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Thursday, August 29th, 2030 01:36 am

The whole world can still see my broad-spectrum fandom stuff (including fanfic), interesting links and recipe posts. But I think I should watch my mouth a bit. Only a bit. :3

If you're not on the flist, hey, comment here and I'm sure we can work something out.
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Wednesday, August 28th, 2030 01:19 am
I claim no ownership of the franchises portrayed in this journal's fan fiction stories. I am not affiliated with any video game, animation or graphic novel franchises and I do not hold rights to any such publicly recognizable characters or scenarios. No money is being made from the distribution of my fan fiction. My transformative works of fiction are meant only for the entertainment of fellow fans, and my interpretations are not meant to be taken as canonical fact for any existing franchise.

My original scenarios and fan characters may be used in other transformative works, as long as no money is being made off these works. Credit is appreciated but not required.
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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 10:21 pm
I can't believe I haven't done this yet. Here's some Ghost Trick cosplay! Tee hee!

Enormous Ghost Trick spoilers under here, needless to say. )
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Friday, January 13th, 2012 11:10 pm
Book meme time!

Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either. According to the BBC, if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein (I read, like, fifty pages. O noes, my fantasy cred. I should probably try again, I was too young to have an attention span the first time around.)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling (Read the first book, it was okay but I had no wish to read more. Probably because I dislike YA.)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Ubervilles-Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I liked King Lear. More specifically, I liked The Fool and the theories behind his random disappearance from the play.)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (I want to try reading this, I liked the movie.)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (Read it in third grade and wrote the most weaksauce book report ever.)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (Holden needs a good beating, but I still liked the book okay.)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Read it in first grade. I don't remember anything except liking Aslan. Not because he was Jesus Lion, just because he was a nonhuman and therefore cooler than the dumb, boring human kids -- see, I started early with these views of mine.)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (I don't tend to like Atwood's more overtly feminist stuff, but I guess I should at least attempt this one sometime ...)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (Wrote fanfiction about it and passed it off as a high school English assignment. Heh heh.)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (Hated it. I felt like I was on a leash, being dragged away from the interesting stuff.)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (I caught some of the more literary turns of phrase and I felt all smart and stuff.)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (Don't think this qualifies as partially read. I got three pages in and couldn't comprehend one bit of it. I like metaphors and all, but metaphors within metaphors within metaphors in one run-on string? That's a bit much.)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (Felt let down when I found out this was meant as a children's story. I think it's wasted on the average child.)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 17/100 I figured I'd score lower, since I don't tend to enjoy old, "classic"-type books or see why we're supposed to worship them nowadays. (I'll never stop being bitter about that university English class where the prof insisted that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a literally perfect story. I couldn't disagree more.) I dunno, I'd rather just read the Cliff's Notes on the mainstream classics and use my novel-reading time on more modern oddities.
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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 09:47 pm
I hadn't thought Livejournal management could surprise me anymore. But making the layout ugly, removing basic functions like subject fields, AND increasing load times enough to make the site unusable for many people? Wow. It's like a wrecked train had a cybernetic digestive tract installed for the sole purpose of throwing up on itself. So, yeah, I'm always happy to see people moving to Dreamwidth (or any service that respects its users and doesn't go out of its way to ruin things).

Me? I've been quiet on the fandom front, but I'm still alive. And I've been a pretty gigantic brony lately. I'm taking the week off from my fantasy writing and refreshing myself with some nice relaxing paper mache -- I'm working on the base for a Nightmare Moon sculpture in a dramatic rearing pose. Paint her up, add feather wings, maybe see if somepony would like to buy her because why the heck not.

How're you guys? Anything going on?

... And I just realized that I haven't finished posting the revised To Each A Tempo chapters on this journal. That's some pretty major failure, huh? Sorry to anyone who's actually trying to read it on Dreamwidth, I'll try to get to that sometime.
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Saturday, December 17th, 2011 02:37 pm
Here's the novelette I was talking about. It's a free download for the time being, so go ahead and tell everyone about it!

Ravel: A story of Aligare

Ravel: A story of Aligare

Aster Hane has all the things her insectoid people cherish: a hard-working husband, new children, and a talent for her family's traditional craftwork. What Aster doesn't have is what she senses in the wind: the knowledge of the world beyond her small village.
Then she meets Llarez of Arkiere, an avian storyteller. With his jester's approach to life, Llarez doesn't mind doing an errand for Aster -- and he doesn't mind when Aster accidentally asks for more than she intended. With new thoughts planted in her mind, Aster begins to question whether her race's ideal life is what she actually wants for herself. Llarez is glad to help her find the answer, but that only makes the choice harder.

It's available through Smashwords in .epub, .mobi and .pdf formats. Click here to get a copy! You will need a Smashwords account, though.
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Saturday, August 27th, 2011 08:36 am
Finally got around to finishing the main plot of Pokemon Black.

Still wanna be the veeery best! )
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Monday, July 25th, 2011 12:10 am
Tomato-corn chowder

It's not technically a chowder since there's no dairy or seafood involved, but it's a thick, hearty soup. Goes great with a sandwich or just a pile of crackers. I like making hearty soups when corn is in season -- I cook the corn ears in the stock, cut the kernels off and boil the cobs to get all the corn flavour out. But here's a simpler version of the recipe that doesn't involve as much screwing around!

I'm eating this soup while I type, it's delicious. )
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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 04:15 am
Fantasy enthusiasts not flipping out over the new A Song Of Ice And Fire book: I feel like the only one.

Under this cut, I will elaborate on my dislike. )

Hokay, I just needed to get that out. Every friendlist and feed I follow seems to be acting like these books are the most perfect thing ever. Blegh. Now back to your regularly scheduled tolerating people's choices!

I think I have a bronchial infection. Feels bad, man.

But hey, in more amusing news, here's a cat who wants to eat a fly but he's way too lazy.
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Saturday, July 9th, 2011 12:34 am
Title: To Each A Tempo -- Chapter 17
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/Elite Beat Agents crossover
Revision date: March 8th, 2011
Wordcount: 1797
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Phoenix, Maya, Agent Foxx, Pathos.

The voice shot terror through Phoenix. )
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Saturday, July 9th, 2011 12:27 am
Title: To Each A Tempo -- Chapter 16
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/Elite Beat Agents crossover
Revision date: March 8th, 2011
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 4845
Characters: Phoenix, Maya, Agent J, Gumshoe, Cherry, Barley.

It was the longest cab ride to the detention center Phoenix had ever taken. )
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Saturday, July 9th, 2011 12:14 am
Title: To Each A Tempo -- Chapter 15
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/Elite Beat Agents crossover
Revision date: March 7th, 2011
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 4508
Characters: Phoenix, Maya, Edgeworth, the Judge, Agent J, Agent Foxx, Cherry, Barley.

Of all the people to scuttle up to him during a confused recess ... )
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 05:36 am
I finally saw Kung Fu Panda 2, now that it's in the local cheapie theatre. Although "cheap" is relative thanks to this mandatory 3D crap nowadays. It gave a bit of interesting dimension during some scenes, but the jarring sensation every time the camera angle changed is seriously not worth the gimmickry. It shouldn't be as distracting as it is. And my absolute pet peeve is how modern-gen graphics make both the foreground and the background hyper-detailed -- it means objects and people are detailed even when you're not focused on them. Everything having the same level of hyper-realistic detail makes the whole thing look flat and cartoonish, and makes it hard to figure out where you're supposed to be looking. Ugh. Just. Using this technology effectively would be so much better than "OMG LOOK YOU GUYS WE HAS A GIMMICK!!1!"

Anyway. Kung Fu Panda! I guess it was an interesting enough version of that old "villain commits genocide attempting to avert a prophecy" chestnut. Love the humour and style brought to the table. I can see why the critics don't think a peacock villain is as intimidating as a snow leopard villain, but I thought Lord Shen was a much more interesting villain than Tai Lung. He's a more stereotypical take-over-the-world-with-my-superweapon-and-neverending-minions megalomaniac, sure. But more interesting to watch and listen to him speak. Kung fu peacock with feather blades was as cool as I hoped for!

My other favourite character is Master Crane, but he got the shaft in this movie. His Wings of Justice move was pretty cool, but other than that his contribution was, erm, flying. Which is default for a bird. Very little of the kung fu stuff that puts the "Master" in "Master Crane". Guess he's been demoted to a Pokemon-style HM slave or something, but I'm sure I can come up with a character development explanation to satisfy myself. When in doubt, apply fanon!

In summary, I liek me some anthro birds, clearly enough. And the movie was fun. I'd like to see more of the Kung Fu Panda franchise if they keep the quality this high. (I want a kung fu octopus! It'd be the coolest thing.)
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 09:57 pm
Comment with "Cheese, please!," and:

- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

My questions from [ profile] beetlefreak:

I love answering random questions, I really do. )
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Monday, May 9th, 2011 12:21 am
Ehhhhgh, I haven't felt like journalling lately. I'm looking forward to events and working on a bunch of writing-related projects, so I feel like I don't have much to say on my personal journal or in comments. I'm still reading my flist, though!

I got my hair cut into a fauxhawk. It's bitchin' awesome. And I've been spending too much time playing Pokemon Puzzle League and watching My Little Pony Youtube poop. ...Yeah, that and the writing stuff is basically my life right now.

Me and Dash came to the conclusion that when the Ghost Trick police force interrogates someone, they just have Cabanela dance at them until the suspect's fragile human mind can't handle the awesome anymore. Dash expressed this idea by attempting to dance like Cabanela and saying, "I could do this for daaaays, baby!" (Dash usually can't remember Cabanela's name and just calls him Johnny Bravo instead.)

Speaking of Ghost Trick, I was compelled to make a stupid Xzibit macro.

It's a vague spoiler )

Hurr. And now I'll go, uhh, be productive! I guess!
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Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 07:30 pm
Title: Sticky
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Completion date: February 25th, 2011
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 613
Pairing: Mia/Phoenix
Prompt: A female character as a "slime girl": a sort of demihuman shapeshifter that is at times amorphous or translucent like a traditional slime. Wacky adjusting-to-oddness relationship hijinks would be cute; het, yuri, or otherwise.

He found himself looking at his boss sometimes. )

Title: The Leading Way
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Completion date: March 13th, 2011
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 613
Pairing: Mia/Phoenix
Prompt: I want to see either Gant/Lana or Mia/Phoenix. Preferably one dominating the other. ;D

He had been too over-the-moon, at the time, to notice the way Mia had held his tie while she kissed him. )

These separately commentboxed pieces have the exact same word length. I checked about a million times since I kept thinking I had copy and pasted the wrong thing.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 07:26 pm
I finished Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective yesterday and OMG. OMG. The Ace Attorney team has outdone themselves. Unfortunately for me, Ghost Trick is a recently released niche title with a mystery plot that's pretty much ruined if you get spoiled. And it's so tightly plotted (the entire game takes place in a 10-hour span) that it's hard to figure out how to work fanfic in. Heavy limits on discussion and a challenging scenario to add fanfic to? To put it in Pokemon terms, Ghost Trick takes 1/4 damage from my normal method of approaching a completed game, sob. But the game's story is so frigging amazing and the ending made me cry. So, yeah, I'll be, erm. Creeping around looking up adorable Japanese fanart, I guess. And fidgeting. Have any of you guys have played the game ...? Lurkers are welcome to chime in here!

In other news, I've apparently had a stealth version of strep throat these past few weeks, so I don't feel quite so bad for not being very productive of late. And I'm going to make vegetarian curry tonight. Yep. That's what's up with me.
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 12:46 pm
There was an Invader Zim fan convention this weekend, complete with most of the original voice acting cast as guests. They did a live performance of the unaired Invader Zim episodes Mopiness of Doom and Day of da Spookies. How awesome is Richard Horvitz? I mean, look at that guy. If you saw that normal-looking guy walking down the street, would you guess that inside his squishy human guts, he contains the voice of ZIIIIIIIIIIIIM?!
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Saturday, March 26th, 2011 11:45 am
Title: To Each A Tempo -- Chapter 14
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/Elite Beat Agents crossover
Revision date: March 5th, 2011
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 2049
Characters: Cherry, Agent Derek, Agent Foxx.

It had been a long time since the Agency's last recon job. )
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Saturday, March 26th, 2011 11:35 am
Title: To Each A Tempo -- Chapter 13
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/Elite Beat Agents crossover
Revision date: March 5th, 2011
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 2889
Characters: Phoenix, Maya, Edgeworth, Agent J, Agent Foxx, the Judge, Cherry, Barley.

Cherry stalked in like a particularly disgruntled force of nature ... )