it’s that time of year again . . . .

. . . the time of year when I am the laziest laze-about to ever laze.

Seriously. Late January, early February? It’s all I can do to pause the Buffy DVDs long enough to go feed myself so I don’t die of starvation. I had things I was going to do tonight. I have things I’m going to do tonight.

. . . right?

Maybe if I watch all the rest of Season 7 really fast, then the lack of additional Buffy to watch will compel me to be productive.


0 Responses to “it’s that time of year again . . . .”

  1. kurayami_hime

    Good luck with that.

    So you know, peanut gallery’s not holding its breath on that whole productivity thing. Just so you know.

    • Marie Brennan

      The peanut gallery can bite my winter-white ass.

      I mean, sure, I didn’t go to fencing, and I’m not making any progress on my grading, and I still need to write tonight — but I did go through some random old mail, and rearrange the storage closet, and now I’m going to try to hang a picture.

      Because I can do all that while still watching. <g>

  2. d_aulnoy

    “Maybe if I watch all the rest of Season 7 really fast, then the lack of additional Buffy to watch will compel me to be productive.”

    My friend, that way lies fanfic ….

    • Marie Brennan

      I’ve never really been the fanfic type, though. Closest I ever really came was my characters in somebody else’s setting, doing their own thing.

      Of course, the YA I’m trying to finish right now owes more than a little to Buffy in its inspiration. Maybe if I think of it that way, I’ll be more energetic about working on it?

      I should never try to novel at this time of year.

      • d_aulnoy

        This is one of the key differences between the natural writer and the natural reader: I was thinking back to my own initial Buffy obsession, and the loads and loads of badfic that I dug through in order to find the *good* stories that captured the spirit of the thing. Never even occurred to me to try writing it myself …

        …. and now I’m that much more eager to read your YA piece. Has it scheduled its coming out party yet?

        P.S. – Also, I’m not making a mental catalogue of texts inspired by Buffy: many lump early LKH in there, I believe that Robin McKinley’s admitted to it having played a part in the writing of _Sunshine_ … oh, there will be papers written, oh, yes, precious.

        • Marie Brennan

          The few fics I’ve read and enjoyed tended to be for a fandom I didn’t belong to, I think because then I don’t compare them to the original (and find them lacking).

          As for the YA, its coming out party will have to wait upon its completion, revision, submission, and sale. Unless by “coming out” you mean going to editors, in which case the list is slightly shorter, but still about two months long.

          If’n when you write such papers, I’d be more than happy to talk about what I mean and don’t mean when I say this was inspired by Buffy.

  3. raisinfish

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who uses Buffy to get through the winter. It’s like a drug, I swear. I, too, have just arrived in the middle of Season Seven. Again.

    But after Buffy there’s all that Angel…

    Oh for it to be summer again.

  4. mastergode

    Oh, god, I’m making my way through season 7 right now, too.

    Don’t forget that after season 7, there’s a season 8 in comic book form! =D

    • Marie Brennan

      Which I just read the first collection of a month or so ago. Not bad, but I wish more of it was out already.

      • mastergode

        God, I know. They’re up to what, issue 10? in comic form. I don’t know what that translates into in trades, but man… They need to hurry that up!

        <3 Buffy!

        • Marie Brennan

          The first trade is 1-4, or maybe 1-5 — not sure. I hate buying single issues, though, so I’ll have to wait for quite a while.

          • mastergode

            Once I finish season 7, which should be in a few days, I’m going to go through the issues of the comic. If I get to the end, I’ll let you know how many issues it is, total, so that you’ll know about how many trades to expect.

            I’ll totally not spoil anything, scout’s honor. ^^

  5. squishymeister

    ooooh, I’m jealous!

    I wish I could give into my laze, but school would eat me. How did you get through it back when you were doing classwork and grading and stuff?

    • Marie Brennan

      I’m still doing grading, yo.

      Just not, y’know, right now. <g>

      But in answer to your question: I dunno. I swear, I was like twice as motivated and energetic when I was twenty.

  6. wadam

    I know that nothing makes me want to turn off Buffy more than season 7.

    • Marie Brennan

      I haven’t seen it since it aired. The early part went pretty well, but I think I’m hitting the leading edge of the bit where it bogs down into speechifying.

      • wadam

        There are only a couple of episodes that I really like. And the only one memorable enough for me to name offhand is “Conversations with Dead People.”

        On the other hand, I do know a lot of people who swear up and down that season 7 “really isn’t that bad.” And I suppose that compared, say, to season 4 of Angel, it’s not. All a matter of opinion, I say.

        • Marie Brennan

          Yah, I was never half so much of an Angel fan. But it tended to be pretty good whenever I wasn’t watching it — which was only a partly facetious reason for me not watching S5 until it was done.

          I think both S6 and S7 of Buffy have rock-solid concepts and good elements to their execution, but the pacing of both was shot to hell, with ancillary consequences to other aspects.

    • danielmc

      Season 6 for me.

  7. ninja_turbo

    I hear you on the no more novels during Winter declaration. Unless I’m living in a place where winter isn’t really winter.

    So close, but not done yet.

    • Marie Brennan

      Seriously, I just can’t bring myself to do much of anything that requires effort. Hitting the “play” button on the DVD player is about my speed right now.

      Only sheer bloody discipline is getting me to start writing just now.

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