40 Day Anime Meme - Day 8

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:56 am[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: (GS MSV Strike Rouge)
08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

Judging solely by merchandise owned, it's some sort of unholy tie between Athrun Zala and Gundam Exia.

I feel like whoever wrote this meme didn't consider there are people who've been watching anime for, y'know, decades.

an online timeline

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:34 am[personal profile] solarbird
solarbird: (tracer)

I've been maintaining an offline official timeline of canon for On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders and all the in-universe stories written seperately and collected in intersections in the web of time, and now that I'm making some headway on Old Soldiers, I thought I'd format and post the thing.

It's pretty big. It includes a fair number of things that happened in Fear of Spiders that did not make it into the manuscript or any following story, and also contains a couple of first-chapter background-info spoilers for the new story. So if you're allergic to that sort of thing, don't read it. If you're not, you might find some new background you might enjoy.

Official timeline of the Fear of Spiders Overwatch AU
[solarbird at Archive of Our Own]

an online timeline

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:34 am[personal profile] solarbird
solarbird: (Default)

I've been maintaining an offline official timeline of canon for On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders and all the in-universe stories written seperately and collected in intersections in the web of time, and now that I'm making some headway on Old Soldiers, I thought I'd format and post the thing.

It's pretty big. It includes a fair number of things that happened in Fear of Spiders that did not make it into the manuscript or any following story, and also contains a couple of first-chapter background-info spoilers for the new story. So if you're allergic to that sort of thing, don't read it. If you're not, you might find some new background you might enjoy.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 7

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:26 pm[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: (Xmas Lights 3 Cluster)
(now I'm caught up!)

07 - have you ever watched an entire anime in one sitting?

Absolutely! The most recent, I'm pretty sure, is the newest Cyborg 009 that's on Netflix right now. I've watched straight thru some of the five-minute shows on Crunchyroll, if those count? Plenty of 3-6 episode OVAs. [personal profile] taichara and I got through Star Driver in something close to one sitting, and we also did Gundam Wing in about two days once? There was definitely food/sleep involved in the latter, though. But it was still fairly impressive. Boycritter and I have also done huge chunks of Naruto and Kenshin via Netflix - it's easy enough to cuddle up together and watch ~20 episodes overnight. ^^;;

Years and years ago, a group of friends I had always wanted to do some marathon events of 'the classics' like Escaflowne. Get a ton of food, etc. and spend ~12 hours watching Escaflowne, etc. Maybe Evangelion, whatever else they were into? IDK... But it never happened.

I honestly don't have much of an attention span anymore. I can put on a disc and watch it thru, but I'm also beading or picking up in the living room or whatever.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 6

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:01 pm[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin tinted orange (RuroKen Kaoru Orange)
06 -- list your Top 5 anime OTPs.

Let's not even start with shipping... I like ships, I have ships, but I am so sick of shipping as a fandom thing. Also, I literally have, like, no OTPs. Not at the level of 'anyone else with these people is wrong'-fanaticism I've seen the term described with. I have some heavily-preferred pairings, sure, but I'm not inflexible. The closes thing to an OTP I have... one half has a kid with someone else, that's cool, and whatever. (Also, not anime. Also, I can think of two examples of that floating around in my fandoms... huh. Still not anime.)

06 -- Five rescue licenses that thankfully happened.

• Revolutionary Girl Utena - with the Blu-rays coming this year after a DVD release a few years back, Utena was a wonderful rescue license to hear about, since Central Park Media has been gone for aaaages. Also, the manga version had a gorgeous reissue a couple of months back.

• All of Gundam - with Bandai NA going under a few years back, Gundam in North America was looking very rocky. Luckily, Sunrise partnered with Nozomi/Rightstuf to put out everything in lovely new sets, including series we didn't think we'd ever get. Oh, and Gundam Wing on Blu-ray very soon!

• A ton of other Bandai stuff -- Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Code Geass, etc. All rescued and recently put back in print. So many good old shows finally available. Still waiting on Dunbine, though.

• Martian Successor Nadesico - oh, c'mon, we all knew I'd pick a lot of mecha! Nadesico is a show that never quite knows what it wants to be, but it's good to see it back in print.

• Sailor Moon & Cardcaptor Sakura - not a surprise, either of these, but still very very welcome.

And:

One rescue license I'd love to see but probably will never happen -

pretty much everything I still have on VHS Holy shit. I was going to say the truly atrocious original Eat-Man anime, but Discotek put it out at the end of last year. I don't even words. So let's go with Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. It'll never see the light of DVD or Blu-ray, but it will never be forgotten.
lydamorehouse: (Default)
I didn't get a whole lot of reading done over this last week. First, I was busy prepping for class, and then, right after finishing all that, I read and critiqued a manuscript for the Loft's writing coach program. (If you ever have an extra pile of dollars lying around and want to hire me, here's how you can do it.)

Then, yesterday, out of the blue, I got a note from my agent asking if I have any other trunk novels that I might be able to polish up and send off to Tapas Media again.  (She seems convinced she can squeeze real money out of them). I sort of do, but in order to meet what they're looking for, I'm doing a lot of revision... kinda major revision, which might not, ultimately, be worth it. But, I mean, what else do I have to do? (I mean, besides fan fiction.)

But, despite all that, I did plow through three manga that I picked up at Quatrefoil Library when I was there for Gaylaxicon's book club reading of Precinct 13. So, I read:

Dining Bar Akira / Kuimonodokoro Akira by Tomoko Yamashita
Man’s Best Friend / Inu mo Akurekeba by Takashima Kazusa
Your Honest Deceit / Kimi no Tsuku Use Hontou (vol. 1) by Ajimine Sakufu, and one I haven't had a chance to review yet:
Bachi Bachi by Kijima Hyougo.

You?

Kittenshorts Meme

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:48 am[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: (Default)
I've seen a bunch of character memes going around and sure, why not~ Snagged this one from [personal profile] taichara

Give me a character and I'll tell you...


• what they'd do if they had a kitten in their shorts
• what they'd do if sent on a multi-week camping trip
• their most fabulous moment in canon
• what they'd sing at karaoke (and how they'd do)
• what they think about in the shower
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the future
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the past
• what kind of hobbies they have
• if their hair color is natural and how I know
• if this character is dead, and if so, if they can get better

ETA: my characters are fair game too!
solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)
At lunchtime Overwatch, I was in quickplay, and someone popped into comms, which is unusual for quickplay games. So I identified as Pharah, and said something like 'team chat in quickplay? Okay, that's unusual, cool' and he was all "hey, you're close to going silver, how's it feel?" and I answered in all seriousness, "Honestly, I didn't even know what that meant until somebody else mentioned it about ten levels ago," at which point he said "oh, well, okay, you're just retarded."

So I vocalised into the mic, "oooookay... social... team chat... disconnect" as I did exactly that.

I proceeded to four-gold, and captured the first point nearly solo while everyone else but Sombra was trapped at spawn. (And, credit where it's due, Sombra definitely helped with the capture, mostly on the second third.) Yes, 1 to 2 on 4-6, depending upon how many could rush back at any given time to defend, and winning.

I can do a lot even for even a spectacularly shitty team when I'm on a roll - and I was.

Sadly, I couldn't capture the second point the same way, because the enemy were on to my tricks at that point, but, well, whatever. Four golds. I worked hard to make sure I had 'em all.

I then switched to Widowmaker on the flip side (defence) and popped in to team chat quietly for a second for a reaction, just in time to hear the same jackass bitching about everything, particularly the Widowmaker. And I popped back out.

We proceeded to lose, but I golded in objective kills and I think objective time but I'm not sure. (Might just have silvered.) As we're seeing all that, I pop back into team chat, and they're going at each other, just being salty as fuck.

So I hit my mic and say, "And this is why you don't call your four-gold 'retarded' - she might decide to play Widowmaker next round. Bye!" and dropped.

I realise this kind of snippery is not necessarily the best possible response to this kind of jackass? But I'm thinking, y'know, maybe he might be a little bit hesitant to let that shit fly right out the gate next time. Maybe. Because you really, really don't know who you might be playing with.

(For the record: I actually am trying to learn Widowmaker, that's why I'm playing her in quickplay a lot at the moment. Best kill streak with her so far is I think 12, max kills with her is 23, I've earned the Pixel spray but not the Cute. So if the team I'm with is any good, I'm not a joke, I'm a legitimate contributor, I often gold in objective kills with her, and I always play the best I can at any time. I always play to win. Even here.)

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 5

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:28 pm[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: (Origin)
05 -- list your top 5 anime.

I can't even this prompt.

05 -- list five anime you'd show to someone new to anime

(in no order)
• Pretear
• Here is Greenwood
• Kino's Journey
• Generator Gawl
• Ayakashi ~ Bakeneko

Short things, which hold together, in a variety of genres which aren't entirely reliant on 'genre savvy'/knowledge of anime tropes while also introducing them.

The runner-up was Escaflowne, which is a bit long (given the lumpy bit it hits in the middle), but still came right to mind.
solarbird: (tracer)

This is not part of the on overcoming the fear of spiders continuity; Lena Oxton is Tracer, not Venom. It is a standalone story, in an AU which is still pretty much canon-compliant as of July 2017. It would be set in late 2077 or early 2078, in universe. [AO3 link]


"It is not easy to explain," said the Widowmaker, looking frustrated, fixated on her game screen and sitting next to Hana Song, who of course had her own pro rig and client.

Widowmaker had said that, not Amélie, and it was very important not to get that wrong. The Widowmaker didn't like it, and if Amélie had an opinion - or was in there at all - she never spoke up.

The blue assassin was playing a shooter game, but not as a sniper - as a melee character, high DPS, fast - not entirely unlike Tracer. She always played the same character. Tracer wasn't sure what that meant; Angela told her not to read too much into it, but she knew that Lena tended to think of it as a good sign anyway. It's still shooting people, but it's shooting people in a different way, and Lena couldn't help but feel a little flattered that if the spider was emulating anyone, it was her.

"I exist," the spider continued, as her character on screen ran across open field between buildings towards some sort of objective. "I am here. I exist by right of existence. I do not wish not to exist." Realising that - she knew, herself - had been a big step for her, one she had managed on her own, one taken before she escaped from her controllers with a surprisingly complete list of Talon embedded agents to exchange for her sanctuary.

"And Talon didn't agree with that, did they." Tracer replied.

"No. I was supposed to be an asset, not a person."

"And Angela doesn't entirely either, does she." It was a statement, not a question.

Widowmaker glanced briefly at Tracer, just with her eyes, just a little surprised, before her focus snapped back to the game. "No. She still thinks I am some folded-up version of her former friend. I am not."

The spider saw that Tracer nodded her agreement. Of all the people here, she thought, only Tracer seems to understand even this much. Perhaps it was the younger woman's experience as a ghost, after the Slipstream accident. Perhaps it was being an Omnic War orphan. Perhaps it was just her nature. The spider didn't know.

Tracer watched the two women game, but really watched Widowmaker think. She's close to something, I can feel it, she thought to herself.

"Is this why you won't let Angela undo any of Talon's work?" Widowmaker had adamantly refused any attempt to reverse any of the physical changes Talon had made, though she tolerated anything she could decide qualified as an "improvement." That included giving her control over her own emotional dampers. Handling that was still a learning process.

"Yes," replied the blue assassin. "I am me. I am not that other woman, even if she was the source for some of my parts. I cannot be her. I do not want to be her."

"I get that, luv," said the Londoner. That part didn't matter to Lena. It was easier, for her, if Amélie was dead, if she was gone, and buried, and this was Widowmaker, another person entirely, just happened to look a lot alike. "Y'know, personally, I like the blue," she said. Makes it easier, she thought.

"You may be the only one, myself aside," replied the spider.

"Hey, n00b," Hana said, "Cover your flank or you're gonna get p0wned."

"Thank you," Widowmaker replied, sweeping left, hitting far more than she missed. D-pad instead of mouse or rifle, she was built for aim.

"Nice shot! For a game controller. You should level up to a real interface."

"Perhaps never," said the assassin.

"Okay," replied the gamer, "don't listen to the professional."

"...point taken," replied the blue woman, as the round ended, with scores D.va 100, bad guys 12, Widowmaker 10.

"I'm outta D.ritos. Want anything?"

"No thank you."

"Just ate, luv, but thanks."

"Be right back!" she said, as she jumped backwards over her chair and headed out to the hallway.

Widowmaker leaned against the rec room's couch, watching the game's idle screen. "I like the character I am playing, more than the game itself. I think that is not too unusual, no?"

"Sure!" Lena answered, encouragingly. "That's why there are fan sites and hangouts and stuff. What do you like about her?"

"This character I play," Widowmaker gestured to the screen, "within the confines of the game, she is a person, like me - no, that is wrong, she is not like me, except in that she was... constructed. It is part of her story. Built, for a purpose. As I was, by Talon."

Built, thought Tracer. "Like Omnics, you mean?"

Widowmaker shook her head, no. "I have thought about it, but I think not. Neither of us are robotic, I do not think it is the same, and I cannot really ask our occasionally resident Shambali master to be sure..."

"Yeaaaaaaaaah," agreed the younger woman. "Probably never."

"I have been told that he says he does not carry a grudge, but I can tell that he carries a grudge, and I do not even blame him." She paused for a moment. "I am far more surprised that you talk to me than that he does not."

Lena bit her upper lip for a moment. "T'be honest, I am too."

Widowmaker hummed a little, a note that signalled her acknowledgment of the situation. "Why do you?"

Lena tilted her head back and forth a little. "...I dunno. That night in King's Row was the second worst of my life. I felt so angry and so betrayed, and I'd've done anything to undo it, but I couldn't. And you couldn't even tell me why."

"I did not know," she replied. "Or care. The question, it struck me as so unimportant, so silly. It was the first time I'd ever laughed. It may have been my first real, unprogrammed... thought."

"I didn't know that," said the Overwatch agent. Her first thought was... laughter? Wow. "But it hurt, then. Still does, a little. Less, now that I know you really aren't Amélie."

"My emotional range is still limited, but... I think I am sad about that."

"Maybe that's why, then. Maybe I can tell. Maybe that's why... somehow, here I am."

The eyes of the woman who had been made from Amélie Lacroix narrowed in thought at those words.

"Winston was built, too, genetically," said Tracer, changing back the subject and realising as she said it that it didn't fit. "But that's really not the same either, innit? He still grew up. You didn't. I think I get it, you just... came online, all at once, didn't you? 'Here I am, ready to kill.'"

The spider's gold eyes flashed to Tracer, but not in anger, as was so usually the case with that look. "Yes," she said, grabbing Tracer's hands. "Yes. I had a purpose, already. And then I had more purpose, that fit with it. No doubts, no hesitation, just purpose. Do you actually understand?"

Lena's heartbeat jumped as the spider grasped her hands, but she didn't let herself flinch, at least not more than with surprise. She touched me, she thought, intentionally. Woah! "I," she gathered her thoughts, "I think I do. I mean, not emotionally, right? I grew up too, and looked for somethin' to do with my life. But... in my head, I kinda get it. A little. You're not there, and then you are, all at once. And you already know why. That's, that's, that's, a kind of perfect, innit? It's..." she groped for the right words, "...flawless."

"Yes," she said, squeezing Lena's hands tightly. "For a reason, and with a purpose, and she," she gestured to her head to the screen, "is like that, and also biological, also for a reason, also for a purpose."

Lena put the rest of the pieces together. "...and nobody else in the whole world is."

The Widowmaker pulled Tracer against her, suddenly, roughly, and put her head on the Overwatch agent's shoulder. Lena could hear the spider breathing and found herself dazed, wrapping her arms around the assassin before she even knew what she was doing, asking only as she did it, softly, "...is this okay? Do you want a hug? 'Cause I can stop..."

"...no. I think I do."

She is so lonely, thought the former test pilot. And she don't even know it. Maybe that's why I don't mind this. She held the cool blue woman carefully in her arms. "Did you lose it, somehow? Your purpose?"

The spider did not say anything.

"Did you stop believing in it? Was that it?"

"It was... I could not stop... thinking. I was perfect, and whole, and content, and I brought exquisite deaths, and then I... and then I laughed, and I was not perfect, and not whole, and not content, and I could not fix it."

"And you miss that purity of purpose."

"So much."

"Would you go back to it?"

"I cannot."

Tracer nodded, and hugged a little tighter, as she said, "Because it's part of being a person. That's why you're here, innit?"

Widowmaker lifted her head from Lena's shoulder, looked her in the eyes, and whispered, "You do know."

Lena Oxton met the spider's gaze, and was not afraid. "This much, yeh. I do."

The spider laughed, just a little. Another thought, all her own. "May I hug you again, later?"

Tracer surprised herself by nodding agreement at once. What am I doing? She... she's who she is. She's built to kill. I can't ignore that. "'Course you can."

"Thank you," she said, and went ahead and did it right then, as well.

I can't ignore what she is, but maybe, Tracer thought, as Hana burst back into the room with grotesque amounts of junk food, ...maybe I can learn to live with it.

DOCTOR WHO NEW DOCTOR

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:38 am[personal profile] hamimi_fk
hamimi_fk: Edward from Cowboy Bebop, smiling (Edward - Big smile)



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Trust by Kylie Scott

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:00 am[personal profile] calissa
calissa: A low angle photo of a book with a pair of glasses sitting on top. (Mt TBR)

Trust, Kylie Scott, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books

Published: Self-published in July 2017
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Genres: Young adult, contemporary romance
Source: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017
Available:Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~Kobo

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love… the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight–getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first–losing her virginity–their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose–each other.

Trust is Kylie Scott’s first foray into Young Adult and I certainly hope it won’t be her last because I was pretty impressed.

There was so much that was great about this book. I appreciated its diversity. This includes race and sexuality–two of Edie’s new friends are lesbians and the other Vietnamese–but it also goes beyond that. Edie herself is an unconventional protagonist. She may be white and blonde, but she’s also considered overweight and has no desire to change that. She has seen her mum go through the constant torture of diets and would rather be happy than subject herself to the same. Of course, she is bullied for being a socially-unacceptable body shape but never by the narrative. Instead, she is also shown as being desireble–and desirable by someone who has a socially-acceptable body shape.

Another thing I loved about the story is the way it advocates for healthy relationships and boundary setting. Edie is not shy about cutting people off if they violate her privacy. She has zero time for other people’s bullshit. While her relationship with John didn’t start under the best circumstances, it is a healthy one–with each one supporting the other through the changes they’re making in their lives. There is also one scene that takes a bit of a dig at Twilight when John unexpectedly shows up at Edie’s bedroom window one night.

This is not a book that pulls its punches. It kicks off with the robbery Edie and John get caught in at the convenience store, and takes us all the way through that traumatic experience. It has all the bodily fluids (and I really do mean all). There’s onscreen sex–and, being a romance writer, Scott isn’t shy about it. There’s awkward sex and sexy sex, and good consent practices at all times.

All in all, I loved Trust to pieces and I’m hoping we’ll see more YA from Kylie Scott.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 4

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:34 am[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: Risen King Chrom (FE:A Chrom)
04 - if you could make a spin-off of any anime, what would it be?

Shockingly? not Astray!

The cheater option is 'the rest of Saint Seiya: Lost Canvas and its attached Gaidens', because I'd love to see the second half of the story animated.

Other than that - I still want the Tower of Druaga High School AU OVA, as hinted at in the series OPs.

(no subject)

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:54 pm[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: (Mmm Starscream)
Went to the small summer comic show today (and it was packed - far too packed for a church gymnasium) and picked up seven trades (from the $5 boxes) and two action figures. Trades were three TF, two Jem, a Back to the Future, and a Drizzt (since Drizzt is oddly tolerable in comic form). Action figures were a Zor Prime from Robotech (still on the card - we'll see how long that lasts) and a big Megaman NT/.EXE figure which seems to have a voice/soundbox but dead batteries. So... a better day than I was expecting!

I still need to get to the tool/hardware store if possible this weekend. The main thing I needed was a set of small hinges, because I broke my toolbox again and I'm not spending another $20 on replacing a slide that's obviously just going to break again. It's the bottom drawer, so I'm just going to do a bit of modification and it will no longer be a problem. I grabbed some cheap hinges at the grocery, just in case I don't get out shopping tomorrow. (But I would like to go buy more tools. Yay tools!)

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 3

Jul. 15th, 2017 07:25 pm[personal profile] kalloway
kalloway: (Do It Like a Robot)
03 - which anime made you laugh the hardest?

I'm going to cheat and point at the outtakes for any given Media Blasters/AnimeWorks dub:

Weiss Kreuz 1-5
Weiss Kreuz 6-10
Weiss Kreuz 11-15
Weiss Kreuz 16-20
Weiss Kreuz 21-25

Twin Signal Outtakes

Ys Anime Outtakes

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