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Fannish Fan Dance

I know I've been a bad poster. The fic, it is sporadic. The Con report is non-existent. I haunt the wonderful comms, but I don't contribute enough. My commenting has been infrequent. Such is summer. However, the kid started high school a week ago, the new schedule is officially in effect, and there's every chance that I'll be able to power on soonish.

The summer has not been a total fandom bust, however. I've figured out a few things.

1. I don't like to watch TV shows. I like to watch lovely, boxed sets of fun and thought-provoking television entertainment. That are pretty. What this means is that I am behind on just about everything. True Blood? Halfway through Season 2. Supernatural? Just finished Season 4, although seeing the first 5 minutes of Season 5 last fall led me to immediately snap off the TV and run out to get Season 1-4 on DVD. (Which ones do I like best? No surprise: the AU ones! The Trickster ones, the B&W one, the Ghostfacers ones, the awesome back-to-back Smith & Wesson and LARP ones. I am predictable, to myself.) I am, however, all caught up on Doctor Who, since they showed the season finale at Comic-Con! Woo hoo! I enjoyed both the opening and closing eps of the Eleventh Doctor's first season at cons, with hundreds of people hooting along with me!

2. After 25 years, Comic-Con is officially too big for me. I still had fun...but probably not for much longer.

3. I'm still engaged with BtVS. The comics dampened my enthusiasm quite a bit and I don't think I'm alone in that. As the fic machine that is all of us seemed to wind down, I thought, oh, all the the stories have been told, so meh. Wrong. Wrongity wrong. I'll never catch up on all the good old stuff, but there is really excellent new stuff, too. Over the weekend, I finally dipped into West of the Moon, East of the Sun by knifeedgefic, and was completely captivated. I was initially put off by the summary, which made it sound like hollydb's Dreamscape. I really liked Dreamscape, but I'd, you know, already read it, so didn't see the point of dipping into the same territory when it had already been done so well. But right off the bat, it's clear that it's an entirely different animal. It's an epic — expected to be 70 chapters — and more like unbridled_b's Forward To Time Past in that it's such a complete tapestry, though no time travel that I can see. It really honors the source material. I mean, it's a Spuffy story, but by chapter 26 or so, there hasn't been so much as a chaste kiss between them. If you're one of those folks who hate it when there's no believable build-up to the romance will not be disappointed, and those of you who like a ton of plot, likewise. Me, I'm really happy with all the excellent Joyce we get. Check it out.

4. I'm more interested in what writers are up to than what actors are up to, BUT there are a few things coming up that kinda, sorta combine both with the greater Buffyverse, so I'm all in.

First, Juliet Landau is doing a personal appearance this Saturday night at my local comic shop — 5 blocks away! She'll take photos with attendees, and the proceeds go to StopAIDS.org, and she'll sign autographs and proceeds go to...Juliet Landau. I'm totally up to the photo portion of things!

Second, Tom Lenk (Buffy), Sasha Roiz (Caprica), and (drumroll, please) Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) are appearing in a play produced by Jane Espenson at the LA Gay & Lesbian Community Center next month, and MiAmor got us tickets! Flail! I'm all atwitter.

Third, Miss Jane E, (newly announced staff writer for Season 4 of Torchwood) is going to be a guest at the LA Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey, next February, and McDiva and I will probably attend, as her friends attend every year and why not. It's a hell of a lot smaller than Comic-Con!

That's all for now!



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Aug. 24th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I am so jealous of you and your future Juliet Landau sighting! Maybe it's because she's been my default icon for so long, but I feel a stronger fannishness for her as a celebrity than I do most of them. A report (and scanned picture!) would not go amiss...
Aug. 24th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
The whole thing seems a little too good to be true. If it actually goes as advertised, it'll be awesome, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around how my teeny, tiny comic shop can be pulling this off. I mean, it's not like she's a huge star or anything, but I've seen first hand how rarified the air is around her. There is bound to be weirdness. But, that'll just make for a more entertaining report, right?
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Okay, now that is a fabulous icon.

I look forward to hearing how it goes either way.
Aug. 24th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
I've been enjoying West of the Moon. She's really writing a believable universe, and it's mainly in canon. I like it!

I saw that about Jane Espenson and Torchwood. I wasn't very interested in the american version until I saw that she'd joined the writing staff. I'm very jealous of that con!
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
Heh, I saw your rec go up a few minutes after mine. Great minds, and all that. I am kind of blown away by her story. It's really engrossing, and you know what a sucker I am for canon. Also, I just don't seem to be able to pull of that kind of sustained, plot-driven story, so I'm sort of knocking on it, trying to find the secret to pulling that off, and I'm just as stumped and amazed as always by a good, epic tale. You'd think reading so many would make the gift rub off or something, but nope.

Yeah, the problem with the US version of Torchwood wasn't so much the creative team — they've got RTD heading it up, after all — but it's going to be on subscription TV, and as I said above, I don't like watching TV. I have satellite, but no premium channels, no DVR, no HD. I also don't like downloading stuff that much. So I'm just not sure when I'll get around to watching it. Who knows, by the time it comes around, I might be subscribed to everything under the sun, but I doubt it.

About the con: if you are into Who it might be a good way to dip into the con scene. I didn't go last year, but my kid did, and it seems very cozy. I think there are just a couple hundred attendees, and the guests were very accessible. It's going to be over President's Day weekend, at a hotel near LAX, so transport is not an issue if you fly in. Just take the hotel shuttle and you're done!
Aug. 24th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Oooh, JL, JE & TL - how neat. Iz jealous.
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
If it all goes as planned, I'll be in hog heaven. It rarely does, though!
Aug. 24th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I am so jealous of you getting to see Jane E. Lucky,lucky you. Tell her she has to come to the UK again some time.

And thanks for the fic rec. I've almost given up reading fic because of lack of time etc, but I love long, plotty fics so I might give it a try.
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean about cutting back on the fic, but this one really grabbed me. I just can't pull off a story like that, so I'm always impressed by those who can! Like you, for instance!

I don't know if I'll see JE at the play (*hopes*) and she might cancel the Gallifrey appearance (it's months away), but I'm pretty excited. I very briefly gushed all over her at last year's Comic-Con, but an extended gush would be wonderful. I think my favorite thing about the Riley comic was her photo in the back! *iz fangirl*
Aug. 24th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
No surprise: the AU ones! The Trickster ones

THE TRICKSTER IS AWESOME!! I also love the Smith and Wesson one, and the prophet Chuck and the boys' discovery of slash fic.
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Oh, man! When they showed the cover of the "Supernatural" novel, we had to stop and laugh for about 5 minutes before proceeding. Yet another reason why it's good to wait for the DVD. Heh.
Aug. 24th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
I do the same thing with Supernatural because it is one of the few shows that I can watch with my mother that she enjoys as well. And Thursday, well, she can't miss Survivor or CSI. LOL So as soon as the discs come out, I always get them. I love ANY Ghostfacers episodes. Love them. I also am a big Bela fan, which puts me in a minority, but I adore her episodes.

As to BTVS, I feel you on the waning enthusiasm. Since the latest comics wank, I really find it hard to participate. I swore to myself I would not read any posts on my flist about the comics or participate in discussions and I broke my own rule this week, which resulted in me wanting to pack up and just leave for good. But I never will cause no matter how much it hurts me, I always come back to BTVS. LOL

Seeing JL seems like so much fun! I can't wait to hear about it.
Aug. 24th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I like Bela, too! She's such a smart ass (and smart!) how can I not? They actually do have some great female characters on the show (Jo & Ellen, Bela, the first Ruby) but they just can't seem to allow them to stick around like I'd wish. :(

I now realize that I only watch shows as they are broadcast when it's a social thing. The neighbors come up to watch Glee, Dollhouse, and Caprica for instance. My kid's friends come over to watch Doctor Who. It's not worth sitting through the commercials otherwise...

The wank is sometimes interesting, though often enraging, but the comics themselves finally got me down. Or, maybe it's what the editor has to say about them. I'm not sure. I'm not ready to give up until the whole thing plays out, but I feel like fandom is on hold, a little bit. Poo.
Aug. 24th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've been really enjoying West of the Moon, East of the Sun too. It's nice to find such a big, juicy story to read when other parts of the fandom are a bit, um, less than satisfying at the moment, shall we say.
Aug. 24th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
I think maybe your icon is the most satisfying thing I've seen in fandom in awhile! But the story is pretty awesome, too. Of course, since I read all the posted chapters over the weekend, now I have to wait for my daily scrap. *iz very, very impatient for my treats* But hey, look, now I'm posting again.
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