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Dept. of Absurdity

Garcia!
Mise en Scene

I'm sitting here on the couch, one glass of wine and one Big Ass Martini into the evening. I'm wearing a multi-colored propeller beanie. I'm watching M and Bond become found family in Skyfall.

Gorgeous film.

I love my life. Heh.




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Dept. of Saturday

Coles Philips
Parades are good ...
And work glitches shouldn't interfere with enjoying them

Thank ghu for good days. Even though I had to work today, and even though I hadn't realized until Thursday that I was working a weekend shift, it's still a good day today.

First, because my work day is over, and I actually managed to write two stories. Second, because one of those stories was a fluffy feature about my town's holiday parade, which necessitated me going to see the parade this morning

We-e-e-ll, I say "necessitated" ... I should say I had the great good luck to have a parade to go to.

I love parades. I have ever since I was a wee little thing. I don't believe I'll ever get too old for them, and I don't really care if they're huge, long processions or little dinky community affairs, as this one was. There's just something about the positive vibes - yes, that's pretty woo-woo, I acknowledge - about seeing floats and marching bands, hearing bagpipes, all the bright colors, waving at the participants and having them wave back - even the clowns and the Shriner mini-cars, they all press my childhood buttons of wonder and special occasion and festival. And with the tiny parades, there's an added sense of shared community; everyone's smiling, kids are generally having at least a bit of fun, even the older ones, and people are willing to let their barriers down and talk to you.

So I got to wander around and ask people if they were having fun, and see loads of people I knew - even had someone come out of the parade and give me a hug. I've definitely been on my beat long enough to say "I know this town," at least a little bit.

Once I got home, and a little thawed out - it was 42 degrees Fahrenheit, which was better than it has been over the past week, but my fingers still got numb - I wrote up the story and sent it to the duty editor. And then it was on to an actual news story that I'd done the interviews for a couple of days ago. And then I was able to end my day.

Why does this fairly pedestrian activity relax me and even make me a tad joyful? Because for the first three days of the week, I was in an unpleasantly high state of tension, for a reason that hasn't happened to me in a while.


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Ahem; this seems to have turned into a long angsty post.

But I'm happy! I've been able to do a post, and I went to a parade! And I have a glass of wine next to me, and BB and I are about to watch a movie! And I made cookies, too many of which I've ingested! And tomorrow is a day off! And Thanksgiving is coming, which I love! So there are a lot of positives! And many, many exclamation points!!


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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Blue Nippon
Happy Birthday!

I don't know if the lovely person in question is still hanging out on LJ/DW, but that doesn't matter. Wherever you are, [personal profile] peroxidepirate , I hope your birthday is a good one; calm if you need it to be, filled with good food and people you love and who love you. I also hope we see you around these parts again soon!




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Dept. of Birthdays

Luminous donna
Happy Birthday!

To
[personal profile] kerravonsen , who writes well, thinks deeply cares greatly, crafts beautifully, and does not let the union side down. Have a fantastic day, and may it be the start of an excellent year!

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Dept. of Who: S08 Meta

Clara under pressure
Under Pressure

(I wish I could write like [personal profile] elisi ; I wish I could think like [personal profile] promethia_tenk . If I could, perhaps I could have come up with something about Season 8 of Doctor Who that was better than this, or at least more organized. I've been thinking hard about this season ever since it started, but those thoughts never quite coalesced the way I wanted them to. They'd start - I'd get bits of imagery, or flashes of understanding - and then they'd dissipate. 

The only thing I could do, in the end, was put those flashes and images into some sort of broken-tiled picture. I can't speak to themes and motifs; I can only speak of how I felt, and about what, and who. And I found, a little to my surprise, that I care a great deal about Clara, that indeed I found her the most compelling part of this season, with the new Doctor running only slightly behind her. I was ambushed by my affection for her, which happened with Amy as well. Why should I be so surprised, I wonder? Perhaps that's something for another day.

In the meantime there is this: unedited, unbalanced technically and probably thematically, not to mention emotionally.)

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Dept. of AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa

Rory cries
Doctor Who: Death in Heaven

My feelings, let me show you them. In pictures. Because.

I can't. Even.

More. Later.

Spoiler underneath. Beware.

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Dept. of Far Too Many Birthdays

Hurrah!
Hums "Happy Birthday to Many"

As I sit here, watiing to watch Doctor Who, and bemoaning the fact that I never did get my series 08 meta put together, I realize that I have left birthday wishes unsent for ... augh ... weeks. So let me send some out now.

First, to the talented artist redscharlach, who had a birthday way back on Oct. 23. I hope your natal day was a good one, and that you have another year of enjoying fandom, and enriching it with the wonderful art and icons that you create.

Next, to [personal profile] cosmiccoz , who also had an Oct. 23 birthday. May this year be twice as good as last year, my dear; free of sadness, pain, eyestrain, grief and hardship. You are in my thoughts.

Thirdly, to the incomparable [personal profile] yamx , who celebrated on Oct. 26. I am so glad I know you here on Teh Intarwebz. Here's to a warm, talented, friendly, and thoughtful fellow fan, who has written stories I will never forget, and with whom I've shared laughs and excellent conversations!

Closer to the present, viomisehunt, a lady I respect a great deal, celebrated on Oct. 31. She is a an excellent writer and a thoughtful person who has entertained me with her fiction, and opened my eyes and ears to new music, new writers, and a broader world. May you birthday have been a very good one, celebrated with people you love.

On Nov. 2 don_fitch celebrated a birthday. Happy belated birthday wishes to someone who is gentle, observant, pithy, witty, and a gardener to boot.

Then, just a couple of days ago, on Nov. 5, the highly estimable erikvolson celebrated a birthday. I raise a figurative glass of good beer in your direction, sir, and hope that we can see each other sometime in the coming year.

Finally, Happy, Happy Birthday to cathica, a brilliant writer of both fic and professional fiction. She is also extremely kind and thoughtful, proof that  fandom contains some remarkably lovely people. I hope some day to meet you in person, and share some time with you. May your year be free of bears, and full of inspiration, good health, friendship and love!

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Dept. of JFC

We used to dream
Welp

Looks like fear, hatred, bigotry, targeted misogyny, anti-union ignorance, and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads of money have won the day in the U.S. midterms.

Oh, and Democratic mismanagement of both spine, intestinal fortitude and vision.

Fuck.







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Dept. of End of the Weekend

Level 7
Very Quick Things

  • Cold on the way out, back spasm threatening. I will threaten it back, and frighten it way the hell out away from my muscles.

  • BB's thyroid biopsy came back negative for cancer. Since the tests indicate some thyroid problems, there may still be a connection to his ongoing fever, etc. We will find out when we talk to his doctor later this month. In the meantime, we are glad it isn't cancer. If that sounds less than ecstatic, it's only because we still don't have an answer to what is making his life miserable. Sometimes you can get so desperate to find out the reason for an illness that you begin to eye something definite with something uncomfortably close to approbation.

  • Saw the first half of the Who finale, Dark Water. I am willing to wait to see what the second half brings; I enjoyed it more than BB did, and he didn't not enjoy it. Was not surprised by the reveal, since I (and practically everyone else) had spotted that one from, oh, the first episode of S08. I'm reasonably pleased by it although I have never had the great affection for the character in question that others have. (Fascination and appreciation, yes, and some thoughts on the character's evolution, but not affection.) Why am I being this obtuse when everyone on my list who wants to see it has seen it? Because some of them may not have, so I'm trying not to be spoilerific.

  • And, out of nowhere, and thanks to posts elsewhere, all the scattered thoughts I've been having, the "I know there's a meta inside me waiting to get out" thoughts, the ones that have been swimming around aimlessly and without direction throughout this season (one I've regarded as extremely variable in quality, one I've been surprised to see viewed as a near masterwork by a lot of people I respect), have finally started coalescing. Mind you, that could be a mistake on my part. I thought they were coalescing around episode 3 and they didn't. So I shouldn't promise anything ....

  • Tomorrow, I get to go down to the legendary and fearsome Tribune Tower, to meet my new owners. Yes, it's on a deadline day, but they did at least apologize for making the mass meeting a last minute thing. More, after that happens.



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Dept. of Saturday

Jump!
This Cold Sucks, Like a Great Sucking Thing ... Oh, And Other Stuff

Here I am, trying to get back on the posting bike again.

I was supposed to go to a Chicago Humanities Festival panel, "Chicks Dig Time Lords," today. It's being hosted by the editors, including[personal profile] rarelylynne of course, and I'd been looking forward to this for so long! I'd bought the tickets more than a month ago, and had it marked on my calendar, and was going to go with two friends, and ...

... and the cold got worse overnight, expanding in my head and crawling down to settle into my chest. I opened my eyes this morning, and almost immediately realized that I couldn't get the energy up to go. Not only that, I'd potentially be spreading the cold to everyone else. So I cancelled with my friends, and have been lying here on the couch in what counts as jammies, drinking tea, wrapped in my shawl and feeling very sorry for myself.

So now I am thinking about going through my favorites on Teaspoon, because I'll be reccing at Calufrax in a couple of weeks, and I should be ready.

(Heh. I just looked at that sentence and realized that to a non-fan it would mean nothing absolutely nothing, with suspect grammar and spelling to match.)

I'm also working on trying to get some more done on Hearts & Moons, Chap. 24. What is it that eve11 calls her long term challenge, a WIP o'doom? That's what I'm dealing with here. I am determined to finish the story, but - oh, never mind, you've heard it before.


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As for me, right now, we're waiting to see Dr. Who, which should be possible in just a few minutes. I'm going to focus on that because, after all, this chick does indeed love Time Lords. They make everything better, even with a head cold.




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Dept. of Just Keep Swimming

Vermeer Girl
 It's Been Very Real Out There

So this is just a placeholder to say I'm still alive. My mother died a year ago Monday. That's weird. My company gets sold tomorrow. Also weird. I have a head cold. Not weird, just uncomfortable. More, later.

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Dept. of Happy, Happy Birthdays, Birthdays!

Mel&#39;s on Fire
To A Most Impressive, and Lovely, Thinker of Thinky Thoughts

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] elisi ! I hope you have been having an impressively happy birthday with loved ones and friends! My day is always improved when I read something from you, and I am so very glad we have made each other's acquaintance, so I raise my glass to a woman of great substance, kindness, quality and creative talent!




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Dept. of Happy, Happy Birthday!

OT3 Two
An On-Time and Full-Throated Birthday Wish

To the redoubtable
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon , who brightens my life, and the lives of many others, simply by being her ebullient, emotional, phenomenally talented self.

Mandy, you are strong, gifted, quick to both love and anger, bubbling with laughter, curious, willing to learn, and simply remarkable. I'm so very glad to know you, and to know you're part of my life, both online and off. Thanks for being you, and may this year be full of unexpected triumphs and defeated difficulties. All my love!


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Dept. of Nataldalia

Big Barakomon grin
 Delayed, Certainly, But the Wishes are Sincere

First to 
[personal profile] owlboy , who is a constant source of delight to me, with acid wit, monumental sense of Teh Absurd, stubborn belief in justice, artistic talent, limitless curiosity, ability to call out anyone on anything, and verve for life, whose birthday was on the 17th of October. I am glad I know you, and I hope your birthday signals a year of pending excellence for you. 

Over on LJ, an excellent skiffy fandom acquaintance from long ago, galacticvoyeur, celebrated on Oct. 18th. I hope the day was good, (with no carbonated beverages) and that the coming year contains adventures both near to home and as far as you want to wander. 

And one of the earliest exposures to fanfic I had was from 
[personal profile] aibhinn . Thanks to her I immediately knew there were quality writers in Who fandom. What's more, she was welcoming and encouraging of a tyro fic writer. Thanks, and Happy Birthday (on the 18th)!






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Dept. of Beloved

Alak and Stahma
Happy Birthday, Andy

Thirty years ago today, I gave birth to my - our - one and only child. We knew you were going to be a son, and we knew what your name was when you finally found your way to the world. You took your time arriving, but when you did, you were Andrew Louis McNeil Berlien.

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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Blue Nippon
Goodness Gracious!

I forgot to wish [personal profile] brithistorian a happy birthday on the 14th! This must not stand, because I really enjoy knowing him here on the Intarwebz, and don't want to let the chance to offer him good wishes pass me by. I hope this coming year is peaceful for you, and filled with joy, and that you and your family enjoy each other and the world, and that the world treat you and those you love well.




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Dept. of Links

Ein 2
Because It's Tuesday (and my own thoughts are uninteresting)

One of the wonderful things about social life online is that you can look to a world's worth of intelligent and observant friends and acquaintances with whom you can have stimulating conversation.

Equally satisfying is the knowledge that, when your own brain has the intellectual power of a kitchen appliance, you can turn to those same friends and acquaintances and know that they will have at their fingertips nutritious morsels of thought, opinion, humor, political satire and much, much more. You can then pass those morsels on and appear as if you are actually operating with a working brain.

I love the internet. (And good lord, I and BB have been online now for 20 years. Think about that, children ....)

But enough rambling. I offer you these two links, courtesy of that brilliant Discordian Gnostic
[personal profile] supergee , who in his turn passes them on from others.

I am a person of faith; some sort of faith at least, and certainly on alternate Wednesdays. But as someone who comes out of the Judaeo Christian cultural landscape, I looked at this and nodded my head. While giggling, and saying, "yeah, this is one of the big reasons why I restrict myself to "some kind of faith on alternate Wednesdays." I successfully kept it to a giggle and not a snarl.

And this, courtesy of
[personal profile] graydon2 via [personal profile] supergee - I'm a writer, someone who uses and occasionally abuses words for a living. So tomorrow, I may be able to use words in phrases of admirable subtlety and clarity to show how much I agree. Today, because my brain is, in fact, a toaster, I will only say "THIS!!!" 



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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Kiki 2
Happy Birthday to Someone New*

Hi there, [personal profile] liadtbunny - it's your birthday, and I hope that it is a fine one, especially to begin the working week with! (And if you don't have time to celebrate today, I hope you celebrated over the weekend and had a great time, or have a great time penciled in for next weekend.)

*New to me, at least, since I met her via a friending meme this year.



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Dashing Twelve
Oh, Well Done, You!

I said "flash review," and I probably should say "flashlet." Is there a word that doesn't simply map out to "static electricity"?

But I digress.

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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Donna Three
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] carbonel

I know it's almost over, so I'll hope that today was an excellent day for you, with friends and good food, perhaps books or interesting fibers, and anything else that would make your natal day happy!




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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

TARDIS at Giverny
A Very Happy Birthday

Best wishes to [personal profile] supergee , a wry observer of life, the universe, and everything, and a master of multiple fannish modes of communication with which to talk about what he sees. I met him about 16 years ago (dear lord, 16 years?) on Usenet's Rec. Arts. SF Fandom (rasseff, of blessed memory) and I've never stopped being glad I did. May the coming year be free of annoyances and happily full of good books and good company.

Best wishes, too, to heatherbelles, who I first met on TWoP eight years ago (holy crap; I was thinking that it was only a few years ago, but it's eight years ago) and who I liked immediately. I've never stopped liking her, and I hope that she has a marvelous birthday!

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Dept. of Excellent Thinky Thoughts

Good Show!
In praise of [personal profile] flowsoffire

She wrote an excellent essay, positing some of the possible underpinnings of Clara's thought processes and actions in S08,  in a series of responses to one of my posts, and having just reread it (It's in three parts),  I wanted to let anyone know who hadn't read it (and many of you probably have), that they should go and read it. Clara hasn't always been well-treated by writers this season, and I think Azzie has written an excellent and acceptable Watsonian take on the hows and the whys of Clara's actions.

What are you waiting for? Go on! Shoo!. 




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Dept. of Birthdays

Donna Three
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] amphigorym_2011 !

I hope today is filled with as much family as you want, and no more; cake if that that's what you want; and rest or fun in the proper measures. May the coming year be good to you!

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OMGWTFBBC
Seriously?

This is really going to be a flash review. And it is not a favorable one. Which I hate to say, but damn, this sucked.

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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Big Barakomon grin
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] rmjwell !

You're wise, you're witty, you take great photographs of the amazing burlesque scene; you're thoughtful, your commentary on relationships, politics and pretty near anything you think about is always rewarding to read. And to top that off, you're a great dad! I hope your birthday has been wonderful, and that the coming year is a banner one for you!
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