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I was going through my old fanfics today and I ran across the epic Christmas fic I wrote in 2011.

Which, first off, wow, I'm so pleased I wrote that and crammed in so many characters.

Secondly, why didn't I ever do more with that D&D group idea?



Pay the Piper: a 1920s gangster tabletop RPG

Harvey Finevoice - GM
The Makeover Fairy - a detective seeking the Piper's identity
Angry Joe - informant tailing the detective on her quest
Paw - low level gangster ... secretly the Piper!
The Other Guy - Agent Franklin Jones, FBI



Maybe I should do something with this again ...

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Runaway – Three Doors Down

Do you ever think about running away?
'Cause I was thinkin' about leavin' today
We'll follow forever where our hearts wanna go
Maybe we'll live somewhere where nobody knows our names
Then things might change for the good

I wanna be somewhere so far away
To lie under the night at the end of another good day
I can't tell you how long we'll be gone
But as long as we're together then forever's never too long

Do you ever think about not comin' back?
Hoppin' on a train and we'll burn up the tracks
We'll jump off somewhere that we don't know how to say
Maybe hitch a ride from someone who can tell us the way
To where these things might change for the good

(I don’t know what happened, but I can’t imagine that Linksano didn’t want to bring his brother, and maybe Spoonette, along with him when he fled his dimension.)



Somewhere They Can’t Find Me – Simon and Garfunkel

But I've got to creep down the alleyway
Fly down the highway
Before they come to catch me I'll be gone
Somewhere they can't find me

(“When I saw him coming near my universe, I fled.”)



The Long Walk Alone (Heisenberg’s Theme) – Dave Porter

~instrumental~

(Traveling space alone can be very scary, especially with threats of Lord Vyce and the Entity on his heels.)



Lost Coastlines – Okkervil River

Packed and all eyes turned in
No one to see on the quay, no one waving for me
Just the shoreline receding
Ticket in my hand, I'm thinking, “wish I didn't hand it in”
'Cause who said sailing is fine?
Leaving behind all the faces that I might
Replace if I tried on that long ride
Looking deep inside but I don't want to look so deep inside yet

And see how that light you love now just won't shine
There might just be another star that's high and far in some other sky

We sail out on orders from him but we find
The maps he sent to us don't mention lost coastlines
Where nothing we've actually seen has been mapped or outlined
And we don't recognize the names upon these signs

(The beginning of Linksano’s travels.)



Runaway: A Road Adventure, Main Theme – David Garcia Morales

Runaway and do it on your own
Runaway while you can
Try to show everything you know


(This was on a fanmix a while ago as a Linksano song, and it still fits.)



Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy – Disney

~instrumental~

(Did I mention how scary and lonely it is in space, fleeing the Entity and Lord Vyce?)



If I Had A Heart – Yourai (Fever Ray Cover)

After the night when I wake up
I'll see what tomorrow brings

If I had a voice I would sing


Crushed and filled with all I found
Underneath and inside
Just to come around


(Haunting cover that I think fits with Linksano’s traveling days, through alien worlds, alone, seeking safety.)



All You Ever Do Is Walk Away – The Magnetic Fields

Sad as a painted clown, a beautiful boy in an ugly town

But all you ever do is walk away and I think if you tried
You could find a little time
For the life I can see in your eyes, don't go. Don't go.

Sometimes you just explode and no one alive can break your code
You have a language of your own, an unconnected road
The people you called your friends, the places you won't go again
The decades lost in finding them, you'll have to let them go.

But all you ever do is walk away

(Linksano finds a place to stay at last, and stop running.)


Tracklist:


00: Roll a D6 – Assorted Intricacies
“Hopefully by the end of the session you’ll have formed a party or something.”


01: Main Title – Ramin Djawadi
Episode 1: Game of Thrones Season 1 / A Brawl of Monarchs
“Gonna roll one last diplomacy, see if I can save myself. … 11. Is that enough?”


02: Darth Vader’s Theme – Richard Cheese
Episode 2: Star Wars a New Hope Part 1 / Burning Balls of Gas Conflict Part 1
“Another Princess? No, no absolutely not. I’m not playing her.”
“A princess character never has any synergy with the rest of the group.”
“Who is this?”
“That’s not a player character, that’s the campaign’s villain.”
“Yeah, this is who I’m playing.”



03: I’d Love to Kill You – Katie Melua
Episode 3: Star Wars a New Hope Part 2 / Burning Balls of Gas Conflict Part 2
“While you were gone they freed the princess, and now they’re about to escape with her.”
“Hah, no, no, absolutely not. I’m going to have to kill ALL of their characters.”


04: Friends – Aura Dione
Episode 4: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Magic Boy and the Room of Mysteries
“And as for intimidation, let’s throw on a sick face scar! Cool!”


05: Bodysnatchers – Radiohead
Episode 5: Battlestar Galactica / Fighting Sun Galaxy
“What’s a Cylon?”
“Cylons are the robots that are trying to kill the humans.”
“I think Brianna’s a Cylon.”



06: Tracking Treasure Down – Gabriel & Dresden ft. Molly
Episode 6: The Goonies / Podunk Punks
“So you’re all on a mission to win glory, find treasure, and save your homeland from certain destruction.”
“Sounds epic!”
“It is, I’ve been reading up on all the history and –”
“That’s awesome, but I’m gonna throw a little twist at you guys. We’re gonna set it in modern times, and I’m gonna make you all kids.”



07: Journey of the Sorcerer – The Eagles
Episode 7: Firefly / Lightning Bug
“Right … who skips the beginning of their own campaign? That was foolish of me.”


08: Last of the Wilds – Nightwish
Episode 8: Merlin / Magical Mentor
“Why is Guinevere a maid? She’s supposed to be King Arthur’s queen!”
“Ad-ap-tation!”


09: Deceiver of Fools – Within Temptation
Episode 9: American Horror Story: Asylum / National Terror Tale: Looney Bin
“Julian, just promise me that you’re not gonna make this ridiculously profane. Or pornographic.”
“Trust me, I got this.”
~

“You brought Doctor Mengele into this too?!”
“No … his name is Hans Gruber!”
~
“It’s ok, I like you, so I’ll save you.”
“How?”

“Aliens!”


10: Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
Episode 10: Guardians of the Galaxy / Defenders of the Cosmos
“Eric, it’s twenty years later, you’re a scavenger in space. You’ve just stolen an orb from an ancient temple and escaped some evil aliens. What do you do next?”
“I fly home to Earth.”
“No, do something else, that’s not dramatic enough.”
“Why can’t I fly home to Earth? Aren’t my friends and family worried about me?”


11: Agent 5 – S. P. O. C. K.
Episode 11: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Chaz and the Sweets Sweatshop
“Agents. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate the tyrant Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, and bring him down.”


12: Pompeii – E. S. Posthumus
Episode 12: Supernatural / Extraordinary
“Some crazy British thief chick just stole your gun!”
“What?”

“What?!”
“Yeah. And she told the police and they arrested you because they think you’re psychopaths.”

“That’s in Justin’s notes?”
“Nope. And the jailhouse is surrounded by demons. The bad kind of demons, who don’t make deals, or friends!”


13: Don’t Mess With Me – Temposhark
Episode 13: Game of Thrones Season 2 / A Brawl of Monarchs
“See, if Julian’s nephew isn’t the king, then that means … I am. Muahahhahaa! You may kiss the royal ass!”
“No! No one kiss anything!”
~
“Mmm, she sounds great. I need a wench like that.”

“Your character’s married!”
“A king can have a hot side piece if he wants! … this one!”
“No man, your character is Lawful Good, you’re extremely loyal to your family!”
“Too late!”
 ~
“I am gonna slam the first bitch I see when I get home!”
“No you won’t! The first WOMAN you see is your sister!”

“I’m not picky.”
“Excuse me?”
“I. Do. Her.”

 ~
“Sara, where are you with your family’s ships?”
“Yeah, that’s not happening anymore.”

“What do you mean?”
“Why should I get your sloppy seconds when I can just plough my own way through? I take Ben’s castle.”

 ~
“Augh! I fuck a random bitch!”
“Ben! Your character is engaged to the daughter of a very violent man!”
“I don’t give a fuck!”
 ~
“I just wanted you guys to have fun in this world full of families and their animal mascots!”
“This game brings out the worst in us. In all of us.”


14: Renegades – Feeder
Episode 14: Avengers / The Revengers
“Oh cool, I’m studying that Tesser-bat thing, what’s it call?”
“It’s not that hard to say.”
“Why not just call it the Sorcerer’s Stone?”

“Or the Ark of the Covenant?”
“Or Kingdom Hearts!”
“Tesseract! Tesser-act! It’s not that hard to say!”
“What about cosmic cube?”


15: Knight of the Wind – Sonic Album
Episode 15: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers / Energy Scouts
“You guys know you can morph at any time, right?”


16: Teeth in the Grass – Iron & Wine
Episode 16: Jurassic Park / Prehistoric Playland
“I will fell the beast with my plant powers!”
~

“How about I do some gymnastics to beat them up!”
“That is a terrible idea. Justin, haven’t you put her in enough danger in this game? It’s a little disturbing how many times you’ve tried to kill her.”
“Yeah, you’re right, let’s move on.”


17: The Lonely Shepherd – Gheorghe Zamfir
Episode 17: Kill Bill / Waste William
“Ok guys, remember, four in-game years have passed since the last time we played this campaign. I trust you all did your homework and advanced your characters appropriately?”

Blip shutting down

I know all my favorites are going to migrate to new platforms, but still, this announcement made me feel panicky.

I’m worried about those who won’t feel motivated to migrate to new servers.

And I’m annoyed/sad that now the dates will be all messed up. It’s been fun going to old videos and seeing that they were uploaded in like, June 2012 or February 2013, remembering where I was when I first watched this crossover or that one.
I hope that the reuploads to new servers include a tag that mentions when they were originally posted, for history’s sake.

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I was warned.

My god does this movie have problems.

Confusingly, several chunks of this movie are quite good.

The fight scenes are especially good. They’re filmed in a new way I have not seen before. I hope to see more fight scenes filmed like that. It was almost like a go-pro but without inducing vertigo in me.

Eggsy was great. Petition to have him in more spy movies. What a cutie.

Colin Firth was great. I wish they’d like, been able to get him for a full movie? I kept wishing he was captured instead and held hostage in the lair for the climax, that would have been nice.

Everything with Merlin was great. Too often the tech support person is comic relief or barely there, or just there to hand over the gadgets. Here he was a respected member of the team who ended up having to take over and lead when all of the sudden there was a power vacuum.

The female bodyguard was not relegated to a “chick fight” bullshit titillation fest, she remained fully clothed the entire movie and had a great final fight where she was a huge threat to our male hero and taken down only after a long knockdown dragout fight.

Um.

Um.

No dogs were killed.

I’ve run out of nice things to say.


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do any of you realize

How much I enjoy ballads, particularly murder ballads.

This started back in high school and every time I think they can’t lure me back I spend hours with a single ballad on a loop I kid you not.

I suspect it comes of me going to summer camps as a child and memorizing so many camp songs. I have quite the memory for songs (and Shakespearean verse.) I was in a choir for a few years too.
In college I was among Musical Theater Majors and trained opera singers so I stopped singing so much in public because it was intimidating. I sang in the showers and sang murder ballads, so I wasn’t trying to match some Disney lyrics that everyone else was singing at the time and sound awkward in comparison.

I wish I had more occasion to sing, ballads are great fun to sing. It’s just once you get past summer-camp age, singing in a group and not feeling self-conscious is a tough thing to do.

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What aunt_zelda Thinks: The Fifth Element

Watched on Netflix, while on skype with my boyfriend, who is 3,000 miles away.

Here's the notes I took as we watched:

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Weregeek

Got into Weregeek in high school. I think it was in the wake of ending my archive binge of Narbonic, and browsing tvtropes for recommendations. I followed Weregeek loyally for years. Fell behind for a month or so and then caught up again in early 2014.

Then that “reveal” happened.

I’m still disappointed about that. Like, seriously, whaaaa? Years following that strip and that was the reward for the fans? Like, ok, the artist wasn’t interested in continuing with that plotline. But there were a million different ways to handle ending a tangled plot, and instead what we got was, essentially, It Was All A Dream. The Myth Arc and cool urban fantasy concept that made it unique was All A Dream. Rendering it just another Slice of Life series about geeks. Material which I was already getting from a ton of vloggers at the time, and started just getting just from the vloggers after that.

I haven’t gone back to Weregeek since and I really miss it. Those characters helped me through bad days, tough times in high school and early college. I bought fanart during the holiday specials for me and my boyfriend. I connected with so many of the characters. I wanted to see them in happy relationships. I wanted Sarah to stop crushing on that goofus Mark and hook up with Abbie or Joel or just be happy being single.

I’m still really disappointed about that. More than a year later that still stings me. That webcomic was a big part of my life for a long time, and then it just ... wasn’t anymore.

4th of July

I will not be going out to do anything 4th of July related because for some reason, my family has a curse with the 4th of July. If we try to do things on the 4th of July, it does not end well. Highlights include: our car breaking down and stranding us well past midnight trying to get back and forth with the tow truck and a replacement car, fighting all the way to the fireworks and missing them, and last summer getting trapped in a tropical storm on a bridge with my boyfriend.
For several summers I would take a work shift on the 4th, since so many of my coworkers wanted it off to be with their families. And that suited me just fine. It's just when I try and go out to do something 4th of July related that bad stuff happens. I do not know why.

Today

Slept in way too late: whoops.

Ate an actual breakfast at a decent hour: good.

Found story ideas from five years ago: holy shit this is actually great I can use this for a tv script!

Marathoned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop: AWESOMESAUCE THESE CUTIES OMG SO CUTE AND FANTASTIC, EVEN BETTER THAN FACE/OFF SOMEHOW AWWWWWWW

Outlined a spec script on my massive white board: FUCK YES I AM AN ADULT BEING PRODUCTIVE WOOT LOOK AT THIS BOARD I AM SO HAPPY AND ORGANIZED

Got three confirmations of informational interviews: YAY! *MASSIVE RELIEF*

Lost potential third roommate: goddammit.

Did not swim: it’s ok I swam yesterday.

Overall: good day but I need to do more. Gonna watch tv with the housemate later, and make more plans.

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