For your year-end fic writing plans.

Idiot Box: Mr P & I watched more Alphas and so far (only so far mind you) it is the most intelligent take on the superheroes problem I've seen yet. Recommended for people who liked the concept of Heroes and the X-Men but couldn't stop eye-rolling at the stupidity of those specific implementations. (I hear some of the X-Men movies have been good. Heroes, however, went to hell in a grand way after that tantalizing first season.)

Alphas is character-driven in the interesting way. Also, it's doing something I love in looking at where super-human abilities intersect with disabilities. I hope it keeps doing these interesting things and doesn't crater.

The Drunken!Giles plan: In the middle of November I'll post a call for prompts. On the first of December, I'll post the collected prompts for your perusal (sans posters, because it's not an exchange ficathon). On January first, I'll start collecting fic written as prompt responses in a master post. The usual low-ceremony promptathon approach, in other words.

Mark your calendars.

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I really like the way you organize the drunken!Giles ficathon. Very low-key and low-pressure, and not too much work for you or anybody. If I ever host another ficathon, I want to model it on yours.
I have run a couple exchange/gift ficathons, and I reached a point where I was unwilling to deal with the pain of defaulters & making sure everybody got a fic written for their prompt that had some chance of making them happy. This way people get the fun of participating in a group activity without the misery and disappointment. It *does* lack deadline pressure, which some people find motivational, but I like the upsides. Less work for me, as you note!
*Raises hand* I, too, love the format of the drunken!Giles ficathon. Really looking forward to another much needed burst of sauced-up Giles fabulousness! ^_^
I started watching Alphas because of the actor who plays Gary (he was on Bones). It does have a moment or two that fall flat, but over-all I enjoyed it and look forward to the second season.

Yay drunken!Giles. *raises a glass*
Gary is a fabulous character. We're not all that far into the season (4 eps, I think?) but he's already got complex motivations and has grown far more than I expected they'd let him grow.
We just this minute finished watching "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure." That's an awesome awesome pair of characters.
*giggle* Ooooh, yes. My favourite line is still the one where Gary's complaining that Bill doesn't have any grenades. :D
*marks calendar*

I shall be there. Yuletide or no Yuletide, December requires some Drunken Giles writing too.

Possibly not *quite* as many as last year. But I'm making no promises.
I've really enjoyed Alphas. I hope it continues. The characters, mainly the Doc, are well developed. I agree with your take on Heroes and X-men. This show seems to get it right.