corilannam: (Merlin - stuck at work)
As long as I'm still crying over the end of Merlin the show anyway, I was doing some thinking about the future of Merlin the character.

spoilers for Merlin 5.13 )

So what are your thoughts on Merlin's future?
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
Title: Forever
Author: Cori Lannam ([ profile] corilannam)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1100

Summary: Merlin returns to Avalon

Notes: Couldn't sleep until I found a way to be all right with this in my head. Then I wrote it down.

Merlin trudges briskly up the road )
corilannam: (DD - naughty Santa Simon)
So I've been a mess lately. An absolutely freaking mess. It's been so bad the last couple months that I'm seriously considering trying to find a therapist in the new year, as much as that ratchets my anxiety to eleven just thinking about it. My apologies from being so absent from everyone's lives - I've been reading almost nothing lately other than the odd tweet or two, and am just now pulling myself back into the world.

I was so proud that I managed to buy holiday cards this year! I got a set of cute Christmas cards, a set of cute less Christmassy holiday cards, and a set of completely non-Christmas season's greeting cards. Then I lost my address book. *headdesk*

But! I just found it! So if I have your address, you'll be getting a card from me. If you don't get a card from me, it means a) I don't have your address; b) I have an old address for you because you moved; c) I know you don't celebrate Christmas and am not sure whether you would appreciate a non-religious winter greeting card; or d) you live outside the United States and I've misjudged the amount of postage needed.

In the meantime, my mom is here, as many of you have already heard, in the final week of her 3-week visit. She brought her puppy, which she is trying to train as a service dog for herself (!!!). That is going about as well as you would expect if you know anything about my mother. The doggy is terribly cute, despite the awful behavioral issues. I will post pictures if she ever lets me get a non-blurry shot.

We do not traditionally celebrate Christmas in my family, so tomorrow we'll indulge the tradition we do celebrate -- going to the movies and then out for Chinese food. Les Miserables for some cheery good times!

Speaking of cheery good holiday viewing, I am tense with anxiety over the finale of Merlin tonight. Confession: I haven't watched an episode since the start of the Gwen Enchanted arc. At first it was because I was late on my merlin_holidays story and I just didn't have time to do my usual watch-and-review evening, and then it was because after reading everyone else's reviews, I just couldn't cope with my escalating disappointment about this show on top of the rest of my depression.

But for tonight, my expectations are very, very, very low. There's one thing left that I want from this show. There's no possible way it can be what I want at this point, but I have lowered the bar accordingly so really, they just have to put in really minimal effort to meet my heavily revised standards tonight.

I hope everyone is closing out this long year in a peaceful and happy way! *hugs*
corilannam: (original)
Title: Let It Snow
Author: Cori Lannam ([ profile] corilannam)
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Wordcount: 1,400
Rating: ...let's call it an R because of the cocks and come, but not much activity here
Content: Fluff, Winter Solstice

Summary: Merlin doesn't want to go out in the storm.

Notes: I really wanted some Solstice fluff to soothe my nerves, so I wrote some. Exactly what it says on the tin.

Read on AO3 (because LJ won't let me post anything longer than this anymore)
corilannam: (Merlin - bathhouse)
Good grief, why couldn't they have done that three years ago??
corilannam: (Merlin - oh noes!)
Well, we certainly saw it coming a mile away (or really about 4 years away -- as Colin pointed out in his statement, it was always supposed to be a 5-year show). Yet I'm still having a lot of pretty unhappy emotions at the news that the show is, in fact, ending after the current season.

I'm tremendously sad that I won't see Colin and Bradley (and all the rest) on screen in their ridiculous outfits anymore, though I am happy that they can move on to bigger and better things. I'm sad that there won't be many more adorable moments of Merlin and Arthur proving they're the real married couple on this show.

And now that we're 3/4 of the way through the final season, I'm mourning all the things I wanted from this show that it's now clear I won't ever get.

* a redemption arc for Morgana

* Merlin and Arthur having a long time to work out the consequences from a reveal

* Merlin taking his true place as an equal around the Round Table

* Merlin having an adorable storyline with Aithusa

* Having Gwaine's backstory revealed and explored

* Having cool storylines for the knights, preferably with Merlin

That being said, I was always much more in love with the fandom and fanfic than I ever was with the show, so I don't see this as any sort of death knell for my love of these characters or my participation in the fandom. If that ends, it won't be because of the show.


Nov. 13th, 2012 08:41 pm
corilannam: (cast iron - Tangled)
I have apples I need to use up. Anyone have any exceptionally awesome applesauce recipes?
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
I honestly just don't have a lot of mental energy left right now between all the actual writing I've been doing, so this week I'm just going to liveblog my thoughts about the ep as I watch.

Merlin 5.06 )
corilannam: (happy dance)
Tonight I am tremendously proud of my little blue state (and especially my little blue county), our vaguely purplish neighbor on the other side of the Beltway, and my big crazy country.

Now come on, Washington. Finish off this amazing night.
corilannam: (Duran - bad day)
How could I forget my favorite Election Day tradition??

Okay, so it has nothing to do with actual politics, but that's not a bad thing at this point.

corilannam: (gondor needs no king)
Happy Election Day, US voters! Whatever the results, tomorrow will be a day of freedom, especially for those of us in or adjacent to swing states.

I voted during the early voting period last week, but saved my sticker to wear today. There was a really long line to vote early, but given the reports from Twitter and my coworkers, I wouldn't have done any better this morning. Kudos to all of you who are freezing in the long lines this morning!

It's not much of a secret (at least to anyone who follows me on Twitter) that I very happily voted for Obama, but what made me actually tear up with pride this time was casting my vote in favor of Question 6, Maryland's Marriage Equality referendum. This will approve or reject the marriage equality law passed by our state legislature and signed by our governor earlier this year. Marriage equality has never been passed in any US State by a popular vote before, so this is a big, historic deal. It's received a great deal of public support from political, religious, and community leaders and a good bit of money from me, so I'll be holding my breath for this as well as for the similar measures in Washington, Maine, and Minnesota.

Oh hey, just got a tweet that if you vote for Obama, Eric Balfour will come and wash your car naked! If you're a US voter and you have a car, that's a pretty good deal!

Merlin 5.05

Nov. 4th, 2012 11:38 pm
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
Oh God, I'm so far behind this week! I hope people still want to talk about this, because I'm all abuzz from this episode.

Spoilers for 5.05 )


Nov. 4th, 2012 10:47 pm
corilannam: (Default)
Ignore this. I've been trying to post my Merlin review for hours now. Dammit, LJ.
corilannam: (BSG -  stuck at work)
Back to work today after two days of "working" at home (which mostly consisted of watching TV - don't worry, I was honest on my timesheet!) The DC area got much luckier than we had expected. No damage in my neighborhood and I didn't lose power for more than about a second. Today is cloudy, but with brilliant swathes of intense blue sky cutting through the clouds.

In a brief, non-scientific, but amusing study of human nature - I bought a tub of chocolate chip cookies at Trader Joe's during my last minute storm prep shopping. About half the tub was left as of this morning, so I brought it into work. When I took it into the kitchen to leave it on the counter, there were already two other tubs of Trader Joe's cookies sitting there. I traded mine for a couple of cranberry dunkers and called it breakfast.

I caught up with a lot of TV I've had piling up:

Homeland - I wondered how they were ever going to follow up that intense and amazing first season. Apparently the answer was: become even more intense and amazing.

Beauty and the Beast - I had my doubts about this reboot of the old 80s classic show (I was never allowed to watch it, but my best friend would tell me every detail of what happened the next day at school). But I actually like it so far. I love that it's so multi-racial and female-centric. If they keep developing all the potentially interesting relationships, it could end up being really good.

Arrow - I am not generally a fan of the broody, lair-building superhero. But geez, this guy is hot. The set-up is a lot like Revenge, which I love, so I'll keep watching and see how it develops.

Dancing with the Stars - I'm not so much watching this show as fast-forwarding to anything involving Gilles Marini, on whom I have a starry-eyed crush.

Still sending good thoughts to all my northern friends dealing with much worse Sandy aftereffects. *hugs*
corilannam: (DC - thingy in bloom)
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on us at last. It's not too bad here yet - lots of rain and wind, but it's only just getting to the point where I don't feel comfortable going out in it. This morning I ran out for a last minute emergency chocolate run to Trader Joe's. They said they'd be open until the power went out, and didn't seem terribly concerned. They were even restocking the frozen food section.

I'm technically supposed to be working, but my internet keeps going out and now I can't connect to my work computer. Oh well! Fanfic it is.

[ profile] chelseafrew has come over to bunker down here. Today is her birthday and she really, really dislikes bad weather, so it's rather a bummer for her. I am planning to ply her with television until the power goes out and then chocolate after that.

Last night we went to see the movie-broadcast of the National Theatre's production of <a href="><i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i></a>. It was totally amazing, but the most unintentionally hilarious moment came with the introduction of a character, whose name was announced as Sandy. It was not a funny moment, but everyone in our theater cracked up. There's no escaping it! Hope everyone on this coast is staying safe, dry, and warm!


Oct. 25th, 2012 09:56 am
corilannam: (TW - bored now)
So the only part of last night's SPN episode I liked was the song playing at the beginning and end. Anybody know what it was?


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