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I've been watching some friends of mine on tumblr count down to the Christmas special, which is, of course, in two days, and I realized that while I'm happy for my friends who are still in the fandom... I don't feel anything. I don't care.  I thought I still cared a little bit, but I don't.  I'm going to be at my parents' house in the land of one computer with no torrent ability and no wireless signal, and if I ever do watch the Christmas episode, it'll be long after the fact and maybe after I've caught up on the rest of season 3. Or most of it. I don't think I'll be watching that episode just yet.

Now, why am I doing a whole post about not caring? Because it's strange.  It's like... there's an empty room in the bit of my soul that's fannish where all my love for Downton Abbey used to be, but it's... just a big empty room, and it's hollow and echoes if you speak too loudly. Actually, it's more like a house where you used to live, or a house you associate with good memories, but all of the furniture has been moved out, and so while it's structurally similar, everything about it on the inside has been taken out, and as you wander from room to room, if you close your eyes you can still feel the things that used to be there around you, but you know they aren't really there.  And when you open them, you're in a room with bare walls and no furniture and no people, and you feel a bit sad before you go and lock the door behind you.

Yeah. THAT is how it is when I try to muster up some caring about the Christmas special.

So you know what I'm looking forward to instead? DOCTOR WHO!  Victorians! Lesbian lizard lady and her partner! Top hats!

Also, I'm almost caught up with Vampire Diaries, so I'll be looking forward to new episodes of that wonderful drama-fest...

In non-fannish news, Rae and I had our just-us holiday celebration last night. We put out the decorations (finally) and had lamb from tj's and green bean casserole and this delicious cabbage and ramen salad, and German mulled wine from World Market.  We watched A Christmas Story while we ate, gave each other presents, and watched some TVD while we snacked on the contents of our stockings. (The World Market that just opened pretty much filled both of our stockings this year...)

Going up to the parents' house tomorrow... if I don't see people before then, I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate!

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Because what I'm watching and being fannish over is SO much more interesting than what I'm actually doing with most of my time, here goes.  Spoilers behind the cuts.

Burn Notice )

Downton Abbey )

Once Upon a Time )

The Vampire Diaries )
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Day 2

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

A video and three fics. )
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Tonight: New Burn Notice.  I'm currently half-watching the marathon of the season up to this point on USA.  My Burn Notice love has been in hibernation, mostly because if I think about Michael and Fi too much, I WILL give myself an ulcer from the worry.  But no longer!  New episodes are BACK!

Friday: New Fringe, after a three week hiatus.  (The last game of the World Series stretched what was supposed to be a two-week break to three, and the suspense is killing me.)

Sunday: OMG THE LAST EPISODE OF THE SECOND SERIES OF DOWNTON ABBEY. It's going to be a long wait between now and Christmas... at least we have confirmation that there will be a third series.

*FLAILS*

In other fandom news, Allan Leech, who plays Tom Branson on DA, is officially on my "actors who are just as magical as the characters they play" list.  He tweets about his character, and he answers fan questions.  Rae and I came up with a good one, and she tweeted him.  And he answered her.  *flails some more* I haven't stopped grinning about that yet.

I'm also trying to figure out if I should sign up for holiday fic-exchanges.  Theres Robin Hood Discussion Board exchange, which I'd love to do because I love the people there like crazy, there's the [community profile] hoodland exchange, and there's also a Downton Abbey exchange going on over here that I'm half-tempted to sign up for.

And finally... some fic recs.

Downton (and by "Downton" I mean "Sybil/Branson")

Um... everything [profile] dizzy_whore has written?  Seriously. This girl has Sybil and Branson down, and her fics are pitch-perfect. I'm especially partial to Politics and Tea and The Road, even though that second one nearly made me cry.

Turn Back and Descend the Stair, aside from having an awesome title, is also incredibly well-written.

And Finally, one PotC rec:

[personal profile] cassiopaya has written a second chapter of her Navy-centric post-OST fic, Quarter. *flails* *cries* *hugs Theo and Andrew* <-- My reaction.  Seriously. It's amazing. Part One is Here.
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Rae and I got to see [profile] hystericblue42 yesterday morning. We went to the Junkyard, which is one of my favorite restaurants here in town. They have fantastic, homey food and delicious skillet potatoes with bell peppers and onions.  We talked about life, work, and fandom, and we gave her her first hit of crack for free watched the first episode of DA with her.

After she left, we got our hands on the most recent Downton Episode.

Let's just say I feel like my soul has been put through a blender. )



With my soul feeling recently-pureed, perhaps it was good that [personal profile] lynxgriffin came over for dinner.  We ate at a good BBQ place, and she showed me some episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  I had wondered how it was that so many adults could be so crazy about this kid's show.  I don't wonder any more.  It's smart, funny, and very, VERY pink.  And the writers are incredible nerds. There's an episode that is, for all intents and purposes, "The Trouble With Tribbles." I'm still giggling about it.

And, finally, [personal profile] joyful_molly shared this link on her journal and I have to repost it... Greg Ellis talks about filming OST, layers of period clothing, and what he thinks happened to Groves. Nothing like an interview with the actor who played one of my favorite characters in my favorites franchises to help me pick the pieces of my soul up off the floor. Re-watching this interview with Allen Leech and Jessica Findlay doesn't hurt, either... 

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Downton Abbey is definitely my most recent head-over-heals fandom crush.

Every two or three years or so, I find myself a new fandom and allow it to completely take over my life for a little while.  At the end of college, it was Firefly.  A couple of years ago, it was Robin Hood. And I think there were probably some Pirates and their Navy counterparts in the middle of those two, if I remember correctly. I may thoroughly enjoy other shows in between serious fandom crushes, but the Big Ones are the fandoms that work their way into my life so inextricably that I'm a different person for having been a part of them.

And now, Downton is looking like it's going to be one of those fandoms. The evidence is as follows:

I've got it bad.  )

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