labyrinth2015: (happy cookleta)
Now [livejournal.com profile] calledmelovely Cookleta remix challenge reveals are up, I wanted to try my hand at making a DVD commentary of Counting Down to Zero for [livejournal.com profile] soverignthorn.

I’ve seen this kind of thing done really well before, and thought Kayla might enjoy seeing how (and which parts of) her original story Countdown inspired my remix; also that maybe my process might help someone else with remixing for Round 2?

(And, ngl, I hope my fellow remixers might indulge in DVD commentary also, because I would love to see their process as well! ETA: Okay, I think I sold [livejournal.com profile] aohatsu on doing this! \\\o///)

[Spoilers, obviously, are inherent in any DVD commentary, so caveat lector XD.]

Behind the Countdown… )
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...As you walk on by, will you call my name?
When you walk away...


And so, regretfully, hiatus.

There's a truckload of work, and for some reason fandom isn't the frivolous happy fantasyspace it used to be? The damn music industry's a fickle, incomprehensible thing. And my well's dry, y'all; I recognize it's time to take a step back.



Pic courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] otherbella and DCook's pink plaid shirt

Still here, dancing, you know it, baby )
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In the words of Neil Young, off "Fork in the Road", "Truth is fiction, truth is lies, strange things happen when worlds collide..."

Weird things happen when you're cycling through fandoms at hyperspeed so you can get back to actual work! You know how fandom seems multitudinous and labyrinthian at first blush? Then you run across familiar people -- [personal profile] leici commenting on an old U2 story, [profile] otherbella popping up in Hunger Games fandom, discovering that [personal profile] twistedchick, the lady for whom I was writing a Yuletide treat, was a friend of my beta for that self-same story, [personal profile] cinco -- and suddenly there are intricate connections across fandoms where you least expect them :)

And of course, out of those different fandoms comes the crossover fic ideas :)

To wit: in Inception fandom, I've been stalled on the Anthemic-as-Inception-team idea for ages (c'mon, who doesn't wanna see DCook as scene-chewing Extractor DCobb?), and Part II of Tommy Solomon-and-crew-incept-Archie elevator!fic is still at the planning stage :(

Over at The Hunger Games, it's easy to picture Cook and Archie as Finnick Odair and his beloved Annie, or to imagine the Quarter Quell kids getting their golden tickets to Captiol Hollywood, and singing for their lives on the Idol stage -- where they meet Haymitch as Simon Cowell and Snow as evil 19E Network producer Simon Fuller (and Caesar Flickerman as their host, Ryan Seacrest!); Peeta and Katniss sing Marly's "The Letter"/Kradam's We are the Champions and Finnick sings DCook's "Sharp Dressed Man" - and in a nailbiting photo-finish, the number of votes cast for the top two are exactly the same and there are two American Idols crowned! I kinda want to write that :)

Where worlds collide there are duets, too, of course. [personal profile] evilgeniuslady reminded me of the epic 80s Springsteen/Sting duet on "The River", and how epic it was. Magnificent, and magnificently slashy, these classic rockers in their glorious youth singing each other's words and getting up close and personal in each other's space:



This is the time of worlds colliding, this is the time of kingdoms falling - Springsteen/Sting/U2 OT6 )

Things do get a little sketchy, though, where RL collides with fandom. I have no problems with the idea of celeb RPF - actors and musicians and entertainment and sports personalities are public figures, and as such they sign on to a certain amout of stanning and fair play in re: those public images. Reclusive Harvard figures and businessmen may however not be quite the same kettle of fish, and although I've followed The Social Network fandom and the Mark/Eduardo fic with interest, I have always felt there's a difference.



Cut for small-world, small-town TSN-related gossip )

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I shouldn't be here; I'm gearing up for weekends and weeks of work and more work. But, oh, fandom is beguiling me with roaring fireplaces and wine, holding my hands and harmonising with me and exhorting me to stay :)

Case in point: how utterly charming is GLEE's Chris Colfer/Darren Criss, and this Doris Day/Dean Martin duet? SO CHARMING. Cute and coy, winsome and winning, the sidelong glances from Kurt and the full-on gallantry from Blaine, the old-school flirty sidestepping-around-each-other cheoreography, everything about this ♥



I gotta get home, say, lend me your comb (oh baby, you'll freeze out there)... )

...okay, fandom, well, maybe half a drink more - I wish I knew how to break this spell (your hair looks swell) :)

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"...Tell me why, ain't nothing but a heartbreak..."

We interrupt the holiday hangover item postage to bring you this cuteness from [profile] empressearwig: Selena Gomez and her band take on the Backstreet Boys! With bonus blond, tousled, air-bass-playing ex-Anthemic Joey Clements. I don't know most of these guys, but it's seriously adorable, folks!



Something else adorable: someone's getting cleaned up for serious publicity for someone's impending new album. (Are you happy the glasses are gone, [profile] frackin_sweet?)



ETA: ACK, massive; let's put the rest of David behind a cut, not that I'd be complaining IRL, of course. )
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Finally getting down to holiday commitments. Thing the First: happy holidays, [livejournal.com profile] bethbetter! I hope you like this, and forgive my dancing metaphors! Title and text reflect lyrics from, well, you know the song.

And she dances on the sand
John Taylor/OFC, PG-13, 1,100+ words
Not for profit. Total fiction.

1983


Image copyright Getty Images, 1983

She was born to the islands, to sun and sand and the wide ocean. She'd grow up to live in the city, amongst buildings and books, but the islands would never leave her heart. )
labyrinth2015: (B and the Edge)
...only to be with you, only to be with you...

As some of you know, I’d headed out to Melbourne this last week, only to be with U2 and the 360 Degree Tour. The concert was amazing, you guys; I know nobody but Beth and Julia and Clio will care, but this 3,000-word concert recap is for me to hold to my U2-loving and Bono/Edge-shipping heart when I’m cold and in need of something to warm me ;)



I got to watch the Zoo TV Tour when I was barely out of my teens, when the lads were young and vital and at (IMO) music’s cutting edge – they immersed themselves in mass media, music sampling and electronica, and the whole stadium rock performance art experience, all big screens and pirate radio stations run out of Trabants, with absurd smash visuals and deliberate sensory overload like Baz Lurhmann on acid – it was an amazing, life-changing trip. (Producer Nellee Hooper famously told Bono that Zoo TV "ruined irony for everyone", and OMG did it ever.)

Over the years the lads changed, but always stayed relevant, always current, always larger-than-life. You loved them for their focus on the world's issues or hated them for their pompous grandiosity, but you’d have to acknowledge they became the biggest rock band in the world. I was keen to see how they’d stack up now I’m in my thirties and the lads are that much older...and I wasn’t disappointed.

I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls...only to be with you )
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Two posting days in a row is unusual for me, but then I saw the pics from david-daily.com which [livejournal.com profile] mitsurudemon posted, from Archie's Independence Day concert rehearsals at Capitol Hill.



Is that our boy, over whose (lean, tousled) ramparts those broad stripes and bright stars never looked so attractive? There's that brilliant, gleeful smile we all recognize, his unfettered excitement in singing for his nation on the 4th of July.

More Independence Day pictures and bad Star-Spangled puns )

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…and now at least I know I know him well…

Hi, f-list! Check out the awesome new layout which the amazingly talented [livejournal.com profile] ciudad made for me! I was really excited to win her services for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti, and she is not only gifted but a real sweetheart (she also provides tech support!). In addition, she’s gonna make me a surprise thing – how is that not sheer win? *dances around*

Thank you so much, my dear! XDD (She wants me to credit [livejournal.com profile] the_fulcrum for the style sheet, and viola!)

Separately, I do realize this LJ has been pretty much all American Idol all the time, but I actually do enjoy several other fandoms, including that of the original good Doctor (not you, Tiemann). While Eleven does intrigue me, and I have actually always loved Eccleston, my favorite Dr. is the delectable Ten, played by a David! Tennant’s older than our beloved Dave Cook, but as gorgeous, even more articulate, elegant, and at the same a time total geek. He might not have the Cookster’s guitar-playing biceps, but he is as utterly shag-worthy, ahem.



Who/Torchwood and Barrowman/Tennant squealing, contd, which not-so-subtly builds to my conclusion, yo. )

Finally: ah, David, David – Archuleta, not Cook or Tennant, and a much younger, less sophisticated and more conservatively religious one. Still love him, and I think he needs love and support – certainly not validation, but not condemnation, either. (Of course people do feel disappointed, and worse, and with good reason.) I am just saying: my wish is for him to grow from the kind, considerate, generous (sheltered, rigidly brought up) teen that he is into the strong, loving and accepting man we know he can be. Okay, that's all.
labyrinth2015: (happy cookleta)
It seems [livejournal.com profile] cookleta is officially two years old this April!

In celebration of this momentous event:

* Arch shows up in L.A. to perform "Imagine" on the Season Nine Top 9 Results Show, Cook tweets him about meeting up, and fandom explodes.

ETA: The boys in fact meet at some restaurant with a picture of a matador in it! Plus chaperones Drew Cook and Brooke White, who look in rather fine fettle! Photographic evidence appended.



* The annual fic train extravaganza makes its appearance! This is my first fic train, and I seem to have kind of worn out my welcome, committing a quantity of fic of varying quality:

01: Discussion, Decision, Cook and Arch reunite after Cook's Idol Gives Back trip to Addis Ababa, [PG]
02: Table A Deux, Part Un et Deux, Public sex involving coming in pants, [R] (which likely owes much to [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet's Don't Keep Your Hands To Yourself. Sorry, babe, I am kinda derivative, but I credit!)
03: Applesauce 2 Happy domestic babyfic, [PG]
04: Un, Deux, Trois Three conversations that can only be had in the dark, [PG] to [R]
05: A Fighter By His Trade Cook as a boxer, Arch as Marisa Tomei [PG-13]
06: X-Men Cookleta Where David has superstrength, and Cook has claws, [PG]
07: Arms of the angel BtVS!Cookleta: Cook watches Archie sleep, [PG]

All comment ficlets not for profit works of fiction. Real persons depicted belong to themselves. No libel or breaches of privacy intended. Will remove on without prejudice basis if valid cease and desist is received.

People awesomely fill my fic requests! See Sex toys by [livejournal.com profile] orochi_kitty and again by [livejournal.com profile] cerrad / Middle Aged Cookleta by [livejournal.com profile] soverignthorn / Foreign Language Cookleta by [livejournal.com profile] pretendhappyend / S&M Cookleta with Cook as sub by [livejournal.com profile] odi_et_amo53. (Pls to read warnings on individual stories.)

Also: there are puppies by [livejournal.com profile] cincodemaygirl, desert island fic by [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer, and [livejournal.com profile] ciudad writes her first NC-17 ficlet (which she blames on ice skating - a likely story)!

Hijinks ensuing as we speak - everyone should totally go check it out ♥.
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"They said: you better hold on to what you got..."

This week, David Cook packed his guitar and his lead guitarist and traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the UN Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of girls' education, for a special episode of IDOL GIVES BACK to be aired on April 21st.

My various thoughts:

01: How fine is he? Seriously.



Cut for pics, squeeing and a minor rant about reporters and women's rights. )
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…So many lessons to learn...?

This is the clarifying LJ meme, which everyone else (most recently, um, [livejournal.com profile] epicflailer?) has done. I am doing this at the insistence of [livejournal.com profile] fakeplasticsnow, who has since clarified her name is “Fake Plastic Snow” (from the Radiohead song, and the title of her favorite Ugly Betty episode), as opposed to “Fake Plastics Now” (a homage to fake resins, nylons and other polymers, or a slogan for the same). Good to know that, bb.

My username: Jehane18. Jehane is the female protagonist from The Lions of Al-Rassan, a historical fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay set in Moorish Spain. I loved this beautifully written book, and I identified so much with Jehane: smart, principled and passionate. Read an extract here.

My profile name:International Woman of Mystery! This ass-kicking persona was born one day when we decided to form a superspy group, the Girls of Ultimate Hotness (“GoUH”). The other GoUH members were [livejournal.com profile] lire_casander’s persona Sarcastic Journalist from Heck, and [livejournal.com profile] motherendurance, the Fabulous Girl Sleuth. We’re still taking members, so feel free to pick a superspy persona and sign up ;)

My journal title: Grounded Here With You. From “Be My Downfall”, by the awesome, ageless Del Amitri.

“Be my downfall be my sweet regret
Be the one thing that I'd never forget
Be my undoing, be my slow road to ruin, tonight

Well, the bus is pulling out, and I’m grounded here with you
And I want to say the sweet things babe I always wanted to
So tell me now the tail-lights have gone out of sight
Baby won’t you be my downfall once again tonight”
.

This was the song which played when I fell in love with Hub, and will always be the song of my heart, and when I heard it sung to me by the phenomenal [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet in her epic story “Patron Saints”, I knew somehow that she was...my density. ILUBB ♥!

Original song here, circa 1992; and then again, the boys older, wiser, more full of time, a decade or so on. New version includes a lovely version of "Drowned on Dry Land".

When your world is full of strangers, when your nights are dark and dangerous,
there's a place where you can hang and just let it go.
When your eyes see only sorrow, and your life seems somehow borrowed,
and those long promised tomorrows never show.

Well, come on down we're waiting for you;
We got a special evening planned.
We're gonna push the boat out or you might get drowned on dry land.

My journal subtitle: ...though we share the same city, and feel the same sun.... Another Del Amitri song, "Always the Last To Know" “Though we share the same city, and feel the same sun/When the winter comes, I’ll be the last to know”. This ironic song, with its killer guitar line, is about how you'll always love the lover whom you did wrong.

Oh my heck, this is becoming a Delboys fan journal! We need some David Cook right away. Here!



My friends page: “I know your name, I know your skin, I know the way these things begin”. From Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel” - “It won’t do to stir a deep desire, to fan a hidden fire that will never burn true”. Cool and lovely, with a slow bossa nova burn underneath – I love Suzanne’s voice, and the longing in this elegant, restrained song, and the love that I feel for all of you.
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And, the continuation of my responses to [livejournal.com profile] motherendurance's Awesome Interview of Win. I've been having entirely too much fun, answering this - which surprises me, as I'm really somewhat reserved and formal IRL. 

(Sings: "...Find/one song/One last refrain/Glory/From the pretty boy front man/Who wasted opportunity...")

 

5. What led you to Cookleta slash in particular? How did you decide to look for it? Or did you stumble on the pairing? Enquiring minds want to know!

 

Read more... )
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