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Man, Doctor Who is still kind of blatant about killing off POC, isn't it?

I mean I love this show and have loved it since I was fifteen, but >>>>>>>>>:(

PS. I haven't seen the finale, so if you could hold off on discussing that. Maybe all the POC from that episode live to lead flourishing lives!
extemporally: ([pond] the stars don't burn as bright as)
1. So, we had an election! Another one, I mean. Unfortunately the dude I didn't want to get elected got elected, instead of the awesome progressive dude (yeah, they're all dudes) who said stuff about how he supported equal rights for LGBT people, women and racial minorities and also spoke out against the Internal Security Act. Well I guess that's... life? I stayed up till 1.30 AM or something RIDICULOUS last night, but they were recounting the votes (it was a really thin margin) and the result only came out at 3.

I mean, given that Singapore runs on the British parliamentary system electing a President is basically sort of like electing a figurehead monarch, but still. I would enjoy a figurehead monarch who says stuff about how he would have "no discrimination". >:(

2. I watched the new Doctor Who! and basically mostly didn't like it. )

3. I realise this will not be a super big deal to those of you who churn out 100,000 word epics on a regular basis, but the Oxford AU is currently at 27,000 words and thus not just one of the longest things I've ever written, but the longest thing, period. It's been... interesting. Admittedly a lot of that story is "banter and they do some stuff, idk, and are really busy and also I try to fit in lots of random people including Matt Smith and Karen Gillan" which results in me not really being able to control the timeline as much as I'd like, but! [livejournal.com profile] oddishly has been a BRILLIANT cheerleader and a brilliant beta and lets me email her with stuff like, "tense changes augh" and "yay 23,000 words!!!" She is PRETTY GREAT, if you didn't know.

4. Other fannish shenanigans I've been getting up to lately: notficced about a Jesse/Andrew/Emma threesome. Sadly, I'm probably not going to be able to write it out to my satisfaction, but like I said here, I kind of really enjoy thinking about the private-public intersection of a poly relationship, especially given that they're all famous. How would you even present or hide that from the world? etc.

5. Also, I just bookmarked this interview of Emma Stone, which is really interesting and also essential, I find, in the sense that when you enter a given fandom it's always really hard to find a stock narrative for female characters, especially in RPF. I mean, Jesse Eisenberg is obviously "neurotic cat lady trapped in a Hollywood actor's body", A. Garfield (much love to him) is, "manic dude who is socially capable yet somehow in love with Jesse", and Emma is... "bright and chirpy and also hilarious". ??? I don't know. Anyway:

“Do you know Jesse Eisenberg and I both had our first panic attack at 8?” she says. “We found that out on ‘Zombieland’ and bonded immediately. But yeah, I had separation anxiety, I worried my house was going to burn down, I was wringing my hands all the time, and so my parents took me to a therapist. And so I was figuring things out and something happened where I just thought, okay, all right, I want to act.”


6. I also just got an iPhone! I kind of need ideas for what kinds of Apps I should have - my mother wants me to get Viber, and I have a vague inkling that Whatsapp is The thing to have, but beyond that I have absolutely no idea. Does anyone feel like sharing?

7. I have not been reading, or reviewing, books to any degree of consistency lately. Have a couple of rushed reviews:

Weetzie Bat,
Witch Baby,
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys,
Missing Angel Juan, &
Baby Be-Bop, by Francesca Lia Block
.

mostly positive! )

Bloomability, by Sharon Creech | Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall In Love, by Maryrose Wood | High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby | Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, by Leslie T. Chang | The Boy Next Door, by Irene Sabatini | Singapore Shifting Boundaries: Social Change in the 21st Century, edited by William S.W. Lim, Sharon Siddique, & Tan Dan Feng | The Frenzy, by Francesca Lia Block | Goodnight Mister Tom, by Michelle Magorian | The Spirit Catches You And Then You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman | Saraswati Park, by Anjali Joseph | Eston, by Stella Kon | Rape: A Love Story, by Joyce Carol Oates | Rice Bowl, by Suchen Christine Lim | The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell | Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics, edited by Kenneth Paul Tan | Miss Seetoh in the World, by Catherine Lim | Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee | Jointly & Severably, by Eleanor Wong | Wills & Secession, by Eleanor Wong | Mergers & Accusations, by Eleanor Wong | GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singaporean Poetry & Prose, edited by Ng Yi-Sheng | Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier | Gone Case, by Dave Chua | Sex and the City, by Candace Bushnell | The Waters & the Wild, by Francesca Lia Block | Growing Up: Getting Along in the Sixties, by Tisa Ng | Oreo, by Fran Ross | Caucasia, by Danzy Senna | Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, by Owen Jones | Racism: A Very Short Introduction | Modern China: A Very Short Introduction, by Rana Mitter | Feminism: A Very Short Introduction, by Margaret Waters | A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin | Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean | Sons of the Yellow Emperor, by Lynn Pan | Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People, by Katharine Quarmby | Tipping The Velvet, by Sarah Waters | Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro | The Lantern Bearers, by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Silver Branch, by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli | Brick Lane, by Monica Ali | The Savage Detectives, by Robert Bolano | Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell | Cat On A Hot-Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams | Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, by Joshua Zeitz | Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson | The Moon By Night, by Madeleine L'Engle | To Live, by Yu Hua | Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer | The Next Competitor, by K.P. Kincaid | Raffles Place Ragtime, by Phillip Jeyaretnam | Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, by Frances Mayes | Mao's Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin | Marie, Dancing, by Carolyn Meyer | Man Walks Into A Room, by Nicole Krauss | How To Be Good, by Nick Hornby
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I think this illness is taking longer to recover from than I'd expected it to. I don't have symptoms any more but being awake still takes it out of me it seems -- I think it's going to be an early night for me.

Right now I'm torrenting the Doctor Who finale so I can watch it with my mother. I have a lot to say about what a clever season I think this is, and how I think Moffat's consciously reworking a lot of the old themes, with a lot more intelligence and insight than RTD ever applied to this show. (Or maybe this is just me being bitter? I will NEVER FORGIVE him for the end of Season 4, is what I mean to say.) Or, well, I have a lot of thoughts -- but I'm not sure I can put them into words.

What I do mean to say, though, that Doctor Who is kind of my show in a way I don't think any other series will be. I love it so much, you guys. It kind of came along at a confusing period of my life, and to this day Martha Jones is still one of my biggest heroes. I even made my own Doctor Who notebook. But enough babble! Really the whole point of this entry was to post this fanvid --

the best goddamn video )

which may be one of my favourite fanvids in any fandom ever. Fuck I love this show, all forty unwatched years of it. One day I'm going to marathon watch all the Old Who episodes I can scrounge up, and it will be glorious.

ETA OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE WE HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR BEFORE WE GET ANY MORE DOCTOR WHO that is literally the only rubbish part of the finale. :( Also, mild spoilers in comments?
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spoilers for doctor who: vampires of venice )

I watched this episode with my mother, and then I gave her my Mother's Day present. I feel a Little Bit smug at how much she liked it. Happy Mother's Day to the mums on my flist! ♥
extemporally: (on a fuckin jet plane)
S'up, Livejournal. Life is being RIDICULOUSLY nice to me tonight! I have fic to read and fic to read (and beta) and generally I feel like going around shoving exclamation marks (!!!) and *_______________* in EVERYONE'S faces, that's how obnoxiously happy I feel right now.

Doctor Who, for instance. spoilers )

BASICALLY YOU DIDN'T NEED TO READ ALL OF THAT. I am very firmly on Team Eleven, hurrah.

In conclusion this comic. Or maybe the conclusion should be that I need Amy icons. Yes.

I was going to post about something else, but Doctor Who! God, I love this show a ridiculous amount. ♥
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OMG OMG OMG how awesome was that CAN IT BE NEXT WEEK NOW.

p.s. Also, I love this girl.

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