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Fighting vainly the old ennui...

Maybe it's that birthday coming up. Or the massive amounts of shit going down at work. Or my faltering attempts to maintain any kind of fitness regime. Or my absolute terror that not only will Mitt Romney win the election, but that it will be a landslide of 1984 proportions and it could literally be 16 years before we get an human being back into the White House.




Whatever it is, I'm in a bit of a funk. I've also got a sore throat thing that's not making life any better. It's a gorgeous day out, but I didn't feel quite safe getting on the bike this morning so I took BART instead.

I SHOULD be working on my Come As You're Not fic, which will not only be something I'd never write in a zillion years, but will also have the most pretentious title I've ever used, which is saying something.

First episode of Arrow was pretty MEH! I was amused to catch a Who-connection in the first five minutes. Colin Salmon who plays Walter Steele was Dr. Moon in Forest of the Dead and Silence in the Library. Also a million other things, but since I'm only watching for Barrowman, it amused me to see another Who alum so quickly. I'll tell you one thing. When John does show up, he is going to out-charisma the putative lead right off the screen.


The work shit is a nightmare. My new boss....she actually sent me an email telling me that my bookings for a single week were less than a third of anyone else on the team, even though I was answering he same amount of calls. Excuse me! I do not work in a call center. I answer phones. I get emails. The clients book when they are good and ready. I can't FORCE them to make bookings.
I've been chewed out over a seat situation. The seat wasn't my fault, but I wasn't pro-active enough in bringing it to the admin's attention. I'd been planning to work on it the following morning, but in the meantime the attorney spotted that he had a center seat on the itinerary and all hell broke loose.

I'm excited about yuletide, but kind of freaked out that there's this whole sub-fandom that is now engaged in trolling the "Dear Yuletide Writer" letters and sort of pre-judging what they're going to offer in order to write for or avoid certain participants. WTF? WTFFF? I dunno, I kind of like the idea that I might be challenged to do something a bit outside my comfort zone. One year I offered to write "any" characters in Pundit RPF and instead of my usual liberal suspects, I ended up with a prompt for Fox News. Not something that might have happened if I'd known that was a possibility, but still a story I'm proud of.

Also feeling a certain amount of fannish fatigue on a few fronts. Quite a few actually. I've always been proud to fight the good fights, but your arms get tired waving those banners all by yourself.

Is it weird or horrible that, regarding the Jimmy Saville story, (Americans or anyone who doesn't know about it...Google at your own risk. Possible triggers) the thing that keeps running through my mind is that Hugh Dennis probably won't be doing the "Showaddy-waddy" bit again. Ever. And I love that bit.



Enough whinging...

Read a fabulous article about my favorite restaurant:

Deaf, Determined and Sold on Mozzarella

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stackcats
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I watched the first episode of Arrow on a whim and went "...bleh." about 2/3 of the way through and switched it off.

I did not realise BARROWMAN was in it! Thanks for that tip-off.
karaokegal
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
He's going to show up around the 5th episode, I believe, and pretty much all we know about his character is that he's going to be "well-dressed." (Which always reminds me of the "well-spoken man" on Top Gear.) I'm only watching so that I'm at least up to speed on what's going on, unlike John's stint on Desperate Housewives where I went into it with virtually no clue beyond what I'd picked up about the show through osmosis.
stackcats
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
Hmm, okay, maybe I'll give episode 2 a try and see how it goes. Basically seems to be a colossal Batman rip-off so far. But well-dressed Barrowman should be worth seeing, at least.
tourmaline1973
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
Hugh Dennis & Showaddywaddy? I know who each of these are but not together. But then I'm sure you watch more British TV than I do.
karaokegal
Oct. 19th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
Recurring bit on Mock The Week, but unfortunately the "voice" in which he is says it, is apparently Jimmy Saville's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkaP1W6Ok3E
starhawk2005
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
before we get an human being back into the White House

LOL. *pets you* Actually, I feel much the same about the current Canadian (Conservative) Prime Minister. That dude makes the Terminator seem warm and fuzzy. :(((

First episode of Arrow was pretty MEH!

It was OK but very derivative. Oh, millionaire becomes superhero after going away and being mysteriously trained? Um, yeah, that's Chris Nolan's Batman, isn't it?

Sorry work is being a bitch, and that you're feeling down. *bighugs*

Also feeling a certain amount of fannish fatigue on a few fronts. Quite a few actually. I've always been proud to fight the good fights, but your arms get tired waving those banners all by yourself.

Meh, I don't even really involve myself in fandom wank of any kind any more. There's only so many hours in the day, and I'd rather spend them writing, if I have ANY free time, that is.
karaokegal
Oct. 19th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
The combination of self-pity and self-righteousness is not an appealing one. Especially when the "hero" seems perfectly happy to kill both random policemen and mooks JUST because they're in his way. Whatever else you can say about the good old campy Adam West days, you know that who-ever got BIFFed and POWed, was basically going to get up and be taken away by the cops, rather than dying horribly and painfully for making bad career choices.

I feel like fighting the good fandom fights and writing are the same thing. I don't write polemics or issue-fic, but I do use characterization to make a point.
starhawk2005
Oct. 20th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Especially when the "hero" seems perfectly happy to kill both random policemen and mooks JUST because they're in his way.

*nods* ITA. It's the same reason we stopped watching 'Person of Interest'. There's anti-heroes, and then there's ANTI-heroes.

do use characterization to make a point.

Makes perfect sense to me! :)
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