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Gina Torres quoting lines from "Top Gun" makes my toes curl with utter delight. Suits, you are catnip, I want to write and read all the things from you!

Livejournal under DDoS attack kind of turns that around, though. Listen, I've been with LJ since the lights were turned on, and I'll be here until the homepage is only available in Cyrillic, but here's some other places you can find me if you're looking to branch out:

Dreamwidth; I mirror every post between DW and LJ and answer comments in both places. Honestly, I think DW has some kinks that need to be worked out for me to be inclined to use it more, but it's there and you're welcome to friend it.

The Google+! You are welcome to add. At least, until they delete my profile for using a handle; honestly, this post is the best articulation I've seen of the divide between people who prefer using handles to using RL names. Anyway, G+ is amusing.

Twitter; I was there with more frequency before my job turned up to eleven, but I pop back in every now and then and try to add people back.

Tumblr; I freely admit I fail at this and haven't quite worked out how to properly reblog things, but there it is.

Delicious; lots of bookmarks there. Honestly, if LJ ever got tanked the thing I'd miss most is my memories. Food for thought, self.

And of course, my fic archive. All my fic, especially the older stuff I haven't posted to this journal, is archived there permanently.

There's only a few things at my AO3 account, which I have reservations about using, but challenge fic from the last two years is there.

So, there's that.

I read Ghost Story, and I have SO MANY FEELINGS. SO MANY. cut for spoilers. )

I know it's made the rounds already, but THE DARK KNIGHT TEASER TRAILER unf. It's like watching the Batception video only real.

You know, there's some real interesting differences between how Marvel has managed its movie franchise and how DCU has. The first real part of this is that Marvel Studios incorporated after the Spiderman movies (v1) while DCU remains, effectively, an imprint of its parent studio. This gives Marvel a lot more independent license to pursue a particular vision of its characters, which has in the last five years manifested itself into this combined universe that will reach a peak with The Avengers next year. It's pretty ambitious--if you can get them in on one film, say Iron Man or Captain America, you can kick them into the whole franchise of five or six films. They're capitalizing on the generation who grew up on 6 Star Wars films, on 11 Star Trek films. They're not going for the trilogy brass ring--they're going for the perpetual franchise, and it takes a huge amount of creative control to do that with characters who have sixty or seventy years of fan recognition, but are probably less well known to popular culture today (prior to these films).

Compare that to DCU, who clearly has less creative control in the execution or "master plan" of its films. They're working with completely different verses for each iteration of their iconic characters. Superman Returns was its own contained world (I totally wrote "contaminated," oh freudian slip); Nolan's Batman is Frank Miller's subconscious dancing across the screen; this summer's Green Lantern couldn't have been more tepid if it was the baby's bathwater. And you know, that would be fine if they all lived up to the promise of being strong films, but they're not. I love Nolan's Batman trilogy, but that's not my Batman, the Batman I've been reading since I was a teenager. That's a fucked up, dystopic variation on Batman that wings away from the vigilante I love, the man who built a family around him despite his avid protests. And Supes--Brandon Routh has the jawline for it, and the Richard-Jason aspect is interesting, but we're not going to kid ourselves that this is the same Superman who's BFF is a guy in a cowl, dealing with his not-so-secret lovechild with Lex Luthor.

DC couldn't even get the Wonder Woman project off the ground. They have never made a live action Flash movie. That is how haphazard the studio is.

What I'm saying is, Warner Brothers, the parent comany of DC Studio, has never figured out how to make superhero films well or cohesively, at least not since maybe Superman IV. (I'll give a small pass for the first four Batman films, because at least they were stylistically and internally consistent if not in their principle casting.) And realistically, they won't be until DC Studio is actually given the creative license needed to make films suitable for both general audiences with only a passing knowledge of the archetypical characters, and the slavishly devoted fans (i.e. me) who can offer expansive chronologies of the last several decades of comic book canon. Whereas Marvel, first created in 1996 with Blade and then X-Men, turned into a self financing company in 2004 and has been able to essentially muscle DC out of the market it used to dominate. And that is because it has creative fucking control over the movies it makes, which is what will make The Avengers be the fucking win.
templemarker: the dresden files: harry looking surprised. (dresden always)
Yesterday, upon checking my friendslist, there were quite literally ten posts in a row linking to the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy trailer.

Allow me to be a gleeful lemming:

Oh, that's just going to be brilliant. For a John Le Carre novel set in the era of bad hair, anyway.


You may not know this about me, but I am a rabid fan of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. I've been reading them for years, originally on the reccomendation of [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey back when I lived in the UK. I actually vividly remember reading Proven Guilty in the British Museum, and not knowing any of the backstory but thinking it was a cracking good read--enough to get me through some of the less likeable aspects of the first three novels. Anyway, my sister and BIL fell into them a couple of years after I did, and we all obsessively read and re-read and listen to the audiobooks and talk, talk, talk. I would be shocked if a week went by where one of us didn't bring it up as an in-joke, or meta, or on a re-read.

Also, I get to gently scar my sister with thoughts of Dresden/Marcone, which is fun. As we were painting the house this past week, I'm pretty sure I rambled for thirty minutes straight about why Marcone is one of the greatest counterbalances to Dresden in the books despite his relativistic morality.

All this to say that I've become keen to the idea of hosting a Dresden Files ficathon this summer--[info]dresdenficathon last held one in 2008, and since then the fandom has grown. We have [community profile] dresden_kink! We have a fairly active fandom tag on the AO3! We have [info]mafiabanter!

So I'm hoping there's enough response to the poll I've put up at [info]dresdenficathon to get this off the ground. If it does, it will be very similar to the Generation Kill winter fic exchange, You Ain't Generation Kill You Ain't Shit [[info]yagkyas] except I'm not going to bother with anonymity. It's just too hard to manage.

Anyway. Please take the poll if you think you'd want to participate!


I signed up for the Shousetsu Big Bang [[info]bb_shousetsu], which is an original gay fiction webzine that [livejournal.com profile] neomeruru and someone else on my flist [livejournal.com profile] pluvial_poetry! who did an amazing [locked] recs post that I can't find again turned me on to.

I...have not written original fiction since I discovered that other people made up fanfiction in their heads too and dove headfirst into Buffy fandom. That was when I was 17; ten years later (dear god) all of the hundreds of thousands of words I've written hasn't once been original fiction.

To say I find this challenge more intimidating that anything else I've signed up for would be an understatement. I feel so rusty at even the idea that you have to establish your characters' own backstories, that your readers aren't going to have a television show or book or film to do all the expository work for you.

People do it all the time, though, right? I bet a lot of you folks write original fiction. Any words of wisdom?


We've somehow managed to score sunshine here, the first in what feels like a week or more. I cannot convey how miserable this summer has been, significantly more miserable than last year, which also had an awful overcast month of June. Sunshine is great. Sixty degrees when the blue skies are out is just maddening. I'm not saying I want 100 degree temps--you east coast US people can keep it and your humidity--but could we compromise on 70, maybe 80? The PNW has my heart, but it also has my SADs.
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Okay, Captain America trailer? Sold.

X-Men First Class? Obvs. Sold.

But seriously--Nazis and Russians? Why are we jumping back to sixty years ago here? Have we run out of space aliens and futuristic imperialists?

I mean. Nazis. Again.


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