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James Gang vs. Dalton Gang

Jan. 15th, 2008 | 01:15 am
I feel: annoyedannoyed

I noticed in the The Battle of Mineral Springs that Nick mentioned "the Dalton Gang." Since the timing of this episode is probably 1878 or 1879 (and the Dalton Gang wasn't really active until the 1890s), this reference is typically anachronistic. The writers should have had him say "the James Gang," which would have been easy and more time appropriate.


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Tombstone, 3:10 to Yuma, etc.

Jan. 15th, 2008 | 12:49 am
I feel: awakeawake

Sunday was the anniversary of Wyatt Earp's death, according to one of my wild west groups. I recently watched the movie Tombstone again, mostly to study Val Kilmer's take on Doc Holliday (fascinating), and I've read a lot about Earp; still, I admit, I don't really have a good picture of the man or his motivations. Wyatt Earp is the perfect example of a fabricated real person, someone whose actual personality is lost in the hype. I have to admit I enjoyed Kurt Russell's version, while I didn't care at all for Kevin Costner's. Here's a character who-- like Jesse James--was probably portrayed by a half dozen actors (at least) in the past fifty years, and probably never all that well.

We screened 3:10 to Yuma over the weekend, and I was very impressed. I found it much more compelling than the original, with Crowe and Bale a really magical pairing. I loved so many of the touches in the movie, and I was pleased to see the Pinkerton company appear in a pivotal role. (The special coach with the gattling gun actually has the 'eye' logo painted on the side!) It was amusing that one of the 'additional scenes' has Ben Wade mentioning Allan Pinkerton's recent death to the agent played by Peter Fonda, which, by the way, places the story in 1884. (And, yes, he knows Pinkerton died from an infection caused by biting his own tongue!)

And at least I now understand why the 3:10 slash community I joined is called "Bridal Suite"! It's much the same as my use of the term 'line shack' for a western slash community.

And here's a completely unexpected development: I was approved for the 'Playin With the Boys' community I applied for some time ago. I'd given up on that.

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Here comes the start of tennis season ...

Jan. 9th, 2008 | 12:48 am
I feel: busybusy

Very disappointing that Rafa couldn't keep his energy up in Chennai. A 6-0 6-1 loss in the final (to Youzhny!) is not an auspicious start to 2008. And with the start of the Australian Open just a few days away, I only hope Rafa wasn't poisoned by someone in the Russian mafia. And, yes, I'm serious.

Roger, on the other hand, has been in Melbourne suffering from a stomach virus. Hopefully he'll completely recover in the next day or so.

I can't believe it's already time for Australia. It seems like eons since I was there, but it was only three years ago. What a difference the past three years have made ...

On other fronts, I was out of town on a short business trip and then buried when I got home. Kent went with me, and he did a great job.

It's been chilly here, but not nearly as bad as it was back east.

And I've been uninspired when it comes to writing, but I hope to get back to it tomorrow or the next day.

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Western Slash

Dec. 30th, 2007 | 10:13 pm

I've spent a little time trolling around LJ looking for fanfic and folks who are interested in western-themed slash. This is not all that easy, to tell the truth. I joined several communities in order to get the lay of the land and see what they had to offer.

Since we've invested time setting up the new western slash community, I want to be sure we have some different offerings available. Since most of the fandoms are small (I'm not counting fandoms like Brokeback Mountain that have hundreds of members at their communities), it seems like there might be some strength as well as synergy in numbers. If we like Big Valley slash, for instance, we might enjoy a Lancer story or something written about Bonanza or The Virginian.

It seems you need at least a dozen people to get something going, and I've come across a few interesting stories I'd like to have in the memories. I found a relatively new community posting fiction slashing Russell Crowe and Christian Bale from 3:10 to Yuma (good idea ... funny that I had the original on earlier today). And of course I belong to the Big Valley slash community, which is kept active by a few enthusiastic participants.

Lancer seems to be an active fandom at Yahoo Groups, but like Big Valley, it's very het and gen. Slash stories are rare, evidently because of the incest taboo.

I'll probably end up sending out some invites, which are probably considered annoying or intrusive in some way (this whole fandom thing can be very difficult to navigate), but I can't think of any other way to get people involved. I know communities seem to dislike the advertising of other communities--and LJ is hardly going to do much advertising for a subject it's trying to control--so it will take some 'leg work.'

Well, it will either work or it won't, and it's not like over time we won't be able to build something. In the meantime, I've found a half dozen or so new communities, although they don't seem to have the active discussions that go on at BV slash (where I like the fanfic *and* the screencaps *and* recs *and* other random posts).

And during my search I came across some completely unrelated fandoms that appealed to me. We'll see how much I can digest.

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Testing LJ Scrapbook

Dec. 30th, 2007 | 09:20 pm

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I can sleep when I'm dead, I guess ...

Dec. 26th, 2007 | 07:05 am
I feel: awakeawake

A long, long day of family and social obligations, followed by a night of enjoying the intimacy of my most treasured relationships, as well as a little alone time. It seems like sleep is elusive lately, and I prefer not to fight that. So instead of giving it a second thought, I did some reading, watched some TV and did a few Soduku puzzles. Eventually I'll get back to a 'normal' schedule, I suppose, although normal for me is hardly conventional.

I did refrain from working at all during the past 48 hours, and I'm proud of that.

My father-in-law is a fascinating man, and I found his take on Christmas almost conforting this year. Yesterday we screened the 2006 film, 'The Nativity Story,' and it was interesting to hear his critique. He's a biblical scholar, not just a man of faith, and he seemed to approve of Mike Rich's version of the story, which evidently borrows most from the gospel of Luke.

Windy and cool here, and we're expecting rain. We'll see if that actually happens.

Maybe I'll do some writing today ...

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Damn story!

Dec. 19th, 2007 | 04:29 am

I've spent another three hours tweaking this damn story. Why is it so difficult? I think it's far more psychological than I intended.

I can't look at anymore--I just want to post it and be done with it. It was a lot more fun when it was meant to be just a little chapter in a round robin.

ETA: I haven't decided if the final result was a success or not. I need to wait a while and then re-read it.

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To write or not to write ...

Dec. 17th, 2007 | 12:34 am
I feel: creativecreative

I finished my second drabble in a series of 120 or so. I have two more started. I think I'll at least get through the first season of BV, and then maybe some of my favorite episodes, even if I don't manage a drabble per episode. It would be quite an accomplishment, though, and I could spend years on it if I chose. What I haven't decided yet is whether to go all over the place with the pairings, or whether to stick to a Heath/Nick theme. I'm probably more interested in writing about Jarrod, actually, so it seems strange to even contemplate not including him in more than a peripheral role.

We'll see how it goes.

I'm having trouble finishing the campfire scene, for some reason. It was easy at first, then it became torturous. I removed it from the round robin, anyway. And right now I seem to be spamming the BV slash community, so it can certainly wait.

Too bad I can't share this writing with my father-in-law, because he's a great critic and coach. He'd really approve of the drabble thing, because he despises a needlessly wordy tome. But he certainly wouldn't approve of the subject matter or the content, needless to say.

The Christmas tree in the great room is magnificent. Kent outdid himself, and when it's completely decorated, it will probably end up being one of our best ever.

And I'm ready to start my western slash community, and to see if I can find some other places to play. I've found a community for rare slash and certainly a lot of gen fanfic places, but it's difficult to choose. And my time is limited and my interest pretty focused. I really don't plan on writing anything other than BV, unless it's a BV crossover.

In the meantime, I did no more icon work and I haven't practiced at my graphics communities at all. So I'm hardly ready to set up a decent community, come to think of it.

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Busy week ...

Dec. 14th, 2007 | 05:49 pm
I feel: busybusy

I haven't gotten anywhere on my journal To Do list. This has been a busy week full of holidays preparations, guests in and out of the Los Angeles house despite the coolish weather, inlaws arriving in town (for the next two weeks!) and a run in with a nasty virus that couldn't be allowed to interfere with several important meetings and the final interviews for two staff positions.

I definitely hope I can get away to do some writing this weekend, and some research on Unum ad Finem. I want to write a drabble based on every BV episode, I've decided. It's definitely ambitious, but I like to have a goal. And the BV slash moderator didn't respond to my suggestion of a holiday drabble challenge, and she's dealing with some difficult personal issues (of which I can relate, surprisingly) which I read in her journal (why does that feel like intruding or spying?) that are more important than fanfiction. So ...

No one at the BV slash community has written any more to the round robin. Evidently my chapter inserting Nick into the action stopped the flow. It's difficult to know where people want something to go--if there even is an implied direction--when you take part in a round robin. And when you're not familiar with the writers (or the personalities) at a community, it's probably better not to participate in a round robin right away. Since there are no comments to the chapters, it's hard to gauge the reaction. I guess that makes it my responsibility to write another chapter that takes Nick and Heath into a lusty confrontation. Or I could remove my part and do it as a separate story, the way some challenges are done--starting with a base and then letting individual authors finish it any way they want.

I suppose it could be argued that the story (the round robin) does have a sort of ending, but that wasn't the intent.

It's time to bathe and dress for dinner, but hopefully I can get some time to myself this evening and do some writing.

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