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Last night, my friends, I burst into tears and started sobbing. The ugly kind of sobbing, with the snotty nose and no air left. The kind of sobbing that just won't stop. I haven't cried that hard since July 10th... only this time it was for a good reason.

A few days ago, we contacted Cote's publicist and told them about the ad, to make sure they're aware of it and okay with it. We sent along a copy of the artwork, and apparently... they forwarded that to Cote. And last night, we got a reply. From our girl herself. (click for bigger version)

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We did it, folks. We accomplished our goal for this ad: we put a smile on a gorgeous woman's face. We made her happy. And she thanks all of you - the guys who helped to make this happen. The guys who have her six.

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Yeah, please excuse me while I go bawling my eyes out yet again...



(Yes, this is legit, 100%. No, we don't have Cote's personal email address now. No, we won't give out her publicist's email either, so please don't ask us to.)
Gentlefolks, I promised the final version of our "Happy Birthday Cote!" ad for today, her actual birthday, and since I won't be able to stay awake until the new episode actually airs and the guys over on Twitter set out to get #HappyBirthdayCote trending for the second time tonight, I'll drag my tired fingers across the keyboard to give you a long overdue preview.

Yes, you read that right, btw - a second time. We already trended it earlier:

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For today, we even took down our usual #BringBackCote Twitter stream on the website and replaced it with a link to all tweets tagged with #HappyBirthdayCote, and you really should hop over and browse these, because seriously, all of these love declarations just make me... happy. Many pictures of people holding signs, lots of very personal messages, and I get really emotional looking at all of these! So much love for our girl! ♥

Okay, long story short - this is finally the part where I yell "Ta-daaah!" and pull away the curtain that shrouded our project from spiteful eyes so far. This? Is the message you helped fund. The message you helped create. The message you will see in tomorrow's L.A. Times.

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(Click for a huge version - not the full print resolution after all because that ended up being 12 MB and you don't need it that big. Seriously. This is about half the size and still a good resolution so you can read it all.)

I hope you'll like it as much as we ended up loving it. It was a project that gave me a lot more gray hairs than I already have, and you don't want to know how much time went into creating this... or into cursing Photoshop for crashing on me like a dead donkey...

Now, for mere amusement I decided to not make this just about Cote, but give you a tangible little gift in return, to thank you all for your support, your donations, your messages. So I made this into something you can actually use - a wallpaper. Two versions, one with the greetings to Cote, one blank, and you can decide which one you like better.

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(Again, click for a much bigger version of the images.)

I have a nagging feeling in the back of my head that I wanted to say more about this, but right now the thought seems to have fled and my mind is a sleep-deprived mush. I'll be back tomorrow. Until then - I love you. And thank you, again, for making this possible. ♥


Please do NOT, in any form, share these images on Tumblr. Linking to this post is fine, but I don't want to see the pictures themselves over there, since this community has been so hateful towards our efforts. Also, these are NOT base images for edits. Go make your own, don't claim or use these.
Let me start this by confessing something that, to some, sounds almost like a dirty little secret. In fact, many perfectly rational people cringe if they are ever forced to bring up this particular secret with their friends and family, because while it has become so commonplace to have a "coming out" and stand up for your likes if it concerns matters of sexual, religious, or political preference, it's rare that people sit down their loved ones only to admit something that often carries the stigma of a lack of mental and emotional development. So, here's the thing you need to know about me: Hi, I'm Sammy, and I'm a fangirl.

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If you miss Ziva and want her back, please help us by making your voice heard. Visit bringbackcote.com for information on how you can get involved. Even a simple email helps.
Good evening, my friends. I apologize for the long silence. Life was rather stressful the past few weeks, culminating in two weeks of sick leave due to the beginning stages of a burnout. Thankfully, my two weeks of vacation have begun now, and a lot of things suddenly look a whole lot brighter, so let me tell you about a few exciting things that happened since we last talked. :)

So, we reached our goal - the crowdfund thingie tilted, and we got enough to finance the birthday greetings for Cote in the L.A. Times, plus several hundred dollars so far that will go to Un Techo para mi Pais, the charity that Cote herself supports. And we decided that yes, even though the project is already financed and billed, we would keep donations via Paypal open until midnight at Cote's birthday, so if you want to chip in a few dollars to help fight poverty in South America (or just spread the word about it to others), you still have a chance to do so. The PayPal addy to use is operationbringbackcote@gmail.com - and of course we will later provide solid numbers about what went where. Not a single cent of these donations goes into our pockets, after all!

Now, we promised you a preview of the artwork for a while, and I apologize for leaving you hanging for so long - especially the people who chipped in so graciously. :( Aforementioned stress, too little time, and too many issues with Photoshop ended up eating away all good intentions, and so I got the artwork done, but only last minute, just before we actually placed the ad. By then, other issues had come into play, like some of us getting almost pressured and bullied because certain people demanded to know (and "approve") what the ad actually said, to make it CBS-friendly... which led us to looking at each other, shaking our heads, and saying, "You know what? Nope."

Of course we're not using this ad to bash anyone. Of course it's about Cote first and about the emotions we have for her. Of course it's about thanking her for what she did for us. We made all of this very clear from the very beginning, and we stand by our words. But we won't give out a preview now just so the publicists (both paid and freelance) can sleep easier.

So, what you get instead is a teaser of this very lovely, very intimate, very personal piece.

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The actual ad in its entirety and full resolution will be premiered, promoted, and distributed on Cote's birthday, next Tuesday, one day before the ad will be in the newspaper. I hope this will tide you over until then, and I hope you'll understand, because we love you, guys. We can't thank you enough for making this possible. Seriously, we can't. And to be honest, for a while I wasn't sure it would happen. But it did. And that makes me very proud, considering the badmouthing Operation BringBackCote receives, especially among the Tumblr sheep. I'm glad there are still some people following (and supporting) our activities who have their head on straight. I bow to you, my friends. Thank you. ♥
I don't like to beg, guys. No, seriously. I hate it. I've never begged for myself, for anything, in my entire life. (Except for that bunny I weaseled out of my mom when we didn't really have the money for it, but that's a story for another day...) But yeah, today, I beg, because I think this needs to happen.

As most of you might know, we are trying to crowdfund a giant ad in the L.A. Times, to say "Happy Birthday" to Cote and thank her for eight incredible years. Our project page with every bit of info we have on this can be found here. It has one week left to run, but to reach our goal, we need your support. I think we're doing insanely well by now with the donations - 71% of the sum are already spoken for, and we need less than 1k now to actually make it happen. 84 people so far believe this is a good cause and joined the project, and given the resistance of the larger part of this fandom, I am humbled my the people who joined the project and pledged a little of their money.

Especially with this success, I would hate to not see this happen after all. I'd love to put our devotion for this woman out there, for everyone to see. So, if you think you might spare something like one dollar per incredible season this beautiful woman gave us, now would be a good time, okay? Donations start at $8 - one dollar for every season wonderful Cote gifted us with - but the upper limit is entirely up to you. (And don't feel bad if the money just isn't there. It's okay. We're not asking for anything you cannot afford - never. I grew up at that end of life, I know how it is to barely scramble along. We have listed other ways to help on the BBC page that don't cost a thing.)

What are we doing? We will make a Cote-portrait that'll be composed entirely out of attributes and descriptions people come up with when they think about her. We don't have the actual artwork yet (apologies for that, but the past few weeks have been insanely draining and stressful - I'll try and rectify that during the next few days) but it will look something like this:

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The words will come from all the people contributing to the campaign, so yes, by chipping in, this will indeed be your very personal way to say thank you to Cotes.

The Crowdtilt page itself allows only credit card info, and there have been some people who felt sensitive about it, which we understand, so we set up the BBC-addy operationbringbackcote@gmail.com for those of you who want to donate via Paypal - Maya, our project runner, can add those as collected externally. And there's also the possibility to make anonymous donations on the CT page - these are the steps you need to follow for that. (These involve using CC - anon via Paypal can be done if you add in the accompanying message you want to remain anon, that way only Maya will see your name and it won't be out there.)

We're not trying to scam you - you know exactly what every cent of this is for, and you'll get to see receipts for every dollar spent. If we receive more donations than we need for the half page we are aiming for, the excess will not go into our pockets, but will be donated to Un Techo para mi País ("A Roof For My Country"), a South American charity organisation that Cote is heavily supporting. If you say, that's a good cause, sure, but why buy an ad - then please consider donating directly to Techo. We completely support that as well.

We have one week left to finance a project that is very dear to my heart. I'd love to see this happen. If it doesn't, well, it won't. I'll still do the portrait, and it will be spread online instead, on her birthday. It won't be quite the same, but we'll cope. But still... if we could make this happen? It would rock my world. And hopefully, Cote's as well.
In any other fandom, if an actor leaves a show very unexpectedly and under questionable circumstances, said fandom would be up in arms, unified, in a heartbeat.

In any other fandom, if that actor was on top of that Hispanic and/or female and the network involved would already have a history of treating those employees not as well as the white males? The outrage would be unbelievable, no matter what official statements insinuate about the situation.

In any other fandom, if fans said, okay, no matter what our efforts to bring our favorite back result in, let's throw our pennies together for a final goodbye and thank you, people would trip over each other to promote this, within and outside the fandom.


Not in this "fandom", though. Here, the efforts to BringBackCote get mocked and insulted by what feels like everyone. We get told regularly to suck it up because "she's gone". We're told to "move on" and "get over it already" and that our grief for the loss of this character is childish and immature. We get told we're pathetic because we "don't accept reality" and we "need to get a life". We get told again and again that it was "totally her choice", by everyone who's able to blow smoke out their ass. And that's the really mindboggling part: that every single one of the sheep out there believes this corporate bullshit without a single legit source for it. Les Moonves, cornered by a whole gang of reporters, claimed he did all he could to keep her, once, and he gets quoted all over the place, even though his statements contradict official facts. Two so-called fans with contacts to the producers spurt the same nonsense, that it's not CBS we need to convince but Cote, and everyone gobbles "the things told confidentially" up as gospel, not questioning the source (= people who work for CBS and are very interested in using their fan contacts to spread more propaganda) in the slightest. Cote herself says she never planned on this, she did not want to leave, she did not want to do this, she misses her job and family like crazy... and yet, her so-called fans completely disregard her own words and only believe the corporate propaganda.

I'm angry that most of the fandom tells us to shut up and move on. I'm angry that the sheep suggest it was all Cote's fault and she's the one who doesn't want to come back when her own words suggest something completely different. And I'm angry that we get told our efforts are wrong and we're "preying on the innocent" and asking for impossible stuff.

All I'm asking for is that you care, you selfish little fuckers. Care for a woman who gave you the best years of her life. It's not too much to ask for a little in return.

It's not outrageous if I ask you to leave feedback at the CBS feedback form. It's not too much to ask you to post to the NCIS Facebook page and tell them how unhappy you are and maybe help to steer other outraged fans to our efforts. And I'm certainly not asking for something you can't afford or something that will ruin you when I beg you to send at least one actual snail mail letter to CBS to voice your protests, and maybe one to Cote, to show your support. Even a teenager can afford that, easily.

So, even though every other fandom protest has always included buying ad space in magazines and similar things, we get suddenly criticized for the mere thought of it. We get told so many more people would participate if we'd made it a "donate for charity" thing instead of "a piece of paper". Well, hey, nobody's stopping you. I'd love this, actually. I'd love it if more people would come up with good, solid ideas and then put them to work. I'm all for it. The thing is, we can't. The group that is behind bringbackcote.com can only concentrate on one of these efforts at a time. We're five ladies trying to wrestle with a marketing campaign that is supposed to counter a bit of the CBS corporate bullshit machinery. We're worn incredibly thin at this point, not just by the long hours this takes out of all of us, but by the constant fight with what seems to be the rest of this entire fandom.

We're not doing this for the glory and the fame. There *is* no friggin fame in this. There's only hate and scorn and mockery, from everyone who is even remotely involved, from all sides of the fence. And yet, we keep going, because Cote deserves that we keep fighting for her. We will not give up just because people tell us to. That's not how this world works. If you believe something is worth fighting for, you do just that - you fight. And fighting doesn't mean standing in a corner and holding hands and singing happy-happy joy-joy songs. Fighting means standing up and shaking your fist and raising your voice until you are heard.

Guess what, we are being heard. And I will keep shaking my fist in anger until we change the fucking circumstances.

TV roundup

Not related to anything, but I've been watching a fair share of new and old stuff lately. Aside from indulging in one of my earliest TV addictions (= rewatching "Remington Steele") I had so much to catch up with, with all the new seasons beginning - and so much good stuff!

"Under the Dome" - recommended by a very nice co-worker, I checked out the first season... and devoured it in just a few days. It's one of those shows that start out pretty straightforward and ordinary, but interesting... and then it suddenly gets deeper, and you think, whoa, wait, what's going on here? I'm utterly intrigued by it, love the characters, and some of the storylines where really, really heavy to digest. Much better than I had anticipated!

"Elementary" - still an incredible show for me, and the first ep alone rocked my socks on so many levels! Love Lestrade (one of my favorite Brits for a long while, and he worked damn well in this role), loved Mycroft so fiercely, and the whole storyline... so neat! Still have episode 2 and 3 to catch up with, but that's next on the list. Seriously, I can't wait to have Mycroft show up again. He worked really, really well for me. ♥ (ETA: By the time I finished this, episode 2 is done, and the end scene left me in an emotional puddle and bursting into tears. This weirdly emotional and yet distanced friendship between Joan and Sherlock... och, it just gets to me on a gut level. I will most likely never ship these two in the romantic sense, but right now, they truly are my favorite bromance on TV! ♥ )

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"... well. Loved it on first glance, and episode 3 is still good, but... I dunno. It's good, solid action, and I love Coulson fiercely - he's actually one of the things that works perfectly for me in this. And I love FitzSimmons. Still, I feel like something is... lacking. I actually kind of like Skye, while most people have issues with her... and here's the weird thing, at the same time I still feel like I couldn't care less about her. Haven't been able to put my finger on the exact reason for it yet, but yeah, I get why ratings have been sliding. Maybe I'm feeling weird about her because for the first time Joss didn't *show* us that she's a strong female character, but only sits her down in front of us and then tells us that she's the hero, now go and like her!

"Arrow"... I wasn't sure how I'd react to the new season, since they basically wrapped up the whole big underlying storyling of the first one, so I wasn't entirely sure where they'd go with it. It was interesting to see how they touched some things, and I have to admit that I was quite relieved they nipped the Oliver/Laurel thing in the bud because when it happened at the end of last season, it felt wrong on several levels.

Now, for my new show of the season - the one that rocks my socks on a level that makes me whimper in delight... "Sleepy Hollow"! Oh my dear god, that show! ♥

I have to admit, when I first saw the announcement about it... I cringed. I rolled my eyes hard. Then I cringed some more. Then, I watched the trailer, and at the end of it, I suddenly sat there, laughing my ass off, because seriously, the Headless Horseman being all badass and wielding a machine gun at a row of police cars... that rocked my world. It was trashy, but cool at the same time. I guess that was the moment I decided that I need to watch it after all because I dig this kind of show. So, I went in expecting something like "Hansel & Gretel - Witch Hunters", basically. And I kinda got that... but then so much more!

Seriously, guys, you need to check out this show. It has tight, gripping storytelling. It has intelligent storytelling. It has tension, suspense, it has insanely well done action sequences, and on top of that, there's just one visual!gasm after the other. It's insanely stylish. And I love Ichabod with a burning passion. He's cute, he's sassy, and he works really, really well for me. I also like the partnership between him and the "Leftenant", lol. Shaping up nicely, and I can't wait to see where this storyline is going.

And then there are the tiny things that actually kill me about this show - like the fact that the writers are just as awesome as the "Elementary" writers. In fact, these guys engaged in the most adorable Twitter war I have ever seen. When I read that last night, I sat here laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face. Even if you've never seen an episode of either show? This is worth your time, trust me. :D

There. Did this have a point? Uhm. Not sure, really. Just some random fangirling. Haven't done that in a while, yes?

I come bearing awesomeness :D

Gentlefolks, we have a whole bunch of awesomeness to share tonight, and it's hard to contain my squees at the moment, hee. Let's see - where do I start...

Our "8 for 8" crowdfunding thingamabob has taken off wonderfully, and I can't thank you guys enough for participating. In the one week since we set it up, we have already people pledging for $1,035! That is so huge, it boggles my mind. And it humbles me, deeply. I feel like we can actually do this, guys! ♥ (Just as a reminder: not a single cent of the proceeds will go into our own pockets. Everything will go into financing a big ad for Cote's birthday, to say thank you for 8 amazing years. If there will be excess donations, they will be donated to Un Techo para mi País, the charity that Cote is supporting. If we don't get enough donations for the minimum we aimed for, then the project simply won't happen and no one will be billed for anything.)

The other great thing will happen soon, during and around the airing of tonight's episode of NCIS, and while I am aware that most of us don't intend to watch the episode, I still recommend heading over to the NCISfanatic website later for their live chat because our very own Maya will join them for the live chat starting at 7 pm and get a chance to talk about project "8 for 8" (and most likely answer questions, I think?) Most of you guys know Ashley, one of the hosts of that chat, as InherentlyRandom on Youtube - she's the quirky Canadian who does the funky video reviews. I'm extremely excited about this! ♥

ETA: Ashley uploaded her episode review for "Past, Present & Future", and we're mentioned in it. ♥



Now, aside from these obviously brilliant news - don't forget that if you donate, you'll also get your own greetings included in the thank you to Cote! How does that work? Well. For Cote's birthday ad, we're planning a portrait of her that will be made up entirely out of text, and that text will be all the positive attributes that come to your mind when you think about our girl.

Now, if you can't really imagine how that's supposed to look... we're aiming for something like this:

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Remember: everyone who donates can chip in with their own descriptions! (No full run-on text, please, just descriptive words and catchphrases so we can work them in properly.)

And one last thing, because it sort of fits with the theme and because dear cinematus was kind enough to give us a shoutout at Cote de Pablo Network, let me point to a birthday project he's planning over there, which is awesome and needs your participation as well:

"We want to collect the fans’ favorite Ziva moments and print them and add them to a book so we can send them to Cote and CBS. It would be a fantastic way to show Cote how much we love her work and what a big influence she had on all of us. We can also show CBS how much we’ll miss Ziva and Cote’s work.
"Bring you creativity to life and send us your favorite Ziva moment. You can send us a letter where you describe the scene and why you love it or create a wallpaper with images or create a collage from pictures with a small description why it is important to you. If you’re good with videos make your own video and upload it and send us the link and we will include it as well.
"Please send all you submissions to support-project@cote-de-pablo.com
"Deadline is October, 31, so we have enough time to print the book and Cote will get it for her birthday."


See, now I feel good. Now I can go to bed happy. :)

Oct. 5th, 2013

Good morning, gentlefolks - well, at least it is morning over here. ;)

Let me start out this potentially awesome weekend by a gentle reminder to take wild rumors and accusations with a grain of salt, on all sides of the fence. Especially be wary if the one claiming it cannot point to a valid source for the "fact".

I don't care how legit it sounds or how well it works with your gut feelings - if the person spreading it cannot point to a legit source for their claims, discount them for now and PLEASE don't spread them any further. Only rely on the things that have *actually* been said... and then put them in the proper context and question them, especially if they come from CBS and the people employed by them.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to think first and then shoot. We are - for lack of a better word - a marketing machinery that tries to counter another's efforts. It isn't hard to come up with a better marketing strategy than CBS does at the moment. Seriously, it's almost easy because they keep shooting themselves in the foot with every step.

So please, before you post or claim something, take a step back and think about it. Then question it. Then think again. And then ponder if saying this now would be something lovely Cote would do. If it still sounds like a good, rational, legit thing after that? By all means, post it. But if there's even the slightest chance of sounding like a rumor-mongering conspiracy nut... please don't.

Because in the end, you're not hurting us. You're hurting Cote's chances to return.

When fandoms collide. O_O

So, this morning, on my way to work, I sat in the bus and suddenly looked like the village idiot, with my jaw on the floor and alternating between gawking at my phone and waving my hands around, muttering, "But... omg... do you... that...?!"

Why? Because this little gem showed up on my Twitter timeline:

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Guys, you don't understand. Shawn Michaels. The friggin' Heartbreak Kid. The guy I have worshipped for more than 20 years. THIS GUY.

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A professional wrestler whom I adore and who suddenly turns out to be a fan of my show - and my girl. O_O My mind is seriously boggled now.

And he is probably confused by the sudden influx of new followers. ^_^
... or: Guyz! Guyz! We did a thing!!!

So, remember that sekrit project I told you about? This is finally the moment where it's no longer sekrit anymore. This is the moment where I can tell you to pick up a copy of the Wednesday edition of the L.A. Times and take a good browse through the "Culture Monster" section. Because then you'll see this:

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And the thing that's so exciting about this? It's only stage one. Stage two can be found here, and it's something we need your help and support on. (Full details on the site, below is just the most important stuff you need to know.)

The beautiful Ms. de Pablo has gifted us with her portrayal of former Mossad officer Ziva David on the TV show NCIS for eight wonderful years, and we think that for too long we, the fans, have taken that for granted. And now that she has, unfortunately, left the show and we don't get to see her on a weekly basis anymore, we think it's about time that we, the fans, pool our resources to shout out to her and thank her properly, for the many hours of entertainment, of laughter, and of emotions that we got out of her hard work and dedication to her job.

So, the plan for this is simple: buy an ad in the L.A. Times on her birthday (or rather, the day after, due to the publishing structure of the L.A. Times - see the explanation at the site). As big as possible. And then we, in a team effort, say our thank you to Cote.

We can't afford that on our own, sadly, and so this is the part where we ask for your participation... and yes, your contribution. Let me tell you one thing up front, though: none of the money we make with this will go into our own pockets. Not a single cent of it. If we raise more than our minimum goal, but not enough to reach any of the secondary goals, then the excess will be donated to project Un Techo para mi País ("A Roof For My Country") - an organization that had great success at fighting poverty in Chile and is now being expanded to other South American countries. (This is the organization that Ms. de Pablo is involved in herself, and it seemed like a very good cause for us to pick.)

The most exciting thing about this is, with this project you're not just funding our thanks to Cote - you're funding your own. The artwork we have planned will be a portrait of Cote, text art, so to speak, because it will be composed out of all the positive attributes that we, the fans, can come up with when we think about her. And this is where we are asking you to actively participate: share your own positive thoughts about Cote and have them included in the ad! I'm sure if we put our heads together, we can come up with many, many more descriptions than just "beautiful", "talented", "sexy", and "Alma Award winner", yes?

Everyone who donates can add their own descriptive words to our list. This is your way to make this about your thank you as well as ours. This is your way to share the love you have for this wonderful woman.


Again, this is just the bare bones info - we put up a little FAQ at the Crowdtilt site for the project, which will run until October 30th. Hopefully, we answered all possible questions in advance. If not, don't hesitate to ask for clarification! Also, did I mention that the Operation BringBackCote website now has an option to subscribe to our mailing list? Like, seriously, dude? A mailing list, with updates and stuff? :D

Your daily dose of STFU

If you think I will shut up and accept defeat just because Ziva's last moments will air tonight, you are wrong.

If you think I will give up my fight and support for a beautiful, talented actress who deserves that we have her six just because CBS seems to make it very clear that they have no interest in dealing with "the situation" and currently try to scrub their merchandise clean of her character, you are wrong.

If you think that CBS's refusal to give us ANY reaction to our efforts will dishearten my spirits, you are wrong. (If anything, the longer the silence, the more outraged I get.)

If you think that I will eventually weaken and adjust to a show without Ziva and "get over it"? Boy, are you ever wrong.

As long as my girl is gone from where she belongs and as long as the last episode of NCIS hasn't aired, I will have a cause to fight for, and that is return Ziva David to her desk. Sorry to disappoint you, but when the cause is worth it, I don't quit.
I'm currently reading an article about the history of fan campaigns vs. networks, and there's a special kind of irony that at the bottom of this site it suggests:

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As for the campaigns themselves... many, many interesting things to find. For instance:

Many years ago, "Roswell" fans sent tens of thousands of bottles of Tabasco Sauce to the WB offices.


One of the most impressive fan campaigns took place couple of years ago when CBS canceled Jericho. A fan campaign was immediately organized and they began sending peanuts to the CBS offices - more than 20 tons!


Arrested Development - the well-organized Save Our Bluths campaign sent banana crates to the network


So, if anyone wants to mock you for sending in paperclips to save the ninja? Laugh at them.
Cross your fingers, gentlefolks, because last night? The beginning of something big happened. With just a little bit of luck, we kicked off an avalanche of major proportions yesterday, and after our marathon session, both in Photoshop and in chat, I felt so drained and done in that I can't think of another experience in my life that compares to it. Yeah, I needed that vodka lemon badly afterwards. And when I went to bed? I slept almost 12 hours straight. (No, I can't tell you about what this is about yet. Soon, but not yet. I can only promise that you're gonna love it fiercely. ♥ )

So, when the post guy brought me a very very great book I had ordered as a treat for myself a couple of weeks ago, it felt like the best reward ever. What a timing! And I take this as a sign that the universe indeed gave me a nod and said, well done, kiddo. ;)

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It's incredible, with many historical documents and pictures of Jewish life in Morocco, and it's just the thing I need to add a little more flavor to "Flavor", so to speak. ;)

What? I never told you that in this story Ziva is Jewish, too? That she's not a Muslim berber? Well, she always was Jewish, even though I never got around to mentioning it in the story itself. It was supposed to go somewhere into the second part, but now, with the new project of making it a big, fat historical novel... maybe it'll find a place in part one as well. ;)
And just like that, Chris Willman made me cry. Because the Cote interview he just published tore out my heart in a way I didn't expect. I didn't expect to feel her pain about this decision. And I bawled my eyes out when she spoke about our support and what it means to her. I'm serious, I'm a sobbing mess right now.


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And a big, healthy FUCK YOU to everyone who keeps claiming she was tired of the show and wanted out all along. No, really. FUCK YOU.

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