jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
2017-07-11 02:17 pm

Fic exchange success!

For Not Prime Time, I received an adorable BACCANO! fic, Chane LaForet Sorts Out Her Feelings After Breaking a Man's Arm - despite the title, there is considerably less violence than in canon, and considerably more introspection, which makes sense given Chane is the viewpoint character. But there's a gorgeous swelling emotion in the fic, like being on the top of a rising wave, because Claire might be the kind of guy who instantly falls in love (and means it), but Chane needs to think things through. (Also the writing style closely resembles that of a good friend, but she swears she didn't write it, so I eagerly await Friday and finding out who my friend's writing-doppelganger is.)

I wrote for a fandom I've never written before, and a pairing that I hadn't originally offered. Whee? But my recipient loved it, and so did other people, so I can bask in Achievement Unlocked: New Fandom/Pairing. :-D
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
2017-05-29 06:16 pm

The quick overview of MomoCon

* Wife and I only went for Friday and Saturday. Total count: two autographs each, looked in at 10 panels total (noped out of one before it even started, snuck into two late because we wanted to see the following panel, snuck out of three before the end either to get to another panel or because the Q&A had hit the 'oh, fandom' point), and lots and lots of art. :halo:

Behind the cut: Favorite Unexpected Thing, Knew It Would Be Hell Yes, In Comparison, Largest Contingent of Cosplayers, a link to photos, and an overview of the Yuri on Ice-centric parts of the con! )
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
2017-05-24 08:44 am

Look, it's been a while since I went to a con.

There are lots of things about going to cons that I remember perfectly! (Bring water. Bring soda. Bring money (and have a clear plan as to budget). Wear good walking shoes, because you will be on your feet more than you expect. The 5-2-1 rule. Etcetera.) I'd just forgotten the following, which inevitably happens a day or so after the schedule is released:

*"Ooo, the schedule! Gotta look through that and see what we want to do!"
* :look look look: "That panel looks interesting...oh, and gotta do this...and can't skip the AMVs..."
* "...WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THEY'RE ALL SCHEDULED AT THE SAME TIME. DAMMIT."

(Brought to you by MomoCon scheduling the AMVs and the Yuri On Ice actor panel opposite each other. Along with three other panels that look fascinating. DAMMIT.)
jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
2017-05-21 07:10 pm

Oh, yes, I remember now.

The other reason I've been sleeping like crap - I'm out of the habit of sleeping on my own. But Wife is home now, and sitting on me as necessary to keep me from over-doing it in general.

We still went out to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 this afternoon, which I very much enjoyed. Cut just in case - I don't get into detailed spoilers, but for those as are still wary. )
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
2017-05-20 08:26 am

Oh, sweetie.

Dear adorable small cat,

I love you too. Now please stop trying to climb up and lie across my chest so I can't breathe. (More than I already can't breathe because bronchitis.) Try following your sister's example, and curl up next to me for a change! ...okay, stalking off and leaving the room is also an option.

Dear Hogwarts,

THANK YOU FOR LIKING ME I LIKE YOU TOO. (Annual review! Positive results! And yes, I did say something very similar to this to my boss.)

Dear wife,

Oh thank God you'll be home today. We can haz naptiem?
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
2017-04-23 07:15 pm

Small things

* Spent yesterday spring cleaning. The upside: clean house! The downside: vacuuming should not leave me this sore. Boo.

* Went out with friends to a restaurant not even five minutes from our house, which we have driven past hundreds of times but never gone in. Good food, decent prices, and has excellent onion rings, which is not to be sniffed at. Now we know!

* Signed up for Not Prime Time, in part because I actually have Sufficient Fandoms that (a) I would be happy to get a story in, and (b) I could write a story in. It's sorta sticking my toe back in the fannish waters - the only fanfic I've posted for the past few years has been Yuletide, assignments I've snagged off the pinch-hitter's list.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
2017-04-14 02:34 pm

[Fandom] ...in some ways this was inevitable.

I check AO3 semi-regularly for more Yuri On Ice Stories I Am Interested In, which (as usually happens) are getting thinner on the ground. Unfortunately, this means I'm hitting the stage of the fandom life-cycle where I start to get grumpy.

...specifically, dear fanfic authors: why the heck are you writing stories wherein the only trace of this being a Yuri On Ice fanfic, as opposed to Any Other Fandom Ever, is the names? I don't even mean that I don't agree with the characterization. I mean 'fairy tale retelling' wherein the prince is now named Victor, and the brave maiden who rescues him is now a boy named Yuuri, and the helpful fairy is now (depending on which retelling) either Minako or Phichit, and Russian Yuri appears for at most three sentences to yell at everyone before vanishing again.

If you're going to write a fairy tale retelling, couldn't you maybe pick (a) a non-Disney fairy tale, and (b) think about what putting the YOI characters into the roles would mean? I don't feel like that's too much to ask. Grump.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
2017-04-07 04:01 pm

A slow week.

* I would be a lot more fond of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' if they played the karaoke version. Or a filk version. I have no use for the lyrics, but the music is very nice.

* I am eyeing world news warily from afar. Someday I am going to find the balance between keeping aware and not jacking up anxiety levels to AHHH WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE. Today is not that day.

* I've pretty much already migrated over to DW, with increasingly minimal cross-posting to LJ. To accept the WTF T&C long enough to back up everything and delete, or just to leave my old LJ to die of neglect? These are the decisions, aren't they.
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
2017-04-01 09:26 pm

I don't even go here!

So Wife and I were talking about DragonCon, in sort of the same way that mountaineers who live in the Aosta Valley talk about the Matterhorn (I imagine) - namely, we want to tackle it, but it would be a really big thing.

"Part of it is just the physical toll," says the Wife (who walked with a cane before this most recent issue with her ankle). "I wish I could bring a wheelchair."

"Cosplay," I suggest. "Virtue of necessity kind of thing. Barbara Gordon as Oracle?"

"No," she says thoughtfully. "Maybe Professor Xavier - I don't mind shaving my head. And you could be Jean Grey."

"Hell no, I'll be Magneto," I say, without actually thinking this through beyond volunteering to be Ian McKellen to her Patrick Stewart.

...end result is that now she's looking up how much a Magneto helmet costs, and what exact outfits would be required. We're not even in this fandom. I have seen three out of six X-Men films (not counting any of the Wolverine films, which I also haven't seen). Dear lord, what have I done.
jennaria: Chihiro from SPIRITED AWAY (Chihiro)
2017-03-18 05:27 pm

Went to see BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

I might need to see it again - not so much because I liked it that much, as because I wasn't seeing it as its own movie. I was seeing it as all the bits and pieces that were the same, or changed, or in dialogue with* the animated movie, which I love with the unreasoning love of the 13-year-old Thia-let who originally saw it.

*'in dialogue with' here means 'holy crap I noticed that (e.g. why did nobody remember the castle) and they clearly noticed it as well and are saying something about it (e.g. a mention during the prologue that the memory blank was part of the sorceress's spell).'

More detail about what I liked or didn't like beneath the cut, because SPOILERS HO. No really, so much spoilers. )
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
2017-03-08 08:46 pm
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...this is more difficult than I realized.

So I finally persuaded a friend to watch YURI!!! ON ICE, and she is ded of cute. Also only through episode 5. "Rec me fanfic!" she says.

So I go to my AO3 bookmarks, and realize that pretty much everything is spoileriffic. And not just in a 'they get together canonically' sort of way (she already knows that). Half my bookmarks spoil Episode 10, and the other half spoil at least through Cup of China.

I turn to y'all for suggestions. Help?
jennaria: Woman with mask, as drawn by Brian Froud (Default)
2017-03-06 10:19 am
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Ballet, and anime being anime

This weekend was a staying-in, not-seeing-people sort of weekend. For wife, it was because of her ankle (and muscle strains resulting from compensating for the ankle): for me, it was sheer mental exhaustion.

Two things watched, though: the Royal Ballet's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (teaser snippet here), and first episode of MOB PSYCHO 100. Details/discussion/spoilers behind cut. Also, I have Opinions. )
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
2017-02-18 01:49 pm

Ow ow ow.

Good news: went for a massage today. (Wife has a membership at a massage chain, which means she can invite me along for a massage every few months.)

Bad news: remembered why I do not go for a massage more often.

I have been sternly instructed to Drink More Water (the guy wanted me to cut out all soda, tea, and coffee, which haha, no, caffeine addiction is a thing and I am not cold-turkeying that shit not no-how), and Remember to Stretch, especially on my left side as the problem with my left rotator cuff has flared up again. I feel like I've gone ten rounds with a punching bag, or possibly ten rounds as a punching bag. Wife assures me that the bruised, tender feeling should subside in a day or two.

Wife, on the other hand, got a guy named Russell who was very gentle-handed but effective. I am envious. Note to self: ask for Russell next time.
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
2017-02-16 01:32 pm
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On anime - or at least my Crunchyroll queue

I've mentioned a couple times that I'm trying to work through my Crunchyroll queue, with mixed success. For the idly curious (or anyone feeling opinionated), here is the entire list.

A fairly long list of Anime I Intend To Watch, put behind a cut because really. )
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
2017-02-15 06:36 am

It's time for another Good Idea/Bad Idea!

Good idea: lying in bed, listening to the rain.

Bad idea: listening to the rain when you're going to have to get dressed and go out in it not even an hour later.

(Okay, maybe not full-scale 'bad idea,' but let's face it, the magic is suddenly gone.)
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
2017-02-05 08:04 pm

Apropos of nothing

So we went to Applebee's today (as you do). When it came time to pay our check, we got to chatting with our waitress, and we found out two interesting facts:

(1) If you pay via the little table machines they have there, the machine will allow you to give up to 1001%. (A past table of hers had decided to find out, and had kept hitting the little arrow until it gave out.)

(2) If your tip is high enough (e.g. 1001%), the manager will come out, just to make sure that you actually meant to tip that high.

:rainbow effect: The More You Know!