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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is like the most impossible of challenges because there is so much that I love. I could talk about the awesome writing and acting this season on GOTHAM, and how much I love the way the show is playing with expectations about the villains that we’re all familiar with and problematizing the heroes from the Batman mythos. I could talk about shows that took risks that payed off beautifully, like AGENTS OF SHIELD’s “4722 Hours,” which has only a single character for about half the episode, or THE WALKING DEAD’s “Here’s Not Here,” which breaks away from a high-stakes moment in the story to show a 90-minute flashback of Morgan learning to be human again. The beauty of the writing and the strength of the acting in those episodes just made the character shine.

I could go on at length about the Dragon Age video games from Bioware. Because as much as I love exploring fantasy worlds, fighting monsters, and trying to be the hero, Bioware makes that last bit difficult. In addition to standard video game narratives, there are companions to be courted and romances to be pursued, if you wish. The games also present sent you with ethical dilemmas that you have to address, and how you respond to them affects the game world. For example, a girl you save who is starry-eyed and wants to go off and become a warrior can be encouraged to follow her dreams or talked out of them. If you encourage her, you’ll later see her sacrificed by the warriors she joins after they become corrupted by demons. Another example, one of your companions throughout one of the games (who may be your Love Interest as well) does something horrible. Innocents are killed, and you’re forced to either execute or spare the person.

I would go on and on about STAR WARS, but I already did that in a post I made after seeing the movie for the first time.

Though I took some time off for the sick and the holidays, I’ll be getting back to Pull List Wednesday posts, so I can talk about what’s great in comics.

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Day 08

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

Thanks to the Snowflake Challenge and an LJ friending meme, I have this one in the bag. And I’d like to give a shout out and warm welcome to new friends. I’m excited to have you here and looking forward to getting to you know better.

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Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Cut way back on soda (even diet) intake.
Eat better (fresher foods, significantly less processed foods).
Phase in an exercise plan.
Write daily.
Post on LJ and answer comments at least twice a week.
Read at least 24 books.
Post at least 1 fic each month.
Track progress toward goals.
Don’t let big things overwhelm me. Break them down into manageable chunks and conquer them a little at a time.


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