Giles/Xander question

Oh noes! It's raining! Back to the old drawing board.

While we kick around and watch the rain on the lake and I try to find the writing brain from where I hid it inside my luggage, I think it's time for a memey thing.

Ask me my (fannish-or-non-fannish) Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really!
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1. A handful of almonds. Raw, preferably. I've had a giant bag of them with me on this trip.
2. A soy latte with some sugar-free flavoring in it. I'm not really a fan of soymilk, but I lost my ability to drink regular milk when I took antibiotics for that bout of pneumonia last year.
3. Cheese! Any kind really, in small amounts, but nothing is as cheesy as cheddar.
4. Chips and salsa, though tortilla chips are evil and I really shouldn't. But they are salty and yummy.
5. Replace salsa with guacamole and I am really in trouble.
Ooh.

1. Hurt/comfort. Need I say more?
2. Bed-sharing and the resulting cuddling (platonic or otherwise). Have never written huddling for warmth, but I'd happily go there.
3. Trapped in a cave! I have both Giles/Buffy and Giles/Xander variants of this in progress.
4. AMTDI, or the special Buffyverse variant "this apocalypse-averting magic ritual requires that we have sex".
5. Soulbonding. In a million variations, from Watcher-Slayer bonding to dark magic practiced by Giles and Ethan to accidental "don't touch that artifact! doh!" moments.

AMTDI == aliens made them do it
Oh, I know what AMTDI means, I'm in the Stargate fandom, AMTDI is one our favorite tropes/cliches there.
Top 5 things high school Buffy would do if *poof* all the evil was gone from the world forever never to return.

And

Top 5 things post season 7 Buffy would do if *poof* all the evil was gone from the world forever never to return.

Feel free to ignore Buffy and do Giles or the other Scoobies instead :)
high school Buffy
Ignore Buffy? Never!

1. Have an existential crisis.
2. Attempt to recapture her previous life and its goals, and go out for cheerleading again.
3. Have a wild moment when she realizes she can date normal boys again. Then another moment when she realizes she doesn't like normal boys all that much any more.
4. Calm down, refocus, and graduate from high school with a slightly better GPA than the Slaying would have allowed.
5. Go to Northwestern (or wherever it was she was accepted in canon that wasn't UC Sunnydale), where she will date a really fit outdoorsy athlete.


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post-series Buffy
Hmm. I find answering this variation tricky because I've got sort of a story in progress, sort of, that, um, answers this question. Though it's also got some sort of post-apocalypticky stuff.

1. Have an existential crisis.
2. Go into a depression that might be fairly significant, over losses experienced while the Slaying was relevant that cannot be made up now.
3. Bounce back. Work on some new life goals.
4. Become a martial arts instructor.
5. Fight crime. Possibly in costume.
How about one fannish question and one non?

What five stories are you most wanting to write/tell? (wip's, oulines, ideas, and past fic's included)


Five vehicles you'd like to own, or just borrow Top Gear style? :)
5 vehicles, bwahahahahaha(h)
1. The Ariel Atom.
2. The Caterham, based on the Lotus 7. Preferably the Superlight R500, but I'd drive any of the Caterhams!
3. The Lotus Two-Eleven. (Have already driven an Elise and an Exige, and have no interest in the Evora.)
4. An absolutely maxed-out Mitsubishi Evo.
5. An MG TF like the one my father had when I was a kid that I have always wanted to drive. Running boards, wooden steering wheel, probably handles like utter crap, but who cares?
5 stories I want to tell
1. The story I've been writing since I first started writing in the Buffyverse, little pieces of which you see in "Breaking Glass", all about lost Watcher magic, strange prophecies, a dark Council, Giles's father and his hidden secrets, missing artifacts, a very sweet and injured Giles, a strong Buffy, and their loyal friends, a lost but fascinating Ethan, in a long fight against the Council. First bits happen in season 2, but it goes serious AU in season 3. Also, seriously BG shippy.
2. Ars Draconis. A Giles-Buffy partnership story, plus a dangerous sentient sword. The fight against Glory goes rather differently in this one...
3. Post-Chosen AU: Buffy dies instead of Spike, and Spike gets the sanshu. Giles is left with an injured, grieving former vampire and a grieving Dawn. And of course his own grief. All about being human and what that means and stuff. Probably not nearly as much of a downer as this summary makes it seem, because I am all about the process of transcendence. Er. Sort of. I haven't written a single word of it yet, but it keeps coming back to me.
4. Giles and Ethan go to hell to rescue Buffy, post-Gift. More words for this exist than I have let you all know. Cough. But it's gonna be at least 100K words long by the time I'm done. GEB shippy, dark, kinky, lots of violence and magic and bad stuff happening.
5. Time-traveling Buffy and young Giles fight vampires in Highgate Cemetery in 1974. Also a story about Giles's father and his Slayer, and a story about Buffy during the summer she ran away post-Becoming. Long, plotty, complicated, shippy, with lots of horror.

There are more, but those are my top 5.
Top five BPAL perfumes!

And also more mundanely but just because no one has yet asked it, top five books?
top 5 BPALs!
1. Dee. Soft English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods. This is what Giles smells like, I swear to god.
2. Snake Pit: Boomslang. Snake Oil with cocoa, teakwood, and rice milk. Maybe the most amazing perfume BPAL has ever made. Chocolately without being sweet.
3. October 2006's version of Thirteen. Cocoa and vanilla beans, Mysore sandalwood, star fruit, orange rind, red amber, fig leaf, mimosa, rooibos tea, bourbon geranium, rose otto, nutmeg, and lavender. None of the other 13s I've tried have come close to this.
4. The Antikythera Mechanism. Teakwood, oak, black vanilla, and tobacco. Very woody.
5. Morocco. Arabian spices wind through a blend of warm musk, carnation, red sandalwood and cassia. Wonderful. Instantly loved. It's warm and golden and smooth and distantly spicy.

I'm wearing St John's Eve right now, which is a summer bonfire in which somebody has burned a lot of church incense. Weird but cool.
my top 5 books
Hmm. Top 5 by which criteria? I'll go with "most re-read" for this particular list.

1. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. Obvious, but I have re-read it every few years for most of my life. I think the next re-read might be a problem for me, because I'm still riled up about his treatment of women from the last read. His use of the English language, though, stuns me every time.
2. Robert Graves, I, Claudius. So plausible. So very plausible.
3. Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise. The third of the Aubrey & Maturin books hits the sweet spot for me, though there are many others in the series that I also love.
4. Dorothy Sayers, Murder Must Advertise. Her masterpiece is probably The Nine Tailors, but I love this one best for the games with language. "Leave the laundry to ruin itself while you addle your brain at the talkies!"
5. Steven Brust, The Phoenix Guards. A fantasy retelling of The Three Musketeers.
So. Confession. I'm not so much of an ASH maniac that I've seen everything he's been in. I have The Invisibles and Free Agents, for instance, but I haven't watched them yet. And this is really shameful, but I haven't been in the mood to watch Repo yet. I need a friend to watch it with, I think.

1. Guess. Just guess.
2. Peter Salter in Spooks. The best acting I've seen our man do.
3. Oliver Sampson, VR.5. Younger, good-looking, ambiguous, with a mysterious past.
4. James, Manchild. The stupid shines out from a point between his eyes. Again, acting.
5. The Prime Minister, Little Britain. Because he's so handsome in the role, and does so many silly things as Sebastian's foil.
I haven't been able to watch Repo either, but then again, I hate rock operas. Invisibles sucked, but he's so cute and his daughter is too, so it was worth the three eps I made it through. I liked Free Agents, though his character is ridiculous. Worth it just to see ASH saying and doing vile things, plus I liked the show.

I've got a bit of a buzz going, and I can't really think of five things to ask you about. Um, how about top 5 favorite drinks? Alcoholic but you may answer however you like, as always. :)
1. Monteleone Cocktail

2 parts Rye Wiskey
1.5 parts St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
.5 parts Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
a splash of Ginger Ale

Shake ingredients and strain into glass with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

2. Gin-Gin Mule

.75 parts lime juice
1 part simple syrup
1.5 parts gin
1 part ginger beer
ice

Combine with the lime juice & syrup with mint in a glass and muddle. Then add the rest of the ingredients with ice, and shake them well. Strain into a highball glass with more ice. Garnish with more mint. This one is awesome on a hot day.

3. Sangre de Agave

1.5 parts reposado tequila
.5 parts dark, heavy rum
.75 parts fresh lime juice
.5 parts crème de cassis
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup

Combine in a shaker with ice. Shake it up and strain into a chilled glass. This is from David Wondrich's Killer Cocktails, a book I love greatly.

4. Olympic Cocktail

1/5 ounce cognac
1/2 ounce orange liqueur (choose a good one)
1/2 ounce orange juice
2 drops peychauds bitters

Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Also from Wondrich's book.

5. A good bourbon in a heavy glass, ice optional.

I'm partial to Knob Creek and Booker's, though I liked the Eagle Rare as well.
His acting in Repo is amazing, but you have to watch closely to get the char - guilt-ridden, singing, dancing, bi-polar surgeon who reposesses organs. Complex is too small a word, but his char is getting hidden by the gore.
Invisibles? His doorway kissing scene with Jenny Agutter(?)
is very hot, that's all I'm saying on that.
Free Agents is fun 'cuz you won't believe what comes out of his mouth.
Um, #1? Can I have a clue? :P