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Generally I'll hold off not until it becomes super-popular but at least long enough for my friends to try it out and tell me if it's worth bothering with.

In terms of my new favourite I have become absolutely addicted to Tumblr. I got an account ages ago but I really didn't understand it for the longest time. Then, I don't even know when, something just clicked and I can't stay away from the place now. It's not the place to go for a lot of words but it's full of pretty pictures, gifs and hilarious memes. I love it.
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I wouldn't say I'm an avid reader but I do enjoy comics. It's a relatively recent thing though. At my last job I worked with two major comics fans who were also friends of mine prior to us working together. They were both kind of horrified when I said I'd never really read a comic before even though I like comic adaptation movies (this was prior to all the Marvel movies - I'm talking Superman and the like here).

So they started bringing things in for me to read. They started me off on DC stuff because that's what I was familiar with. I got a copy of Red Son which is a Superman AU which delves into what would have happened if Superman had landed in communist Russia instead of the US. Absolutely brilliant. I still own it.

After that I tried some Batman comics and some Green Arrow. Again, all characters I was familiar with either via movies or Smallville.

Finally Greg decided to break the mould and brought me in the first trade paperback of The Ultimates. For those who aren't familiar with it this is a modernised version of The Avengers and the movie was very heavily inspired by this comic to the point where at one point the characters are sitting around a table discussing who would play them in a movie and they name Samuel L Jackson for Nick Fury.

And you know the memory that stuck with me more than anything else from that book? What a fucking badass Clint Barton was. Seriously, this was my first encounter with Hawkeye and it's still heavily imprinted on my brain. When I found out he was going to be in the Avengers movie I was so excited :D

That was it. I was sold on Marvel from that point. Iron Man the movie came out not long after that and it was instant love. It's still my favourite of all those movies. Yes, even more than The Avengers.

This delighted Dave and Greg who were both die hard Marvel fans and they started plying me with all sorts of stuff. Iron Man comics, Avengers comics, Civil War (sob), 1602, X-Men.

Civil War was the point where I started shipping Steve/Tony. Yeah, go figure. The comic that made me ship them is the one where they spend the whole thing fighting. I have issues. I actually cried at the end which is probably the first and only time a comic has made me shed actual tears though.

Unfortunately once we all left into new jobs my comics reading sort of fell by the wayside as I got more and more into reading fanfic.

But there you go, a totally pointless history of me and comics.

Superman will always be my favourite btw. He was my first and just about all the trade paperbacks I own are Supes ones.

I do want to buy The Ultimates though. Unfortunately the first book is currently out of stock at Amazon (I wonder why)
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Sam Winchester, and I'd hug him for those whole 24 hours and pet his hair and tell him everything was going to be okay
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All of you :)
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I was at work and didn't have access to a TV or the internet. First I heard about it was when [livejournal.com profile] flickums texted me to say a plane had flown into one of the towers. I just assumed it had been a horrible accident. Then she texted me saying a second plane had hit and I knew then it was so much worse than an accident.

When I finally got home and had access to a TV one of the towers had already collapsed and all I could do was sit and watch as the second fell.
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Misha Collins ;)

I could just leave it at that but I'd say particularly him sending truffles to fans who went to see a movie he produced

And, of course, his run which became an event on Twitter while he was doing it
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Glee. I tried to watch it, I really did. But after four episodes the cheesiness and soap-opera storylines were just too much.

Apparently this means I have no soul

*shrug*
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Good grief about 70% of my flist lives outside the UK and if I was to list all the ones I've already met in person it would take a while!

I'll be adding even more to that list after [livejournal.com profile] wincon \o/
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LOL! I totally didn't get it was a joke until [livejournal.com profile] authoressnebula mentioned it. I suck.
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WHAT? I have to start my user pics over again? Have I missed something? *flails(
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I'm going to sound like a total loser here but it's fandom.

I've always been a fannish sort of person even before I really knew what it was, but nothing tops the sense of community that being part of a fandom brings. I love being able to share my thoughts and feelings on shows/films/books with people who love them as much as I do

I love being able to create thing based on the shows/films/books I love and have people appreciate them and not think I'm a freak

And if we're talking about how fandom has shaped my life, I am SO much more comfortable in myself as a person now. I spent the majority of my teenage years pretending to be something I wasn't in an effort to fit in (as most teens do I think) but getting involved in fandom (and getting older too I guess) has made me less ashamed of my geeky ways.

And then, of course, there's the ultimate rush I get from meeting actors I love at conventions. A natural high that's better than any drug, let me tell you.

So, YAY for fandom!
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
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Anyone who says it's a good idea needs to read Brave New World
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You know what? I think 2009 has actually been pretty much one of the best years of my life. Nothing disastarous happened, I still have my job, I had two brilliant holidays abroad and a load more excellent trips in the UK. I met Bradley James, Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath and Misha Collins. I had an amazing 30th birthday party and I got closer to [livejournal.com profile] flickums through the medium of mutual SPN love. I made new friends, kept the awesome ones I already had and wrote more than I ever have before.

I can't think of a single thing I would change.

I would totally do this year over again if I could.

Next year is going to be harder I think. I'll be becoming unemployed somewhere around the middle of the year and I don't think any job is going to match the one I have at the moment (my boss lets me bring my laptop to work and play on the internet all day) and Jacqui and I will be looking to move house which is always stressful.

But I shall do my best to take it in my stride. I'm sure it'll be a good year for the most part.
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You're The Voice by John Farmer ;)
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Sam Winchester, because the poor boy needs some love and a hug
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Spike. It will always be Spike I think.
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Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's Literary Crimes series of books.

Going to see him at a book festival on Sunday btw. WHEE!
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I'm not sure favourite is the right word but the one I am most grateful for is [livejournal.com profile] stop_plagiarism

Sadly I have had to make use of this community on more than one occasion. A few years ago someone plagiarised one of my Buffy fics which is how I got wind of the comm in the first place. The mods were great about sorting everything out and getting the plagiarised fic removed

More recently someone in the Smallville fandom accused me of plagiarism. I sent the aggrieved person here to get a fair hearing and my name was cleared

I don't think the mods on this comm get enough thanks for all the hard work they do. They certainly don't have to do it but they do because they care
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Funnily enough Greg asked me this question about 5 years ago and I only actually found a song that fit a few months back

My song is Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass.

It just incorporates my overall attitude to life, namely doing what makes you happy even if no one else gets it. It's an attitude I apply to my fics too, writing what I want even if it gets no comments. No one commented on my SPN gen fic but I still love it and I'm glad I wrote it
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Funnily enough Greg asked me this question about 5 years ago and I only actually found a song that fit a few months back

My song is Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass.

It just incorporates my overall attitude to life, namely doing what makes you happy even if no one else gets it. It's an attitude I apply to my fics too, writing what I want even if it gets no comments. No one commented on my SPN gen fic but I still love it and I'm glad I wrote it

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