Friday night lights

Signups are open for the Giles round at hetfic_minis. Requests are already in for Giles with Cordelia, Dawn, Willow, and Jenny. Give it a shot! 500 words! Like falling off a log!

Outlined my Every Slayer Needs a Watcher story last night. 5000 words, I'm thinking. Want to take bets on long it'll turn out to be? Winner gets to laugh at me. Wait. sahiya is already laughing.

mythichistorian: Seeking Sanctuary - Giles/Buffy, FRT
Last night I was restless and stuck on my own writing, so I went over to ODD and clicked on a few random author pages. Junk everywhere to be found. So I chose a reliable known-good writer, and picked a story I'd read only once. It was this one. Had to post to giles_fic_recs immediately (which I excused as okay since I'd missed my day Monday and so had whoever yesterday's poster was). Writing, characterization, the use of myth and real places, the sparring match on the beach, the implied relationship which might follow-- all good.

sahiya: "Poetry and Power" - Ethan and Drusilla, mentions of Ethan/Giles, FRT
Stacy arrived on my flist here because I liked her writing immensely. More good stuff here, as she has fun with Drusilla's voice.

eurydice72: "Blue, Red, and Grey" - Giles/Faith, FRT
YES. Short, but packs a punch.

The next two were today's GFR picks, and I hadn't read either of them.

Zulu: "Shades of Memory" - Giles/Buffy, FRT
There's some debris left over post-Ascension-aversion, and Buffy has to clean up. This one is plotty, with solid descriptive writing. My reaction these days to plot: yes, please. The relationship happens a little too easily, but I'm okay with that because the plot compensates. And it's my OTP, so I always read with more forgiveness in my heart.

Adele: "Until We Meet Again" - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
Skipped this originally because of the premise (I was not in the mood at the time for a deported-Giles story). This is one where if you're not reading because you love the pairing, you'll stop reading fast. But, you know, sometimes you're really in the mood to get to the smoochie center of the Tootsie Pop. Retreads some of the usual resurrected-Buffy emotional ground, and the characters are sometimes recognizable as themselves, sometimes not. I fear the writer has never been to Paris. Had a thought earlier this week that the wrong details are just as devastating to the fictional dream as absent details are. It's why I shrink in terror from the prospect of writing more historical fiction, and from setting things in places I've never been. Though the expertise of the reader factors in here: how critically will he or she be reading? how stringent is the plausibility test?

I still haven't read heron_pose's final chapters for Gethsemane. I'm saving them for when I need them, if that makes any sense. Because they will not suck and make me hit the back button in frustration.
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I am continually amazed at what I'll tolerate and what I won't. What I can enjoy despite all reason. Sap warms me cockles, but only when I'm in the right mood for treacle. Other times I cannot read past the first few lines. I didn't get the impression Adele hadn't been to Paris, except for the fact that she had them down by the filthy, dog-poo ridden 'banks' of the Seine. I kept thinking, Don't lie down on that grass!

There are many wonderful stories and some amazing writers that I avoid like the plague, because of pairings, etc.

What are you looking for? Comfort? Smut? Churny thought-provoking stuff? S'all good. At times.

Ye olde almond joy/mounds conundrum. Conundrum?

I haven't been to Paris, so I was unable to judge. My suspicions had been aroused by something I read earlier in the week, which made me think that either the writer had not ever had [fairly common experience in modern life, but not a universal one] or she'd neglected to include any details at all that might convince me her characters were experiencing it. It's possible that the details that mattered to her were not the ones that matter to me-- reading strategies don't always match up to writing strategies. (There are great writers who don't speak to me at all because I don't match 'em. Sigh.)
I gave in and signed up today. Yay Giles!

Reading wise it's been fairly non-existant, though tonight it's been Veronica Mars fic and trying to tell myself I don't need to write in that fandom.

Otherwise today has been for watching season four of Babylon 5. Tomorrow I start season 5.
My short, shameful confession: I didn't watch most of S5. The final episode though, I watched. And I cried like a baby.
I signed up!

5000 words is a very reasonable amount of words to play with. I'm not laughing yet. I may, however, laugh later.

I should start doing the "what I read today" thing. Selectively, at least.
I'm finding it very interesting to keep track of what I really do read, as opposed to bookmark for the newsletter, or note for the future, or whatever. I read less these days than I did two years ago when I dove into fandom, and I'm far pickier. More likely to venture away from my favorite pairings, and less likely to put up with spelling and grammar errors in the first paragraph.
I hope you get to read "Gethsemane" soon, but without the angst which would require that! :-)
I absolutely love Seeking Sanctuary. A beautiful story with a much more plausible base than most of Season 6/7. The show's writers would have done better to develop the link between a Slayer and her Watcher rather than trying to drive them apart, making Giles the bad guy, the unsympathetic adult who was all about business and Buffy the brainless tool driven by her hormones. I've been rewatching season one again and Giles is so young and happy and Buffy is so together. This is what made the show memorable and great. Not people so ripped and shredded by destiny that they can't even function anymore. I'd like to think that they got some of that back, eventually. (I will never read the comics.)
It all went wrong when she committed suicide jumping off the tower. Okay, that's a strange thing to say, but from that moment on the show seemed to have forgotten its heart. It dragged Buffy back, but without the things that made her Buffy to me. They didn't give me enough of a payoff for the loss: When I watch Tabula Rasa I am reminded of who Buffy used to be, how much I miss her, and how little fun I'm about to have in the rest of S6.

And then I watch "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" and I'm happy again. And "Prophecy Girl" for the win.