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15 July 2008 @ 11:50 pm
"You Woke Up The Baby!"  
Wow, I hadn't really realized how long it's been since I've written in this thing. My last public entry was back in May! *blanches* I've been more concerned with keeping up with my friends' pages since I started working-- plus, while I like my job, it's not terribly interesting. I am thinking of moving to Fraud Investigations or Entrance Apps after my first six months, mostly because I'm getting the feeling I don't want to be on the phone at Christmas. People are insane during holidays. I've only done Memorial Day, 4th of July, and the one-day sale we had last week-- it was absolute madness, and veterans told me the nonstop carnivals I experienced are a walk in the park compared to Black Friday. X-x;;; On big sale days, the department gives free popcorn, ice-cream, hot-dogs and other food bribes to all employees, as if to dull the pain. We also played phone-bingo during the 4th, which is an experience I'll never forget. ^_~

Anyway. Those are pretty much the highlights-- I come home, curl up on the couch with a novel (finished At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft; have moved on to Stephen King's Dreamcatcher*), read for a while, and fall asleep. I usually startle awake when the air-conditioning finally kicks on, at which point I wash my hair and march myself off to bed.

But what makes every day fresh, interesting and new? Fandom, of course! ^_~ (Ahaha... it's not completely true, but it would still be less sad if it weren't so accurate. ^^;)


Shows Meredith Has Been Watching and Shall Now Ramble About:

Law & Order: I swear, I was never a big fan of this show, really. My mom has been hooked on it practically since it started airing, way back in the day, but I never got hooked. That is, until she spent the week of the 4th visiting me, and figured out how to work my DVR. The original L&O still didn't tickle my taste buds. Goran on CI amused me, but didn't hook me either. You know what it was? It was John Munch on Special Victims Unit-- his dry cynicism, his chemistry with Fin, his intense and almost Snape-like paranoia. That, and the sheer hotness of Casey Novak. Since I've started poking around the L&O fandom online, I've noticed a lot of hostility towards Casey-- mostly, I think, because she replaced Alex (who always struck me as a bitchy ice queen) and broke up the heavily yet subtextual Liv/Alex OTP. But I think Casey's awesome-- she has this defensive sort of vulnerability, yet she's sharp and capable, and very quick on her feet. I also think she and Liv have this 'affectionate adversary' relationship which I find very sexy.
Also, I think Munch and Fin are doing it. When I informed my mother of this, she told me I had broken her brain.

Doctor Who: I haven't been really dedicated to watching DW since they broke up the Doctor and Rose* in series two. I watched the last four episodes of series three, entirely because of Jack Harkness' cameo. (Come on, is there any one in the entire universe who hasn't fallen for our adorable little intergalactic manwhore? I think not!) I'm a big Jack/Ianto 'shipper, and I had to see what happened during The Year That Never Was. In the process, I discovered how much I liked The Master (he's like Lex Luthor! but with time travel! and aliens! ... not wait, Lex has those too. ^_~), and even grew to admire Martha. When I heard Billie Piper was coming back for the end of series four, I absolutely could not miss it. Don't get me wrong, I was struck with cold fear in my heart-- no one can trust RTD-- but I saw her with her awesome gun and her pretty blue jacket and I had to be there. I don't want to spoil anyone, since it hasn't aired in the US yet, so I'm just going to say that I thought Ten/Rose got a happy ending. It was weird, and warped, but it was as 'happily ever after' as DW gets. Normally, I don't even *like* HEA (not in the conventional sense, at least), but this felt right to me.
Also, there was Jack/Ianto!

MARTHA: How did you get that information?
JACK: I... met a soldier... in a bar.
IANTO: When was this?
JACK: Strictly professional!


I love those two. And Ianto helped Jack put his coat on. Crucial job, holding coats. ^_^

Hellboy: I finally, finally got to see Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I've been looking forward to it for a long time, but was trying to keep my hopes down because... well, because. I love Hellboy, but I felt that the first movie ripped off Lovecraft a bit too much, and there were way too many german soldiers of a certain time period I do not like to discuss. I think I talked with Amber about this, but I was also disappointed that Myers wasn't coming back, and I didn't think we'd get too much of Professor Broom, as he's dead in the present day, and all. I had a great time, though! I thought Princess Nuwala was going to be of the Old Ones, like in H.P. Lovecraft's "Shadow Over Innsmouth" (in the trailer, the cuts on her face looked like gills to me). I was relieved to find she and her brother were elves, and found her character more appealing than I expected. Liz also grew on me a lot-- she seemed to have matured. She was still moody, but she definitely understood and returned the depth of Hellboy's affection. It was nice to see she was as willing to sacrifice for him as he was for her in the first movie. Other awesome things included kiddie!Hellboy and his bedtime story (we did see Broom! yay!), Liz's hair and cross necklace, Nuwala's wardrobe, and the awesome imagery in general. Also, Hellboy does not want icky old troll ladies to eat the cats.

Best line? Upon hearing the words 'Golden Army', Hellboy says, "Howdy Doody Time".
... You kinda had to be there. ^_^


*hugs tight*
-Meredith

*The slash in that novel-- like mainline crack, it is. I also find it funny that King openly admits his wife referred to the novel in progress as 'the one with the shit-weasles'.
*Yes, a het pairing I actually zealously support! The horror! ^_~
 
 
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The Band Plays:: "Those Were The Days"-- by The 5th Dimension
 
 
 
Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on July 16th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Also, I think Munch and Fin are doing it.
Seriously. They are like Flynn and Provenza on The Closer: I cannot manage to imagine a scenario in which their doing it really seems plausibly in-character, and yet at the same time it is impossible to fully convince myself that they're not.

Also, Hellboy does not want icky old troll ladies to eat the cats.
Hellboy's affection for cats is my favorite thing about the character. ♥
I missed Myers, but even more, I was annoyed at how he was written out. Like. It's not that I really expect better than that from Hellboy, but it was still an irritating detail.

And, I forget, have you seen Iron Man yet? And if so, what did you think?

This may sound weird, but more than missing The 4400 this summer, I've missed talking to you about it. Just mentioning that so that you will know that I have been thinking of you. :)

I'm glad to hear that the job, despite its hectic days, has been going well. ♥ Take care and such!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: familygarnettrees on July 16th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
I cannot manage to imagine a scenario in which their doing it really seems plausibly in-character, and yet at the same time it is impossible to fully convince myself that they're not.
I actually have two pdf novellas by a fic writer named Melody Clark-- not only are they awesome, in-character SVU fics, they're SVU slash fics with convincing Munch/Fin. The first one is "Love is the Law" and the second the sequel, "Black and White". I've found very little M/F fic, and these two are far and away the best. I can share if you like. ^_^

Hellboy's affection for cats is my favorite thing about the character.
I was trying to explain my insane love of Hellboy to one of my managers. I said something like, "He's a red, six foot tall bad-ass demon who smokes cigars and loves kitties and babies and pancakes! What about that is *not* awesome?" Now he calls me 'demon-child'. As in, 'Demon-child, you can go home fifteen minutes early tonight, if you want.' That's okay, though. I call him the Grand High Wizard.

I missed Myers, but even more, I was annoyed at how he was written out.
I thought Antarctica was a crappy out for Myers, but I was afraid they'd have him KIA, or not mention him at all. Why am I imagining Hellboy making clandestine flights out to Victoria Land, coming into John's camp and bitching about how he's always freezing his ass off just to come play poker with his old nanny? My fangirl heart is a silly, hopeless thing.

I *have* seen Iron Man! I so rarely find female characters I really like in superhero movies, but Pepper was definitely one of them. She was potent, powerful, and took absolutely no crap for Stark. I adored her. I had a ball during the movie in general.

more than missing The 4400 this summer, I've missed talking to you about it
I've missed our discussions, too! I especially thought of you the other day, when Shawn Farrell's actor was on SVU. It struck me afresh that there wasn't going to be any 4400 this summer, and I was bummed because I loved our Julian-verse, and our little Marco/Garrity romance. Heh. I've been thinking of you, too. ^_^

*hugs tight*
Btw, did you ask about YahooIM the other day? Because I have it on my computer, but my screenname expired. If you think you'll be up between 11:00-2:00 , I can get a new one and chat with you. That's my downtime after work. ^_^
-Meredith
Amber: justice | tomminttown1 on July 16th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I would love to read those Munch/Fin fics you found if you wouldn't mind sharing! :)

coming into John's camp and bitching about how he's always freezing his ass off just to come play poker with his old nanny?
Awwwwww.
That is the thing. I thought they had an understanding by the end of the movie, so the throwaway joke about Antarctica irked me me a little.

Julian! Somewhere in an old entry of mine, long after last summer, I found a comment you made. Here it is, something about "a 4400 fic with Shawn/Kyle, Marco/Jed, zombies, and Julian riding to NTAC on an little dirt bike/scooter thing, with Maia holding on behind her." That made me smile. :)
I have ambitious plans about a fic concerning the new society emerging in Seattle post-series, but that would require a rewatch of season four, so. It's just another fic idea going nowhere, hehe.

Those do sound like hours I could conceivably be signed onto Y!M, but it's entirely up to you whether you'd want to get a new screenname and all that. :) Either way, I appreciate the thought. ♥
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: 4400garnettrees on July 17th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I would love to read those Munch/Fin fics you found if you wouldn't mind sharing! :)
Good fic is always a pleasure to share! *grins* There is some steamy stuff in both stories, but there's also great plot, and an added drunken!puppy!elliot. Now with fewer calories! ^_~ Both fics are on Melody's FinMunch Page.

I thought they had an understanding by the end of the movie, so the throwaway joke about Antarctica irked me me a little.
I thought the same thing. It was disappointing, especially since-- unlike Hellboy-- I never saw John as even in the competition for Liz. ^_~ I choose to think Hellboy 'suggested' Antarctica because his aides have a habit of dying, and he didn't want Myers to get his adorable mortal ass killed. *sigh*

"a 4400 fic with Shawn/Kyle, Marco/Jed, zombies, and Julian riding to NTAC on an little dirt bike/scooter thing, with Maia holding on behind her."
I remember that! *grins* I think Marco would be hilariously distressed by and yet prepared for a zombie invasion. Garrity would take it by the numbers, unless they werfe zombie clowns, or something. ^_~

I should at least draw a picture of Julian and Mia on a scooter. That would be cute.

I have ambitious plans about a fic concerning the new society emerging in Seattle post-series, but that would require a rewatch of season four, so.
You short of hinted at that in the short you wrote for my 'V is for Virus' suggestion. If you ever do write it, I'd love to see it. Whether you believe it or not, you write awesome fic.

Either way, I appreciate the thought.
*grins* I saw on your journal that you have an AIM screenname, too, so I'll give you my AIM name-- it's atomicgarnet. ^^;;; Hopefully I'll see you around! (ie, "I'm on right now!" ^_~)
-Meredith
Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on July 17th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
I choose to think Hellboy 'suggested' Antarctica because his aides have a habit of dying, and he didn't want Myers to get his adorable mortal ass killed.
Awww, I am adopting your theory as well because it is a shiny thought.

Marco would probably work with Diana -- with Diana taking the credit and Marco doing most of the science -- to magically reverse the zombie virus or something. Or else someone will randomly turn out to have an anti-zombie ability. ;)

If I do write anything 4400, I will be sure to send it along. I have a lot of swirly ideas, but I have been having trouble putting words to paper lately.
I very, very much appreciate your complimenting my writing, though. ♥ Thank you.
every city has its secret...: slashrabidfangurl on July 16th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Munch and Fin? Totally doing it. My favorite SVU episode is the one where Munch and Fin are sent upstate to get some records and have to stay in the same motel room. So slashy. So, so slashy.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: intentiongarnettrees on July 16th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Munch and Fin? Totally doing it.
I am *so* glad I'm not the only one who sees it. I haven't gotten to see the hotel ep yet (you've given me something to look forward to!). So far, my favorites are the one where Munch and Fin are in the elevator with the teddy bear, and the one where Munch, piqued, asks Fin if he looks like "Fin's Jew", and Fin says, 'Oh, I'd be your boy, John.' There's no way they didn't know what they were doing there.
-Meredith