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A Bit of Cultcha & a Fic: The Tar Baby

I posted a 1,000 word fic over at nekid_spike that y'all might enjoy. It has a nekid_spike punchline, so I'll probably just leave it over there, since most of you who would be interested are already members of that community. Check it out:

Title: The Tar Baby
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 1028
Prompt: Spike Gets Stuck
Characters: Spike, Ethan
Summary: A Sunnydale version of the traditional American folktale.

The Tar Baby

Comments sincerely appreciated!


In other news, I went to see our local Lamplighters production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe last night, and my argument that G&S were the Joss Whedon of the 19th Century gained new ammunition.

Exhibit A:

To indicate a person of the highest rank, Mr. Gilbert came up with the following term: Rankiest

See what I mean?

Here's a little summary of the play:

Gilbert & Sullivan's subversive political satire on how a government SHOULD be run. Featuring the tour de force "Nightmare Song" and a band of dancing fairies doing battle with a dim-witted Parliament.

It was lovely, a visual and aural delight. Plus, I always love it when the gentlemen of the chorus enter from the back of the house, dressed in ermine capes and doing the doddering "House of Lords" routine. Especially just now, after a very satisfying American version of same in real life just last Tuesday.

Oh, and reading the front page of the paper today? Led to tears of joy. Things already seem to be coming around. I don't want to jinx anything, so I'll just sit here and sigh happily.

Happy Sunday, all. Have a great week.


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Jan. 26th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
I enjoyed your story a lot. Also, it's been years since I've seen any Gilbert & Sullivan. Kind of miss it - and still wish someone would write a fic in which Spike and Dru are pretending to be Sir Despard and Mad Margaret from Ruddigore and falling into fits of giggles whenever he says, "Basingstoke!"
Jan. 26th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the story! It's silly, but community-building, I think. Heh. Did I use "silly buggers" correctly?

I'm not sure if you saw my 60s Spru fic from earlier this month, but I wondered if I got the English details right in that, as well. For some reason, I think of you as my go-to on things British. Not a job you signed up for, I know!

Our local G&S company has been at it, nonstop, for over 50 years, and they do a great job, so it's been a pleasure to dip in, which we sadly only did after seeing Topsy Turvy. Still, it's good to know that there are still classics to discover. I'm sure somebody must have written a Spru Ruddigore. It's a natural!

Edited at 2009-01-27 05:08 am (UTC)
Jan. 27th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Actually, now you mention it, your use of 'silly buggers' isn't quite right. Usually someone will say, "Stop playing silly buggers' to someone who is clowning around, whereas in the context, it seems more like Spike is saying, "Let's call it quits'. You could change it to that, or have him tell Ethan to 'stop playing silly buggers' and let him go.

And I don't mind you asking me about Brit stuff, as long as I can ask you about American stuff.

And no, I don't think I saw your Spru fic. Can't think how I missed it. Will go back and read asap.
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Rankiest! Bwah! That sounds like a delightful evening.

I confess that I had a strong urge to see Obama don an ermine cape at some point during Tuesday's festivities but remembered myself and got my illicit monarchical desires under control.

I really need to get better acquainted with the works of G & S. (We've already discussed the sad fact that the extent of my exposure comes from repeated viewings of Foul Play, yes? That ain't right.) The college theatre is doing a production of Hot Mikado this semester, and I need to at least track down a version of The Mikado on DVD to watch with Z. so that we can have a properly metatheatrical experience.

Great week to you too, darlin'!

ETA that I giggled at your tar baby fic until I had to break out the codeine cough syrup. I give it four hacking coughs! ;)

Edited at 2009-01-27 04:20 am (UTC)
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
I'd slap you on the back, but I'd be afraid to set off another round of coughing. Tsk. This thing is really taking advantage of your good nature and hospitality. You might want to start charging rent, or something.

I know I said it before, but get Topsy Turvy from Netflix. It's awesome, and I will give you exact parental warning moments. There aren't many, and it's so gorgeous and exciting, I'm sure Z would love it. My kid and her friends were spellbound, but we did skip a few bits that would've been a bummer. It was our introduction to G&S, but then we immediately started going to live productions (thank you, school silent auction) and it's been great fun.

Heh. My silly tar baby story is getting a good response. mwrgana even made me a banner! Isn't that cool?

ETA: An update on mean girls in middle school. McDiva mentioned over the weekend that they had to watch a video on bullying at school, which she thought would be lame or funny(?), but ended up being really depressing. I mentioned our conversation, and she said, "Even the popular girls in my grade, like Selma, aren't mean." Whadaya know? However, when I asked if the video was interesting, she said, "Yeah, can't wait to try it [bullying]. Ha. Just trying to make you crazy." Her sarcasm is improving. *gimlet eye*

Edited at 2009-01-27 07:44 pm (UTC)
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
*nods* The cough has a vicious sense of entitlement and has already demanded the spare bedroom and two meals a day. In exchange, it has begrudgingly agreed to clean out the gutters.

Topsy Turvy has been dutifully queued, and I would love some parental warnings when you get a chance. I've been on a BSG bender (we've never watched before) since New Year's Day and could really use a break from all the bleak. It's so dark here today that it looks like permanent 5 p.m. out there, and I'm ready for some sort of Starbucks I.V. Levity would be good, too. ;)

Ha! That's a sly girlie you've got there. Please thank her for the perspective. It gives me hope, it does!
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