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Final Day of Vacation

It amuses me, or pleases me, that I have had a vacation with two miserably painful days spent in bed, thus rather thoroughly bollocksing a large number of my plans, and can still say at the end that it was a good vacation. (Yes, I still have the weekend, but that's the weekend. Hush.)

I'm actually up and dressed today. While I can still feel the back muscle complaining, it really is not enough to keep me abed. And I swear that today I'm going to do the work mail recovery thing I'd pledged to do. Over the weekend, I am going to organize at least the top of my desk.

And I am actually writing some fic. Or, to be more precise, I've returned to a Brian, Gus and Tabetha post TATM fic in the canon worldview that I completely reject in my head.  My worldview has the Ponds, Eleventy and River going down the pub after their cemetery encounter, because River has come up behind that pesky Angel and bashed it to granite dust, having used her vortex manipulator to go and change the timeline because RIVER CAN DO ANYTHING HUSH. Still, it has the feel of a potentially good fic if I can figure out where the hell it's going.

[personal profile] kaffyr will never be a professional fiction writer. She Does Not Do Outlines, because she's an idiot, and doesn't mind remaining one.)

I think I mentioned I saw Agent Carter a couple of nights ago, but I didn't talk about it much.


I was ecstatic that they brought the Red Room into the story (says the woman who's never read the actual comics storyline for Natasha, and knows the Red Room only second hand and from good fic. Wow.) It was absolutely chilling, and I'm glad it was, because you get a sense of what the SSR - however fucked up and brutal their methods are - is fighting against, even if they don't yet know it.

I don't know who Dottie is, but I think she's a contemporary of Natasha's (which makes Nat's "1984" birthdate more of a meta on where she came from and less of an actual fact, but others have probably already noticed that.) Also, the last scene, with Dottie chaining herself to the bed in order to sleep was possibly the saddest and most chilling piece of all, a totally well-built bit of casual horror. That's what stays with me from the episode, although I adored seeing the Howling Commandos, especially Dum Dum  (I love Neal McDonough, so seeing him was great). And I did like seeing the SSR team, which I've come to respect, even if I'm not at all sure I like them, starting to see the light about Howard Stark and Leviathan. I'm still wondering who the hell the mole is, and I'm really hoping it's not Souza.

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Feb. 6th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for fic writing:)

Leave the desk - they don't want to be tidied. Things will only move back when you're not looking. Stuff is sneaky like that;p
Feb. 6th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Heh - but I need to have some working space, and I find that if I don't make a serious bid to de-paper the desk, my work time gets eaten up by glaring at the piles, and gnawing at my fingernails. So I think of cleaning the desk as cheap therapy. As one does.
Feb. 6th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, glad you're a bit better - and hurrah for some writing! \o/
Feb. 6th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've written another couple of hundred words, and maybe I'll get more done, after I've attempted some of that computer neepery I'd planned to get done on Wednesday.

*tilts hat forward, rolls up sleeves, and prepares to do Gmail/Thunderbird battle*
Feb. 6th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Feb. 6th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you are better today and able to move around and DO.

I utterly, 100% approve of this fic. As for outlines...well, I'm pretty organised in every damned thing else. Except fiction writing (because Characters Own Me and That Is Obvious), so @#$! a damned outline.

That whole episode...I just...best episode yet!! And yes, Dottie...I am terrified of her and feel bad for her all at the same time. Love it when a series does that to me.

Feb. 7th, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
I utterly, 100% approve of this fic.

You mean the one where River PWNS TIME? Well, I hadn't planned on writing it, but now I shall. Heh. The other one, about Brian, is also proceeding apace. Go, me!

Being terrified of Dottie is good, indeed. And feeling bad for her is even better. Feeling bad for her from a safe distance, while not carrying a gun she might want? Is absolutely best.

Feb. 7th, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)

OMFG, yes. that scene thrilled and terrified me. SHE REALLY WANTED THAT GUN. O_O
Feb. 8th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
By the way - check your messages!
Feb. 8th, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC)
I did, bb!!


*Dances happily!*
Feb. 7th, 2015 07:18 am (UTC)

Fic! Haha, I get you on the fix-it headcanon. I'm a sucker for angst though, so canon works for me because of babies hurting… ♥
Feb. 8th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
I actually finished the story, a little to my surprise, although it's not very long. It's going through a final look-through by editors before I post it.

I'm as much of a sucker for happy as you are for angst and, although the end of TATM tore my heart out, I am eager to put it back together again. Heh.
Feb. 8th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
Great! :D Can't wait to see it!

They deserve a bit of happiness once in a while! ;)
Feb. 7th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
Please write that fic. I would love to see the scene where River smashes the Angel with a sledgehammer. :)

I was a bit 50-50 on Agent Carter until this week's episode. MY GOD, that was good. My theory is that Natasha was trained in the same school, just at a later date, unless a la Steve and Bucky, she was frozen and brought forward in time (but we've had no suggestions of that in the movies, so it seems unlikely). Maybe Dottie is Natasha's grandmother?

I'm reserving my final call on this series until it wraps up. Not unlike Moff's Who, you really need to see yhe whole before you can evaluate the pieces.
Feb. 8th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
As I understand the Red Room timeline, at least in the comics, Nat and a bunch of other Black Widows (apparently it was a type before it was her title) were not only trained and brainwashed, they were somewhat physically enhanced, with a touch of anti-aging thrown in, which would actually allow her to be a classmate of Dottie's. Only, you know, not quite so psychotic.

I'm a cheap date when it comes to Agent Carter; I kind of love it. But then, I'm a cheap date when it comes to Moff as well; I pretty much love him, with only a few reservations.
Feb. 8th, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Red Room background! It'll be interesting to see if this ties into the movies, down the line.

I probably will write up my thoughts on the series once it's finished. I expect to change my mind several times before it's over. ;)
Feb. 9th, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
I am another person who's never read the comics concerning the Red Room who was absolutely thrilled (in a horrified sort of way) to see it appear in Agent Carter. Both the backstory and contemporary Dottie are fascinating and really well done.

Getting the Howling Commandos was also great, especially the way they all clearly respected and deferred to Peggy. I was far less interested in the backstory for Chinny McWhiteguy (Thompson? idk, I find the SSR guys other than Sousa hard to distinguish). So he shot a bunch of soldiers who were trying to surrender and never corrected others' assumptions about what happened and thus got a medal for being a murderous coward, but now he feels really bad about it. Was that supposed to make me like this character more? Because if so, it didn't work. I liked everything else about this episode, however.
Feb. 9th, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Dottie is so obviously broken and dangerous that you can't take your eyes off her when she's onscreen. I was so glad that we didn't have an "Angie interrupts Dottie in Peg's room and gets killed" scene, which I actually thought might happen.

When it comes to Thompson, I think his back story makes him human, and very understandable. I liked the way it was written because it neither excuses his actions nor woobifies him, and lord knows, that kind of story happens over and over in war, which is one of the many reasons war is awful.
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