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Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE

CHAPTER FOUR )
 
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Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO

CHAPTER THREE )
 
hannasus: (Default)
Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER TWO )
 
hannasus: (Default)
Title: "Lost and Found"
Fandom: Angel
Summary: Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements in Texas. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Author's Note: This is the third episode in my Angel: Afterlife virtual season six series. For series background and prior episodes, see this post.

CHAPTER ONE )
 
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I've got this new Angel fic to post, but it's part of a series that I started literally five years ago, and therefore I feel like I need to provide some sort of background so people will know what the hell I'm talking about.

So here's the deal: once upon a time I had this idea to write a virtual season six for Angel, picking up where "Not Fade Away" left off and sort of rebooting the show. As problematic as season five was, the one thing I loved about it was Angel and Spike bantering and arguing and fighting the good fight and having each other's backs. Yes, Spike's sacrifice in "Chosen" was totally undermined by bringing him back, and yeah, okay, they basically trashed both Spike's and Angel's relationships with the Scoobies by the end of the series. And don't even get me started on the suitification of Gunn and what I can only call The Illyria Problem. Bygones, people.

Regardless, it was my show and I loved it dearly and envisioned it continuing with all the things I loved about it (Angel, Spike) and none of the things I didn't (Gunn, Illyria, Wolfram & Hart). And don't talk to me about After the Fall because that crazy train has no place in my Angel universe. What I wanted was for Angel and Spike to leave L.A. behind them and start over together in a new city as an evil-fighting team, harking back to the salad days of season one. But I needed a girl to throw in the mix. The problem? Most of the potential female leads were, by that point in the canon, totally dead (Cordelia, Fred, Darla) or totally meh (Nina, Gwen, Eve, Justine, Kate).

Which is why I chose Aggie, Lorne's psychic friend who helps him find the portal to Pylea, who, despite appearing in only one scene of one episode ("Over the Rainbow"), managed to intrigue me (an actual psychic who works for a telephone psychic hotline?), amuse me ("You're hiding from the mob?"), and make me want to know her better (let's face it, anyone who's friends with Lorne has to be fairly awesome, right?). Of course, if she was somehow going to end up skipping town with Angel and Spike after NFA, she needed to actually, you know, meet them. Which meant I needed to write a prequel where she meets the whole Fang Gang sometime during season five. And hence my very first Angel fan fic, Curses, was born. Groundwork laid.

So that's my season six idea: Angel, Spike and a snarky psychic living as housemates. Fighting demons. Helping the helpless. And arguing over who was supposed to do the dishes. It's a lot like Being Human in fact, although I started writing it three years before Toby Whithouse's wonderful show hit the airwaves.

To catch you up, here is a summary of the series to date:

Episode 5x12.5 "Curses"
Still-grieving for Cordelia, Angel finds himself the victim of a mysterious curse. The gang worries that Wolfram & Hart may be behind it, so Lorne turns to a friend for help.

Angel: Afterlife

Episode 6x01 "Goodbye, Cruel World"
Angel, Spike, Gunn and Illyria face their final showdown with Wolfram & Hart's demon army, but the absent Lorne's got an ace up his sleeve.

Episode 6x02 "Deep in the Heart"
Angel, Spike and Aggie attempt to leave L.A. behind them, but run into some complications on the road.

And now I present to you, the latest, all new episode:

Episode 6x03 "Lost and Found"
Angel and Spike have a hard time adjusting to their new living arrangements. Can they put their troubles aside long enough to save a missing girl?
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The munchkin (I'm still calling her that, btw) has been away on a school trip all week, leaving me to ramble about the house by myself all day. It's an interesting preview of what it's going to be like when she goes away to college. In only six years. *heart flutter* Empty nest syndrome here I come.

All this peace and quiet has given me lots of time to write and I've been taking advantage of it. I've got five solid chapters of the X-Men fic so far, but then I got stuck on a boring but necessary exposition dump in chapter six that I've got to get through somehow (or figure out a way around) and started to falter a bit.

But instead of just giving up (which is my usual M.O.) I started browsing through all the old, unfinished fics languishing on my hard drive. And then I got inspired to dive back into this old Angel fic I found. I think I actually started writing this thing in 2005 or some shit, and it was a tangled mess of revisions because every time I've gone back to it over the years I've taken a slightly different tack. But the last couple of days I've managed to sift through it all and mold it into a cohesive story and actually finish writing the damn thing. That's right, I FINISHED something. This is huge for me, because I am not so good with the finishing. Well, I'm about a paragraph short of being finished. I've written to the end of the story, but I still need to come up with those last few lines that tie it up in a nice bow and put it to bed, if you know what I mean. And somehow they're just not coming to me, which makes me worry that it means there's something wrong with the story. I also need to go through and do one final pass of revisions, which, since the thing is almost 13,000 words, is gonna take some time. And I've got an idea for two follow-up fics, one of which is a Twilight parody. Unfortunately, I think I might actually have to, you know, read Twilight in order to parody it properly, and I'm not sure I'm willing to do that.

Funny how, of all the fandoms I've dabbled in over the years, the one I never seem to get tired of writing is Angel. It's like my fic comfort food. Maybe because the first writing I ever felt proud of, like I'd actually managed to do something good, was an Angel fic. It's like it opened to the door to everything I've written since.

Anyway, speaking of fandom, the new TV season (note to self: SET DVRs!) is upon us and I have to say, I'm not feeling especially optimistic about any of it. There aren't any new shows that sound like they're going to be awesome. There's usually at least one or two shows that surprise me by turning out to be good, so I'm curious to see what, if any, that will be this year.

I have at least found one new show I love: Terriers on FX. It's a kind of a Rockford Files homage with gruffly lovable characters and vaguely Whedonesque banter. It actually reminds me a bit of Firefly, if Firefly had been set in a beach town instead of on a spaceship. You know what it is? It's Firefly crossed with Psych! Only slightly gritter, 'cause it is FX, after all. And hey, look, Tim Minear is an exec producer! Plus, I'm not ashamed to admit that I have a longstanding crush on Donal Logue. He's on my "No Really, I'd Totally Hit That" List, along with Eddie Izzard and Oliver Platt. Me likes the funny boys.

The only returning shows I'm really excited about are my three favorites from last season: Community, Cougartown, and Justified. I worry that Community and Cougartown aren't going to make it to season three, so I'm going to have to enjoy them while I still can. Seriously, ya'll, if you're not watching these two FANTASTIC comedies, what is WRONG with you? Can I get a what what? HOLLA!
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Happy happy birthday wishes to the delightful [livejournal.com profile] qill13! May it be a fantastic day full of lots of love and cake and Apollo and Goren!

Am v. excited because my Angel Scriptbook Vol. 2 just arrived from Amazon. Smile Time! You're Welcome! Not Fade Away! I Will Remember You! Could there *be* any more awesome in one book? It's possible I've gone back to working on some old Angel fics.

Hmmm. There was something else I was gonna post about, but in my excitement over the script book I seem to have forgotten what it was.

Oh yeah! I was gonna say that I've actually enjoyed the last few episodes of Gilmore Girls, believe it or not. They've been pretty much about nothing, but have had some really nice character moments. And frankly I prefer episodes about nothing to the clumsy plot manipulations we had to suffer through last season. Also, Melissa McCarthy is one of the most beautiful women on television.

Okay, now I'm off to read the part about Angel and Spike and the big dragon...
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Had an AWESOME time in Austin with [livejournal.com profile] austin360 this weekend. I showed up at her apartment with seven seasons of Buffy, four seasons of Angel, amaretto sour mixings and my knitting bag. We then proceeded to spend the next two days on the couch in front of the TV (or in the bed in front of the TV). Seriously, we only left the apartment twice for food. A crazy amount of television was watched by us. CRAZY. But I'm fairly sure I managed to suck her into the mad Buffy/Angel love (and the mad Cordelia/Xander/Willow/Oz love, and the mad Giles love...) somewhere around hour four or five of Buffython '06. I am such the crack dealer and she is my whore. The list of everything we watched... )

If nothing else, I'd say she's got a nice, healthy crush on David Boreanaz now, so my work here is done.

In other news, I went to a new colorist on Friday and got my hair colored a redder red than before. It's very red. Willow red, in fact. Not sure yet how much I like it, though. It's gonna take some getting used to. Plus, when I had it blow-dried afterwards, the stylist ironed it flat. Like, flatter than it's ever been before. Donna Moss flat. I didn't even know my thick and curly hair could do that. And then when [livejournal.com profile] austin360 and I were watching Grey's we realized that it looked just like Addison Shepherd's hair. Same style, same length, same everything. Only redder, because mine hasn't had a chance to fade yet.
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Okay, I can't make up my mind about something in a fic I'm working on, so I decided to take a poll and go with whatever ya'll say. I'm working on the next installment of my post-"Not Fade Away" Angel series. When we left our heroes they were driving west after leaving L.A. and Wolfram & Hart behind them. I want them to (eventually) start fresh in a new town but... I can't for the life of me decide where. Seriously, I've changed my mind back and forth so many times that Word is starting to grumble under its breath. It's a stupid thing to get bogged down on, but I keep second-guessing myself and I just need to settle it once and for all and finish the damn fic.

The choice is essentially between two cities: Houston and New Orleans. For character/story reasons I want it to be one of those two. Here's what I'm wrestling with:

Houston

Pros: Because it's my hometown I'll be able to give the story an authentic setting without spending a lot of time researching.
Cons: Because it's my hometown it's just too damn Mary Sue.

New Orleans

Pros: The vampire/NOLA thing is ripe for skewering. And New Orleans is just plain awesome.
Cons: The vampire/NOLA thing has been done to death. And after the tragedy of Katrina it somehow feels... weird to set a fanfic there.

I'm leaving it entirely in ya'lls capable hands. And no, you don't need to have read the first part of the fic (or even know anything about Angel) to have an opinion.

[Poll #663912]
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If anyone knows anybody who lives in Texas (besides me, because I already voted), remind them to go out today and vote (hopefully AGAINST the hideous Proposition 2).

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Joss Whedon? It bears repeating, often. Hence, the Angel U.K. Boxed Set comes with a letter from Joss to Angel fans. Via [livejournal.com profile] astridv, from here:

No wait. That's way too cheesy. Nobody will ever buy that. )

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