quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Life)
In the past month, I've gone to Japan, been shaken by an earthquake while NOT in Japan, tried to ignore some significant anniversaries of major tragedies, applied to a graduate program and before any of that happened saw the final Harry Potter with my brother, completing the set. While each of those are worthy of their own post, I'm not feeling very good with words right now. Instead, I bring you YouTube videos from various shows I've enjoyed over the years. See them before they get reported! :-)

We've got Sorkin, Asian dramas and Charlie Crews, if you're interested... )

Next time I post, I promise it will be Quaggy generated content. :-)
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Bang Bang)
I was going to post my Harry Potter blatherings, but then I saw this meme over at [livejournal.com profile] zinke  and decided that that I so would rather do this instead.

Ask me a fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom, lj stuff, fic writing, etc. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Hand)
List 10 platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy.

1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and of their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid using the same character or series twice.

I really couldn't resist this one. It was an excellent exercise for me, since I'm such an utter "best friend" shipper. If a male & female character have close friendship in canon, chances are that I'll be shipping them sooner or later, canon or not. I liked proving to myself that I actually can enjoy a male/female friendship without wishing there was more. As it turned out, all ten pairing were from television shows, though 3 of them you've probably never heard of. While some of these pairing on the list are (or at least could be) active ships, I just like their relationship as is.

My Ten Non-Ships )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (West Wing)
I originally responded to this over at [livejournal.com profile] zinke as part of her anniversary meme, but figured I should also post it here too, at least partially.

This is one of my favorite scene and contains one of my all-time favorite quotes.

Bartlet is asleep in his bedroom. The phone rings four times before he finally answers it sleepily.


CHARLIE: Good morning, Mr. President. It’s Charlie. I hope...

BARTLET: What could you possibly want right now?

CHARLIE: Sir, it’s 6:30 a.m. and...

BARTLET: In the morning?

CHARLIE: Yes sir. And I wanted to remind you that...

BARTLET: I mean, what in the name of everything holy could you want right now?

CHARLIE: I wanted to remind you that you have a 7:00 a.m. at the Oval Office with senior staff, followed by your security and intelligence briefings, and a meeting with the Chairman of the Fed. Would you like me to have the stewards bring you some coffee and the Washington Post?

BARTLET: Who the hell is this?


BARTLET: And what could you possibly want?

CHARLIE: Sir. I need you to dig in now. It wasn’t a nightmare. You really are the President.

BARTLET: All right.

CHARLIE: I’ll have the stewards bring the coffee to your room.

BARTLET: I’ll get up now.

I miss my show.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Danny "Two")
It's up! It's up!! Keytus Television is up and open for business!!

What's Keytus Television? Go here to find out!

I'm really excited about this project and hope my all my f-list will check it out and participate, whether they are Keytus Kids or not!!!
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 (My Show)
I never did that Facebook “25 (or 27 depending on who you ask) Things About Me” thing. For one thing, I still refuse to have a Facebook account. Secondly, I’m not sure my list would be all that interesting…. Until I realized I could make it fandom related.

I’ve always meant to write down my personal West Wing fanon and a list is a great way to do it. I figured since I write fic, it’s only fair that I publicly acknowledge where I’m coming from. So the following are the beliefs I hold about The West Wing. Some of these I’ve worked into stories. Some I haven’t. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.

25 Random Things About My West Wing Fanon )

I’ve probably got more, but 25 seems a good place to stop.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Her)
Okay, I normally don't ask for help with fic on such a widespread basis, but I think the topic is broad enough that I'll get a range of answers. I'm curious about what everyone's answers would be.

Without getting into details about why I need the information, I'm having trouble figuring out who Donna would have on her iPod. I have a feeling hers would be a little different from mine. I think I can make a pretty good case for R.E.M. and I decided that even if she wasn't a Cranberries fan, she would have a soft spot for "Linger". [personal profile] flippet  and [profile] tomfoolery815  both rightly pointed out that Donna was in all likelihood a U2 fan. (Her excitement to possibly meeting Bono was very similar to her excitement about seeing Yo-Yo Ma.) And I would bet money on her wearing out her copy of the Garden State soundtrack. But other than that, I'm stumped. I'd like to use a Matchbox Twenty song that wasn't released as a single and I don't know if she would be a big enough fan to buy the whole album.

So, I'm opening the floor for suggestions. What kind of music do you think Donna listens to? Specifically what kind during season 7 and beyond?  I don't mind if its obscure, but it would be helpful to have some sort of sample, if you can find one. (YouTube is fine.)

quaggy: Josh and Donna's first kiss (The Kiss)
Somebody mentioned that no one had posted and Cold-inspired anniversary fic. This seems a total shame, so I'm going to try to finish a drabble in the next few minutes, but in case I don't make it, I offer a "translation" of the infamous "I feel terrible" scene that I posted on the [livejournal.com profile] keytuskids on the first anniversary.  Some of you might even remember it!

JOSH: I'm sorry. Uh ... (he opens his mouth, then closes it) ... about this morning, it was ... (he shakes his head slightly, eyebrows raised) ... inappropriate. Translation: I'm sorry. I shouldn't kiss you because I'm your boss.

DONNA: Don't worry about it. Translation: Trust me, I don't mind.

JOSH: Totally inappropriate. I--I feel terrible.  Translation: Except I really don't.

DONNA: Don't. (she smiles)  Translation: Good

JOSH: Seriously. Translation: Cause I want to do it again.

DONNA: Seriously. (still smiling, she nods) It was bound to happen sometime. I'm going to call the White House, talk about Kazakhstan. Translation: Good. Because I've been wanting this for a while.

(she walks away and all he can do is stare after her, mouth agape)

JOSH: ................... 
Translation: You mean I could have done this YEARS ago???!!!!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Zuko)
I was looking through my files when I stummbled across this meme that I had started but never finished. If memory serves, it became a victim of November 2008. Thing is, I was almost done and it seems a pity to let all that good work go to waste. So without further ado, here it is.

Better late than never... )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (West Wing)
Sneaking this in under the wire...

Security Officer: It's a nice morning, Mr. McGarry.
Leo: We'll take care of that in a hurry, won't we, Mike?
Security Officer: Yes, sir.
Bonnie: Don't kill the messenger, Leo.
Leo: Oh why the hell not, Bonnie.

Obviously I was going to use that one. It's in my quote sidebar! One of the best character introductions ever. (Jed Bartlet is at the top of the list, of course.)

More from Leo over here... )

I miss Leo and I miss my show.

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (My Show)
When you see this on your f-list, quote "The West Wing" 

JOSH: What does it remind you of? (He mimics Ritchie) "I believe in hope, not fear!" ... "I'm a leader, not a politician!" ... "It's time for an American leader!" ... "America's earned a change!" .... "I before E except after C!" ... It's fortune cookie candidacy! These are important thinkers! And understanding them can be very useful, and it's not ever going to happen at a four-hour seminar when the President's got an embassy surrounded in Haiti or a keyhole photograph of a heavy water reactor or any of the 50 life-and-death matters that walk across his desk every day. I don't know if he's thinking about Immanuel Kant or not - I doubt it, but if he does, I am comforted at least in my certainty that he is doing his best to reach for all of it, and not just the McNuggets.    (Beat)    Is it possible we would be willing to require any less of the person sitting in that chair? The low road? I don't think it is. 

(Quote from Political Affairs.  Meme from [info]cantbesilent.  Much thanks to both!)

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Minds)

It was [personal profile] caz963 who started it. Then, [profile] akalettucehead got inspired.  So, I thought I’d post a list of my own.

There are a lot of West Wing fics I love.  There are lots of West Wing fics I recommend.  But these are my favorites.  The ones I reread over and over.  My rule of thumb for deciding was which ones did I want all in one place so I could have easy access later. 

The List )
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (My Show)
I've worked on this all week.  (And have mostly avoided other people's commentary for the same amount of time.  So, I'm not entirely sure what people have been saying.)  My thoughts on the subject haven't changed, but it has taken me a while to able to articulate what I’m feeling.  Not too surprisingly, this turned out to be long. So, I’ve divided it into three sections.

Sigh.  My show has ended. 
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (West Wing)
People were talking about how they became a J/D shipper of at TWoP's Keytus (J/D) thread. Mine just got too long for me to post in good conscience, but I didn't want it to go to waste. Good thing I have my LJ!  (Be warned: I didn't proof it.)


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