May. 24th, 2017 10:55 am
cypher: (i believe in peace bitch)
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I don't have Photoshop at home anymore so I misused work resources for this. I have so many feelings about this kid and his life choices.

Also, [community profile] fe_fest opened for claiming! I took a short list of claims for now, trying not to overwhelm myself too much:
Any / Any – Band AU.
Ike / Soren – Sharing body heat.
Tibarn / Reyson – Cursing in the Ancient Tongue during sex.
Niles / Leo – Save a horse, ride an outlaw.

The band AU is probably going to wind up Reyson/Naesala because they'd be super hot together but I can't find a way to make it work satisfyingly in canon after all the Things That Happen Between Them.

ALSO, even though I only left about a dozen prompts, several of them have been claimed, one of them twice, and I'm super jazzed about that. Magepile on Saber pls \o/

Then this morning I also snagged a single claim at [community profile] smallfandomfest; they don't have much in their prompt list for JRPG fans (if you're into small book or TV fandoms tho there's loads), but they did have a prompt for the MC of Strange Journey and his relationships with his demons. I'm always here for relationships with demons.

This cycle of near-silence and then swinging back into "sign up for all the things!" is so familiar now that you'd think I'd recognize it before it swung back into this phase. But no, every time I'm in the lull phase I wonder if I've just lost the ability to write forever. It's not forever, self, it's just the winter. The sun and your brain will both return.

FE Echoes

May. 23rd, 2017 09:05 am
cypher: (small but fierce!)
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I'm actually playing a game at release! Weird.

I'm...about 20 hours into Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia now; I got to the opening narrative of Act 4 on the morning commute (and then backtracked to visit the blacksmith before I take on the first story battle of the act).

Mechanically, most things are good! It's a little weird to be playing FE with no weapon triangle; I'm guessing it wasn't part of the mechanics in the original Gaiden release and they didn't change things to add it in the remake. (OTOH it's nice to be playing FE and have most of the enemy archers unable to do bonus damage to my magic ponies.) I wish it were easier to get my hands on good weapons; Celica's party is mostly well equipped but I would be super grateful for another good lance or two and another bow for Alm's. I am infinitely, infinitely grateful for casual mode, without which I probably would have given up in despair very early on. (I will beat my head against SMT difficulty endlessly, but the caution FE's permadeath requires is beyond me.)

Storywise, or really mostly about characters/relationships )

Nonconathon letter

May. 21st, 2017 07:42 am
cypher: (love you for your mind)
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Dear [community profile] nonconathon writer:

about )

assorted fandom bits

May. 16th, 2017 01:49 pm
cypher: (use you as a rowboat)
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1) Brief [community profile] nonconathon squee: nothing graphic tho )

b) I read all of Kill Six Billion Demons yesterday and I don't know why I hadn't done so before. I'm so hype for weird riffs on religion and the supernatural and heroes of prophecy not being what the major players are expecting, and every time Al-Ys-Un gets to be badass it's like fireworks in my heart, and 82 White Chain is my precious favorite character who needs a hug and some good friends and some war lipstick. Also Cio is a darling. Also the core cast is accumulating a really solid group of more-female-than-not characters to bicker and have adventures and support each other against this fantastic backdrop. Now I'm going to be mad that it doesn't update faster.

iii) I finished the Chaos ending of Shin Megami Tensei IV last night. feelings ) ...anyway. That happened.

four) Debating signing up for [community profile] raremaleslashex and the debate mostly goes "seriously, do you actually need encouragement to write more m/m?" on one side and "but all my fandoms and pairings are pretty dang rare" on the other. Maybe I'll put some things in the tag set, and work up a signup, and if I'm not matchable I'll just figure it wasn't meant to be.


State of the Aster

May. 14th, 2017 11:59 am
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I keep doing this "gee, it would be nice to talk about X" thing and then not talking about it because Tumblr is my timewaster of choice lately and real life things don't get a whole lot of interaction there. It's not necessarily Tumblr's fault, just that a lot of my rl friends aren't on there and let's face it, Tumblr's pretty terrible for seeing everything on.

How are you? I'm doing good.

Lessee. The highlights:
  • work is going ok. Had a Big Meeting about two weeks ago that I was in charge of, and it went ok. Now moving on to other Big Projects, but such is life. Keeps me out of trouble and off the streets. Also going to San Diego for a conference trip next month. Decided that I'd wanted to go look at the ocean for awhile, so I found a swanky hotel close to the beach to hang out in for a few days before flying home. There may be some kayaking or aquarium-going or such, but really I'll consider it a good trip if I just take lots of sunset walks along the coast and take pictures of sea lions. Also not sure yet of how much tech I'll take. Not going to lug both the work and personal computer with me, but like hell I'll do Normal Internet things on the work computer. So, might just get a bluetooth keyboard and make due with my phone? First World Problems....

  • Pottery! I've gotten back into pottery and have been for like a year or so? I take classes at a local nonprofit community art center, and it's perfect for me. I've made a rather embarrassing amount of pottery at this point (can see most of it over here on my artsy Tumblr.) But here, lemme show you the latest that I'm so proud of:
    Read more... )

  • I would also like cookies for being a responsible adult. I've started another round of going to the doctor/dentist. Right now it's mostly having gone to the dentist, gotten a few minor teeth things dealt with, and started looking into getting a wonky wisdom tooth taken out. Doctor is two weeks from now. I long ago got into the bad habit of just not going to these folks, because nothing really hurt or was wrong. And one time I went after like 7-8 years of not going, and basically nothing was wrong so eh. But, now it's been like 4-5 years, and I'm almost 40 for cripes sake and the warranty's starting to wear off. So, good idea to keep up the maintenance....

  • In more fun fannish news, I have lately had an intense love affair with the original Mass Effect trilogy. Played them through twice, and wow, just fell in love. Actually had a surprising amount of fun with the fights. The ability to pause and aim is evidently required for me to enjoy action games. But, even though I know that ME3 had kind of an uproar about its ending, I still enjoyed the story a lot, and there's some fics about femShep and Garrus that are written or being written. Aliens figuring out interspecies sex is always a thing of mine, and that's kind of leaking into some origfic ideas.

  • Also, relatedly, happy to see Origfic Bingo back in business!

  • and last and certainly least...politics, ugh. Not gonna get into this because I work in policy and see it every day and I've complained to various friends and family already and really...I have to give it a break, more. I do what I can, and that's all I can do. At some point it just becomes too much, and I'm perilously close to that point.

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May. 12th, 2017 12:01 pm
cypher: (cannibal boyfriends)
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I finally signed up for a card at [community profile] tic_tac_woe and it's so good????

Comet of Doom/signs in the sky Cyclical apocalypse/sword interval Cannibalism: Acquired Taste, Kamen Rider Amazons, Jin
Famine/worldwide crop failure WILD CARD Doomsday cults
Clones War games Perfection/immortality achieved

How do I even decide where to start, that's the real question. \o/
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