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There was a full concert listing right next to the cashpoint at the station this morning. My eye raked down it as I took up my place in the queue...and then I blinked, and blinked again. PAUL WELLER & SUPPORT ACT, 17-11-2003, AMSTERDAM, Name of Venue, 20:00 PRICES:
At first, I went SQUEEEEEEE!!! -- but then I remembered, and went 'Damn!' I'm in London Nov. 17th. I'm only flying home that night around the time the gig starts...

Paul Weller is my hero. Has been since forever. For those of you who have never heard of him: he was in The Jam, and in The Style Council, and for the past 15 years has been doing quite nicely as a solo artist. Jools Holland's had him do a set on 'Later' quite regularly. And whenever he plays anywhere in The Netherlands, I'm there. And now I won't be. Bummer!

Standing in the queue had made me miss my train, so I decided I'd kill the time by choosing another book, since I'd finished Stephen Pressfield's Last of the Amazons a few days ago and by now I was in desperate need of something to read again, something other than fanfic of which I take stacks and stacks home. I can't deny that joining the Buffy fandom has drastically cut back on my book expenditure in the last year; but the fact remains that sheaves of A4 printed pages are not an easy read on busy commuter trains.

So I'm browsing through the titles and flaps and I come to 31 Songs by Nick Hornby; you remember, the author of About A Boy. The jacket notes read: "Through 31 songs that he either loves or has loved, Nick Hornby tells us what music means to his life. These personal and passionate pieces are a celebration of the joy that certain songs have given him. (..)a soundtrack to accompany life." And I was instantly reminded of the song meme we did earlier (& which I still have to finish one day). Because Mr. Hornby is of a different generation, there are only a few songs he writes about that I can hum going through his book; but that doesn't matter. I never would have guessed a serious author to write about something so trivial and frivolous and fun. I mean, just because you do it, and I do it, doesn't mean it's high literature, does it? But now I'm thinking, as he must have: why ever not?

Finally, artemis_child's pointed me to an interview with Mercedes McNab on the web, in which she hints at a possible new romantic involvement between Spike and Harmony after the former regains his corporeality. Can I just say: eeeewww?
Sparmony?

After concluding that once again, JM's been talking out of his backside as far as Spike is concerned, the following link to selenak's The Educated Fangirl's Guide to the Spike Wars helped lift my spirits again.

Now to conclude this fannish post: here's my Buffy Geek Code:

OS-FS++++FG+++FAy=VG=DA++S+N++CS+US+FF++SPW+V+I-5.18(96)

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julchek
Oct. 24th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
Finally, artemis_child's pointed me to an interview with Mercedes McNab on the web, in which she hints at a possible new romantic involvement between Spike and Harmony after the former regains his corporeality. Can I just say: eeeewww?
Sparmony?


I'm with you on this, my dear. First of all, from your message to me earlier, where is JM getting off with his comments in Mercedes' interview? Spike never treated Harmony like she was sweet, etc., etc. - he used her, big time, and treated her like crap. Rewriting BtVS history indeed! In fact, here's a story from Colleen, which was posted on All About Spike -

Shopping
By Colleen

The pretty young blonde woman strolled the mall, stopping to look at the window displays. She smiled as she entered “Forbidden Lingerie.” That was just the ticket.

“Can I help you?” asked the attractive salesclerk with dark curly-hair.

“Oooooh. Yes.” The woman went straight for a table of lacy thongs. “I need some of these. A black one, and a red one. He likes those. Oh,” she jumped to the hanging bras. “And a satin one. And maybe one of these push ups.”

“He? Dressing for a man, sweetie?”

The girl stopped and turned towards the clerk she had barely noticed. “Sure. Isn’t that why we wear this stuff?”

“I wear it for the way it makes me feel. Glamorous. Empowered. Confident.”

“Undies?” The blonde shook her head. “Naw. I just want...I want him to think I’m beautiful again.”

“Again.” The woman made a ‘tsking’ sound in her teeth. “You are beautiful, sweetie. What’s the problem?”

“It’s her.” The blonde wrung the thong she was holding in her hand. “All he thinks about is that bitch. He thinks I don’t know, but I do. He even makes me dress like her before he’ll sleep with me.” Angry tears filled her eyes. “He hurts me, and he doesn’t care. He’s just using me.”

“Oh, sweetie.” The clerk patted her on the shoulder. “And how does that make you feel?”

“Useless.” She sniffed back the tears. “I...I just wish...”

“Yes?” The clerk leaned in with anticipation. “You wish what?”

“I wish my blondie bear could know how it feels. Loving someone, thinking they loved him, and being used for sex. Feeling that pain.”

The shop girl’s face shifted, covered with desiccated skin and veins. “Wish granted.”

*****

If they do Sparmony (again), I will have to heave - "eewww" is absolutely right!!

But didn't you laugh about Mercedes' reaction to James' age, since they had dated the one time? I really was laughing over that one! Of course, I can say that, since I am older than James, and because his age makes no difference to me. He really needs to monitor what he says sometimes, though lol!

Have a great weekend, BTW!
gamiila
Oct. 27th, 2003 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for sending me Colleen's story -- it's too funny...and kind of what he deserved.
bogwitch
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC)
I can't deny that joining the Buffy fandom has drastically cut back on my book expenditure in the last year; but the fact remains that sheaves of A4 printed pages are not an easy read on busy commuter trains.
And nosy people always want to know what you're reading.

Ah Fan Fic. You print them out, enjoy them, then you want to keep them, the there's bloody thousands of them, and then you have two boxes dominating the wardrobe, full of the stuff...

Then you start writing it.
gamiila
Oct. 27th, 2003 12:33 am (UTC)
And nosy people always want to know what you're reading.

That happens to you, too? Excellent!

and then you have two boxes dominating the wardrobe, full of the stuff...

Fifteen big colourful binders taking up every available space...Thought I could spend a weekend weeding out the stories that weren't up to standard and reduce the amount of paper cluttering up the place, but...they're all so damn good! I only threw away maybe 2 or 3...

Then you start writing it

And then my muse went mute after just one lousy drabble...But you seem to be on a roll now -- long may it last, my dear!
bogwitch
Oct. 27th, 2003 10:01 am (UTC)
Fifteen big colourful binders taking up every available space...Thought I could spend a weekend weeding out the stories that weren't up to standard and reduce the amount of paper cluttering up the place, but...they're all so damn good! I only threw away maybe 2 or 3...

2 thick binders of WIP's. Plus 3 or 4 small ones of really thick WIP's. A CD rom two large boxes and that was after the sort out.

And then my muse went mute after just one lousy drabble...
Know how it feels, keep at it.

But you seem to be on a roll now -- long may it last, my dear!
You have no idea. I'm writing tons (for me), but I can't seem to finish anything. There's at least 8 I'm tinkering with.

Hell for Leather based on Ep 8 - How spoiled are you? This might need a look at soon.

Inertia - sequel to Tattered Valentines (which I now think is crap)

A short fic based on Sleeper - This is the one I was going to get you to look at but I've stalled a bit.

2 sequels to the Cats and Dogs story - I couldn't make up my mind which direction to go so I'm doing both (the second will be angsty). I wanted the first one to be for Halloween, but I won't have the time. It'll also be the new challenge response.

A short fic of Spike in the Bronze - very nearly done, but I want more length.

Another Spike one set in either Just Rewards or Ep 8 about the coat.

I have a few other bits and pieces which were going to be drabbles but look like they might become part of my first epic, but looking at the time it takes to get the others done I wouldn't hold my breath.

I think it's fair to say my dam broke. Yay!







gamiila
Oct. 31st, 2003 04:07 am (UTC)
Hell for Leather based on Ep 8 - How spoiled are you? This may need a look at soon.

How spoiled am I? Not very - but only because I haven't had the time or mch of the inclination to scour the spoiler sites yet. Other than some vague rumours, I've heard nothing substantial yet. If that's going to be a drawback to the betaing, then I can easily go out and get myself thoroughly spoiled for it, and not give it a second thought!
bogwitch
Oct. 31st, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
Thanks.

It's not too spoilery - just for one scene really. The car chase.

I'll try to finish it over the weekend then.

The Cats and Dogs sequel looks like it might now be about 7 parts!
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