July 22nd, 2017
sharpest_asp: Shaak Ti from the Force Unleashed, looking to the side (Star Wars: Shaak Ti)
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (hope is all we have)
posted by [personal profile] rionaleonhart at 11:23am on 22/07/2017 under ,
I've never grieved for a public figure like this before. I'm not sure I even realised it was possible. I loved Hybrid Theory so much when it first came out, but I didn't really get to know the band members as individuals until the concert a few weeks ago, so it's a weird double-punch of 'he's been important to you since you were a child' and 'you didn't know him for long enough'.

My birthday was two days before Chester's death, and [livejournal.com profile] th_esaurus gave me a DVD of Linkin Park's 2010 'Shadow of the Day' concert in Madrid. I was actually watching it when the news broke, and, unsurprisingly, I didn't finish it that day. I couldn't contemplate watching it yesterday, either, when I hadn't slept enough and I was still intermittently crying and I could barely eat. (Getting tearful again typing this, come on. I'll move past this, I'll be okay.) But this morning, after a full night's sleep, I started it up where I had left off, in the hope it might offer some sort of catharsis.

I think it helped.

Below the cut are the text messages I sent to [livejournal.com profile] th_esaurus while I was watching, both before and after. I'll spare you the messages I sent at the moment I actually learnt the news.


Linkin Park, 'Shadow of the Day' concert DVD, interrupted reactions. )


Thank you for everything, Chester. I wish you hadn't left us. I wish we could have spoken. You'll be missed.
July 21st, 2017
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glinda: An Ood surrounded by hearts (Oood!love)
Music:: Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Mood:: 'hopeful' hopeful
sharpest_asp: TCW Captain Rex in background of Fulcrum (Star Wars: Fulcrum and young Rex)
July 20th, 2017
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
posted by [personal profile] kindkit at 08:58pm on 20/07/2017 under
I've finished Leverage and now I need all the fics. Anybody got recs?

I'd prefer stories with a strong element of character exploration, although I will take mostly-plotty if it's a very good plot. I'd love character-focused stories for any of the main characters or the recurrings, and I would especially love stories about Sterling, because I adore Mark Sheppard. I'm not looking for PWPs, but ship fic is welcome for any of the following: Hardison/Eliot, Hardison/Parker/Eliot, Hardison/Parker, Nate/Eliot, Nate/Sterling (please!), Nate/Damien Moreau. I'm not especially fond of Nate/Sophie but if there's a really outstanding story, I'll read it.


I also had a question about the last series under the cut )
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posted by [personal profile] rionaleonhart at 08:38pm on 20/07/2017 under ,
Chester Bennington has died.

I'm devastated.

You were a big part of my early teens. I thought going to see Linkin Park in concert would just be a fun nostalgic thing, but you were so good on stage. I've been hoping I might be able to see you perform again ever since then. I can't believe it was only on the third of this month.

I'm glad I was able to see you once, at least.

Thank you for giving me so much joy over the last fortnight. And, on a less intense level, thank you for the joy you've given me over the last seventeen years. Also, fuck you slightly for being the reason I've been sitting here and crying for the last hour? (I'm trying to proofread this entry right now, and I can't see the screen through my tears.)

But 'Leave Out All the Rest' asks us to forget the wrongs that you've done. So I'll forgive you, I suppose. When I'm not quite such a wreck.

It also says, 'Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed.' I think you left behind your own reasons.

There'll never be another.

God, I fell so hard for you and we never even met.


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posted by [personal profile] rionaleonhart at 11:21am on 20/07/2017 under , , ,
Hmm, I thought. As I love the music video for 'Heavy' so much, maybe I should check out some other Linkin Park videos and see whether they spark any writing inspiration.

(Did I forget for a moment that I'm supposed to be trying not to write Linkin Park fanfiction? Er, possibly. I maintain that music video fanfiction doesn't count.)

I'm now deeply conflicted over the video for 'Leave Out All the Rest', which depicts the band on a spaceship that ends up drifting into a star. On the one hand, hey, an interesting AU setting! On the other, it's an interesting AU setting that I never want to write about, because it sets off my fear of space very badly.

I'm also intrigued by the 'In the End' video, with its charmingly turn-of-the-millennium graphics and young Chester being an attractive little shit (his smirk in the bridge!), in which they sing a desiccated wasteland back to life and for some reason there are flying whales. It's a strangely hopeful video for a song with hopeless lyrics. You tried so hard and got so far, in the end it doesn't even matter, but the video is telling you that you can move past this. Your life still has the capacity for beauty and flying whales.


THE BOOKENING TITLE #14: The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

A real book! An actual, proper book that non-fannish people have read!

This is not my usual reading fare, but I enjoyed it! I was interested, but not invested, if that makes sense. Most of the time, when I was actually reading it, I was gripped. When I wasn't reading it, though, I didn't think about it at all. So I'd tear through a hundred pages in a sitting, and then I wouldn't touch it for days; there was never any point where I thought 'wow, I can't wait to get back to that book' or found myself speculating on the solution to the central mystery. This was a book that only existed when it was in my hands.

The main character struggled with self-loathing, made terrible decisions and couldn't trust her own perception of reality, which are all qualities I enjoy in fictional characters (I repeat: the music video for 'Heavy' is so good). I also liked the way she made her own personal fandom out of the people she saw from the train, and then basically self-inserted. Everyone in this book is very difficult to like (poor Cathy is the only half-decent person in a sea of arseholes), but I did end up with a touch of fondness for Rachel, and I really liked the scenes between her and Anna towards the end.
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July 19th, 2017
glinda: sky pirates (stardust)
Mood:: 'calm' calm
Music:: The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
sharpest_asp: Obi and Qui on either side of a saber (Star Wars: Jedi OTP 2)
July 18th, 2017
glinda: donna dancing (donna dance)
posted by [personal profile] glinda at 10:07pm on 18/07/2017 under ,
Mood:: 'enthralled' enthralled
Music:: Queen - Radio Gaga
sharpest_asp: Fulcrum in background of TCW Captain Rex in Armor (Star Wars: Fulcrum and Jaig Eyes)
July 17th, 2017
sharpest_asp: Shaak Ti from the Force Unleashed, looking to the side (Star Wars: Shaak Ti)
glinda: pushing daisies road trip (pd road trip)
Mood:: 'dorky' dorky
Music:: Suddenly Seymour - Ellen Greene & Rick Moranis
July 16th, 2017
glinda: Teal'c *indeed* (indeed)
posted by [personal profile] glinda at 10:21pm on 16/07/2017 under ,
Music:: The Planets: VI. Uranus, the Magician - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Mood:: 'childish' childish
kindkit: Picture of the TARDIS, captioned "This funny little box that carries me away . . ." (Doctor Who--TARDIS)
sharpest_asp: Obi and Qui on either side of a saber (Star Wars: Jedi OTP 2)
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posted by [personal profile] kindkit at 09:01am on 16/07/2017 under ,
26. A song that makes you want to fall in love A political song

I don't like many of these last prompts, so I'm just going to change them as I see fit.

One great thing about Billy Bragg's early work is that he got his political message across by telling stories. Later, his political songs got more abstract and preachy, and I don't like the later ones as much. (The same thing happened to Paul Weller, sadly.) This isn't one of Bragg's best known songs, but it's always meant a lot to me. The myth that if you work hard at your education you'll get a good job has been proven wrong in my own life over and over again.

Billy Bragg, "To Have and to Have Not"





All the prompts )
July 15th, 2017
sharpest_asp: Ahsoka hugging Rex in Rebels (Star Wars: Ahsoka Rex)

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