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WALLPAPER: Together (Bates Motel)

Norman & Norma

Sorry I’ve been MIA; I’ve been experiencing some tech issues. Anyway, the final season of Bates Motel is underway, and predictably I’m a mess. I’m not ready for it to end, and yet I’m excited to see how it all concludes. I have complete faith in everyone involved, so I can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

3 of my current favorite shows on TV are ending this year (The Leftovers and Orphan Black are the others) so I plan to make wallpapers for each of them, along the lines of this one. I would also like to make another Bates Motel wallpaper focusing on Marion Crane (aka Rihanna) at some point.

Next: Lemony Snicket’s ASOUE and Friday Night Lights wallpapers are still in progress. Also, The Leftovers, Gilmore Girls, Fargo, etc.


WALLPAPER: In the Flames (Bates Motel)

Desktop wallpaper featuring Norma & Norman Bates from Bates Motel

2016 Fan Art Challenge: 31/52

Wow. Tough week for so many of my fandoms, particularly yesterday when the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs just hours after ABC cancelled Nashville.  (Speaking of, I must be the only one on the planet who does not think American Crime is a great show. If not for the top-notch acting, that series would basically be a glorified after school special. I couldn’t even finish s2 because halfway through it became ludicrous how many hot-button socio-political issues they were trying to shoehorn into one narrative. Not that Nashville has been well-written lately, but at least the new vision for it sounded promising. Now we will likely never get to see it.)

Anyway, I knew after watching this week’s devastatingly beguiling episode of Bates Motel that I needed to make a new wallpaper in tribute. For the record, I do not believe Norma is really dead yet. It’s too early, and if this is really how she goes, they will have changed details from the film quite a bit. That would piss me off, particularly since I spent so much time researching Strychnine poison last summer.

Next: I must have about 12 wallpapers in progress right now, and I have no idea which ones might be finished first, or when they’ll be finished, or whether they will be finished at all. Since I’m currently rather sad about the Nashville cancellation, I’ll probably try to put together something for that, though I might also wait for the finale. Obviously I will not be finishing the Spurs series, though I may make something special for Timmy and Manu. Other possible fandoms: Supernatural, Breaking Bad, Fringe.

WALLPAPER: Psycho (Bates Motel)


I try not to focus on one TV series too much at any given time, but I know it must seem like I’ve made half a dozen Bates Motel wallpapers recently. (In reality, it has only been three.) I can’t help it! Season 3 really surprised me in a good way. I will admit that I thought season 2 was borderline terrible. There were too many new characters who had no real effect on the larger picture, and far too much time was spent on the town’s drug trade. Season 3 was fantastic. The story really started moving towards its inevitable conclusion. I even spent far too much time yesterday researching Strychnine poisoning for the purposes of fleshing out my many Bates Motel finale theories. Anyway, although I am not a Norman/Norma “shipper,” I love making wallpapers for these two. There are so many great photoshoots to choose from, and I can delight in making it as twisted as possible. This was one of my favorite quotes from this past season, delivered to perfection from Freddie Highmore.

Next: I have wallpapers in progress from House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul. But here is the best news (hold onto your hat!): I have started writing my long-abandoned Gossip Girl (Dan/Blair) fanfic again! For those who don’t know but might be interested, it takes place in an alternate universe dystopia, it’s called “For The Ones We Leave Behind,” and you can find the first two chapters on my fanfic page. I’ll be posting a new one very soon!

WALLPAPER: The Pieces of Your Heart (Bates Motel)

thumbnail for Bates Motel wallpaper featuring Normero

I’m not even sure what this is. It’s not really what I was envisioning in my head, but now that I’ve had some time away from it, I kind of really like it. It’s definitely different from any of the wallpapers I’ve made recently, or anything I’ve ever made, for that matter. I wish I’d had higher quality images though. How is it that these two had so many great scenes together this past season and there are no good episode stills? I also hope they will do a proper photoshoot for the whole main cast for season 4 or 5. Vera & Freddie took a bunch of great photos (which I have something planned for already) this year, but I hope to see more of the rest of the cast.


After watching season 3, I think that Bates Motel and Better Call Saul are my current favorite ongoing TV series. Unfortunately they are kind of depressing to watch since, as they are both prequels, we already know they won’t end well. But I think I enjoy prequels regardless because of all the delicious opportunities for dramatic irony that are just built-in from the start. It creates a certain level of comedy in these shows that are otherwise rather dark and bleak. This season solidified my belief in the relationship between Norma and Romero. Before, I wasn’t really sure it was ever going to happen, but in particular their last scene together in the finale seemed to hint that they were powerless against “fate,” in other words, the inevitable future presented in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Norma says to Alex, “It’s not your fault: This is bigger than us,” emphasis on the word “us.” I know a lot of the anti-shippers and Psycho purists think that the romantic relationships on the show are ruining the fandom because Norman-as-psychopath is the focus of the film, but like it or not, Norma’s love life and sexual history are a large part of that.

Next: I am working on a new Fringe cast wallpaper! As I mentioned above, I also have a Norma & Norman wallpaper planned. And I’m in the middle of something new for Better Call Saul, but I hate how it looks so far. I am also about to go on vacation for 2 weeks, so we might not see any of these for a while.

Note: As you might have noticed, I have given Bates Motel, Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul, and Fringe their own pages in the archive, accessible through the cascading drop-down menu. Wallpapers for these series can no longer be found on the Other TV page. Also, I changed the theme and layout of my Tumblr couple weeks ago. Go check it out!

WALLPAPER: An Elastic Heart (Bates Motel)



I recently finished season 3 of Bates Motel (finally!) and I LOVED it. It was definitely the best season yet, with Psycho references and hints abound. The jury is still out on how I feel about Caleb. Of course I agree with Norma that you cannot be friends with your rapist, no matter how much time has passed or how remorseful he is. I also think it’s obvious that he is still in love with her in some way, even if he doesn’t want to be, which is problematic. At the same time, they are family. They clearly had a lousy upbringing and were very close because of it. They were also basically kids when it happened, and he has had to live with the fallout for decades. The way Kenny Johnson plays him, I also think Caleb is not all there in the head, and it’s a bit heartbreaking, even if I might dislike him. I had tears in my eyes during that one scene in episode 7 when he was trying to give her flowers and a thank you note just for talking to him. My personal opinion is that he is truly sorry but the relationship cannot be repaired. But I do enjoy their scenes together so I really hope he returns later in the series.

Next: I will of course be making another Normero wallpaper. Better Call Saul and House of Cards are also on the docket.

WALLPAPER: (S)mother (Bates Motel)

Just another quick & simple wallpaper for Bates Motel. This promo pic is so great that I didn’t want to ruin it by cluttering it up with too much other stuff. And the lyrics for the Daughter song “Smother” are perfect!

WALLPAPER: Norma(n) Bates (Bates Motel)

Bates Motel

As you might’ve noticed, this still isn’t any of the handful of wallpapers I mentioned I would be finishing up in the last post. But I just finished watching season 1 of Bates Motel, so I had to make a quick wallpaper for the show. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore and their twisted on-screen relationship are definitely the best thing about it, though I love the other characters too.