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Nov. 17th, 2011 @ 08:00 pm Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2011
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: British TV across the apartment
This is my Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2011. Non-Yuletiders will probably not be interested.Collapse )
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Eaglelanders party hard
Dec. 28th, 2010 @ 11:13 pm Belated Yuletide Thanks!
Current Location: home
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: the microwave
I've just gotten back from my parents' place, at which S. and I spent the holidays. (I will endeavor to post an LJ post about this, but to be frank, I am unlikely to get around to it.) As such, I've been fairly busy the past few days, but I did want to make sure to officially post my thanks and recs for my Yuletide gift fics this year.

I received three gifts this Yuletide, one full-length fic and two short treats, and they're all great. To the authors, if you're reading this: thank you so much! To those who aren't the authors, here are the links, which I strongly advise you to read:

My full-length gift is Awake, a Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey story (spoilers through Fornax or so). It's Jimenez-centric and captures his character pretty much perfectly. My only reservation about recommending it is that it's very dependent on in-game events and isn't likely to make much sense if you haven't played to that point; that said, if you've played SMT:SJ, you should read this.

My other two fics are both vignettes in the style of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and should be accessible to anyone: Niobe, about a city of ice, and Cities & Sleep, about the architecturally-unique city of Musafir. Both are beautiful and evocative, creating settings that are unique and exotic while remaining accessible to the imagination.

Go read stuff!
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Electric pride
Nov. 14th, 2010 @ 03:50 am Dear Yuletide Writer 2010
Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2010. Most of you should disregard this.Collapse )
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Nov. 1st, 2010 @ 11:33 pm An attempt at creative output for once
So, after much consideration (and much sturm und drang) about my creative output recently, I decided a jump-start was in order. I considered doing NaNoWriMo, but ultimately discarded it for lack of any compelling ideas; instead, I'm going to spend the month of November reviving my old drabble journal, moltenslagtears.

tl;dr reasoning: my goal here is to get back into the habit of writing every day and brainstorming story ideas. Really, my problem recently has been getting too deeply into fandom-based stuff; this ends up being, basically, hobby writing, and it ends up ultimately being unsatisfying, especially since I can't seem to get any kind of audience for my fanwork. I figure that it'll be more satisfying to me and a better development of my skills if I shift gears and start working on original content again. (Then again, at least some of Slag Tears has always been fandom-y... ah, well.)

Executive summary: New stuff coming at moltenslagtears! You might want to read it!
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Nov. 5th, 2009 @ 05:47 pm Dear Yuletide Writer letter for 2009
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Current Music: Coldplay, "Life In Technicolor"
My 'Dear Yuletide Writer' letter for the Yuletide rare-fandom fanfic exchange this year. If you're not doing Yuletide, this will probably be of no interest to you, unless you really like to see me ramble on about what I want for Weird Little Fanfic Christmas. Will be taken off of date-sticky once Yuletide 2009 ends.Collapse )
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Apr. 10th, 2009 @ 02:57 am Flying North Again
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
In about a half-hour, I'll be departing to start the journey to California for my grandmother's memorial/ashes-scattering service. I'll be gone for a little under a week; I should be back on Wednesday night, hopefully. I don't expect to have Internet access, although I will be bringing my laptop.

Peace, y'all.
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blue glass heart
Mar. 15th, 2009 @ 04:21 pm So, I am the last person on the Internet to have seen Watchmen.
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Warren Zevon, "Reconsider Me"
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Capsule review: pretty good! Certainly, probably the best adaptation of the material we could get in film form, and I definitely applaud it for not feeling its length at all. It was long, but it felt like it was for a reason, as opposed to so many New Zealand landscape shots!! a lot of other recent long-runners.

Spoilery stuff under the cutCollapse )

I should probably reread the original graphic novel now, honestly. It's been years, and I'd forgotten big chunks of it. So it goes.

... I also may have to buy the soundtrack. Still have no idea what to think of the end-credits cover, but the rest was well-used and very nice.
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Mar. 7th, 2009 @ 05:58 pm Good News, Bad News
Bad news: I lost my job yesterday.
Good news: it was perhaps the most amicable, life-affirming job loss possible.

The whole storyCollapse )

My last day of work was in the preschool, and as if to see me off, the kids were incredibly cute. Allow me to present an exchange:

Four-year-old boys S and T are playing with dinosaurs on the floor.
S: (holding up T-Rex to me) Was this a meat-eater or a plant-eater? 'cause T says it's a plant-eater.
T: Yes, I did! It's really fast... like, 600 feet!
S: A centipede has that many feet!

There's a lot I'll miss about the job, but dream-logic exchanges with and between small children may be first among them. You go, boys.
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blue glass heart
Feb. 25th, 2009 @ 09:59 pm Top Chef Finale Thoughts
Current Mood: quixoticSPOILER
Current Music: Of Montreal, "Suffer For Fashion"
Cut for spoilersCollapse )

That is all.
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CFC... card... thing (by arjei)
Jan. 1st, 2009 @ 06:21 pm Yuletide: The Reveal
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: David Bowie, "Starman"
This is obnoxious, I realize, but pimping one's own Yuletide fic seems to be the New Year's standard, and hey, maybe some of you will be interested in these.

As with last year, I wrote under my increasingly-usual fanficcing handle, Wasuremono. I wrote three fics for Yuletide '08:

The Hollow Earth: My main fic, for City of Heroes. An original-character origin story on which I probably worked too hard.

Harold to the Infinite Power: A Stranger Than Fiction fic which got more meta than it maybe should have. Also apparently my big Yuletide winner, by sheer number of comments/recs.

Princess in a Box: A Professor Layton fic from Flora's POV. This was a rush job, but I'm oddly pleased with it.

Now, to contemplate NYR fics...
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Dec. 31st, 2008 @ 08:29 pm Yuletide Thank You and Pimping
Breaking news: I'm back home. I'll probably write more about the trip tomorrow, but suffice to say it was good, and California is as lovely as always.

However, right now I really need to take care of some belated business, which is to say: Thank you, mysterious Yuletide secret Santas! I got two great fics in Yuletide this year, and I'm immensely grateful for both. I'm not sure if either writer will read this, but the world needs to know that I think they're rad.

Since I know the fics will be relevant to the interests of some of you, here they are. If you enjoy them, please comment on the fic to let the writer know:

Closed Position: The Fighting Polka: a Six String Samurai fic (SSS fic! Joy!) about the Russians. It feels like the best bits of the film, both absurd and melancholy at once, and is honestly everything I'd wished for with that particular request.

Diplomatic Relations is an Exalted story about Sesus Nagezzar, which is to say I'd love it by default, but it's also thoughtful and respectful of his character and his strategies to save Creation from itself. If you like Exalted on any level other than "whraaaa warstriders," you need to read this.

Once again: thanks, Santa(s). I appreciate it.
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CFC... card... thing (by arjei)
Dec. 22nd, 2008 @ 12:01 am A heads-up
Just so people know: tomorrow morning, I'll be taking off on a road trip to see my grandparents in California for the holidays. This will last anywhere between one and two weeks (very vague timeline on this), and while I'll have my laptop and will try to sponge Internet, I can't make any guarantees about availability.

Apologies to anyone this inconveniences, and to all of you, a very happy and peaceful holiday season. Be well.
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blue glass heart
Nov. 11th, 2008 @ 05:14 pm Hello, Yuletide Author!
I apologize for how big chunks of this journal are locked. If you've come to datamine, maybe you'll still find something of use, though.

If you're looking for my Dear Yuletide Writer letter, it's here, with a few useful links.

Thanks much!
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Eaglelanders party hard
Jul. 1st, 2008 @ 07:04 pm In Which AVR Goes Hired-Gun For A Good Cause
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: R.E.M., "Sing For The Submarine"
The more fannish of you may have already heard about livelongnmarry, a fandom-focused charity auction with all proceeds going (via direct donation) to marriage-equality charities. It's good, dorky fun for a good cause, and there's a massive selection of offerings, ranging from fanstuff and signed books to baked goods and BPAL oils. If you're interested in marriage equality and have some money burning a hole in your pocket, you should check it out.

While the auction itself is cool and all, that's not the real reason I'm posting about it. The real reason is this: I have a writing offer up. Fanfic or original fic, 1000 words and up, winner's choice within reason.

I'm telling you this, of course, because I figure my friendslist has a greater vested interest in making me write something than LJ as a whole, so... if you've ever had some brilliant (or "brilliant") idea you've wanted me to write, go over there and bid! Currently I am worth a tax-deductible $15 -- a veritable steal, I say! Go! Bid! Help someone out! Make me write the first stupid thing that comes into your head! I know you can!

Exclamation points!
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Jun. 10th, 2008 @ 08:16 pm Memes: part of this balanced breakfast
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Cake, "Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle"
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
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THEP-U-MAMAN (not by me)
May. 16th, 2008 @ 09:29 pm In which I follow the crowd
So, yeah, you know those clickable dragon eggs that have been sweeping through LJ like a contagion? I went ahead and got a few.

It's here. Please look at it and/or click it, because if I somehow make a collection of pixels die I'm gonna feel really weirdCollapse )

More content this weekend.
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Fandom needs to die (not by me)
Jan. 30th, 2008 @ 06:47 pm Sing it with me, now:
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: one of the songs from "Cabaret" in my head


In other words: I have a job! I'll be working as the Office Manager at DOVES, the domestic-violence charity where I've volunteered these past months. My duties will basically be what I'm doing now, but expanded, and (of course) I'll be paid. (Not much, but still: paid!)

I'm going to keep job-hunting, of course, but this is still desperately good news.
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desert flowers (iconsdeboheme)
Dec. 25th, 2007 @ 06:37 pm Yuletide Recs, Pt. 1
Recs for Simpsons, Fifth Element, Dinosaur Comics, Earthbound, KoL, and Gormenghast. Cut for length and those of you who don't care.Collapse )
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Dec. 25th, 2007 @ 04:44 pm stars of wonder
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Tags: ,
Season's greetings, y'all.

It has, for the record, been a good day -- gifts, cinnamon rolls, and a movie. I'm probably not going to do a swag report, but rest assured that I received from my parents two oddly thoughtful gifts: a flying alarm clock* and a car GPS system, "so you won't get lost wherever you end up."

The movie was National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which was everything I expected: dumb but fun, and with a sort of light-heartedness about it that I can respect.

The rest of the day has been Yuletide stories. Seriously, go read the Yuletide archives. There is some fantastic stuff in there in a lot of fandoms you don't normally see written.

So... how was your day, everyone?

* When the alarm goes off, it releases a little whirligig, and the alarm won't go off until you put the whirligig back. Ingenious, and also a family joke for some months.
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desert flowers (iconsdeboheme)
Dec. 7th, 2007 @ 02:42 pm Whoo meme
Current Mood: okayokay
In lieu of any real update, here's a kickin' meme from poor_choices:

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
Click random article again; that is your album name.
Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

The results:

Cherie Blair
Tom Lungley

1. The Final Showdown
2. List of protagonists in The King of Braves GaoGaiGar
3. Lynn Lake, Manitoba
4. Imitation of Life (novel)
5. Notice (disambiguation)
6. Martin W. Littleton
7. Mickaël Cherel
8. Cybi
9. Directo a la luz
10. Jean-Baptiste Singelée
11. Buel Township, Michigan
12. OnStream Networks
13. Assam Silk
14. Anglo-French
15. Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Animation

I'm not sure which part amuses me more: hitting an article that's already been used as a song name, or hitting a boring crufty "List of..." article.
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freaky like me, kuroi ame