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19 January 2010 @ 06:26 pm
Slashgoggle activation, solitaire addiction, sexy new shows, SFX Weekender and MOAR!
This year I'm going to try and post a bit more often, not just throw fic at you all and then hide in the shadows. I hope that doesn't scare anyone off, but feel free to scroll past, or run for the hills, or defriend me at will. I promise not to sob too loudly. :P

Tomorrow I am back at work after a fun-filled week off. I didn't go anywhere, but Mommie Dearest is here and she's a laugh a minute. Here's what we've been up to.

1. MD has known for years what kind of fanfiction I write, and I've inflicted upon her several episodes of almost every fandom I've picked up.

She's agreed that Spike and Xander would make a pretty pair. She was a Jensen Ackles fangirl long before I was - her response to my mentioning his name for the first time was 'What took you so long?' She's seen the chemistry between Jack and Nathan in Eureka, and admitted that John Sheppard and Rodney McKay are definitely 'up to something' in SGA.

And then, this week, we had spontaneous slashgoggle activation. In (movie title forgotten), Gerard Butler and Chris Walker had a major eyefuck moment with a marked lack of personal space between them, and MD was heard to exclaim "Oo-er!", and when I turned to look - at her - she was wearing the grin of the newly enlightened.

Shortly thereafter, I decided it was time to start her computer training (gods help me!). I have set up my laptop on a small table between my chair and hers and taught her how to turn it on and get solitaire loaded.

We're starting with the basics - mouse control and patience. (Note the lowercase not uppercase P. :P) That, and addiction.

On Sunday, she spent three hours playing Solitaire. Yesterday she spent the better part of ten. Hours. And every fifteen to twenty minutes, I heard "It's being silly. It won't end the game but there aren't any moves left," or words to that effect. Which meant I had to stop whever I was doing so I could point out the move(s) she hadn't seen. Exhausting, and also a pain in the neck - literally, the way the laptop is positioned, but she was having so much fun I resisted the urge to pull the plug out of the wall so the battery would die. ;)

She's getting better, slowly, but I haven't let her get online yet. The world just isn't ready for that. But once she is, no more will I have to hear "Ooh, what do I know him from? Can you have a look?" She'll be able to do her own IMDb searches! *dances*

2. Some of you have probably noticed the DC comics/cartoons addiction I'm currently wrestling with.

It's getting worse. *blinks*

This past weekend, I stumbled across a link to comicsbigbang, which has a minimum wordcount of 10k. I know, it's tiny compared to some of the other BBs out there, but those bigger commitments skeer me! (Plus, this one lets me post in my own journal and then post a link to the comm - I'm becoming quite the consummate comment h0r hoarder in my old age.

Anyway, I emailed suki_blue, because an insane idea shared is an insane idea halved... or should that be doubled? Yes, definitely doubled, because those of you with both of us on your flist can now expect at least 20k of DCU fic to appear some time in May. *headdesk*

3. MD and I share some of the same tastes in TV, (Bones, the CSIs, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Dexter...) so I've been hooking her up with new shows to enjoy.

A quick run through Castle introduced her to Nathan Fillion. She thinks he's adorable, so I'm considering trying her on Firefly, even though it comes under the umbrella of 'That Sci-Fi Crap' (™MD).

White Collar definitely has her attention. She likes both Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay. We both love the banter and the humour, not to mention a good con.

She was so enamoured of Matt Bomer that I had to dig out Traveler and we power-watched our way though that in less than 2 days.

Traveler introduced her to Logan Marshall-Green, which necessitated another detour into Dark Blue, which had the added bonus of Dylan McDermott, an old favourite of hers.

She's just admitted to only ever seeing one episode of Supernatural, so that's been added to the 'To Watch' list, but first we have to watch S2-9 of X Files. We watched S1 over the past week and she's hooked. Score! I'll get her fangirling Stargate if it's the last thing I do! (Aliens is aliens, right? :P )

4. I'm off to the SFX Weekender the first weeked in February, along with suki_blue, kitty_poker1, mirasol and a new friend I have not yet had the privilege of meeting (and whose name I cannot for the life of me remember. *smacks self*). There, we will be meeting up with lonelybrit, princess_s, vampirefever and vic_amy_z for much squeeing and drinking and loud, embarrassing conversations in public. As per usual. :D

I think that just about brings me up-to-date... Oh!

5. In a previous post, I mentioned the '40 books in 2010' reading project literati and I were embarking on. (Now with added suki_blue!)

I spent Jan 1st and 2nd reading books 1-5 of the Spiderwick Chronicles, which should have been longer (or contained in one volume), but they were fun and, in places, much more gruesome than expected. Bonus: dragons!

And now I'm off to read more comics - Secret Six, from the beginning, under orders from Suki. It's a hard life. *swoons*
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kitty_poker1kitty_poker1 on January 19th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Great round-up of your doings! MD is definitely the bestest housemate evah! It's brilliant that you've never had to hide your naughty fic and interests from her. Now that's what I call unconditional love and acceptance, bless her cottons.

OMG, as if you and Suki aren't skeery enough separately, now you're joining forces! The world must be made aware so it can duck and cover. Oh, it just was. *g*

Great news about vampirefever et al coming to the Weekender. Yay! All thoughts of a fairly sober weekend have now flown out the window. :P

PS: MD might like Spider. It gives you potential next moves. Not that I ever play it... *shifty eyes*
darkhavens: s smokin' [literati]darkhavens on January 19th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
She got me interested in all sorts of odd things while I was growing up (serial killers, conspiracy theories, Erich von Daniken and similar writers...), so I'm really just returning the favour. :D

OMG, as if you and Suki aren't skeery enough separately, now you're joining forces!

MUAHAHAHAHA! At least that means we can cry on each other's shoulders and you can sit back and point and laugh without getting your shoulders damp. ;)

Sober, schmober. Life's too short!

I'm keeping MD confined to solitaire until she's got the hang of it. Then we can see about adding extra decks to the mix. (Aaaand my head just exploded at the very thought of it. :D )
VF: Vodka & Coke (ladypolitik)vampirefever on January 19th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Are you both implying our little batch of Horblingites are all drunkards intent on leading you astray!! *is shocked*
tabaqui: j2fistgrinbypaperedtabaqui on January 19th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Whoooooooooo!! MD will be fangrrling with the best of us soon! I envision Her Own Livejournal.

*twirls you*

It'll be awesome to see you around more, bay-bee.
darkhavens: batflash almost a kiss [literati]darkhavens on January 19th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
She has an LJ! and a DW! Once I've figured out what wireless router to buy, and how to set it up to get the laptop online, I'll be teaching her the intricacies of LJ navigation and posting etiquette. Right now, they're just namegrabbed. *g*

She is already a fangrrl of Ricky Martin and Jensen Ackles, but she's never been able to fangrrl with other fangrrls, so it will be quite an experience.

I hope I can keep to the decision to be more visible. I'm refusing to call it a resolution because I always, always break those, but I do want to try and interact more, in my own journal instead of almost entirely in others'.

*twirls and smooches you*
tabaquitabaqui on January 19th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Wheeeeeee! Awesome.
shakatany: scholarcatshakatany on January 19th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I posted this thought a while back:
I was watching an episode of "White Collar" titled "The Portrait" where a woman tells Neal Caffrey that she did her thesis on him. My mind immediately flashed to Lydia Chalmers which set me to thinking. Now Matthew Bomer is no James Marsters and Neal is not British not blond nor a vampire but he did live in the "underworld" and is now trying to live by mundane, human rules, there is snark and, as someone pointed out, he has little impulse control. Sound familiar? Neal may be the closest we have to Spike nowadays.

I empathize with your mom - solitaire is a gateway drug to complete internet addiction. For me it was Solitiles and Freecell *g*

darkhavens: chaos panic disorder [secondverse]darkhavens on January 19th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
That comparison had not occurred to me, but it definitely bears examination. *ponders*

I was thinking of moving MD on to Freecell once she's got her Solitaire completion percentage up to double figures - or she hits 1000 games, whatever comes first. *g*

And then there's Spider... o.O
shakatany: scholarcatshakatany on January 19th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
My best friend used to play Spider the old-fashioned way with 2 decks of cards. She became rather good at it and of course has graduated to the computer version and astounds her friends by winning far more games than anyone else.

shakatany: scholarcatshakatany on January 19th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Bomer also has great cheekbones and skull-shape like Marsters.

Goes "Ding" When There's Stuffsuki_blue on January 19th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Nicely buried ;o) Get those bunnies dancing!!

I'm stupidly excited about the 40 books in 2010. And SFX EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (sweet_exile is new friend.) Yay!!
darkhavens: batflash up close & personal [literati]darkhavens on January 19th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Get those bunnies dancing!!

Dancing, deathmatching - whatever works. :D

40 books - we can do it!

Sweet_Exile! I knew it was a double-barrelled name, but beyond that I was lost. For shame.

SFX is going to be so much fun! I may turn out to be the curviest elf in all elfdom. :D
themkshrine on January 19th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
"Gerard Butler and Chris Walker had a major eyefuck moment with a marked lack of personal space between them, and MD was heard to exclaim "Oo-er!", and when I turned to look - at her - she was wearing the grin of the newly enlightened."

ROTFLMAO! Love that moment!!
darkhavens: mk gun [literati]darkhavens on January 19th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
it's a classic. :D
themkshrine on January 20th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
darkhavens: mk fight or die [literati]darkhavens on January 20th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! literati made it for me. She's the one who got me writing M/K and therefore at least half the reason I have just bought the boxed X Files universe. One season down, 8 more to go. :D

PS - I know this one is shareable (credit literati), if you want to snag it. ;)

Edited at 2010-01-20 12:26 am (UTC)
katbcoll: Eliot Nerdkatbcoll on January 20th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
We both love the banter and the humour, not to mention a good con.
Have you and MD tried Leverage? Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane and Aldis Hodge... (Gina Bellman too!)

YAY for words! Also for reading!

Enjoy the SFX weekend!
darkhavens: dexter & miguel holding hands [literati]darkhavens on January 20th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
OMG! I can't believe I forgot to mention Leverage! We have indeed tried it, loved it, watch it religiously. *g*

The latest ep, with the guyliner and the leather pants, is MD's new favourite - she is very much enamoured of Chris Kane, even without the extra frills.

I've been watching since I found the pilot online. I love the whole team, all except for Gina Bellman, who I adored in Coupling, but who doesn't appeal to me as much in this role. But I would gladly build a shrine to Parker. She is my favourite female char on TV right now. :D

Words in and words out - that's the plan for 2010. And I will be reporting back on the SFX Weekender. It will be mjy first con-type experience and My favourite Dr Who will be there, which fills me with glee. (Tom Baker ♥)