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Sunday, October 8th, 2017 07:26 pm
My own Person of Interest rewatch is up to the halfway point of season one. That was a good run of episodes for the show: getting Carter as part of their vigilante crew made things a lot more interesting.

Mark Watches PoI is midway through season two, and barreling ahead at a much faster rate. Just two and half weeks until the Terrible Thing happens. I wonder if he'll throw any shoes at the wall, like I did? Probably not, since he films himself watching the episodes, and decorum would probably rule shoe-throwing right out. (Cussing is apparently allowed; I've seen one of his reaction videos, and he's a regular cusser.)

Fic-writing: I've actually written a few things down on paper, and transferred them to google docs. So there's progress. Right now it feels like everything I write is TERRIBLE, but this is still first draft territory. Terribleness is basically built into the bones of it, especially given how long it's been since I actually wrote fic of any kind.

(This is a Carter lives AU of several vignettes from Fusco's POV. Just for the record.)

Real life: I have a roommate, for now. Or rather, a person who rents a bedroom from me. This is a 'help out someone who could use a low rent situation' sort of thing. She'll be done with school in the spring, and will move out shortly after that. I probably won't see her much, thanks to her classes and my job.

Speaking of which, work is moving along at a too-fast pace. We were given a new curriculum over the summer, so I'm trying to adapt to that. Currently it's more frustrating than fun, although my students are a good bunch this year, so there's at least that.

I'm behind on watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, although part of that is my disinterest in prison as a setting for episodes. WAY behind on Marvel shows on Netflix; I don't plan to watch Iron Fist, but I do want to finish season one of Luke Cage before watching The Defenders. I've managed to avoid most spoilers for both of those shows, to my astonishment.
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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 05:19 pm
Unlike my mother, I never had to slaughter chickens in my childhood. Or adulthood, for that matter. But her eyewitness account is that they do indeed run around after you cut off their heads. So there's a reason for that expression.

It's applicable to how I feel right now: running around in what feels like an increasingly incomprehensible mission, wondering if I'm missing something absolutely essential to this whole life process... probably I just need a nice nap and someone to clean that kitchen for me.

Anyway! Shows are coming back to TV. I finally gave up on This Is Us. I enjoyed all five episodes I watched from season one, and I adored seeing Sterling K. Brown onscreen, but I just didn't think about the show when I didn't take deliberate steps to watch it. Instead I whiled away my time with frivolities like The Good Place--and apparently that started last night, so I think I'll go watch 2.01 before I get completely spoiled by the internet for any/all juicy details.

Inspired by Mark Watches, I've been rewatching Person of Interest season one. This is partly in the hope that I'll feel inspired to complete one of those unfinished fanfics I have on the computer. No show since then has brought that level of fannish inspiration. I literally haven't finished a new fanfic on my own in, er, three and a half years? Which, not so coincidentally, is two months after the departure of a character from PoI, so... hence the hope that watching the parts from before that exit will inspire me.
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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 07:28 pm
Between the addictive nature of tumblr, my summer travels, and an ongoing resurgence of reading fiction (and not the fan-written type either, *gasp!*), I haven't posted on LJ/DW in aaaaaages. Now I'm trying to update my DW reading list to include anyone I followed on LJ who is active here. Which probably means posting a note on tumblr. Ah, the irony.

Anyway! TV: I'm still catching up on season three of The Flash. The season has very mediocre reviews, but so far I still like the characters enough to give it a shot. I need to finish Luke Cage season one, and since The Defenders will be available soon, it's time to rush a bit more.

After some hesitation I finished both seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and I recommend it. It never undercuts its own premise, which is a pretty breathtaking accomplishment for a show that seems to be so sunny and happy on the surface.

FX's Legion has one short season, and it is... trippy. That dude who played someone snooty on Downton Abbey and the Beast in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast (which I still haven't watched) is the male lead. It's an interesting show; not at all what I would expect from a comic book adaptation, but apparently the comic series itself is very unconventional, with an exploration of mental illness.

Still Star-Crossed is a summer show, and not one I'd say was brilliant (the writing could be better), but it's well-acted enough and the costumes are gorgeous so I'm enjoying it anyway. Oh, and everybody is so pretty, and Anthony Stuart Head is ambiguously evil. What more could you want?

Most of my fannish energy has been focused on Star Wars lately, but movies apparently aren't compatible with my abilities to write fanfic. Or even with my interest in reading fanfic. So mostly I reblog tumblr posts about Star Wars and admire the talents of the gif-makers.

Books: my favorite read this year so far is The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson. Gah, I love it a lot. Sharp leading woman, a heartbreaking mother-daughter relationship, an eyes-wide-open look at another character with alcoholism... and yet it's still incredibly hopeful.

Second place book: hm, probably Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jaber. If you like tracking people's reading lists, I'm on goodreads. Send me a message and I'll let you know my username there. (Not posting it here because it includes my actual first name.)
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Sunday, February 19th, 2017 08:51 pm
Oh, hey there.

TV: Supergirl is off my watch list because 1) it was too hard to stay caught up without episodes on, and 2) bad treatment of James Olsen. I may binge-watch on Netflix after season two ends, but it depends on the final result of #2.

The Flash has the same problem in terms of accessibility, but it hasn't yet sidelined an important character of color and swapped his/her romance for a white character yet, so I probably will watch it on Netflix when season four is done.

I finished The Good Place last night and I'm still laughing over some bits and mulling over others. It was a wild ride.

NBC's Timeless is absolutely precious to me. If you're curious, give it two episodes, because the pilot is solid, but some elements really need a second episode to pull together. Fingers crossed that it gets renewed. (Season finale tomorrow night, I think?)

Superstore lost me early in season two. Too many resets on previously-established characterization.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still good, although there's a mid-season hiatus right now.

Oh! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has actually been interesting enough for me to watch as it airs this season! Usually I binge-watch during the summer.

Emerald City is kinda trash, but it's gorgeous trash. Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell) directed all of the episodes. It's worth a watch just for the visuals. I think the season finale was last night? Haven't had a chance to watch yet.

I've seen four episodes of This Is Us, and I'm absolutely planning on catching up on the rest soon. Which should be easier now that Timeless and Emerald City are done/almost done with their first seasons.

Undecided about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It teeters on that line between funny and squirming in embarrassment for me. (I think it's on season two, but I'm in early season one.)
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Monday, October 31st, 2016 08:59 pm
I mentioned a TV update, so here we go:

I haven't started season two of Supergirl yet, mostly because of a spoiler from 2.01 that annoyed me. I think we've had three episodes so far? I'm willing to bet I'll cave soon enough and watch, mostly for J'onn J'onzz and Alex Danvers.

Brooklyn Nine Nine had a clunky premise to start season three four (???!!!), but we finally got past it without too much pain. Their Halloween episode was a delight, and I think I'm going to rewatch it soon for the lovely character interactions.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started off strong in its fourth season but has fizzled a bit for the last two. My opinion on this miiiiight be directly tied to the amount of screentime given to Elena Rodriguez, though. Maybe. Possibly. (Okay, totally.) I do enjoy Ghost Rider so far, and hope to see him throughout the season.

The Flash is still very much what it's always been: far too focused on Barry to give the other characters much attention. It's frustrating, because I like the other characters, and it's easy to resent Barry for hogging all of the screen time. *sigh*

Alas for Jane the Virgin, somebody wasn't actually dead (and is still in the same narrative spot as before) and therefore I'm still not watching.

I think Superstore is back? I need to check out its second season.

And finally: the first two episodes of Stranger Things (netflix original show) were interesting enough for me to keep watching in spite of jump-starts and too much suspense for this wimp. So... no watching right before bedtime for me, that's for sure.
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Sunday, October 16th, 2016 06:22 pm
Apparently my brain decided it had too many things to track, so livejournal/DW got pushed over the edge. But I'm still around! Just not... here.

I do use tumblr. More than I should, in fact, although that tends to go in spurts. I was internet-free for a month this summer, more or less. And some days I'm too busy to do any social media of any kind.

Anyway! I've been reading books lately. Or least attempting to do so.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a bust. I didn't finish it, and don't care enough to try again. (I didn't know about Johnny Depp's film adaptation until later, so his ridiculous comments weren't a factor in liking or disliking the book.)

  • I did at least finish Magic Bites by Kate Andrews, but I didn't care enough about any of it to keep reading the series.

  • Seanan McGuire's tenth book in her series with October Daye came out last month: Once-Broken Faith. It was an enjoyable foray into her fae world. As usual, McGuire has nicely competent prose ad plotting.

  • McGuire's other pen name is Mira Grant, and I read her three zombie books that started with Newsflesh. Mixed feelings on one element, but it was still an interesting series.

  • E.K. Johnston's A Thousand Nights was gorgeous; highly recommend this retelling of Sheherazade.

  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter was a compelling look at America's recent treatment of people with Down Syndrome. Kim Edwards clearly did her research in creating this compelling fictional family.

  • Justin Cronin's vampire(ish) trilogy ended with The City of Mirrors. I still rec the first book (which I loaned to someone, but I don't know who?), but the other two... eh.

  • More post-apocalyptic narratives! Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

ETA: Whoops again, I forgot to mention Discount Armaggedon by McGuire. Fine pulp fiction, I'd say. Very pulpy: monsters, competitive dancing, enemy/love interest boy, etc.

Also, I'm reading Taraji P. Henson's memoir Around the Way Girl, but I have a long way to go in that. Oh, and I haven't even mention the four or five re-reads I've done, but now this is getting way too long.

So... TV catchup post soonish? First I have to actually watch the TV that I'm behind on. Yikes. (Mostly I've been rewatching Parks and Recreation while grading papers, because my beloved Law & Order isn't on Netflix anymore. It was such a perfect grading-papers show!)
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Sunday, April 10th, 2016 07:58 pm
Shipping is messing up my TV shows. Or rather, my changed perceptions of romantic pairings has altered how I enjoy (or don’t enjoy) certain shows. I used to go along with whatever canon ships were presented, and that was that. At least for the most part. Now I’ve gotten more picky, and certain ships have become deal-breakers if the writing does nothing to call out / fix the problems in the ship.

I’m gonna blather about Jane the Virgin and Agent Carter and the ships I dislike on those shows, AND how Brooklyn Nine Nine managed to win me over. This goes behind a cut. Spoilers, obviously. B99, JtV, and AC )
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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 09:21 pm
Beware typos.

So I had a real problem with Jane the Virgin )

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its uneven writing, but I'm currently fairly pleased with the villain currently inhabiting the body of Grant Ward. Mostly it's schadenfreude, I'll admit. And I'm okay with that! Lance Hunter annoys me SO MUCH, but actor Nick Blood is so gorgeous that it's... confusing at times. Heh. Mostly I'm here for the May and Daisy show, though. Oh, and Bobbi. I love Bobbi.

Relatedly, Agent Carter finished season two, and aie. That was not the season I'd hoped for. I've already complained about the show's treatment of Jason Wilkes, the show's one and only addition in the name of diversity. The writing for him didn't really improve overall. *sigh*

Need to catch up on Supergirl (only one episode behind, but it looks like it's a very good one). The show itself has generally trended better since the beginning of this first season. The fandom is terrible, alas, but I mostly stay in my little corner of the internet.

CBS is going to burn through the short fifth season of Person of Interest, starting in May and ending in June. Two episodes a week, apparently. Honestly, I'll be relieved to have it done. The actors and writers have mostly moved on, since filming ended in December, I believe. Sarah Shahi is going to be the lead in a contemporary update of Nancy Drew, which we all know I'll watch even if it's terrible. (Maybe not all of it, but I'll certainly give it a try.)

Book update in a few days? Maybe?
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Monday, February 29th, 2016 08:54 pm
I haven't finished the book I planned to read for Black History month: Ida: A Sword Among Lions. It's about Ida B. Wells, and if you don't know who she is, look her up now. I do intend to finish the book, but it's so grim, and it's still early days!

One thing I've done instead? Watch the eleven episodes of Superstore's first season. It's on NBC, and commercial-free in the 'on demand' section of the TV service I still haven't cancelled. Aie. Anyway, I didn't like it in the beginning, but I wanted background noise for while I was grading papers, and suddenly I was watching ALL of the episodes and they were fun. The season finale in particular worked really well with everything that came before it.

Agent Carter's treatment of Jason Wilkes continues to be a major frustration, but I'm still watching. Just two more hours left. I think they air tonight? Or maybe tomorrow night? I don't usually watch until later in the week.

And I'm back outta here. Later!
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Sunday, February 14th, 2016 06:13 pm
Wow, this may be my longest ever accidental livejournal hiatus? Oops! And hi!

I took a four week art class on painting with acrylics, which I've never done before. Acrylics are fun! I want to continue. For now, though, I'm going to switch to a drawing class, because a work friend of mine and I were talking about art and decided to take this one together. We start this week.

I've read... books by Mira Grant, Daniel José Older, and Andy Weir )

Lastly for books, I finished a re-read of the Harry Potter series in January. Yes, all seven books. Yes, for the fourth time, I believe.

TV! I'm behind on Jane the Virgin. There are enough writing missteps that I'm hesitant to catch up. I'm sure I will eventually. I'm team "Anyone but Michael unless he goes through some serious character redemption". Even though I like Michael and most of the story he's been getting. But not the part where he's a possible romantic partner for Jane.

Galavant came back for a fun second season, and if you're wanting a very silly comedy with fourth-wall breaking songs, I'd recommend it. It's short! There's a mostly-happy ending! Characters actually evolve in interesting ways!

Agent Carter has also returned and... well. a mixed bag )

Supergirl and The Flash are both still on my watch list. TF continues its tradition of writing women terribly, and SG continues its tradition of removing consequences from the characters it likes. To the point where I'm almost rooting for Maxwell whatisface, the villain of the piece. Ah well.

On to movies! While Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn't exactly bold new territory in the storytelling realm, it was (mostly) exciting to watch, and they did make at least one bold choice by casting John Boyega (black British) as one of the leads. From what I've read, the (secondary) role of pilot Poe was initially going to be played by a black man, and Finn--Boyega's role--was going to be a white man. Instead we have Boyega in a leading role, and Poe played by Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac.

Boyega was fantastic, by the way. Actually, the acting was very good all around, at least by Star Wars standards. The dialogue wasn't the clunky mess that Lucas wrote in the earlier films, whiched helped. All in all a good (re)start, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.
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Sunday, November 29th, 2015 08:54 pm
Like a lot of Netflix subscribers out there, I binge-watched their newest original offering, Jessica Jones. It was grim, but very good. The themes of power and abuse make for a very dark show, even though it wasn't as physical violent as, say, Daredevil. It's very much a film noir sort of show, with a hard-edged detective as the leading character (complete with first-person voiceover) and a life-changing traumatic event in that character's life as a focus.

Many, many posts out there highlighting the potential upsetting nature of various elements of Jessica Jones, so I'll refrain from adding to that. It's definitely at the far edge of what I'll watch; I wouldn't want it any more grim. I will say that ultimately the show had a hopeful message: you're not the same after tragic events, but you can move on anyway. (And if you want a list of what I can recall about the possibly triggering dark stuff, lemme know.)

What else? For me there was a bit of a lull in the middle; episode seven in particular was a bit annoying. But as a whole it was a strong season one, and I'm looking forward to more.

a few spoilers and a critique )

Moving on: the trailer for the newest Captain America movie (Civil War is the second part of the title, I believe) doesn’t interest me. 1) In what world are Steve and Tony friends? Work buddies at best. Which is a valuable thing, but… 2) Bucky is a pawn in all of this, and I’m not emotionally invested in Bucky. 3) Marvel movie-verse is severely lacking in women, and I’m just tired of that. It was especially noticeable after watching Jessica Jones. I may well be DONE with CA/The Avengers and the "Only one woman per team allowed" thing they have going on...
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Sunday, November 15th, 2015 09:28 pm
I'm going to put the real world on hold for a bit and talk about TV.

So, about Jane the Virgin this season... aie, love triangles )

Hm. I thought I had more to say about that, but... not really in a coherent way.

Supergirl's debut reminded me that cast spoilers, general reaction )

I stopped watching Empire. spoilers for 2.01 )

I can name at least three other shows I've quit that fit this pattern as well. Sorry, Taraji P. Henson! I'm gonna miss seeing you on the little screen.

Like JtV, The Flash hasn't been as strong its second season, though I'm hopeful for improvement. spoilers )

Sleepy Hollow is still causing my hope to dwindle, but I haven't quite given up on it. ehhh )

Elementary is back, but only two episodes so far. Nothing much to report yet. I will say that the makeup artist has done an incredible job making John Noble resemble Jonny Lee Miller. It's amazing.

Good heavens, one of these shows is gonna get cut simply due to time factors, right? The only reason I'm mostly caught up right now is because I took a sick day last week. The show most likely to get pushed back to "wait until it gets to Netflix" status is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 05:35 pm
Hey, Person of Interest stuff! Not that the show is back--season five is still on hold, with no official start date. Anyway, reminder that Grimorie started a tumblr-based rewatch comm, watchofinterest. We're in mid season two so far. You can actually post comments there and reply to them, rather than reblogging.

Also, I wrote a very belated episode reaction post for season four's "Terra Incognita". (It's on the Carter LJ comm.)

On to TV that's currently on air. The Flash has been less shiny in its second season, but I'm not close to that nebulous stop watching point. I did stop watching Empire; it hit that questionable consent issue too much in episode 2.01, and I bailed. I still love Cookie Lyon, but I'll just have to 'watch' via gif sets on Tumblr.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is having a decent third season, although I'll be honest: 1) there could be a fifty percent reduction of Jake Peralta content and I'd be pleased, and 2) still not that excited about this new canon pairing. I don't hate it, but eh... see #1 and my lack of interest in Jake.

Dean Winters was in one or two episodes of B99, and I'm still impressed with how much I haaaaated his 'Vulture' character. Acting -- it's amazing. (I loved his turn on T:TSCC, so it's funny to hate him so much as another character.)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its interesting and problematic existence. So many fascinating ideas! So much failure in some of the writing! I do enjoy it--I wouldn't watch it otherwise--but it consistently leaves me saying "What a mess" after I've had time to mull over an episode.

Anyway, I really liked the flashback episode showing spoilery thing for 3.05 )

I'm behind on Jane the Virgin, which is due in part to the love triangle returning to the forefront. I like Rafael reasonably well, but he and Jane have a lot to learn about how to deal with each other. I like Michael too, but even though he and Jane understand each other, I'm still anti-Michael when it comes to Jane. He lied to her. A LOT. And I'm not feeling forgiving of it. So I basically don't have a pairing that I really want to happen right now, which makes the love triangle storyline annoying.

Books: still re-reading Harry Potter. Currently in book four. Aie, poor Harry.
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 06:06 pm
title: Tomorrow Was Made for Some
fandom: Person of Interest
summary: Reese and Carter are unprepared to navigate the turbulence in their tentative relationship through a year of shocks and challenges. At critical moments, when things seem about to flame out, Fusco, Shaw, and Finch provide crucial assistance.
(shorter summary: mostly not-sappy pregnancy fic)

characters & pairings: Joss Carter/John Reese, Harold Finch, Lionel Fusco, Sameen Shaw, Taylor Carter, original characters
rating and contents: M
word count: around 38K

Note 1 [profile] blacktop50 did most of the heavy lifting on this co-written story.

Note 2: AU from just after 2X22

on AO3 (complete at 13 chapters) or on (will be updated regularly)

May post a link soon to my thoughts about collaborating on this story.
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Sunday, October 11th, 2015 09:16 pm
The students in my school district get two - TWO - days off this month that we (the faculty and staff) have to work. *cue the jealous grudge*

Anyway. Maybe I'll get some fanfic written tomorrow? I actually have an idea that's tickling my brain enough to make me write notes. Lacking a fandom that really says Love me! means no fanfic production of late. This started before Person of Interest killed off Carter, by the way. The transition from procedural to full-on sci fi show had me already losing that level of interest (heh, interest) that my brain apparently requires to produce fic on a semi-regular basis. Killing Carter rather cemented it, however.

(Depression may be a factor as well. But I wrote that multi-chapter fic with depression, so I'd guess it's not the biggest element in writing production or lack of it.)

Co-written PoI fic is pretty much finished, thanks to my co-author. I'll post a link once she starts putting chapters online. It really did end up being a hybrid story of what I like and what she likes, which is fascinating.

Er. Anyway. Last two Person of Interest related things:
1) we're doing a rewatch on Tumblr, which has reminded that I really did love that first season of the show. Grimorie chose a format that allows for actual comments on the posts, so you don't have to reblog to talk about the episodes. Like back in the day, yeah? I'd say I miss back in the day, but when it comes to PoI fandom, I really really don't.

2) There are spoilers out there for the upcoming season, which is being filmed right now. No air date yet (it's going to be a mid-season replacement). This teaser trailer from whatever con is going on now is silly and pretty spoiler-free. So enjoy.

Books: nothing of interest to report recently, though I have some recs that I intend to explore soon.
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Sunday, September 20th, 2015 09:09 pm
Yay, book nine of Seanan McGuire's October Daye series came out earlier this month. I made time to read it this weekend. It's an enjoyable series, with a direct forward narrative and characters I like. Having them set so deeply in fae-land makes them a bit more distant to me than, say the Rivers of London series (which is pretty much like our London plus some magic/magical creatures), but McGuire's clean writing style and coherent universe makes for a good read in spite of that.

I broke my fabric-buying moratorium. *face of shame* This teal dress was lovely, but not quite something I'd wear, with the large fabric-covered buttons down the back. (Why would you want large, lumpy buttons running down the back of your dress or shirt? They'd be uncomfortable when you sit!) Also, the neckline is higher than what I like. So I found some teal fabric with a very subtle herringbone pattern, and ordered it. And I'm sorting through patterns; I have it narrowed down to two right now.

It's been a hectic start to the school year, but my classes are good. Most of them, anyway. There's a good enough balance in them to make for a nice chemistry.
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 11:49 am
Quick update! It was summer and I did things! Most of them were fun! Summer is fleeting! So is this post!

Okay, maybe not so fleeting for the post. I guess I'll highlight the new experience: I got to see (the northeast corner of) Ohio for the first time. It was so pretty. Apparently summer is far more fleeting there than it is here, when we're talking about the season itself and not the break from work that students and teachers have.

So yeah... full summer (briefly) in Ohio, high temperatures well below what they are here, wildflowers in bloom everywhere. It was gorgeous. And I went swimming in Lake Erie and lived to tell the tale! It actually wasn't as cold as I expected. (This does NOT mean it was warm. Just... not super-cold.)

Also spent some time in DC and Oklahoma again. And goofing off in my own home. It was lovely.

No real news to report for media consumption. Last night I finished rereading the Rivers of London books, the five in print as of now. I wanted to see if there were hints about [spoilery thing that happened at the end of book three], among other things. And I enjoyed them about as much as I did the first time around, so yay.
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Monday, July 6th, 2015 10:39 am
I was just about to type one-handed while on hold on the phone, but they finally answered my question. Or rather, they said they'd call me back. We'll see...

Anyway! Season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was better than season one. Or it just works better as a binge-watch show, perhaps. (Yay, Netflix!) Certainly watching them in a short amount of time helped me get through the Coulson stuff, since he's never going to be my favorite. I really enjoyed hating Ward--what a good villain he makes. But mostly I enjoyed the characters I grew to like the most: Bobbie Morse, Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, Skye...

Ooh, speaking of Skye, that was a really great arc for her backstory. Kyle McLachlan and Dichen Lachman were amazing in their roles connecting to her. So if Coulson isn't your favorite but you're willing to put up with him, I'd say give season two a try. Definitely not perfect, but an enjoyable run.

Book series rec! Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series starts with Midnight Riot (in the US / in the UK the first book title is the same as the series title). Newbie policeman stumbles across a good witness for his case, only the witness is a ghost. And so begins Peter Grant's introduction into a different side of London. There are five books so far, and while a lot of storylines are definitely in the middle as opposed to done, I can safely say that Lesley May is getting one of the more interesting arcs. And Peter is a very good POV character: observant, caring, occasionally an idiot. I'm waiting impatiently for the next book.

Been doing some sewing of the tailoring/modifying variety. Chopping sleeves, shortening hems, etc. It always takes more time than I think, but I'm slowly adding things I'll actually wear back into my closet.
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Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 11:49 pm
I finally finished The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. It was mostly awesome, which is high praise for nonfiction from me. Especially nonfiction that isn't a memoir or autobiography. So if you have any interest in how Alexandre Dumas' biracial father fared in revolutionary France... or in Napoleon, or the French Revolution itself, you should read it. It was fascinating. Be patient with the prologues, though; they will eventually end. That's the less awesome part.

I also read Sunshine, by Robin McKinley. I finished it, and didn't even begrudge the book's existence, but I'm not keeping it on my Kindle. I'm still trying to diagnose why I didn't love it. The ideas behind the world-building were interesting, although I think they were introduced in strangely lumpy ways. I liked most of the characters, and honestly, some of them could have been fleshed out more. (Hehe... fleshed out... vampire novel... okay, enough silliness.) Anyway, if you're really into (fictional) baking, vampires, and minimal (though still present) love triangles, maybe give it a try? Otherwise, eh.

In book and TV news, there's an adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on British TV now. I remember reading the book years ago and thinking, "Why all the hoopla for this?" Unlikely that I'll try the show, especially considering that I'd have to take some trouble to find it.

I've managed to watch eight episodes of Drop Dead Diva, which isn't exactly breathtaking speed, considering that I watched the first one two months ago. The second-hand embarrassment thing is a bit of a problem every once in a while, but so far I've genuinely enjoyed all of the episodes.

And now that season two of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on Netflix, I may try that again. Having tried two episodes of s2 so far, I'm reminded of my dwindling appreciation for Agent Coulson, which could be a problem. I particular dislike his tendency to give speeches. *sigh*