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23 November 2006 @ 11:28 am

I really am an emo bitch sometimes aren't I? My mini-hiatus kinda lasted long enough to get a decent night's sleep and then pump myself full of caffeine and write a lot. Not as much as I wanted to, still have a huge hurdle to overcome, but at least I have most of the characters I need in place right now. Apart from the zombies. They're just being contrary.

I was on a roll yesterday and then realised I'd been awake for about 23 hours, forced myself to sleep (not easy after four pots of coffee) and now... have lost the groove a little. The radio is insisting on playing crap today (seriously, Cornershop followed by Oasis followed by Jarvis Cocker? What's next, Keane? Oh lookit that...) and my shuffle is being much more random than usual so I'm going from Louis Armstrong to Led Zeppelin to Beth Orton to Radiohead. I'm just being contrary. Hey, maybe I'm one of the zombies I'm avoiding writing...


Right, back to find out what Julian's been up to and finally get him to confront Anne-Marie... After this cup of coffee...

Almost forgot - I've been contemplating changing my LJ name (getting a rename token thingy). I'd like something non-fandom related I think, or at least non-specific fandom. Any suggestions?

Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Garbage - The Trick Is To Keep Breathing
tessarintessarin on November 23rd, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
I wasn't aware you existing one was fandom related. Which one ? Being the natural conservative that I am I like it.:-)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: mara//NJO - angel_gidgetwhiskyinmind on November 23rd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
The Mara part comes from Star Wars (Expanded Universe). The character Mara Jade was introduced as an ambiguous Force user who originally worked for the Emperor but later trained as a Jedi (and eventually married Luke, but I'll gloss over that because that's the point where I think they lost the originality of the character and started Mary Sueing her). My first foray into fandom was SW:EU, my screen name at the time was MaraJaded and this is kind of a transition from there. The Sho part is just me. Even my neice doesn't call me Shona any more, it's just Sho...

tessarintessarin on November 23rd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Ah . Thanks for explaining .Thought it may be a DW reference .Never really been into Star Wars so that explains why I didn't get the origin.:-)
JG: BX by dothestarswyoujgracio on November 23rd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Never been into Star Wars?

Not even back when it was good?


I find your lack of geekitude... disturbing!

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: sw//geek - monkey_mattwhiskyinmind on November 23rd, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
tessarintessarin on November 23rd, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Then the fact that I also don't really like Star Trek will be a killer blow to my geek rep.:-)
JG: Angelmobilejgracio on November 23rd, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
How did you get involved with Buffy fandom? :)
tessarintessarin on November 24th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Gosh where to start.Simple question long answer. Sorry to Mara_Sho for spamming her journal.:-)

Well back when Sky One in the UK first showed the series it was recommended to me by my then boss who like me was also watching the X-Files. I missed Welcome to the Hellmouth and Harvest and caught The Pack. Immediately was hooked and watched until Sky withdrew it due to poor ratings. I find that if I like the core characters I am always hooked. Loved the core 4 plus Cordy immediately.

Then the BBC picked it up and there was a big campaign to get Sky to resume showing it . They relented and then showed S2 and S3 through basically back to back,advertised the hell out of it and made it the centrepiece of their schedule along with the Simpsons for the next 5 years. Needless to say the quality of the writing plus the killing of Jenny turned me into a fan. Finally a show willing to twist and shock you.

Liked the black/white of the earlier seasons. TNG and Star Trek were always reforming their baddies and turning them into wusses. Really liked Giles' Cuthulu take on the nature of evil and the enemy.

I always watch every genre show at least for the first season to let it find its legs.So naturally I gave Buffy a go. Sometimes I wish I didn't First Watch ?

My recent foray into fanfic is prompted by the lack of any possibility of further shows currently and wanting to tell some stories for characters I thought were neglected in S7 and to find out whether I can write or just suck.:-)

So Buffy fandom seemed logical as the only other two shows I really love, X-Files and Blake's 7 seem to have little or no fandom left. Plus Buffy fandom has always seemed well read and intelligent and more diverse than other genre fandoms.

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: scoobies - mewhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Spam away!

If you haven't seen it already, you should give Supernatural a go. I came to BtVS from being an X Phile and find that SPN manages to have the early-season XF creepiness and the BtVS comedy down pat. ITV2 have the rights to it but I don't think they've yet shown the full first season - the DVDs are available for rental though.
JG: Bangel Datejgracio on November 23rd, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
How can you tell when people are trying to shoo you away?

Shoo Sho, shoo!


I crack myself up. Nobody else, but hey... :D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: buffy behind you - mewhiskyinmind on November 23rd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

It's worse when I get the "Can I show you this, Sho?" line - over and over again...

I hear the word 'show' and I think someone's talking to me, it's just wrong. I had a german teacher once (she wasn't very good and I learned more from reading Im Westen Nichts Neues surreptisiously than I ever did in her clas) who always knew when I was not concentrating and would throw in the word 'schon' into whatever she was saying just to make me jump.

I really need to change my name....
JG: BX by dothestarswyoujgracio on November 23rd, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Can I show you this, Sho?

I like Shona. Not a very common name, is it?

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: saltire - mewhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
It's not especially rare but I don't currently know any other Shona's. I went to school with two others (not in the same class) and there was one girl I knew at Uni (hence some of my older emails being 'shonar' - she was 'shonad'). It's a traditional celtish name, although the spelling varies depending on how celtic the parents want to be. It's actually the celtic equivalent of Jean.

draconin: Huh?draconin on November 24th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
I've always been a bit sceptical of these "***** is the celtic/chinese/whatever equivalent of *****". Usually the supposed equivalent has absolutely no resemblance to the name. I mean, how do you get "Jean" out of "Shona"? :D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: buffy//abstract - mewhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
Hee. Ready?

Shona > female version of Sean (or Shaun if you prefer that spelling)
Sean > celtic version of John
John > male version of Jean

draconindraconin on November 24th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
Ugg... I hate to admit it but that actually does make sense. Interesting.
I did a unit on the history of language many years ago as part of my degree, looking at how language evolved over time from Proto-IndoEuropean to modern. I suppose I shouldn't be even remotely surprised over something as 'simple' as you've outlined. :D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//this icon likes bananas - martoufmarwhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
I love looking at the roots of language, I even considered focusing on it when I was at Uni in St Andrews (until I was de-matriculated for actively not going to any classes...).

It helps that my mum's name was Jean so I've pretty much known the breakdown of it since I was old enough to know my own name. (Bizarrely enough I wasn't named after her, it was only later that my parents found out the roots of the name!)
draconindraconin on November 25th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
In my case it was just interest. I was doing a mathematics degree (University of Western Australia) and taking an extra year to do it which meant I had time for some extra units for fun. I'd done German in high school so I took German in 1st & 2nd year plus units in Philosophy of Science & Philosophy of Education. The German was a bit of a waste of time since, never having gone there, my vocabulary has gradually faded. The philosophy has helped unexpectedly quite often though. Most recently when arguing morals with naol!
The history of language development was interesting but not to the point where I'd have considered specialising. My interest is primarily in science and mathematics.