So I've been absent the last week with a cold that's just simply kicked my butt (I tried drugging it into submission with dayquil and the like - which I can't remember ever doing before - and it scoffed at me). Needless to say, I very much enjoyed Chuck and Heroes last week, and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night. I know that I saw the previews for this week, but, like much of the past seven days, I don't remember them. On the upside, I'll be pleasantly surprised! :D

During the times I wasn't at work or wishing for unconsciousness, I downloaded a crapload of bluegrass music from iTunes. Now, I'm not a country/western music fan by any means, but a couple of years ago I went to a bluegrass festival in Gettysburg on a lark and really enjoyed it. There was one group there that really stood out for me called Uncle Earl. It was an all-girl band, and one of the singers sang songs in Chinese.

Can you see where this is going?

Anyway, if you want to try something new, look for the track called "Song of the Traveling Daughter" from the album of the same name by Abigail Washburn. And for a whole album in the same vein that's in both English and Chinese, try Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet. I've been mixing it up with other stand-alone songs from Uncle Earl, like "Warfare" and "There Is a Time", and a gospel song I heard live at the festival by the group Blue Highway called "Wondrous Love".

And lastly! If you haven't been paying attention, [ profile] seraphtrevs has posted chapters one and two of the third book (Summer) of her epic Heroes story If You Were the Last Man on Earth. Hot damn, I love this series.

And that's because I've been head-over-heels in love with Firefly and Serenity.

Probably everything's been said that's to say about how fantastically awesome this show is. I'm kinda glad I never knew about it while it was airing because it no doubt would have broken my heart when it was cancelled.

What's nearly as much of a crime, though, is the fact that, two short graphic novels and the movie novelization aside, there are no official books to continue the adventures of Serenity and its crew. And you know that they'd do well when it comes to selling them (well, okay, I don't know if that's true beyond me buying them all several times over to read myself and give to my friends and family - isn't that enough?). I mean, people have written and performed music from the show as well as tried their hands at making Jayne's hat (there's even this adorable sweatshirt jacket inspired by his hat). I just can't wrap my head around this, I guess.

More Firefly squee )

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