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03 July 2008 @ 05:35 pm
Is This Thing On?  
Seems like everyone's leaving town these days except me! But I'll bet some of you are still around, at least today...

I've been busy over at spn_25, tagging entries, adding things into memories (whoo— tedious), cleaning up claims from people who haven't posted in over a year. But the important news is that I'm opening up claims for up to five writers at a time (previously was three), and all of the theme tables have openings. You can check out the theme sets here, and if you want to make a claim then that post is here. Writers have handled them in different ways— one author wrote a 25-chapter story, with a prompt for each chapter, another has been writing 100-word drabbles, and still others mix Gen, Slash, and Het in the stories they write. Hope some of you find the prompts inspiring enough to take up the challenge!

Also... there is a new comm, spn_nostalgia, for those of you who miss the feeling/atmosphere/episodes of Season One. I am SO behind that fabulous idea. \o/

In other news, I'm finally reading Steven Colbert's bizarre "I Am America, And So Can You!" I really enjoy the asides in the margins, and the chapter on Education was hilarious. I do worry a bit that all of his harping on homosexuals might be taken seriously by readers that don't understand satire (or that his characters is a knee-jerk rant-ready knucklehead, and I mean that in the best possible way). He does, after all, list George W. Bush as the Best President Ever! in a few places, but then again there was that horrific train-wreck of a White House Correspondents' Dinner speech last year that I almost can't watch for the level of meanness. (Sorry! *is a wimp*)

On his list of "Things That Are Trying To Turn Me Gay," ranging in scale from 1-10, he has Gay People at 4, Clive Owen at 8 (hee!), and Baby Carrots at 11. Dog Whisperers are also on the list. ;)

And the chapter on Seniors features "Rah Seniors!" segments in large print, and is entirely undermined by everything in the normal and small font. Hope my MIL wasn't offended. :0

Tomorrow's plans: Donut and decorating party at some friends' house as a prelude to the neighborhood bicycle parade, then vague attempt to squeeze in some exercise before going to my brother's for BBQ and fireworks (Hi, Governor Schwarzenegger!). In case you were worried, my brother is a closet pyro but is also VERY careful about his fireworks. They get set off over pavement on a neighborhood street ( with a hose ready just in case), and when they've cooled they get drowned in a 10-gallon paint-bucket of water and left overnight. Mmmmm— cardboard and gunpowder soup!

Hope all of you American's have a great Fourth of July tomorrow, and happy belated Canada Day for those of you up north. :)

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wrldpossibility: art large treewrldpossibility on July 4th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
OMG, I bet his Things that are turning me gay list is funny!

We're driving down closer to you for the 4th. Tell me the smoke is better (it must be, because it's all come up here now). We spend every year we can at my sister-in-law's lake house near Grass Valley, but I know the rule there is no fireworks (they have a big community display that we can see from the backyard though). Here we can buy and light fireworks, which is bizarre considering our dry forests. My husband sounds like your brother though...he's Mr. Safety Nazi.

Have a good weekend!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 4th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
me the smoke is better (it must be, because it's all come up here now).

*cringes* I'm not sure it is-- it's better in Sacramento, because the wind has picked up. But Auburn/Colfax were awful today, and Grass Valley is in from Auburn on Highway 49. Keep your fingers crossed.

My husband sounds like your brother though...he's Mr. Safety Nazi.
:D My brother is a very compulsive man, and this is just one of many areas it extends to. For instance... you could eat off of his garage floor. :0

Hope you have a good trip!
wrldpossibility: art lotuswrldpossibility on July 4th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Ha. Not our garage floor! And shoot. I was hoping all the smoke had come north. Glad it's better for you though! At least it's not boiling hot!
dragontattdragontatt on July 4th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
If I were a straight male, Clive Owen could damn sure turn me gay....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 4th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Apparently that was Colbert's thinking too. ;)

Maybe he was afraid to use some of the more obvious choices like Brad Pitt (or any American) for fear that he'd get sued for implying something about them.

Clive, though... I keep thinking that he isn't all that good-looking, and then he starts talking and that charisma flows forth and my brain goes, "Guzzuh?!*?" Conquered, every single time. ;)
Claire: parisinterpretthis on July 4th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Clive Owen ;P

My cousin does fireworks as well - *much* fun. We keep water on hand and look out for cop cars, heh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 5th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
:D The fireworks aren't actually illegal where my brother is (suburban neighborhood), but he's very careful to make sure that they're completely dead.

My son read off the "entries" for the evening's entertainment, and on the last one ("Delerium," I think) he somehow, in the dark, made out the words "Maximum powder allowed by law!"

It certainly was. :0 Holy moly!
Claire: parisinterpretthis on July 7th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Heheh, our finale was quite exciting as well. And a cop car did manage to find us, but we only got a warning. :P Glad you had a good holiday! ♥
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on July 10th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
:D It's the second one-- eat donuts while decorating bike/scooter/self for the parade. It's a do-it-yourself parade, basically!

Ooh, Hell House! Then you're fairly far into Season One!

For Gen (see my Supernatural Gen page link) you would probably like Beneath The Silence and Atonement, as well as Down That Lonesome Road. Those are all set in Season One.

For Slash (also its own page), the only ones that are NOT safe yet are "Shattered," "Mapping The Tides," "Healing Body And Soul," "In This Moment" (all S2) and "As We Wind On Down The Road" (S3). I need to re-organize both pages by Season now, because of the spoiler thingy.

Slash you might particularly like would be Footprints Swept Away In The Wind, Lost In The Sea Of Sky, In Anger And Defeat (if you like twinges of angst), and try Of Galleons And Ghosties when you're in the mood for crack. \o/

*is so excited* I hear they're up to S2 in Australia on regular programming now (aside from all the people who've been in on the beginning thanks to internet downloads). Welcome aboard!