moonshayde: (Team Free WIll)
Still a little behind as I haven't seen the mid-season finale yet (as I was sick that night), but I'm already looking forward to upcoming episodes. I've enjoyed the season so far, even if it hasn't been as solid as last season. There isn't a strong overarching plot yet, though the characters have been spot on, for the most part.

That said, this is the episode I am looking forward to. Spoilers, obviously:
Upcoming episode spoiler )
moonshayde: (With Style (Winchesters))
Current breakdown of what I've been watching and interested in:

1. Supernatural - Will always love this show and it takes the top spot of favorite show of all time. The characters hold a special place in my heart, but creative choices in S8 and S9 left me not loving the show as much as I once did. Show started an up tick back in S10 and S11 was one of the strongest seasons since its earlier says. As a result, I have been a totally 110% fangirl again. Not sure what will happen with S12, but if they can match the amazingness of last season, it'll be awesome. Spoilers sound good so far.

2. Stranger Things - I just binge watched this scifi/horror/mystery 8 episode coming-of-age series on Netflix. HOLY. This is one of the best series I've seen in a very long time. I saw someone say that this show is what happens if Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and John Carpenter had a baby. Probably the best description I've heard. It's a love-letter to the 80s, while holding its own. I'm torn between wanting a season 2 and letting it end where it did. Can't praise it enough from the acting to the story to the atmosphere to the soundtrack and score.

3. How to Get Away with Murder - Watching this one with my mom. We have only watched the first season. It's addictive and interesting, though I am curious how long they can stretch out the premise. We're catching up on Netflix.

4. American Horror Story - Watch it just for the crack! Seriously. It's a hot mess of a show, but some of the acting is incredibly moving. Jessica Lange was amazing when she was on this show. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett also bring their A game.

5. Orphan Black - Solid show with a lead that is so gifted at playing different characters I often forget she's playing multiple people on the show. It had a fantastic start and love the mystery and pseudo-science to it. I do think this show lost its way in S2 and especially S3, but seemed to course correct in S4. S5 is to be its last, which is a good thing. It's still on shaky ground, and I'm not sure how S5 will be in terms of plot-quality. The acting continues to be amazing.


X-Files - Back on the air and totally enjoyable. Might not have the same spark as the past, but I really enjoyed its 6 episode run. Since it's on a long-hiatus again, I am not adding it to my currently watching. Everyone wants to do more, but due to the actors being super busy, this might not happen until another year or so.

Dark Angel
- I have a longing to go back and rewatch this underrated two season series. I still really really love the premise even if the plot was nonsense in Season 2. But the characters have stayed with me. I wish we would have been able to have a proper ending. Not currently watching, but I may be posting a series of vids here soon that I enjoy.

Going back to my list: I don't watch a lot of TV, but Netflix and shorter seasons have allowed me to watch more than usual. I don't think I would want all the TV I watch to have short seasons, but if you look at this list, only Supernatural is a full season at 23 episodes. HTGAWM is a little over a half season. The rest are half seasons or less.

So what are you currently watching?
moonshayde: (Dynamic Duo)
Need a distraction, so I thought I would ponder a couple of things about Supernatural.

Spoilers for S11 and next episode )
moonshayde: (Focused)
I am splitting out my fandom interests and my writing interests more strictly going forward. That doesn't mean I won't talk about writing here or I won't talk about some of my favorite shows/movies/fandom in my writing accounts. They've been blending too much and I just like to have separate places where I can focus better. Sometimes you just want to squee!

You can find my fandom musings (Supernatural, Superman, Star Wars, X-Files, Stargate, Dark Angel, etc.) at the following:

LJ (obv)
Twitter: @TheMoonshayde
Tumblr: TheMoonshayde

Twitter and Tumblr are freshly minted so they are bare. I'll be adding to them this weekend. If you are interested in following my professional accounts leave a comment or message me. I can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Giving myself specific places to focus on the things I love should help me be more engaged. This feels like a good move. I am excited 🙂


Oct. 25th, 2015 08:44 am
moonshayde: (Dusty Brothers)
Okay, so I am super busy but I am here! Hope to post my thoughts on some things soonish!

And ugh, since my computer had a meltdown, everything is wrong. Don't like the way my LJ looks. I'll need to fix that.
moonshayde: (Dynamic Duo)
Yeah, no longer spoiler free for this show. When you get to Season 11, you just go with it.

Long-ish post ahead. I know! Crazy.

I'll post a more personal post later, but if anyone still watches this show and isn't spoiler-free, this is what I know so far:

Onward to S11 Spoilers and Thoughts )

So that's it. I've watched the promo and was like whooooa. I am super excited this season even more so than last season, which I generally enjoyed. (TBH, I really hated S9, so these moves sound like they are in the right direction.) I'm bracing myself for disappointment, but these are the best spoilers I've read in a long time.

Bring on Season 11!

moonshayde: (Tall Tales Sam)
LJ is having issues with certain layouts, mine being one of them. I can respond to comments if I use my email address but can't see them or respond to them (aside from the first) on my LJ. There is no ETA on when this will be fixed. Just an FYI.

And just when I wanted back on LJ!

Test Test

Mar. 14th, 2015 04:03 pm
moonshayde: (Dean Smiles)
Having issues posting replies to people on my LJ. Testing this out.
moonshayde: (Good and Evil)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I generally am a good judge of character. I'm intuitive to people and their needs, so I can usually access a situation or a person right away.

I'm not perfect, though, and I'm not sure if I'm flat out wrong in those situations or if it's just a matter of people changing over time. Probably a mix of both.
moonshayde: (Winchesters)
I haven't done an update on what I'm watching currently, so I decided, why not? Also, it's a very short list, LOL.

Current TV Shows

1. Supernatural - Still watching this one as it's half way through its 10th season. Craziness! The show is showing signs of age and isn't as good as it used to be, but then again, I didn't think all of the early seasons were golden, either. (S5, looking at you.) My biggest complaint is some dicey character choices they've made. I don't care about the plot as much as the characters, though good plot helps. That said, I am loving this season so this remains my fave show and the one I squee about. It helps that the actors continue to be passionate about it.

2. Continuum - Picked up this show on Netflix was instantly hooked. Smart TV here. Plausible look into what our future could be and the repercussions of messing with time. S1 and S2 are my faves, and they almost lost me in S3. I didn't enjoy it much at all. It has been renewed for a 4th and final season, shortened, so I will tough it out until the end.

3. American Horror Story - I watch this for the sheer weirdness. It's over-sexualized and half the time it's plot twists are dumb, but it's my "Don't give a care" show. Season 4 has been pretty meh considering it's about freak shows, but I'll keep watching. I just need to catch up on a couple of episodes.

Shows That I Casually Watch But Never Grabbed Me:

1. Constantine - I wanted to like this show. I really did. It's just not that good. It's too bad. This comic book really was one of the inspirations for Supernatural, yet Supernatural does the job much better. This show really just couldn't capture the spirit of the comics. It's certain to be cancelled, so I just watch the eps here and there when I feel like it.

2. Penny Dreadful - I really want to like this show. It's another supernatural horror type show, which historically tend to be my fave, but it's just missing something. I love the atmosphere. I love the creep factor. I love the period pieces. And the actress in this show is simply amazing. But I'm not compelled by it. It's dull somehow, despite having so many elements I love. Disappointing :(

So that's it! I don't have much time to watch TV, so I have to pick and choose. Most shows on TV don't really interest me right now anyway. Waiting for the pendulum to swing back to my type of shows. Though, X-Files returning is becoming a real possibility, so I am pretty excited about that. The thought that X-Files and Supernatural may be on the air at the same time just is so exciting, but SPN would probably be done by the time it was realized. A girl can dream!
moonshayde: (Dean Smiles)
[Error: unknown template qotd]This has happened to me a lot, which I think is why people think they can abuse me. I just don't like to argue. Sadly, I tend to remember it and it impacts how I view the person in the future. Not that it makes a difference. Most people don't know when I am upset with them anyway, heh ;)
moonshayde: (Luke and Vader)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I've been binge watching since before it was called binge watching. This is how I got into SG-1. I would watch the marathons and binge on my DVDs to catch up. I did that will Smallville when I was trying to catch up. I also did it with Supernatural when I started to get into that show.

It's my preferred way of watching TV now. I binge watch shows like Continuum and American Horror Story. I like being in the moment, to be wrapped in the story. Though with my interest in TV waning, this is probably the only way I'll be watching TV once Supernatural ends, if I watch TV at all :)

Though that could be the depression talking. We'll see.
moonshayde: (Fry)
Goodbye 2014. You had some good and some really really bad. Here's to a better 2015 for everyone :)
moonshayde: (Winchester Christmas)
For those who celebrate, have a wonderful and joyous day. :)

Nerd HQ

Jul. 27th, 2014 07:01 pm
moonshayde: (With Style (Winchesters))
I just watched the Q&A at Nerd HQ with Jared, Jensen, Misha, and Mark. OMG. That had to be the funniest hour I've had in a LONG time. It was horribly moderated, but man was it hilarious. I'm seriously a Mark Sheppard fan now. That man is amazing. I might want to stab Crowley with a fork, but the actor himself is lovely.

How is it I have no Crowley icon? Shameful.

Anyway, expect some thoughts on the Comic-Con panel and the Nerd HQ Q&A either tonight or tomorrow. I normally avoid spoilers, but it has been such a blast this weekend. So excited for SPN's return in the fall!
moonshayde: (Team Free WIll)
So...I've been very unhappy with the direction Supernatural has taken over the past two seasons, namely Season 8 and 9, but despite my unhappiness, I just might be falling back in love with the show. I haven't talked about it much, but I'm about to now.

(Spoilers for through the end of Season 9 below.)

It's not so much the storyline - I think Carver does a better job at overall arcs than Gamble did, though Gamble was a master at characterization - but Carver's characterization has been horrible. Sam not looking for Dean, not even trying? I had no problem with him trying to start over and escape his pain. That is what Sam does. He runs away. I don't buy that he never looked. We saw that Dean was looking in Season 6. A throw away line or a flashback of Sam giving up would have done it for me. Then when Dean was super upset over the whole thing, they could have revealed that Sam had tried.

In Season 9, we had Sam possessed by Gadriel. Not a terrible idea, but poorly executed. Again, I had issues with Sam's characterization in that he just decided he wanted to live in the S8 finale when he and Dean had that great moment before the angels fell. And then all of a sudden he wants to die? I can't make sense of that. It was just a poor excuse to have Dean do whatever it takes to save Sam. Then, in the second half, when we had the cool Mark of Cain arc building up, the brothers acted like they couldn't stand each other. I didn't sign up to watch them be so...cold.

The show has fallen into this bad habit of manufacturing tension between Sam and Dean. Sam didn't look for Dean. Dean took away Sam's agency. But it's not just been Carver. With Gamble, we had Dean kill Amy behind Sam's back. We had Soulless!Sam, though that made more sense. Kripke did it too. The big problem is that as the series has aged, the tension has moved from something organic to inorganic. It doesn't work. Why not have a season with Sam embracing the Men of Letters and Dean more aligned with Hunters? We saw crazy MOL collector. Could Sam become THAT obsessed? You could easily use their different personalities to highlight this split and show how much stronger they are when they work together. This past season, the possessed!Sam could have opened up some interesting doors - even though I was sour on the idea because I prefer Dean aligned with heaven (I blame fanfic). Spending more time on Sam's awareness of Dean's descent and heck, even making Dean's unraveling a little more coherent would have worked.

Anyway, it sounds like I'm ranting. In many ways I am. This is my show. This, apparently, will always be my show, surpassing the love I've had for Star Wars and X-Files and SG-1 combined. So I've been upset when I see the potential wasted and I sit in front of the TV anxious what more damage will be done to the characters in the name of tension and drama.

But these past two months, I've been thinking about the remaining potential in the show. I think about how invested the cast and crew still are. I've thought about some of the valid problems I've had, and maybe the not so valid ones. I am not a writer on the show. I can't will the show to take the direction I want. I have to let go and just watch. I can't control everything.

I've been rewatching old episodes and remembering just how much I love the family themes in the show, the themes of sacrifice and love and doing the right thing. I really still do love this show and I'm excited for when Season 10 begins in October. Seriously, this new season could be amazing. Then again, I could be fooled again.

Do I think everything will be perfect? No. I've been burned too much by false hope before. But I still do have some hope. Cautious hope? Whatever happens, I know that this show will always have a place in my heart and that I won't give up on it until I have no more hope to spare.

Even if I am all alone.
moonshayde: (Stand Proud (Sam and Dean))
So wow. I have spent 2 years (more than that??) working on this one fanfic in my Playing the Angel series. I've been determined to finish and now I am almost there. I still have other stories in this series that I am determined to finish also, but no way can I take that long again. I'm just that stubborn. The reality is that life is busy and I am concentrating on my own original stuff for publication, so time is short everywhere. I admit it feels nice that the end is in sight for this fic, though.

moonshayde: (Detective Castiel)
So errands are done early. Yay me!

I was about to settle in, relax, and get some writing and fun stuff done when I realized something was wrong with my LJ. Where are all my pretty gifs on the side of my LJ? What happened?

ETA: Whoa. So my whole scrapbook is borked. Most of my moodtheme is missing, all my gifs are gone, and half my art is gone. WTF?
moonshayde: (Kermit)
Wow. So this whole posting thing? Apparently gets worse every year.

Every year I pledge to change that. Every year I don't.

So this year I'm not pledging to post more or "get back on track." The truth is I rarely post here any more and I am so busy that I can't be fannish in the way I used to be. It's so much easier to post on Twitter and Facebook, both of which can cater to people who don't have time to write a long, thoughtful post.

Still, I have a certain bit of nostalgia for this place and I refuse to close it down. Naturally, any fanfic I write will be posted here, but there are also people on LJ that I care about, and miss very much, and there is always that part of me seeking deeper conversations.

Twitter and Facebook take care of some of my needs, but not those days where I need to have a nice conversation with people. And Tumblr? I loved it at first because, omg so many pretty gifts and art and other visual fun, but it's also full of anger and bitterness, and I find myself not enjoying it at all anymore. Being spread across various social media made me realize how much I miss how this place used to thrive.

Everything changes and people have splintered off to various different social media. Many of us are still here and have drifted, or have gone silent. For those who would like to use LJ more, why not? Whether we agree or see eye to eye isn't important. As long as we respect each other.

I'm creating a filter to actual use. (I've created several in the past to decide what to share with people, but this would be for reading.) Maybe a bunch of us can reconnect. If you want to be added let me know, though I already know many of you who I want to make sure I keep reading.

Just to give an update on what my interest are these days:

Overall, I'm trying hard to focus on my own fiction. I've cut down on TV and have been trying to read more. I also am interested in making bookmarks and steampunk jewelry, as well as getting back into art. I've done more gaming than I have in the recent past, and I've enjoyed going out with friends for the occasional dinner with drinks. Still love music of many flavors. Addicted to the podcast Night Vale. Of course, there is always my original writing, which is slow going but I refuse to abandon. When it comes to TV...

Tv Interests )

Friending/Unfriending: My standard blather - Many of us have drifted apart and I won't be offended if you're one of those people who would like to go since we just failed to connect. You're welcome to stay, of course. I'm not cutting anyone right now, but you always have that out. Hope you'll stay, though!

Anyway, let's give this a go! I can't promise I'll post all the time, but I can at least make it meaningful :)
moonshayde: (SamnDean (wing!verse))
That is where my brain is right now.

Still obsessed with fic of the Supernatural variety, though I've been a little nostalgic for SG-1 lately. And Smallville. But currently, I've been spending some time working on my wing!fic series for SPN. The sad part is that I have most of the series planned out and I have fun with it. It gives me something to work on that's a bit stress free. I've just struggled with having the time. I'd say that I'm about 3/4 of the way through the current fic I'm writing in the series. If I'm lucky, I'll finish another scene tonight.

I'm about near the climax and then I'll have the wrap up scenes. As always, my philosophy on LJ is not to post it until it's finished or a couple of scenes away from completed. However, I'm not as anal about it on where I've posted a few chapters to see how it would look. I don't read WIPs myself, but if anyone is interested in the wing!fic universe, you can check out the first four chapters there:

No worries if you pass. I'll post it here for anyone interested when it's done anyway. :)

As for my original stuff, I had a breakthrough this month and it's taken a new direction. The first time in a long time I feel like I know what I'm doing with it. It's a good feeling. It's hard to explain. but I think it's some kind of combo X-Files meets Warehouse 13 meets Supernatural. That's a guesstimate. Contemporary/urban fantasy is my main genre of writing. I tend to sway towards anything with a supernatural or paranormal flare. I'm interested to see where this rewrite takes me. I also need to work on some other works to send back to an editor interested in my stuff.

How goes the writing front with my writer friends?


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