appalling_cynicism
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1st-Apr-2009 05:43 pm - Because I don't yet feel like putting away my nice clean dishes...
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I offer recs! Not many, just a couple of my favourite West Wing fics. As an advanced warning, they are all Josh/Sam. Okay, one of them is probably more gen than anything else, it's pre-slash if you happen to ship it.

You and Me of the 10 000 Wars by Violet and Ellen M - PG13 - "You're asking the wrong person," he says. "Josh has never been in love with me." As soon as the words are out he sits up in his chair, so fast that it squeaks. He's shocked at the bitter edge of his own words.

♥ I think this may be a stock rec for this fandom. It is a lovely story about how Sam deals with Amy and Josh, with a massive heaping of Ainsley for good measure. I love Ainsley, especially in this.

Twelve Days before the World Changed by [livejournal.com profile] raihon - In the summer of 1988, Sam sublets a room in Josh's house and thus begins an interesting friendship.

♥ Amazing, plotty, gritty fic set in a world that is changing rapidly. As the author puts it, it is a love song to 1989.

Sentimental Fever by Seana Renay - PG - "You know how everyone thinks you're the smart one?" he asked. "We should get them to stop thinking that."

♥ Sweet! Absolutely adorable story about the boys saying 'I love you' for the first time and how Sam is an idiot.

And now for something completely different.

Double Ironed by [livejournal.com profile] simmyschtuff - House - R - He died last Christmas.

♥ In case the summary isn't enough of a warning, there is character death in this fic. Also, hints of House/Wilson in amongst the House/Chase goodness. It is more a lovely character study of how House deals with a puzzle he can't solve. It is light, and funny, and tragic.
26th-Mar-2009 05:19 pm - Flist, help me!
appalling_cynicism: (The sun after the shadowlands)
Despite the fact I have over 300 fics bookmarked I can't find anything to read. Rec me something, preferably angsty Grey's fic.

M*A*S*H is lovely, especially the Trapper episodes. Seriously, I adore Trapper. In the early episodes they had a much better balance of drama and comedy, they rarely felt preachy. They lost that later on. Alan Alda was many things, but subtle was not one of them. Nothing except the musicians plot line in the finale moves me as much as Sometime You Hear the Bullet and Abyssinia, Henry.
4th-Mar-2009 10:28 pm - Am I a horrible person? Maybe...
appalling_cynicism: (Guns and cigarettes)
I am two weeks behind in my Heroes viewing because I don't really have enough download quota left to waste it on TV shows. This makes me sad, because it has actually been good again. Admittedly, it has been about 3 episodes, but that is more consistently good eps than they've pulled off in a while. In honour of this, and because I've been binging on it, I offer MattMo recs. While I have quite a few ships on the show, it is the only one I actually read fic for.

Recs, ahoy! )
29th-Dec-2008 12:47 am - Nerding out since 1987. Yes, I was a nerd when I was a baby.
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I am such a fricking geek. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though it would be nice to try normal. Okay, I tried normal from Grade 8-10. I didn't like it, it didn't feel right. So yeah, my last few days have been spent watching Harvey Birdman, Strangers With Candy, and Futurama. Also, playing Smash Brothers Brawl with my sister. I love video games with co-op modes. While beating the living daylights out of your friends and family is entertaining, sometimes it is nice to team up with them to beat the living daylights out of the AI. The other new development was an investment in a blow up pool. It has provided a lovely cool place to lie with a book.

In honour of the DW Christmas Special, I offer DW recs. )
27th-Nov-2008 11:48 pm - ...when did I start shipping Derek/George?
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Tripod, make better shirts! I soaked mine in salty water to colourfast the signatures and ended up with ink smudges all over it. I have gotten them almost all out, there is nothing a girl armed with Google, Enchanted, and a well stocked pantry can't do. Still, Tripod is fricking awesome and I plan on listening to nothing else while I clean tomorrow.

Grey's Anatomy! Cut in case of spoilers ) And really, I have know idea when or how I ended up shipping Derek/George.

Also, West Wing rec!

Wayfinding by Jackie Thomas - The West Wing - R - He still had moments, even now, when he could taste the pavement in his mouth, when the sound of shattering glass rang in his ears, when every kid in a baseball cap concealed a gun and every building a gunman.

♥ This is one of my favourite Josh/Sam fics. Actually, it is one of my favourite West Wing fics. The characters are dead on and genuine. The writing is beautifully lyrical, and it just kind of aches.
26th-Oct-2008 01:24 am - Fannish ramblings
appalling_cynicism: (Hippie chicks rock)
I have one more assignment, two more exams, and one more semester to go.

Am I a freak for actually enjoying where Heroes seems to be going? I mean, I do wish the characters (especially Mohinder) would stop being so fricking stupid, but that's been the case since season 1. Also, Matt and the tortoise are love. Oh, and I recommend reading Jack Coleman's blog on TWoP, it is a bit hilarious.

Recs )

Some songs )

Sara Ramirez )
27th-Sep-2008 01:25 am - You can take the girl out of the country...
appalling_cynicism: (I'd pay to see that)
I have escaped from the city and finally made it home. 4 years of university may have taught me nothing except that I am a country girl at heart. I know there are a lot of bad things to be said about life in a small town, I've said most of them at one time or another, but I have roots here that I just haven't been able to establish in Brisbane. I know it is not the universal experience, I have friends who have thrived down there, but I'm just not one of them. I do, however, very much appreciate the large potential friends pool. I had about 3 real friends in high school because I didn't drink and drinking was (is) the primary way of socialising. I got to Brisbane and met people who did not define friendship as getting paralytic on the weekend. While I don't think I'll end up back here when I graduate and go looking for work, if I get my way I'll end up somewhere like here. If I ever have a family of my own, which I am not at all sure about yet, I want them to have what I did.

On a lighter note, I do believe I promised recs and picspam.

Recs! More specifically a House, a Who, and a Harry rec. )

Lee )
I'm thinking maybe Scarlett for my next picspam. Also, why isn't Pushing Daisies back on yet? I want my candy coloured world filled with gruesome murders and pies back.
23rd-Aug-2008 02:21 am
appalling_cynicism: (Small joys in a big 'verse)
I am still dying from the flu. This is not fun.

I do offer a rec, though. It's a Donna/Ianto friendship fic, and it's just lovely. The voices are just perfect and the whole thing is sweet and funny with just a hint of bittersweetness. One warning though, it does have spoilers through to Journey's End.

Permanent Placement by [livejournal.com profile] lacylu42 - Torchwood/Doctor Who - PG Memory is a very dangerous thing for Donna, and Ianto's called on to step in and help her. On Doctor's orders.
9th-Aug-2008 05:29 pm - Kate Walsh!
appalling_cynicism: (Beautiful)
I went to a fantastic 21st last night, the sort of 21st where drunk people let tipsy people cut off their mullets and bags of ice do not melt, even after the sun comes up. It was freezing, but so much fun. I love those nights surrounded by friends, I love that feeling that I matter to people. I know I'm single, have always been single, maybe always will be single, but nights like last night remind that it's enough to have amazing friends. Admittedly, I'd like to the whole kissing thing and sex thing at some point, but I already have a whole lot of love in my life. I lose sight of that sometimes.

I've been trying to do my Australian literature assignment with limited success. If I can pass this I will be very proud of myself.

I also offer a West Wing rec. It's mostly gen, though I suppose squinting could offer Josh/Sam pre-slash.
The DoD by E.E. Beck - G - “It’s sort of a New Year’s resolution,” Sam said, squinting down into his coffee in embarrassment.

Picspam! )

Are there truly people out there who do not want to jump her bones? What sad, strange lives they must lead....
24th-Jul-2008 12:28 am - In which I make some sweeping generalisations
appalling_cynicism: (Saved the world with her story)
For reasons I can't really explain, in the last week there have been a lot of debates between 21 year old me and 40+ year old women about paid parental leave. I understand that they don't support, even I don't really understand why. I know there are economic reasons for and against, but they mostly go entirely over my head. My biggest problem is when your first argument is 'I never got any help." That is crap. It may be true, but it is still crap. That's not a good reason, that's only just above 'women belong in the home' as a reason. It isn't 'paying women to have babies' it is providing financial support to new mothers. As far as I'm concerned, you don't need a reason to help someone, you need a reason not to.

On a related note, I study human resource management and industrial relations, and live with a girl who studies criminology. I have actually acquired some relevant knowledge. I may not have been in the workforce for the last 35 years but that does not render my opinions entirely invalid by default. Academia is not entirely bullshit and should not be dismissed as such.

Oh God, I feel so much better for getting that rant out.

In fannish news, I finally convinced [livejournal.com profile] broncobabe007 to watch Band of Brothers. She and I share ships, Speirs/Lipton and Winters/Nixon, though that would probably be more notable if we didn't already ship the exact same things in all our fandoms. In honour of this, I am putting together some Damian Lewis picspam. I just need some BoB caps to complete it. Furthermore, I offer two Speirs/Lipton recs.

Conduct Unbecoming an Officer by [livejournal.com profile] cinnap - NC17 He's so quiet. Noiseless. Lipton wants to hear him shout, groan, make a sound for its own sake.

Untitled by [livejournal.com profile] amyasfarsight - NC17 He wanted to be kind, somehow. How did that happen? How did friendliness happen, or was that something that some people knew and others were doomed to never understand?
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