frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Xena: Xena/Gab sexy)
This one is for [personal profile] endeni! I'm so sorry it's late.

I carry on about my love for my primary ship, Xena/Gabrielle, fairly often, at least for my level of dreamwidth talkiness. So I'll just say a few things that I love about this ship.

The first reason is that it's femslash, which I tend to go for more than het or guyslash (with the general acknowledgement that I'm not super shippy generally, and also the hopefully obvious caveat that I'm not criticising het or guyslash, just saying that it doesn't usually hit my buttons). Another reason: the characters have great chemistry together.

But the bigger reasons have to do with the kind of epic love story that Xena: Warrior Princess tells. Xena and Gabrielle's relationship is built on the kind of trust that comes from years of fighting alongside each other, seeing the best and worst in each other, and changing each other.

I also love that, while things like jealousy and insecurity exist in their relationship, it's not the primary source of drama in it (they're much too good at communicating for that, plus, like I said: years of trust). Their drama mainly comes from the ways that Xena's past comes back to haunt them. From their need to constantly negotiate the tensions between their love for each other, what kind of people they want to be, and what kind of people the world requires them to be.

I'd love to find an ace reading of Xena/Gabrielle, that presents their relationship as a powerful, emotionally strong and deeply committed asexual one. I think that would be cool. I think some of the Xena/Gabrielle "friendshippers" are probably homophobes and some of them are probably coming from a perspective like that one.

Other ships I like:

Root/Shaw from Person of Interest, my only antagonistic ship. Those two have amazing chemistry. (I stopped watching mid-S3, but [personal profile] goodbyebird's cap posts of Root/Shaw sometimes make me want to start again).

Buffy/Spike, but ONLY in season 7, and I like it as much as a non-sexual partnership as anything else. Their "I've seen the best and worst of you and fought at your side" thing is somewhat similar to Xena/Gabrielle in its appeal, though to a much lesser degree for me.

Mulan/Aurora in Once Upon a Time. I haven't watched since the mid-season hiatus last year, so my most recent thoughts on this one are that they disappointed me, but for a while there they were the butch/femme ship of my heart.

Willow/Tara, in seasons 4 & 5.

M'Lila/Lao Ma, in an AU where they both live. My only ship that isn't canon or super strong subtext, and entirely born out of vidding Become You and realising they'd be awesome together.

I feel like I should note that Tammi/Eric in Friday Night Lights would be my ship, except their ongoing conflict about how they prioritise Eric's career over Tammi's hits me way too close to home. It's well-handled by the show, but their relationship is often painful for me to watch.*

All in all, I'm a pretty boring shipper. I don't like relationship dynamics that seem unhealthy to me, I'm generally not into hateships, I am mostly delighted by loving, supportive, long-term (would not need to be monogamous, but usually are) partnerships. Especially if they are between women. I think this is related to why I have so few ships. ;)

*For the record, this is not an issue in my current relationship. I am one of the very few women scientists I know with a male partner who prioritises his career after mine.

frayadjacent: Connie Maheswaran in cosplay with a black cape. Text says, "fangirl". (!fangirl)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2013?

Parks and Rec, Elementary, Person of Interest, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, and Freaks and Geeks )

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2013?

Parks and Rec, Person of Interest, Community )

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?

Lost Girl, Farscape, Sleepy Hollow )

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2014?

Same as above )

Which TV show impressed you least in 2013?

Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who )

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2013?

Elementary, Xena )
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (OUAT: Mulan)
I've been watching Once Upon a Time and Agents of SHIELD this season but feeling pretty meh about both.  Yesterday I caught up with the two most recent episodes of each, and they totally worked for me!  Maybe it was just my mood.  But I don't think it was that entirely.

Spoilers for OUaT through 3x10 )

Spoilers for Agents of SHIELD through 3x09 )

I usually try to avoid even the vaguest of spoilers, including casting spoilers.  (I am still bummed that I was spoiled on Irene Adler's appearance in Elementary because people were excited about the casting.)  But there is one OUaT casting spoiler I just learned via Facebook and I'm actually a bit glad I did, because it has me more excited for the rest of the season:

OUaT S3 casting spoiler, plus more cast-related info that is also a bit of a plot spoiler )

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (!TV)


Elementary -- through 2x09 )

Person of Interest -- through 3x09 )

Agents of SHIELD -- no spoilers )

Once Upon a Time -- through 3x08 )

Doctor Who -- through the 50th Anniversary special )

I also watched S6 of 30 Rock on Netflix, and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I stopped watching at the end of S5 because I thought the show had seriously degraded in quality. Now I'm not sure if it improved again in S6 or if my expectations just went down, what with the early seasons fading to a distant memory. I was particularly enjoying Jenna, and especially Jenna/Paul. They're a fabulous couple and so much fun to watch.

In the future: I kinda want to check out Northern Exposure? It's in that fuzzy realm of shows I saw sometimes as a kid, as my dad regularly watched it. Sometimes I wonder if I'd enjoy it as an adult. Also, after four years of badgering, Mr. Adjacent finally agreed to re-watch Buffy with me. At which point I immediately decided I wanted to watch something else...

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (OUAT: Mulan)
I am failboat about posting everyday.  I keep forgetting! 

In better news, my new boss gave me a small project to do while I wait for computer access for the work I was hired to do, and to help me learn Python. (Which I don't have to learn, but I want to.)  And today I finished it!  The result was mildly interesting but mostly it was just satisfying to do it.  Small, self-contained projects don't come around too often in the research world.  I suppose it's possible that my interpretation of the results was incorrect and there's more to it than I thought, but I think I did figure out the answer to a very, very small problem.

Anyway, the point of my post: should I give Once Upon a Time S3 a shot?  I wasn't too enamored with late S2 and lost what little interest I'd maintained over the summer break.  Bear in mind: I'm in this for the femslash and my favorite ladies, especially Mulan, Ruby, Snow, Regina, and Emma. 

No spoilers please!  (Which is why I'm asking y'all instead of reading your reaction posts!)

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Vid all the things!!!)
I was inspired by [personal profile] settiai to take stock of my vid WIPs.  I love vidding and I have so many ideas, but sometimes I get a little lazy, a little undisciplined.  So, if nothing else, I can use this to keep myself on top of my goals and how well I'm meeting them?

Maybe if I use Cinelerra and don't have to clip I can make these? Maybe???? )
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Community: Never watch TV)
Give me a show/movie/fandom and I'll tell you:

my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode (if it's a TV series)
my favourite cast member
my favourite relationship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (VM: Moi?)
I contributed to the Veronica Mars kickstarter!  And am already daydreaming that Joss Whedon will be inspired to kickstart a film about Giles, Faith, and Robin battling demons and emotional isolation in Cleveland.  Or some other hellmouth, you know.  I know, I know, this is never happening.  But a fangirl can dream.

Vidding is going slow, but it's happening.  I'm holding out hope that I'll still be able to finish both my [community profile] tightpresent and Club Vivid vids, but if it turns out I can only do one, it'll be [community profile] tightpresent.  I think I've found a way to move clips to the timeline without dragging and dropping, which is really the worst part about vidding for my wrists.  So if that works I should be able to vid just fine.  I hope anyway!

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (BtVS: buffybot)
Icon meme, courtesy [profile] maharet83 . 

1. Comment on this thread with "STOP MOONWALKING AWAY FROM ME!" and I'll pick six of your icons. 
2. Make a post (including the meme info) about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment and make their own posts.
4. Cycles of icon glee follow!
Six of my icons )


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