging about that, either here or somewhere else.  I'd have to keep it locked, of course, but I may be more motivated to process it in writing if I know people are reading.

Now for the great news: not only am I going to Comic Con, I'm going to be on a Teen Wolf Fan Works panel!  Fellow Bean [livejournal.com profile] zjofierose will be joining me, and along with some other writers and artists, we will discuss the creative process, how much we hate Tumblr, and various other fannish things.  If you're going to be there -- whether you're into Teen Wolf or not -- and you want to meet up to say hi or get food or talk about the Pinto Good Times (which were briefly revived on Instagram the other day), please drop me a line.  I'd love to put faces to (user)names if you're going to be there.  And yes, I will autograph any part of your anatomy as long as you provide the pen.

Actually, that's a good idea.  Well, not the anatomical thing, but getting something for online friends to sign.  Thoughts?
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (metamorphoventure)
...and I am up-to-date on Teen Wolf.  I have just been making poor time management decisions with the result that I am goofing off even from fandom stuff.  I can still write my thoughts on the individual episodes if anyone wants -- I have my notes -- but basically I share the same frustrations as just about everyone else: interesting storylines being shot all to hell.  There is far, far too much for them to meaningfully address in the one remaining episode, but I'm continually amazed at Dylan O'Brien's acting.  I hope to hell they get Stiles and not!Stiles in the same room together and not just for dirty reasons.

If I can just survive this week... and the next one, and the next one, and the next one, and the next one, I'll get my master's and all I'll have to worry about then is the rest of my life!
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (TW: Stiles & Erica)
This time I didn't write up 3.19 before watching 3.20, but it's all fucked anyway.  Okay, not completely -- I had been preparing myself for worse -- but two Jeff Davis episodes in a row?  We are but sinners in the hands of an angry God.

3.19 Letharia Vulpina )

And not we move onto the hot mess that is...

3.20 Echo House )

::whine:: This half-season started so promisingly.  Kinda.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
I'll go ahead and put my reactions to the last two TW episodes in one post since I'm so far behind.  However, I did type up my stuff on 3.17 before I watched 3.18.

3.17 Silverfinger )

3.18 Riddled )

Pleeeeeeease, TW PTB (i.e. Jeff Davis), don't fuck this up!  You've got a good thing going!
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (TW: subtle)
Sorry my write-up is a bit late, but I've all but given up on livestreaming, and then Tuesday and Wednesday are my busiest days.  I know how breathless you all are with anticipation to hear what I'm going to bitch about this week.

3.15 Galvanize )

So... yeah.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (TW: Stiles & Erica)
Not a whole lot to say about this one, though I did facepalm pretty hard when I saw the title.

3.14 More Bad Than Good )

Okay, maybe I had more to say than I thought.  I'm worried about the plethora of plotlines -- they seem to grow exponentially with each season -- but I'm trying to enjoy the fun* before the inevitable meltdown.

*For minimal values of "fun"
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (TW: he can do it)

Like the glutton for punishment that I am, I'm back for more Teen Wolf.  Season 3b/4/whatever had a pretty strong opening... which I know is just going to make it worse when it all goes pear-shaped.

3.13 Anchors  )



I'm trying to enjoy the little sapling of hope before it gets thoroughly crushed by episode... let's be generous and say four.  Sigh...  If you ask me, it was a mistake to abandon the campiness and embrace the horror, because it forces a show about werewolf teenagers and friends to take itself super-seriously.  Taking away the light-heartedness drained much of the (non-ironic) fun.  Anyway, I'm keeping up my list of tv.com's recaps here; they are funnier than mine and have pictures.

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (LotR: poor Boromir)
Interesting side note to my post yesterday: I got my copy of Entertainment Weekly in the mail today, and it has a small article titled "Ender's Wins Box Office but Not the YA Crowd."  Here's the interesting part:

"The movie opened at $27 million ... probably not enough to merit a sequel.  Ender's, it seems, failed to draw young audiences.  Instead traditional sci-fi fans (males over 25) and devotees of Orson Scott Card's 1985 book would up buying the tickets.  A source close to the production insists that Ender's was never meant to be perceived as a YA film."

A) Sequel?  What sequel?  It would have to be an entirely new story, since Speaker for the Dead is an amazing book but would make about as interesting a movie as the dictionary.  And they sure as hell wouldn't ask Card to write it.  It would have to diverge from the canon anyway if they were going to keep the kids as kids.

B) "traditional sci-fi fans (males over 25)" ::chuckles::

C) OF COURSE it was meant to be a YA film.  Otherwise they wouldn't have added the love story, chopped out the violence to get the PG-13, and showed so little of the Battle School.  If they were courting "devotees" of the book, they would've gone full-RotK like I said and made it four hours long.  But Gavin Hood is no Peter Jackson, and that sound you hear is the frantic backpedaling.  I heard somewhere else that they were thinking of making into a TV show.  Remind me how well Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing again?
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (DW - it are fact)
So I went and saw Ender's Game.  I'll donate the price of my ticket (and that one Chik-fil-a chicken biscuit I broke down and bought) to the Human Rights Campaign, even though some sources say Orson Scott Card's not getting anything off the back end of the movie.  And the movie was...

No spoilers, promise )

Normally, I'd say "read the book instead"... and I still will, but get it from a used bookstore or borrow it from a friend.  Or join Paperback Swap, which I've been using for years and it is truly awesome, particularly for getting out of print genre books.  I just mailed an old Dilbert book to Alaska today.  But anyway, anyone who's read the book and especially anyone who's read the rest of the series, especially Speaker for the Dead, is utterly, utterly shocked to find out about Card's political views.  Actually, I think [livejournal.com profile] ewinfic is the one who first clued me in and can attest to my disbelief.  Because the main theme of the entire series is that terrible things happen when sentient beings of any type don't try to understand each other on the other's terms instead of their own.  If I remember correctly, there's even a debate about whether or not to kill off a possibly-sentient virus.  Even in Ender's Game, Alai saying "Salaam" to Ender in a society that seems to have outgrown religion entirely?  That's in the book, which was published back in 1985.  It's just mind-boggling how someone who could craft a story so elegantly centered not merely around tolerance for those who are different, but around love, could also spew such hate and talk about "the enemy" like the callous characters in his books do.  I really like this article, which talks about the disconnect much more eloquently and from a slightly different perspective.  (There's no spoilers in the article, though it does talk a little bit more specifically about the plot.)  It also puts Card's homophobia into context with his other increasingly conspiracy-minded political views.

And that's what I have to say about that.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Thoughts.  I have a lot of 'em.  They're not particularly well-organized, but I'll try not to repeat too much from my last rant.  And I swear, I'll lay off Scott.

3.12 Lunar Ellipse )

Sigh... I'll probably keep watching this show as long as both Derek and Stiles are on it.  I really don't care if they become a canon couple -- in fact, I'd pretty much rather they didn't, which is good because while Jeff Davis talks a big game, we got maybe 5 minutes total of Danny/Ethan and no character development other than "he's cute, guess I'll fuck him."  I can survive on UST.  Hell, I thrive on it.  They'd just better put Stiles and Derek in the same fucking room together for more than 30 seconds in 3b.  All I ask for is snark.  Fisting references are awesome, but I can live on snark, even if this show as a whole is bad for my mental health.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
The livestream didn't load on time and I missed the first 5 minutes of the episode.  Turned out they were the BEST 5 minutes of the episode.  Anyway...

3.11 Alpha Pact  )

I have a hunch they're going to wrap up a lot less in this mid-season finale than I thought they would... or they're going to do it all upsettingly quick and simple, like stabbifying Jackson into werewolfdom.  My guess is that they wrap up the Darach storyline, but I have trouble seeing how they could even do that satisfactorily in one episode.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Scrubs - headdesk)
Brace yourself: this one's gonna be long.  That's what he said.

3.10 The Overlooked  )

In conclusion: everybody knows things about each other that they have no reason to know, except anything that could possibly be important to achieving their various goals.  I kinda liked the first half of the episode when I watched it on Monday; now the whole thing just pisses me off more.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: what kills me about this show is not that it's uniformly awful.  It's that it has such potential and moments of occasional brilliance... that are all wasted on shoehorning together a convoluted attempt at a mystery plot with werewolf violence.  At least in past seasons there were more shirtless dudes to act as a buffer.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
H'oookay, I'm not sure I got all of this right, so feel free to correct me if I misinterpreted something.

3.9 The Girl Who Knew Too Much )

So THAT happened.  For the first time this season (the first time at all, really, since I watched the first two seasons all at once), I really want the next episode to be on already!
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Finally, we know... some... of what is going on!  Ish!

3.8 Visionary )

Again, such potential... largely wasted, though we did get a few answers.  And more questions.  JFC, even The X Files wasn't this stupidly complicated, and that's including the last two years when T-1000 showed up for no apparent reason.
the_deep_magic: (In which Jayne is wise)
Okay, I didn't actually have as many notes for this one, mostly just PAAAAAAIN and WHYYYYYYY.

3.7 Currents )

So everything I started writing prior to this season is officially jossed.  Whatever, I'm not changing it.  Anyway, go read this for some excellent analysis of the diminishing returns of manpain in terms of Zeno's dichotomy paradox.  Also, there's a graph.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

I liked the episode, but I don't think it warranted all the crazy hype.  Maybe it's because I've watched Hannibal, among other things, but I feel like the "viewer discretion is advised" warning was mostly for the long, loving shot of Danny's nipple.  Uh, I don't think that's a spoiler.

3.6 Motel California )



Alas, no rant tonight, since I don't think I've been back on Tumblr in almost a week.  And honestly, I don't feel like I'm missing much.

ETA: I found this meta on Derek/Jennifer to be really interesting and to help explain all the steps that were blithely skipped over, and why that makes sense for both of them.  (It does have an eye on a Stiles/Derek end game, but so do I.)(In theory, at least, if not in canon.)

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Let's see which is longer this week: my recap or my rant.

3.5 Frayed )

Derek/Stiles shippers, heed my wisdom. Also, fuck Tumblr. )

Okay, the recap was much longer.  I'll try harder on the rant next time.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Just gonna go ahead and type this up right quick before I read any of the recaps, which will probably make some of the same points I do, but funnier.

3.4 Unleashed )

There was just waaaaay too much going on in this episode.  Hopefully that means a good bit of it will get wrapped up in the first 12 episodes and there won't be too painful of a cliffhanger come the end of the summer.  Eh, who am I kidding.  This show is designed to be as painful on the viewers AND the characters as possible. 
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
I know I'm posting this a bit belatedly and I'm sure everyone's already commented on everything important, but I really wanted to get my post-ep fic up ASAP, and 6,000+ words in less than three days is pretty damn good for me.  Anyway, stuff.

3.3 Fireflies  )

Okay, that got a little out of hand this week.  I'd say "I'll stop jotting down so many notes when things start making some fucking sense," but I know to have plenty of paper ready.  I hate that I love this show; I really do.  And I will wait for another post to rail about "Man of Steel."
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Blurgh, the MTV feed isn't a whole lot better than the livestream -- it keeps pausing and skipping and occasionally the picture cuts out altogether.  BUT at least I could tell which character was which in the dark!

3.2 -- Chaos Rising )
Wow, that was a lot.  Probably would've been even more if I could've actually seen the damn thing in any kind of definition.

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