No More Dragons Left to Slay

The silent musings of a self-professed egoist.

Best. Fic. Ever.
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I have gotten a new fandom to play with - The Vampire Diaries - and it has a shocking lack of good fic that it's not funny and this has made me go on a spree of fic reading from my other favourite fandoms.

The thing is I have been spoilt by fandoms like Buffy and Alias where when you spit, it landed on a good writer[; there was such an abundance of them. It also helped, that these fandoms required a certain level of intellect to appreciate them and it invited viewers and consequently writers who could really write. Hell, there are Buffy writers who are published and/or writing professionally etc. Or, even unlike the Alias fandom, the Buffy writers are stll writing...

I really love TVD but the fics make me depressed. And I don't know how I feel about writing for a fandom of poor calibre.

I think it also has to do with the strength of the characters and plots created by the Jossverse that even if you take them out of Sunnydale - ie, eith AUs - the quality rarely diminishes. Even simple smut or PWP is rarely ever just that. They are poetic in themselves and aren't in any way, shape or form, merely gratuitous.

Oh Buffyverse and Alias fandom - I wish I had better appreciated you....

Love Me Some Puppies
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I have been in a pensive mood about *NSYNC lately. I know that some people regard them as some sort of bad joke that accidentally produced the talent that is Justin Timberlake. But I know better.

Anyway, I have been thinking about how much I love *NSYNC and the fandom. How I forged real bonds with many people whom I respect and share this common interest with. Somehow, many of the familiar faces (who were a godsend to me back in the day before youtube arrived) have faded away or gotten into newer (and some stranger) fandoms. Hopefully if when they get back together, they will rekindle their passion for the Pups.

I guess I love this fandom because it was my first and it taught me alot about myself, not to mention some cool skills. On top of how much I love listening to them live and wtahcing them dance, I love being able to discuss a TV show appearance or magazine cover the next day that much more.

Love me some JC (Mr If I Had To Do it Broke), adore the Fatone (and his beautiful family) , Mr Kirkpatrick (who could forget poor Busta, Danielle Raabe and FuManSkeeto?), Lance (He of the chest-pat and awkward dancing) and Justin (who is the giggly man-child of the EuroPups era).

That was one random walk down memory lane. I needed that. Honk if you love the Puppies too!

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles - The awesomest show ever
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I'm depressed to say the least. Just watched the season finale of TSCC and I feel at a loss - like someone who has been told there will be no more sunlight tomorrow. How does one react?


I'm not going to get into the spoilers - suffice it to say that it was probably one of the best eps on the show! I would not have been as depressed, had I not read from quite a few sources that it's looking like FOX will be getting rid of TSCC. *cue heartwrenching sobs*


I mean come on, people! There are much, much worse shows out there than TSCC! And TSCC is on a special level of awesome that few people get. Thomas Dekker is mind-blowingly credible with his dark, dark protrayal of John Connor; Lena Heady is the fierce and powerful Sarah Connor and don't get me started on Summer Glau's stoic portrayal of Cameron.


I guess the show is different from BSG in that the robot wars are more believable. One can see how our world went from computers and machinery to the robot wars. On the other hand, while I love BSG, it is a little distanced - although that was probably its objective.


Oh yes, apparently the same fate awaits both Dollhouse AND Chuck!
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Crookshanks the princess
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So I have been toying with the idea of adopting a stray cat. It has been a decision I have been mulling over for the last 3 years in fact.


Anyway, yesterday morning, my cousin messaged me and enquired if I wanted her cat. I told her that I would take a look at the picture and let he know after discussing with my sister. She is an orange-striped kitten who is a few weeks old. She was originally named Princess by her first owner but I told them the name ould be the first to go.


As a result I was a nervous wreck at work. I could barely concentrate! Eventually I left a few hours early (which I have to make up for next week....grrr) and I went to the pet store to get a few supplies. I did not expect this to take ore than a few minutes since all she needed was food and kitty litter right? Alas I bought out half the store, much to the amusement of the experienced cat owners there. They asked me about my new kitten and I told them everything I knew about her.


Nothing could have prepaed me for catmommyhood. When I met her she turned out to be adorable and a handful. She doesn't like to eat, so I had to stand there and watch her as she ate and bring her back to her bowl when she got distracted. She's not yet litter trained eventhough she has only relieved herself in the litter since she came here and that was ony because I was around to guess that she had to go and I lifted her into the litter. She's too short to get in herself.


Damn this is hard work. After putting her down to sleep, I thought she wouldn't wake up, but it turns out she sleeps quite lightly. Mercifully though she has this secuity blanket (which stinks to high heavens) but once I wrap her up in it she's out like a light. And the lady at the store told me that kittens eat dry food only, so I bought some and of course she hasn't eaten any. I gave her some wet food and she happily licked her bowl clean. Haha.


After all the excitement, both kitty and I fell asleep this moring. She's still asleep so I'm typing quietly.


Also I'm trying out Crookshanks for her name (the other options were Margarita and Saffron). She isn't responding to it yet, but I'm working on it.


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I find Joshua Jackson hot. Someone alert the authorities!
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Just finished watching Fringe. And yes after years of resisting the Jackson, I'm just drawn to him like a moth to a very hot flame.


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Now I can't wait to see what Joss Whedon delivers with Dollhouse...
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No Skeletons in this Closet
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I have been dealing with this leaving-my-job thing pretty well. When my friends and students asked me if I'd miss it or them, I knew that I would miss them but I felt almost detached from the situation.


Today I had to clear out my desk. I have been slowly bringing stuff home in small quantities to avoid carrying a gigantic box of stuff tomorrow (my last day). Anyway, after I had returned my laptop, access cards and keys, and cleared out all my books, my desk was seriously bare. And it hit me how much I love where I'm sitting. It's not just the fact that I've eaten many meals and slept (albeit uncomfortably) in my chair while I was staying over for a camp. It's not even the fact my deak is huge and spacious and quite private. It's mostly cause I love the people around me. My neighbouring colleagues are such good friends. They keep me entertained and constantly amused. I'm really going to miss them.


Tomorrow is my last day as a teacher and I'm filled with the nerve-wracking self doubt as to whether or not anything else I do in my life would mean as much as this job did. At the same time, I'm also filled with awe and wonder as to what the future will hold. This combination is rather heady.


I think I'm going to be sick.
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The End of an Era
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For those of you not in the loop, I've quit teaching. As I told my Pricipal and Head of Department, it's not a decision I made lightly, but one that I need to do right now. I've tried to resolve my issues, but they remain unresolved and thus, I need to get out of there try something new. Sad to say, it's been a while since I've been truly happy with my job and I hate feeling that way. My last day will be on the 28th of August. As always, my friends have been uber-supportive of my decision. Thanks, you guys.


In other news, I do have another job lined up. It will be a temporary one until I get a proper job offer, i.e. one in writing. I think that I would be doing an injustice to myself if I did not explore writing as a career choice. Having said that, I also know it will take some time since I don't have any experience in the area. I've resigned myself to being patient for now. All good things are worth waiting for.
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Bloody Holidays
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I caught my finger in a closing toilet door and was spraying blood like crazy for a while afterward. You should have seen me walking around the office with my finger wrapped in toliet paper, looking at my colleagues with puppy dog eyes and begging them for a bandaid.


Eventually I stole one from my neighbour who wasn't at work yesterday (though I did replace it with candy) Now I can officially claim that I have sacrificed sweat, tears and now blood for my career. Go me.


In other news, I will be going to San Francisco and Los Angeles on holiday during the first 2 weeks of June. If anyone would like to meet me (in the flesh) do drop me a note and my friend and I will try to work that into our impressively busy schedule.


If you'd also like to recommend things that we absolutely have to do while we're in these cities that our guide books have missed out, please also feel free to enlighten us.


And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

RIP The Joker
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I will miss you Heath. See you on the other side, my friend.

Off to Vietnam
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So I'm leaving for Vietnam tomorrow on a school trip. I'll be back in 4 days time. Be good everyone! Water my plants while I'm away., And will someone feed my sister too?
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