delga: ([spn] no mortal or immortal.)

Do you enjoy Supernatural? I know that quite a few of you do, and that quite a few of you have a fondness for Castiel. Guys. I have a fic for you that you are going to lap the hell up.

One of the big bang challenges that ran this year was [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang in which participants produced entries that crossover with Supernatural. I was extremely privileged to read and help to edit a first-rate entry for this challenge, and I can honestly say that it is an excellent read regardless of whether or not you know the show.

Weep, Little Lion Man was written by the wealth of wit and talent more commonly known in these spheres as [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist. It's a Supernatural/American Gods crossover set during season 5, in which Castiel continues his quest for God and comes across a pantheon of others. It is both funny and touching, and features a host of carefully drawn characters. It is a living, breathing world of a fic.

This is emphatically not Hammer of the Gods though it does a similar thing in introducing other mythologies to the Supernatural world, and was written before that episode was aired. Where Hammer of the Gods was superficial and a fairly offensive mixing of the pantheons, [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist's fic is a warm character piece for Castiel whilst also weaving in a world of other delights. I myself do not know American Gods, but it didn't matter: but not a single word goes to waste in this fic. I am re-reading it now, having decided once again last weekend to get caught up with the show, and I am getting so much more from it. But the beauty of this fic - of [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist's writing - is that you don't need to know either the show or the book; you just need to know that it is a road trip narrative in which the journey, as ever, is more important than the destination.

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Weep, Little Lion Man by [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist

The girl led him through the dusty, uneven roads, her stride unhurried even as the sun dropped lower and lower in the sky. They passed other citizens along the way, many of whom looked at Castiel suspiciously, some of whom quickly averted their eyes and hurried onwards. Several cars caked in gravel-chalk slowed to a crawl as they passed, so that they could peer at Castiel closely. Castiel felt exposed beneath their stares, and he found himself winding tighter and tighter like a coiled spring, his palms burning with restless violence.

She didn’t talk to Castiel, which was fine by him. Some of the older denizens called out to her as they passed, sounding concerned or intruiged, but her replies were always terse. Once they walked by a group of children who jeered and sang at Castiel, until the girl tossed a sharp gesture over her shoulder that made them all boo and scatter.

Eventually, the girl glanced at Castiel and asked: “What’s your name?”

“Why?”

She shrugged. “I wanted to see if I recognized it. I only really know the main four.”

The reminder of Castiel’s archangel brothers was particularly unwelcome, and he found himself saying: “If I were one of them, then you’d be dead right now.”

If she was bothered by his tone, then the girl didn’t say it. “Figures. Aren’t they supposed to be warriors or some shit?” She cast Castiel a deeply unimpressed look out of the corner of her eye. “You don’t look much like a fighter, so what does that make you? One of the ones that sing praises? Hosannah, hosannah, and all that junk?”

“No.”

They didn’t speak after that.

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Run, don't walk. You're going to love it.

delga: ([spn] no mortal or immortal.)

I can't believe that of all the things that I've watched recently, this is the one that I want to talk about a little. Not in terms of mythology because it's not exactly linear, but just in terms of how gorgeous this episode was. I haven't watched a full episode of this show since 5x04 (I think?) and I've been skimming the past few for the dramatic bits because the humour bent on this show was just not made for me. But I think the arc episodes are generally fairly well handled, and this one had a visual kick to it.

A couple of spoilers first: + )



the angel up our sleeve. )


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I do still intend to talk about Spooks eventually. You know. Once my hysteria-reflex dies down.

delga: ([raines] I see dead people.)
01. Crazy things that actually happened in Cambridge this past fortnight: a dog was juggling outside M&S; the electronica spaceman was back. Man, this city. I don't know.

02. I watched a lot of TV which is terribly unsurprising. I have skipped through all the things that I find annoying in Glee (which is unfortunately quite a bit) but I do love the musical numbers, and I do like the guy playing Will. Like. A lot.

03. I also watched - and enjoyed - Supernatural, and I hope we see Those Guest Stars again. I have a deep, deep fondness for Jim Weaver and for Titus Welliver, and I wish they'd had a scene together (Deadwood reunion!) Also: apparently the casting directors at Lost and Supernatural know the same agents (lols, Mark Pellegrino. Awesome). But, yeah, whilst the premiere was touch&go for me, I enjoyed this one a lot.

04. The Bones season premiere was completely delightful, and my love for Cam is so immense at this point that I don't really need to talk about it. My love for Caroline has apparently never been expressed before, so: I really love Caroline omg.

04b. Speaking of Bones, have a fic rec:
If you actually mapped out all the morsels of advice that Angela has doled out to Brennan over the years, analyzed them the way you would an author's canon of work, a few recurring themes might emerge: namely, in this order, [1] you (Brennan) want to have sex with Booth; [2] Booth wants to have sex with you; [3] you two are ridiculously perfect for each other in so many ways, whether you realize it or not; [4] you're not actually as failed of a human being as you think you are.


The above is from [livejournal.com profile] daygloparker's fic The Forgotten Dialects of the Heart. She labelled it as "Ten untold stories about love that also have the benefit of being true". I labelled it as "the other side of canon". Which is to say: this isn't just a fic about Brennan and Booth and the whole friction of their relationship. It's a fic about every character that we know and love, and is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. There is a section explicitly about Hodgins that is so perfect and a whole section about Cam that will feel like a slap to the face. AMAZING. Go forth and read, and then tell [livejournal.com profile] daygloparker how much you loved it. Because you will.

so, this post was supposed to be quite short? Yeah, I don't know what happened. Other things M talks about: Defying Gravity, Fringe, The Lives of Others, Leverage, shows that are airing next week &c. &c. There are also links to FAB photos so skip this cut AT YOUR PERIL or whatever. )

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This post was long. There are less trivial things to talk about but I am terrible at those things currently so we'll leave it be for now. It was supposed to be short wtf.

delga: ([merlin] to the end of the road.)

I'm trying to keep these fairly short because rambling doesn't make for an easy read, and because otherwise I will be here altogether too long. Some quick round-ups for episodes that I don't have much to say about: Bones was really rather FABULOUS and I don't know that I can say much more than that; CSI: NY was also very good, and I don't know about other people, but the Flack storyline is breaking my heart (and also the other thing made me Super Happy because I'm all about Flack-love); and I've yet to watch The Unit but it's a double, so I'll watch them together. Also, Life was very funny, but I confess to not having anything to say about it, and also not having any clue whatsoever about that last Dani and Tidwell scene. No, seriously, I was watching it and I just didn't understand what the fuck was going on.

Okay. Next!

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Merlin, 1x06-1x09 )


Californication, 2x07, In a Lonely Place )


True Blood, 1x10, I Don't Wanna Know )


Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2x08, Mr Ferguson is Ill Today )


NCIS, 6x07, Collateral Damage )


Criminal Minds, 4x07, Memoriam )


Grey's Anatomy, 5x08, These Ties That Bind )


Supernatural, 4x09, I Know What You Did Last Summer )

delga: ([Random] J'approve!)

I don't remember the order in which I watched these, so I'm going by air date. Likely y'all don't care but it matters to meeee.

Also, I watched a lot of them with The Sister this week which I think changes the way I see things. Mostly because she finds a lot of things funny, and it makes me more sympathetic to the kinds of joke that I would usually stomp all over.

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re: Numb3rs. I didn't even finish last week's episode (5x03, Blowback), even though the first act looked good. I just. I think I'll wait for it to air on TV some time next year. Maybe time will make me more sympathetic to it? I don't know. It's a bad sign when you can't even watch the scenes with characters you don't actively dislike. And whilst Nikki Betancourt is fierce, I just don't care about her if she's been set up to be the fall guy, instead of a foil to Don & co. which is what she was originally described as being.

Farewell, show. Farewell, Don's Awful Hair.

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True Blood, 1x07, Burning House of Love )


The Unit, 4x04, The Conduit )


Mad Men, 2x12, The Mountain King )


Californication, 2x04, The Raw and the Cooked )


Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2x06, The Tower is Tall, But the Fall is Short )


My Own Worst Enemy, 1x02, Hummingbird )


NCIS, 6x05, Nine Lives )


Pushing Daisies, 2x04, Frescorts )


Criminal Minds, 4x04, Paradise )


CSI: NY, 5x04, Sex, Lies and Silicone )


Private Practice, 2x03, Nothing to Talk About )


Grey's Anatomy, 5x05, There's No 'I' In Team )


Supernatural, 4x06, Yellow Fever )


Life, 2x06, Did You Feel That? (In which I talk in circles) )


I still haven't seen this week's Merlin (worked during the repeat on Sunday, and now I'm waiting for The Mother). Speaking of, it took The Mother a year to get into Northern Lights. A YEAR. Then, last week, she picked it up, finished it, finished The Subtle Knife and started The Amber Spyglass which she's quickly making a dent in. I am a little bit eye-roll-y about the whole thing, but also a little bit triumphant. I KNEW she'd like that damn series.

delga: ([grey's] just trepidation.)

Merlin, 1x05, Lancelot )


Supernatural, 4x05, Monster Movie )


Grey's Anatomy, 5x04, Brave New World )


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Boy cousins have gone to visit The Dad; I am cooking. Still haven't finished this week's Numb3rs. It's looking like a better episode, and yet the character choices are still entirely infuriating. Wtf, show? What's with you?

delga: ([csi:ny] flack&mac.)

Apparently I spent this week being mostly underwhelmed?

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CSI: NY, 5x03, Turbulence )


Bones, 4x07, The He in the She )


Private Practice, 2x02, Equal & Opposite )


Supernatural, 4x04, Metamorphosis )


Grey's Anatomy, 5x03, Here Comes the Flood )


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Wonderfully, I finished typing the above and new Life arrived. Impeccable timing!

delga: ([Random] wondering what went wrong.)

The Grey's premiere was a complete mid-season episode. What's with that?

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Supernatural, 2x02, Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester. )

delga: ([Random] wondering what went wrong.)

So, Supernatural. I watched the whole of the first season, about half of the second, and then that fairy tales episode from last year. I know the basic gist of what's going on because my flist is covered in SPN stuff, and so are some of the blogs I read. I read some of the fic (the gen stuff), and then I catch the fandom being batshit and am all righteously indignant from a distance. I really had no intention of ever going back there.

Then I watched the S4 premier and loved it. What's with that?

Supernatural, 4x01, Lazarus Rising. )


If anybody here wants to fill in the gaps, I wouldn't mind that, but I have a link to the SPN Wiki, so I think I'm pretty much set.

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Now: [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon and [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon entries, woo!

delga: ([grace] you don't believe in god.)

Naturally the hail lets up the minute I step foot into the house. I'm going to have to iron my trousers because there's no way I'm going to wear damp jeans to class. (Am currently in my pyjamas.) Also, I think that the seam at the toes of my shoes is... loose? I can't see a hole but my toes were wet through when I took my shoes off, whilst the rest of my feet wear bone dry.

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My On the Road class is going to the local indie cinema tonight to see Wong Kar Wai's Blueberry Nights, his first English-language film, featuring Norah Jones amongst others. I was pretty psyched - I love Wong's work - but it turns out that I already have plans to go out tonight. The Flatmate, T and I are going to the local theatre to see Cats. (M = not hugest Cats fan, but it should be fun.) The only other showing of Blueberry Nights is tomorrow night, but T and I are going to the Union film screening of The Assassination of Jesse James. So. Other means, I guess.

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The plan was to watch Battlestar Galactica, 1x01, 33 before my 4pm lecture but that fell through for various reasons. This week's class is actually on Nabokov's Pnin so when the screening turned out to be a documentary about Nabokov and Lolita I was surprised. Not because that's not appropriate but because I thought we were looking at Terrence Malick's Badlands this week. Apparently not.

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Two weeks of class, and then it's Easter break. Which. Bloody hell. The second term always goes so damn fast.

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Was checking the [livejournal.com profile] tja_rama flist and happened upon a Supernatural fic that, despite my not entirely knowing canon, I enjoyed. (I know enough about canon to work out the show.) I know there are a few Supernatural fans on my flist, so I thought I'd share.

let it at length have an end by [livejournal.com profile] rinkle
Set post-3x12. I don't want to spoil the canon, or the plot, but something happens to Dean, and Sam (natch) takes it upon himself to fix the situation. And Bobby is there, huzz.
extract. )


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I actually have a long list of fic recs to go through. I'd do that tonight if we weren't going out. Maybe later this week. Now I'm going to read some sonnets (yeah, did I mention I was suddenly beset with extra reading this week? Gah) and drink some mango juice. Fab.

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NEW SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. \o/ On the plus side: two episodes! On the negative: last in the season.

delga: ([Random] italia.)

So apparently Supernatural decided to endorse the age-old misogynist myth that Lilith (aka, the first wife of Adam, aka, she who would not submit) is the mother of all evil [although, it's a child in SPN? I don't know. I'm pretty irritated, and I'm not even watching the show]. To me the idea of Lilith is the first woman for equality, but whatever. (You know the earliest form of god was the Triple Goddess? Because: yes.) ANYWAY. SOMEONE WROTE FIC. And it's the kind of story that the Canongate Myth series is doing. It's the kind of mythical re-write that Margaret Atwood tosses about in Orpheus and The Penelopiad. But it's compelling. AND YOU SHOULD ALL READ IT AND SEE ITS INNATE GENIUS.

And Find for Herself a Place of Rest by [livejournal.com profile] meyerlemon

“Your life is easy,” Lilith said. Adam had never known a woman and did not hear her condescension. In Lilith’s homeland, the earth shook and moved when the moon was full. Lilith caught silvery fingerlong fish in the mountain brooks with her bare hands. She ran with the wolves, squatting on her heels to howl with them before a hunt.

And it's not just feminist crankiness, as labelled by the author. Firstly, it's just wonderful writing, not as didactic as you might think. There's a sense of Lilith's being a part of the cosmos in its entirety, for her own sake, not Adam's. Secondly, it's about understanding stories, and about the voice of the other. I love this a lot, and I think anyone annoyed by this story - this touching story - who thinks that people take ideas of equality too seriously, or that feminism is claptrap, needs to de-friend me, because you're more than missing the point, I think.

Related: Sue Hubbard's Eurydice, and Atwood's Orpheus, both of which I still love.

Orpheus.
by Margaret Atwood

You walked in front of me,
pulling me back out
to the green light that had once
grown fangs and killed me.
I was obedient, but
numb, like an arm
gone to sleep; the return
to time was not my choice.
By then I was used to silence.
Though something stretched between us
like a whisper, like a rope:
my former name,
drawn tight.
You had your old leash
with you, love you might call it,
and your flesh voice.
Before your eyes you held steady
the image of what you wanted
me to become: living again.
It was this hope of yours that kept me following.
I was your hallucination, listening
and floral, and you were singing me:
already new skin was forming on me
within the luminous misty shroud
of my other body; already
there was dirt on my hands and I was thirsty.
I could see only the outline
of your head and shoulders,
black against the cave mouth,
and so could not see your face
at all, when you turned
and called to me because you had
already lost me. The last
I saw of you was a dark oval.
Though I knew how this failure
would hurt you, I had to
fold like a gray moth and let go.
You could not believe I was more than your echo.

Also, Ursula LeGuin's She Unnames Them, in which Eve takes back the power of nomenclature.

delga: ([sarah connor] listen.)

THE TERMINATOR. Um, I think I just fell for a franchise. Suffice it to say that my [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 fic is going to be Terminator based, not Torchwood. (Sorry, Suzie Costello.)

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Once The Flatmate has finished eating, we're going to watch more season 1 Supernatural. Apparently it's that kind of night.

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Haha, I wrote this LAST NIGHT and then forgot to post? I don't even know what that is. Anyway, suffice it to say that one should not watch Hookman and then attempt to sleep. I ended up getting up and making icons instead.

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Further evidence of CRAZIES from our house: iTunes has a feature where you can share your music playlists if you're on the same network. You can also name your playlist. If you log onto N's computer and look at the list of shared lists it reads:

Poke the Dragon!
Spread the Fire!
Beware the Monkeys!

Yeah. I think that just about says it all.

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Today has been Chaucer and Steinbeck (and a phenomenon known as anti-poetry which is quite exciting in a super-dorky way); tonight is T2: Judgement Day and then possibly more Supernatural. My life, it is so lackadaisical.

delga: ([ncis] tobias.)

[livejournal.com profile] fallapartagain! Tell me you have sappy, fluffy JAG recs? I know I never really got around to actually loving your fandom, but I have a yen, and I can remember Mac and Harm's faces, so. (Also, what's going on with Wreck of the Day?)

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Does anyone have:


  • (non-cest) Supernatural fic to rec me? Preferably featuring Daddy Winchester. Preferably not featuring character bashing. Anyone?
  • Ziva gen NCIS fic of any kind? I've read most of the femslash out there, but I'm looking for some character pieces. For any of the characters, actually. Fornell fic, should such a thing exist, would be most welcome, too.
  • Good Sheppard/Weir. Definitions of 'good' tend to equate anything that's like fic by [livejournal.com profile] mylittleredgirl and/or [livejournal.com profile] anr. I don't care if it's angst or fluff, it just needs to be well-written. I've stomached enough of the bad stuff for a while now, and I've reread my favourites. I need new stuff!
  • Oh, actually, any Teyla gen pieces? Any Ronon gen pieces that are actually interesting? Lorne fic is also good, and wanted.
  • Life fanfiction. So far I have read a couple of gen pieces and some Charlie/Reese, though that is not a pairing I believe in completely. Mostly I just want more gen, or more Ted.
  • Standoff fanfiction. I read every single shitty piece at ff.net, and I found some stuff that was passable, too, but I haven't found but two pieces that I love, and there must be more out there.
  • Friday Night Lights fanfiction of any kind. Stick to S1 stuff, though, because I'm not caught up just yet. Stuff involving Coach and Mrs Coach is especially welcome.
  • CSI and/or CSI:NY fics. Gen for the former, or anything that doesn't involve Gil/Catherine; anything goes for the latter.
  • SAVING GRACE FANFICTION. In fact, Saving Grace fans of any description should be pointed out to me. I can't be the only person watching this work of genius.

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In return, I have some recs, yay.

» Selected Causes of Recurrent Hypochondria (DiNozzo Variant) by [livejournal.com profile] kageygirl (NCIS, DiNozzo/McGee)
In which DiNozzo thinks he's ill, and McGee refuses to indulge him. Rinse and repeat. A short piece, made of happies, and founded on excellent dialogue.

» Man, Interrupted by [livejournal.com profile] samdonne (Thoughtcrimes, gen, but involves femslash)
Oh. OH. This is wonderful. Even if you don't know the fandom, you should read this. (Basically, Brendan is an FBI Agent with a photographic memory; Freya is a telepath. Together, they solve crime. No, really.) It is layered, emotionally complex, and narratively tight. I love it, and have read it a handful of times now.

Freya hadn't wanted to read Brendan's mind when he talked about his mother, but Brendan thinks in vibrant, kinesthetic bursts, in eidetic renderings of exteroception that draw her in like whirlwinds, and before she could stop herself she'd seen a synesthetic Polaroid of starched hospital sheets and the bitter stench of Betadine solution; wreaths of pink Oriental lilies and Chinese witch hazel; a thirteen-year old boy in itchy black trousers standing stoically in front of a coffin, between the aunt who would take him in when his father refused to step up, and the quiet woman his mother had loved for the past six years. (Her name is Marie Hollaran. He still visits her, in her flower shop on Pennsylvania and 14th Street.)

Seriously, this one you read and revel in. It's lyrically beautiful in parts, and tragic in others. I really, really enjoyed it.

» Let Him Be Righteous Still by [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess (Supernatural, John)
In which the demons flee the oncoming storm.

Death's got no need to come for Willis Clayton, not since they made an appointment to meet some hundred and twenty-seven years ago and missed each other on the trail.

Written around a Johnny Cash lyric, this fic is a wonderful inversion of setting, and an enjoyable short story. I really like the narrative voice, and the story-telling vogue of it all. Non-SPNers should like this, too. All you really need to know is that John Winchester hunts demons, and [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess has a knack for storytelling.

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edit: OH GOD. I just signed up for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000. NOW SOMEONE ELSE MUST TOO. Otherwise my woe will be singular! lols, no, but seriously, it's a good challenge, and y'all should check it out.

delga: ([spooks] cigarettes & teacups.)

So, N has a cold and won't fucking medicate. I swear, if I get ill, I'm locking her in her room. She can fester in her own germs in there. Also, later today, The Flatmate's mother is coming - along with The Flatmate's dog. So I suppose I'll be the one locked in my room.

I've put the laundry on, and there's sun outside, but there are also some clouds which, frankly, is Sod's fucking Law, isn't it? Sigh, sigh. Am about to start doing my 19th C. poetry reading for next week, got an ear out for the door, too, in case my books turn up today (fingers crossed!). Am listening to Ingrid Michaelson's Boys and Girls which is a really cohesive album; enjoying that a lot. And am complaining a lot, as you can tell.

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Someone posted post-6x02 fic, and you should read it because it's very good. Jo and Ros, gen. Vague spoilers for season 6 goings-on.

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The Flatmate and I have made it up to 1x04 in our Supernatural nostalgia trip, and, naturally, I have been thinking about Papa Winchester in terms of his four stages of evolution: pre-demons, early post-demon, pre-pilot and post-pilot. And I really want to read fic but I'm bad for scouting it out. I should do that soon, though.

The Flatmate and I also decided to watch season 1 Spooks on Sunday - the episode with Anthony Stewart Head/Peter Salter. And then I was thinking about 6x02 spoiler )

So that's something else to think about.

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No, really, I plan on being productive today.

delga: ([Random] wondering what went wrong.)

Oh, and ALSO you crazy, crazy folk, do any of you have any DEEPLY SATISFYING Papa Winchester fic recs? No 'cest because, yo, not my thing, but ANGST is GOOD, as is BACKSTORY, or PAPA WINCHESTER FIGHTS HIS FIRST DEMON or PAPA WINCHESTER WORRIES ABOUT HIS PARENTING SKILLS or PAPA WINCHESTER IS GENERALLY MADE OF WIN.

I'm really not that fussy as long as it involves (a) a rudimentary understanding of the language and (b) PAPA WINCHESTER.

(DEEPLY SATISFYING. SERIOUSLY.)

delga: ([Random] head-first into the water.)

So, those of you that have been around for some time will no doubt know of Denz (formerly, [livejournal.com profile] denz_ka). You will know that we talk a lot. You will know that she is a good person, very sweet, funny and sometimes, well, excessively odd. Take, for example, her latest shenanigan.

She bought me season 1 of Supernatural. I have it here, in my hands, right now.

No, I don't even know.

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I got a lot of stuff done today, like laundry, and shopping in town (guys! Asda was selling FOUR packs of Rubicon at a discounted price! Fabulous). Now I have to finish the work that I started yesterday and I have to 'reconfigure' the laptop's battery. This apparently involves charging and de-charging the laptop's battery until kingdom come. I... don't really get it. But that's what I'm going to do.

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I watched way too much TV last night.

delga: ([bad cop] CRACK)

I fully intended for there to be some content today but then I stumbled across the following on my fflist and all intentions were laid to waste.


Yeah. That'd do it. (Guys, I don't even care about this show anymore, but this? Too awesome. I love Jensen's face. Jared is so fucking wasted.)

edit: meme because (a) hk_fan tagged me and (b) it's been a while since I did this one. )

delga: ([csi:ny] girl's got a gun.)

Supernatural, 2x17, Heart. If you like the show, don't hit the cut. You know I'm not a fan anymore.

spoilers. )


So completely done with this ridiculous excuse for a show.

delga: ([Random] Samson went back to bed.)

So, didn't finish The Unit because the Paternal Parental returned home. So am meme-ing, specifically that WIP meme. Under the cut you will find extracts of varying lengths from unfinished fics. The point is to motivate me to actually write the bloody things but I doubt that will happen.

fic;snip. )


Make of those what you will. I'm off to sleep. Also: GIP. And GLP if you're interested.

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