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I’ve dedicated a great deal of my free time since Christmas Eve to working through the 2015 Yuletide archive — here are some of my favorites so far!

(Note that some of the notes and summaries may contain spoilers!)

Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

You’ll Be Mine & I’ll Be Yours
But the time that I feel belonging – the time when I feel safe, and grounded, and all that other stuff my psychologist likes me to find – that’s pretty much whenever I look into Baz’s eyes and see how he looks at me. I know. My life, which was supposed to be the greatest heroic epic saga ever penned, is now a pop ballad as told by Taylor Swift. But maybe that’s OK?
This fic just charmed the hell out of me from start to finish. It really captured the tone of Simon's voice, and was populated with so many clever funny details about Simon's life and his world and Magic and Penny and everything else. It let me spend a little more time with these great people and that's exactly what I'd hoped for when I wrote my request. It also respected Simon's traumas and difficulties — his strange catch-as-catch-can childhood and what happened in the White Chapel, as well as the aftermath of both that he's currently muddling his way through. I love that this is a story about Figuring Shit Out at his own pace, in his own way.
Note: this was written for me! How very lucky I am!

Old Dog, New Tricks
Agatha, San Diego, one year later.
A very sweet, deftly written glimpse into the new life which Agatha is building for herself. Featuring an OC for which I have genuine affection and a load of grin-inducing little details. I love that this is about Agatha setting boundaries, and making careful compromises with her own knee-jerk reactions, and just generally figuring out how to be the kind of person she wants to be, interacting with the Normal and Magic worlds on terms that work for her.

Ex Machina

Chrysalis
She watches, silently. She waits, silently. When they meet again, she is not silent.
YES YES YES to robot ladies having each others' backs. I loved this exploration of Kyoko's inner life, her grim understanding of her own circumstance and her perspective on what transpired. I guess I’m just a sucker for short stories of staccato scenelettes!

Gargoyles

Heritage
Twenty years after Oberon's first Gathering, Alexander decides to bring the fight to the Lord of Avalon -- with some help from his friends, family, and adopted Clan. And Puck. With the mind of a Xanatos, the magic of Puck, and the courage of the Gargoyles, what could go wrong?
Someone wrote a 25,000 word Gargoyles fic for Yuletide this year and it is ACTUALLY QUITE GOOD????? This reads like one of the show’s better multipart series, hewing quite closely to the show’s tone and spirit as well as featuring the sort of mystery and twists and cleverness which makes the best episodes of Gargoyles so much fun. Like really, at the heart of things, that’s what I liked so much about this story: it’s FUN, and about kindness and created families, and absolutely dripping with sincere affection for every one of these characters. (FYI: if the wordcount is intimidating you a little, note that the main body of the story is actually only 16000 words long. The rest is made of up a series of related vignettes, many of which are charming but all of which are optional.)

The Goblin Emperor

(NOTE: I have so far only read a handful of the many GE stories written for YT this year.)

Heart’s Ease
Csethiro presents a gift to her granddaughter; master chef Ebremis recruits Csevet into an unconventional birthday scheme.
This is both a story AND a cookbook, so obviously I was 100% on board for this from the start. One of the things I love most about TGE is that, in many ways, it's a narrative of small kindnesses -- people trying to be decent to one another as they make the best of difficult situations. This story does an excellent job of preserving and expanding upon that feeling.

Further Extracts from A Handbook for Travelers in the Elflands
Published by the Press of the Crooked Stair for the Royal Merchants Guild of Porcharn
Remember that handy appendix at the back of the book, with all the in-universe explanations for naming conventions and forms of address and pronunciation? This fic expands upon it with sections on Cuisine, Clothing and Fashion, Art and Craft, Music and Theater, Literature, Religion, Courting, Sport, and Places of Interest. A seamless blend of canon and invention, and lots of fun.

Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie

A Life in Service
Of the three tenets of Radchaai civilization, Ettan had always clung most dearly to propriety, and she would do what was asked of her. It had not escaped her notice that this obedient streak might have something to do with her assignment.
The author describes this as “Scenes from the life of Kalr Five, pre-canon through the beginning of Ancillary Mercy,” but while accurate that doesn’t quite do this story justice. Like most of my favorite YT stories, this is a flawless expansion of one small corner of canon, and just…seriously, a DELIGHT to read. (In case you’re as bad with names as I am: Kalr Five is the member of Breq’s decade who’s moderately obsessed with tea sets.)

Reconnaissance
There was a plan: to locate the AI cores before the Usurper could, to return to Ship and form a plan to retrieve them. I was to succeed, or I was to die. Bodies are precious, now, but not so precious Ship could not afford to lose one segment, in pursuit of something this important.
A really excellent character study of Sphene, told in small bites. This story clocks in at exactly 1000 words but DAMN does it pack a lot of punch for its length.

Dark Watch
Something broke in her a thousand years ago, or maybe it broke when she came out of stasis. Maybe it was always broken and she just didn't know.
Another small character study. I’ve always found Seivarden a little impenetrable, and this helped me tease out a better understanding of where she’s coming from. Most of this story is a conversation between her and Mercy of Kalr, and I came out of it feeling flush with affection for them both.

Monument Valley

Ida, Walking
Do you remember the stars that we saw from the ground and we knew, if we looked at them from a different angle, we could draw a line to a fixed star?
A quiet prose poem of a story, which fits the canon quite well.
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Horrifyingly, it's already time for my yearly roundup of "Stuff I've Made in the Last 12 Months!"

First off, because the reveals happened a few days ago: I did manage to write a story for Yuletide this year! It's titled "Live. Die. Save the Cat." and it's an Edge of Tomorrow/Alien crossover starring Rita Vrataski and Ellen Ripley. I wrote it to be as readable as possible to folks who aren't familiar with one or both of those films, so if you're interested in reading about 13,000 words about ladies learning to be badass and helping each other out through an alien invasion, perhaps you would enjoy it!

That's pretty much it for Fun Time Fan Stuff. But as for other things I've made....!

Comics

A Leaf in the Night -- wordless sequel to A Stray in the Woods
Hourly Comics 2014 -- One or two panels per waking hour of last February 1st.
Boyfriends of Brooklyn -- co-created with Paul Starr, who wrote the flavor text
Pilgrimage -- a short science fiction comic about the cultural history of Mars
Going Up -- another short SF comic, this time about running late for your space elevator trip
Accidentally Indie -- a short that I'll be putting online soon, featured in Dirty Diamonds #6
A 6-page comic for The Tribute Album, a collection of art and comics about The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal which you can download as a PDF for free

I also wrote large portions of two non-fiction graphic novels for First Second Books. Looking forward to passing them both on to their respective artists!

Prose

King Tide -- a SF short set in a drowned near-future Brooklyn (on Motherboard)
Authenticity Soup -- about nostalgia for the Colonial Era and a not-terrible-well-planned camping trip on Mars (on The Sockdolager)

Also, two of my older Sockdolager stories are now available to read online for free:
Moxie -- basically Mulan, only with yacht racing
Off Nominal -- a science fiction novella about the first manned mission to Mars, in which there are mundane-but-potentially-deadly technical problems and awkward romantic entanglements

In Summary:

I spent a lot of time on small personal projects in 2014, but the majority of that time was in the first half of the year. The fall was basically devoured by paid work about which I'm very excited, which is great, buuuuuuuuuuuuut....I'm feeling pretty twitchy about getting some more self-pub comics work out the door. I really, really want to have some new minis done in time for this year's con season.

I'm tentatively excited about having made three prose sales in 2014 -- to Motherboard, to Strange Horizons, and to The Sockdolager -- but I'm nervous about whether or not the trend will continue. I'm not nearly as well-established in prose as I am in comics, and keeping up with comics has been challenging enough! 0___0
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I've mostly been over on Tumblr and Twitter these days, but I know some folks still mostly keep track of what I'm up to here, SO! :D

I’ll be at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD in just over a week, and I’ll have TWO new books for sale at table W17!

The print edition of my webcomic A Stray in the Woods, which came out really beautifully!

And Visiting NASA #1, a minicomic version of a 27-page NASA comic I posted to Tor.com earlier this summer!

Plus lots of other fun stuff, Cat and/or Rocket-related and otherwise.

The show is on September 14th and 15th and admission is just $10! I AM SUPER EXCITED TO GO, and I hope to see some of you there!
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So I launched my very first Kickstarter earlier this week -- the print edition of the spooky Cat-centric webcomic I started back in September -- and it occurred to me that I should probably mention it here!

I'm actually super excited about this project! I have some fun stretch goals planned if it ends up being successful enough for me to afford them, but honestly, I'm just thrilled to be able to print this book! Offset is almost definitely going to be out of the question, but I've found a really great digital print guy in PA who does a lot of comics like mine, and I think he'll do a fantastic job.

I'm also really happy with how my Kickstarter video came out -- particularly the music, which was composed just for this project by the fantastic [personal profile] pts.



There's something like 26 days left, so WHO KNOWS what'll happen! Probably not much, but after the shock of meeting my goal so quickly, I've given up entirely on trying to manage my expectations.

There's been a lot of stressful, unpredictable, sometimes discouraging stuff going on with my work in the past year...but this comic? So far it's mostly just been a really fun thing that I've been able to share with some folks online. And this week I've felt like a very, very lucky woman.

So check it out, if you're interested! I'd love to have more awesome folks to mail things to the fall.

<3
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Adventure Time

Sunlight Peering Through the Trees
(Finn/Flame Princess)
Flame Princess is certain she's Evil. She's certain she's Good. She not really sure how to be either.
Very sweet and completely adorable.

Princesses All The Way Down
(Marceline/Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, Ice King)
Living forever changes some things more than it does others.
Captures the feel of the show's dialog and cheerfully ominous undercurrents, with all the lovely touches of adult perspective and the time and space to explore Marceline's inner life and history that make me want to seek out AT fanfic in the first place. Funny and domestic and tragic all at once -- awesome stuff.

Allstate Insurance "Mayhem" Commercials

And I'm the Obstacle You Never Expected
"He looked like a washed-up actor who had mugged an accountant on his way to the local bar." Mayhem meets his match...or does he?
Silly, yes, but TOTALLY ADORBS.

Back to the Future

Rewriting the Future
(Marty McFly, Emmett Brown)
It's 2015, and Marty McFly is unemployed with two kids in jail and still bitter about a thirty year old car accident. But this hasn't really happened yet, and if it hasn't happened yet, there's no risk of creating an alternate timeline.
I enjoyed a lot of things about this story, but honestly, it's worth reading for the "1985 Doc Brown navigates 2015 technology" aspect alone. The 2015 it references has been corrected to match more closely with the one a current audience would expect, and there's a bit with an iPod that almost killed me.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Cupboard of the Heart
(Mary Svevo/Howard Mierzwiak, Mary Svevo/Stan Fink, Mary Svevo, Howard Mierzwiak, Stan Fink, Hollis Mierzwiak)
"How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?" — Pope Alexander Alexander Pope
I really enjoyed this window into Mary and her perspective on the whole sad mess she found herself dragged into. This kind of story is what I most look forward to every year when the Yuletide archive goes live -- thoughtful and complicated.

Gargoyles

It's a love story for the new age
(David Xanatos/Fox Xanatos, David Xanatos, Janine "Fox" Xanatos, Owen Burnett)

This is how the story goes:

“Marry me,” he says.

“Are you serious?” she replies.

Oh my god OH MY GOD I loved this fic so much. Such a fantastic take on Fox, her history, her inner life and relationships with Owen and David. My inner teenaged Gargoyles fangirl completely lost her shit.

The Incredibles

The Red Suit
(Edna Mode)
Perhaps Edna was telling the truth when she said she once worked with gods - or, at least, with legends.
Charming and adorable without being saccharine, and hints at a fabulously ancient history for Edna's career.

The Greatest Good
(Helen "Elastigirl" Parr, Bob "Mr. Incredible" Parr, Violet Parr, Dash Parr)
God must have one hell of a sense of humor, her mother says, to give the gift of elasticity to someone so stubborn.
I really enjoyed how this fic addresses the particular joys and frustrations that Helen's family have brought her -- always feeling cornered into being the cautious "bad guy" who discourages her kids' powers out of fear of discovery, always being the one who has to think practically, loving her husband dearly but wanting to strangle him for being selfish or self-indulgent. LOVED IT.

Jurassic Park

Trixie Seven
(Ellie Sattler, Gerry Harding)
Ellie stays behind to get a closer look at Triceratops, and discovers more questions than any actual answers. Live dinosaurs means that paleontology isn't extinct, it just has to evolve.
Lady scientist frustrated that not everyone understand the awesomeness of ferns! Nerdy dinosaur nitpicking! A Jurassic Park fic with a bibliography!

Looper

Einstein's Definition of Insanity
(Joe/Sara)
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The post-canon alternate-ending shippy Looper fanfic I never knew I wanted, but am very glad I found. Does a particularly good job of trying to expand the moderately-apocalyptal-world of the film.

Rise of the Guardians

The Center Cannot Hold… But It Can Change
(Jack Frost, Pitch Black)
Jack was the one to eventually break the silence. He said softly, "I see it. What you're saying. My center… it's the same. We both laughed just now, right? But did you laugh because the children were having fun playing in the water… or because it was funny as hell when the girl pushed the boy in?"
I was sad to see only one fic turn up for this fandom, but if you enjoyed the film -- and if you felt like Pitch wasn't really given a fair shake -- this is worth checking out! (Fair warning: there's a lot of background "sad hungry kids in Africa" othering here, so if you're not in the mood you might want to give this a pass.)

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All right, enough of that for now -- back in Brooklyn, back to work!
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So one nice thing about being out of town for Christmas and away from all my productivity machines is that I had more than the usual ammount of time to read Yuletide stories! I have a long way to go, still, but here are some of my very favorites so far, organized by fandom!

The Good Wife

Chasing Names
(Alicia Florrick, Kalinda Sharma, Diane Lockhart, Elsbeth Tascioni)
Not all cases are meant to be won.
My gift this year, and I have to say -- the character voices are SPOT. ON.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Cast No Shadow
(Genly Ai/Therem HarthGenly Ai Therem Harth rem ir Estraven)
“A lack of feeling is a symptom of freeze,” he said, still grimacing. “Perhaps... well.” It was not like him to mince words, and I slowly began to worry. Perhaps this was some attempt at shifgrethor, or another incomprehensible Gethenian ritual which he assumed I knew and at which I could only balk. “To know anything of the intensity of it, I'll have to unfreeze it. To keep it from dying, if it hasn't. I've wasted enough time already; lie down.”
An excellent and thoughtful take on a tricky subject, which made me want to re-read this book SOMETHING FIERCE.

Looper

Old Things in Need of Repair
(Summer Qing/Joe Simmons)
Summer Qing learned early to love old things. She also learned early to love dangerous things.
Offers some much needed history and inner-life to one of Looper's most interesting and most neglected characters.

Planetes

Pericronus
(Werner Locksmith, Tanabe Ai, Fee Carmichael, Yuri Mihairokov, Edelgard Rivera, Hoshino Hachirota, Sally Silverstone, Kyutaro Hachirota)
Following an explosion aboard their spacecraft, it seems all but certain that astronauts Hachirota Hoshino and Sally Silverstone are dead or dying. Ai Hoshino (née Tanabe) believes otherwise, but she'll have to convince the most calculating man in space exploration of her theory, and Werner Locksmith did not get to where he is in life by doubting his own intellect.
A criminally underappreciated fic for a criminally underappreciated canon. This is a fabulous short SF story, and a great device for pitting Ai and Locksmith against eachother in a sort of Feelings Standoff that I really enoyed.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Perdendosi
(Miki Sayaka/Sakura Kyouko, Kamijou Kyousuke/Miki Sayaka, Miki Sayaka/Tomoe Mami, Miki Sayaka, Kamijou Kyousuke, Tomoe Mami, Sakura Kyouko)
Or: Three people Sayaka loved and one she never managed to
I read this on a lark, as the description and pairings weren't really doing anything for me...but MAN. This fic had some really interesting things to say, and it said them well. My series rewatch has been bumped up accordingly!

The City of Witches
(Akemi Homura/Kaname Madoka, Akemi Homura, Kaname Madoka, Tomoe Mami, Sakura Kyouko, Charlotte the Dessert Witch)
Every street in the city of witches leads to despair, but Homura Akemi will never lose her way.
I almost didn't finish reading this, as a device in the early scenes wasn't working for me, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Very smart, very evocative, and some fantastic post-canon scenes.

Unsounded

A Sealed Heart
(Duane Adelier/Sette Frummagem)
Someone has found Duane's organs, and is using them in a pymaric ritual to summon and bind him. Sette is not going to let that happen, though. After all, Duane is *her* attack zombie.
This turned out to be a gripping, well-paced and often kind of touching adventure story, and I really enjoyed it, but MAN! TAKE THE WARNINGS SERIOUSLY! It is for a ship with an underage character, and it is really really violent!

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That's it for now -- MORE SOON I HOPE!
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Like many folks, I haven't been updating my LJ/DW as much as I once did, but in part that's because I've been pretty busy! In addition to various Chronin-related figuring out of things, I've been working really hard on two smaller projects, and now both of them are in a state that can be consumed by people who aren't me!

Space Stuff

The first is a novella-length story that I wrote over the summer, which follows a crew of six through a harrowing week on the first manned mission to Mars. I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out, and I adore the other stories which were included in the anthology it was written for: The Ships We Sail, edited and organized by [livejournal.com profile] pts. It also features stories by [personal profile] jlh, [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus, [livejournal.com profile] drmoonpants, [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie and more, all of which are excellent!

I'm really excited about this project, not only because I worked very hard on my story, and because the quality of the other stories contributed is VERY high, but because I sincerely believe in small press and independent publishing and I hope this little anthology of ours can find its place in the world. My years reading and working in indy comics has given me a deep respect for the work that people do outside of "traditional" print publishing with large houses, and I hope that The Ships We Sail does its part to show that small press anthologies can be a great home for short fiction.

If you want to read a sizeable excerpt of my story, which is titled "Off Nominal," you can do so on the Ships We Sail site! I hope some of you guys check it out -- I'd love to hear what you think!

Cat Stuff

The OTHER big thing I've been working on is on the other end of the "Things Alison Does" spectrum -- an ongoing interactive webcomic, heavy on the visuals, about a cat and their adventures in a lonely forest. It's called A Stray In The Woods, and every update is based on reader-submitted "commands" -- although of course, not every command necessarily ends in the result the reader may have hoped for! The first installment is here, if you want to go check it out!
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I finished Cloud Atlas (the novel) a few days ago, and I enjoyed it quite a bit! I then went back and did a little reading about the upcoming film adaptation, and man, there are some pretty serious red flags going up all over the place.

Here is the thing about the Cloud Atlas movie, in particular its casting. Moderate spoilers for the book within! )
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I've been spending most of my energy on work and occasional socializing lately, but that means I've been neglecting this journal. :(

So you know, as good a time as any for a silly meme!

I’m running a test to see who’s reading my posts curious who's still reading LJ/DW regularly. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you.
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Given that everyone I know who still posted on LJ is migrating over here, I suppose it's time to give up the ghost and try to actually use DW as my primary journaling platform. It's that, or just sit around feeling sad about how Tumblr doesn't have threaded comments.

However, before I can make this jump, I have to deal with a CORE ISSUE that's kept me clinging to my permanent LJ account these past couple years:

ICONS.

You guys, it's like trying to choose between my babies.

I ponied up for a paid account, so I have 100 slots. I have 205 icons on my old account.

WHICH ONES SHOULD I KEEP?

;___;
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The Yuletide reveal has passed, so now I can talk about what I got up to this time around! Perhaps a couple of you will be interested? I've had so little time for writing this year, it was a treat just to have an excuse to sit down and bang out a couple stories. Which were:

Helping you is what I do. -- Moon

Eighteen years on the far side of the moon.

My recipient requested a fic from GERTY's perspective, and after reading a gigantic pile of essays about AIs (friendly or otherwise) and taking obsessive notes on the film, this is what I came up with. One part for each Sam, which means that some of them are pretty sad.

A Surfeit of Noms, in Need of Deliverance -- Glitch

The Giant, Pot, preferred to keep logistical concerns well clear of his merrymaking, and in this matter Rue was indispensable.

I was hilariously ill on Christmas, but I was DETERMINED to write at least one fic for Yuletide Madness. This absurdly silly story is what resulted.


AS FOR RECS...!!!

I'm still not entirely finished poking through the Yuletide Archive, but rather than put this off indefinitely I'm just gonna go ahead and talk a little about what I've most enjoyed so far!


Adventure Time

So we all are growing young by CherryIce

Marceline may be a thousand years old, but Princess Bubblegum has been eighteen for a very long time.

This was just a super-interesting read, particularly in how it pokes at the edges of Ooo and its history, through the lens of Bubblegum's curiosity and through what Marceline does and doesn't want to share.


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

One Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty-Three Feet by Kyra

The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?"

A Ferris/Sloane/Cameron fic about college and longing and New York City and Chinese takeout. (And kissing.)


Glitch

A Glitch in Time by fourthage

There's a new creature in the world, and the giants aren't quite sure what to make of it.

The Constellations of Tii by redsnake05

Tii finds beauty in order and meaning, in knowing the details that lie under appearances. It seems that some of the other giants can't look past zir appearance.

These are both insanely adorable, and neither will make any sense at all to those of you who haven't wasted giant amounts of time playing Glitch.


Hey, Arnold!

Stay and See (What Becomes of Us) by TrisB

Fire compels, fire consumes / you are a cheater, you are fireproof / I am a smoky plume / I am up a ladder to your bedroom

I'm only passingly familiar with Hey Arnold so I'm sure I missed some of the finer details of this, but it's about Helga and Arnold and their complicated teenaged relationship, and THAT much I can certainly appreciate.


The Left Hand of Darkness

The End and the Way by Luzula

On Posthe Tuwa of the Year One in the reign of Argaven XII, Harny Sord of Gernahan gave birth to a pervert.

A fully realized short story set in the LHoD world, this was hands-down the most impressive Yuletide entry I read this year. I haven't read the original novel since I was in college, and now it's been bumped to the top of my re-read list -- in large part so I can better appreciate what the author of this fic managed!


Lilo and Stitch

All My Dreams Fulfilled by escritoireazul

Nani Pelekai falls in love.

Stuck On You by Katherine

Cobra obediently checked in his appointment book for the mentioned day (clear) before Lilo told him why.

"That's my birthday," Lilo said. "I'm having a party, and everyone is giving me bricks. That's the theme."


Someone asked for Cobra/David/Nani as a domestic OT3, and it must have hit the pinch list because several authors rose to the challenge. Leaving me in the very strange position of shipping this kind of a lot out of absolutely nowhere? BUT I AM NOT EVEN A LITTLE SORRY.


Love Actually

Alone Together by Miggy

The movie didn't give everyone a happy ending. Some of them have to wait just a bit longer.

Takes two of my least-favorite storylines and heals the narrative wounds a little.


Mass Effect

All for One by Peripeteia

The virtues of belonging stopped mattering to her a long time ago.

Basically, I really want [personal profile] hoshizora to start his Mass Effect replay so that I can go back and read this again.


The Matrix

I See With My Eyes by Suaine

A young woman wakes up from a dream and finds herself in a nightmare.

An interesting take on a trans character which feels, in retrospect, like an obvious thing to explore with this canon.


Portal

Covalent Bonds by pinstripesuit

In 1968, the United States Senate holds an investigative hearing on Aperture Science’s culpability in the alleged missing astronauts at their Enrichment Center facility. Cave Johnson and his assistant Caroline are in attendance.

Hilarious enough in places that I read large chunks of it aloud to explain why I was laughing so hard.

Test Subject Starter Kit by Vintar

The Aperture Science Bring Your Daughter to Work Day is the perfect time to have her tested.

Featuring tiny!Chel, this fic very nearly killed me. I only wish it was longer!


Terra Nova

We Are Not Heroes And This Is No Triumph by pts

In her bones, Maddy Shannon knows that the Terra Novan colonists must become a different sort of human than the species that preceded them.

I can say, with complete confidence, that this fic is the one completely good thing I have experienced wrt Terra Nova. It is charming as hell and funny to boot.


True Grit

A Living Fire by th_esaurus

Mattie had been bitten young by the spirit of adventure, and it had near killed her.

This was my Yuletide gift, and it is completely fantastic! I asked for an exploration of Mattie Ross as an adult -- how she came to be the woman that we see at the end of the film -- and I couldn't be happier with the result.
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Now that I'm back to working on my comic full-time again, I've also returned to the only thing that keeps me sane while doing so: watching enormous piles of movies in the background. Not everything is particularly well-suited to this method of keeping-my-ass-at-the-desk -- the media I consume can't have subtitles, has to be relatively dialog-centric so I can follow it even when I'm only occasionally glancing at the screen, and has to be engaging enough that I don't pause it every thirty seconds to check my email.

In my desperation for entertainment, I end up watching a lot of films that I probably wouldn't have bothered with otherwise. Sometimes this leads to muddy mediocrity, and sometimes I discover a nugget of gold buried amongst the crap.

I'm going to try my hand at writing short reviews for the films that I have something to say about. Particularly when what I have to say is, "THAT WAS UNEXPECTEDLY AWESOME!"

The Associate
starring Whoopie Goldberg and Dianne Wiest
On Netflix

Kind of a mess at times, but I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT anyway. )

Mansfield Park
starring Frances O'Connor
on Netflix

This adaptation makes a lot of smart decisions. )
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It probably says quite a lot about me that I'm sitting here on the floor in the San Diego International Airport, watching a video of Tangled crew lip-syncing to "Something That I Want" at the Disney Animation Studio, and it is totally making me tear up.

Sometimes I really miss working in animation, you guys.

Those people are the best people.

COMIC CON!

Jul. 6th, 2011 09:23 am
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SO.

WHO ELSE IS GOING TO BE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON THIS YEAR?

CUZ [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora AND I ARE GONNA TEAR UP THE TOWN.

...by which I mean, we'll stand quietly in a lot of lines, and try to hang out with various friend peoples, and generally behave ourselves.

Looks like my weekend is going to end up structured around the Legend of Korra Panel, the Avatar Fan Panel that [livejournal.com profile] avatar_mom is running, and hassling folks with whom I'm acquainted, but I'm generally up for additional frivolity!

ETA: So apparently now I'm trying to organize an ATLA fanwork meetup party? Hmm.
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I mean that both literally and figuratively!

So I guess [livejournal.com profile] emsariel and I became homeowners last month? And now we're about to move with [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora to our new digs? Like, as in THIS SATURDAY MORNING? And I still have countless boxes of crap to pack up, and piles of trash to throw away, and large pieces of furniture to find new homes for?

But you know, I ordered a Hawaiian pizza, so I'm sure it'll be fine. Pineapple fixes everything. (Unless you're [personal profile] jlh, in which case Rhubarb fixes everything.)

Also a BOOK SEEMS TO HAVE COME OUT YESTERDAY?!



With SOME THINGS in it that...I wrote?!!?!?



It's only in comic shops for now (or anyone else that orders through Diamond) but it'll be in regular bookstores soon enough, and it sounds like people's Amazon orders have shipped...

...so I'll just be over here in the corner biting my nails and hoping people like it!

Except that I'll actually be putting shit in boxes and scaring the crap out of the cats.

And eating pizza.
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As seems to be the COOL THING TO DO today, a meme! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] jlh, [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie and [profile] kittyjimjams.

Name me a character! I will tell you:

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character (BFFs, mentors, etc)
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.

I'm sorry I've been a bit dull! I've posted some things on [livejournal.com profile] wildgoosery, but I've otherwise just been working on comics and taking care of a variety of Grown Up business that isn't terribly interesting! :\
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I am trying desperately to finish my technically-overdue submission for an ATLA mini-bang, which has taken the form of a Katara-centric Avatar/Harry Potter crossover.* I would have finished it earlier, but I forced myself to plow through a lot of comic-drawing and freelance work first. This explains why I'm up at 2AM! This also explains why I am super-behind on my email, in particular some email that I desperately owe to a certain lady in Yorkshire!

However, this also means I'm awake to witness the appearance of an Avatar Fanfic Author Love Meme on my flist!

Guys. Love Memes are the best.

THE BEST.

I'm a little tired to do much with it tonight, myself. But I'll have to think of SOME KIND OF NONSENSE to post on it tomorrow!

*WHO AM I AND WHAT AM I DOING?!?!?!
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For reals this time!

Remember, ages and ages ago, when [livejournal.com profile] yaytime and I made a trailer for the new NickMag Avatar comics we were working on? And how, because of the magazine's untimely demise, over 75 pages of brand-new completely finished Avatar comics were never published in English? Some of them never published at all?

Apparently Dark Horse is finally doing something about it!

I am super-psyched about this announcement, you guys. As much as I'm a little sad that I don't get to be more directly involved, I'm jazzed as all hell that these comics will finally see the light of day!

I'm not sure which of the stories I worked on will be included, unfortunately....fingers crossed that "Swordbenders" is among them.... *____*
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I went ahead and gave it a shot this year -- the results are over on my other LJ, if you're interested! I was a little freaked out by how much time it ended up eating out of my day, but you know, there are worse ways for a comic artist to waste time than drawing a lot of semi-elaborate backgrounds and attempting accurate portraits of real people.

My birthday is in a couple of weeks -- two days after the iPhone FINALLY comes out on Verizon (yes, I'll be preordering mine at 3AM on Thursday, the earliest possible moment). It's actually kind of a blessing that I won't get it earlier, as I'm making a big push to see how much of Chronin V1 I can finish before I turn 30, and the last thing I need is a brand-new long-coveted iPhone 4 distracting me with its technological wonders.

Although I am kind of looking forward to coverage-quality experiments with [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora, who jumped ship to AT&T back when the first iPhone came out and has been beating his head against crappy signal since he moved to NYC. Will Verizon be completely hosed by the flood of "JFC FINALLY!!!!!" Verizon customers? TIME WILL TELL.
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Reveals went up precisely at midnight, allowing me to compulsively stalk the writers of several fics I enjoyed. The passing of anonymity also means that I can mention that my own story this year was a Back To The Future story titled Alternates, written for [livejournal.com profile] drworm. It's about Marty and his father, primarily, and how the former comes to terms with the strange new version of the latter he's accidentally created. I'll crosspost it to [livejournal.com profile] wildgoosery soon (I'm not allowing myself to post any fic there until I've finished with the BSSAU) but you can read it over at AO3 in the meantime if you're curious!

I also have some recs! This isn't as complete a list as I'd like, but I'm still clambering my way through the archives as of yet.

No Reservations: Narnia, by Edonohana (Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation/Chronicles of Narnia)
I’m crammed into a burrow so small that my knees are up around my ears and the boom mike keeps slamming into my head, inhaling the potent scent of toffee-apple brandy and trying to drink a talking mouse under the table.
This was utterly hilarious and charming, and I don't even care about Narnia.

The Spiral of Lives, by Damkianna (James Cameron's Avatar)
An AU of the movie, wherein the Avatar Program never existed.
I really hope she comes back to this, because it's a fantastic yuletide fic but it could be a killer novella length story.

"Weaker" Sex, by dropsofviolet (Oglaf)
Kronar's son was named Beth, and she knew from very early on that she was different. She wore the Bow of Honor, after all, and none of the other kids got to fight wolves until they were at least three.
Deeply silly. But then, so is the comic it's based on.

Sharktopus: In His Own Words, by airspaniel (Sharktopus)
I didn't ask for any of this.
Written from Sharktopus' point of view. Listening to [personal profile] hoshizora read this aloud was a highlight of my Christmas, let me tell you.

spiral out, keep going, by heinrichfrei (Moon)
GERTY's life, both cyclical and evolving.

The Lonely Traveler, by Becky (Mushishi)
After becoming snowbound in Adashino's village, Ginko realizes it's no natural storm keeping him there.
A funny, charming little story that fits very well in the Mushishi universe.

AND ALSO, some things friends of mine wrote!

Sincerely, Cindi. by [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields (Metropolis: the Chase Suite/The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae)
Being of sound mind and a silenced body, this is your messiah speaking.

No More Alphabet, by [livejournal.com profile] meredyd (PlanetES)
Sometimes she came up for breath and remembered with a slight shock that her feet were no longer planted firmly on the ground.

Ancient Artifacts and Modern Rituals, by [livejournal.com profile] jlh (Community)
From TV Tropes: "The Vacation Episode is a one-off episode where the characters leave their familiar grounds for a well-deserved rest. The vacation will invariably be set in a faraway and exotic location for maximum impact; given the higher costs of shooting on location, the episode will often be longer than usual, to make best use of the budget. A Special Guest or three might also be included."
or, the one where the gang go to New York City for spring break.


YEAR OF THE MK III SONICARE ULTRASONIC TOOTHBRUSH, by [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora (Infinite Jest)
Hal Incandenza struggles to find his way out of his own mind. More or less.

I am no doubt leaving out a ton of stuff, but that's a start anyway!

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