So....

Apr. 16th, 2017 06:35 pm
ladybug_archive: (schrank)
I'm not sure what I want to do, whether I want to stay on LJ or move to Dreamwidth. I already have accounts there, which I've had for years and occasionally use. I've posted some stuff there the last day or so while I further test things out. There aren't ads, so it's nice and quiet with loading. But the community scene has never been very big there. Conversely, it hasn't been big here for ages, except in certain circles.

One reason for hesitation is because I'm not sure that everyone who reads my journal here has an account there and/or would want to go there. And of course, I actually built up an audience here, but I suppose that with my lengthy absences the last few months, I've lost most of them anyway. The Stats say as much.

So ... weigh in? Are you just sticking with Livejournal, using DW too, and/or want or have moved to DW? My account there, by the way, is http://insaneladybug.dreamwidth.org

Blah.

Apr. 14th, 2017 06:29 pm
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
So a long time ago Dad wanted me to add a bunch of Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, and Gary Cooper movies to the Netflix queue. Naturally he wanted dramas, not comedies, so I looked through what they had and tried to add every drama that sounded interesting. Unfortunately, they had an incorrect summary for the movie Only Angels Have Wings and I thought that brief summary sounded so interesting that I got the thing without looking up more in-depth information.

It was ... pretty lame, honestly. Not super terrible, but not great either. It was just kind of ... there. And while the summary made it sound like Cary Grant's character had made some terrible error and was spending the movie trying to regain respect from the other pilots, that ... wasn't how it was at all. It was some other dude who made the error, and honestly, it really was a super bad one. He bailed out of a malfunctioning plane and left his mechanic to die (which he did ... die, that is). Apparently he deliberately left the guy to die because he was a coward. That was the impression given, anyway, rather than that he bailed out thinking the mechanic was bailing out too. And his wife had acted really awful with Cary Grant's character in the past, and she was supposed to be acting really awful about her current husband, but they didn't do a good job of showing that. She wanted to know what he had done that was so horrible it was causing everyone to shun him, which is a normal reaction for anyone. Apparently she wanted to know for her sake and not because of his, but they didn't really bring that out very well. So instead the movie came off looking like it was bashing the idea of a wife wanting to know the skeleton in her husband's closet in general. Naturally she should respect his privacy if there are things he doesn't want to/feels he can't tell her (which was something Barbara Keane on Gotham couldn't seem to grasp and was one of the main things that ticked me off about her), but sometimes if you really love someone you want to know everything that's going on in their life, especially if it's something that's bringing sadness. And honestly, this character was coming off as just being worried about her husband. If Cary Grant's character hadn't gone off on a tangent insisting she was only concerned about herself, I wouldn't have realized that was what they were driving at. It was still hard to believe it after he said it, because the woman just wasn't being portrayed that way.

There were a few moments of humanity, mostly involving the best friend of Cary Grant's character, and I did like that they showed Cary Grant's character felt things deep down but just tried not to show it. That was moving on some level. But mostly the movie felt very cold and emotionless and macho, really. And it was supposed to have a lot of exciting scenes of planes flying, and there weren't that many, honestly. Most plane scenes were close-ups that were filmed on a soundstage. I find it hard to believe that such a blah movie could have actually been the inspiration for a TV series like Tales of the Golden Monkey (which was the inspiration for TaleSpin, according to Wikipedia). TaleSpin, with all of its heart and soul, couldn't be more different from this thing.

And I had a dream today about Charles Nelson Reilly being dead (which he has been for ten years) and them doing some kind of tribute with his All Dogs Go to Heaven character feeling sad about him being gone. Also, H. M. Wynant was in it for some reason. That was a nicely depressing thing to wake up from, especially considering how special Charles Nelson Reilly and that character are to me. I became obsessed with All Dogs Go to Heaven during a very discouraging time in my life and the movie and that character really helped to buoy me up. I really didn't need to have his death fresh in my mind again right now.

I hope tomorrow's Pony episodes are good. I wasn't that impressed by the trailer, but I am remaining ... cautiously hopeful. I'm also not that happy that the main characters and Spike get transformed into sea creatures in the upcoming movie, but hopefully it's just for a scene or so. I am excited that we're getting Sea-Ponies in general. And all the merchandise planned for the movie thrills me and makes me very nostalgic for the G1 era.

Also, now I've gotten so far into my Turtles timeline and Barney has improved himself and his relationship with Baxter so much, it's kind of depressing reading back on the older fics where they're still having problems. I still feel kind of weird about the fact that I created most of the details of their problems, albeit they definitely had some in canon judging from Barney's episode. At least I don't feel outright guilty about it anymore. That dark and depressing and twisted fic I read certainly cured me of that.

It's strange when I have one thing planned for a character and something totally different happens. Both with Baby Face and Snakes, I never intended for them to be anything other than bad guys. Then I got intrigued with various elements of how I was writing them and that's what caused me to flesh them out. With Barney, it was sort of the same thing, as I started out planning to make him like the 2003 Baxter, albeit with a little more humanity. Then I decided that wasn't fair to the character when we knew so little about him in canon and I wanted him to be better than the 2003 Baxter, who was basically sane but evil. So Barney became much more troubled instead, and unlike the 2003 Baxter's idiocy, he regretted being with Shredder and Krang more and more until he started working against them at times and finally turned against them altogether. Now he's actually turning his life around and it's lovely.

Ugh, I hope I feel happier later today. That dream really did bum me out and I was also feeling a little depressed from looking in one of the earlier Turtles stories, as mentioned. And then other unhappy memories came to the surface again that I would rather not talk about.

Wow.

Mar. 8th, 2017 03:32 pm
ladybug_archive: (barneystockman)
Yeah, the plunnies have really been biting. I just put up #32 in my Turtles fic series.

Since that's pretty much all I've been involved in fandom-wise for the last three months, I haven't posted anything here. Pretty much everything I've been up to can be seen on my site: https://sites.google.com/site/exittheflytmnt1987/ Both fic links and pages of stuff about the fics. And fun things like figure photoshoots.

After much searching, I did finally get my Baxter figure, and also a second one to repaint as Barney. I also got most of the rest of the TMNT Classics line from Mega Bloks/Construx, including a couple of playsets on post-Christmas prices. I love them! The Turtle Van was fun to put together, albeit frustrating when I'd make a mistake and use the wrong piece. I'd forgotten how fun it is to build things with blocks.

I also bought one Nick series set to get the laptop accessory out of it and use it as the alien computer, who has become a major presence in my series. I will build the Nick playset to use with my Classics figures. I now have the Nick Baxter figure too, which I also turned human. Totally going WTH to Nick trolling the fans by having Nick Baxter turned human again, only he apparently decided he liked being a fly mutant better and wasn't happy about it, despite having wanted to be human again in the past. WTH. Of course, regardless, I don't think Nick Baxter's plight was ever quite as horrifying as 87 Baxter's. I think Nick Baxter was just normally mutated, while 87 Baxter was actually fused with a fly when Krang tried to murder him by disintegration and something went wrong. GAH.

Sometimes I feel guilty for doing what I did to Barney in my fics, given that I have him do far worse things than he did in the series. (That's him in my icon. He has red hair, Baxter has brown hair ... or blond, depending on your point of view.) But at least he did develop a conscience while I was writing the very first fic, so my original plan of "make Barney more like the 2003 Baxter in personality" didn't really happen. And he is finally on the road to redemption now. After reading someone's really dark story where Barney behaves ... really disturbing, I don't feel so guilty anymore for what I did.

In real-life, things were going relatively alright until one of my half-sisters killed herself last month. It rocked the family and I think we're all still dealing with it in our own ways. Me, I cope by writing various levels of hurt/comfort, including finishing the fic I was doing at the time it happened, one where Barney is thought dead, and the one I just did where Baxter is thought dead. I can never get enough of writing tragedies that turn out happy. It's so nice to be able to manipulate fiction since I can't do a thing about reality.
ladybug_archive: (ginger_lou)
I have been way too busy lately to come here for much. Plunnies have been flowing for the most part and it has been so delightful. I rarely ever have so many plunnies that keep coming and I just want to soak it in for as long as it will last. I've done nine stories for my 1987 Turtles series, with many more planned; I'm just starting the Christmas one. As soon as I finish one, plunnies bite for the next one and so on. Each story builds on the previous one, while at the same each one usually has a stand-alone plot. They also heavily study both Baxter and Barney. Baxter is going up and Barney is going down. I have hardly ever examined an antagonist in-depth while he's doing bad things, as I prefer to write for good guys/reforming bad guys in-depth. Barney is the antagonist of the stories (well, along with Shredder and Krang, etc.) and Baxter is the protagonist. It makes for some interesting compare and contrast between them. It is so fun!

I also finished the Baxter plushie. There are a few pictures of him in my Scrapbook posing with my Build-a-Bear Minty plushie. They released her just for the holidays and I was able to get her last week on a 30% off sale. Squeee.

This is a great time to become intrigued by 1987 Baxter, as they are finally releasing a human figure of him. It's the main thing I'd like for Christmas, but aside from a few that released early, he's not supposed to release until January. And since January releases usually seem to be late January, it might even be February before I can get him. Sigh. It's an interesting figure in a Mutations line. You can change him from fly to human. I had hoped he would be sold in human form, but he's apparently sold in fly form and you have to change him to human if you want that. I hope it won't be difficult to exchange the pieces; I remember some difficult struggles with my Japanese figures that had switchable parts.

There's a description on Toys R Us's website, and I don't know whether they wrote it or if Mega Bloks did, but they describe the human version of Baxter as a maniacal madman. That only happened, debatably, in season 2. (Then he cracked up all the way after being cross-fused.) They seem to be using the season 1 design for the figure, where he was sane and stable and a genuinely nice person. The figure also looks like a sad kicked puppy, just about the farthest thing from a maniacal madman there could be. So ... mismatched description much? LOL. I am probably going make a Tumblr post joking about the irony.

Miraculous Ladybug did their Christmas special and I loved it so much I watched it twice in the same day. Then I got the most bizarrely cracky idea that I should cross over my Ginger and Lou series with Miraculous Ladybug. I've tried to keep the more realistic series separate from the fantasy series, but somehow Ladybug seems different than, say, Sailor Moon or something like that. It feels more reality-based. And I can't seem to shake this nutty idea that Ginger and Lou go to Paris for a business trip and something happens that causes Papillon/Hawkmoth to decide Ginger would be a perfect candidate to be possessed by one of his dark butterflies/Akuma. If I actually decide to go ahead with the idea, I have to think what kind of design Akumanized Ginger would have. I know I would want him to still look human and just have a bizarre weapon-laden outfit or something. It's figuring out what kind of weaponry would work for Ginger and also work for a family-friendly series, because Ginger isn't very family-friendly when it comes to his weaponry. LOL.

The idea was on my mind so much that I dreamed about Luke Andreas. It was a really weird dream, too. It was one of those kind where I was wandering about town, yet at the same time I was watching things unfold like on TV. I was absolutely psyched because I was thinking, "Yay! Finally, here's something else that Luke has a lot of screentime in!"

I found this shop that had some stuff I wanted, including this pen thing with a figure thing of 1987 Baxter on it. I decided to get it, and Luke was/was playing the owner of the shop. We interacted for some time at length and there were other things going on, like a town meeting, that his character was involved with. Also, Luke was dressed like his secret agent character from The Bionic Woman. Epic.
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
So I've run across Robert Stack twice this week: first, when Mom suddenly took a notion she wanted to see Written on the Wind, and then this past night when we found a nice suspense film to watch, Murder on Flight 502. I realized in the first film that "... Oh my gosh, Robert Stack really is swoon-worthy, isn't he? ... And he has been ever since my days of watching The Untouchables." Apparently I had a crush on him then, but I never realized it until this week. Now I feel like going and buying some half-season sets.

After looking up information on him and finding out that he was married to the same woman all through the years, the crush only grew stronger. Few things are as attractive to me as that. And few things tick me off as much as infidelity in a marriage. I realized that out of everyone who is firmly in my top tier of "darlings", every one of them either didn't cheat on his wife or I don't know one way or another if they did. Known cheaters just don't make the top tier (or they drop out of it if they were there).

Another actor-related thing that happened this week was that I had a dream where I was watching something where one of the characters was played by Leonard Stone. Naturally, I woke up wanting to look him up, which I did. I like him because he's one of those character actors who can play anything from weaselly cowards to upright policemen and it's always believable. He was also married to the same woman all through the years, and he died in 2011, which I found surreal for some reason. I think it always feels a little surreal to me when someone from the classic TV era was alive all through this time and then died only a short time before I started discovering/re-discovering them. I feel the same about Milton Selzer, who died in 2006.

Of course, speaking of actor deaths, I can't not mention Robert Vaughn's passing. That was a sad surprise to me, especially since I hadn't known he was ill. I had an U.N.C.L.E. dream last week that I wanted to write a fic of, and after Robert's death, I tweaked some things about the planned dream-fic and turned it into a Robert/Napoleon tribute of sorts.

I was also sad about Leonard Cohen's death. I still love and adore his song Hallelujah. I must admit I don't know any of the other things he wrote, but I've been thinking I should look into them. If they're anywhere as good/powerful as Hallelujah, I'm sure I'd love them too.

This has been a big week for fics. I think I posted three fics, two of which were entirely written this week. I think I now have 500 posted fics at FF.net. I have many more fics that I haven't posted there, however, so that isn't the definitive number of what I've written by far. The fics have been flowing, which is thrilling to me since that doesn't always happen. I now have four posted fics in my Turtles timeline and have rearranged the next "episodes" in the list again. I'm doing the Twin Beaks-inspired one next, and have already started it. I'm hoping to have it finished by Thanksgiving, since Thanksgiving is a subplot in it. We'll see what happens.

My Turtles site is live now, by the way. https://sites.google.com/site/exittheflytmnt1987/ I'm still adding things to it, and it seems like I rearrange the episode list every time I finish a fic.

I also finally started making my Baxter plushie. Aside from a horrible fight with the coated wire I'm using for his glasses, it's been an uneventful and fun time so far. Making the shirt is always a horror to me, however, and that's what's next. Ugh, I wish I could just make the sleeves attached to the rest of the shirt to begin with.

And I fell in love with a purple teddy bear at Smith's this past week. I don't usually fall so hard for plushies that aren't either specific licensed characters or cats or fish, but I just really liked this one. (It may have been partially the influence of seeing many beautiful purple products on QVC, which I've meant to write an entry about for weeks. I am kind of nuts about QVC and I love it more than HSN, which I feel a little guilty about since HSN came first. But QVC feels so much more homey.) I seriously considered getting it, but didn't feel I should right then. I'd be willing to wait and ask for it for Christmas, but I worry they might not have any by then, as I've often watched stock fly out of Smith's long before a holiday comes. I'm thinking maybe I should get it this week, if the copy that looked the best is still there.

It reminds me of years ago when I fell in love with a white Christmas teddy bear at Smith's. I remember it seems like it was really late when we went to get the groceries the week when I had the money that I could get it (which was $2.99). I think it was 11 at night, oh gosh. We must have been up really late doing groceries that night. I was so excited to be able to get that bear. They had white and brown styles and it was the white one I really wanted. He became one of the sons in my polar bear family, which consists of two big white Christmas bears, him, and a little Valentine's bear.
ladybug_archive: (baxterstockman)
Frankie Valli released a Christmas album this year! Squeeeee. I saw it at Wal-Mart on Friday and I couldn't resist getting it. Somehow I resisted listening until after Halloween. It is awesome and totally puts me in the Christmas mood. And I adore that he's still working with Bob Gaudio after all these years!

I ended up doing three different things for costuming. At the party, I played Rouge. It was nice to pull out that old costume again, but I still wanted to try some new things too. On Friday, when Wal-Mart was having a party and costume event, I threw together a very bad costume of Lydia from Beetlejuice in her casual clothes. I never could find a pink sash I know we have, so I had to use a scrap of cloth left over from a sewing project. And my hair is too long to stand on end, so I had to settle for a ponytail on top of my head. At least the makeup was in both correct colors, but I had a terrible time getting the purple to show up well.

None of us could find those yellow clothes, so now I'm really worried wondering where they are. But I played April on Halloween anyway, doing a combo of the 1987 and 2014 versions. My aunt gave me some blue jeans for my birthday that are so soft and lightweight and comfortable, so I used those and my tan boots as the 2014 elements. Everything else was the 1987 version.

I'm so glad we went to the Trunk or Treat at the church; there were only two groups of kids who came to our door (aside from one or two that came so early they weren't expected and I couldn't get there in time). I think that's the slowest Halloween we've ever had. It's sad how things have dwindled in recent years. It's strange too, considering how much people are spending for Halloween stuff. You'd think the number of Trick-or-Treaters would increase, not decease.

I've started to warm up to at least one of the new Troll characters, as I figured I would. I like Poppy, who is the leader. She reminds me more of the classic Trolls than most of the characters do, so I would like to get a plushie of her, I think. Probably the Build-a-Bear one, as I'm not impressed by the "fur" softness levels of the more mainstream ones. I might even try to see if I can see the movie. I figured I'd really want to give it a try after all, since I've loved Trolls so much through the years. I've always tried any version of them I could find. I loved the computer game about finding baby Trolls (I was playing it just the other day) and the children's novels about a pink-haired Troll coming to the human world and making friends with a human girl, and I would have tried the series Trollz if I had been aware of it and had access to it when it was on. Regarding Poppy, from the trailers I've gathered that rather than being a naively cheerful idiot, she's a good leader who chooses to be cheerful even though she knows there's a lot of things to be unhappy about. I could be wrong, though.

I finally took some screenshots of Baxter and Barney from my DVDs and am continuing to work on my website. I think I almost have it to the point where I'll let it go live. I still need to decide what I'm going to do with my fanarts, if I should post them on dA and link them, or if I should post them on the website only. People on dA rarely seem to give a darn about stuff I post, so I'm pretty bored with posting there. That, and half the time when I try, dA ends up gobbling memory and I have a horrible time even getting stuff up. Ugh.

I'm still ordering Netflixes from that list Dad made of movies we'd seen many years ago and liked. A Mario Lanza movie came yesterday, That Midnight Kiss (ugh, what a stupidly mushy title). The music was beautiful, of course, and I was totally thrilled that Kathryn Grayson was the girl, as I adore her and her singing. But the movie itself was pretty stupid. Some guy convinces a temperamental tenor to trash his room when he's mad and tear up his contract, because they want to bring Mario's character in as the tenor instead and they have to get that guy to go. And it ticked me off how the girl just couldn't bring herself to sing the operas' love songs with the temperamental tenor, not because he's a jerk, but because he's fat, ugh. But that was the typical attitude of the day, that fat always equaled unappealing. Honestly, I liked the guy okay; in physical appearance he reminded me of Simon. And actually, in some ways he had a perfect right to be angry, considering the way he was being treated at different points in the film. And then there's a huge misunderstanding between Mario and Kathryn's characters and they're both acting stupid refusing to talk things out and she's doing the typical "I hate him! I hate him!" immature nonsense when he sends her good luck wishes and she stomps on the poor roses, yet for some reason when she sees him on stage instead of the other tenor, she's totally thrilled and happy and all anger is forgotten, even though they haven't talked anything out yet. Of course, you're supposed to take it that it's because she really loves him instead of hating him, but I was expecting an explosion on the stage before she calmed down.

At least it's just shallow, stupid fluff, though, and not rage-inducing like Kiss Me, Kate is. Ugh, I loathe that production. The guy is such a jerk I can't figure out what she sees in him. Such an egotistical, abusive creep.... And I hate the whole Taming of the Shrew plot in general. I know about the different alternate interpretations of the plot, that she's not really tamed and she's just letting the guy think she is, but to me it's still a really gross and disgusting story.

And then there's The Toast of New Orleans, which I love for the music while I'm unsure what to make of the plot. On the one hand, I think the idea is simply that the high society types changed the main guy too much and that by making him integrate into their world, they're destroying everything that made him unique, and that of course that's a bad thing. But when part of what they did was simply to teach him good manners, I kind of struggle with the whole thing. The character was very obnoxious and crude and annoying, and I found him far more appealing when he learned good manners. I suppose the idea was more that the girl loved him for his bizarre and unique personality and didn't like it being erased or seeing him stifled, instead of simply saying that him learning good manners was wrong, but I have a really hard time seeing the distinction. Of course, it's not a good thing for anyone to have to be stifled if they're not actually doing anything wrong, but eh, I don't know; the way the movie handled the whole thing kind of bugs me. At least she said "We changed him too much," implying that some of the changes weren't bad, but still.
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
Still having some serious nostalgia about the TV series version of Beetlejuice. I remember how totally nuts I was about the friendship between Beetlejuice and Lydia. I think it was the first, or certainly one of the first, friendships I really went nuts over.

I don't remember how I found the show in the first place, but I suppose it was while I was watching other stuff on FOX and then it came on. That would have been during the fourth season, the longest and syndicated one. I'm not sure I ever even saw any episodes from the earlier, shorter seasons. I may have, though. I started watching it and liked it and then I saw a puzzle at Smith's and was really excited to see merchandise for the show. I told Mom about it and that I wanted it and she wanted to see the show before deciding if it was okay for me to have the puzzle. I don't remember what episode she watched with me that first time, but I do distinctly remember a scene where the car got mad and jumped on him/ran over him/something, and I wanted to sink through the floor because I was afraid Mom would not like the show and wouldn't let me have the puzzle. I can't quite remember now what happened, because it seemed to me that she was rather dubious about the show after that episode, yet she did say I could have the puzzle. (And as I mentioned in a prior entry, she actually ended up really liking the show. Like, seriously. She even liked it better than Darkwing Duck, although I'm still not sure why and I doubt she remembers any of that now. Maybe it was because Darkwing is so conceited sometimes, but then Beetlejuice is a con artist, so to me their faults are a toss-up.)

My memory was that all three of us were in the store when I got to have the puzzle. I have a memory of getting it and bringing it over to the cart or the checkout stand. I loved that puzzle so much and put it together over and over. It was one of my very favorites, along with my My Little Pony puzzle. (What a combination. LOL.) Years later, when we had a mold disaster in that corner of my room and many of the puzzle and game boxes had to be thrown away, I can't remember if that box was one of them. My memory is that it was one of the few puzzles that kept its original box. I know the Pony puzzle did. I think I ran across the Beetlejuice one last year when we were going through lots of boxes to make sure the contents were safe from the evil mice invasion.

The only other piece of merchandise I had was a color with marker book. The cover picture was the same as the puzzle picture, only flipped. That was with a few books downstairs, but I brought it upstairs three (!) years ago, which was when I watched a couple of episodes again (instead of last year, like I recently wrote, oy). I flipped through it the other day and felt very nostalgic.

I always wanted figures, but it seemed like the only ones around were for the movie, which I just wasn't interested in. I had Mom make paper dolls of Beetlejuice and Lydia instead. I also remember she did one of The Monster Across the Street. I always wondered why they never told his name. I wanted to know his name. She may have also made paper dolls of Lydia's parents; of that I'm not sure. I should get into the paper doll box and look. (I still wonder what happened to the Rockapella paper dolls, which are still AWOL. **sniffle.**)

I liked role-play and make-believe and I would always play Beetlejuice and Mom would play Lydia. I remember saying a corner of the kitchen was Beetlejuice's house and one time I was going over it with my little broom to get it "ready" for Lydia to visit. (Like Beetlejuice ever really cleaned the place before she came over, LOL.) I don't recall if that was in Autumn, but I do remember an Autumn during the time I loved the series. It was late and we were going to make cookies and I remember lying in bed hearing Mom getting the stuff ready in the kitchen. The TV was on, and for some reason it was on blue screen, which was what we got back then when the VCR was on and ready to go. I had either watched my few recorded Beetlejuice episodes or I was going to (maybe as background noise while we mixed the dough). The spider web we always hung for Halloween was up and stretched across the living room ceiling. It is a very clear, very happy memory.

My sister had a red hymn book that was temporarily at our house. Sometimes I got into it and very innocently made up songs/poems with other lyrics and modified melodies, but based on some in the book. All I can remember now was reworking one song to say something like, "There is beauty all around when Lydia comes to visit." (Yeah, like Beetlejuice would have ever been that cheesy, LOL. But it was cute.) I was sad when my sister wanted the book back, as I was sentimental after using it as inspiration.

Beetlejuice was also the subject of, I believe, one of my very first fanfictions. I told the story to Mom and she wrote it down. Unfortunately, I do not remember what I composed. I had several one-page stories taped together and that was among them. We need to find where that was put during the move. I'm rather curious to see it again.

I remember one time when we came back from church in the winter and it seemed like we were locked out of the house. I went into role-playing Beetlejuice with Mom in the snow while we waited for Dad to get the door open. I was enjoying myself in the snow, while Mom naturally was cold.

I think what originally made me drift away from the show was that I found some of the puns and parodies very silly and well, rather stupid. I know the syndicated season often parodied things towards the end, maybe because they were running out of ideas. I guess that means I never did like parodies, even at a young age. But I did still like the characters and I did try to reconnect with the show, and it was then that it was my misfortune to run into the episode that sent me away for good. It's a pity, really; if it had been some other episode, I probably would have stayed with it.

But there you go; one of the things that enchanted me as a young child and the ways it sparked my imagination. I remember those times happily and with fondness, and actually, I would have liked to dress up as Lydia this year. She was one of several costume ideas, but none of them worked out. In her case, I just couldn't find the key piece: a spider web cape/poncho. The party I'm in charge of is today, and I decided I'll have to try my Rouge the Bat costume for it. I only got to wear the bat wings once, so it will be nice to have the whole costume together again. I'm still kind of toying with the idea of playing Lydia on Halloween itself, if I could just find a cape....
ladybug_archive: (duke_fallen)
I meant to put this in the earlier post, but somehow forgot (of course). I think one reason why Once's decline affected me so seriously is because it was the only modern live-action show that I loved enough to keep following for so long. I remember trying three shows that season, and only Once made it past the first season. I loved the characters on all the shows, and I probably would have continued watching the others as well had they continued (but I might not have in the case of Pan Am, as I was just so aggravated that it turned into a primetime soap opera instead of the more adventurous and character-focused show I had originally thought it would be), but Once was the one that spoke to me the most. I saw the ads for it on FF.net before it premiered and it looked so intriguing that I wanted in, which was a rarity for me and modern TV. I was onboard from the very first, championing it from the first and encouraging others to watch, and I was so intrigued by it and the characters that in spite of whatever problems I had with it (and I did have some), I stayed. When it declined so badly, it was seriously disillusioning and felt like a slap in the face and a betrayal. And one more reason why modern TV is not my favorite thing and I prefer older shows. Not that they're perfect by a long shot, but I've certainly been less disappointed by them.

Sigh. And then I've never understood why it's so hard to find merchandise for the series. The soundtracks, for example, are seriously rare. I've never seen them outside of the Internet. I just did a search for them on Half.com and eBay, hoping that by now the season 2 soundtrack would be cheaper. Instead, it's more expensive, and the season 1 soundtrack is really outrageously priced. And we don't even have any figures, except for those Funko POP things that I'm really not crazy about. Why can't we get some real action figures, like we finally got for Lost? If the show is really so popular that it keeps getting renewed long after its quality decline says it shouldn't, why isn't the merchandise easier to find (and exist)? So illogical.
ladybug_archive: (schrank)
I had another Once dream today. This time I wasn't even thinking about the show consciously, but I still dreamed of it. It was another season 2 dream, and it was set in a beautiful snowy, wintery scene similar to that one I documented some time back. It was supposed to be Storybrooke, but there was either a big house or a castle that was very prominent. I'm not sure whether that was Rumpel's place or someone else's, but there weren't any ominous feelings about it.

In the dream, I was introducing Mom to Once and I had decided for some reason that season 2 was the place to start. Of course, this wasn't the season 2 of reality. In this season 2, it seemed like the characters still hadn't figured out who they were in regards to their fairy tale counterparts. Episode 1 seemed to focus on Mary-Margaret trying to solve the mystery about herself. Also, Rumpel and David had both gotten injured somehow and were at the hospital, and for some bizarre reason, both of them had decided to sleep in the windowboxes under each of their respective windows. WTH. Rumpel was very mysterious, as he was in season 1, and someone was talking to him about what he knew and Rumpel seemed to want to make a deal. Or maybe the other person proposed the deal. Hmm.

Mom loved it and I wanted to show her more. But then Dad came up during a scene where The Evil Queen was onscreen and I flipped it off, because even in this different Once, I knew Dad probably wouldn't like what we were watching and I thought it better if it wasn't on when he was around. Heh. (In reality, I don't think I'd ever show Mom Once, although I've told her about it.)

There was some other influence from reality, as I remember thinking and longing for a plotline where Rumpel sacrifices himself for the townspeople and Belle is able to revive him a la Beauty and the Beast. I wanted to write the story if they didn't ever make it. In reality, of course, Rumpel already did sacrifice himself, the last time I really liked the series and not just a stray episode, and the townspeople really didn't care or appreciate it. And they're far worse now (using Belle to force Rumpel's hand in the Underworld arc is the most repulsive last straw; that is not the behavior of true "good guys", especially when Belle actually considers them friends! UGH), so I wouldn't even think they'd be worthy of Rumpel trying to make such a sacrifice for them now.

It's kind of both funny and sad, the deep impact this series made on me. I swear I wasn't even thinking of it yesterday (I even forgot to post the discussion post on Sunday, oh dear), and it still crept into my dreams. Subconsciously, I obviously feel extremely badly about what happened to it, even more than I do consciously.

And ... I don't know, I am seriously heartbroken that they decided to make Robert Carlyle's Trainspotting 2 haircut a plot point in the series instead of just giving him a wig until it grows out again. Maybe it's shallow, but the long hair was one of the first things that attracted me to Mr. Gold. I would have been fascinated by that mysterious, well-dressed man in season 1 no matter what he looked like, but the hair was the icing on the cake. And it made him stand out more from all the other men, since I don't recall any of the other regulars had long hair. After all the OOC changes they've heaped on the character since season 4, the hair was just about the only thing still the same about him. Stupid, but I think in the back of my mind that was always a slight comfort, like the one constant about the character that they wouldn't change. And now they've gone and done that too.

I've always felt guilty for liking the character at all, but I will continue to remember him as he was in the early seasons, especially when he was trying to turn his life around, before the creators deliberately had horrible things happen to him because he was trying to do the right thing (as they admitted they did).
ladybug_archive: (ecks_wye)
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a very short blurb about Bryn Watson thinking on Mr. Wye following The Odd Man Affair. I've meant to post it here but hadn't yet. I'm going to do it now, and following it will be a silly oneshot I wrote sometime back where Ecks and Wye fight Siegfried and Shtarker of KAOS, LOL. I posted that on Tumblr in the past, but someone here showed interest in seeing it, so I'm putting it up here now too.


Requiem for an Enemy Agent )


Clash of the Spies )
ladybug_archive: (schrank)
... a movie and its corresponding TV series share music. I'm not sure why I think that's such an event, but I love that it's the case with Ghostbusters and also with Beetlejuice.

I was making a Halloween playlist earlier tonight, realizing again that there's actually very few Halloween-type songs, and randomly decided to see whether I could add the Beetlejuice TV theme to the list. Instead I stumbled into the movie theme and curiously listened and was pleased that it was basically the same music.

I actually never saw the movie (which is obvious), even though I was obsessed with the TV show. As a kid, I usually wasn't too interested in the movie versions of cartoons since the characters generally looked and sounded different from what I was used to and in the case of Beetlejuice, behaved differently too. Beetlejuice and Lydia were certainly not chummy in the movie. I still sort of wonder how one can connect the two verses, if one is of a mind to do so.

(Sidenote: The fact that I saw and adored the Turtles' first movie as a kid is kind of an anomaly. Then again, that was my main exposure to the franchise despite watching the cartoon too.)

I feel a little sad that some things can make me run screaming from Beetlejuice now, since I loved it as a kid. I just can't handle any head problems; it was one of those episodes that finally turned me off when I was about six. (And yes, I can never look at the movie DVD case too clearly when I see it in stores.) But I still am amused that when I dipped into a couple of the episodes I vividly remembered last year or so, I found the art/beatnik episode a real kick whereas I hadn't liked it that much as a kid. I guess with episodes like that one, most of the jokes are best understood when one is older.
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
So I've always loved Trolls. I was so disappointed when the last revival of the figures didn't last very long. I had high hopes when I heard that we were going to get new Trolls thanks to DreamWorks.

Then I saw them.

Why, exactly, is their skin colored bizarre colors as well as their hair? Why can't DreamWorks make Trolls that, you know, actually look more like the dolls that have been around for fifty years?

And they made it so they have exclusive product rights everywhere in the world except Scandinavia. Not that the original company tends to make the bizarre hair colors that really made them popular in the U.S. They seem to stick more to logical colors like black and white.

I saw a trailer for the film some time back. As usual, DreamWorks had a lot of scatological humor in it. I hardly ever watch DreamWorks films because of that element. But I'd probably still bite the bullet and see the film if the Trolls actually looked like they're supposed to. I guess I could still be won over, but I'd always like the classic styles the best.

Looks like if I want more classic Trolls, I still have to either turn to buying MIB Trolls online from the last wave and paying S&H costs or else picking up the loose Trolls I've seen at the antique mall. Or both.
ladybug_archive: (scofield)
I haven't spent much time posting lately. I've been so busy writing things that for the most part, if I want to say something that I might ordinarily say here, I say it one-on-one to someone instead.

I've been working on the next Turtles fic, which is a light-hearted oneshot. I found it difficult to go from a more serious tone in the multi-chapter to a lighter tone in the succeeding fic and not have it look strange or mismatched, but after I fleshed some things out it looked better and flowed better with the multi-chapter. One problem with lighter ones is that it's harder for character introspection and development, so it's a challenge finding ways to work that in. I really want the stories to be like seasons 3/4, although they will definitely dip into season 7-ish territory sometimes.

I've been tinkering with a website to talk about my Turtles verse, the proposed "episode" ideas, and other things. I wrote a long essay on why I think 1987 Baxter should be able to be redeemed and I'm quite pleased with it. The site isn't live yet, although I've given a couple of people the link to examine assorted things on it.

I finally started that fic I wanted to do detailing Illya being haunted by Mr. Ecks. So far I have two vignettes done and at least two or three others planned. I don't want the story to wear out its welcome, but with a character-developing series of vignettes, it could technically go on and on. I shouldn't have it get too long, though, or it might be harder to align it with later fics in the timeline.

I've also got the WWW fic going again. I'm going back and forth among all of these fics and also hope to work more on Ginger and Lou fics and that Real Ghostbusters fic. (And that Equestria Girls idea I still haven't started.) It's definitely nice to be able to flip from one fandom to another, writing-wise.

I saw some pieces of the new Equestria Girls movie. Honestly, I love Sunset Shimmer more with each film. She and Twilight are definitely the best things about them. From what I saw, though, my fears about this film feeling like Winx Club were not far-fetched. I want to see this film in whole, and I'll probably buy it, but I don't think I'll re-watch it much. I do not like that it looks like Spoiler )

Had a wonderful birthday! I was very touched by all the warm wishes through here and Facebook and other places. Got some lovely gifts, with some belated ones still on the way. And the shopping spree went swimmingly, better than it has a lot of times. I found some things I wanted and some surprises and it was delightful to have money to get them. Somehow I managed to collect a pretty good amount of money for the shopping spree just in the month of September. Usually I start saving in the summer months, but that didn't happen too much this year because of surprise sales and clearances.

I had intended to get a Fashion Style Pony, but while I love them dearly, I still can't seem to justify paying $15 for one of them when it comes right down to it. Sigh. I want a sale. Meanwhile, I found Indigo Zap on clearance for $4.98. Yessss! I am sad that apparently I missed other things clearancing at Toys R Us, but at least I grabbed something before they were all gone.

I also found volume 7 of The Real Ghostbusters for $9.99. The standard price is $14.99, so I wasn't passing that up. I didn't think I'd find it at Toys R Us, but it was an idle hope, and then there it was. I got it mainly for the Egon's Ghost episode, and thankfully, this time I was not disappointed! It was sooo good. So intense and so much friendship squee! Unfortunately, another episode I'd wanted, Slimer, Is That You? turned up in the re-dubbed version with Dave Coulier as Peter and Kath Soucie as Janine. I love Kath's work, but not as Janine. And Dave Coulier was absolutely teeth-grinding. The Time-Life version has the original voice actors for that episode, so now I have one more reason to try to get hold of some of those older DVD sets. It was a really fun episode and I want to hear it with Lorenzo Music and Laura Summer.

At Target, I found season 1 of TMNT 1987, which thrilled me. Wal-Mart doesn't have it anymore and Amazon upped the price, but Target was only charging a few cents more than Wal-Mart had had it. Now I have all the human Baxter episodes. I've watched his season 1 episode twice on YouTube in the past. When comparing it with season 2, it is pretty heartbreaking to see how much he cracked.

Also at Target, I discovered that Tracey West is still active in the kids' anime scene and she has written a YGO anime guide. I have no idea why they put that out this year, unless it's to prepare newcomers for the movie. But it was great! I longed for something like that when the show was airing. Oh, there were some things kind of like that, but I didn't like them as much as I liked this one. And it covered all seasons and characters. I probably shouldn't have, since it was just basic information that a diehard fan would already know, but I couldn't resist and it had to come home with me. I feel like a kid again, going through it.

I bought season 4 of TMNT 1987 at Wal-Mart. I also wanted volume 2 of Miraculous Ladybug, but they apparently sold out after finally getting some in. Sigh. I should have bought it at Target. But oh well; I'm sure there will be other chances for it.

(Oh! Oh! Speaking of Ladybug, I saw a doll giftset at Toys R us with her and Cat Noir! Squeeee. Naturally it was $30, so I am hoping for a Christmas sale. I must have it.)

Between my purchases and gifts, I now have all 1987 Turtles seasons except 9 and 10! I'm less interested in them, since they're darker and someone else takes center stage as the villain, but I'll probably try to get them sometime for completeness' sake.

I made one other purchase that night: another plushie base at Jo-Ann's. As much as I hate sewing, I absolutely love being able to create the characters I want in a couple of weeks instead of commissioning someone for a lot more money and waiting several months for the product. Now I just need to decide whether I'm going to use this plushie base to make Snakes, 1987 Baxter, or a Richard character (probably Steve Drumm). I want to make all of them, so it's mostly a matter of which one first. I kind of lean towards Baxter. It would be a fun challenge working out the hair and the glasses. It's making the clothes that drives me up the wall for any plushie. I shouldn't start any new one until I've finished Barry's shirt and made Mike's jacket, but uggh, I keep dreading working in silk with Barry's shirt. And I hate sewing in sleeves in general. Definitely the most maddening part.

I have an Amazon gift card and I'm having my usual debate on what to buy/when to use it. I could get $25 worth of books, as there are some I want, and then maybe get one other thing to go with them. Or I could bite the bullet and do a splurge and add $29 in cash to my $20 gift card. Ultimately, I'd rather wait until I can get another gift card, but by that time, some of the stuff will have probably changed prices. Uggggh. I hate so much that Amazon changed the rules for free shipping. $49 for free shipping is just outrageous! The only other way to get it (without getting Prime) is $25 worth of books and anything else ships free with them.

Then I have my usual dilemma of what to be for Halloween. Every possibility seems to fall through. I wanted to try being a Ghostbuster, but I can't fit into Mom's (non-Ghostbuster) jumpsuit and I'm not crazy about the idea of spending a lot of money on an official costume. Even if I wanted to try that, I can't find any women's costumes (which is weird, considering the new movie had women Ghostbusters) and the men's ones only turn up in sizes too big. I've also considered either a Turtle or April O'Neil. For April, I'd base her mostly on Megan Fox's April because of the hair, and then she has the classic yellow of the 1987 cartoon April. I have yellow tops, but no yellow trousers. Sigh. For a Turtle, green clothes would be good. I do have green pants, and I could probably dig up some kind of green top. Then I could buy a Turtle shell at Dollar Tree and a blue mask/headband thing and whee. A cheap ghetto thing, but good enough for a church Halloween party.

I've also considered trying to dress up in Ghostbuster Abby's casual clothes, since I probably could find stuff around here that looks somewhat like what she wore. Abby wasn't at all my favorite in the movie, although I warmed up to her before the film was over. But she is the one I could pass myself off as the easiest.

Today I even had the thought of wearing my long green coat, my fedora, and my sunglasses, and saying I'm a random spy/secret agent/whatever. Heh.

Most likely, I'll go with ghetto Turtle. But Dollar Tree was out of blue headband things this past night. Sigh. Hopefully they'll restock.
ladybug_archive: (ecks_wye)
Crystal is doing the 30-Day U.N.C.L.E. meme on Tumblr. I wanted to do it too, but as usual, I'd rather answer everything and post as an LJ quiz. So, here it is.

Day 01 – Favorite season - Probably 3, honestly, because that's when things first started getting really hurt/comforty as more of an expected thing and not an occasional thing. Combining that with a good laugh honestly works great for me. Most episodes are not as horrible as many people would have one believe.
Day 02 – Least favorite season - I usually say 2, because of all the seasons, it seemed the most like it didn't know where it wanted to go: comedy or drama. It seemed ... lackluster compared to the seriousness of season 1 or the hilarity of season 3 or the darkness of season 4. There are some season 2 episodes I like, of course, but overall I find it the least appealing season.
Day 03 – Favorite episode - The Suburbia Affair. Season 3 at its most classic, with Napoleon and Illya trying and failing to be domestic roommates. I don't think I've laughed so hard at any other episode.
Day 04 – Least favorite episode - The Colossal Affair. Season 3 at its worst. Although people will say that season 3 always made a mockery of peril and death, this is really just about the only episode where I felt it was done. Illya in the concrete was one of the most WTH moments in the entire series, topped only by Illya trying to stop a giant stink bomb and suffering for it. Just ... WTH. This is the episode I'd want to chuck out of my headcanon.
Day 05 – Favorite movie/two-parter - The Prince of Darkness Affair, because four times the H.M. Wynant content! And he gets the girl! How could I not love it?
Day 06 – Least favorite movie/two-parter - I think the few episodes I still haven't seen are all two-parters, and the reasons I haven't seen them are because of various iffy things in each one. I still plan to see them; I just haven't got around to it yet, especially since I only have them on tape and can therefore only watch them in the living room. Offhand, I think experimenting on cats in The Bridge of Lions Affair troubles me the most, but I am informed that the effects are temporary, so that's good to know. I am also troubled by Janet Leigh's character taking sexual pleasure from people's misery in The Concrete Overcoat Affair, but at least I hear that wasn't quite so expressly stated in the TV version.... However, ignoring the ones I haven't seen and focusing on what I have seen, that would be The Alexander the Greater Affair. The Big Bad is gross, his plan makes zero sense, and Napoleon and Illya are virtually useless in the climax. It was one of the lamest things I have ever seen, and the fact that it went on for two episodes made it even worse.
Day 07 – Favorite member of UNCLE - That's actually hard for me to answer, as I've usually maintained that Mr. Waverly is my favorite. But I've finally come to terms with the fact that Napoleon is my favorite field agent, so now I'm torn between which character to say.
Day 08 – Least favorite member of UNCLE - Any traitorous agent.
Day 09 – Favorite villain - Mr. Ecks in The Odd Man Affair. He's only onscreen for a few minutes, but he and his partner Mr. Wye managed to be thoroughly fascinating to me for many reasons, all of which I've detailed on my U.N.C.L.E. website (which is here, if anyone hasn't seen it and is curious: https://sites.google.com/site/uncleandlondon/home).
Day 10 – Least favorite villain - Probably the guy who unleashed the stink bomb in The Colossal Affair. WTH.
Day 11 – Favorite innocent - Most likely Shari Lewis's character in The Off-Broadway Affair.
Day 12 – Least favorite innocent - I'm tempted to say any character played by Jill Ireland, but I actually liked her character in season 1. Her snappy exchanges with Illya were just great. So I don't think I could give that answer, even though I don't like Jill Ireland as a person. Most episodes I haven't seen for a very long time, and offhand I just can't think of an Innocent I disliked more than any other.
Day 13 – Favorite recycled set/prop/location - The New York street.
Day 14 – Favorite quote - I couldn't give the exact quote, but probably Illya's insistence on Napoleon's innocence in The Summit Five Affair.
Day 15 – Favorite fight scene/action sequence - Bryn Watson and Illya against Mr. Wye in The Odd Man Affair.
Day 16 – Episode you’ve most recently watched - The Secret Sceptre Affair, I think.
Day 17 – Episode you’ve rewatched the most - The Odd Man Affair.
Day 18 – First episode remember seeing - The very first one.
Day 19 – Saddest moment - Illya brainwashed into attacking Napoleon in The THRUSH Roulette Affair. (And the fact that the whole sequence was so badly handled....)
Day 20 – Funniest moment - The attempts to be domestic in The Suburbia Affair.
Day 21 – Most intense moment - Any scene where it looks like their goose is really cooked. (Honestly, I can't seem to pick just one scene as "most" intense above all....)
Day 22 – Defining character moment - Napoleon Solo - Where he doesn't fall for the THRUSH plot or give in to the girl even while under the effects of an amnesia pill in The Nowhere Affair.
Day 23 – Defining character moment - Illya Kuryakin - When he absolutely insists on Napoleon's loyalty and honesty in The Summit Five Affair. That episode, and that scene, finally made me believe in their friendship after being very skeptical for a long time.
Day 24 – Defining character moment - Alexander Waverly - When he shows kindness and concern for Napoleon and Illya in peril in multiple episodes. Also when he shows he's still got what it takes to be an U.N.C.L.E. agent in The Deep Six Affair.
Day 25 – Something you wish you could go back and change - That The Colossal Affair exists. Or at least, that it was so terrible. Maybe with a few scene adjustments, it would at least be tolerable.
Day 26 – An episode you wish you could have been in - I would like to have had Carol Lynley's role in The Prince of Darkness Affair. So much interaction with H.M.! Lucky, lucky girl.
Day 27 – An ‘OMG did that just happen?’ moment - I suppose this means something that happened in a split-second, but I just can't think of one offhand. So I have Illya deadpanning his way through a performance in The Off-Broadway Affair.
Day 28 – Episode you use to introduce people to the show - The Summit Five Affair. Intensity and friendship/partnership squee.
Day 29 – Favorite cast member - Robert Vaughn.
Day 30 – Anything UNCLE related - I wish there were figures/dolls from the show that actually look like Napoleon and Illya. The 1960s dolls look pretty bad, which was not unusual for celebrity dolls in that era. I wish some retro company would make U.N.C.L.E. figures/dolls today.
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
My dreams are so weird. But I love when I have one that could actually be a story. I should make a list of all the dreams I've had that I've turned into stories.

Today's involved The Real Ghostbusters. There was a bizarre situation where Egon seemed to have acquired some kind of amnesia; he thought he was one of his ancestors. And he didn't seem to be possessed. So the others, including Janine, were all worried and beside themselves and trying to figure out how to get him to remember. They took him to this ... building ... thing, and along the way they encountered Baby Face and Tony having some kind of disagreement.

Also super bizarre? The name of Egon's supposed ancestor was the name of an actor in a show I've been watching. Okay then. I guess I had the show more on the brain than I thought.

Definitely confused about Baby Face and Tony popping up in the dream, especially since I haven't done anything with them for about six years and probably never will again. I never intended for it to look like I was trying to make excuses for Baby Face's horrible canon behavior when I created a backstory for him, but I guess it did. And since there is no excuse for that sort of behavior, I'm not very comfortable even writing for him anymore. It's not like he could ever be one of my villain redemption projects; I don't think he ever could be redeemed. And I have issues with making unredeemable antagonists the protagonists in stories.

I always worried about stories that might make it look like I was trying to excuse abominable behavior. I wanted to write an It's a Wonderful Life-themed fic with Sephiroth in the Jimmy Stewart role, but I realized I would very likely have to give up on it, because while it's true that Sephiroth's insane actions in Nibelheim and beyond actually helped mold characters like Cloud into the heroes they became, I was extremely concerned about inadvertently making it look like I was trying to say that that made Sephiroth's actions alright. And so the story never got written beyond an ending scene blurb I posted once.

Ditto with a story I wanted to write that would have been an AU from the ending of The Sudden Plague episode of WWW. It would have involved Coley kidnapping Anna Kirby as a hostage as he and the gang fled, while Jim and Arte tracked them into the wilderness. I wrote a couple of blurbs for it and still kind of like the idea of writing it, but I worry to do so because I don't want it to look like I'm saying Coley and the gang's actions were okay just because they weren't exactly what Anna thought they were. Nor do I want it to look like it's okay that they kidnapped her. Over the course of the venture, she would come to realize that Coley wasn't the absolute monster she painted him as and that her father was actually responsible for the very worst things, and while that's canon, it is still very delicate to walk that line and not make it look like I'm excusing Coley. He does let her go at the end and then goes on the run without her, but still. I certainly don't want to write anything that looks like I'm hinting at Stockholm Syndrome either, because that's just sad and sick and messed-up. I still want to write this one if I can figure out a way around these problems, but so far I haven't been able to do so.

So ... yeah. I haven't done anything with Baby Face for years because of those problems, and it's pretty unlikely that I'll ever really have the heart to do anything with him again. At least, not in the same capacity as some of the stories, especially the ones that are ten years old.

Maybe he popped up in my dream because of what I was saying about my Chita character the other day and how I'd come to actually kind of like her and think that maybe there was a chance for her to be at least partially redeemed, and how what she'd done wasn't as bad as what Snakes did in canon, etc. Eh, who knows. It doesn't really matter anyway.
ladybug_archive: (snakes)
... not to avoid something that everyone and their dog hates.

Over and over, I find that if I avoid something because of negative reviews, I almost always end up loving it. It happened with season 3 of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with season 9 of Perry Mason, with TMNT 1987, with Equestria Girls, and with many other things. I also in general love things everyone hates, regardless of whether I initially avoided it myself or not. The Batman series is a good example of that. I enjoyed it from the start, compared to everyone who tears their hair out over it.

I finally got around to buying/seeing Ghostbusters 2, mainly because of the two cartoon episodes it comes with. One of them is a favorite. (The other was WTH territory and I sincerely hope that it isn't typical of the later seasons.) Honestly, I ... ended up loving the movie much more than the original. I think there were only four instances of swearing and a couple of naughty comments, compared to swearing practically every two minutes in the original (or it felt like it, anyway). It was creepy but wacky, had many more character-developing scenes, and Winston had a lot of good screentime. It felt much more like the series, and that may have been the point. They probably knew a lot of kids would be watching it because the series was running right then. Also, the plot point I really wasn't crazy about before I saw it, them being discredited and having gone their separate ways at the beginning, ended up in practice feeling a lot like TMNT, especially Ray and Winston at that birthday party. LOL. So I actually ended up not being too bothered by that after all. I can see myself rewatching this movie and enjoying it, whereas I'm honestly not sure I would rewatch the first movie, at least not in full. I have rewatched my favorite scenes from it.

I can't remember if I mentioned, but Build-a-Bear had a 30% off deal the weekend before this one and I was able to get Michelangelo with that. We were finally going to be in the area and I couldn't pass up a chance to get that much off of him. Then I discovered that the big Slimer plush was on clearance at a Wal-Mart other than ours. I couldn't get him then, but the other day I was able to go back and get one. Our Wal-Mart still isn't clearancing them. It was awesome to get him for $7 instead of $15!

It felt so good to get my [livejournal.com profile] 31_days challenge done last week. Some pieces I really enjoyed writing, but others were puzzling, and it was definitely frustrating to have to worry about the day's piece each day when I really wanted to be writing my Turtles fic. But I kept on because I wanted to do the challenge too; it was a story I'd wanted to tell for some time. I still think I'll also write the original Snakes and Chita story I was going to tell, though, which was a third-person narrative oneshot involving one of the last times Snakes put up with looking all over town for Chita when she deliberately ran out to make him find her after an argument. I have a very distinctive image of the opening lines of that fic and they have never gone away, so I need to write it.

I tried to basically keep to the prior versions of the Snakes and Chita tale that Snakes related in two earlier fics. When I realized I had some details wrong in a couple of pieces, I went back and redid those parts. For a couple of other parts, however, I decided that I wanted to tell it slightly differently and that would either make more sense or be closer to what I wanted, so on a couple of points I deliberately made it different from the earlier accounts. Like, I didn't have Snakes and Chita go gambling all night long the first night they met. I mean, they'd been beat up in the first casino when Snakes tried to defend her. It seemed much more likely that they'd go try to take care of their battle wounds. And then at the end, I changed the point where Snakes lost track of Chita's trail in 1910. I wanted Chita to turn up again, but not decades older. I drew inspiration from both a role-play where I'd used her and from the fact that she was always intended to be characterized as sort of a flapper wannabe, and had Snakes lose track of her trail in the 1870s. She found a portal to the 1920s, where she fit in and was happily staying for the most part. (I will speculate that the portal was another result of Dr. Faustina's experiments.) But then she returned to the 1870s once, heard that Snakes was alive, and found the portal to the present-day to see him again. They were able to converse and have some closure at last.

Chita was very interesting to characterize in that last piece. Unlike other versions of her, including the role-play version, this Chita actually did mature a little bit. She wasn't as superficial, was willing to touch the scar that she had always avoided before, and felt badly for how her past cruelty had negatively impacted Snakes. But she wasn't ready to settle down and she recognized it; she had finally opted to stay single. She wants parties and material objects and yet she knows they're not what truly bring happiness. Still, she can't make herself not want them. I drew some inspiration from my own feelings regarding her love of material things and not feeling ready to settle down.

She was never meant to really be a likeable character, so I am amused that I kind of got fond of her and developed her a little. Even some of her superficialty is endearing to me. But since she has plenty of negative characteristics, I would totally understand anyone not liking her. What she did to Snakes was horrible. Not that it was worse than things Snakes did canonically, of course, and so there is definitely the possibility of redeeming her. That was kind of where I was going with the final piece.

I would never have her and Snakes get together again, but they parted on civil terms, and this past night I ended up drawing a cute picture meant to take place around that point where Snakes is standing watching her dance as she whips her boa around him. I sketched the whole thing out very quickly and I quite love it. I might ink it before I scan it, though.

Apparently I had Snakes on the brain after that themeset, because yesterday I had a weird dream involving him. It seemed to take place in the Old West, before The Poisonous Posey episode, even though some things ended up not making sense. Dr. Loveless was there too, and Snakes seemed to be working for/with him and there was some explosion planned for Jim West. Snakes seemed all into that, the little weasel (despite the fact that he seemed to not know Jim in the episode, so there's where it doesn't make sense). Then the tables were turned when Jim escaped and Dr. Loveless chained Snakes to a bomb that was set to go off in a couple of minutes. He was begging and pleading to be set free, and finally someone did. His characterization felt very similar to what's seen in the actual episode: pretty much a pathetic coward who likes to set bombs as ways out of his problems and ends up digging his own grave by doing so.

I never at all intended to become intrigued by him with that characterization, and yet it happened when I was fleshing out his character out of necessity in The Night of the Deadly Codename. And of course, that also led to Christopher rightfully taking his place as one of the darlings when I studied the episode more. I wonder if there's any chance at all that I could have seen that episode when I was very young. Mom insists that Dad used to watch WWW in reruns, so I wonder if there's any chance I saw it back then. That would be hilarious. And it would mean I did encounter Christopher years ago, just like all the other darlings. I want to say I have a vague memory of watching that episode in bits and pieces when I was a kid, but I'm probably just inventing something in my mind because I want so badly for there to be a time when I saw Christopher years ago. Still, wouldn't it be interesting? Snakes is one of my favorite characters to flesh out and develop, and if I actually saw him many years ago and just don't remember it now, that would be rather intriguing.

I also started thinking again about maybe making a Snakes plushie. I'd have to learn some basic embroidery so I could make the scar raised up, but that would be an interesting challenge. Now that the weather's cooled down, I feel like working on my other projects too. Maybe I can finish Barry's clothes at last and also make Mike's jacket!

I just love autumn so much. As always, I celebrate meteorological seasons and not calendar seasons, so for me Fall started on Thursday. It was a beautiful cloudy day too, perfect for the first day of Fall. When the sweltering heat of summer fades, my sewing creativity seems to wake up again. I am excited for what this autumn will bring and hope that it will be happy and enjoyable.

I think I'm almost done with the Turtles fic. I have the climax largely written, or all written, unless I add more to it. Then I just need the epilogue stuff. The story will definitely end where I decided it should. And I may or may not continue it in oneshots or other multi-chapters. We'll have to see. One thing I do know is that while I'm totally cool with watching the series in all its formulaic glory, I don't think I could make myself write stories that are all so formulaic like the series' nonsense, with Shredder's crazy plans failing, etc. I think I could only do a handful before it wouldn't feel believable to me any more. It's easy to watch nonsense; not so easy to create it yourself time and time again.

I kind of have a vague idea of the alien computer still being around after all and discovering that Baxter is finally human again. That would be kind of cute. And it would be interesting to see how Baxter would react to the computer while sane, and whether the computer would want to help him like before. That might be one of my oneshots. And if I do continue things, Baxter and Barney need to have a proper conversation again. Maybe Baxter can finally tell him that Krang was trying to murder him when the cross-fusion happened.

One problem I discovered while writing is trying to keep Barney from feeling too much like a Kylo Ren trope of wanting to go to the dark side/not caring if he has to kill a family member to do so. I fleshed out some of his scenes in chapters before I put them up and had him monologue and have doubts and wonder if he's just acting tough to impress Shredder when he appears as though it doesn't bother him, what he might have to do. I don't really want Barney to be sympathetic, exactly, because really, how much sympathy can you have for someone who willingly joins a megalomaniac while sane because he wants power and recognition? But when he's only in one episode and we just don't know much about him, I don't think it would be fair to paint him as irredeemably evil just to contrast him with Baxter being redeemable because of wanting to be honest at first and then having gone nuts. (Seriously, compare him in season 1 with the season 2 opener. He is sane in season 1 and just wants to invent something that would be helpful to the city's population. He really doesn't know what Shredder's up to. He thinks the guy just really hates rats in the city. He doesn't know Shredder is marketing the Mousers in order to murder someone, nor that Shredder is stamping Baxter's name on them so he'll take the blame. And Shredder is going to kill him just because he saw Shredder and could say that Shredder offered to market the Mousers and was using an old house as a hideout. By season 2, after he's been framed for attempted murder, blamed for the damage the Mousers caused, and thrown in the insane asylum for talking about the Turtles, Baxter is cackling madly about giant talking Turtles and is clearly insane. It is very sad, actually.)

So anyway, this story already inadvertently inverts pretty much all the angles of the other Baxter fix-it fic. I also hope to invert the Kylo Ren trope when it actually comes time for Barney to follow through on his vow to kill Baxter if he interferes. I really like how I've written the climax.

Then I drew Leonardo for the first time since my childhood, and this time he actually looks pretty good! I think I'll be able to draw those Turtles pictures for my "opening" clips that I wanted.

And I always meant to muse on this thought: Coming back to things I like that everyone hates, I actually liked when there was a girl who was part of The A-Team. She seemed to be a reporter if I recall correctly, so I kind of equated the situation as April O'Neil and the Turtles. Heh. The girl seemed to fit just fine into the A-Team's plans and it was nice to have someone around that I could more easily relate to.

Along those lines, I also tried comparing members of The A-Team to the Turtles, but that didn't go so well. Naturally I got B.A. and Raphael, but then I kind of stalled on drawing any other logical parallels. I guess Murdock could be equated with Michelangelo, since they're both the most out there members of their teams. But Hannibal and Leonardo and Face and Donatello don't seem to make very good parallels. And I keep wanting to equate Murdock with Donatello because of their mechanical know-how. So ... heh.

ROTFLOL.

Aug. 24th, 2016 08:12 pm
ladybug_archive: (ecks_wye)
Station Identification is hilarious for its TV show parodies. Leave It To Woodchuck (**snerk**). Then there was a Star Trek parody called Star Patrol that some ghosts acted out with Kirk, Bones, and Spock. Their Spock parody was called Mr. Spook. LOLOLOL. And then some nightmare material for me with a Gumby parody called Gumbo, which was a cross between Gumby and Rambo. Gumby creeps me the heck out as it is without giving him a machine gun. I think I echoed Ray's "Oh no!" But I laughed.

The Real Ghostbusters wasn't done with Star Trek parodies, either. The episode Not NASA-sarily So is one giant Star Trek parody from beginning to end. And they keep comparing Egon to Spock. LOL! Good comparison, really.

And then I'm reminded of the Spock Bear at Build-a-Bear. Even though I'm only a casual Star Trek fan at best, I find that bear kind of adorable and I actually have considered getting it. I like Leonard Nimoy quite a bit, so there's that.

Also, I watched more Turtles and finally tried Michelangelo's Birthday. That episode is several kinds of WTH in the last few minutes, but oddly enough, the "forgotten birthday" trope that I hate so much was actually handled much differently than I thought it was going to be. It ended up illustrating that if someone is too sensitive for a prank like that, it shouldn't be pulled on them. Mikey ended up feeling so bad that the others had seemed to forget something so important to him that he up and left. The others immediately realized they'd taken it too far and Leonardo admitted that he knew they shouldn't have. So I have to be impressed with that even though the episode was weird as heck in other ways.
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
I got some more inspiration for chapter 8 of the Turtles fic by reading back over my entries and realizing I needed to get back to Baxter's struggle with his humanity and the ghost of the fly continuing to torture him in his mind. Chapter 9 will probably still start the climax, but I don't want to get so caught up in that part of the story that I forget the other part. They are equally important. The deal with Barney and Shredder advances the action, while the other part advances Baxter's character development. And then of course, both things converge in the climax as Baxter tries to put what he's discovering about himself into practice.

I haven't actually wanted to come out and admit it, partially because I'm not sure how to without it sounding kind of bad, but I think the main reason I'm so intrigued by the idea of Barney working for Shredder is because part of me kind of likes seeing the "bad" side of the Baxter character in that scenario, especially when Baxter himself was vastly underused in it. Yet the other part of me wants to see Baxter being able to turn his life around, since he was the only one of the Baxters who actually wanted to be honest. The 1987 series enabled the possibility of, well, splitting the original character into two characters with the twin brother bit. Baxter himself can hence explore trying to reclaim his honesty, while Barney wanders down a villainous path and could be closer to the evil genius persona of the original Mirage and the later TV series' Baxters (albeit maybe not quite as treacherous as they were). In other words, the 1987 series is the only one with the possibility of really having it both ways at once and making it make sense.

The past night I saw that Wal-Mart only has one of the smaller Slimers left. Apparently he's selling much better than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man plushies. It was extremely difficult not to buy him, especially after coming from that adorable episode Station Identification, with Slimer so completely determined to save Peter and not seeming to hold any grudge for Peter treating him quite mean in that venture. But I have that problem of wanting to use that Build-a-Bear coupon too, and at this moment I can't get both. If I knew Wal-Mart would restock, and/or that they would keep having the Ghostbusters stuff for a while, I'd rather wait and maybe see about that on my birthday. But since I don't know, and since I had that weird experience with the DVDs being taken away just when I would have bought one at Wal-Mart, I'm rather paranoid about not letting that happen again. I can't seem to stop wanting a Slimer plush, especially as he just gets more and more adorable as I'm watching the show. And then I'm thinking that for only $5 more, the bigger Slimer (with original movie sounds!) is totally the best deal. Both of them are at horrible prices on Amazon, so if Wal-Mart gets them gone, I don't know that I'll have much luck getting one. I'm guessing Toys R Us and Target wouldn't have very good prices, if they carry the merchandise at all. They're usually far more expensive than Wal-Mart.

The breakdown between Wal-Mart and Amazon:

Smaller Slimer: $10 at Wal-Mart; $20 on Amazon (!!!!!)
Bigger, Talking Slimer: $15 at Wal-Mart; $25 on Amazon

At this particular moment, I have to admit that I think I want a Slimer plush more than to use the coupon. But it all hinges on how long the plushies will be around, sigh. And I hate to waste the coupon....
ladybug_archive: (schrank)
The final scene of Knock, Knock is really cute. (Which is good, because that is seriously one of the creepiest episodes I've seen yet. It needed a sweet ending.) And Peter also shows a much better side to his personality in the second half of Station Identification. Slimer is also squeeable in that one, rushing to save Peter when he's in serious danger. There is something both sweet and sad in how Slimer is so nuts about Peter no matter how much Peter yells and threatens. And apparently Peter does care deep down, as shown in these episodes and also Slimer, Come Home. (And probably many more.)

Also, the more I watch the series, the more I think the new movie was drawing more from the series than the original movie. As I mentioned, the new movie and the series both have character-bonding stuff. Then the Egon counterpart is blond in the new movie, just like the series. And I think I finally determined that the Ray counterpart is Abby, and Ray was heavyset in the series like Abby. (And bringing the original movies into it, Ray got possessed in the second one, like Abby in the new one.) Ray and Egon pal around a lot and are excited by science, like Abby and Jillian. Erin, like Peter, was more skeptical and really wanted to stay out of things. (Of course, unlike Peter, Erin became really gung-ho later on.) And then I can't really draw a personality parallel between Patty and Winston, but of course they are counterparts. Unlike the other three in their respective sets of friends, they don't have fancy degrees. But they are every bit as valuable to their teams. Patty is probably my favorite in the new movie, while Winston is still second-favorite in the series. (Egon is still my favorite in the series, naturally....) I liked Winston in the movie too, but you didn't really get to know him much there. Which was really sad, because the actor signed on because of being given an earlier draft of the script where his character was more prominent.

I am so in love with the series version. So much friendship squee and creepy ghosts and family-friendly content. Yay!
ladybug_archive: (snakes)
So of course, in addition to the Turtles fic, I'm doing that month-long [livejournal.com profile] 31_days challenge with Snakes and Chita, like I mentioned. Some are short, while some are long.

On days when I really wanted to work on the Turtles fic more, I was often frustrated to have to pause to write something else too. Yet I had really wanted to do those pieces and still did, so stopping wasn't a viable option. Now, as I find myself getting a little stuck on chapter 8, my attention is wavering and going back to being more interested in the themeset, so I'm even more glad I didn't stop.

I hope I will be able to get the rest of the Turtles fic to come out, though. I think the climax will probably start next chapter; it's mostly a matter of getting past the rest of chapter 8. I think I'm getting a little frustrated by lack of interest, as I have to admit I thought something for the Turtles category might actually bring some people in from the category to have a look. I got two Favorites/Follows early in, but nothing for a while. That was better than nothing at all, even though I'd hoped for reviews, so not having that either is kind of doubly discouraging. And of course, I'm happy that Harry and Crystal and Ladyamberjo have been interested in it. I just wonder why it is that it seems like no matter what category I write for these days, 99% of the time no one comes in from the category to read and review. I think the only times it's happened semi-lately is with Maverick and The Saint and The Persuaders!, aside from times when I've posted in the U.N.C.L.E. comm and one or more people have said something. FF.net seems to be in a sorry state these days. And I still barely get any comments at AO3, too. A couple of people left Kudos on the Turtles fic, though, which was also nice.

I didn't want to re-watch any Turtles episodes until I was done with the ones I hadn't seen before, but I think maybe I should re-watch one or two of the human Baxter episodes and see if that will jumpstart my inspiration again.

Anyway, back to the Snakes fics. I ended up getting kind of fond of the Chita character while I was writing the pieces. Naturally I would, since I was trying to show her good side up until Snakes learned the truth about her. They actually had some cute scenes sometimes. But because the audience was supposed to be as in the dark as he was (i.e., there weren't any hints about how terrible she really was, save for vague comments Snakes made directly to the readers in the narration), it came off as not feeling that believable when I got to that piece. I'm still feeling frustrated about that too and wonder if when I get everything done, I'll need to try to work on that one a little more. I wonder whether I should have had that piece at the point I did, and yet I felt I had to because the prompt for that day was perfect and none of the others fit quite as well.

Chita is a strange mixture. She's one part cliche/stereotypical gold-digger/airhead/hater of everything creepy-crawly and gross, one part devious woman who isn't really an airhead deep down, and one part whatever goodness is left in her. She did have fun times with Snakes and she did like him, even though she was never in love with him. And she never wanted to hurt him or for him to find out what she was doing behind his back. But that doesn't excuse what she did and she was certainly a horrible person to be married to.

It feels nice to write stuff for Snakes. I love fleshing out his character so much. I'm anxious to pick up the Ginger and Lou pieces again too. I'm hoping to do that come September, when this challenge ends.

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