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Feb. 7th, 2017

fiction: two girls reading

by the power of grayskull

I'm enjoying the 'no pants allowed' rule on He-Man and She-Ra.

I tried out the newest Ninja Turtles cartoon! Things I liked:

  • The turtle designs are very pleasing

  • So is Splinter. Seriously, this is the best Splinter I've ever seen.

  • The combat was great



As for the rest I was like 'Why is Donatello's voice so familiar?' (He's Yakko Warner), the human-humans look like they need work, and I'm not sure yet how I feel about the emoji-type animation styles the faces keep doing.

Also right now I'm watching The Deep which I have the comics of (but haven't had a chance to read yet) and so far I'm enjoying it. I think it's going to get good as it goes on. The premise (a family of deep sea explorers) tickles the part of my brain that enjoys this sort of thing. And I like the dad's design a lot.

Feb. 4th, 2017

hovercats

These shows are magical

I'm 31, which means I narrowly missed the window when He-Man and She-Ra were all over tv when I could form memories. But now that they're on netflix, I'm finally getting to experience them!

I love the designs (Pastel barbarian aesthetic where no pants are allowed), but He-Man really throws me for a loop whenever I try to guess what the character will look like from the name.

Trust me and google 'Ram Man.'

He bounces.

Jan. 28th, 2017

you're in the shit now, cute when mad

Fandom issues

Fandom has a lot of issues.

Take, for instance, ars_belli who fetishizes Nazis, a hobby which literally gets people killed at worst and is inhumanly amoral and unempathic at best. If she'd fuck off until three ghosts taught her how to be a decent human being, that'd be great.* I have seen people say 'oh, she's okay except for the nazi thing' which no, it's not a personality quirk. We as a group need to have some goddamn backbone.

Meanwhile, on the 'why?' scale, fandom's got people sending you death threats for shipping John/Sherlock because 'that's pedophilic' because John is shorter.

There is something seriously wrong with fandom's priorities and it and the world increasingly frustrates me.


*I am aware someone anonly said this to her. I am not anon.

Jan. 24th, 2017

pugs not drugs

'Oh, and I've poisoned the sugar'

I had to make an important announcement to my family today when I realized how at risk I was:

No funko pops for me as gifts, ever.

I understand they're beloved by many but those beady little eyes give me the wiggins and I just realized they were exactly the sort of 'nerd niche object!' that led to my brother giving me batman bobbleheads for years that I quietly rehomed via the thrift shop.

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

discworld

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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.



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MY FIC:

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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


-OR-


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:

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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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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.

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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.

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