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* The Vampire Diaries. I am going to say that this show is BETTER in a rewatch. Better like EXEMPLARY entertainment. Once the anticipation and expectation of the story itself is resolved because you already know what's going to happen, it becomes a truly, truly enjoyable series in which you can watch characters unfold and tear apart and get taped back together again. The acting, the sets, the costuming, and the soundtrack become sheer enjoyment! The world-building and overlapping are more seamless than the first time through when you're yelling at the screen BUT BUT HE KILLED JENNA or BUT BUT HE TORTURED HIS OWN DAUGHTER or BUT BUT HE'S A TEENAGE BOY AND HAS A HEART FULL OF LOVE or you get my drift. You can still be disappointed about the fact that POLYAMOURY was not explored or that Klaroline will be your forever doomed 'ship stuck in a writer's shallow harbour. This is like re-reading your favourite novel for the simple reason that you love these people and you want to be with them again.

And my rewatch continues to have my frustrated with fandom and the gradual, terrible decline of LJ. Remember fandom playlists???? And folks would work their arses off compiling them and making cd covers and sharing them! For FREE! And they were wonderful and creative and doorways to new music. Sigh.

* It's raining. Again. A wet spring here. It does this, cycles every fifteen years or so....wet and then dry. I love the smell of spring/summer rains. Lovely.

* I think I've got another herniated disc. UGH. I'm going to try to heal this at home. I don't think I can ever undergo surgery again. So, I'm walking ten minutes every three hours and taking painkillers just before bed. That gets me to about two a.m. and then it's bad for the nex three hours....but once I'm up at five and begin the day again, I'm okay by mid-morning.

* I really enjoyed working on my Idol piece this week. I am going to return to that and treat it as a draft and begin to expand it. I think....a collection of short stories about pioneer women could be an interesting thing to pitch.

* I'm consuming a new-to-me poet, Gregory Orr. He absolutely speaks to my heart and it's been an intense two weeks with him.

* I always think of a gazillion things I wanted to share with the flist after I post....and in the Days of Olde I would just share them the next day cuz daily LJ postings, right? But that has worn thin and now I find I share less and less. And it makes me sad.

rockin' it oldskool TVD -

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ashbet
Jun. 8th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
*sending good disc-healing vibes* <3

The middle of the night can be the WORST for pain -- I woke up at 2:30am on Monday with my left hip dislocated, and had to just grit my teeth and suffer until morning, bc I couldn't get it fully re-socketed on my own.

(BLESS Kira for being able and willing to drive me to the chiropractor!!)

I hope you're able to heal without further surgery -- wishing you the best!

I've never seen TVD -- should give it a try sometime, especially since our other two shows are on summer hiatus :)

*hugs!*

<3
bleodswean
Jun. 8th, 2017 11:10 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you, A. I know that you know what chronic bullshit feels like and how much it can sap the simplest of joys not to mention the big deal events. Ugh ugh ugh.

You've never seen TWD?!?!? That's surprising to me. What are you current shows? What are your say top five fave shows of all time?
ashbet
Jun. 8th, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping that you see improvement soon -- wishing you as much joy as the world can offer!

I didn't have a TV hooked up to cable or broadcast for some years -- Josh's TV was attached to our one working cable outlet, and my TV was pretty much only used for movies and games.

(I just don't watch that much television -- and when I do, it's usually something I've saved on DVR for a convenient time.)

Our current 3 shows have been "The Expanse" and "Elementary" (both currently on hiatus), and "American Gods."

I enjoyed the hell out of "True Blood" for a while, but noped the hell out when fairies came into play -- while I actually love Fae/Underhill stuff in fiction, I thought it was a turning point for the worse in the show.

LOVED "The Borgias" -- did you ever watch that? Tumultuous, tragic, political, and sexy -- plus it's a *gorgeous* show. Simultaneous crushes on Cesare, Lucrezia, and Jeremy Irons as the Borgia Pope <3

I was really excited about "Constantine," but it got canceled, which broke my heart.

I enjoyed "Castle," at least the first 8 seasons -- I'm a sucker for good banter.

"Agents of SHIELD" and "Agent Carter" were a lot of fun, but I'm way behind bc Kira was away at school, and I'd been saving a whole season to catch up with her. They feed my inner comics geek :)

For older shows, I loved "The X-Files," "Beauty and the Beast," "Alien Nation," "Max Headroom," various eras of Doctor Who (although I dropped out of NewWho after Tennant left), "Torchwood," original "CSI" while Grisham was still on the show, "Buffy" and "Firefly," ummmm... there have been others, but I can't put a finger on it right now :)

<3!
ellensmithee
Jun. 8th, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've heard a rumor that Caroline might be moving to TO now that TVD is over.

As for the back, I also have a number of herniated discs, from the top disc in my neck down to my tailbone. I usually take ibuprofen in the evening to help me sleep and use a heating pad on my back when I'm working, as well as an ibuprofen or diclofenac topic cream when it really hurts. Walking is one of the best things for it. I also have some back exercise DVDs if you're into trying something like that. If you have access to physical therapy, maybe a few sessions to pick up a few exercises.
bleodswean
Jun. 8th, 2017 11:14 pm (UTC)
Be still my beating heart!!! Oh THAT would be amazing! For some reason I thought TO had ended as well. I have been rereading old fics...and remembering fun fandom times. I'm so glad your fics are up on AO3.

I could not begin to IMAGINE a herniated disc in my neck!!! OMG NOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am so sorry you have such spinal issues. That's terrible. My DDD is in my lower five discs and I'm lucky in that I can sit and stand and walk...but unlucky in that I can't lie down at all. Walking does seem to really relax my muscles and I feel better for hours after I take a stroll. PT is what reinjured my back two weeks after my discectomy and I just don't trust it at all....WHat kind of DVD exercises do you do?
ellensmithee
Jun. 9th, 2017 11:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been thinking about deleting them in the current fandom climate, but I also belong to that old school of fans that believe you shouldn't delete your fic ever so I probably won't.

I have a couple of German DVDs, probably nothing you'd find in the US. The DVDs are specifically intended for back pain. I've never bothered with surgery since I have so many of them. I just put up with it. My sister was just diagnosed with lupus and they discovered that she has joint hypermobility, as well, which is hereditary. If I also have it, it would explain my joint issues beyond just being overweight.
spotzle
Jun. 8th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Sharing less and less. Yes, I have noticed this about me as well. I used to talk about everything, but I've quieted my fingers a bit. A cross between asking myself how much do people really, truly care about the tiny details (a few people do a lot, but I talk to them regularly outside of LJ) and the realization that my kids may not want their lives broadcast to all and sundry. And since most of my life is either my kids, my writing, this stupid lawsuit, or the dogs, it leaves little else to say.

I never used LJ as a solely fandom thing so my experience is different than yours. I hung about the peripherals of some fandoms, but I never liked this platform for participating. I'm sorry you're missing out on that lost camaraderie. I know it hurts

Edited at 2017-06-08 10:13 pm (UTC)
bleodswean
Jun. 8th, 2017 11:16 pm (UTC)
And that's a funny thing, isn't it? Because I think some of us are well-meaning voyeurs. I don't always comment because sometimes it seems to be too stalkery but I LOVE your personal entries and love your stories about your girls and your man and your house and the dogs...But sometimes it just feels like you're talking into a void. LJ is over. I can't deny it anymore. It's become a quiet deadspace with nothing else to offer. Strange how that happened. They say folks make entirely new sets of friends every seven years and I wonder if that psychology has anything to do with it....

How is the lawsuit? I thought that was finis!

Yeah, I came here for the Harry Potter fandom thirteen years ago and stayed for a zillion other fandoms and friends! I do miss that time. That energy.
spotzle
Jun. 9th, 2017 12:15 am (UTC)
The lawsuit is ongoing and slow as hell. We're just past the five month mark. But my lawyer said it would take months. We motioned to dismiss. We're waiting for their lawyer to respond (who knows how long that'll take.They have until the 14th, but they suck at timely replies) and then the judge decides to either grant the hearing to dismiss or to continue on with the lawsuit. Have no idea.

I've thought long and hard about friendship and fandom in the past five months. It's been very discouraging. The lawsuit, while horrible, has also made me realize a few things about myself that are just plain uncomfortable. Uncomfortable, but the truth. I think eventually I'll be happier for knowing.
swirlsofblue
Jun. 9th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
YES VAMPIRE DIARIES. There's so much there, so much that could've been, there was some genius in the heart of the thing however diluted it was by the writer's urge to make it a fast-paced, jumping from thing to thing without proper resolution sort of show. And as problematic as it was there was a kind of perfection there. AND YES IT NEEDS POLYAMORY.

Eep that sounds horrid. *Hugs* Hope you're okay/get well soon.
rswndrlst
Jun. 10th, 2017 11:36 pm (UTC)

I have been wondering about the fandom side of LJ but haven't logged into my fanblog in ages  I  love fan mixes! I have a supernatural playlist on spotify that has over 1500 followers because I made it way back in 2009


I've been trying to read your idol entry all day but I'm in Jersey for the first time in 5 years this weekend and been having to deal with tense family stuff, ughhh idol is so great and lj in general

geekslave
Jun. 17th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
I pretty much feel about TVD the way I do about OUaT, except I probably dislike TVD a little less. For all intents and purposes, I dropped both this year and TVD's finale doesn't have me clamoring to catch up.

Oh, no that sucks about your herniated disc! I hope you feel better soon!

Stacey
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