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27 October 2010 @ 12:39 pm
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Yay!  It's finally fall!  Actually fall, and not just teasing fall that lasts for a few days before it warms up again.  My sisters and I are planning our epic Halloween dinner, to be eaten as we watch the most triumphant premiere of The Walking Dead.  I would be excited about a zombie show anyway, but it's Frank Darabont, and Bear McCreary is doing the music, so you know it's going to be amazing.  As far as meal planning goes, so far all we have are barbeque meatballs and green chile bacon cheddar croissant things.  Maybe some sherbet punch?  And I think ghost sugar cookies.  We're still working on it.

scifiland had a fic challenge that I actually did, but then I missed the deadline.  I'm still kind of pissed about it, heh.  Anyway, since I didn't get to submit in time, I'm just going to post it here, since it's ineligible for voting.  We had to pick one of three sentences and build the fic around it, which was a really fun exercise. 

Title: Untitled Drabble (IDK, dudes)
Specs: Battlestar Galactica, Laura, no spoilers, 250 words
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I did not bother getting out my DVDs to check these numbers, so they're probably off.  Eh.
Prompt: "She's been dreaming and not sleeping, on a road not meant for traveling."

72 days.  46,326 survivors.  68 ships.  Laura wakes, and the numbers are already waiting, there in her mind before anything else.  A narrow couch, not meant for sleeping.  She could acquire something better, this job does have its perks after all, but she prefers this skinny bed, this rough blanket, the thin curtain an inadequate partition.

Laura's been thinking about the coldness of space.  She's been imagining white-hot flashes, blasts of wind, the sound skulls make when they click together.  She's been dreaming and not sleeping, on a road not meant for traveling.  She's been listening to her body, the quiet whispers of malignant sneaks hiding in dark corners.

Laura's fingers shake this morning.  Brushing her hair.  A stranger brushes her hair in the mirror in front of her.  She only packed three suits, and she pulls one on now; slick satin shirt rough against her skin, jacket buttoning too loose and she'll need to cut a new buttonhole, this jacket used to fit.  A president should look presidential.

Laura takes a pill with water, and she prays today there are no visions.  She coughs.  She's heard this cough before, at a lunch at that bistro in Thebes.  Her mother didn't tell her for another two months, but she knew hearing that cough, that dry little cough, and her meal grew cold.

Laura hopes today is boring.  She hopes the Dradis stays clear.  She hopes the Raptors find something, anything.  She hopes this fragile calm knitting them all together holds for one more day.

She hopes.
Holly: Laura UB happy colorhollywobbles on October 27th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was really good. Most of the fanfic I've read hasn't been nearly so good with visuals, or creating a specific realistic mood.
Holly: The Queen 2hollywobbles on October 27th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, ha, I've already made that point to you about fanfic. I... sometimes get confused re: whose lj I'm reading and commenting on. Lol [facepalm].
Shannon: bsg opera housekungfuwaynewho on October 27th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Pffft! Anyway, thanks. I find with drabbles it's kind of difficult to try to do too much plot, and working with mood and style is a lot more effective. I say like I've just written ~tons of drabbles, heh.

Why don't I have any Roslin icons? Hmm.
Holly: Minihollywobbles on October 27th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
And, well, at least I'm consistent in my opinions, right?

Srsly! Get on that! ;)
Shannon: bsg ellenkungfuwaynewho on October 27th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I have a couple, but someone on my flist is just in S3 and I'm trying to not to spoil her if at all possible. (Though I totally used a one-eyed Tigh icon by accident before she got to S3, WHOOPS.)

I really do need to sit down and do a comprehensive BSG icon rewatch. Along with all my other show rewatches. Why don't I have more time to watch TV?!

BTW, where are you in TNG?
Hollyhollywobbles on October 27th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Monica's in 2.5, so I'm trying to be sort of careful w/icons on my blog. Only sort of careful -- no huge spoilers, and I'm avoiding s4 in general, but I've done some s3 pics. She doesn't pay much attention anyway. ;)

Oy. My main complaint in life right now is NOT ENOUGH TIME TO DO ANYTHING EVEEEER [whiiine].

I stopped dead in s5 back when I discovered BSG. I've got one friend I watch TNG with and we've watched the occasional episode since... I think we just finished Power Play. (I've also seen some s6 and the occaisonal s7 episode... I'm not too worried about spoilers.)
Shannon: tng bev identity crisiskungfuwaynewho on October 27th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I have one episode left in S5. I've quit because I became very aware that my TNG was finite, LOL. I have like five different shows that I've done this with - as long as I don't watch, I still have new episodes! It's kind of dumb, because it means that I'm not watching them, which is sort of the whole point?

How are the art school apps going?
Holly: TNG something fishy...hollywobbles on October 27th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHahahaha, art school aps. I am so bloody behind. THIS WEEK, dammit, this week I am going to get my ass in gear. I swear it.
Shannon: tng merry menkungfuwaynewho on October 27th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Let me know if you need a proofread on essays or anything like that.

Heeeeeee that icon. ♥
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Holly: UB A&R drinkinhollywobbles on October 27th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. [Winnie the Pooh "thinking" motion] ...One nice thing is that TNG would be very conducive to rewatches once you do finish. It's not like BSG where it's so plot-driven you pretty much have to start over at the beginning and take it to the end on a rewatch (major chunk of time).
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ghanima sun: bsgghanimasun on October 28th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Aw that sucks you didn't it submitted in time, I probably would have voted for this one!

Love the fic, very visual and descriptive.
Shannon: bsg gaeta gunkungfuwaynewho on October 28th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! (I may or may not have complained in my team thread about the deadlines changing for every challenge, and how it's hard enough to keep track of everything without also having to remember the specific time of day, too. Then again, it was clearly posted from the beginning, so it was my own fault.)
ghanima sun: bsg - gaiusghanimasun on October 28th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
The deadlines (and weird times) can definitely be annoying in their randomness, I agree. Thankfully my team is pretty good with the reminders.

(My fringeverse team is pretty much forgetful of everything though, we are sooo behind!)
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Shannon: bsg ellenkungfuwaynewho on November 9th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! It was...kind of weird, writing fanfic that wasn't B5, heh.