Why do I do this to myself?

So I'm watching the latest episode of Hawaii Five-0, more or less randomly, and. Well. I mean, first off, this show is completely ridiculous. It really is. With the dramatic music and the over-the-top camera shots of Hawaii Being Beautiful, and the drawn-out, epic car chases, it's just. It's utter joyous silliness.

But oh my God. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. I do not need another show to be madly addicted to, with the--the pretty people, and the snark, and the team being a dysfunctionally awesome family that clearly adores each other, and is it just me or is Danny Williams sort of bitchily, grumpily, madly in love with one Commander Steven McGarrett?




I already have Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from the BBC merrily wreaking havoc with my brain stem, I do not need to add improbable Hawaiian task forces being brilliant and awesome and adorable all over everything. I thought I got over this when I had to reluctantly concede that NCIS was terrible now.

Please, please, someone tell me that I have a night shift tonight, I should go to sleep and not spend my day attempting to watch the whole show to date starting with season one, episode one.


The first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out!


This was my first fandom, years before there were movies and years before I knew there was such a thing as fandom, you guys. I love it with a disturbingly pure love, and Martin Freeman as Bilbo pretty much fulfills every dream I have ever had. And the Dwarves, and the singing gives me chills, and it is all so gorgeous and foreboding and I just cannot even.


Small, friendly word of warning here: yes, I have read LOTR, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales. No, I do not in fact slash anyone in this fandom, and I am fairly attached to the canon het pairings. If you get me started, I will absolutely go on at length about the appendices, the cultures, and the actual chronology of Middle-earth, because yes, in this one particular fandom I am very much a canon whore. Um. Do not get me started.

NaNoWriMo meets buddy cops


The thing is, kalahiet is a terrible person and is fully one-half of what is generally known as the Department of Bad Ideas at our workplace. She has also done NaNo for something like five years running.

I think we can all see where this is going, and it mostly ends with me pointing an accusing finger and shrieking HER HER IT WAS ALL HER I DIDN'T KNOW SHE TOLD ME TO.

In other words, I had a brief moment of insanity earlier this year and signed up for National Novel Writing Month, because self-flagellation is a fun time, amirite?

I am, deep breath, going to be using that month to write more of the ridiculous Buddy Cops AU. It's still going to be in the form of snippets and snapshots instead of a more traditional linear narrative, but with all of the stuff in my head that happens in this universe, there should not be any difficulty whatsoever in getting 50,000 words out of it.

I'm mostly telling you guys in the faint hope that someone remembers this AU, and the admittedly more self-serving desire to have some of you kick my ass to keep going with this throughout the month. I am HELLA INTIMIDATED, guys.

I may post bits as I go along or I may not. The point of NaNo is to write lots without worrying as much about quality or editing until afterwards, but I'm not sure I'm capable of just powering through and worrying about it later. I'm even less sure that I'm capable of posting something that I don't think is good enough to qualify as finished yet, even if it's just a snippet. On the other hand, if I post as I go along and get feedback, it may help encourage and/or threaten me into continuing.

In other words, please do not be alarmed if you pass by this way throughout the month of November and find me whimpering quietly in a corner. I'm told mental breakdowns are an intrinsic part of the process.

Halloween meme party?

Ganked from scraplove, because it was too much fun to resist.

ninjaboots's Halloween party:

1lostone dressed as Ivan the Terrible of Russia.
1lostoneficspot dressed as Mary-Kate Olsen with her very own conjoined Ashley.
alpha_hydra dressed as a very fake witch-doctor complete with a collection of shrunken skulls.
anoncomment7 dressed as Lady Godiva without the horse and far too little hair!.
aycelcus dressed as a 1980's yuppie child.
cannedebonbon dressed as Jack the Ripper in a time machine, complete with gory knives.
crimson_adder dressed as Nosferatu the Supreme Vampire.
dante_s_hell dressed as Mde. Lachienne Foutue d'Enfer -- you don't wanna know, and it suited them all too well.
deesarrachi dressed as the spirit of their dead grandmother Jenny.
heretherebefic dressed as a character from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Sevenoaks.
herpde_derp didn't dress up, spoilsport.
jouissant dressed as a bottle of Oxgraf.
kalahiet dressed as Wesley Crusher from "Star Trek".
katieforsythe dressed as a soup.
kyliselle didn't even show up and doesn't get any candy.
ladyblahblah dressed as Maria Sharapova.
lalazee dressed as a green zombie.
littlebirdtold dressed as a angel, though it looked more like Elizabeth Regina on steroids and roller skates.
margarks dressed as Marie Antoinette going to her death.
methylviolet10b dressed as the Lord of AshCity.
ninjaboots dressed as a skeleton.
nix_this dressed as a Level 7 wizard.
pro_prodigy dressed as the King of Netherlands Antilles.
putigress2012 dressed as someone who just poked themselves in the eye.
rabidsamfan dressed as a cat.
rae1013 dressed as Pavlova the ballerina -- dancing on point too.
rainjoyswriting dressed as the main character of "Lost in Translation".
random_nexus dressed as Hurricane Orion.
rusting_roses dressed as a elephant.
scraplove dressed as a character from a Final Fantasy game.
shayla_kage gets drunk, strips naked, and somehow emerges dressed as Tori Amos.
shotofmoonshine dressed as blues legend Toothless Chicken Bradley, though it looked more like Adam-the-first-man but the fig-leaf was far too big.
xtinethepirate dressed as Josephine Baker but the banana "skirt" didn't survive the night.

Throw your own party at the Hallomeme!
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In regards to the "Yes to Gay YA" movement

This is an issue that I'm fairly confident most of my flist has heard about and probably had strong reactions to, given that said flist is populated overwhelmingly with people who care passionately about literature and reading, and are at least sympathetic to LGBT issues. I just wanted to share this link, because this lj-er has actually done her research, delved into the whole messy business, and put together an articulate, intelligent, and above all balanced summary and response to the shit-show it's sparked off.

You might want to check it out.

This is why I love the Internet sometimes. I wish there were more reasonable people out there who were willing to stop, listen, and think.

Sherlock drabble competition

So, I momentarily lost my mind and signed up to participate in sherlock_ldws, a Last Drabble Writer Standing community which is basically a competitive round-robin of drabble-writing for BBC Sherlock. This is me enthusiastically pimping it out to anyone who enjoys the show, because YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GO READ THE DRABBLES AND THEN VOTE. YES.

If you do, feel free to post a guess which drabble is mine--after the voting is over on Thursday, I'll probably post it here. I'm mostly just hoping that I'm not voted out on the first week, though that would at least mean that I get to indulge my laziness and not have to write any more drabbles.

Seriously, though, come play. There are some really good drabbles, and it doesn't take that much time to read 10 200-word mini-ficlets.