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21 February 2009 @ 11:57 am
MEMEAGE! Or should that be 'memage'?  
Meme, 'cause it's been a while. Taken from the wonderful and adorable emeraldswan.

Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.


Xander is, to me, the most real character in the Buffyverse. He's a dork, he's adorable, he's self-sacrificing, he's the best friend you could ever have, as a teenager he's the boyfriend every girl wants because she can get him to do anything for her, as an adult he's the partner who will support you no matter what. He's observant and blinkered at the same time. He's kind and cruel at the same time. He's the everyman and I love him for it.


There aren't many shows that can hook me in and keep me interested in them for longer than a few episodes. I have a kind of rating system in my head - if, at the end of the episode I immediately want to watch the next one then there's a good chance I'll love it. If I get to the end of the season and I start writing fic then there's a damn good chance I'm a fan. With SPN I didn't watch it when it first screened - long story, I had no access to TV for months when it aired in the UK and missed it. I got a copy of the whole of season 1 that summer because people were shocked I hadn't seen it (and also because the boys were on the cover of an issue of SFX and damn they looked hot! I can be shallow sometimes). I watched it all in a weekend. I don't think I slept all that much that week and after Wendigo I posted on here that Dean had to meet Faith and by the end of the season I was plotting out fic in which I could make that happen. I love the show, it's not as intellectually stimulating to me as Buffy and Angel were, but I don't just watch it for the fact that the leads are cute. It makes me think, it makes me sick that I'm usually episodes behind everyone this season because by the time I have an epiphany everyone else has already had it, but I love it.

Fan Cons

Quick story - first con I went to was Senior Partners a Starfury Angel convention. I did not want to go to a TV show convention ever in my life. I wasn't a geek, I just liked watching the shows and maybe chatting to other fans online about them when I got the opportunity. I was tempted by this one when I heard about it (I think it was through the old Yahoo Group I ran/run - Buffy_Beeb_Boards for expats from the BBC Cult message boards) because Christian Kane was going to be there and I was (and still am) a huge Lindsey fan, but I still wasn't all that hooked. And then I found out that on the Saturday night Kane were going to be doing a gig. I remember meeting up with smileawhile in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow and telling her about it. I remember thinking if she wanted to go then I would too because when was I going to get to see one of their gigs again? but if she didn't then I wouldn't bother. I also remember the two of us literally bouncing on the spot in the middle of Sauchiehall Street and saying of course we were going. Next thing, we had the tickets booked, we had the flights booked, we were going.

Since then I've been to more conventions than I can list off the top of my head and every single one of them has been amazing. I'm not a geek. I'm not a crazy stalker fan. I just like the shows and love talking about them with other fans. The fact that I can do that face to face with them at cons? Is awesome. The fact that a lot of the time those other fans are also the stars of the shows? Even more awesome.

I have made so many friends at cons and all of them have had such a huge impact on my life - a fair percentage of my flist come from cons these days it seems! I'm not going to a convention this year. So far anyway, I can't afford it and I've not heard from Rogue Events about working at any of the ones they're organising so I guess this might be it for conventions for the forseeable future. I miss that feeling of getting ready to meet up with friends, the excitement, the trepidation, the panic about whether or not to go to the costume parties and if so what to wear. Mostly I miss the friends.

Steve Carlson

I wasn't really aware of Steve until that first convention he was at with Chris (Senior Partners). But I do remember him sitting at the side of the photo studio winding Chris up during the group shot. (And isn't it a sign of the times that he wasn't actually in that group shot?!) He seemed to be funny, kinda cute, and just.. a nice guy. The Saturday night at the con I was actually talking to him at the bar as well - he'd been sent out of the green room/closed off corridor to get in the beer and we just said hello like regular people... A couple of months later his first album was released - Spot In The Corner - and I wrote a review of it on here (for alltherealice who came back to eljay briefly as tattooedgemini a couple of years ago but has gone without trace now - miss you honey!) and for about a year after that if you googled his name the only hits you got were his site and my review. And my review was the first result...

I've always been a Kane fan, and my support of Steve grew out of that. I missed the Kane UK tour a couple of years ago but when Steve came back the next year on his own I was at that with bells on! He's an amazing musician, lyricist, singer, and he is an all round nice bloke. He likes a drink - boy, does he like a drink... - and he likes the ladies, but he's deeper and more intelligent than a lot of people give him credit for. I PA'd for Jason Manns at the last Asylum convention and he and Steve were hanging out together for most of the time so I got to see a whole new side of Steve. He's funny, cute, slightly clueless about some things and whip-sharp about others.


At heart I'm a history geek even though I never studied it seriously. As a kid I used to spend a whole lot of my free time in the local library sitting reading the Usbourne mini-encyclopedia books and every time I would go back to read the Egyptology ones. I was fascinated with the myths and legends and the mystery of the whole subject. When I grew up I started picking up the academic books and journals instead of the Usbourne ones and my interest grew. Finally when I got ahold of satellite TV (for the time that I had it - I miss TV...) I discovered Discovery Civilisation channel and their love of Egyptology. I have seen every programme that channel has screened on Egypt over the years and I still follow the news of new finds and new theories on older finds when I can.

And yet, I've never been.

One of these days I will go - I've been to North Africa a couple of times and I absolutely love it. (If I had my way and could bring myself to leave Scotalnd I would live in Marrakech for a while!) But for now, I surround myself with the books and theories and myths and dream about it.

I'm probably not going to be online again until Monday at the earliest, but please do leave me a comment and I'll be back with your topics as soon as I can!

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velvetwhipvelvetwhip on February 21st, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I remember your fascination with Egyptology.

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: death - mewhiskyinmind on February 23rd, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I love it - there's recently been some new theories about previously maligned pharonic figures who *may* have fallen victim to Victorian prejudice. It's all very intriguing right now!
thedothatgirl: BuffyXanderthedothatgirl on February 22nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Egypt - fantastic place. One day you'll make it. Remind me to lend you the books I have - a bit obscure but well worth reading and I can also give you the gen on where to visit.

I'd love to go back but I think in a few years when Ellie would appreciate it more.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: death - mewhiskyinmind on February 23rd, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome! And as for obsucre - hell I still have 'Chariots of the Gods' sitting in the house somewhere, it's the one that seems to make valid arguments about astrological alignment and so on and then the final part just goes nuts and says we're all waiting for the return of the aliens who live in Orion's Belt.


JG: Geekjgracio on February 22nd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)

Personally, I like Roman history best. Not really sure why, Ancient history is full of wonderful cultures, but for some reason the Roman period is the one that I prefer to read about.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: death - mewhiskyinmind on February 23rd, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I started off with my dad's 'Pictorial Encyclopedia' when I was really little and got hooked into Roman and Greek mythology but when it came to the history I felt it was just that bit detached. Egypt though - everything in the ancient history is bound in with the mysticism and mythology.

I've got a book about Hannibal in the house that I keep meaning to crack open, and the whole Carthaginian history fascinates me - maybe I'll branch out a little soon!