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Agent Carter...

Agent Carter was great fun! I don't think I've seen a female character that I've instantly loved that much in a long time. She was fantastic, and I love that she's so believable! I loved her Jackie Chan style of fighting (what's handy? Stapler! That'll do! Wham, bang, nighty night baddie!) And Jarvis is absolutely adorable. I can't help but look for hints of Tony and his AI in his father and the real Jarvis--it's just a lot of fun. I do enjoy Agents of Shield, but if Agent Carter had debuted first, I would have watched the hell out of that show! I'm sad it's got such a short life, but I'll love it while it's on.

Can't recommend it enough!

(I didn't have an Agent Carter icon, so Emma Peel will have to do.)


Snow Day Notes

I admit, when we get a foot of snow and I don't have to drive to work, I tend to intersperse work with fun. So, today I did three things:

1. I finally caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I would have given up on except for Astrid's posts. If she loves something, it's worth keeping up with, that's my theory). And, well, damn, if the show seems to have hit a stride, and a super fun one at that! (Part of me wishes that the showrunners had started the story closer to the middle--when the team was already a team--than at the beginning, but too late now). My only problem is, I totally have a theory (okay, more a wish) for Skye's parentage, and it's not going to happen. But, man, if she turns out to be a certain cast out child whose name is synonymous with a certain fiery pit, I would be so chuffed! (She'll probably end up being some genetic experiment by some random smart earthers, but if she were alien, that would be so cool).

2. At the same time, I would be a little sad, as Hel is also a major character in my latest writing attempt. That (the writing attempt) was also worked on today for a couple of hours. I'd three chapters written, felt a little stuck (even though I'd outlined most of the story), and then my friend came in for a day the other week and talked me through a few things. First, she recommended I "Jim Butcher" up the beginning of it a bit (i.e. raise the stakes, and keep raising them, though I think he's somewhat insane at how much he does that, often several times in one chapter), and, two, she gave me the idea for how to bring it home. I knew how I wanted it to end, but I hadn't completely figured out how. Now, if only I could figure out a way to quit my job to do it and not lose my house, income, car, and go into default on my loans.

3. And I'm totally kicking my boyfriend's butt at Words with Friends. That's neither here nor there, but my letters so far have been awesome!

Hope all is well out there! And I hereby wish snow days for everyone (with no loss of power or need to drive anywhere, and warm fireplaces to snuggle up next to).


Masshole Weather Forecast

It's snowing in Massachusetts. The forecast is under the link--I hid it for the masshole language. It amused me.

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It's a Brand New Year!

Happy New Year, Everyone! Holla, Halla, Halla!

And my favorite video from last year...(if you watch nothing else, watch this one to the end--it's worth it.)

American Authors - Best Day of My Life (Dog Version)


M7 Fic: Drunk Anarchy - Chapter 4 (of 4)

The final chapter. Hope you enjoyed! Sorry for the terrible slurring of my narrator. ;)

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And the second awesome banner from Randi, for the story:


M7 Fic: Drunk Anarchy - Chapter 3 (of 4)

Rolling down the whiskey spiral into Chapter 3...

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M7 Fic: Drunk Anarchy - Chapter 2 (of 4)

There be even more drunken storytelling in this chapter...

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I wrote a fic for the M7 Big Bang, for which Randi2204 made me art! Two fabulous banners, and I love them both. Here's the first. I'll put the other one at the end of the last part (which is part 4).

Author: TIPPER
Disclaimer: Usual – don't own nada.
Characters: Buck, Ezra, Vin, Chris, and some OCs
Pairing(s): None (Gen story)
Word count: 15,825 (with chapter names).
Rating: T – for bad language
Warnings: None (other than the bad language)
Parts: 4 (plus the prologue)

Summary: Billy Rufus tells the story of when seven men helped battle off some serious bad guys in his small mountain town, all to help out a woman and her son. And he tells the story completely drunk.

A/N: In the fashion of "Drunk History", the whole story is told by someone who is completely and utterly drunk (Billy Rufus, the saloon owner) to his brother (Henry Beau), a couple of days after the whole story plays out. There's a lot of slurred speech, misspoken words, and bad behavior.

A/N 2: This is based on a prompt from my friend J Brooks, who challenged me to base this story on an incident in royal history. I chose a couple from the Anarchy in England. I also happened to watch Drunk History for the first time while I was coming up with this, and…well, this is what happened.

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Because Sholio did it...

And she got it from Frith-In-Thorns, apparently. Hope they don't mind, it seemed like fun!

List 10 books that have stayed with you. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard - they don't have to be the 'right' or 'great' works, just ones which have touched you.

1. Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman (same as Sholio)
2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkein (saw Desolation of Smaug tonight - awesome)
3. Crime & Punishment by Dostoevsky
4. The Garrett PI series by Glen Cook
5. Discworld books by Pratchett
6. The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle
7. The Big Sleep/The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
8. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
9. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

Honorable Mentions: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary and Sport by Louise Fitzhugh (I know, you said 10, but these two children's books are still on my shelves, so I included them); and the Myth and Phule series by Robert Asprin.


Some Thoughts on Loki, after Thor 2

A long time ago, I figured out that my favorite trope of all time is the redemption arc. To have as your hero an anti-hero, or someone who is struggling to come back from having done something terrible, is such a button pusher for me.

So, I figure, this is why I love villains like Magneto and Loki so very much. They are villains in that they will and do kill innocent people, and can justify it with explanations that almost make sense. With Magneto, his ultimate goal is to protect mutants, preferably by putting them at the top of the food chain. It makes him sympathetic, even understandable. Problem is, Magneto is willing to kill everyone who is not a mutant in order to get what he wants, and that makes him very, very bad. BUT, and here's where Magneto differs from your average villain, he's not a sociopath. He feels remorse for his actions. And it makes him an awesome villain, because, if you can understand him, and if you can get him to act on his remorse to do the right thing, you can redeem him (and I think, in the comics, he does things from time to time that do make him almost heroic).

So, is the same true for Loki (Movie-Loki, not comics-Loki)? Is he redeemable? I think he is, but there is a "but." His motivations are far more selfish than Magneto's, and he's far crazier, which means that his road to redemption is harder, but the capacity is there. Question is - can he/will he do it?

(There are some spoilers ahead for Thor 2, yo, but very few. And no important ones.)

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