I'm having issue with my yahoo account at the moment, it no longer does POP3, so I've got to use a web browser instead of my usual Thunderbird client which is a pain in the back side, so please bear with me if I owe you mail.
You gotta check out this site
. It's just fab.
I wrote my first Scandal review on TV Com
and it's been trending nicely. It was a hoot to write and I definitely let my fangirl freak flag fly high, but it took forever. I wish I were a faster writer! Augh!!!
I just saw the trailer for Maleficent
. It will probably be overhyped CGI rubbish but Angelina Jolie's voice gave me goosebumps. Admit it, her costume alone is swoonworthy.
I can't wait to go see the Hunger Games: Catching Fire
. Guys, if you haven't read the books, you should. They're way creepier than what you see on screen.
Also, I highly recommend a book I read two weeks ago that will be out in January (the perks of having a retired journalist for a friend) The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
. I just could not put it down and I mean that: I even took it with me to the Victoria & Albert museum and would sit down on various benches and sofas so I could read "just a few more lines". The narrative voice was so unique. It deals with a very familiar post apocalyptic concept but flips it completely on its head and it is utterly brilliant. The style is deceptively simple. Must read.
I still haven't seen Gravity
. I guess this is something that *has* to be seen on the big screen.
My post ep 'all things' fic, which is (for now) titled Drift of Eastern Gray
is now finished and should be up in the weeks to come. It was more tricky than I thought it would be, mostly because there are a gazillion of fics that deal with that very topic so it was an "avoid the tired cliche" kind of exercise and I 'm not sure I entirely succeeded. Anyway...even if it ends up sucking, the positive outcome of all this is that the M&S residing in my head are wide awake and won't shut up now, so I have a couple more things on the back burner and I iz preeetty happy about that. :)American Horror Story: Coven
is outrageously bonkers and rather fabulous. Katy Bates, Angela Basset and Jessica Lange, chew the scenery like there is no tomorrow. It's like having The Cirque Du Soleil With Witches every week in your living room. Best new show of the year along with Masters of Sex. Pretty gruesome though, so you may need to avoid if you are of fragile disposition.
So, Masters of Sex
: horrid, lurid title but great show that regularly makes my inner feminist do "YAY!" air punch fists. Yes, some of it is about the science of sexuality but it is especially about gender roles in the 50's. Plus, it has those Mad Men esthetics that are simply gorgeous. Just saying, don't let the title put you off. Oh and Allison Janey of West Wing fame, our beloved C.J. is in it and wait for it: her character name is MARGARET SCULLY!!! I kid you not.
I asked for fics recs by new authors on Haven and have compiled a list of all the stuff people have rec'ed me. My aim was to thoroughly go through them all and try not to be such a dismissive, scathing bitch as I usually am. I am only three stories down the list and I have already given up on my "read the whole thing" idea. I mean if the recs were all short fics I would, but some of the stuff on my list are 50 000 words long and let me tell you, those could do with 40 000 less words. Also I did specify "no mush" and still ended up with Mills & Boons style exchanges, where M&S spend lengthy portions of the story explaining their feels to each other a la "Touchstone" speech - which some of you may know I have few kind words for (understatement of the century) . The sad thing is that one of these author has a real knack for descriptions but can't write Mulder and Scully for shit. Oh well, I guess if anything, it will give me good idea of what's up in the XF fic world.
Let's hope the rest of the list fares better. Sofar the writer I'm really, really impressed with is Discordia
. Go read all her stuff. Her voice is great.
And that's about it for now.