Hello! ♡

Aug. 18th, 2017 10:42 am
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Name: Kody
Age: 21, turning 22 next month!
Country: USA
Subscription/Access Policy: Mostly friends only, but I'm willing to add anyone with similar interests!

Main Fandoms: Right now, I'm into Johnny's Entertainment, mainly Hey! Say! JUMP. (Favorite members are Yamada, Daiki, Inoo, and Yuto. ♡)
Other Fandoms:
→ Anime: Noragami, Sword Art Online, Cardcaptor Sakura, MÄR, Kimi no Na Wa, Kuzu no Honkai, The Prince of Tennis, Sukitte Ii Na Yo, Owari no Seraph, Black Bullet, etc.
→ Games: League of Legends (I also follow professional players; favorite team is TSM and favorite players are Mata and Hauntzer), Overwatch, Persona 3 + 4 + 5, Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, Tekken, Dead or Alive, etc.
 Dramas: Koizora, Strobe Edge, Hidarime Tantei EYE, Sprout, Hanamizuki, Tantei Gakuen Q, Bloody Monday, etc. I'm also a fan of the Super Sentai Series.
→ Youtube?: I don't watch TV so I watch Youtubers instead, haha. Some favorites right now are DashieGames, ChizPlays, Chadtronic, and Achievement Hunter.

Other Info: My journal is a mix of fandom-related posts and real life rambles. ;w;

Going on Holiday

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:20 pm
rynling: (Gator Strut)
[personal profile] rynling
I’m going to be taking a break from Tumblr for a while. The polarization of the politics there has convinced me that it’s not a safe or sane place to be right now.

According to the dictates of what’s become known as “purity discourse” on Tumblr, media that contains elements deemed to be “problematic” is a direct threat to human life and civil liberties, and fans who create work referencing the wrong character or romantic pairing must be violently called out for the good of the community. This is why, between April and October of 2016, I received messages containing murder and rape threats on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis. In addition, multiple Tumblr users who didn’t even bother to send messages anonymously bombarded me with detailed instructions on how to commit suicide.

Although these intimidation tactics reflect those of alt-right communities on 4chan and reddit, they are a direct result of global reactionary political movements. In other words, people who justifiably felt as if they were under attack in the real world vented their frustrations on the targets within their reach, many of whom unfortunately happened to be members of other marginalized groups here on Tumblr.

In the wake of the American presidential election, this activity intensified, and many people have responded to aggressive radicalism by discounting progressive ideas altogether. Since purity discourse has shut down a number of conversations concerning issues such as race and representation, what has filled the void is content that has become popular because it presents a facade of the diversity privileged by Tumblr culture while actually supporting conservative beliefs.

Within my own particular corner of fandom, almost every progressive voice was driven away by the same sort of harassment I suffered; and now, in the absence of these voices, expressions of white supremacy are tolerated and occasionally even tacitly encouraged. To speak out against these sentiments is tantamount to identifying oneself with purity discourse, thus inviting backlash and ostracization.

I refuse to choose between ideological purity and casual racism, and so I think it’s best if I distance myself from Tumblr until I can clear my head a bit.
sarasa_cat: (vincent_dc)
[personal profile] sarasa_cat
[Originally posted on tumblr over here]

Okay. NOW I am ready to have that low-effort characterization discussion.

If anyone (plural!) is interested, just leave a reply and let me know if you have some time soon or not for a couple of weeks.

.

As a bunch of you know, I have a very large FFVII WIP that includes a sizable character arc for Vincent (told in 1st person POV). The WIP also includes other character/plot arcs.

There are a bunch of things itching my brain regarding how I want to handle and interpret certain aspects of Vincent’s canonical presentation, specifically:

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[personal profile] owlmoose
Between North Korea and Charlottesville and everything else happening, it's hard not to feel like everything is burning down. But until the world actually ends, it's better to proceed as if it will keep on turning, so have some linkspam.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 03:26 pm
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[personal profile] julian
I've lost my ability to drive for 7 hours straight at a time, which means that drives like the one I had yesterday telescope out to 11 hours, but other than that, I had a pretty good weekend+ in the Adirondacks.

I had had the vague impression that my sister-in-law's place was pretty small and uninteresting, but in fact, they own about 1,000 acres of land plus Sampson Pond itself, and have two small-but-well-sealed cabins right *on* the Pond, about 1 1/2 miles off the main road. It is gorgeous and I fell in love on the instant I got there. The fact the electricity and running water are generator powered means a) it's loud and b) more expensive, but it doesn't have to be /on/ all the time, and the expense isn't my problem, so that part was less annoying than I expected. The family originally bought it because they were timber barons off in Pennsylvania, and then some of the family split off and became more minor timber royalty (baronettes?), with way less land, off in New York instead.

They have a nicely symbiotic relationship with the local hunting association, who do some maintenance in return for ATV-and-fishing access.

There are canoes and rowboats and all manner of Things To Do on-Pond, plus some local touristy nonsense for those who are interested.

The Adirondacks have some high peak areas (over 4,000 feet) and some foothills, and a lot of hilly-but-mostly-lakes-and-rivers areas, which is where the Pond is. Sort of central-northern. I didn't get west of there, but in general, it feels like the White Mountains, only wetter and with more ground scrub than the Whites.

I didn't much care about (lack of) internet, although my SiL's family (on Verizon) got service while my brother and I (on Sprint) didn't, which irritated me only because I would either rather have A Phone Blackout or have everyone have phones and internet, and not this weird mixture.

Her uncle has been in the meaner version of A Course In Miracles for 5 years or so, in that he was at the monastery in Utah, where there are undoubtedly many wonderful things, but one is basically expected to never have negative thoughts ever, and if ones does, one should conquer them immediately, and if one can't, one is looked down upon vocally. (I extrapolate from a few discussions we (me and him and my brother & sister-in-law) had, and since I am not a CIM fan, I put a negative spin on it, but it's a reasonably accurate boiling down of some of what he said.) He's leaving in large part because they're moving to Mexico and he didn't like their place in Mexico last time he went, but he's still in the "they're mostly right about me" phase, and /hopefully/ will progress to "we were no longer good for each other" phase sooner rather than later. Though he's 70, so possibly not, but I hope so. He himself is steeped in psych and religion history and I want to get to know him better.

Best part of the weekend: Two nights spent on the pond (one on the dock, one in boats) with the aforementioned crew, star-watching. Saw a bunch of Perseids. Really quite amazing.

(My S-i-L's parents have a much earlier schedule than we do, so didn't join in. Her dad basically suddenly started waking up at 5 am about 10 years ago and can't seem to stop (I know a lot of older folks who need less sleep, which is different but similar), so her mom sticks with being somewhat closer to his schedule when possible. I enjoy them a lot, in a low key way.)

I was in a total news blackout for most of the weekend, so I figured war would break out or something. Instead, I had a vague awareness of Tiki torchlight parades, but then I re-emerged and we'd had protest clashes, deaths, and the President waffling around and then going full Both Sides Did It White Nationalist, which, while teeth-grindingly infuriating, is certainly better than war, but just proves we're having about 5 news cycles per day.

I will probably write up tourist nonsense from the trip over, maybe.

Is This Cool, Am I Doing It

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:53 am
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[personal profile] rynling
I think one of the main problems with getting older and listening to NPR on my car radio all the time is that I don't know whether songs like this are actually popular or just widely appreciated within the subset of internet people who share my particular interests.

August 7 BASFA minutes

Aug. 14th, 2017 02:31 pm
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[personal profile] melchar
Meeting #1410
August 7, 2017

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

Called to order at 8 pm
9 people attended

A party jar was established

The minutes of meeting 1409 were missing & their reading was postponed for a week

No Treasurer present, however last week we took in $1.50 in the regular jar & $0.50 in the party jar

the VP reported he has nothing fannish to report & that he is not Chris Garcia

the President had nothing fannish to report

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Lisa announced that there is an eclipse coming up

John O announced that SF ComicCon is the 1st week of December & that Heroes and Villians FanFest will also be in December

Kenneth announced the passing of Harmon Nakagama at the age of 88, who was the original guy in the rubber suit for Godzilla movies

REVIEWS:
John O reviewed 'Expanse' as he read the entire series in about 2 1/2 week, it's interesting world building & is now watching the series & finds the 1st 4 episodes to be good & reviewed 'We are Bob' by Davies Taylor as about a guy who becomes an AI & is a little contrived & it has a lot of humor & reviewed a Campbell nominee 'Info Motracy' as a concept book with somewhat wooden characters & not recommended & reviewed 'War for the Planet of the Apes' as deeper than the 1st 2 & they enjoyed it & there are lots of Easter eggs in it, definitely recommended & reviewed a visit to the Magic Castle in LA as excellent

Yocanan reviewed 'Salvation' [the TV series] as wildly entertaining & reviewed the half book of Connie Willis' 'Blackout' as amazing

Ken reviewed 'Orange is the New Black' as Geri has been chain-smoking them

We did auctions

Adjourned 8:49

And the rumor of the week = 'It's quiet - too quiet'

2017 Weekly Writing Log Part Thirty

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:39 am
rynling: (Cecil Palmer)
[personal profile] rynling

I wrote some words of some things, but I didn't get around to finishing anything because

It was just that sort of week this week, I think everyone knows why.

FFXII fic: "Inappropriate"

Aug. 12th, 2017 06:11 pm
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[personal profile] owlmoose
Title: Inapproriate
Fandom: FFXII
Rating: Teen-ish
Wordcount: 7902
Characters: Ashe/Balthier, Ashe/Al-Cid, Penelo, Ondore
Spoilers: Yes but nothing really blatant.
Notes: A few months ago, I was complaining about not having any fic ideas, and [personal profile] renay pounced on me with a suggestion of Ashe/Balthier and fake dating. This is the result. Thanks to Nay for the bunny and to [personal profile] justira for a super-helpful beta read. Also thanks to Square Enix for releasing The Zodiac Age, thereby giving me the opportunity to put the characters' voices back in my head.

Summary: Beset by advisors who are pressuring her to marry, Queen Ashe reacts by bringing sky pirate Balthier as her escort to an important state event. Just having a bit of fun at her council's expense... right?

Posted on AO3.

[admin post] Admin Post: Holy moly, Hugo Awards!

Aug. 12th, 2017 03:43 pm
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We won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine!

Ira and Susan on stage giving a speech with text overlaid reading This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS


Ira and Susan attended Worldcon 75 on our behalf (we can't even with our jealousy over Ira getting to meet Daveed Diggs). We're so grateful to everyone who nominated and voted for us this year. Thanks also to our fellow finalists, too. It was lovely being a part of a robust ballot featuring commentary and criticism from a wide range of voices. The full list of finalists and winners can be read at thehugoawards.org.

We're still reeling a bit, but we wanted to at least reach out and say THANK YOU and OMG and WHAT and THANK YOU OMG, etc. We are super honored and so excited! Congrats to US, congrats to the other winners, and thanks for liking our work! ♥ You can find the text of our speech below.

Thanks so much for this amazing award. We accept on behalf of ourselves and the four Lady Business editors who couldn't be here tonight: Clare, Jodie, KJ, and Renay.

We also want to thank everyone who has supported Lady Business throughout the years in ways large and small, including our readers, commenters, and guest columnists. Special thanks go out to John Scalzi, whose work welcomed Renay back to science fiction. Without his books Renay wouldn't have been in the SF community to start this project with our co-founders, Ana and Jodie. Thanks to Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers for consistent support and writing opportunities, Kate Elliott and Justin Landon for believing in our work and being the best cheerleaders, and Zachariah Carlson for being our personal Shadow Broker all these years.

When Lady Business was founded, the goal was to create a safer space for discussions in a community that was still struggling to recognize white women, much less any other marginalized identities. There's still work to be done, and change has been slow, but we are thrilled our project has been a voice within this cultural shift. We are incredibly honored that the Hugo voters find our intersectional feminist work valuable, and we will keep working to remain worthy of your recognition as we move forward.

We dedicate this award to Jodie Baker and Ana Silva. Thank you very much.

Otakon 2017

Aug. 11th, 2017 09:48 pm
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[personal profile] rynling
Every illustration I commission is my favorite commission, and I say this with absolute sincerity. The love I feel for the artists who work with me is so pure that it would be creepy if it weren't a platonic manifestation of overwhelming goodwill. I appreciate and treasure all of my commissioned illustrations equally and infinitely. Still, this drawing from lovelylandfill may just be the brightest light in a sky full of stars.

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26x icons (Various)

Aug. 11th, 2017 06:53 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Some icons made for [community profile] iconthat, for Department S generally, and others spotted lurking on the hard-drive, including Doctor Who, Dracula (1968) & The Forsyte Saga. I like to save up and post in big sets, but that only means some things never get posted!

Teaser:




It serves him right after all; he should manage his affairs better )

Credits: textures by larmay, tiger_tyger & imemime_art. The usual rules apply - want, take, use, credit. Please no hotlinking.

OH MY GOD

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:31 am
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[personal profile] owlmoose
LADY BUSINESS WON THE BEST FANZINE HUGO.

IS THIS THE REAL LIFE?

More when I can actually be coherent about it.

Sidetracks - August 10, 2017

Aug. 10th, 2017 11:07 am
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Sidetracks Template


Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Aug. 10th, 2017 02:08 pm
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[personal profile] seventhe
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Day off! (Kinda)

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:32 am
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[personal profile] owlmoose
My regular work schedule is officially Monday through Wednesday, but what with one thing and another I've been working a lot of Thursdays lately. But today, I am not (except for a call in a couple of hours), so I am free! (Mostly.) Currently I am doing the "laptop in cafe" thing, which is usually how I spend my non-working Thursday mornings. Then I'll head home for the call, maybe do a little work, and then I'll have a free afternoon until it's time to meet people for dinner. But I'm sure what I'll actually do is sit around and be jealous of everyone who is in Helsinki for WorldCon.

Speaking of WorldCon, have I told you all how very excited I am for next year? WorldCon in my back yard. And so many awesome people are coming. I wish I could invite everyone to my place and have a big party, but it's 1. too small for a large gathering and 2. about 40 miles from the venue, so it's not like we could just pop over. But if you are attending, and plan to spend any time in San Francisco before or after the con, let me know! I am happy to play tour guide. Everyone should come to San Jose, and we will have excellent adventures together.

Training Montage Part Five

Aug. 8th, 2017 03:14 pm
rynling: (Gator Strut)
[personal profile] rynling
I'm still thinking about doing an informal meet-up at Otakon (the big East Coast anime convention, which happens to be in the DC Convention Center this weekend), something along the lines of "Let's Draw Zelda Characters from Memory." The idea would be that I go to one lobby or another, sit myself down under a hand-painted sign, take out a bunch of art supplies and clipboards, and wait for people to bring their talent (or lack of talent, whatevs, it's all good). I haven't made any concrete plans yet, but does this sound like something people would be interested in, or would I just kind of be lurking by myself in a corner like some sort of creepster?

Please consider:

- I am a rubbish human.
- I will probably die of anxiety.

Also:

- How would the social media aspect of this work?
- Should I host this via Tumblr or Instagram?
- Do I create a hashtag? Or something?
- It's not weird if I don't cosplay, right?

I'm actually leaning toward doing a trial run at Anime USA in December and then maybe proposing an actual panel/event at Katsucon. If I do end up doing this on the spur of the moment just to see how it goes, I'm thinking about (a) doing it relatively early in the morning, (b) limiting it to an hour, and (c) not announcing it anywhere so as to not embarrass myself if it's a failure.

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