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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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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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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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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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My Yuletide present this year was a very sweet, interesting vignette titled Airs and Grace (static version here if the first link gives you a 502.) It's about Astrid (from How to Train Your Dragon) as she grapples with her feelings regarding dragons, vanity and her place in the Viking world. It's just what I asked for, and seems like the sort of thing some of you might enjoy!

I'm admittedly feeling a little intimidated by the archive this year -- some of you guys have been making recs posts, but are there any other stories that I specifically should make sure to check out?

My own Yuletide recipient seems to have liked their story, too, so hooray! Mission accomplished! Back to plowing through the last few scenes of that epilogue I've been working on for forever (and which is almost certainly going to break 20,000 words, holy shit what is wrong with me.)
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So. Apparently a group of writers, programmers, artists and other nerds (including Neal Stephenson, which is why I've heard of this) decided to get together and deepen their knowledge of "Western Martial Arts." In their own words, "to engage in such activities as hitting each other with swords and trying to figure out how to protect ourselves when hitting each other with swords." Which I obviously have no problem with at all -- it seems like the writers in the group, in particular, wanted to improve their ability to describe convincing fight scenes, and I think it's awesome that they're taking their work so seriously.

Out of this group emerged a story, originally conceived of by Stephenson but elaborated on by the whole of their new community. The came to call it "The Mongoliad," and its basic concept is as such:

It’s spring of 1241, and the West is shitting its pants (that’s “bewraying its kecks” for you medieval time-travelers).

The Mongol takeover of Europe is almost complete. The hordes commanded by the sons of Genghis Khan have swept out of their immense grassy plains and ravaged Russia, Poland, and Hungary... and now seem poised to sweep west to Paris and south to Rome. King and pope and peasant alike face a bleak future—until a small band of warriors, inheritors of a millennium-old secret tradition, set out to probe the enemy.

Their leader, the greatest knight of their order, will set his small group of specially trained warriors on a perilous eastern journey. They will be guided by an agile, elusive, and sharp-witted adolescent girl, who believes the master’s plan is insane. But this small band is the West’s last, best hope to turn aside the floodtide of the violent genius of the Steppes kingdoms.


Now, I'll start by saying that I don't actually have a huge problem with the basic concept they're presenting. If adequately researched and tackled by an author with the "chops" to execute it, this could be a rich and interesting alternate history. It's a pretty classic case of "all in the details," where the particular skills, perspective and narrative priorities of the author would be the difference between "intriguing" and "train wreck."

There isn't a ton of material on the site, as of yet. But I've sifted through what's there. And I have to say -- it's starting to look like 'train wreck' to me. )
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There was a secret on [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets the other day that...didn't BOTHER me so much as struck me as vaguely ominous with regards to my own situation. And got me thinking. It was about one of the various Buffy comics, and suggested that authors of tie-ins should "leave fan fic to the fan fic writers. They aren't in it for the money, and will (typically) do the story justice."

My thoughts, in bullet points for all of our convenience:

• I write fanfic AND official tie-ins. So where does that put me? Is the integrity of my fic compromised by the professional work? Is the professional work automatically of lower quality than the fic, even though it was written by the same person? I realize I'm being a little facetious with this, but seriously. CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, THE DRAMA!, etc.

• While I will freely admit that writing licensed work and adaptations provided nearly ALL of my income last year, I would stress that said income was laughably small, as in just barely above the poverty line. The work included several dozen pages of comics at a standard rate, half of two graphic novels and an adapted screenplay (that I'm still working on oh god so much to do) and I don't know if packing much more in would have been feasible. Any one who's "in this for the money" should have their head examined as it's not exactly lucrative.

• It's absolutely true that many tie-ins and adaptations are terrible, often because of the constraints of the project or a lack of caring on the part of the authors and artists creating the licensed work. But then, plenty of licensed work is AWESOME, like the Simpsons comics that Nina Matsumoto's worked on in the past. As with so many things, they're only as good as the effort the people involved are willing to invest. But has the reputation of tie-ins been so thoroughly tarnished that there's no point in trying to redeem them? I'm so biased for a whole host of reasons that I can't really stand back and consider the issue objectively. How would I feel about the Zuko!Prequel if I hadn't written it?
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So I have not posted in a while, at least not properly! This is for a lot of reasons, but mostly I've just been a bit off-kilter -- new year, new roommate, and a complete inability to get things done when I would like them to be done. I've felt a little off-balance for the last few weeks, but fortunately I seem to be getting my feet back under me again and my productivity is starting to crawl back toward where it needs to be.

Admittedly, part of the problem is that I've been making a big effort to be less of a weirdo hermit -- more cooking, more going out on errands and walks and skates when I need to, more actually going to the events my friends organize, more you know...being an adult who takes care of herself properly? ALAS, I have not quite gotten the knack of balancing this with my freelance/personal commitments quite as quickly as I would have liked. So lots of panicking as I try to force myself to meet deadlines while being kind to [livejournal.com profile] emsariel and [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora and cooking real food and getting exercise and seeing friends ALL AT ONCE SOMEHOW?

Hmm.

At least I finished the first draft for the second-to-last-installment of my Giant Crazy Ba Sing Se Fanfic? I am praying that [livejournal.com profile] jlh and [livejournal.com profile] kittyjimjams and [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora can help me beat it into something like acceptable shape, because I have not updated that story in a SHAMEFULLY LONG TIME and I feel like an ass. :|

ETA: OH ALSO

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to wish me a happy birthday! I've been feeling kind of down and a little isolated, particularly from internet-friends, so it cheered me up A WHOLE DAMN LOT to be remembered by folks. Y'all are awesome and ILU <3

ALSO ALSO

If you create fanwork and you're in ATLA fandom, you should consider signing up for [livejournal.com profile] avatarbigbang with me. JUST CUZ. The deadline is very generous and it sounds like it'll be good times!
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January 13th

I'd planned to spend today luxuriating at Spa Castle, but when I woke up in the morning I realized that I wasn't quite up for it after all -- the weight of my goddamn unfinished fanfic was pressing down too forcefully for me to enjoy a day of ignoring it, and so instead of Queens I headed to midtown. More specifically, the New York Public Research Library on 42nd and 5th, which is goddamn gorgeous and a better place than most to sit and write a while. I didn't make quite as much progress as I'd hoped (and I'm convinced that I'm going to have to delete half of the scene I just wrote) but I made SOME, and afterward I met up with [livejournal.com profile] erinfinnegan and [livejournal.com profile] kyoto_idol for "Vertical Wednesday" and listened to Ed Chavez talk about the state of the Manga industry for a few hours -- not a bad way to spend a day, certainly.
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January 5th

Of all the things I really need to work on as a freelancer, my inability to accurately estimate how long something will take me to do is WAY at the top of the list, right next to "tendency to watch entire television series in one go" and "being the slowest writer in the world." All I needed to do was reread a 23,000 word treatment and make the last round of minor changes, which I thought couldn't possibly take more than a few hours but NO -- no, it took pretty much the entire day. (Watching "Turtles Forever" probably didn't help speed-wise, but it sure as hell improved my mood. *______* <3 )
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January 4th:

It's almost 5AM, and my day is finally ending -- I've finished with the major revisions on this treatment, and after I give it one last readover in the morning I'll be able to send it out and have it over and done with. The script itself will follow soon enough, but I can spare a few days to clean house and turn [livejournal.com profile] emsariel's home office into a bedroom. And maybe, if I'm lucky, start to settle back into working on Chronin again...which I hope I haven't forgotten how to do.
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[livejournal.com profile] space_coyote (aka Nina Matsumoto, the artist) just got word that her pencils have been approved. We have to brainstorm a way to fix a clarity problem in the first couple pages, but other than that?

NADA.

Here's hoping it'll be smooth sailing from here on in! *____*
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YET AGAIN I'm a few days away from a deadline and completely freaking out (which in this case involved running away to my mom's place on Cape Cod in an attempt to prune distractions) BUT! I wanted to emerge long enough to share a mini-update on what's going on with the Zuko!Prequel!

SO UH...you know, with these things it's impossible to say what will happen or what problems will come up until the books are printed and on shelves. But right now I'm pretty optimistic! We SEEM to have gotten the script through the approval process with only a few, small changes, and (fingers crossed) hopefully the same will be true for [livejournal.com profile] space_coyote's completely fantastic pencils. (seriously, I get little shivers of joy just flipping through these things. I feel like between her and [livejournal.com profile] yaytime I've won the Awesome Goddamn Collaborator sweepstakes.)

Dave and I wrote a book about Zuko being sent away on his tiny boat and struggling to find his place in the world and having adventures with handsome outlaws and sitting beside his uncle on hillsides while they talk about family and loss, and somehow we actually managed to shepherd the thing (INTACT!) through all the obstacles that invariably turn up with projects like this one, and OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I THINK IT MAY ACTUALLY BE OKAY? MAYBE?

Again: fingers crossed. I'm still ready for it all to collapse in on itself in a horrific black hole of awful. But I can't help but savor the little glimmers of hope.

So anyway...ANYWAY! I mentioned before that there's an Amazon page up already, which remains pretty great. But today I discovered that I apparently have an author page on the Random House website as well! Given that early on in this process I was usually left off of press releases and forgotten about in panels, it's all the more rewarding to have that dumb little page to open up and gaze upon like an idiot.

You guys.

YOU GUYS.

THIS MAY ACTUALLY BE OKAY.

*_______*
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I'm less than ten pages away from the end of the prequel, and despite the fact that it's due TOMORROW I'm feeling pretty good. I wish I'd finished about three or four hours ago, but WE CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING WE WANT and right now I'm just trying to concentrate on banging it out fast enough for [livejournal.com profile] yaytime to have time to properly look it over.

I owe several of you emails, replies to LJ comments or RL interactions of some sort, for which I am very sorry! I'm also a day late posting my next chapter of the BSS AU, because I haven't had time to go in and do a few last revisions, let alone proofread and code it. I haven't started making dinner yet because I keep thinking I can get this out to Dave before taking that much time away from the computer.

But you know, at this moment I'm surprisingly okay and chill about the whole thing? Just gotta buckle down.

I think, weirdly, that the fact that this is the end of the story is helping. I'd expected to be freaked out about screwing it up, but mostly I'm just incredibly glad that I've had the chance to write it at all. Iroh is talking to Zuko about family and loss and hope, and when I'm done the scene will be proofed by my awesome cowriter and drawn by an incredibly talented artist, both of whom have been an absolute joy to work with.

This summer has been insane and exhausting, but seriously? My life could be a helluva lot worse.
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Apparently you can pre-order the Zuko-tastic prequel graphic novel from Amazon already?! Some of the information is wrong -- the book is probably going to be 100 pages, not 176 -- so I have no idea if that May release date is accurate. But still! *laughs* Although man, who's this "Nickelodeon" guy who's supposedly the author? ;)

I spent this weekend trying to crawl my way out from under a completely insane flu (although not THAT flu) and have only just gotten to the point where I can stay awake long enough to get much of anything done. So...TIME TO GO WORK ON THE AIRBENDER BOOKS? (And various other things that I owe various other people, like the extremely patient [livejournal.com profile] goraina.) The deadline for the scripts for BOTH of the books is early October, but since [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora will be arriving at the end of September I have quite a bit of motivation to get this stuff mostly finished even earlier than that. This wasn't a great month for my body to horribly betray me, but you know...I'll manage. I just ordered a giant pile of groceries from Fresh Direct, so at least I'll be able to hunker down in the apartment and slave away without having to go outside for sustenance. (I ordered myself an entire steamed lobster and a pint of cocktail sauce, I am so excited you don't even know.)

Finally: Anyone coming into town for New York Anime Fest? [livejournal.com profile] jetbaby, you're gonna be there, right?
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It's been one of those crazy weeks for a lot of reasons (kind of like it's been one of those crazy summers) but the last day or so have been pretty all right, I have to say. A big long-term project was wrapped up, which is ALWAYS just....yes. Finishing things is awesome. AWE. SOME.

And after spending the weekend under the shadow of possible!problems, it looks like things are moving along nicely with the prequel graphic novel, about which I am ludicrously excited. [livejournal.com profile] space_coyote has gotten the first chunk of script and hasn't sent me any "WTF IS THIS NONSENSE?!" emails, so that's good! VERY GOOD!

It kills me that [livejournal.com profile] yaytime and I can't really talk about the story just yet, because I think we've come up with some pretty fun stuff, and I can't wait to see what y'all make of it! I think fans will be surprised by some of the faces that turn up and pleased by the events that we decided to focus on. We're giant nerds and we love ATLA like A WHOLE DAMN LOT, and our nerdy love is ALL OVER this script, it's hilarious. Those of you who know me at all will laugh VERY VERY HARD when you see some of what we did, of that I am sure.

Also, now that I'm sitting here choosing an icon for this post: if any of you were to make/link me to icons of 1) Zuko on his ship with the shaft of OMGAVATAR light bursting from the horizon, 2) bandaged!Zuko looking like an understandably sad boo at the WAT, or 3) AGNI KAAAAAAIIII -- that would be pretty great! They are all icons I find myself wanting to use CONSTANTLY in relation to this project, BUT FOR SOME REASON I DON'T HAVE THEM?!
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Recently, John Rogers (the creator/showrunner for Leverage) was asked for his thoughts on fanfic, and actually took the time to articulate some pretty positive thoughts on the matter! I won't repost his entire response here (others have done so already, if you don't want to have to skim his post) but the one aspect of his outlook that irked me can be summed up with this quote: "Sure, a lot of fanfic is crap. Of course it's crap. It's written by people who are not professional writers."

I realize this is an INCREDIBLY minor point in the larger context of his not being an ass about fanwork. But it's a point that I'm particularly interested in for (probably obvious) reasons.

I'll admit: I was a little frustrated by the implication that fanfic is inherently inferior in quality because it isn't professional. )
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I'm on Cape Cod this weekend visiting my mom, as well as recharging my batteries a little and trying to push through another big swell of work, mostly professional but with some personal stuff mixed in to keep myself sane.

I spent from the bus trip Friday until this afternoon working on the Airbender/ATLA prequel in between the requisite socialization, and man...what I finished was the script for what will be 22 comic pages, and that SOUNDS like it shouldn't be a big deal. But when I sent my draft off to Dave a few hours ago, I felt like I'd been drained of every ounce of creative energy. I think it came out well, though -- hopefully Dave will agree with me ;3

Which reminds me: how glad am I that "Airbender" and "Avatar"/"ATLA" mean distinctly and clearly different things within fandom? I know it's a small thing, but it's nice. I feel like I want to get a hat that says "ATLA" on it and just let people assume I have a thing for Atlanta.

The big Problem this weekend has been absolutely shitty internet access. Unless I'm sitting in my mom's bedroom directly next to the modem, the signal keeps wandering in and out, which makes even simple tasks like replying to comments and email WAY MORE of a pain than they should be. Mom's out right now, so I think maybe when I've posted this I'll go sit on her bed and try to work through the backlog that's built up before she gets home.

....annnnnd the power just flickered out for about twenty seconds. That was....odd. Hmm.

I keep hoping that if I can just finish ONE MORE THING, if I can just push through ONE MORE DEADLINE, I'll be able to take some time to do fun shit and catch up with friends and you know....be on chat every once in a while. I miss everyone! I AM NOT AVOIDING YOU, FRIENDS, I AM JUST BURIED UNDER A MOUNTAIN OF MY OWN CREATION. D:

Oh. And I have a mild stomach bug, which means that periodically I have to lie quietly on my back not doing anything until my body decides to stop being an asshole. My disapproval is great!

OH. OH! And. I feel a need, for some reason, to tell everyone that this icon? This icon is actually ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE ICONS. It makes my tiny fangirl heart ache a little every time I see it. I don't think I've ever encountered anyone else who feels this way about it, but that's okay, as I FEEL ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE, TRUST ME.

ETA: Just to be clear, the prequel is much longer than 22 pages! That's just the chunk I finished yesterday, pp23-44 ;3
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The middle of last week was completely devoured by desperate attempts to finish my submission for Shousetsu Bang*Bang, an original fiction anthology here on the LJ. This month was a "Yuri Special," which meant there were only two major requirements: ladies, and those ladies having some sex. Good damn times.

The issue is up, and you can find the table of contents here! My own story is here, under the pseudonym Karigane, and it's..ah, not as polished as I would have liked, but that's a matter for another day. ^_^; (Bonus points if you can figure out which magic system I SHAMELESSLY BORROWED FROM in the process of writing it!)

The story is set, in part, on the High Line in Manhattan. I actually went for a hike along it several years ago with some friends of mine, and took a large number of photos which are here on Flickr. I'm really glad [livejournal.com profile] oneangryrabbit had the idea to go, because it's a pretty amazing place and I'm glad to have seen it before it was closed for restoration.

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