Thanks to pheebs1, quirkies, counteragent, embroiderama, pinkphoenix1985, nightowlv, azewewish, destina, tenaciousmetoo, and fleshflutter (and I knew I'd leave someone out! I suck! and shotofjack and oxoniensis) for the birthday greetings; thanks to janissa11, destina, deirdre_c, smilla02, apreludetoanend, and siriusslash for the bevy of virtual gifts!
And I know there are more stories coming (that is always nice to hear!), but I want to point out the two wonderful stories that got posted for me yesterday:
dotfic continued her startlingly original John-with-wings 'verse (did you know it was a verse? I did not know it was a verse!) with a frankly awesome story that does such beautiful, careful work with the dynamics of the Winchester men early on and gives us as satisfying a look at Bobby as we could hope for: Unexpected Company.
girl_wonder went back even further, to a different Winchester family of three, when Dean was just born and Mary (oh, Mary!) was trying to live with herself as the one who gave birth to and traded away the life of this extraordinary child. Her Mary is strong and determined and heartbreaking, and Dean just shines: Family Resemblance.
And because I needed a goal to work toward, I did some writing of my own, and posted the long-overdue, penultimate installment of my Ben/Dean series: scene eleven.
There's so much I want to write! Not just SPN, though there's scene twelve, the rest of "Generation," a Sam-and-his-reaper story, a (hopefully funny) story about the boys and movies, and more. For the first time (except for "Bones of Shelbyville"), there are crossovers I'd really like to tackle.
And that brings us to TV I'm watching and not watching (spoilers for all aired eps possible).
How I Met Your Mother
I only started watching this show at the very end of last season, when I amazed myself by being absolutely transported by Neil Patrick Harris in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. I don't find the show as insanely hilarious as the best sitcoms - Arrested Development, say, or The Simpsons during its golden years - but it has a lived-in charm that is really appealing, and I am totally rooting for Barney and Robin to make a relationship (or their variant thereof) to work.
I think this show has gotten better in its second season. I found it intensely irritating in the first season whenever Chuck would get his feelings hurt over the status of his relationship with Sarah. She's your handler, buddy, not your girlfriend; figure it out and move on (to Lou! adorable sandwich girl!). But this season, having Sarah requite those feelings is a treat, and it makes for a much more interesting dynamic. I would enjoy more Casey-centric eps (there's a reason my favorite so far has been "Chuck vs. the Undercover Lover"), but I think they're doing fine.
I'm sticking with this one mostly because I've heard that this is the season of House/Cuddy, which I've wanted since the show started airing, and which was vaguely hinted at before they decided to pair house with the utterly insipid Cameron, for who knows what reason.
Wow, is this show stupid. And yet. Is it just that I want something vaguely X-Files-ish that keeps me watching? One good thing about the complete blankness of the main character, and the ridiculousness of the show's premise, is that it opens the show almost unbearably wide open for fanfic. I've been watching the show with half my attention on the Supernatural crossover that could so easily be spun. If I do participate in Yuletide this year (if there is a Yuletide this year!), maybe I'll write it then.
I watched all of season 1 on Hulu, and discovered my problem wasn't with David Boreanaz, it was with that snooze of a character, Angel. As Booth, he's charming and funny and smart and loyal. I like his loopy chemistry with Brennan, who has grown on me as well. The other characters I could take or leave, for the most part (I never liked Zack), but I'd be happiest if Booth and Brennan never pushed their relationship to the romantic end of the spectrum - what they have right now works very well for me.
The happiest show on my TV! One thing I really appreciate about this show - aside from the gorgeous look of it, the snappy dialogue, and the pitch-perfect casting - is that it keeps growing. In that first season, Chuck and Olive became, against all the rules of love triangles, friends. And now we know they think of each other like sisters! And I was really impressed that Ned acknowledged his treatment of Olive, and that they're making strides toward a healthy relationship. And Emerson! Oh, Emerson, I hope you find your Lil Gumshoe!
This one feels more like habit than genuine excitement to watch, but I do like the way Jim/Pam is being handled, I adore Phyllis, and I'm surprisingly invested in Holly and the way that she could become Michael's last chance at redemption.
A few people on my flist raved about this show, and I'm catching up now on Hulu. It reminds me a lot of Touching Evil, though not quite as dark. It's very nice, to be impressed by both the male and female leads.
Yeah, I rewatched season 1 a few months ago, and wow do I want to write a crossover fic that addresses the Marisol Reyes murder. It would be while Sam's at Stanford, so it would either be a John-and-Dean case or a Dean-on-his-own case. Either way, I think it would be very interesting to write.
I had to give up on Dirty Sexy Money because it apparently went insane over the summer. And I didn't mention Burn Notice or Psych because they're on hiatus.
What are you watching?