I am living a borrowed life on
borrowed time, in that
the theft thereof has not been noticed yet--
my other selves are paper-thin;
they echo in the corners of my eyes,
their futures circumscribed by our own hand
and thereby written out of history.
Egal: perhaps they would be better, but
it's me who's living this, who's
strong or weak enough to hold on tight.
I will make a patchwork of my fractured nights,
my scraps of grace: as ever bound together
with the brilliant shining thread that you,
I've watched the sun come up for two weeks. My body seems to be trying to move back to the medieval version of sleep that is divided into two sleep periods with a waking one in between -- except that the second one is anywhere throughout the day.
The SU made a wonderful coffeecake for dessert last night, something with chocolate and cinnamon and just enough crunch. He doesn't bake anywhere near enough (though his baking is so good that it's probably a good thing for my waistline that he doesn't.)
What I remember is this: Sheppard has dreams of Holland (gory ones). Is discharged from the Air-Force? Ends up on someone's couch...where his dreams turn into dreams of Atlantis. Starts trying to design the vehicles he dreams...and that's where he ends up in contact with the SGC.
I've tried various combinations but nothings worked. Does the story still exist?
In the other corner we have Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane (aka wife No.3 to Henry), married to Catherine Parr (Henry's widow, wife No.6 ), and probably best remembered for how he ended (messing with teenage Elizabeth, losing his head). While there have been attempts to turn Thomas Seymour into a romantic hero as well (Young Bess comes to mind, the film version of which starred Jean Simmons as Elizabeth, Deborah Kerr as Katherine Parr and Stewart Granger as Tom Seymour) by interpreting him as a man who can't help loving two women,these are rare, especially in recent years. His image both in biographies and pop culture these days is rather dark. At best, he's a a none too bright playboy who's just too sexy for his and everyone else's good (Susannah Dunn in both The Sixth Wife and The May Bride); at worst, he's an ambitious ruthless sexual abuser (with Elizabeth) and faithfless ambitious cad (with Katherine) who ruined Katherine Parr's well deserved happy ending against the odds, broke her heart and sent her to an early grave (Patricia Finney comes to mind).
Now here's what interests me: if you look at Charles Brandon's marital history, he comes across as easily one of the most ruthless go getters at Henry's court. There was:
1.) Anne Browne; Charles was engaged to her, which was binding, and it wasn't a platonic engagement, either, as it produced a daughter. However, she also had a very rich aunt. So.
2.) Margaret Neville. The aunt. Yes, one of those Nevilles, niece to the Kingmaker. Charles temporarily ditched Anne and married her. This did not make the Browne family happy, who went to court. Ultimately they won, the Neville marriage was dissolved, and Charles married Anne officially. They had another daughter, and then Anne died. Then there almost was:
3.) Elizabeth Grey, eight years old orphan and heiress of Lord Lisle. Also Charles' ward. (Buying wardships was immensely profitable in Tudor times and beyond.) (Keep the ward thing in mind, this isn't the last time this will happen.) Charles became engaged to her, at which point his good friend Henry VIII. transferred the title of Viscount Lisle to him. However, Elizabeth upon reaching the age where she could become legally married (which if I recall correctly in this era was 13) refused to marry Charles (good for her). (She later married Henry Courtenay.) Charles kept the title, though.
4.) And then there was Mary Tudor. Who got married by her brother to old Louis XII of France which she agreed to under the condition that she could pick her next husband by herself. At this point, she was already in love with Charles, who duly showed up as soon as Louis bit the dust. They had to pay fines to Henry (and Mary's entire dowery that she'd been given when marrying Louis), but otherwise, as mentioned, they got away with it. There were four children, two sons - who died young, more about one in a moment - and two daughters. Then Mary died. Which brings us to:
5.) Catherine Willoughby. This young girl would turn out to be one of the most colourful women of the Tudor era. Her mother had been Spanish, Maria de Salinas, Katherine of Aragon's best friend, but Catherine her daughter would turn into a fierce reformer who'd even go into exile when "Bloody" Mary Tudor came on the throne. But back to her youth. Catherine, a very rich heiress, was Charles' ward, grew up in his household with him and Mary as parent figures, and it was planned that she should marry his son Henry. Then, as soon as Charles was a widower again, either because young Henry was already sickly or simply because he wanted more direct access to the cash, Charles married Catherine himself. She was 13 or 14 (I've found both ages given), he was 49. The marriage seems to have been harmonious; at least, no scandal is known, and it resulted in two sons. (Catherine's previous intended having died in the first year of her marriage to his father, her oldest son was also called Henry.) Catherine survived Charles and would go on as the formidable Duchess of Suffolk.
Meanwhile, Thomas Seymour, despite his image as Tudor playboy extraordinaire (he's usually written as the Don Juan in contrast to his brother Edward who gets written as a prig), actually seems to have had no scandals with women attached to his name until he hit the big time. He wasn't married until then, either, which is interesting, because as the late Queen Jane's brother, he certainly should have had plenty of opportunities for profitable matches. Mind you, not that he wasn't also a go getter. No matter how much or little in love with Katherine Parr he was, when Henry showed interest he was prudent (and survival-oriented) enough to step back. And when Henry died, he first tried to marry either of Henry's daughters, Mary or Elizabeth, before proposing to Katherine. (This princess marrying idea was immediately rejected by his brother Edward the Lord Protector, not surprisingly.) He even indulged in the lucrative ward trade, getting young Lady Jane Grey (Charles Brandon's granddaughter, btw) as his ward, with an eye of arranging a marriage to her cousin, his nephw Edward the boy king later on. And whatever went down between him and Elizabeth, he certainly, at the very least, risked her reputation by overly familiar horseplay (waking her up in bed by tickling her, cutting her dress to bits while his wife the queen was holding her) before his wife died when as her stepfather he should have guarded it, and his scheme to marry her when he was a widower behind the council's back could have easily resulted into her dying with him if Elizabeth hadn't shown her survival skills for the first time.
But my point is: anything Thomas Seymour did, Charles Brandon did as well. Charles simply did it more efficiently, and hence died in bed in full possession of all he gained, in an age where most people close to Henry VIII didn't, with Henry even insisting Charles should be buried at Windsor in St. George's chapel (so they'd be together after death). Meanwhile, the nicest thing anything could find to say about Thomas Seymour was Sir Nicholas Throckmorton who described him as "hardy, wise and liberal, fierce in courage, courtly in fashion, in personage stately, in voice magnificent, but somewhat empty of matter", though young Elizabeth's "today died a man of much wit and very little judgment" comment is better remembered. In other words, the guy lacked smarts, which certainly could be lethal in the Tudor age. But as to morals, I see no difference.
First things first: if you really don't like camp, you probably shouldn't watch Xena. You could maybe try my Top 5, but it probably just won't be for you.
On the other hand, if you loooooove camp but don't want to commit to the longest curriculum, feel free to comment and I can write up another list of favorite funny/campy episodes. My orientation is more toward a few of the dramatic plot arcs, Gabrielle's pacifism arc, and Xena/Gabrielle. Obviously this is a YMMV situation.
Also -- some of you probably know Xena better than me! If you see any lapses in good judgement, please let me know and if I agree I'll change it!
I've included content notes of a kind for some of these -- please feel free to ask for more details about specific episodes:
*r: racism of some sort. Included in this is depictions of groups coded as "primitive" or indigenous, generally played by a mix of indigenous, non-indigenous POC, and white actors -- however, this applies to any episode that the Amazons appear in, and I haven't noted it for all of those episodes, only the ones where I find it most egregious. I also note *r for orientalization of Middle Eastern or Asian characters.
However, it is common for Xena to disproportionately cast Maori actors to play "dumb" villains of the week (as opposed to epic antagonists like Caesar or Ares). I haven't noted this as it is very common and I haven't watched all of these episodes recently.
*dv: partner violence
*c: episodes that are particularly campy *and* not essential to an ongoing plot or character arc.
( Lowest commitment: Top 5 episodes for non (or not-yet)-fans )
( Low commitment: the highlights )
( Higher commitment: most of the important plot and character arcs, as well as the best stand-alone episodes )
( High commitment: all the major plotlines and character arcs; I've just removed what I consider the worst episodes. )
DISCLAIMER: I Am Not A Mod™, so the following should not be construed as official advice; all opinions expressed are entirely my own. I posted the original version of this guide last year, and had meant to get this up a bit earlier this time around. All comments and suggestions are very welcome, and will be considered when next year's iteration is drafted.
The first thing to remember is that the Signup Summary is mostly accurate, but not entirely accurate. Specifically, the code that generates the Signup Summary doesn't see (and therefore doesn't tally) fandoms included in the Optional Tags section of a "bucket list" offer. It does see all requests, and sees all offers included in the main Fandom field of an offer slot, whether that slot is used for a "bucket list" or not.
[NOTE: A bucket list is an offer slot featuring multiple fandoms in which you've offered "Any" characters; you add the extra fandoms to the Optional Tags section. Details about this process are documented elsewhere.]
It's important to note that the "bucket list bug" is an AO3 code issue, and is not a matter over which the Yuletide mods have control. Any challenge or exchange that produces a Signup Summary will experience the same issue. It does NOT affect the actual matching process. The code that does the matching sees all and knows all; it recognizes and accounts for bucket list offers.
What this means, generally:
If a fandom is listed in the Signup Summary, its actual number of offers may be higher than that listed. Specifically, a fandom listed with 0 offers may in fact have 1 or more offers in bucket lists. OTOH, the listing may also be correct as reported.
Essentially, the result is that all those (x/0) fandoms that look unmatchable may actually have a potential match or matches lurking in the bucket lists, and many (x/1) fandoms may be more matchable than they look....but there's no way for most participants to tell for sure.
Suggestions for building or editing bucket lists:
Use a bucket list only if you're actually offering more than ten (10) fandoms. This ensures that the lowest possible number of offered fandoms is affected by the bucket list bug.
If you have a choice as to which of several fandoms to include in a bucket list, consider choosing fandoms with the fewest characters nominated. Fandoms with larger character sets may benefit more from being visible.
If you have a choice as to which of several fandoms to move into or out of a bucket list, check the Signup Summary first. Fandoms with many other offers will suffer least from having one offer moved into a bucket list, while fandoms with few or no offers will benefit most from having an offer moved out of a bucket list.
If you made a bucket list offer:
With respect to the fandoms in your own signup, you have a slight advantage in reading the Signup Summary. For example:
If you offered Agents of H.Y.D.R.A. in your bucket list, and it's showing up as (3/0) -- that is, three requests, no offers -- in the Signup Summary, you know that there are requests out there for it and that you can be matched to at least two of them (or all three, if none of the requests is yours).
If Agents of H.Y.D.R.A.is sitting at (1/1) in the SS and you know (a) the request was yours, and (b) you made a bucket list offer for it, you are also slightly ahead of the game. Because you know that the offer reported in the SS isn't actually yours, you know it's a potential match.
By contrast, someone who requested and offered Agents of Y.U.L.E.T.I.D.E. -- but didn't use a bucket list -- will look at its (1/1) Signup Summary listing and think "unmatchable", not knowing that you also offered Agents of Y.U.L.E.T.I.D.E.in your bucket list.
Should you edit your signup as we approach the last-minute stage?
Three things you should NOT do:
• Don't simply delete a bucket list offer. The matching process needs those offers.
• Don't delete a request you want desperately, just because it looks unmatchable in the SS.
• Don't blame the mods for this problem; as noted above, it's an AO3 coding issue.
Two things you probably should do:
If you made a bucket list offer, but still have available offer slots (remember, you have as many as 10), you should consider moving as many offers as you can out of the bucket list and into those available slots. This will make the Signup Summary more accurate.
If you have available offer slots, bucket or otherwise, take a few minutes to cruise the long list of (x/0) and (x/1) fandoms in the Signup Summary. Invisible bucket offers notwithstanding, many of those listings are most likely accurate, and if there's a fandom among them you can offer, making that offer will (a) help the matching process, and (b) give someone a better chance of receiving a story they really, really want.
Three things you might consider as the clock ticks toward the last minute:
If all of your fandoms look unmatchable on the Signup Summary as the signup deadline nears, you might want to modify your requests (and/or offers). Remember that you have as many as 6 requests and 10 offers, so you may be able to add one or two without deleting existing entries.
If you've made offers for fandoms not on the Signup Summary -- that is, for entirely unrequested fandoms -- you might consider deleting those offers. This is very much a judgment call. The mods have indicated that offers for unrequested fandoms tend to slow the matching process; OTOH, it's entirely possible for a last-minute signup to include unrequested fandoms, so that the offer you thought wasn't matchable might actually "go live" just as signups end.
If you have time and interest in doing so, consider sending a polite note to AO3's Support team, encouraging them to address the bucket list bug as they continue to improve the archive's underlying code engine. (The squeakiest wheels are the ones that tend to be greased soonest...but the cyber-elves tend to do their best work for the customers that feed them cookies as opposed to the ones that just shout the loudest.)
This has been your Muppet News Reporter, now signing off....
GUNN: Meet your new best friend. If super-bad shows up, the sanctuary spell should keep us safe, but—
FRED: But? There's always a "but." When this is over, can we have a big "but" moratorium?
LORNE: Did I mention that the only shots I'm good at involve tequila?
FRED: You don't think Angelus is planning a repeat performance, do you? I—I mean, he's gotta know we'd be prepared.
GUNN: Doesn't mean we drop our guard. If he pops a fang in here, thwack him where it hurts.
LORNE: Yeah, good night not-so-sweet prince.
- Clean Up by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- She'd never marry that rotten Humperdinck by thisficklemob. Spike/Buffy. G.
- Buffy: The Musical by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. G.
- Coda by foxstarreh. Spike/Buffy. K.
- Remember When by spuffy-luvr. Spike/Buffy. G.
- The Scientific Method by thisficklemob. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Modernisation by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Silence by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- "..." by thisficklemob. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Silence by spuffy-luvr. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Dispensation by spuffy-luvr. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Quietly by foxstarreh. Spike/Buffy. K.
- The Other Half by rebcake. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Housed by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. G.
- The Weary and the Wicked by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Grave Thoughts by drizzlydaze. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Belles by gillo. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Three hundred sixty-five by thisficklemob. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Pen Portrait by brutti-ma-buoni. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Mapwork by brutti-ma-buoni. Spike/Buffy. R.
- Words in the Heart by brutti-ma-buoni. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Rising Seas by thisficklemob. Spike/Buffy.
- Pre-Loading by brutti-ma-buoni. Giles, Spike. PG-13.
- A Final Time for Everything by gillo. Spike/Buffy. PG.
- Memories by comlodge. Spike/Buffy.
- Days that are to Come by foxstarreh. Spike/Buffy. T.
- pokerface by kwritten. Dawn, Katniss. Crossover with The Hunger Games
- The Lamb and the Knife by patriciatepes. Dawn/Xander. PG-13.
- Earthquake Strikes Sunnydale from thesunnydalepress.
- An Act in Two Parts by HarmMarie. Spike, clone!Jack. Teen. Crossover with Stargate SG-1.
[Chaptered Fiction Updates]
- After the End Chapter 46 by EllieRose101 . Buffy/Spike. M.
- Monster Chapter 14 by il-mio-capitano. Buffy, Giles. T.
- Touch Chapter 20 by Anidori-Kiladra. Xander/Andrew. T.
- A New Life Chapter 14 by Badgervamp. Buffy/Spike. M.
- A Time-Traveling Vampire Chapter 18 by the-real-narnia. Spike. T. Crossover with Torchwood
- Exit Strategy Chapter 8 by Alkeni. Wes/Lilah. T.
- Of Goblins and Demons Chapter 10 by Veldari. Jareth/Sarah, ensemble. Teen. Crossover with Labyrinth.
- Vengeance Chapter 3 by Callace. Spike/Buffy, Angel/Buffy. Mature.
[Images & videos]
- Artwork: I think I’ve been watching a little too much Buffy by loveandpoisonxx.
- Artwork: Buffy by ibtravart.
- thebuffyfiles's asks a perennial question.
- harsens-rob on Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments – Angel (s6, i26).
[Articles, Interviews & Other News]
- SMG talks Buffy (and other things) on her trip to Australia.
- EW Community Buffy rewatch on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' recap: Three broken hearts and the Gem of Amara.
- Shangel's reviews: BtVS: The Gift.
- Podcast: Martin & Chanel watch BtVS: Witch.
2. I can also sleep in tomorrow! Which I may need, considering I drank a lot of soda today. (I'm really tired right now, but that doesn't mean I'll actually be able to get to sleep, though I'm going to try.)
3. Today was my coworker's last day, so there was pizza at work. It's going to be weird without him there, though, as he's been working there since the store opened, same as me (and now we're down to only five people including me who have been there since the store opened).
4. We finished up watching Hataraku Maou-sama tonight, which made me want to get back to reading the books (I only read the first one before getting distracted by other stuff) and when I went to see how many there were now and saw that it was up to volume twelve, I was able to find the ones I was missing quite easily! (I still don't have volume twelve itself, but it was only released last month. I'm sure I'll be able to find it by the time I actually want to read it.)
5. Not only did I have pizza for lunch at work, but we got pizza for dinner, too. :D
I have this conundrum in my soul where I want to bone and be Yuzuki Reon; I'm not confused, I just want to occupy both spaces at once because she is so fucking perfect.
- I graded most of today. Big whoop.
- A user want to browse the archive in Portuguese, but would like to see (a) the fandom, character and relationship tags in the fandom source language and (b) freeform tags in Portuguese. How will this user's needs be supported?
- A user want to browse the archive in Korean and for Korean source fandoms, they want to see the tags in Hanja. However, for other non-Latin language source fandoms, they would like to see the fandom, character and relationship tags transliterated and freeform tags in Hanja. For Latin language source fandoms, they would like to see the fandom, character and relationship tags in the fandom source language. How will this user's needs be supported?
- A user want to browse the archive in Russian, but would like to see (a) the fandom, character and relationship tags in the fandom source language and (b) freeform tags in Cyrillic. However, for Japanese source fandoms, they want to see the tags in katakana. How will this user's needs be supported?
- A user want to browse the archive French, but for non-French language source fandoms, they would like to see the tags in the fandom source language and in French. How will this user's need be supported?
- A user want to browse in Tagalog, but for non-Latin language source fandoms, they would like to see the tags transliterated. For Latin-language source fandoms, they would like to see the tags in the fandom source language and in Tagalog. How will this user's needs be supported?
- And all the various combinations of the scenarios identified above and not yet identified.
Thank you for offering to make me a vid. I hope you don't regret it! Some details about the fandoms I've requested:
( Batman (Adam West), Gotham, Halt and Catch Fire, MacGyver, The Man from UNCLE, Night Watch, The Lost World, and They Live )