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A new father doesn’t need any extra incentive to worry but I had one. Four years earlier mom was pregnant with what should have been your older brother, Charlie. In the eighth month of the pregnancy, Charlie turned the wrong way in the womb and accidentally strangled himself on the umbilical cord and died. You and I have that in common. Grandma and Grandpa planned on having three kids—first your Aunt Debbie, then Uncle Noah and then my brother Daniel. But Daniel died at birth, and that’s why I’m here. I’m the understudy. (You might notice a lot of characters named Charlie and Danny in the stories I write—now you’ll know why.) This time around, come hell or high water, I was bringing my whole family home from the hospital.

-- Aaron Sorkin, in a public letter to his daughter.

I wish he wrote everything for his daughter, because this is the most genuine thing I think he's written in ages. Of obvious interest to fans of his work for the backstory, but the rest of the letter is just as painful yet loving and wry, the tone that made me fall in love with his work.

Write for Roxy all the time, Sorkin, and you could win my heart back.
skywaterblue: (art school perverts)


Yes, it's an hour long, but if you're a fan of the West Wing this is well worth watching. A lot of reminiscing about the West Wing without the usual stories as well as some really in-depth thoughts about the American political process.

ETA: Though as a former graphic novelist, I object to some of Whitford's comments about comic books. Maybe YOU should read one, eh?
skywaterblue: (Sisko laughs!)
First, I was to say I was saddened to hear about the passing of [profile] iamsab. As far as I know, despite being in many of the same fandoms we never had direct contact, but I deeply admired her work in West Wing fandom, and she was far, far too young.

Second, for those of you in West Wing fandom: TWW-Caps is here to provide you with HD episode caps.

I'm pretty distraught over the news that JJ Abrams is abandoning Trek 3 to Star Wars. Not that I thought he was the greatest to ever put his hand on the franchise, or that he had this real deep understanding of what makes Star Trek great or anything. It's just difficult not to feel jilted; not to have really deep fears about the next guy, about the franchise withering on the vine again. There's also something deeply boring about the choice on the part of the Disney/Lucasfilm merger. All your franchises WILL taste like hamburger.
skywaterblue: (neil gaiman would unhappen so much)
Toby Occupies Wall Street by apocryphile

HE SO WOULD DO. IF HE WERE REAL.

Ahem. Now, it's true that Toby Ziegler had precious little time for the WTO protesters, but it's also true that the majority of his criticism had to do with the fact he thinks they're toothless and undeserving heirs to the Spirit o' the 60s. He was always a radical on the inside, Toby. That's one of the few reasons to buy that he's the leaker: the chance to make a real Daniel Ellsberg strike at the Military-Industrial complex (and become the hero to millions of liberals disenchanted with President Bartlet's administration) seems utterly like something he would be interested in.

I believe in Toby Ziegler at Occupy. You know he would do it.

Fic Recs!

Nov. 7th, 2011 03:12 pm
skywaterblue: (Sisko laughs!)
There have been some spectacularly awesome long fics posted to A03 lately. No idea if they're the product of Big Bangs - I mentioned in the locked post that my ability to access the internet hasn't been astonishingly great since I moved, and one of the consequences of working hard in studio and that has been not checking Dreamwidth or LJ ... well, mostly at all, is that I don't know if these have been rec'ed to death yet or what.

West Wing

War Criminals by FabulaRasa
It's a novella (42,000+ words!) length story slashing Leo McGarry/Lord John Marbury which is a fabulously weird pairing to write 42,000+ words about, isn't it? It's remarkably pacy, despite that, and the author brings in and has equally interesting cameos for many of the other characters.

Except for some structural issues involving how you shouldn't do nested flashbacks of that length in prose, I think it's a wonderful AU story that makes marvelous use of the things West Wing was ABOUT - international politics and the interpersonal crisis of heart that follow - and I genuinely would like to sit in a room and learn from this Lord John and Leo, who sound every bit the international war time consiglieres they are meant to be.

our book won't close by slybrunette

A shorter Josh and Amy fic, post-Santos, that has an all too depressing burnt edges feel in that nothing that happens around the edges is too surprising, but the fact that things fall apart is more Wells and less Sorkin. I like these stories where, rather than the post-admin written during the Sorkin-era, everyone's older and wiser/dumber and politics is meaner and more meaningless. (I think, if you're modeling your life off Leo McGarry's choices - and Josh Lyman very much does so, it doesn't bode well for happy endings.)

DS9

Reproduction by kattahj

It starts off as a zany xenobiology story - the Dax symbiont has to lay eggs! - which morphs into a detailed examination of the issues surrounding Ezri and Julian having children of their own. Much care and thought went into this fic, and it feels both pitch-perfect to the DS9 universe as well as managing to convince me that Ezri and Julian were more than an odd fling.

A Space for Faith by beatrice_otter

An all OC-tale that would fit neatly into the universe of post-canon DS9 novels if you let it. This is a five chapter story of a young Bajoran security officer on the threshold of becoming absorbed into Starfleet, and the older Vulcan officer she becomes friends with through tutoring. (There's a little blip where the two discuss religion that I find jarring in context of what Starfleet science can do - and what Starfleet science teaches about the Prophets, but I think the choice of pairing a spiritual Vulcan with a Bajoran developing long rusty skills is more interesting overall than this blip.)
skywaterblue: (rachel maddow's shoes)
1. Rachel Maddow follows me on Twitter now. You are all insanely jealous, right?

This wasn't as big of a freak out for me as it was my other friends, because I don't write fanfiction about real people and thus never have to worry she'll find my Rachel Maddow/Ana Marie Cox stories. They don't exist.

2. Just Like Starting Over, a Mad Men Peggy/Don future fic. I'm not sure if there are a lot of stories in this fandom that project the characters forward - this one does a great job at applying the 1980s to the characters and style of the series. The little details are what makes this work - the opening gambit of Peggy's interview with Ms. Magazine, being asked about the Diana/Charles wedding. Don reading 'Rabbit is Rich'. It's the details that make the relationship seem believable.

And how can you not love the period-appropriate John Lennon title?

3. The cosmos own our luck. CJ and Toby, post series. Again, with the details. They're both political people, their lives take place in the background of big events - the choice to frame the dialogue as dashed off emails sent as CJ runs about fixing the world is inspired.

4. Malice Aforethought - DS9 needs a few more lawyers. I don't want to spoil it, but this is a fic about how Kira is awesome. Everyone likes that, yes?

5. That I can rec new fic from twenty and eleven year old fandoms makes me happy. Continue shining on, you crazy diamonds.
skywaterblue: (john spencer)
Leo McGarry: My generation never got the future it was promised... Thirty-five years later, cars, air travel is exactly the same. We don't even have the Concorde anymore. Technology stopped.
Josh Lyman: The personal computer...
Leo McGarry: A more efficient delivery system for gossip and pornography? Where's my jet pack, my colonies on the Moon?

***

I don't think I'll ever forget where I was the day John Spencer died. I didn't forget it - I just forgot to post because I've been epically busy. Five years. It at once seems very far away and not long ago at all.

I did finals, then Friday night we went out to the Wynn Buffet and Sinatra: Dance With Me. This is a new show at the Wynn which is basically swing dancing, choreographed to Sinatra tunes by Twyla Tharpe. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I'll put a proper review on Yelp.

I was kind of dumb and volunteered to work the Neon Boneyard Christmas open house today. I say kinda dumb because I wanted to go, but it turned out to be the same time as the DADT vote. I missed watching it, but luckily saw it go down on Twitter. Ah me. And because I was deliberately dragging my feet, I missed Noelle at it. Oh well, I did take her out to the Sinatra show.

Other stuff: I let my paid LJ time expire. So I really need to get on the ball with fixing this Dreamwidth up. My neon equipment now has air running through it. I need to get the propane line hooked up to it, which makes me nervous - but it just occurred to me that there are probably quite a few tutorials on this on tube of You.
skywaterblue: (josh is working on it)
I'll have more time for shit after the semester is over. In the meantime, [profile] ww_secretsanta is up. I doubt I'll be able to do this, as I still haven't cleaned up my [profile] ww_pumpkins fics. And because I haven't done that, I haven't touched the Mutant fic in a while.

I am thinking of having a WIP amnesty week - I have so many stories in open tabs in NoteTab and some of them I doubt I am going to finish. Like this story where Donna and the Doctor fight a giant snake and inexplicably go grocery shopping because I have a weird fictional grocery shopping fetish.
skywaterblue: (pornjosh)
So I'm writing this really stupid/awesome fic where Josh Lyman is Magneto's grandchild and he has mutant powers. Like, forever, I have been writing this fic. (BUT: I am almost fucking done with it. I am halfway through chapter seven, and I know how it ends in chapter eight. If I do nothing else in 2010, I will finish this story.)

Anyway, this came by my way today: Proof that spooky auras really do exist, an article about how a 23-year old synaesthete with Asperger's taught himself how to read emotions by projecting colored auras on to people.

Which is hilarious because, um, that's basically the exact mutant power I gave Josh, and also hilarious because I actually do think that he's one of those crypto Sorkin Asperger's characters. In fact, I actually don't think his character makes sense at all unless you assume he's got some pervasive social interaction problems that go beyond 'I am awkward with women'. How you choose to define that is up to you, but the fact that he has his own very unique perspective on the people in his life which doesn't always jive with what's going on in the show isn't really debatable. (In my opinion, feel free to argue otherwise.)

I also think it's really funny that I pretty much beat my own fanon drum on this, but almost everyone who saw 'The Social Network' came home wrote a review about two things: how Facebook was invented by an autistic guy and how movie!Zuckerberg is asshole Josh Lyman.

Anyway, I just thought that was a totally random article to come across today. And FWIW, I don't necessarily think that either one of these characters is anything more than the pop culture interpretation of autism spectrum and hope you're not offended.

On a non-fandom note, it's just a really interesting story.
skywaterblue: (j/d confide)
Watch it here.

Obviously I'll buy the EW for the article and the pictures. Man, though, I am crazy glad closed canon means that you can make up any old shit you want and you don't have to take the actor's opinion on what happens. I mean, I am glad that Brad and Janel think Josh and Donna have a kid, but FFFT JOSH CAN STAY HOME, DONNA CAN DO THE WORKING.

Mainly it makes more sense that way, because usually former Chiefs of Staff go off and um, write books or consult/become lobbyists or whatever. Whereas FLOTUS COS isn't really maxing out the career ladder and Donna could go on to do anything she wants after that - and I can't really see her deciding after eight years of struggling to get in the door, that she wants to change diapers all day.

Anyway. There's a West Wing holiday fic exchange being done by [profile] lauriestern. I suggested for mine, all sorts of fun Santos Admin fic but there are lots of other people who want prompts. And you should leave some of your own because I am definitely going to fill some requests.



Hmmm.

Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:15 pm
skywaterblue: (pornjosh)
I want there to be a Toby & Bartlet fanvid which covers their epic relationship but I cannot think of a good song.
skywaterblue: (highlander)
Did I not post about Mad Men 4.3 last week? That one was really amazing and had me on the edge of my seat. By contrast, this week's had a bunch of important plot stuff that I couldn't really get worked up about...

More specifics. )

Oh, and Rubicon was on. I think I skipped a week, maybe? This week's was pretty awesome because it was more about the nutty analysts having to decide whether to kill a guy based on sketch intellegence and less about the crappy metaplot which even Miranda Richardson cannot save. As I said on Twitter, show would be awesome if it were more 'West Wing with spies' and less whatever the fuck with this conspiracy plot.

I heard they fired the head writer and retooled it after this episode, so that's interesting?
skywaterblue: (pornjosh)
On the Alternate History.org board is still going. Like a year after I first posted about this.

Oh. My. God. (Josh gets fired from COS on about page 20, by the way, but he ends up as DNC Chair which I think is way more suitable, except that the Republicans look like they're going to win this one.)
skywaterblue: (the universe was waiting)
The Back Stage pics of Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney? I know SOMEONE has the digital copies. In fact, I should just email [personal profile] kiss_me_cassie and [personal profile] bexatious, as they probably have them.

(My yellowed copy of this is one of my favorite things BY THE WAY.)

To make this worth everyone's time:

A Giant HQ Picture of Naked CJ Cregg )
skywaterblue: (the universe was waiting)
So I was digging around on ye most ancient of hard drives looking for a bit of fic, when I was reminded I have ALL these really ancient West Wing promo shots. Some I've uploaded over the years but maybe not all. I tried to make a flickr to host them, and flickr wouldn't allow me to upload them. Presumably for the copy vio.

Is there a good place to donate such stuff - hopefully somewhere where I could just upload dump?

I did move it to the more stable hard drive, but it would suck if that died because probably it would be really difficult to refind a lot of these now.

Secondly: this is the Santos re-elect year, yeah? I know I cockteased running a DS9 ficathon for [profile] ds9agogo (um, right, I should get on that right now, actually) but do you think there'd be any interest in running a West Wing ficathon with the theme 'Four More Years'? 'Cause I think it would be really fun to collect a bunch of fic about, say, what CJ is doing now or the bazillion (or not) children of Josh and Donna, but I'm thinking a. there aren't a lot of people still around and b. those people may not be big Wells-season fans. Thoughts?

Feh.

Aug. 7th, 2010 07:36 pm
skywaterblue: (neil gaiman would unhappen so much)
1. I have been really sad the last few days. The mother of a friend of mine died, and while not at all unexpected, she was a good person and a good mother and I don't do grief that well.

2. I really need to work on comics, but nothing is coming - I don't know if I'm ready to say anything about the Birthright trip. Lately I want to make comics about Las Vegas. It's stupid. Other than fixing up this workspace, I have borderline wasted my summer.

3. I've been really nostalgic for 2005, partly because of the death, partly for some reasons I don't want to discuss, and partly because I'm missing a friend who I don't speak to anymore. In any event, lots of hours spent wasted reading Josh/Donna fanfics in bed - I seem to be favoring the post-series Santos stories but there aren't that many of them so I've now worked my way to other crazy shit.

4. If anyone still remembers that I was even working on this: The Grandfather Clause is what I ended up titling the Mutant Fic. I'm posting the chapters that are finished. I might even, you know, really complete it someday that way.

5. Told you. Really bizarrely nostalgic for 2005.
skywaterblue: (pornjosh)
I bah-leeted a long thing about Inception that basically summed up some stuff. Non-spoilery: it's still a great film, but I probably won't see it a third time and I won't recommend anyone go who has suicide 'issues' as it's really quite triggery. I thought I was good, but both times I saw it I spent the next day feeling rather awful, so yeah.

I'm convinced... )

ANYWAY.

Mad Men 4.2: Spoilers )

Rubicon 1.2: Um, it was on before 'Mad Men' and 'Sherlock' wasn't done downloading? Actually, the second episode is vastly better than the first one. The spycraft is still dumb as shit - I hate it when I've read the same reference material as the show's writing staff? But the main character's team consists of a mixed sort of pathological wastes, all of whom seem borderline Aspergers and they get a lot more fleshed out this week. They must be asking them to make this acting choice, because even the wizened old salt who the main character is going to for help with the arc plot seems messed in the head.

I approve. They're way more entertaining than the arc plot, though that too is getting fun now that Miranda Richardson actually has scenes?

West Wing Season 7: It occurs to me that all my first reaction posts to that are now buried in Friends lock. I'm sure they're embarrassing to reread so I won't unlock them. I've been going through this season again on DVD, and as far as I recall my reactions to the episodes NOW are basically the same as they were then. Though I think I remember liking the Debate at the time but now I'm firmly in the 'no, that breaks the rules of the show AND it sucked' camp.

If you want to read me bitch and moan about it, I've been spamming Twitter.
skywaterblue: (Gaila)
Here are the sketches I made at Dr. Sketchy's.

Team Gaila is voting on submissions for a postcard campaign. I think mine is the best, naturally, but I'm losing pretty bad at the moment. If you like it, go vote for it. Just make sure whichever wins, you print out some postcards and send 'em in, because I really want more Gaila in my Star Trek.

I realized today that if I just finish everything on my board + "Bus Date" from Drunk, I'll have 20 pages of comics for a mini-comic for the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Finally, some vid recs:

I was going to rec [personal profile] trelkez's Take It Off first because it's an amazing pure four minutes of fierce women getting what they want and not taking no for an answer, and it's a track from 'The Donnas' which means it slams.

But then she released a fantastic West Wing vid, American Tune which manages to smoosh every important clip from the show in 4 minutes, 10 seconds. I cried twice, maybe, or three times. Oh god, it wrings your heart. It does this amazing thing where it brings you low in the first minute, and even lower in the second - I had tears streaming down my face, and then she loads you up with happy, like a blessing. GOD. Watch it.

Aw, no.

Mar. 15th, 2009 06:26 pm
skywaterblue: (john spencer)
Ron Silver

Let's start a round: When You See This, Quote Bruno Gianelli.

"I'm reading things that would make the cast of Up with People sit down on the floor and cry."
skywaterblue: (adventuring in time and space)
I am rationing the Party Animals to two episodes a night. It's too good. It's like Gossip Girl made babies with the West Wing - Aaron Sorkin cries at night and wishes he could show people actually fucking and snorting lines of coke on broadcast television.

The best thing about the new Doctor is that someone might write fanfic about this show.

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