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So apparently when I'm super busy and stressed out, my brain's way of coping is to retreat to a place of total irrelevance and expend lots of energy into thinking about things that will absolutely not result in any real life productivity or reduction in the aforementioned crazytimes and stress (and then taking precious time to write a meaningless post about it, using lots of annoying parenthetical comments).  And this is apparently how/when SPN meta and Show Thoughts hijack my life. -_-  Or it could be that I've realized Show is starting soon and I've not written anything about it for a really, really long time despite the fact I have some apparently raging, strong opinions on lots things including last season (and why I'm giving Carver the sink eye even though I don't want to care that much); the spin off, trends in the entertainment industry, and this upcoming season; the last 10 minutes of 8x23 and Carver and his 3-year "plan" (and why I'm still giving him the stink eye even though I don't want to care that much); supporting characters, why I still can't get on the Castiel and Crowley bandwagon, and the effects of fannish popularity vs. show runner vision (and why I'm still giving Carver the sink eye even though I don't want to care that much); and finally, based on all of the above, why the hell am I still watching this TV show, which obviously causes me to think way too much about non-RL things when I should be frosting birthday cupcakes and cleaning toilets.  Blarghhhh!  You guys, I'm so mentally constipated it's almost painful.  Someone send me a babysitter or 30.  And froufrou coffee.  And a 36 hour day.  And kids who don't zombie sleepwalk into my room and body slam me in bed 6 times a night.  On a cautiously brighter note: S9 is almost here (hopefully I won't be giving Carver the stink eye at the end of the premiere).  *runs away to a place with coconuty drinks and grass huts*

Date: 2013-10-04 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] counteragent.livejournal.com
It's like you broke into my brain and made a post of my thoughts. Including the particular form of stress coping and Kids That Won't Sleep.

Date: 2013-10-11 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowtrunckle.livejournal.com
Including the particular form of stress coping and Kids That Won't Sleep.

*nods* Because SPN is like crack when it comes to addictive qualities and escapism value.

Arrhhhh, Kids That Won't Sleep. Don't even get me started. It's musical beds here every night. My husband, A, and I are trying to figure out what's worth the all-night battle and sleep deprivation and what's not. Right now, it seems like everything is falling into the "not worth the battle" category.

Date: 2013-10-04 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightly-lit.livejournal.com
Now that I've actually seen (most of) S8, I too am giving Carver (or, well, really, whoever hired the current crop of lousy writers) the stink-eye and wondering why I'm still watching this show, and wishing I didn't care that much about a t.v. show but finding myself unable to deny that I do. Wah. I haven't heard about this 3-year plan, though. Care to share? Maybe it would explain some things about why this whole freakin' season made no sense.

I know the mental-constipation feeling all too well. I wish you mental ... er ... laxatives! :-)

Date: 2013-10-11 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowtrunckle.livejournal.com
whoever hired the current crop of lousy writers

And Edlund leaving just makes the ship sink faster. :(

wishing I didn't care that much about a t.v. show but finding myself unable to deny that I do. Wah.

And that is the big frustration. Show, I can't quit you (otherwise I would have)! I think I'm in it until the end even if it means I stop writing about it on LJ for everyone's sanity and watch it between my fingers while raging and screaming into a pillow.

I haven't heard about this 3-year plan, though. Care to share?

My "three-year plan" reference is not actually Carver's formal three-year plan, but the very real idea that he signed on with the intention of, in the best scenario, pulling SPN through to S10. It ties into this meta that I've not finished (surprise surprise) about why 8x23 was so unsatisfying from a storytelling standpoint and why didn't follow the established SPN season finale formula of the previous 7 seasons with Carver having a three-year/three-act structure.

Maybe it would explain some things about why this whole freakin' season made no sense.

That way my intention bec. I was really struggling with S8 and how disappointed I was and why it felt so ... weirdly incomplete. But, on the other hand, there's likely no explanation that will magic away those first 10 nonsensical episodes.

I wish you mental ... er ... laxatives! :-)

Thanks, sweets! :D

Date: 2013-10-14 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightly-lit.livejournal.com
I can't STAND that Edlund's leaving. I saw someone saying he seems to have gotten bored with SPN, and I guess I saw that in some of the lazier aspects of his S8 episodes, but I will always be a HUGE fan of what he does, so it kills me!

watch it between my fingers while raging and screaming into a pillow.

I was feeling exactly this same way, and then I wrote a story (http://brightly-lit.livejournal.com/19141.html) and a meta (http://brightly-lit.livejournal.com/19290.html) that somehow made me feel WAAAY better about the whole thing. There's some small chance they might do the same for you, if you want to try them. I mean, continuity on the show, fugeddaboutit, but at least I was able to get back on the SPN crazy train and start enjoying the ride again.

Very good to know about the 3-year plan. It was your mentioning this that made me start thinking about stuff that made it start making more sense to me, so thanks for bringing it up!

those first 10 nonsensical episodes.

ARRRGHHH, What. Was. That.

Date: 2013-10-21 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowtrunckle.livejournal.com
I saw your meta when you posted them (I think you wrote a number of them, right?) and I've been meaning to read them. I'm terribly behind with my flist and replying to comments, it's embarrassing. Thanks for the link to your fic. I'm hoping to find some time very soon to catch up. I'm glad that you're feeling good about SPN and having fun with this season! :)

ARRRGHHH, What. Was. That.

Just a really long bad dream shared by millions.

Date: 2013-10-04 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hugemind.livejournal.com
Bah, cleaning toilets is overrated.

Sounds like you have several posts worth of thoughts to get off your chest. Some of those are topics that I have strong opinions on myself. And I'll be forever giving Carver the stink eye for the Sam/Amelia plotline, that's just the way it is. But I'm also ridiculously excited for S9 and the boys sound excited about it, too, so I'm basically jumping up and down and making victory arms whenever no one's seeing.

*sends you Mary Poppins and more coconut-y drinks*

Date: 2013-10-11 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowtrunckle.livejournal.com
Bah, cleaning toilets is overrated.

I know. They just get dirty again. I'm thinking that my toilets are going to look like the one in "Trainspotting" one of these days. ;)

Some of those are topics that I have strong opinions on myself.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's a nice incentive to take some "me time" to go to the coffee shop and dork out (write meta).

And I'll be forever giving Carver the stink eye for the Sam/Amelia plotline, that's just the way it is.

Wahwahdrama. ;) I'll never forget the look I was giving the TV at the close of the mid-season finale when the cliffhanger was Sam and Amelia and Don in the bar. To this day I'm still like, "WHAT WAS THAT?!"

*sends you Mary Poppins and more coconut-y drinks*

Aww, thanks, sweets. :D

Date: 2013-10-04 09:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] fannishliss.livejournal.com
do you still have the email with the hamster? :)

Please share your thinky. Even if it feels random to you, it is awesome to us.

My son is 13. He is practically an adult and will soon be in high school and then boom college. Those first years seem like they will last forever but they gain speed quickly. !!

Date: 2013-10-11 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowtrunckle.livejournal.com
do you still have the email with the hamster? :)

Yes, I do! It's my fandom email address and I plan on keeping it as long as I'm here. Are you sending me something?!?!? :)

Please share your thinky. Even if it feels random to you, it is awesome to us.

Thanks so much. That made my day/week. I'd love to be all chatty (finally). I just really need to find the time to get it out of my head.

My son is 13.

Wow. Time does fly. I remember you writing about him when he was much younger. It's hard for me to believe that T just turned 4 and K will be 2 next month. Time goes slow and fast simultaneously, and how that happens I'll never figure out.

Date: 2013-10-04 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galathea-snb.livejournal.com
Man, I hear you! Basically, I've been ranting about Supernatural S8/9 in my head for the past 4 months, and yet I seem incapable of just letting the show go. I am (almost) sure I would be happier for it. Not to mention that I would loath to turn into one of those fans who spoil all the fun for others because their love turned to hate. I still have the first 7 seasons to love and adore, so why not just cut my losses and move on? I guess it's a testament to my deep and abiding love for these characters.

Date: 2013-10-12 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowtrunckle.livejournal.com
I've been ranting about Supernatural S8/9 in my head for the past 4 months, and yet I seem incapable of just letting the show go.

I hear you. I've been doing pretty much the same thing and vacillating between not thinking about it at all due to be completely uninspired by S8, which is probably worse as I didn't even have the energy to care.

Not to mention that I would loath to turn into one of those fans who spoil all the fun for others because their love turned to hate.

This is why I try to ... erm ... not post super ranty things except when I do. I'd, too, hate to become that downer fan who never has anything positive to say and ruin SPN for others, but there is something to be said about discussion, being genuinely interested in what others have to say, and writing in order to make sense of things for yourself and to share that with others. It's hard for me to see you start posting raving mad, nonsensical SPN reviews. To me, you've always been quite even handed, and it's clear that you care about SPN and are just show bashing for the sake of creating waves.

I guess it's a testament to my deep and abiding love for these characters.

Like I wrote in another comment, "I'm in it until the end even if it means I stop writing about it on LJ for everyone's sanity and watch it between my fingers while raging and screaming into a pillow." Gah, Sam and Dean!

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