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I have returned! And it's proving difficult to get back into the swing of things. No tech, no tv, no LJ, no FB, for over a week and that was glorious. Truly. But jumping back in is proving cumbersome and slowgoing.

So much to say! About my holiday. Old Tahoe and how it spoke to my heart and now I'm home ready to transform my Arts&Craft home. Ideas, I haz 'em. Also:  Penny Dreadful OMFG, we must talk about this!!! I haven't had a chance to scroll back through LJ, so if you've already held forth, please let me know so I can check out your thoughts. Music!!! Crazy music. And Ralph Stanley passed away. RIP O' Death. And writers group. And fic, mine and others.

I'll post properly tomorrow, but here's some pix from the trip -

Yep! Old Tahoe cabin on the lake. And yes, this house is black and now I want my house to be black.

We watched the moon rise every night.


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Jun. 27th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
I missed you!

You're home! 🙌

Re: Penny Dreadful--I saved it for you.

The pictures are gorgeous! What a lovely restful place. I hope it was wonderful for you.

Hugs you!

Edited at 2016-06-27 02:58 am (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
*squishes* I'm back, M! And everything is WONDERFUL!

Penny Dreadful~!~! I'm going to start collating my thoughts, I need input to organize everything...very curious to hear what you thought. I am amazed that in the end the message was Our Lord! More soon!
Jun. 27th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
I loved the series finale! It was a surprise, because I just didn't see it coming. I thought that once she was turned that would be it. In fact there were a lot of surprises. The werewolf thing seemed to come out of nowhere, but then I came into the series so late.

Interesting that Dracula, for all his professions of love he didn't seem all that worried when she was lost to him.

I need to watch the last three eps again, as I'm sure I have already forgotten a lot.

That beautiful scene with Ethan and (Timothy Dalton) sitting vigil in her room was beautiful, and had me feeling all fic-y. Something I loved was how very beautifully the sets and photography was.

I cried when the creature carried his little boy into the Thames. It was heartwreching to see him lose his family so soon after just getting them back.

I am sad to see this series end. I hope we see more from its creator.

And yes! I was so, so...what's the word?!...relieved, gratified, so impressed that Vanessa prayed. Her salvation, redemption! The Lord's Prayer! Perfect!

Edited at 2016-06-27 06:22 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2016 01:59 am (UTC)
That lake is so blue!
Jun. 27th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
The jewel of the Sierras! I did use a fluorescent lighting setting on that sunrise pic, though. ;) It's so freaking clear, you can see right through the water at 20 feet!
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Jun. 27th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, G! It's good to be back, it was good to be gone. I didn't know you got married on the lake! Whereabouts? This house was on the north shore, but I've stayed in Camp Richardson and been to other weddings on the southeast side. It's a gorgeous place...but so many PEOPLE!

PENNY DREADFUL!!! *FLAILS* I'm collecting my thoughts now and seeing if I can find a semblance of order. I will read your thoughts later this morning. What a finale!
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Jun. 27th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, R! Gorgeous place to play with the camera!
Jun. 27th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
Welcome back! Glad you had a great time!

Wow! What a beautiful, beautiful cabin! Those shots of the lake and the sun rising above it are really gorgeous.

Jun. 27th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S! It was soooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful. I was in awe. Truly. The sunrise and the moonrise were just astonishing and humbling.
Jun. 27th, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
Wow, that looks gorgeous! Oh, I long for vacation!!! Those pictures are beautiful. You should frame them. They'd look lovely in one of those frames where you can put 6 or 8 of a kind in the same frame. Know what I mean?
Jun. 27th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
It was stunningly beautiful in its old world charm and simplicity. And the lake, of course!!! Thanks! It was a fun place to focus on details. I wish I had taken more of the interior. A French country kitchen all in red and pewter and slate!

I do know what you mean and I'm going to do that! Great suggestion! Also, perfect for gifts for my family this Christmas as it was a reunion!
Jun. 27th, 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
Ooh, those pictures are beautiful! Yay for holiday! I missed you too!

I have started watching Penny Dreadful, I LOVE THIS THING. I posted a gushy post about the first two episodes, but am now on season 2 ep 9, so it's probably time for another one.
Jun. 27th, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)

I will go read your gushing! So excited to hear YOU excited about the show! I am getting all kinds of plot bunny bit!!

Jun. 27th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh, can't wait to see what the plot bunnies make you create. I'm having very dark plot bunnies, like not-fit-for-human-consumption dark.
Jun. 27th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
*squirms* Remember the Vampire Diaries dark fic comm???? We should so make a Penny Dreadful dark fic comm and just FUCK PEOPLE UP!
Jun. 27th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
*evil cackle*

You and me, baby - verbis_diablo!!!!

Edited at 2016-06-27 05:49 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2016 06:33 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
Fabulous photos! What a beautiful place!

Jun. 27th, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It really was so incredibly beautiful!
Jun. 27th, 2016 03:37 pm (UTC)
Great photographs, and I'm glad you're back! Tahoe is wonderful. No tech, TV, etc. -- you're brave, going cold turkey like that.
Jun. 27th, 2016 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, G! Glad we beat some of the heat...but went down into the valley yesterday and got shocked by it! 102 down there, 78 up here, and probably 60 up in Tahoe!

I had to go cold turkey. Hee! But 3/4 of the family were Facebooking on their phones...and it was discouraging. I'm glad I went a week without. Now to find my tech groove again.

How are you guys???
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hot! It's 102, and I've been out in the heat running errands.
Jun. 27th, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
It looks lovely! Sounds like an amazing trip!
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S! It really was lovely AND amazing!
Jun. 27th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos!

Not caught up yet with Penny Dreadful. Must finish this weekend.
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was amazing to be there!

VERY curious to hear your thoughts when you finish it up!
Jul. 5th, 2016 09:14 pm (UTC)
I finally caught up.

Wow! Can't believe how it ended. But I guess it was the only way ultimately. Gothic horror isn't about the happily ever after.
Jun. 27th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Such a beautiful place! I'm glad you had a nice time, E!

Yeah. I don't think I'll watch S3 knowing how it ends. I'll finish S2 and pretend it ended there for me. I just don't want it to end with that character dying, personally. I know that character's struggle with faith in the Catholic God is a huge part of her journey, but what I loved best was the we're all monsters, let's be monsters together kind of vibe/exploration the characters had between them, and I don't want any of them to need Death to find peace/happiness. If that makes any sense.
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, B! It was more gorgeousness in one place than I could handle! Now to get back to the keyboard. How are YOU?

You must watch S3. There's no way around that. And Lupone, of course. Plus the Creature. You simply must...but, that being said, yes, it was a twist. I haven't begun reading about it yet...but it felt strangely rushed and not....finished? Did the show get cancelled? It was a strong ending for Good...similar to S1 of True Detective, but a strange conundrum regarding monsters....The Dracula/Vanessa arc was problematic from the get-go because it was a God/Satan wrestle. It certainly did not end in any way that I would have predicted, or preferred. But fanfic.
Jun. 28th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
From what I read Logan says he had this is mind since S2 and decided S3 was it, but I don't think I buy it. I mean, I haven't watched it, but it seemed to introduce a lot of plot threads and then just let them lie. I think it must have got cancelled and everyone is saving face or something. I don't know. I'm really glad I didn't end up watching it in real time. I would have been really upset and angry if I had been. I think that's kind of a shit move to pull on your viewers-- main character death and not lettig them know it was the finale upfront. And I say that as a GoTs fan, where character death is a given!

I just... really have a problem with death being the answer for her torturous journey. I don't think I want to go there at all.
Jun. 28th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
I want you to watch it so we can discuss it! You have sound ideas and theories....but I think you need to see how it played out yourself and not via tumblr/FB to really....get all of the tidal shifts that occurred. And here's the thing, I think...it was Clare's story after all was said and done. He represented the philosophy, the idea of Death that comes for all of us whether in the guise of Dracula or an accident. Who resurrects you and for what purpose. What is life and living. The meaning, if you will excuse the blandness of that....

Think about joining my PD comm, B, so we can talk meta and write fic!

Edited at 2016-06-28 02:19 am (UTC)
Jun. 28th, 2016 12:12 am (UTC)
It all looks lovely! Though perhaps more so without all of the friends/relatives-- that would be much less peaceful. ;)

I would dissuade you from the black house (which I don't really like the look of, anyway, personally). Not in this climate. Not as bad as a black car, but still...
Jun. 28th, 2016 12:54 am (UTC)
It was a wonderful holiday, K! Even with family! ;) We got up early and stayed up late and watched the lake. Ever entertaining. One day the Coast Guard parked in front of the house and stopped every boat for a life jacket check!

BLACK! I must stain my compound structures black. It's very Arts&Craft. It would suit my place perfectly. Don't forget that I'm not in the valley, we're about 20 degrees cooler than you up here.
Jun. 28th, 2016 01:11 am (UTC)
Ah-- 20 degrees cooler would be a huge difference. Especially now-- the week of 101-104 staring us in the face. :(

The first house I lived in was black with white trim, and a replacement for the all-white farmhouse that burned down. It didn't necessarily look bad, but it was not cheerful or welcoming. OTOH, discovering my Dad's later penchant for weird house colors, black and white (separately or together) at least does not run afoul of THAT problem. The Neon/Mustard Schoolbus-colored house lives forever in my memory. Yark.
Jun. 28th, 2016 01:17 am (UTC)
those are gorgeous pictures! it looks and sounds really peaceful and relaxing. (even with all the relatives. :D ) i love that house - the black siding with red trim is really striking.
Jun. 28th, 2016 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, C! It really was peaceful and relaxing and actually kinda entertaining with family hijinks. My son and his gf came up midway through and that made things really fun!

BLACK HOUSE!!! Be still my heart! It was so arty and elegant with that colour scheme!
Jun. 28th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
You're back! Sounds like an inspiring and refreshing break. I LOVE the black, I totally get it. I love how black houses always look like silhouettes...
(No people pics??)

Lady, I HATED the ending of Penny Dreadful. It seems like you have lots of commenters here who haven't seen it, so I'll go into specifics in my own journal, but it felt rushed and confused and didn't do any of the characters real justice. I do not believe they had A PLAN at all. also, pulling a two episode finale without any word?? What was that??
Jun. 28th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
I am back! And it was a good break. I love the black, too, K!!! I'm doing this!

Not enough people pix. There...was some...anxiety about my dad...and it put a bit of somber-ness over some of the festivities. Here's D -

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The ending - omg!!! Join us over at verbis_diablo K and discuss! I didn't hate it, apparently, as much as most. After all...I never thought it was Vanessa's story, it was clearly Clare's from the moment he appeared. All that philosophical angst. But, yes, I had pauses and a deflated feeling. I feel bad for Logan.

Edited at 2016-06-28 04:10 pm (UTC)
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