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By doing this in my own journal instead of in [profile] penny_lane_42's comments I'm probably turning this into a meme, but it's kind of awesome and I think deserving of meme status.

The idea is that we all watch different shows, even when we all watch the same ones. BtVS and Joss fan [profile] penny_lane_42 posted about the shows she's watching, and got my thinking about the ones I watch.

When it looked like I was watching Gargoyles I was actually watching Blond, Bland Gentlemen Have More Fun Serving Amoral Megalomaniacs, and The Magnificent Seven was absolutely The Con Man with a Soft, Mushy Centre he Resents.

What appeared to be a book about a boy named Harry Potter was in fact The Baggage of Severus Snape and A Werewolf Tries Very Hard Not To Be Happy, For Everyone Else's Sake. The last could of books were also Dumbledore Plays Wizard Chess and You Are All His Pieces.

From the beginning, The West Wing was Lemon Lyman and his Quirkily Brilliant and Impervious Assistant Fall In Love with the occasional CJ Is Awesomer Than Pretty Much Everybody, Bitter, Angry, Sad Toby Tries to Save the World with Words, and Jed and Leo: It's Good Friends Who Keep Us Sane spinoffs. The first two seasons are definitely Dialogue That Plays Like Music, and that show was the first one that made me realize dialogue can be just as flexible and brilliant and god-damn evocative as narration.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was primarily I Love Allegory and Metaphor Like You Cannot Even Believe and Important Stories in Dark Places. Season Two became A Librarian Was Not How I Thought I'd End Up, But Somewhere Where I Was Always Headed, while Season Three was The Mayor and Faith Need Each Other, and Are Good People Gone Astray, Really. Season Four was, to my surprise, mostly When Did Xander Become So God Damn Brilliant, and Why Didn't I Notice Until Now?. Season Five was definitely My Sister is More Important than the World Entire, and That Is Just Fact so Live With It, and Season Six I watched Buffy Learns to Feel Again after getting Really Good at Not. In the end, it turned out I was also watching A Girl Who Forgets How To Be a Girl Because she Has To Be a Man the whole time.

When I watched Doctor Who with David Tennant I was watching The Loneliest Man in the Universe Searches for Distraction That Usually Makes it Worse. When Season Four started it absolutely became Donna is Awesome and the Doctor Needs Her More Than Anyone Else in the Universe. I also admit to watching the Unashamed Sci Fi Crack is Cracktastic Win show on a regular basis and loving it the most.

Torchwood was mostly Torchwood Makes Everything Worse, But In a Good and Often Hilarious Way but also sometimes Sex and Love and All the Awkward, Strange, Niggly Spaces In Between Make Us Human. CoE was, by and large, Gwen Finds Her Awesome.

I watch Criminal Minds for Garcia Is My Hero In All Ways, but also for Women, Even When They're Victims, Are Not Just Victims and Playing With Gender Roles and Identities in Smart Ways.

Dollhouse started out as Victor and Sierra and Nothing Else Matters, but then suddenly and wonderfully became Topher Doesn't Want to Hurt Anyone Else But Can't Help It Because That's Who He Is.

There are others, of course. I could go on forever, but these are the ones that leap immediately to mind. What shows within shows have you watched? What tinted glasses do you wear when you watch or listen or read the stories you do? I'm intrigued by this discussion and by discovering other people's points of view.

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Here are all my collected facts for that meme I posted the other day. They were fun to write up, so if there's someone not on this list you want to ask me my personal canon about, leave their name in the comments and I'll add it on!

Harry Potter Characters )
How I Met Your Mother Characters )
West Wing Characters )
Doctor Who Characters )

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It's that time again, even though it's taken me forever to post about it. The Christmas Fic Exchange is taking submissions and prompts, and every one of the roomies should  go and sign up right now. We've already got around thirty sign-ups so far, and veterans of the fic exchange will tell you wonderful things about the brilliant stories that always seem to come out of this exchange. Lots of good prompts this year, too!

The best strategy to while away election day? Trading West Wing quotes with [ profile] callmepatsy !

This evening, I plan to do laundry and watch election coverage. My exciting life, let me show it to you.

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A Meme from and Kali...

This seems like quite a lot of fun, posting segments of all the fanfiction I have yet to finish.  Because I have an awful lot of it.  I don't suppose I'll actually post a segment of *all* of it (because a lot of it is unfinished because it's completely terrible after all) but here and there in my files there are some reasonably acceptable bits and pieces across several fandoms.  I'll group 'em together by fandom, since I expect most of the people on my friends list won't give a damn about anything except the Harry Potter stuff, but my sister and I should get a kick out of this romp through my fanfiction files...

And before y'all judge me too badly on the large number of original characters herein, keep in mind my earliest experiences in fandoms were in Gargoyles and Magnificent Seven, two fandoms where the use of Original Characters was almost required in fanfiction it was so proliferate.  Plus, y'know, it's fun!






Gargoyles )


Whoa, that took a while!  And that's only a very brief smattering of my piles and piles of text files.  It's amazing how much writing one can amass in ten years, isn't it?  I have a few other little forays into Lord of the Rings, Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Wars and The Stand, but there's very little of it by comparison, and what there is is just... too painfully awful for words.  So I've spared you all the horror.

Y'all should join in the fun and do this meme.  It was quite fun to dig through my old writing -- I laughed a lot.

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I'm actively trying not to make all of my drabbles so angsty and heavy, but fluffy, lighter drabbles are much more difficult.  Lily and James, however, are always a good place to start.  Her Men is a little snapshot of James as a father, and a reminder that every man has a little softness in him, somewhere.

You know, once upon a time I was very much not a shipper of any kind.  And then I allowed myself to get swept away with the Josh/Donna ship in the West Wing fandom because, really, there have never been a pair better suited than Josh and Donna.  I tried to write some other woman into Josh's life at one point, just to amuse myself, but no one would hold and what I ended up with was Susan Burgey and the Susan-verse (which I am thankful for, because I really like this little series of three stories about friendship), because no matter how hard you try, you just can't rock the Josh/Donna boat.  I mean, the writers tried with Amy, and failed miserably because it was apparent to everyone (including Amy) that Josh was completely in love with Donna and had been from the moment she randomly answered his phone during the campaign.

Now, I find myself feeling much the same way about James and Lily.  I feel that James and Lily might just be Josh and Donna in a different time, place, and situation.  Instead of being Josh the Master Politician, James is the Boy Who Did Everything Well.  And I think of Lily being very similar in a lot of ways to Donna... I think if I ever wrote something extended with these two characters, that I would probably base them loosely off Josh and Donna.  I really do love James and Lily.  I'm not sure about all this OTP nonsense, but I think I'm on the boat with the James/Lily ship.  I can't see one without the other.

afterthree: (omnomnom)

Se'udat Havra'ah: Meal of Condolence
Fandom: West Wing
Characters: Josh Lyman, Leo McGarry, Original Character
Word Count: 5,105
Warnings: None
Summary: Three decades ago, Joanie Lyman died in a fire while babysitting her younger brother.
Author's Note: Written in 2002, first posted on

Her legs swinging back and forth under the chair... )



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