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Jan. 18th, 2017

comic reading with bearspot

X-Men The Animated Series

Storm: "Bring forth a mist to blind their hatred!"

One: I love how she calls out her attacks like a magical girl.
Two: I like the implication she's causing a magic mind attack when all she's doing is making it foggy.
Three: This is why Storm is best and I loved this cartoon.

Jan. 16th, 2017

birds: pals

Abstract concepts are hard to put into pictorial form

I'm trying to create an icon for the Alternate Universe Exchange ([community profile] auexchange) and I'm having a devil of a time choosing a picture of what to use for it.

If anyone would notice, I'd just do Batman and change him to a different AU version every week but that's one of those 'funner in theory, not in practice' things'.

And then I thought, Lego Wonder Woman! And then was like "but people would assume this was heavily lego based? I don't know. What do people assume? Are they the youths now? I found a grey hair. I'm no longer a youth."

At least [community profile] once_upon_fic is easy as always. It already has an icon and for each collection on AO3, I choose a different fairytale illustration. This year we're Red Riding Hood!

Nominations start on the 22nd and I'm very excited.

It is also very exciting to look at the list of collections I have mod status on AO3 and seeing Yuletide there at the bottom...

Nov. 11th, 2016


Trick or Treat reveals! My excellent gifts and what I wrote!

First off, what I received:

Jeeves and the Great Old One (1292 words) by Lorelei
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: WODEHOUSE P. G. - Works, Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bertram "Bertie" Wooster, Reginald Jeeves
Additional Tags: Humor, ToT: Monster Mash

Bertie joins a jolly new club. Jeeves does not approve.

My comments: This is excellent! They actually manage to make Bertie joining a Cthulhu cult fit the tone of the stories and the word use is so good. So good. What a wonderful gift you should all go read.

One Last Job (301 words) by DesertVixen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV), Poirot - Agatha Christie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arthur Hastings & Hercule Poirot
Characters: Arthur Hastings
Additional Tags: Trick or Treat 2016, trick - Freeform, Canon Compliant, Post-Curtain Fic, Supernatural Encounter

Hastings discovers maybe Poirot is not quite gone

My comments: Ah! Yes! If Poirot to become a ghost, this is exactly the first thing he'd do, sort out Hastings' life. Poirot had a romantic heart and a fastidious nature and DesertVixen captures that wonderfully.



What the Cluck? (1426 words) by dreamiflame, Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Unscrupulous Archaeologist, Unscrupulous Antiques Dealer, Haunted Antique, Chicken Ghost
Additional Tags: ToT: Monster Mash, ToT: Extra Treat, ToT: Treat - Freeform, Ghosts, Haunting

Paul thinks his sister Sarah has just brought him another illicit artifact to sell as an antique.

He's so wrong.

My comments: I got overenthusiastic betaing this and was suddenly the co-author. An original fic story about an antiques dealer who really shouldn't sell stolen artifacts. And a ghost chicken.

Janet's Phantom (3796 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tonino Montana/Idealized version of Janet Chant, Beginning Julia Chant/Janet Chant
Characters: Tonino Montana, Janet Chant, Julia Chant, Christopher Chant, Millie | Millie Chant
Additional Tags: Ghosts, ToT: Monster Mash, ToT: Chocolate Box, Puppy Love

There's nothing out of the ordinary about ghosts. But when new ones show up, it's time to ask questions.


Tonino loves learning about Janet's world and maybe Janet too. If she needs help, he's there to do his best. And like the heroes in his fantasy books, they don't need magic to bail them out.

My comments: My author made an excellent prompt about the fact that Tonino's fantasy stories in Magicians of Caprona are our world and by relation, Janet's world. So I ran with it. With ghosts, of course.

Nov. 1st, 2016

cat peeking

Happy day of the dead, I tried talking to my uncle and grandma and it felt good

So yesterday on Halloween I went in for a surgery (nothing serious, it was just something they couldn't do on me normally because I kept panic attacking) and so most of the nurses had some sort of costume on!

Anyway, for the spinal part a nurse was holding me in place/trying to get me to relax my shoulders and he had a bandanna with devil horns on it. As they did a drug in the iv and the world went swirly, I said: "thanks, Satan"

I've been doing gaming in-between homework and World of Warcraft and Yo-Kai Watch have been keeping me pretty occupied.

I'm really enjoying Yo-Kai Watch! I was going to put this part on my gaming tumblr but I don't remember my tumblr password and I'm on a computer not logged into it. So enjoy it here.

The premise is you're a kid looking for bugs for their school collection and you accidentally free a yo-kai who decides to become your butler and get you to make friends with others. Then sinister stuff starts happening.

It's close enough to pokemon I know what to do, but it's also got a lot in common with a favourite game series of mine, Professor Layton (same developer) and it turns out that the protagonists you choose at the start are actually different. The boy is goofy and the girl is a straight man so if I want to replay, I can do it as the other and get a different experience.

I'm having trouble with a boss battle right now but I think I can lick it. It's a giant pigman who fights you while naked elderly men dance behind him in a bathhouse.

I'm trying to take his underwear.

Oct. 26th, 2016

pugs not drugs

Life update. Lupdate.

There's been a pretty serious loss in my family which has resulted in me hiding away in my room for the past few days.

Due to a misunderstanding of someone else drinking most of the whiskey that I'd left out after having a sip (it was blackberry flavoured) my mother thought those days hiding were actually spent drunkenly passed out.

I did get to share with her my first rule of grief! 'Don't get drunk.' I learned from my past that has never, ever helped anything.

My second rule is never eat or watch a favourite food or movie, in case of associating.

My third is comfy clothing.

I've also gained some new roommates: Mice.

As punishment for being the only apartment in the building without cats, a bunch decided to move in, eat my leftover holiday chocolate which was on a shelf, eat my ramen which was in a drawer, and pee all over my cutlery out of what appears to be totally unnecessary spite.

I attempted to open negotiations with one I saw, failed, and brought in a cat to play the heavy.

Next step: disinfecting every single drawer and some live mouse traps to send them into a new life in the countryside.

The powers that do not be said: He is sad. He needs a distraction.

And then solved it with all the grace of a one legged hippo.

Jun. 9th, 2016

birds: pals

Fics! Fics! Not by me.

This past exchange season I signed up for space swap and ran Once Upon a Fic Exchange. My own exchange went really well! The bumps it experienced were incredibly minor and my participants were wonderful as usual. If I could change anything, I'd start advertising a lot sooner and try to rev up more people. We had about the same amount of people and fics as last time and that's really manageable, but I do wonder what it'd be like if it got bigger.

Without further ado, here's the fun stories I received as gifts:


Squirrels in Space (1021 words) by guineamania
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nancy Whitehead, Doreen Green, Tony Stark, Tippy-Toe
Additional Tags: Humor, space, Kidnapping

Doreen and Nancy are kidnapped by a group of hostile aliens, but who will come to their rescue?

MY COMMENTS: Haha! There was a lot of cute in this story. The mental image of the squirrels (safely) floating past the window made the entire fic. I'm delighted that my Squirrel Girl prompt got filled. Also really happy my author chose Nancy as the narrator.

A Splendid Princess (1615 words) by Chocolatepot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Fées | Diamonds and Toads - Charles Perrault
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Good Sister (Diamonds and Toads), Original Characters, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - 1920s, Fluff, Tooth-Rotting Fluff, Royalty

Life seemed to be whirling and whirling around her, happening on its own without any reference to what she preferred. Teddy was the only thing that kept her on track during those days.

MY COMMENTS: A fairy-tale 1920s au! A flapper princess! And just what I asked for, a what happens next. Love the family rallying around her, and the character given to the prince. The time period is used well, with the great depression countering her magical gifts.


This is the section where I'd usually post my own contributions to the exchanges, but unfortunately things did not go well for me. I don't want to get into it, but I wasn't able to complete either of my stories. I do have the notes saved away though, just in case...

But I was very lucky and got two wonderful stories even though my life went to heck. I'm so grateful for my authors and I loved my stories.

May. 8th, 2016

I can take you

Incredibly important poll

Poll #2044238 Choose a creature that I have listed.

Coolest hooved mythological creature (not a comprehensive list)


Coolest pawed mythological creature (not a comprehensive list)


Coolest finned mythological creature (not a comprehensive list)

Loch Ness Monster

If you notice a creature that's not on the list, I can't edit the list so be strong for all of us.

Apr. 2nd, 2016

owl wink

Hidey ho!

Oh man, oh man.

So like, I have two major things to do:

I have to write my Once Upon Fic (I have over a thousand words done for it, but it still feels like I haven't even started!) and *start* my Space_Swap (exciting, exciting) so I'm planning a nice writer's retreat day for me at a coffee shop with a playlist and my email blocked.

There's a plugin for that, I think!

I saw half a comedy show tonight! It was male stripper themed (my first hint was when I realized I was one of like, three men there. My second hint was that it was called the Comic Strippers) and kinda funny but they talked over themselves so much I couldn't make out anything and then I was like so loud! Too loud! I must go to a Tim Horton's to regain hit points.

I'm very proud of my mother, she gave me her van keys without screaming in terror like she used to when I asked if I could drive it! We're growing as people. Despite rules of comedy, I did not run into anything.

I'm planning another call of cthulhu session starting this sunday which is REALLY short notice, I know, but contact me if you want in! Character creation consists of choosing if you're a 'strong' (physically strong, low intelligence, high Idea), medium (medium everything but also psychic), or weak (physically weak, very intelligent), a name, and a quick bio. If you want to give me like, two pages of bio that's fine too. I have one player who does that and she is a delight.

Oh, trip update: I got home safe! I didn't see the stingrays due to bad weather but I know they missed me just as much I missed them. One day, my loves.

One day.

My next trip is going over to Winnipeg (it's across from us, not up or down!) to see some Fringe Festival plays. I'm keeping it low key for the rest of the year, so nothing that isn't a a few hours away at most.

Considering going on a rock digging thing that a local town does, as I've renewed interest in rock collecting! But you know. Nature. There's bugs out there.

Hopefully nice photos of my collection sometime! I have some really pretty rocks that no matter what one of my sellers tried to tell me, does not have magical powers. Especially the opalite which is made of *glass*.

Mar. 24th, 2016

read my latest

Fic sign!

I have been remiss! I have received wonderful fic and not shared as well as written fic and not mentioned.

First, the gifts:

A Space Cases fic! A Harlan/Radu that scratches the itch just right so no longer do I need to request it.

The Deepest Rivers (3306 words) by carolinecrane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Space Cases (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harlan Band/Radu (Space Cases)
Characters: Harlan Band, Radu (Space Cases)

Somehow the Christa always knows what her crew needs, even when they don't know it themselves. So when Harlan needs a little push in the right direction, the Christa is happy to oblige.

A Batman/Riddler fic! Banter, Riddler going good. Chocobox was a rewarding experience.

 A New Dawn (486 words) by DoreyG
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: DC Animated Universe, Batman: The Animated Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edward Nygma/Bruce Wayne, Batman/Riddler
Characters: Edward Nygma, Bruce Wayne
Additional Tags: treat, Flirting, Reformed Eddie, Developing Relationship, Crushes

"Nygma," Batman starts, through teeth so gritted it's a wonder that they don't snap off, "if I have to get you out of this sort of situation one more time-"


Some comedy:

 5 Episodes That CSI's Ratings Were Never Low Enough To Air (1371 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gil Grissom, Warrick Brown, Sara Sidle, Catherine Willows, Jim Brass, Greg Sanders, Nick Stokes
Additional Tags: 5 Things, Tropes

Tonight on CSI: You won't believe what happens! x5

Featuring those beloved television tropes:

Evil doubles
Turned into children
Time travel
Identical cousin from England
Musical episode

Seeking Love Interest (501 words) by Jean Cabot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Character/Original Character
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Tropes, Personal Ads, Romance, failure - Freeform

How to tell if a main character is answering your personals ad.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Lost Light (276 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Transformers (IDW Generation One)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drift | Deadlock/Ratchet
Characters: Ratchet (Transformers), Drift | Deadlock
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Missing Persons, Missing in Action, Lists

I write to you, hunched over my desk, asking what we are all asking - where is Drift and Ratchet? As of MTMTE #50, I still do not know. I worry about them.

Here is where they might be.

A romance:

 And There She Was (2018 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Hawke/Varric Tethras
Characters: Varric Tethras, Female Hawke, Female Inquisitor (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Post-Here Lies the Abyss, Dwarf/Human Relationship(s), Ambiguous Female Inquisitor, Diplomatic Hawke, Internal Monologue

Sure, in some timelines he didn't carpe that diem, but in this one when Hawke walked out of that rift...

Two-Booted Tales Sequel:

Puss and the Little Lady (6231 words) by dreamiflame, Jean Cabot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Le Maître Chat ou Le Chat Botté | Master Cat; or Puss in Boots - Charles Perrault, Tommelise | Thumbelina - Hans Christian Andersen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: le Chat botté | Puss in Boots, Muldvarp | Mole (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Markmusen | Field Mouse (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudse | Toad (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudsens søn | Toad's Son (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Tommelise | Thumbelina, Tommelises Mor | Thumbelina's Mother, Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk), Kisa (Sagan af kisu kóngsdóttur | Kisa the Cat)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Noir, Fairy Tale Retellings, Typical Noir Housecat Violence, Alternate Universe - Prohibition Era
Series: Part 4 of Two-Booted Tales

With his homelife in sudden slobbery upheaval, Puss takes on a new case: A little lady who puts a new spin on 'little' that's gone missing.

Warning: The story of Thumbelina involves a lot of rude, and edible, small animals. Puss is tragically a slave to his nature, but that won't stop him from solving the case.

Mar. 6th, 2016


I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia!

I've already complained multiple times in multiple places about how horrible the Angry Birds trailer was (involuntary urine consumption joke jesus creesus) so I'm not going to explain that whole scene again if only for my own own soul.

I was up to a movie double feature today which is super rare because usually I'm not even up to ONE movie.

I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 first and it was exactly what I was expecting but I was expecting good things so that was a perfect match up. And more goose dad! And some great Tigress scenes. Now there just needs to be more Viper scenes and we're good.

Zootopia was neat! No one told me it was a cop movie and they should have! I wasn't sure if I'd like the fox but then it turned out I loved the fox so thumbs up. It was really beautifully animated - from the moment the protagonist fully sees the city, to Mr. Big's fingers.

It was a Good Choice.

OH I was just thinking of what was a plot hole in Zootopia but just realized it's not a plot hole at all once you remember a side-detail that was given about the character.

Excellent. Excellent!

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