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Friday update: coffee recommendations, fanfic woes, and exciting news in old fandoms
So today I came across this, in which Stephen Colbert crashes the party at Jon Stewart's last show to give Jon a thank you speech and then goes off the prompter and I'm pretty sure Jon almost cried. And I'm like. This was one of my oldest RPF ships and I am really really remembering why. I hope everybody sees this and writes truckloads of fic. I need it again.

Speaking of fic, I've been trying to psych myself up to write some for Generation Kill. I've been half wanting to for ages, but I can't get past how real the show feels, and it's weird to write for this in a way it never was for me, even for bandom or winter olympics ice skaters or random actors or all the RPF fandoms I've been in. It's hard for me to reconcile the fact that even in the show, the characters are real people who really went through all that war shit. I've almost finished the real Nate Fick's One Bullet Away (which is a damn good book, btw, in the tradition of war autobiographies or whatever. He's a good writer. Classics major, right? Why does this happen to me).

So for a while I figured the show was all the story I needed. Couldn't stop myself from reading the fic anyway, though, so now I've got an idea for some Brad-centric character study type stuff and it's slowly taking shape. I also kind of want to podfic And he who dies fighting has increase, by chantefable, if I can get permission. I also really want to make a Brad/Nate-focused (but overall GK) fanvid to King and Lionheart. I can't believe no one's done it already! Seriously. Listen to it. Look at the lyrics.

taking over this town they should worry
but problems aside I think I taught you well
howling ghosts they reappear
in mountains that are stacked with fear
but you're a king and I'm a lionheart
though far away, though far away, though far away
we're still the same, we're still the same, we're still the same

and as the world comes to an end
I'll be here to hold your hand
'cause you're my king and I'm your lionheart

Seriously!! Augh. I have ideas for like all the scenes and where they should go. The imagery of "king and lionheart" is exactly how I characterize the Brad/Nate relationship, like ancient ideas of a knight and his lord and shit. The atmosphere is perfect. I just...don't know how to vid. Oops.

Anyway. I've been at my parents' house for the last few months, getting my shit together and reveling in being done with college and doing very little at all, and simultaneously doing a whole lot. I stopped running for a while after the semester ended in order to make absolutely sure my legs are fully healed from any shin splints or almost-fractures; my legs are way too fucking fragile. But I think I finally figured out how to run properly so that's good! In the meantime I took up going to pilates at the local YMCA. And let me just say, pilates is so great, you guys. It's so much fun and it's doing such good things to my body. It fixes my particular posture problems (too much...curve in the back?) like magic. The teacher is awesome. She constantly offers modifications and variations for everything, so the wide range of people who come to the class (like all ages and skill levels) can do what works for them. It's surprisingly hard, but in a really satisfying way.

I also went to visit family in India for about three weeks. My great-grandmother is really not doing well, health-wise, and she lives with my grandma, who's old enough herself that she really shouldn't be taking care of her mom all by herself. She's like seventy-eight or something and constantly busy. But I think my parents and I were able to help a bit, just by being there and taking some work off her hands and increasing morale? I hope. It was good to see my cousins again, and go street shopping, and just generally take in how much India feels like a different world. I'm not super fucking short there! I'm 4'10" and average! It's amazing.

I also highly highly recommend Madras coffee, if you can ever get it. It is so damn good. The best coffee I've ever tasted. It has a really full flavor and it's sweeter than most American coffee. I think it's because they put chicory in it.

And I've finished the last half of Lost and have very conflicted, passionate feelings about Benjamin Linus.

And...I can't think of anything else but I'm sure there will be more! Hope you all are doing well. And enjoy that Stephen Colbert video. By "enjoy" I might mean "watch it and weep with me," but I'm maintaining some plausible deniability.
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