When practicing agility, everyone is so quick to stop a dog when he’s made an error. But are you as quick to stop when he’s made a critical good choice during a session?
Most people rewards ‘ends’ rather than 'choices’. The end of a pinwheel, the end of a contact, the end of the weave poles, or the end of a jump grid, maybe even the end of a sequence. My plea is to get you to look to reward a tough but good choice from your dog, rather than just absentmindedly plowing through a sequence and rewarding the completion of it.
I wanted stop in and say thank you for your Kara/Vasquez fic. That was awesome! The pairing totally works too. Kara having someone to lean on and Vasquez having someone who has more love in them then they know what to do with. I hope you consider writing more with them cause now I just keep thinking of them double dating with Maggie/Alex and them all going to play like laser tag together. Anyway, thank you so much. Have a great day/night :)
I’m so glad you’re liking them as much as I am!
Your idea inspired me and I wrote this.
Many thanks to @reginalovesemma for all the edits and for launching this ship into space with me.
“Ten bucks says I can kick your ass at laser tag,” Maggie teased as Alex snatched the five dollar bill from off the side of the pool table.
“Not a chance, Sawyer, I run tactical drills in my sleep.” She drew Maggie close, brushing their lips together just barely before pulling back, enjoying the way Maggie leaned forward, chasing the contact. “When was the last time you did anything other than ask probing questions and slap handcuffs on compliant perps.”
Maggie narrowed her eyes. “Today, actually, not that it matters, since I’m a better shot than you.”
This time, Alex didn’t tease. She wrapped an arm around Maggie’s waist, drew their bodies together and whispered, “Bullshit,” before capturing soft lips with her own.
“So, it’s a bet then?” Maggie asked breathlessly several kisses later.
“Mmm. You’re on.” Alex pulled away and started drawing battle lines. “We each get one person as backup. First to take out both enemies, wins.”
Maggie smiled. “Dibs on Kara.”
Alex laughed. “Deal. No powers, not that they’d do her any good. She’s hopeless.”
Arrow 5x14 “The Sin-Eater”: Everyone Makes a Choice
Note: This review was
ready to go Thursday; all I had to do was type it up and format it after work.
But after asking, I decided to vote Thursday afternoon—since I couldn’t do
both. Then the poll reopened on Friday and there went my plans to type this up
again. Unfortunately we still lost. Good job to all those who voted. That’s why
this isn’t as timely as my last few have been, even if it’s been written out
since Thursday morning. Oops. Oh well. Sometimes a fangirl has vote, you know?
Arrow is testing
my patience. I am convinced that I am being tried so that I can enjoy all the
wonderful spoils of heaven. Maybe a position of sainthood up there. I didn’t
really think they’d have such a bad episode after last week’s really awful
episode. I apparently need to adjust my expectations down, again.
What’s incredibly frustrating about this is that this didn’t have to be a bad episode. We had
a Thea and Felicity team up (the only good thing about this episode); we had
the possibility of a good storyline with three female villains; and very
importantly, this episode focused on the core of Arrow and didn’t belabor us with a ton of Recruit scenes. They
existed in the periphery—where they belong. Though they could maybe hug the
edges a lot closer. I’m just sayin’.
All of that sounds
like a mixture for success, yes? But then let me remind you what we all forgot
when we read the episode recipe: It was left in the hands of Arrow writers to cook up and s5 has been
one disastrous course after another.
The problem is that the villainesses’ storyline was under
baked (okay, enough of the cooking metaphor) and just really sloppy. The
villainesses ran around Star City killing various people and it was all to get
the money Church had hidden. That they needed to be shown where it was. So
question: Why didn’t the remaining criminals just go and take the money instead
of letting it collect dust in a mausoleum? Something about that felt like a
plot hole. In general, their stunts felt sloppy. It was just a real miss for a
villain of the week storyline.
Except that Arrow
had another villain in the works this week and boy did she get her comeuppance.
And the story surrounding her was the biggest disaster of all this week.
THE SUSAN WILLIAMS
I hate this character. Take away that she is a useless love
interest for Oliver in an attempt to keep Olicity apart for a little longer:
She is still simply awful. I haven’t liked her from the beginning and nothing
at all about Carly Pope’s portrayal makes it any better. To call her one-note
is frankly kind; everything about her performance is irritating. I have had the
(dis)pleasure of viewing her elsewhere. Let’s just say she is not a versatile
actress at all. All her characters feel the same except for a possible wardrobe
change and name change.
That said, my absolute favorite part of this episode was
Susan Williams being taken down by my two faves Felicity and Thea.
I felt zero
amount of sympathy for her. I felt all the amounts of glee and maybe wiggled in
my chair with delight. Now I know that after the episode aired this storyline
made some male pseudo-journalists all butthurt. I would kindly ask them to STFU
and go away with their pseudo-feminism and pseudo-journalistic ethics.
know Lucy is canonically the healer, but what about a Susan whose title isn’t a synonym for beauty but a descriptor of grace? I love clever!cospymaster!Susan as much as the next person, but I’d love to read abut a Susan whose diplomatic skills are honed with empathy. I can see Susan working in the European Court of Human Rights, first as a translator but eventually as a judge in her own right. Or working with the UN, or within her own government. What about a Susan whose defining qualities are kindness and gentility rather than cunning political skills? What about a Susan who listens and is listened to? What about a Susan whose focus on this world is driven not by disdain but by compassion.