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OMG WHAT WAS THAT I DON'T EVEN JFC THIS SHOW IS GOING TO KILL ME KILL DEAD BY THE TIME 5X16 AIRS. I AM FREAKING OUT.

VINCE GILLIGAN IS WORKING ON HIS NEXT SHOW RIGHT? RIGHT??? BECAUSE TELEVISION CANNOT BE GILLIGAN-LESS. I WILL NOT HAVE IT, I SAY. I. WILL. NOT.

Orphan Black

It's Orphan Black day! Watch this show. No. Seriously. Waaaaaaaatch iiiiiiiiiiit.

And now the endless wait for it to air. Must find a distraction.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black not only passes the Bechdel test, the male characters in the show mostly only talk about the female characters. Other shows that can lay claim to passing the Bechdel test wish they could do it as well and as often as Orphan Black does, IMO.

This show owns me body and soul. Seriously. I just can't. It is SO good. It's funny and sad and crazy and tense and suspenseful and sexy and sweet and scary. But there are only two episodes left! I love short seasons because we don't get filler crap eps like on the network shows that have to pump out a minimum of 22 eps per season, but Orphan Black's 10 episode order is killing me. My one consolation is a second season on the horizon, albeit a distant one in 2014. *cries*

So, yeah, Orphan Black is definitely the best new show of the 2012-2013 TV season. It's funny because of all the shows premiering this season, Orphan Black was barely on my radar. I'd read about it briefly at io9 but didn't pay much mind to it, focusing on other upcoming shows--and being ho hum with them at best if not utterly disappointed once I watched them. Lo and behold, this one, Orphan Black, the least anticipated of all the new shows became my favourite. Go figure.
I need to vent about this. It's a weird nitpicky thing but it drives me up the wall whenever I see it--and I can't believe I see this come up in a tech savvy place like io9 as well as other parts of the internet.

Basically: IF NIELSEN APPROACHED YOU VIA MAIL (A PACKAGE WITH WHICH TO MANUALLY TRACK AND RECORD YOUR TV VIEWING HABITS) OR IF THEY KNOCKED ON YOUR DOOR AND ASKED IF THEY COULD INSTALL METERS IN YOUR TV VIEWING DEVICES (TVs, DVRs, etc.) THEN WHAT YOU WATCH WILL HAVE AN IMPACT. IF YOU RECEIVED NO PACKAGE NOR A KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR THEN WHAT YOU WATCH OR DON'T WATCH ON TV MEANS NOTHING RATINGS-WISE.

Seriously. This is the way it works. I know because I was a member of the "Nielsen Family" for a little while and they had to install the meter in my TV in order to track what I watched. How else do you think they can track what you watch? There's no way to tell otherwise. I mean, honestly, people, how the hell would they even know the age of the TV viewers so they can breakdown the viewership by demos? Think about it. They get all this data from you when they're installing the meters, of course!

I just laugh and laugh and laugh when I see shit like this because unless you have a meter/package, you and your viewing habits are meaningless. I mean, it's a nice thought and everything, and yeah, definitely watch and support your show(s), but thinking this is how things in TV Ratings Land works is woefully misinformed. I'm sure watching a show via a network's website or downloading it from iTunes counts for something, but just on your un-metered TV? NO.

Phew. Okay. Had to get that off my chest.

And apropos of nothing, my LJ icon choice clearly means I have to see Iron Man 3 asap because I need Tony Stark's sassy hotness in my life.
Orphan Black owns my soul. I live for Saturdays now. Saturdays don't arrive fast enough. Once the season is over (please, please, PLEASE LET THERE BE A SECOND SEASON) I will die of withdrawal. I am sure of it.

The lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, is extraordinary--she plays no less than six characters on Orphan Black. It's not just changing her hairstyles and dressing her in different clothing that distinguishes each character she plays. She is SO GOOD at making each character different from one another personality-wise that I always forget it's the same actress playing all these people. <3 <3 <3

It's one of those shows that keeps getting better and better with each episode (1x05 aired last night--OH GOD IT WAS TENSE AND AWESOME AND IS IT NEXT SATURDAY YET??????). I recommend starting from the beginning. It's all pretty much just the one over-arcing story running through the whole series. I guess it's more like an expanded mini-series, really. I think there are going to be 9 or 10 episodes in season one. Again, PLEASE LET THERE BE A SECOND SEASON.

WATCH IT.

Technology hates me

I just wanted to print off my story notes, leave the house, find a coffee shop away from the interwebs and the stupid noises and distractions at home, and start working on the story again. I've neglected it for too long and I'm afraid if I do so for much longer, it'll end up abandoned.

But noooooooooooooooooooo.

First the printer just makes printing noises without actually pulling in any paper from the tray. For some reason it doesn't realise there is paper there and keeps telling me to put paper in the tray. I added paper. I removed paper. I dusted the damn tray and printer and replaced the paper with fresh paper from the package. It still kept telling me to put paper in the tray. Turning it off then back on seemed to help. For now.

Then the printer was out of black ink so it wouldn't print anymore. *sigh* Luckily I had bought a new cartridge a little while ago. This is a relatively new printer and I haven't had to change the cartridge until now, so I was a bit lost. The manual I found online took forever to download and froze my screen. I can't tell you how much fun it was to sit here for endless minutes staring balefully at my laptop.

Now that the paper and ink appear to be sorted, I'm scared to try printing the document because it'll be the third attempt and you know what they say. I'm guessing this is where my laptop finally decides to die (it's just over five years old and has been acting a wee bit oddly over the last few months). Oh, well. Here goes nothing.

ETA: Good lord. I forgot how this printer shoots out the printed pages like they're paper missiles. D:

(Not) Writing

I haven't written anything for my new Tyler/Caroline story since last Sunday morning when I jotted some stuff down in my notebook. And I haven't opened the Word document since Thursday last week. :(

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I HAVE HAD ENOUGH

I AM KILLING EVERYONE AT WORK BECAUSE THEY ARE STUPID INCOMPETENT AND ANNOYING. DON'T WORRY GEN I THINK THEY'LL STILL LET ME WRITE THE T/C FIC IN PRISON--AREN'T FELONS WRITING BOOKS IN PRISON ALL THE TIME AND EVEN GETTING PUBLISHED? THIS IS WHAT TELEVISION AND MOVIES HAS LED ME TO BELIEVE--AND I WILL GET IT TO YOU SOMEHOW I PROMISE.
I know the lack of Tyler/Caroline fanfiction (especially well-written fanfiction) has always been a problem in TVD fandom. In the beginning, I got in the habit of checking Fanfiction.net and LiveJournal regularly (as in every day) for new fics or updates to existing ones that were actually good, or half decent in some cases (desperate times called for desperate measures). There wasn't much, but there was some. Once the Originals became the focus of the show whenever the ToD wasn’t, many in the fandom started shipping Klaus/Caroline, and to my disappointment, I learned that many of these people used to be Tyler/Caroline shippers but had jumped ship. I was so upset when I saw a couple of really great--like amazingly great--T/C fanfiction writers start writing for K/C. And so the already scarce T/C fanfiction began to dwindle.

But I kept checking Fanfiction.net and LJ for T/C fanfiction, hoping more would eventually be written. I started checking Tumblr, but it's a badly formatted site for featuring fanfiction, and since I mostly found graphics there, I gave up on it. Or maybe I just don't know how to search the site properly for fanfiction? That's possible. Tumblr has baffled and mystified me since day one. I just don't get it. It's often referred to as a blogging platform and a social media site but it's neither, IMO. But I digress. So, after no luck with fanfiction on Tumblr, I stuck to the usual method of searching for things on the internet: throwing a variation of keywords into Google, hoping it would yield results, but I only ended up with mostly Fanfiction.net links and a smattering of LJ ones for fics I was already aware of.

And I continued to do this faithfully until the end of S3 when I tossed in the towel and gave up on the show because of the way Tyler was always being sidelined and constantly screwed over. For a while, I still searched out fanfiction in the vain hope I'd find some new fic. I'd quit TVD but I still loved Tyler/Caroline and would have been happy to not watch the show, but read some great T/C fanfiction. Sometime last summer, maybe early autumn, I stopped looking. There was nothing to be found on LJ and all that turned up on Fanfiction.net was OOC or had bad grammar or dodgy spelling, or some combination of the three. And when yet another babyfic got uploaded, I deleted my Tyler/Caroline Fanfiction.net bookmark.

Which brings me to what happened today.

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Short version: Julie Plec and Tumblr have ruined everything.

I should’ve spent this time and energy and these words working on the story instead of writing this entry, but I was, and still am, upset by all this and needed to get it out of my system.
I'm kinda burned out from writing during the last couple of days. I feel like my brain has been completely wrung out from trying to figure out what will work and what won't. And I discovered a plot hole that was big enough to be hugely embarrassing had it snuck through. So. I'm happy my brain is working and catching stuff like that, but now it's very, very tired. Part of me wants to take a break from the story today, but another part wants to continue and not lose the momentum. There's also the fact that once I'm back at work next week, my writing time will be severely limited.

Also realised late last night that I think I'm going to need to know the canon of a certain plot point on the show, otherwise the story won't make sense and there won't just be a plot hole, there will be a plot canyon. Making sure this doesn't happen would entail watching S04E15 at the very least in order to clarify the details of this development in case it's addressed there. And I'm pretty sure it is. I mean, it must be for storytelling purposes. Although, with the way TVD drops things, I may be wrong. I really don't want to watch any more TVD. Like, ever again. I know I'm already going to have to re-watch a S4 ep to clarify bits of dialogue and I'm dreading that.

(Hey, did they remove the spell check feature on LJ? What a bunch of jerkwads! Man, the internet really doesn't give a fuck about correct spelling, does it?)

OMG: So for shits and giggles I went back to see what my entries were like for when I was writing my first T/C fanfic and found this:

"I have been diligently working on the story since 10 o'clock this morning, but I can't tell if I'm making any headway or if I'll finish it by the end of today. Maybe by tomorrow's end...? I've chopped some stuff out that wasn't really working and added a few bits to make it flow better, so the word count hasn't changed a great deal: it's up to 11,630 from around 10,200."

Laugh. Ing. My. Fuck. Ing. Ass. Off. I was so foolish, so naive. The completed story ended up tripling in word count and taking months to finish, not days. I was so delusional. Am I being delusional once again in thinking this story will be 5,000-6,000 words? That's what I originally thought my first T/C story was going to be and then look what happened. (OH GOD. *sobs*)

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