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03 April 2013 @ 05:28 pm
spring roundup  
y''know, instead of sitting on posts for an eternity, I should just POST THEM.  duh.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY mfirefly10!!!  

My trip to Arizona ...


For spring vacation we drove to the Grand Canyon first. MrLiz thought it'd take longer and I was all "no, it'll be fine, really, we'll get there before dark. really."  And of course we were. Because yo, I've driven it at 80 and that was before they raised the speed limit to 75 in parts. It was fun doing that drive having been to Carsland in Disneyland lately, since that section is what CARS is inspired by. we brought dvds for the player in the car, but kiddo didn't even want to play them - both so he could look out the window and because he wanted to play Minecraft on the tablet. *siiiigh*

Anyway the Grand Canyon is awesome of course, though it was pretty chilly when we were there - we were a bit unprepared for the daytime temp to be just above freezing and kidlet is now the proud owner of a new hat and mittens he'll probably not wear again.

After that we drove down to Phoenix/Scottsdale for a few days. On the way we stopped by Sunset Crater and holy shit, I did not realize that mountain erupted as recently as a thousand years ago.  The lava field looks pretty much the same as the lava flow on the Big Island - the power of the tropics/water breaking it down faster.  Anyhoo, so that was an interesting side trip and then we spent a few days in the sun and warmth  - had beautiful weather and went to the pool and went to Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright house and architecture school. Kidlet, despite his mad drawing skillz, wasn't quite as interested as I thought he might be - definitely more of a budding engineer than architect, it seems.  (tho speaking of, I should start a tumblr just to show off his designs. some of them are craaaaaaazy elaborate.)


We got behind on tv while we were gone, but I did get the new DW. WHY SO FUN, SHOW???  Claraaaaaa. Elevennnn
(though, Omg, y'all is it true that the place River met Ten in the Library was called the Shop? Because I saw that on tumblr and I didn't actually dare to go back and watch that to confirm it myself, because, y'know, TEARS).  But even though I don't actually disagree about some of the criticisms I read, I just don't even care.  Also, Jenna Louise-Coleman was ADORB on the radio when there was only one other person who had seen the show and they were trying to explain it to the other hosts. it was hilarious.

Walking Dead. I don't even know why I watch sometimes, since they continually fritter away all kinds of story potential. and it's the weirdest thing -  someone, somewhere is doing it, but I can't figure it out. Is kirkman trying to undo things he things were mistakes in the books and making things worse? Is AMC putting some weird pressure on them?  I just don't get it.  Anyway, that was watched. (best part honestly was the Andrew Lincoln bit in the Talking Dead right after - unnnnngh. I wish they could let Rick talk in that accent.)

Let's see, in writing, I haven't done much (I did a bit by hand on vacation, but that always takes so long - I feel like I did a lot and then I type it up and it's like a paragraph...)  except I did finish a short, sad Kara/Sam story that's been lingering for awhile.  So that needs posting.

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M: DW - OSWIN > YOUmfirefly10 on April 4th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks, babe!

It sounds like you had a nice trip.

Doctor Who was delightful. Walking Dead...less so. Still not over that one.
lizardbeth: Anders-Kara - Sam grinlizardbeth_j on April 4th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
HOpe you had a great day! :D

and {hugs} for Andrea. I wasn't nearly that attached but the sheer waste of it was really terrible . :(
*watches DW again*
M: DW - companions are awesome!mfirefly10 on April 5th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe.

Yeah...I think that just really killed my trust in the show-runners so I have a feeling I'll be watching very differently come season 4.

DW makes everything better :)
noybusiness: DW R/D friendlynoybusiness on April 4th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
Your vacation sounds great!

It was a good episode of Doctor Who, and the new show Orphan Black that premiered after it is off to a great start. I'm also looking forward to Defiance on Syfy April 15th. There are various promos for it on Entertainment On Demand, including a 14-minute preview of the first bit of the Pilot.

I look forward to reading that. I'm still looking forward to reading your alternate Sam-gets-killed-in-the-mutiny-and-downloaded dark!fic, but the muse is an inconstant creature. I'm impressed that you did fic-writing by hand at all, that's really challenging. The last time I did that was in English class in middle school, I think, writing short stories. Speaking of which, I'm finally jotting down my notes and first (non-chronological) paragraphs for a novel series. What it's actually about is still developing as I go along.
lizardbeth: BSG- opera houselizardbeth_j on April 5th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check out Orphan Black, I didn't even know it existed until I saw Lyssie mention it. But ugh, first I have to catch up on the shows I'm already watching. yikes.

Oh, that sounds great! Planning/figuring out novels is one of my favorite parts of the writing process, so I hope you have a lot of fun with it!
noybusiness: AndersGoldnoybusiness on April 5th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
It's really good so far. The premise reminded me of Ringer at first, but it's actually well beyond that in both writing quality and scope. Don't want to spoil too much, but it's not a case of garden-variety twins.

Defiance is what I'm really looking forward to. Everything I've heard so far leads me to believe it's going to be hella good (and Bear McCreary's music for the win!), and Syfy is actually doing right by it and promoting it heavily unlike, say, Caprica, so we can expect it to be a success.

Thank you!

Edited at 2013-04-06 02:25 am (UTC)