[info]aldiara wrote
on July 1st, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Obsessions, Rambling, A Poll, Fic and Sundry

Insert the usual flailing about how IJ is too neglected etc., yadda blah blah introcakes.

Stuff I've been up to lately mostly involves telly and reading and then some more reading, and also a whole lot of hating on the concept of winter. WHO CAME UP WITH THAT SHIT. I want to be warm again, please! And yeah, I know, winters where I live are ridiculously mild, but that doesn't really help when all the houses are built like we're in the tropics and everyone around just shrugs and goes, "Eh, put on an extra jumper, you'll be golden." I DO NOT WISH TO BE GOLDEN IN AN EXTRA JUMPER. I WISH TO BE GOLDEN IN A TANK TOP WITH THE HEAT ON HIGH WITHOUT MY POWER BILL LEAPING BY 5000%.

Ahem. Yeah. Winter Is Not Hot.


A while ago, the lovely [info]alsha had three overdue weeks of leave, which was awesome. We spent the entire time holed up on the couch doing a massive AWZ marathon. Yes, the ENTIRE three weeks! I was pretty nervous about it because I wasn't sure if I was ready and whether 2+ years had been enough of a break, but actually? It was freaking awesome. It was really, really cool to rediscover how much I loved this story and these characters, and why; also it was the first time ever that I've sat down and watched THE WHOLE DAMN THING in one go. Well, I lie - we skipped the crappy Days of Fluff playlist, and stopped at 1269 for It Is Perfection. Even so, it took up almost a month of watching 6-8 hours every damn day, which proves that those people who used to jump into the final playlist and crow that they'd just watched ALL THE EPS EVER in three days were such fucking liars, lol.

Highlights included rediscovering that DeRo 1.0 still bloody rocks, that the Dark Years are actually one of my favourite eras ever and anyone who skipped them missed out on so much good stuff (nggggggghhhhhh, Jenny/Lars. You and your utter fucked-upness may actually just be my favourite canon pairing ever), and that my *actual* favourite era, obscure as it may be (about the early 600s to early 700s, i.e. early pair-skating plot up to just before DeRo 2.0 took off, when we had no idea what would happen but everything had just started to *feel* really really good again and Show was cracky and secretive and lovely and undefinably promising) is still made of gold. Also ran: Katja used to be honestly adorbs; AxelAxelAxel; Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike; Maaaaaaaaaaaaaarc; BWAHAHAHAHAH COITAL THEFT GUY HALLO; Randy! Bulle! Leeeeeeeeeeeenaaaaaaaaaaaa; REICHENSIBS, YOU BREAK ME.) And much more. Suffice it to say, it was awesome. Oh, gah, and the last one shattered me, again. Took me a bit to get over that (again); not planning to go back anytime soon. But: gold medals.

One other thing the marathon brought home is how very rare it is for me to develop a genuine, lasting fandom obsession. It's not like I've been exactly fandom-less since my investment in AWZ ended - on the contrary, I've burned through a vast number of shows/books/films since then that I genuinely loved. That's the thing, though: I burn through them. I watch/consume, I enjoy while it lasts, and then we're DONE. Recently, I was madly into Fringe for a few months and felt genuinely obsessed while I was watching it; but as soon as I'd finished the finale, BOOM, OVER. No longer interested. Then I had a flashfire renewed romance with Kommissar Rex (for reasons that shall remain a mystery forever, it's HUGELY popular in Australia, so DVDs with subs are fairly easy to come by), watched 4-5 eps every night for weeks, and now... yeah, I think we're done. I'm not particularly bemoaning this because genuine round-the-clock total-immersion obsession is exhausting, but sometimes I do miss the way it would engage my creativity and critical thinking (as opposed to "CONSUME, ENJOY, DONE"), and the kind that lasts is rare for me. Apart from AWZ, there's probably only ever been 2 or 3 fandoms that held my attention in that permanent way.

Actually, this interests me - let's have a poll, Y/Y?

Poll #7224 Very Important & Scientific Fandom Behaviour Poll
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

How many fandom irons do you tend to have in the fire at any one time?

View Answers

Just one (all or nothing, baby)
4 (33.3%)

Two or three so I can vary it up a bit
3 (25.0%)

Up to five (keeps things interesting)
1 (8.3%)

More than five (fuck yeah, fandom orgy)
1 (8.3%)

It varies. Don't make me define my shit.
3 (25.0%)

Thinking about "your" fandoms, do you tend to be equally active in all? ("active" meaning engaging in discussions with other fans, producing fanworks, meta, etc., as opposed to just watching/reading regularly)

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Did you not listen, bitch? I only have one, so yeah, I manage to be equally active in it. Amazeballs.
0 (0.0%)

I usually have one or two primary fandoms where I'm more active and dabble in others
7 (53.8%)

I'm equally engaged in all
0 (0.0%)

I dabble in all but am not super-active in any
1 (7.7%)

I watch/read regularly but don't engage
2 (15.4%)

What is this active/passive shit, is your name Mike?
1 (7.7%)

None of the above but I'll tell you in the comments
1 (7.7%)

None of the above and I won't tell you in the comments but I wanted to tick a button anyway
1 (7.7%)

Earl Grey with milk. Thoughts?

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2 (16.7%)

Balderdash and chicanery! Well, I suppose you can have it how you like if you must.
2 (16.7%)

Ew, milk in tea is vile. Sugar for me!
4 (33.3%)

Huh, what's wrong with that? *clutches milk*
4 (33.3%)

No milk, no sugar, and no sissy lemon. Straight up!
2 (16.7%)

2 (16.7%)

So yeah, kind of between fandoms at the moment. Fringe and Rex are ebbing, Teen Wolf is cracky fun but I'm not really feeling this season so far, and otherwise... eh, we'll see. I have been reading like a fiend, though, so I'm not exactly wailing at my devastating first world problem of not being madly in love with any telly shows atm.


Right! The other thing the rediscovered AWZ love seems to have triggered is I have randomly been poking at fic. It's been a long time since I've felt like writing anything, so it's a good thing I have a lot of old barely-begun-but-never-finished-or-did-anything-with-it things lying around. A file with a couple hundred words in it isn't as daunting as a blank page, especially when you reread the couple hundred words and 1) have no recollection of having written them, and 2) discover they're not entirely awful. So I've been kind of... edging back into it, not feeling up to anything original or super-ambitious, but I have been wrapping up a few old bits and bats and it feels good to write.

Some of it is AWZ fic and I realise most of my f-list is over that, but that's okay, it's primarily practice and/or for myself :) Still, a quick round-up of newish things:

Title: Family Ties
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Alles was zählt; Deniz, Alkim
Word Count: ~1600 words
Rating: G
Warnings: Set during ep 1256, so there's That Thing.
Summary: Faced with the task of championing a little brother, Deniz decides to reach out to his own.
Disclaimer: These characters belong to RTL.
~ Family Ties ~

Title: Nobody's Side
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Alles was zählt; Roman, Randy
Word Count: ~3300 words
Rating: G
Warnings: I made a .GIF
Summary: Only in Essen do you run away from not one, but two painful break-ups in short succession just to have your escape vehicle chauffeured by yet another old fling.
Disclaimer: These characters belong to RTL.
~ Nobody's Side ~

Title: Someone Else's Now
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Maurice; Maurice/Alec
Word Count: ~4100 words
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Rough sex with no fainting couch nearby. Also excessive butchery of E.M. Forster's style.
Summary: It wasn't like he doubted Alec's feelings, not truly. Sometimes, though – like now, when the whole world was already in turmoil and devotion of any kind too risky a gamble – he wasn't certain that he could be certain of anything.
Disclaimer: I regret nothing.
A/N: This originally started out as a BBTP attempt last year. I'm sure in a couple of months when I scramble to knock something out during the final 30 mins of BBTP, I'll curse myself for not holding it back 'til then, lol (it barely qualifies anyhow; as usual, my muse is a prudish cow).
~ Someone Else's Now ~

Whoa, that somehow got long and I don't have a smooth wrap-up handy. Here, have some bouncy Marc instead:

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