I’m Sensing a Theme…

Music & More challenge

29.) a role that makes you frown

could you be more specific? there are so many!



I frowned when Lucas was rejected by Elizabeta and then  jumped off a building.



I frowned when Guy was played by Marian and then stabbed by his conniving sister.

The Gisbornes: they take sibling rivalry to a whole other level
The Gisbornes: they take sibling rivalry to a whole other level


I frowned when Porter’s wife said they were all better off without him and then his head got chopped off.

she's all heart
she’s all heart

I’m sensing a theme here…


I frowned when Standring gave his all to Carol, without concrete results.



I frowned when Thornton proposed to Margaret, with chastisement as his reward.



& I will frown all over the place when I see Thorin next!


music question: a song that makes you sad

Traveling Soldier by the Dixie Chicks

This song is romantic, yet heartbreaking. A young man preparing to go to war, spends a few chaste hours with a sweet teenage waitress. He writes her letters from Vietnam, sharing all his hopes and fears. But then one night at the school football game she hears his name read off the list of local soldiers who wouldn’t be coming home.


Crying all alone under the stands
Was a piccolo player in the marching band
And one name read but nobody really cared
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair


stupid depressing questions…

Fanvid Friday: Endlessly

multi-character fanvid by Vogon Fan Vids

Thornton, Guy, Lucas, John Standring, and…Ian. We don’t see him much, do we? I like when lesser known characters are thrown into the mix. It’s a welcome surprise.


Hopelessly I’ll love you endlessly
Hopelessly I’ll give you everything
But I won’t give you up
I won’t let you down
And I won’t leave you falling
If the moment ever comes

That first chorus really does an excellent job of capturing the eyes and the intensity that goes along with them.


and that pattern persists throughout the rest of the video too. I love the eyes. okay, I’m going to go watch it again!



Music & More Challenge

16.) a gif that makes you smile


John Standring is just all kinds of adorable!

I ❤ him


music question: a song that makes you happy

Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel

Making love in the afternoon

with Cecilia up in my bedroom

I got up to wash my face,

when I come back to bed

someone’s taken my place

that part always makes me smile because I think of it literally, like he comes back to bed and their St. Bernard is all sprawled out in his place or something.

I’m weird.


Appreciation is Key

Music & More Challenge

6.) RA fandom fanfiction that you’ve read the most times

anything Sparkhouse

yeah, that’s not exactly an answer but it’s true! I’ve read the Sparkhouse stories the most, with Guy of Gisborne following close behind. Even though they are different stories in different settings, they both hold something in common for me: I like when John/Guy are finally appreciated for who they are.

but she likes my hair, and my sweater too

Most of the Sparkhouse stories start off following a showdown with Andrew. Some of them save him from his demise, some taking Lisa out of the equation completely (I like Lisa, so I’m not always a fan of this approach) but all of them have Carol or another female love interest appreciating John’s loyal and understanding nature. I like No More Ghosts by womblingfree1 the best in this regard. It shows the gentle turning of Carol’s heart over time.

let me tell you about this thing I just discovered called fanfic…

In the Guy of Gisborne universe I like when Marian or another female love interest realizes that Guy not only has deep rooted reasons for behaving the way that he does but that he’s working towards something, not just being a cold-hearted bastard for the fun of it. My favorite in this regard is Grant What I Wish by kleindog. Marian goes through her own form of redemption before helping Guy with his and, again, it’s more of a subtle awakening and appreciation over time.

this pic is like a fanfic all on it’s own *swoon*

and the Music question:

the song with the highest play count on your mp3 player

A Stranger Song by Bobby Long

does your heart beat so softly without warning?

does it beat out to the slow pace of the morning?

I love that line, so poetic.

I Need You To Need Me

Ever since dolphen3 posted the video on YouTube of Richard in Sparkhouse, I’ve been watching it nonstop! (it’s very nicely edited, condensed like a small movie)

Shh! this is the part where I call you a dickhead

It makes it so easy to focus on the parts of the story that I’m interested in (John) and leave out all the rest (Andrew). The entire story does need to be watched occasionally though, for context.

over-the-top? possibly. unwarranted? no.

I talk about John Standring quite a bit around here, so this time I’m going to talk about Carol. To put it simply: I like her.

Carol stops her plea to ask where they’re going, John says “I’ve run out of milk”. so practical, those two!

I don’t see her as the cold, unsuited match for John that others sometimes see. She was a jerk to John in the beginning, using him during her break-up with Andrew, but adult Carol has grown up quite a bit and seems to have her head on much straighter.

well, maybe except for those lingering grudges.

Carol’s friendship with John is very easy going, they understand each other. She and Lisa bring out the playful, down-to-earth side of him. John never questioned the plausibility of that “banana imports” routine that Carol tried to hide behind when she first rolled back into town, nor did he disapprove when it was found to be a ruse.

why did the banana go out with the prune? because she couldn’t find a date

When Andrew throws a wrench into things and Carol has to reassure John of her intentions, what she says is quite sincere:

” Yea, I do [still think about Andrew]. Thing is, don’t just go away, does it? stuff like that. Part of me probably will always think about him […] I want to think about this, about us. I want to think about Farm and all the things we’re gonna do to it.”

I do not doubt what she says, she really does want to move forward with John and share the work of the farm with him. Maybe she doesn’t feel for him romantically at that point but she does genuinely care for him, and so she wants to give him the parts of herself that he needs.

“you want to help me & in return I can give you things. that is not prostitution” well, actually Carol…

Events happen and the story ends on a cliffhanger. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that Carol picks herself up and gets back on track with John. This set back will not keep her down for long; she’s survived so much already, what is this really in comparison?

I like Carol. Her and I would probably be friends.

and I don’t have a dog, so it’s all good!