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So, I WAS asleep...

... but was woken up by extreme THIRST, OMG. What is drying me out?

The good news is, this new round of antibiotics seems to be doing the trick. I'm feeling much better. Thank you to everyone for your hugs and well wishes. *hugs flist*

Anyway, for fun, a meme, gakked from astrogirl2:

1. What's the first story that comes to your mind when you think of my work?
2. What did you think of it?
3. Post this meme in your journal.


Also: Eeeee! spoonishly is watching B5 now, which means I have to discipline my spoilers again. Do not, under any circumstances, let me say anything of a future-like nature outside a tag, even if it's to serve the noble cause of promoting tentacles and the aliens who love them/have them. *g* The "famous" Londo! Whee!

Lastly, I think I'm going to go for broke and actually propose some panel topics for the next Dragon*Con. Naturally, there will probably be a discussion on the FS mini, but I think it would be interesting to focus particularly on what didn't work for some of the fans. For example, Sikozu's sudden turn. Or how Stark's resolution seemed to come too easily. In a similar vein, I think it's time for a nitty-gritty critique of JMS as a writer. Because as brilliant as he often is, he's not good at everything. And I also think he's a little more arrogant than is warranted sometimes. (I'll probably be hit with sticks for that one. Sorry!) And: I would love to take over the room for an hour to wallow in Centauriphilia. Damn it, we are a rising force! Bring on the court culture and the fashion/interior design sense and the intrigue and the tragedy and the tentacle pr0n! Especially the tentacle pr0n! If I can't scare the assembled, I have so not done my job! *g*

So, um, yeah. *g*

Comments

Hmm, the first story that comes to mind when I think of you is either "Shreds of Heaven," because OMG, StarkFic! Beautiful, beautiful Stark fic! Or else the Starkathon story I'm still waiting to see from you. Because I'm still waiting for it. ;)
I'm waiting for it, too. Because I can. :)
Because I'm still waiting for it.

*headdesk*

I know. *g* Any tips for ending a bout of writer's block?
I usually take a walk. :)
I would love to take over the room for an hour to wallow in Centauriphilia. Damn it, we are a rising force! Bring on the court culture and the fashion/interior design sense and the intrigue and the tragedy and the tentacle pr0n! Especially the tentacle pr0n! If I can't scare the assembled, I have so not done my job! *g*

I so wish I could come to Dragon*Con for that *g*. (And the other things, too, but especially the Centauriphilia Hour.)
I wish you could come to Dragon*Con toooo! As I told Kako, my life's ambition currently is to get me, you, selenak, iamsab, kakodaimon and janewt all in the same room together. *g* Imagine the effect that would have on the universe! *g* Imagine the porn that may result! *g*
Imagine the effect that would have on the universe! *g* Imagine the porn that may result! *g*

I'm thinking either it would end with the Apocalypse, or a portal to another universe will spontaneously form. Or something. And of course there would be tentacle pr0n involved somehow!

Mmmmmm.....middleaged!centauri!tentacle!pr0n universal portal....yeah, that'd be pretty cool.
Mmmmmm.....middleaged!centauri!tentacle!pr0n universal portal....yeah, that'd be pretty cool.

I have this suspicion we'd wind up on the station during the first six episodes of Season Four, or something, when everyone would be away or too busy to discuss tentacle pr0n, but it's still a nice idea *g*.
JMS already got the nitty-gritty citique as a writer eons ago, when the show was on the air. I know at least two books devoted to how the fourth and fifth season fail, etc. Now personally I have my share of episodes which I don't like, which I think he could have done better, but honestly, I don't see why I should waste my time on writing or speaking about tripe like A View from the Gallery when I can rave about The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari. Not because he shouldn't be critisized for writing said tripe in addition to being praised for the good stuff, but because my emotional energies are directed elsewhere. I also wouldn't, during the limited time of a convention, waste one or two hours listening to rants about said tripe and similar bad stuff, but that's me.

And I also think he's a little more arrogant than is warranted sometimes.

Which begs the question of just how much arrogance is ever warranted.*g* Incidentally, JMS? Absolutely has a big ego. Frankly, I haven't met a producer/headwriter who hasn't. Some of them have nicer manners than others, that's all. If I like their shows, I smile, and if I don't, I shrug, but in either case... it's their business. I also never met anyone who reacted to critique presented in a "now you have to be taken down a peg" manner, no matter whether warranted or not, by saying "gosh, you're right, I needed to be humbled". So my question is, what are you hoping to achieve? It won't make one bit of difference to JMS himself. And it's not like B5 fans need an eye-opener about the fact some of his episodes suck or that some storylines don't work exactly the way he wanted them to - they've been telling themselves just this for a decade now. So why do it in the first place?

A Centauri room would rock, of course!

Wow. You came down on me a little harder than I expected. Let's clarify:

JMS already got the nitty-gritty citique as a writer eons ago, when the show was on the air.

Some people weren't in the fandom then and never got the chance to participate in those discussions. And I wasn't speaking of the obvious tripe. My intent, should I make such a proposal, would not be to block off an hour to discuss A View from the Gallery or Gray 17 Is Missing, but to discuss the subtleties. Why not talk about the over-simplification of the politics in the later years? Or the modest, but still very real, manipulation of our perceptions of the leading heroes? Or how two genocidal wars manage to be presented and received somewhat differently? I, as someone who's relatively new to the fandom, if not the show itself, would be energized by this level of probing. But, YMMV.

I also never met anyone who reacted to critique presented in a "now you have to be taken down a peg" manner, no matter whether warranted or not, by saying "gosh, you're right, I needed to be humbled".

The comment on his arrogance was a personal observation on my part and wasn't really connected to the intentions I described above, except perhaps through an underlying youthful exuberance and desire to rebel against authority.

At any rate, Dragon usually has at least 10 panels going on at any one time. One can pick and choose as one pleases. That said, why not give the younger fans a chance to have the aforementioned conversations with people face to face? If not a formal panel, why not something of a "Welcome to B5 Fandom" social targeted to the neophytes?

A Centauri room would rock, of course!

Such an arrangement would necessitate my making a costume, I think. *g* I mean, if we're going to talk about their sense of style, examples are key. *g*
My intent, should I make such a proposal, would not be to block off an hour to discuss A View from the Gallery or Gray 17 Is Missing, but to discuss the subtleties. Why not talk about the over-simplification of the politics in the later years? Or the modest, but still very real, manipulation of our perceptions of the leading heroes? Or how two genocidal wars manage to be presented and received somewhat differently?

Ah, now that is something different. As a con visitor, I'd totally go to a discussion billed as "Not All (Genocidal) Wars Are Equal" with the Earth/Minbari war, the what-were-they-called again from season 5 in the Franklin ep, the Narn/Centauri war and the Centauri/Xon backstory as examples. Or participate as one of the panelists. Or in a panel about the problems when you put a fantasy narrative in a sci-fi context with explicit political structures. (I think the problem with Sheridan as President is that he's essentially supposed to be an Arthur or Aragorn figure post coronation. But in a fantasy narrative like LotR, the people of Gondor don't hold elections and on't question Aragorn's right to rule (except for the two prominent citizens who already died). Nor does he have to prove he's qualified for the job in other ways than being a good warrior.)

It's all a matter of presentation, see. I just think you'd get farther, and get more participants, if you bill it as addressing one or two specific topics rather than announcing it to be about all of the not-so-successful and/or questionable sides of the show in general. One sounds like a challenge for a good discussion, the other more like an invitation to list complaints.

Good point about the younger fans. I hadn't considered that.

Costumes: yes, of course, examples have to be!
I've never been to a convention but if people can make Centauri happy hour happen I will so be there. With bells on.
And I'm glad you're feeling better!
1. a) "Conversations and Minuets", I s'pose. Or maybe b) Revelations over dinner"...
2. a) I LOOOOVED it... Soo sweet and tender and... Oh! b) Loved it in a different way... Scott angst is wonderful, isn't it? He's just so predestined for it, don't you think?

I'm happy to hear that you're feeling better. And I don't think my wimpy stomach flu comes even close to what you must've been going through. My post was a combination of flu and not being a morning person, exactly...
Oh, so you mean I can't talk about how Lyta and Talia left the show together to go form the PSIPUNK ROCKERS, the galaxy's first teep band? And the great prank war between Bester and Garibaldi that resulted in Bester sporting a pink Mohawk? And the time Londo and G'Kar did a tango through the Zocalo, with G'Kar gripping a rose in his teeth? Drat.
What's the first story that comes to your mind when you think of my work?

Why, the Virsturbation story. And I loved it. *cuddles Vir*

(Of course, his entire journal is very cool, too.)