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The Nail: June 2017

The Nail isn’t about perfection. It isn’t about award-level contenders. It’s about seeing focus and effort and hard work radiate off of the screen. 

The Nail’s purpose isn’t to highlight genres of fics or specific ships written during a certain time frame - the sole focus is quality.

Character dimension. Writing with clever readers in mind. Solid world-building. Tension through boundaries. Crazy crisp dialogue. Incredibly tight plotting. Big emotion.

And though yours truly - nice to meet you, new folks, I’m Nash! - is editor of the list, the goal is for YOU to curate the content. 

Read more about how all this came to be, find past editions, see what factors are considered when constructing the list, and learn how to get your recommendations in HERE.

Now - on to the stories!

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Hunters on the Hellmouth Masterlist

Setting (which is a spoiler in and of itself): Chapter 1 begins toward the end of SPN season 5, and before BTVS season 7. Wanna know how that works? Gotta read the story.

Characters: There are over two dozen canon characters and a few OCs by series’ end. Yes, your fav is probably here in some form.

Word Count: So many.

Warnings: Canon violence, alcohol. Much more swearing. Some chapters have sexual content, but it’s not super explicit because that’s not how I roll. (For example: this is actually something I cut from this series.) Anything that could be particularly triggering will be noted at the beginning of the chapter.

Image by the lovely salvachester

1: Meet Me at the Cemetery After a last-minute rescue from the clutches of Luficer lands them in Sunnydale, California, the Winchesters run into an unusual hunter. (wc 3096)

2: Prophecies and Milkshakes The Winchesters learn more about The Slayer, and Buffy tries to convince them to stay in Sunnydale for a while. (wc 4271)

3: The Winchesters Return In the wake of a shocking discovery, the Winchesters return to Sunnydale, hoping to find a way home. (wc 6421)

4: The Favor The Winchesters owe Buffy a favor, and she’s calling it in. (wc 3625)

5: First Patrol There are some huge differences between being a hunter versus the Slayer. (wc 3855)

6: The Bronze Buffy puts the Winchesters’ hunting skills to the test in Sunnydale’s favorite hangout. (wc 4267)

7: Merry-Go-Round Buffy and Dean work out their issues. (wc 3702)

7.5 Drabble: Sam Visits Anya Sam tries to get some info from Anya, but first, cookies. (wc ~500)

8: Poker Faces Buffy and Dean may have worked out their differences, but Sam and Xander are still worried about the secrets the other party holds. (wc 4783)

9: Stay the Night-Mares Buffy and Dean’s casual relationship hurtles toward something deeper as they discover more about each other. (wc4460)

10: Demons While everyone is busy researching the new monster in town, Buffy does some digging into Dean’s past. (wc 6853)

11: Friends with Benefits Dean mulls over his unexpected connection with Buffy while they fight an outside threat. (wc 4270)

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The Master returns? @sysnix

The Doctor had been hearing all across Earth that The Master was returning.  He thought he’d seen the last of the renegade Time Lord…had seen him die with his own eyes.  But the Master had that habit of coming back to life in odd ways.  So the Doctor was being extra cautious and decided that a trip to Sunnydale, California, where the whispers told him that the Master would arise, was in order.  

And what a place it was.  Those people he’d been listening to had called Sunnydale a “Hellmouth”…whatever that meant.  He’d seen “gods” and “devils” and “demons” before, so a name like that, while curious, wasn’t enough to scare him away.  But he noticed immediately that there was a strange energy about the place.  And the source of that strange energy was…Sunnydale High School?

He slipped through the doors and followed the energy till he stood just outside the school’s library.  “Curiouser and curiouser,” he muttered to himself, not looking where he was going as he opened the door.  Said door immediately ran into a blonde teenager that was talking to the librarian about…vampires?  What did they teach in this place? 

“Oh I’m sorry!  Are you alright, Miss?” he asked.

Closed Starter - Home Is Where the Heart Is


Staring at Bobby’s ramshackle house and chaotic salvage yard, Faith was more than half tempted to turn around and run in the opposite direction. It didn’t matter that it had taken her almost two weeks of running in THIS direction to get back here, but now, standing out on the dusty road in front of Singer Salvage where she spent the best years of her life so far, Faith suddenly felt small and broken.

The night the Watchers came for her she had tried to run but it was no use. They took her away to train and finally to Sunnydale, California but she was no good there. They didn’t need her. They had a Slayer.  Her life only got… Complicated in California. She lost control without Bobby and Dean… Sammy. 

Now, a few years later, she had enough. Broken and lost, Faith had run away and had no intentions on going back. Not alive at least. A plan the Council and Buffy seemed in agreement with. When she first set out; she had no idea where she was going until she crossed the state line into South Dakota. It was almost like something drew her back here. Still, she had no idea if Sam and Dean would even be here… Or even Bobby for that matter. Maybe they wouldn’t want her back? It had been over three years after all since they last saw her. Three years and what if they found out all the things she has done while she was away?

Clenching her fists at her side, she decides she has never been a coward before and wasn’t about to start now. So swallowing hard, dirty, and beyond hungry and exhausted, Faith walks the last few feet past the gate, up the walkway and onto Bobby Singer’s front porch. She knows how to get in, she still has a key. Curious to see if it still works, she slips it in the lock, despite the incredibly late hour.


Hi my name is Spike “William the Bloody” Pratt and I have slick platinum blonde hair and write bloody poetry (that’s how I got my name) that reaches down my head and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Billy Idol (AN: if u don’t know who he is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Sid Vicious but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also a rebel, and I live to a magic town called Sunnydale in California. I’m a punk(in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black wife-beater with matching leather around it and a gold chain, skull ring and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Buffy Summer’s house. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of preps stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.

MTVS Epic Rewatch #94

BTVS 4x10 Hush

This is one of the episodes I’d been looking forward to rewatching the most, it is one of my favorites in the whole series and I truly think it is a masterpiece. I honestly think Hush should go down as one of the best episodes in television history. So yeah, I guess you can tell from the way I’m gushing over it that “looking forward to rewatching it” is a bit of an understatement… (I actually ended up watching it twice last night, oops!)

I think most Buffy fans know by now the why of this episode, but I’ll try to briefly explain it anyhow Joss Whedon had received a lot of criticism arguing that the only reason behind Buffy’s success was its dialogue (as if that could be really considered criticism, but whatever.) At the same time, he felt he had been relying too much on formulaic writing and directing and was therefore stagnating as a director. That’s how he came up with the idea of writing an episode that would heavily rely on visuals for its storytelling instead of the classic snappy Buffy-speak. At the same time, he also wanted to create a monster-of-the-week so creepy and terrifying that would traumatize people for generations to come. Well, mission accomplished on all fronts, dude. 

If you have a minute, watch the WB promo for Hush, which looks like an awesome movie trailer for a horror movie that I would totally go see. 

Anyway, as much as I wanted to rewatch the episode, I honestly didn’t know how to recap it. So I decided to recap it a Hush kind of way. Also, if you feel like rewatching the episode but don’t have the time, this recap might do the trick. On with it, then.

Suggested soundtrack to listen to as you read this recap: Hush score

Stray thoughts

 1) Did you know that Andy Hallet was an extra in this episode? 

2) What was Buffy wearing, though? More importantly, WHY?

3) The opening scene is clearly one of Buffy’s trademark prophetic dreams, and not only because of the little girl’s cryptic song about the Gentlemen. The scene also suggests Walsh’s manipulation of both Riley and Buffy (her demanding Buffy to do a demonstration for her - in the same way she would later ask Buffy to prove her slayer skills, and her controlling Riley - “be a good boy.”), there’s the obvious foreshadowing of their kiss and the darkness settling down after it probably suggests something Buffy knew all along: their relationship was doomed. 

I was reading the shooting script for this episode and read something that blew my mind in a “HOW HAVEN’T I NOTICED THIS BEFORE?” kind of way. Then i realized it had been cut, but I wish they had kept it because I love me some good foreshadowing. So here it is:

Does it ring any bells? 

I’ll leave this here and let you all figure it out, if you haven’t already…

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

4) I love this line so much:

Fortune favors the brave.

5) Children singing a capella are always the creepiest. 

6) This is Joss’s description for the Gentlemen, taken from the shooting script:

He’s old, bone white, bald – Nosferatu meets Hellraiser by way of the Joker. Actually, he looks kind of like Mr. Burns, except he can’t stop his rictus-grin, and his teeth are gleaming metal. As he grins with satisfaction…

Accurate AF, right?


Riley: So what have you got going on for tonight?
Buffy: Oh, patrolling
Riley: Patrolling?
Buffy: Eh, petroleum.
Riley: Petroleum?
Buffy: Uh huh…
Riley: Tonight you have crude oil…

8) This might be a dumb question, but are TAs allowed to date students who are taking classes they are working in? Is it okay, frowned upon or downright illegal?

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Sunnydale, California

Nearly six hours on a plane and crossing two timezones could cause even the most experienced traveler some jetlag, but Sarah was not an experienced traveler, meaning that when she landed in Sunnydale, California, she was more than ready to fall into a bed and sleep. The only things standing in her way were a lack of directions, people, and being completely lost.

Adjusting her bag on her shoulder, she glanced around, hoping to find someone who could help her. When she spotted someone, she quickened her pace to catch up with them. “Excuse me?” she called out, hoping that she had been heard. “Excuse me!”

sunnydale-california-deactivate  asked:

i followed you yesterday for the buffy but now you've got me sitting here rewatching veronica mars and remembering how much i love this show and the characters and omg i do not need this right now on top of all the feelings ive been having over having just watched "chosen" for the first time the other day

Well, I wish I could say I’m sorry, but I’m not! I’m super glad my blog has aroused all those VM feelings! It’s always a good time to start watching/rewatching VM! Don’t worry, you’ll feel so much better when you get to the movie!

And what do you mean you just watched Chosen for the first time? Are you a new Scoobie? 

My blog should come with a warning, right? “Come for the Buffy, get hooked on VM”. Oops, sorry! Not sorry!

diannaofthemyscira  asked:

hi, i've never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer before, but I've always thought it was interesting and you seem to blog about it a lot. Can you tell me what exactly it's about? All i know is what i've learned from tumblr, which is basically that she's a slayer and she's badass and that it ended 10 years ago. do you think i should watch it and if i did, could i message you and stuff, because i think you're awesome and i love your blog and i heard buffy was a really good show.


thank you so much first of all :)

secondly, i know i may be biased but I believe that everyone would benefit from watching Buffy so yes absolutely!

ok let’s try describe the show….

(some basic stats

- 7 seasons, 144 episodes

- 12 eps in season 1, 22 eps in the remaining 6 seasons

- each season finds a nice balance between “monster of the week” episodes and an overall “big bad” of the season that each finale build up to and so each season has a nice pace to it and amazing season finales

- The first 3 seasons take place while they are in high school and then it deals with college and beyond :)) 

The show takes place in the fictional town of Sunnydale, California. The pilot episode starts with Buffy Summers moving there from L.A. after being kicked out of her old school for setting the gym on fire (she was fighting vampires but couldnt exactly explain that ;P)

Now the important part is that Sunnydale was built on a “Hellmouth” which basically draws a lot of supernatural energy/monsters to it and so now we have a starting point for the show!

it would be the easy thing to just describe the show by saying Buffy is a girl who fights vampires


let’s not :)

Buffy is about so much more than just that and reducing it to that is maybe why a lot of people don’t start watching it!

Joss Whedon (the creator of the show and evil creative genius) has always said that his idea for the show is high school = hell and so let’s actually mean it! and so even though they are always dealing with supernatural problems, they can each represent a real life problem that we could have all faced in high school (one great example is from season one that includes an episode with an invisible girl but is really about how easy it is to feel invisible) and later seasons deal with issues like addiction and depression and lots and lots of death (i’m sorry! - but trust me don’t let that deter you)

now, that all sounds very sad and depressing…

but!! the show successfully balances the light and the dark and the show is truly very very funny and the odds are you’ll love the majority of the characters who are all so unique

it is known for challenging typical dialogue and has created “buffyspeak” which gives the show a unique feel that is so smart and witty and you’ll find yourself starting to talk like it!

they have a musical episode which many people claim is the single greatest episode of television :)

they have an episode without any background score/music at all which trust me really works given the context of the episode

and they have an episode almost entirely without dialogue which was so well done that it earned an emmy nomination for writing! haha

even though it started in the 90s, the show doesn’t feel dated (except maybe parts of season 1 but keep with it and enjoy the 90s feel! haha)

in some respects it actually still feels ahead of its time and many shows could learn a thing (or five hundred) from buffy

and actually so many shows today actually owe their existence to buffy!

importantly! the show has a nice balance of male and female characters - no one is simply a love interest

so. many. strong. female. characters. every. single. one. of. them. :)

(and so many wonderful male characters too!)

well developed characters all with strengths and flaws

and well written villains that you love to hate, or in some cases just plain love

(I should also mention, in case you weren’t aware, that there is a spinoff show that was created after season 3 and so i’ll tell you more about that if and when you reach that point!)

I better start wrapping this up even though i could ramble on for quite a while

but basically the show sends a message to all of its viewers and it’s that everyone is important and everyone is strong and i’d imagine that most people would agree with me when I say that it’ll make you a better person!

so get on netflix, get the dvds, magically summon the episodes from somewhere idk

(this next part applies to anyone and everyone!)

sit down, watch buffy, laugh about it, cry about it, scream about it, enjoy it, learn from it and most definitely come discuss it with me!

The fact about fiction.

We’d hear it during every one of Aaron’s overnight stays on the oncology floor: the unmistakable sounds of a laugh track leaking from the open doors of older patients, who lay there spending some the last precious moments of their lives watching The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men, never, as far as we could tell, laughing at the appropriate and prompted times.

We thought of it the same way, Aaron and I: sad. Sad and fascinating, that these shows, which require instructions to the audience on when exactly they’re supposed to chuckle aloud, are not just a part of peoples lives, but of their deaths as well.

They have no idea, I thought of the actors, no idea at all that the words they’re saying in front of that camera will end up broadcast to a tube television bracketed to the wall in an oncology ward in the middle of Minnesota, that these dumb lines will be observed by someone nearing the end of their time on this Earth.

Like everything that stems from pity (the most useless of human emotions), it was misguided.

Fiction, even terrible fiction, is the ultimate form of escape. And why wouldn’t you want to escape from your withering body in an 20th century hospital room with scratchy sheets and gray, lukewarm food? Even if your preferred means of  escape is a sitcom starring Ashton Kutcher as a replacement for Charlie Sheen?

Aaron and I had our own forms of escapism. Snuggled side by side in a single hospital bed, with an in-room theatre cobbled together with a Macbook Air and a Jambox on a food cart, we’d slip away from the threat of cancer and into the threat of the zombie apocalypse, a crumbling mafia empire, a meth lab or Sunnydale, California, home of The Hellmouth.

At home, It’s a ritual of ours to end our nights with “an epi or two” of a favorite show, followed by a marital scene I always observed lovingly of my parents: husband and wife, side by side with their nighttime reading. In the 2014 version, the husband reads comic books with the glow of a screen, the wife an old fashioned paperback with a pen for marking.

We’ve demolished every worthwhile Showtime, HBO or AMC series and piles of comic books and novels and I’m grateful to each of these fictions for the brief respite it gives us from being Cancer People.

Thursday night, Aaron had a seizure during a rec league soccer game, which resulted in several late-night hours in the ER. While we waited, I finished off a memoir and he told me about all the things he’d read that day on his nerd blogs. 

Starving and exhausted, we fell into bed at 1am and fired up the laptop for an episode (okay, two episodes) of Community. We laughed until I snorted, and before we fell asleep I wrote my diary entry for the day:

Aaron had two seizures tonight. Ended laughing in bed, watching Community. Happy.

By day, we live our lives as hard as we can. And we’re grateful for every damn second, even the shitty ones. We confront possibilities and eventualities that most people won’t face for many decades, and we do it with honesty and with our feet fully grounded in reality.

By night, we all deserve a little escape.

I do fully realize that the broader American population has made Two and A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory some of the most popular sitcoms on television and to that I only say, really?

itsjustabadwolf-deactivated2017  asked:

She materialized in the middle of an alleyway. She shrugged and walked into a side door with a small light over head. Her eyes widened " demon bar. Why am I not surprised? " she mumbled before taking a seat at the bar. " shot. Oh and where am I? " she asked the bartender. He furrowed a brow " Sunnydale, California. " he replied and poured her shot. She knocked it back shrugging " what the hell? I'm in the states in a demon bar. Let's cause some trouble. " she smiled looking for a fight to start.

Spike sat at the end of the bar as he saw a blonde walk in and order up a drink.  He picked up his own glass of whiskey and took a sip keeping and eyes on her.  Something seemed different about the girl, strange.  "I’d be careful here, this place is more dangerous than you realize, and I do mean Sunnydale, not the pub.“

anonymous asked:

who is Xander

Alexander Lavelle “Xander” Harris is a fictional character created for the action-horror/fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). He was developed by Joss Whedon and portrayed throughout the television series by Nicholas Brendon and in two episodes by his twin brother, Kelly Donovan. He was conceived as an everyman and a male character for series heroine Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) to interact with, and to provide comic relief in the series. Xander is one of several friends of Buffy who assist her in saving the world against numerous supernatural events that plague Sunnydale, California, a town built over a doorway to hell.