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Feb. 22nd, 2019 07:34 am
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That time again, time to make some icons this weekend.

Pick a number between 1 - 270

This will clear up room in my "To Be Edited" Folder

intro and WIP fanart

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:10 pm
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Hello! this is my first post on this account. I remade my dreamwidth because I couldn't change the username without paying. I usually post fanfiction and stuff but I'm kind of a general artist who isn't really particularly skilled at anything, so.

Here's a wip.

It's of ZEX from Star Control 2

I love space and sci-fi stuff. Especially star trek and (this is sad) star wars.  Also love Lotr!

Anyways if you're curious about any of my fanfic go here. You'll probably notice how much I love DS9 and garashir I also have a DA here- not much is really posted on it yet. You can also find me on twitter @ratnewt. Aaaaand if you really need to contact me somehow, I'm on reddit too, the acc is called "tricksterratgod" I'm not really active there but I do have the app on my phone because I have a close friend who is.

You can call me Ezri or Rat. You can also call me by anything else if you've known me to go by any other name- except for my dead name. 

Sidetracks - February 21, 2019

Feb. 21st, 2019 09:32 pm
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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.

Read more... )

More FFX-2 Noodling

Feb. 21st, 2019 09:21 pm
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I didn't fully realize until just now that the end-of-chapter-3 scenes in Bevelle are optional. If you've been there once in the chapter and been turned away, you could easily miss a cutscene that ties the whole story together. I mean, I guess you learn soon that Baralai's been possessed, but...so much of the character stories are revealed, are revealed to have stories, there. Why is that missable?

Characterization burbling )

In other news, I decided I wanted to get BOTH publicity companies to level 4, which involves just so much grinding at Sky Slots. So much. I watched like a podcast and a half, playing with the sound off so I didn't go mad, and they're not short! A total of 3.5-4 hours spent in the Calm Lands. Why did I do this to myself?

P.S. I still love Wakka. He's a dumb boy but he tries so hard, and he's grown so much. Even if he's dumb enough to go in without a healer, WAKKA, I know you have a lot of HP but PLEASE.

P.P.S. Actually I love Kimahri also; even though he's not with Yuna anymore he's still looking for spheres to make her happy.

P.P.P.S. Yuna protecting the guardians who once protected her!!!


Feb. 21st, 2019 08:13 pm
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There comes a time when I realize that I don't even know what the hell I'm gonna type out and in that case, it's time to RANDOMLY SELECT THE TAGS AND HOPE THEY APPLY (doubtful). And of course, I think I lack the brevity that this particular icon requires-- why is it that all my crack icons are the ones that I like the best? Maybe it is because you have to be in a VERY SPECIAL HEADSPACE and that seems to be my norm.

So today, I realized that I know more at my job than I really give myself credit for.

All of these calls, I was fixing people's internet problems in like minutes-- sending them on their way; yeah I had a few of really difficult calls, but for the most part it was smooth sailing, doesn't stop me of course from being nervous about my one on one since I am on Team Greer, and the supervisor is NOTORIOUS for being a stickler-- I am sure he is some sort of logical thinking types and I am not-- Here I am troubleshooting internets and posting fight club references in team chat. I am still certain that there are still quite a few on my team that don't know how to take me (like is she serious, is she not? who even is her?)

But tomorrow is friday and that means I can sleep in on saturday, and that is GREAT! (also catching up on FFXIV and the Doma Reconstruction quests, which is the only thing I really care about aside from getting gear from the Ivalice raid). Tomorrow, Owen and I are going to go see the Paige biopic, "Fighting with my Family" which is purely for us Wrestling Nerds, I don't even like Paige, but I will go watch it-- of course.

We are also pondering going to the Fastlane pay-per-view in Cleveland. IDK tho

Hope everyone is having an awesome day! <3 If you want, drop a comment about what you're happy about today!

Scoville Wimps

Feb. 21st, 2019 02:48 pm
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I made [twitter.com profile] charliejane some cookies to celebrate her new book (The City in the Middle of the Night! Get it wherever quality books/ebooks are sold!) and it came up on Twitter, so here is my recipe. :D

As with all recipes, you can modify it, because this is a Frankenrecipe made out of like seven different cookie recipes over several years. If you modify it to add heat, be sure to tell people the name of the recipe is "Scoville Champs" or "Scoville Chomps" so your weaker friends don't make a Terrible Mistake. I change this up all the time to make different types of cookies. This recipe is also pretty good if you replace the white chocolate chips with 1 cup of peanut butter. Read more... )
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Yesterday was a snow day, so I had a few extra hours to sit at home and do whatever I wanted. I’ve been making slow – but good! – progress on The Demon King and a Bowser/Peach smutfic I’ve been playing around with for a few weeks, and so I let myself start on an outline for a new Zelda/Ganondorf story that I would love to write if I were still writing fanfic. I started writing, and then I kept writing, and... I think I might actually have something interesting on my hands.

What I outlined is a post-BotW Contemporary AU in which Zelda has been hospitalized and medicated throughout her life in order to stop the dreams and voices she’s been experiencing. This aggressive denial of her magical powers causes the seal on Calamity Ganon to weaken and break, and Ganondorf is released back into the world as a barely human monster. He can’t decide whether he wants to fuck or kill Zelda, who initially doesn’t know whether this creature straight out of her nightmares is actually real and becomes convinced that suicide is the only way to deal with the problem.

What I’m interested in is exploring the concept of what would happen to Hyrule if the monarchy didn’t exist. What if the Zelda in Breath of the Wild (rightfully) realized that Ganon is a manifestation of the darkness of the royal family and set up a constitutional democracy in order to appease its hatred? And what if the Sheikah were allowed to develop their technology as they wished without interference or oppression from the royal family? But then what would happen to the magical powers of Zelda’s bloodline, and what would happen to Hylia’s soul? And what would happen in the modern world if something as awful as the Triforce did exist?

Meanwhile, Link is a pure ray of sunshine, because I love him.

I’ve decided to call this hypothetical story “Malice,” but the way I’ve been thinking of it while daydreaming during the past several months is “the Zelgan darkfic.” I love the #wholesome aesthetic, but I’ve also been unapologetically craving darkness recently. I am an adult, and I enjoy complicated horror-themed stories, and hot damn do I love problematic relationships, and the children of Tumblr are just going to have to deal with that.

If I actually end up writing this story, which already has three dozen chapters planned without an end in sight, I am going to block anyone who even remotely vagueposts hate with extreme prejudice. Fuck the haters, seriously. I’m also thinking of commissioning all sorts of illustrations and doing all sorts of art trades, because I am allowed to love my characters! In addition, I want to post speculative meta on Tumblr as I go along, because it’s my blog and I do what I want. And if people get all judgy with me for enjoying my weird gremlin hobby, they can get off Tumblr and, like, go do their taxes or something.

At the same time, I’d like to think about how to file the serial numbers off this story and see where I can go with it. Fanfic is a legitimate artform in and of itself, of course, but I really fucking love books, and I’d like to professionally publish my own someday, you know?

Nebula Finalists!

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:36 am
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They are out, and at a quick glance it's a great and diverse list.


I'm actually reading Witchmark by C.L. Polk right now!

The games list is a little odd. I have mixed feelings about the Black Mirror "choose-your-own-adventure) episode being included. I haven't seen (played?) it, so I can't comment on its quality. It's essentially a visual novel, and I gather it was written in Twine, so I can't argue that it doesn't qualify, but given that this is a brand new category meant to honor games, should the first winner really be an episode of an already-popular SFF TV series?

Any of you have favorites among the finalists?

Chocolate Box Fic 2019

Feb. 21st, 2019 01:26 pm
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Chocolate Box author reveals have happened and I can now confess to my own fannish crimes (and know who was responsible for my lovely gifts, especially the main assignment - I don't think I've ever been quite so impatient to see who wrote my gift, which is [personal profile] cyphomandra, as it turns out. Do you suppose they'd mind if I camped outside their door and waited for them to Do It Again someday? Heh.)

It was good fun, and I'd like to do it again, although the closeness to Yuletide and fandom_stocking is a bit of a thing. OTOH, it genuinely is pretty laid back with a 300 word minimum, so... Still, I'm very glad I did it this time!

I was assigned to shopfront, who had requested three fandoms that I knew, although only one that I'd actually offered for that fandom/pairing. Ironically, then, I wrote a gift and a treat for those two other pairings and fell down on the matched one. Mainly because shopfront had requested Thirteen/Yaz and prompted Thirteen trying to manage some normal dates and I was immediately bunnied, because we all know how that would go. I did eventually, at the 11th hour, also manage to write out the tiny Bel/Lix ficlet (from The Hour) that I'd had planned for ages, because, well, Anna Chancellor and Romola Garai, really.)

Anyway, fic:

We'll Be Dating To the End of Time (1934 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thirteenth Doctor/Yasmin Khan
Characters: Thirteenth Doctor, Yasmin Khan
Additional Tags: Humor, human-alien relations, Time Travel, Dating, The Doctor is hopeless at romance
Summary: The Doctor tries taking Yaz on some nice, calm, normal dates. It goes about exactly as well as you'd imagine.

Immoral Support (420 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hour (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bel Rowley/Lix Storm
Characters: Bel Rowley, Lix Storm
Additional Tags: Ficlet
Summary: Bel winds up where she always does after a bad day; in the safest place she knows...

(And, yes, the title and the line is a Press Gang reference. It's hard not to sometimes.)

And shopfront leaves very enthusiastic comments so between two treats, an amazing main gift and a very nice recip, that was a pretty good exchange experience.

(Also, I'd just been thinking that I missed [personal profile] clocketpatch and their fic, and then saw the name as a recip in the Doctor Who category, and then next fic I read in that section was clearly a Clocket Seven & Ace fic, and I was right. Anyway, it's Clocket Seven & Ace Whofic, you should read it if you haven't already.)
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What is she awesome for, you may ask?

She has completed the SQUARE OF POWER! How did she do this, you may ask?

this really should be self explanatory-- gonna pimp [community profile] inconformista just because--

And yes, in the icon page-- all of the lyrics for the icons are pretty much 'getting drunk at the bar"-- I am especially fond of the Kesha song I used for Tinky Winky, because let's face it-- whiskey in the handbag.

I have the bestest DW sister ever!

vivid but not visual

Feb. 20th, 2019 10:58 am
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[personal profile] julian
That was great!

I haven't had a hypnopompic hallucination that intense since the snakes when I was a kid. That time, I woke up convinced there was a snake in my bed -- that was more visual, just a smallish snake wiggling down at the end of the bed. I forget how it ended/disappeared, but I suspect it was me whapping at it; this time, I woke up, convinced there was something moving down by my legs. (There wasn't.) As with the snake, I woke up, heart pounding, and it was *really hard* to convince myself it hadn't happened, even though I knew it didn't. (At least I don't fall out of bed? That's apparently common.)

This was at around 5 am, so I think it was that the guy upstairs was rattling around, prepping for work, and I incorporated it into the waking up.

(Hypnopompic: Post-sleep. Hypnagogic: Pre-sleep.)

With the snake, I piled stuffed animals around the bed as guardians. (And since I was about 7, I had no idea what had actually happened. I suspect I told my mom about it in the morning, which would be hilarious since I'm *not* ophidiophobic, and she is.) This time, I just went to the bathroom, did some deep breathing, and then, once I got back to my room, thumped the end of my bed a little as an aid to convincing.

I don't get things like sleep paralysis or exploding head syndrome (and isn't that a term for something one would like not to have), but I do sometimes also have some minor hypnagogic hallucinations, mostly of the "I suddenly feel like I'm falling in a weird direction" variety. Though come to think, I haven't in awhile. I mostly associate them with my parents' house. (Also, they're not autonomously scary. No heart racing.)

Anyone else have stuff like this?

Re: "Fluent in Japanese"

Feb. 19th, 2019 12:23 pm
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Another thing I love is when someone is applying for an extremely competative program that involves teaching English in East Asia (JET, for example) and their formal statement of purpose is filthy with grammatical errors. The assumption that people in Asia (not to mention the people reading the application!) are so stupid and ignorant that they won't notice is just so gratifying.

I'm venting about specific people who annoy me, because I'm bitter and petty like that, but I think what I'm actually upset about is the unfortunate fact that linguistic proficiency is not generally regarded as a "skill" in the same way that, say, mathematical proficiency is. It's like, listen. Just because I can catch a ball if someone throws it to me doesn't mean that I'm qualified to teach Physics, you know?

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