songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
So, I'm an official Probably Yes, but Still Maybe for a job. It's a job that I'd like, at a local environmental testing company. They're one of the biggest in the country, with branches all over. The office/lab I'd be working in is small, and is in Pleasanton. The hours are strictly non-commute and I'd be driving anti-commute anyway, so that's all good.

Environmental testing is pretty much exactly what I'd like to do and be involved in. All of my fellow students were inflamed with the idea that they'd go off and cure cancer. I'm interested in making sure we have a planet to live on.

The pay is what I've been asking for ($20/hour, plus benefits) for an entry level job. For the first 6 months, I'd be contracted through a recruitment agency, which pays weekly. It would be so nice to have a job again, and have a paycheck. I might just pet my bank account for a few months.

In other news, I've sent in two writing submissions to online publications. Neither is paid, as far as I can tell, but I want to get actual publication credits for that pseudonym, so even unpaid credits work.

My coughing is much better, which is great. I'm no longer unable to function without coughing up my lungs every five minutes.

I've made a few small things (a couple of crocheted bracelets, some small drawings), but I'm faced with (as usual) no follow through. Do I post them (pointlessly) on etsy? They're not selling. Do I try to make them into stickers for Redbubble and Society 6? (That's probably yes, actually.)

Okay, and also I need to get back to writing. So, off I go.

OH, last thing. Remember the lost password? I remembered it. It was exactly what I'd thought, only with one little variation. I've imported that journal over to Dreamwidth now and I'll delete it from LJ.
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We're watching several TV shows, one episode a day of each. Three shows - four, when The Expanse is on. The Expanse, Wynonna Earp, Limitless, and Fortitude. They're of varying quality, of course, which is interesting in and of itself.

The Expanse, of course, is amazing in every way. Good writing, good casting, good everything. It's got 90 stories on AO3.

Wynonna Earp is less good. It's fun, there's no doubt about that, and it's silly, but it's not good. There are 1029 stories for it on AO3.

Limitless is better than Earp, although it's not really anything great. At least the writers know enough to not try to explain their silly science. 54 stories on AO3.

Fortitude. Ah, now Fortitude is amazing. Brilliantly written, tightly acted, completely unexpected, bitterly and creatively set up ... 11 stories. It's British, so there's Actual Nudity and Adult Stuffs, but we're all adults here.

I'm interested in how the quality of writing in a story affects the number of stories it produces in fandom. Some of Fortitude's low fanfic count is definitely due to it being less well known. But also, there's less room for fill-in stuff. The story is already going in fascinating places and unexpected directions - there's less room for people to add their own interpretations to things.

Limitless didn't make it as a show - it looks like it was cancelled after the first season. It's not surprising; it's not a great show, but better shows than this have lost out on timeslots. There are quite a few different relationships which could be popular, though, and yet it hasn't taken off.

Wynonna Earp is the worst of the bunch. The storylines are confused and random, the acting is extravagant and erratic, and there's a lot of plot holes. It's fun, sure, and I really like that there's a lesbian story without any subtext and without much (so far) angst over the fact that they're lesbians, but writing and acting wise, it's not really at the same level as the rest. I'm not surprised it has loads more fic. There are a lot of interesting relationships to play with, the bad guys are clear-cut and written with fandom in mind - in many ways, the show is written to be attractive to fans.

The Expanse ... should have more stories. There are only 53 stories in the book side of the fandom on AO3, which bring the total to 143. That's unexpectedly low. I know there are loads of fans, but where's the fic?
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Geordie and I have been watching the X Files. We started watching some time this year - a few months ago. We watch a couple of episodes at a time, in the evenings. Not every evening.

Anyway, we're on Season 8. Scully has already been abducted and returned and has survived cancer and she's pregnant and Mulder's been abducted and returned and they've got this 'new' guy, Agent John Doggett.

Those of you who were in this fandom when it was live and active, what was the fan take on Doggett? What did people think of his relationship with Scully?

(And why don't these people who work together all day every day use each other's first names? It's bizarre. Well, Mulder said that he hates his first name, so he prefers his last name. But why do the rest of them use their last names only?)

Anyway, I have to confess that I see a chemistry between Doggett and Scully that I don't really see between her and Mulder. There was some romantic chemistry in the first season, but it seems to have grown into a deep and powerful friendship (which is great to see).

So, lay it on me. Did everyone hate him? Why is the most common pairing for him on AO3 with Monica Reyes?
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (selfie)
Well, this is interesting. I've got a new journal, fresh and clean and open.

I hope people do come back to LJ or Dreamwidth. I'd love to have an active fandom again, with more community and communication and connection. Tumblr is fun, but there's no way to really have conversations.

I miss nested commenting, which feels like such an odd thing to say.

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