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Caught up on Elementary. Just in time for there to be no new episode this week, apparently. That is pretty much my life, in a nutshell. I don't think this post needs spoiler-tagging, but if you haven't scene the last three months of episodes, it might reveal some details (though very few specifics). I decided to put it under a cut just in caseCollapse )

I also watched The Mentalist on Sunday. And this has more potential to be spoilerishCollapse )

Mostly, I've been reading a lot and trying not to be crushed beneath the weight of an over-abundance of library books.

Dear Show, (plus bonus meme)

Dear The Mentalist, version 2.0,

Spoilers from tonight's episodeCollapse )

For funtimes instead,

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I’ll tell you something about the story I’d write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. roadtrip
2. forced to share a bed
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married/fake!dating/arranged marriage
6. jealousy fic
7. amnesia
8. hurt/comfort
9. friends to lovers
10. truth or dare
11. forced proximity fic
12. fluff (if you pick this, I'm gonna need some more specifics)
13. apocalypse fic (edited, because I generally am not a fan of anything vaguely dystopian, so instead let's try...) Enemies in love OR Road rip
14. curtain fic
15. High School / College AU

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Fic: Confrontation

Title: Confrontation
Rating: T
Pairing/Genre: Jane/Lisbon, Romance
Summary: She'd been hoping for a knock on her door. She hadn't expected something far closer to banging. Lisbon tried to keep her grin contained as she let the door swing open. "Jane." Jane, on the other hand, didn't seem to have any trouble keeping a smile off of his face. "Lisbon. You're home." Consummate-verse, sequel to Connection, set during 6.12
A/N: Hello everyone! Here is the third (and possibly?) final installment in the Consummate-verse. Final for the time being, though who knows what will happen (I’m not ruling out more in the future). The series currently consists of Consummate and Connection. It takes place mid-6.12. Thank you to the lovely Cathy, for giving this a readthrough for me, and acting as the vioce of sanity. Again. I hope you enjoy it.

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Born this way or cursed?

I've been meaning to post for a while. I have been LJ-absent lately. But I've been weirdly apathetic a lot lately. So there has been no post. There has been a lot of reading. (I may come back to some of the reading later.)

In other news, I went to see Frozen on the weekend. It was a spur of the moment decision. It was me in a theatre full of parents with small children. I was amused. And that movie is charming. I love it. Honestly, it is so delightful. I love the sibling relationship. I love the charming Disney side-characters. I love he subtle callbacks to previous Disney movies. The songs were delightful. The plot was delightful. I may have bought the soundtrack. And listened to "Let it Go" an embarassing number of times. It pleased me a lot. And honestly, for reasons I can't quite articulate, one of my favourite parts was [Spoiler (click to open)]when the King and Queen take Anna to see the trolls right at the start, and the grandfather troll just goes, "Born this way or cursed?" It's just such a throwaway line, but it's also such a brilliant piece of dialogue. I love that they embrace the world, and the tropes, and are relatively genre-savy. I love that that is an acceptable question to ask in a fairy tale. And I LOVE that the whole point of the movie is that the answer is "born this way" and not cursed. It pleased me so very much is all.

Some minor Mentalist thoughts, spoiler-freeCollapse )

And now, onto my last thing. I would like to talk about book lengths. Book lengths in the context of book clubs. And this got longer than I was expecting, so I cutCollapse )

Fic: Connection

Title: Connection
Rating: T
Pairing/Genre: Jane/Lisbon, The Mentalist, Romance
Spoilers: Takes place sometime between 6.11 and 6.12
Summary: Over the years, after a tough day she'd also gotten used to a cup of tea and an absolutely-not-hovering consultant (a compensation the Washington Sheriff's office had never boasted). It seemed that the FBI came with that service though (more than compensating for the occasional mortal danger). Lisbon and Jane try to deal with their shifting relationship. Sequel to Consummate.
A/N: This takes place about a week after “Consummate,” but before episode 6.12. I’m posting it this week in spite of myself, I think. I’m a little unsure about it, in the same way I’m unsure about just about everything in this new universe of mine. But I’ve decided not to pick at it for a month. Instead, I have hollowed out a cave under my rock and brought snacks.

Thanks so much to Cathy for the read-through. It was very helpful. (Although, as you’ve probably guessed, I’m not entirely sure I believe you.)

Also, I was a bit overwhelmed by the response to Consummate. Thank you everyone. I hope this one lives up to it. And I hope you enjoy.

xxx

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I am having issues with fic. Fic-writing, that is. (Not issues with the medium in general; I have long ago accepted fic for what it is.)

Why do I do this? Why does my brain insist on writing the fic that makes my brain twitchy? Really twitchy?

I could be writing non-twitchy fic. There are any number of things that I have (and want) to write that would not result in mental... issues.

BUT NO. My brain has latched onto this mental universe, and is demanding to write down the things that it KNOWS happen in it.

Never mind that those things are not easy to figure out how to write down.

So my mind is in a tizzy now.

Never mind that I'm only 2k in. (At least I knew the first bit was going to be the worst.)

It may be called "Connection." It may also be a sequel.

I am hoping things calm down when more words are on paper (or comupter screen as the case may be.)

Blah.

This is not so much a cry for help, as a need to release some pent up mental energy/frustration. HELLO LJ. WELCOME TO YOUR APPARENT ROLE IN MY LIFE THIS WEEK.

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So, someone in my apartment building has taken to practicing the violin in the bike room in the basement.

I can hear them when I do laundry.

(And each time I question whether or not it would be vaguely odd if I went to go investigate further.)

It's times like these that I'm reminded of just how much I enjoy the world.

All I'm saying is, that was a nice mental distraction in a week when I could use one.

It's a good thing work has been a bit of a zoo this week.

I don't suppose anyone else has another mental distraction...

Fic: Consumate

I blame Chibs for this. I really do.

Title: Consumate
Rating: T
Word Count: Insane (8 598 words)
Genre/Pairing: Romance, Jane/Lisbon, The Mentalist
Summary: Even if most things about his return to the U.S. are better than he deserves, at least one thing is unacceptable. He's determined to fix it though. He hopes he can. He certainly wants to. Jane drops by Lisbon's apartment, long after the case is closed, with an unexpected question. And she isn't sure how to react. For Chibs, set immediately after 6.11.

A/N: Hello Readers. Before you get to the fic, I feel a need to tell you a story. A story of chizuru_chibi and her crazy prompting powers (at least where I am concerned; see: Stolen Kiss, Secret Drawer, Working Out, etc.). She asked me how I would write and I quote, “A steamy TM fic.” Because she was curious as to how I would do it (the answer is probably Restraints, P.S.). I don’t know if this even qualifies. But this is the best I can do, at this point. I’ve been picking at it for a month. It needs to be posted. A thousand thank you’s to spyglass_, for reading it over and telling me it wasn’t terrible.

xxx

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GAH.

Leverage, see subject line.

I cannot. They are so adorable. Jealous!Parker is adorable. Sophie explaining to Parker what jealousy is, also adorable.

MORE Sophie and Parker. Always.

I have so many Leverage thoughts, again. Guess who's into S3? That'd be me.

I will try to organize my thoughts somewhat under the cut. I make no promises thatt hey will actually be in any way organizedCollapse )

Oh show, my show.

I need icons.

Also, while I'm thinking of it, The Mentalist this weekCollapse )

Leverage, Leverage, Leverage.

Leverage, Leverage, Leverage.

I may be in love.

It is so delightful.

First of all, the last two episodes of S1? So amazing. That was just wonderfully done. Loved the end of the finale especially, and the big reveal. And the final shot. [Spoiler (click to open)]The one of them all turning and walking in five different directions, and pausing just as the screen fades to black. So well done. Oh, and in the finale, I loved all five of them independently casing the gallery where Nate's former boss was exhibiting both Davids. Just, YES. Oh, and Elliot accidentally hitting on Nate's ex-wife, HEH.

I love S1, but S2 may have stolen my heart. First of all, whenever they touch on Nate as lapsed Catholic, I just get happy, because it's so well done. Second of all, THAT PREMIERE. [Spoiler (click to open)]I love, love, love how the team convinces him to work with them again. I love how the con coincidentally requires five people. I love them occupying Nate's appartment. I love that Hardison bought the damn building. I love that everyone went to Sophie's play and THAT is where they both met up. I especially love how it was implied that Parker and Sophie had been in at least minimal contact over the past six months since Parker knew about the boyfriend. Which, parenthetically, I just generally love the dynamic between Sophie and Parker. I love how it's a semi-mentorship. I adore whenever Sophie gives Parker acting/life/interacting with people tips. Female friends that makes sense FTW! Also, I love how Parker and Hardison are always the ones who pretend to be FBI, and always run into THE SAME FBI Agents, that they now have a bond with. Hilarious. And I just love Elliot in general. He was fabulous in the episodes with the MMA fighters. I really enjoy his dynamic with Sophie, when he's explaining the reason behind the fights to her. And then, in the episode after, when he recognizes the kid who's a victim of abuse? Guh. (In same episode, I also love the moment where Sophie starts rambling abotu a play she was in where, like their current con, she played multiple roles, including two characters who had a song together.) My favourite though, is the one with the shy kid (Widmark), who Sophie bonds with by telling the truth and being genuine, and then during his big act on stage at the end, she yells at Elliot for being too loud while beating up the hitman hired to kill the kid's (hugely corrupt) step-father. That right there is pretty much all I ever want in a show. Also, Parker coaching Hardison throught he break-in was pretty excellent (while holding a conversation with the FBI Agent who has a crush on her).

I love how all the cons have ridiculous names that are NEVER explained.

I love the ridiculous photo of old Nate that they hang in their offices, WHICH HARDISON APPARENTLY PAINTED.

I love Sophie Deveraux. Full Stop.

I love Parker. One name. Just Parker.

I love Hardison's muttered rambles

Elliot has one of the surpringly sweetest smiles ever.

I love Nate when he's interacting with kids (I don't even care if the stuff in the S2 premiere was a bit heavy-handed on that front).

I really enjoy Nate and Sophie's dynamic. [Spoiler (click to open)]And can we talk about the fact that he knows the tone of voice she uses when she's talking to a mark? CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT?

Hardison and Parker are adorable together.

I enjoy how Elliot just sort of sits in the background making sarcastic remarks sometimes.

I was off sick today. Guess how I spent my time?

Leverage. Leverage. Leverage.

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