Five Years!

Apr. 4th, 2011 10:27 pm
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)
So there was an attack on LJ on my 5th year anniversary. Seems a little ominous, don't you think?

Five years ago today, I posted my very first fic. Actually I posted three. (One of the few times I've ever posted multiple times in one day.) At first, this was nothing but a place where I dumped my West Wing fic, but little by little I started branching out into other fandoms (though I wasn't always successful) and experimented with other fani-sh forms of expression. I even started posting about my life off-line (though those posts are usually friend-locked at the very least). LJ is such a big part of my life now, it's hard to imagine what I would do without it. Twitter just isn't the same and you all know how I feel about Facebook.

So how do I celebrate?  Well, it seemed appropriate to go back to how this all began... with fic. I thought about offering DVD commentary or a fanwank Q&A, but I think new fic is the way to go. Lord knows, I'm a horribly slow writer, but I do seem to turn out 100 word drabbles pretty fast.  So...

In honor of the occasion, give me a fandom and a prompt (or two or three), and I'll give you a 100 word drabble in the next few days (or maybe weeks).

I don't mind branching out into a fandom I haven't written for yet, as long as I'm familiar with it. I actually enjoy trying something new. Though it's always nice to have the excuse to write West Wing too. Can't forget your roots!
 
Happy Birthday, LJ of mine! Thank you for five year's worth of random distractions!

日本

Mar. 18th, 2011 09:17 am
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (View)
It's been a week since the earthquake. I'm constantly thinking about what's happening over there and not just because someone I care about is still living in Tokyo. I was no less upset with the Indonesian tsunami or the Chilean or Haitian earthquakes, but it's slightly different when it's a country that you've visited and to which you have plans to return.  

Two years ago, I never made it much more north than Tokyo. (Well, Kawagoe if you want to be precise.) So, I never saw the areas that now have been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. But now we have that nuclear reactor and that has the potential to reach the entire island. What scary times we live in.

I've been meaning to do a picspam of Japan, but never got around to it. It seems appropriate now. 見てください!

That means "please look"... )

I've posted almost 50 images here. If you think that's a lot, know that I took over 1,000!!  
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (My Show)
On my way to work yesterday, a tourist stopped me to ask directions.

“I knew you were a local. You looked like you were from around here,” she said. I walked the rest of the way to work with a big grin on my face.

I love being from DC. It has it’s own culture and flavor that is hard to describe to outsiders. It’s very quirky and surprisingly apolitical. This Washington Post article from the Inauguration gets close. The politicians and the lobbyists may get all of the attention, but I’ve lived in a very different world from that, where people wear their government badges with geeky pride and Metro is main way to get around. It’s a pedestrian city. I bring this last part up, because the distance between places is the thing that The West Wing usually and consistently gets wrong.

I know I’ve complained before about the closing shot in 20 Hours In America when Toby, Donna and Josh all walk back into the city over the Watergate Bridge. It’s a beautiful image of the city. But you know what else? It’s at least a 30 minute walk to the White House from there. I should know. I’ve done it before!!

Last night, I watched “Shutdown” for the first time in years. I really enjoyed it (maybe even more than I did the first time around) but then Angela Blake said that the Capitol was only a five or ten minute walk away from the National Gallery, which is definitely an underestimate. Five minutes will get you to the Capitol Reflecting Pool. If you walk fast. And how would Josh, who had been working in and around the Capitol his whole life, not know how long of a walk it was?!

Then, as an added kicker, as CJ and Toby watch the news on television, the newscaster (a self-proclaimed twenty-five year Washingtonian) mixed up the National Archives with the National Gallery. You do not get those two building mixed up. Not to mention it’s close to another half hour from the Archives to the Capitol. Again, I know because I’ve walked it!

I remember at the time having trouble buying that Secret Service would be okay with Jed casually taking a stroll up Pennsylvania Ave. (Though I always figured that Josh ran the idea by the Secret Service first before presenting it to the President.) Now, after having gone through the most recent Inauguration (HE WALKED!), I realized one reason that the Secret Service would have been okay with President Bartlet setting out on foot: it’s mostly government building from there until the Capitol. Empty government building because the government was closed. Nice how that worked out!

Other than those blatant inaccuracies, it was a very good episode. It’s easy to forget those existed during Season 5. Yes, pod!Leo was in full force, but it’s was such a Josh episode. And in a lot of ways, this was the episode where Josh went from being Leo’s boy to Jed’s virtual stand-in. This was probably the episode that helped give root to number 3 on my fanon list. And Donna saved Social Security, which still just delights me.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Zuko)

As promised, here is a continuation of  Friday’s post.  Let’s get the Avatar stuff out of the way first, shall we?  I wrote down my reaction as I was watching the episoded.  So, this is sort of delayed livebloging.  Feel free to skip over if you never heard of the show…


Fanfic

Maybe it’s because I’ve been busy with real life.  Maybe it’s because school has been taking up all of my mental capacity.  But whatever the reason, I’m having trouble finishing fanfic. I have four up in the air right now, but I just can’t seem to finish a thing.  It’s not like I don’t know what to say.  It’s like I’ve even forgotten how.  I think my muse is asleep… or in a comma. And I still have a five page paper to finish by Wednesday and two books to read by next week.  Sigh.  Stupid real life.

Baseball

I went to a National game last Tuesday.  I’m so not a sports fan (other than Sports Night, of course), but I’m really enjoy going to the game.  This was the second time I’ve ever gone.  And it’s the last time I will go at RFK stadium.  I’m glad I got a chance to go before the Nats move to the new stadium.

What made this game interesting, from a West Wing fan perspective, was that the Nationals were playing the Mets.  Now it is my own personal opinion that Josh would be delighted when baseball came back to DC and that he and Charlie would go to games together.  So when the Nationals and Mets play against each other would he be torn?  Or would he and Charlie trade insults?  Dammit.  There’s a fic idea in there somewhere, I know it!

Tim Gunn

Have you guys seen the new Tim Gunn/Martha Stewart commercial?  The Usher one was rather cute.  But Tim Gunn commercial was just divine.  Why can’t the show be more like that?!  He is just to adorable… which is strange to say about a grown man.  Oh well, I’m all about the Tim love.

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Minds)
So 2006 is almost over.  I’m actually sorry to see it go.  It was a pretty momentous year for me!  But rather than go off on some long rambly monologue about everything that would be far too personal to post and rather boring for everyone but me, I thought I would put together a “soundtrack” for 2006.  These are the songs that I listened to without end during 2006, the ones that will always remind me of a specific time this year and/or just fit my life… all too well.  I really didn’t put an explanation as to why each of these make the list, but I can.  

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