games and shared universes
This journal is not friends only. Feel free to friend; I friend most people back. The only stuff I lock is crossposts from my LJ. If you are also reading my LJ and don't want to see the crossposts here, just drop me a line and I'll filter you out.
Mainly random life updates: work, music, film, books. Lots of fic: RPS (mainly Jude Law/Ewan McGregor), Star Wars: the Phantom Menace, Sky Captain, Vampire Chronicles, and more. Graphics: wallpapers and icons. Occasional fannish and writerly musings. 100% quiz-free.
When I first held you I was cold
A melting snowman I was told
But there was no-one there to hold before
I swore that I would be alone for ever more
Now we're here and now is fine
-Travis "Flowers in the Window"
You're the only thing I love
It scares me more every day
On my knees I think clearer
-Snow Patrol "Chocolate"
I know I said I was going to continue to crosspost at least my fic here, but I really don't feel like it anymore, so this journal is pretty much for commenting only.
If you want to read my fic or other posts, go ahead and friend me over on LJ. :)
Hey, Green Day-obsessed folks on my flist. I have downloaded American Edit and lo, it rocks the hizzouse, so to speak. I'd really like to hear the original album to compare. *bats eyelashes*
And if you haven't heard American Edit, I'll be happy to upload that in trade. It's definitely some of the best mashup work I've heard.
Old Judewan log
This won't show on the Est. flist since I just went in and pasted it into the old entry, but we've ficced up another of the old script logs from the beginning of the game. It can be found here.
Fic: First Class (Jude/Ewan)
Fic: I've Been Wondering Where We've Gone (Sirius/Remus)
Title: I've Been Wondering Where We've Gone
Length: ~300 words
Disclaimer: JKR owns these characters. I'm not making any profit off them.
Notes: Written for the "beginnings" prompt for fanfic100.
Summary: Sirius tries to remember when things changed.
Surely there must have been a turning point somewhere, a moment when Remus went from being just another mate to being someone Sirius thought about kissing.
Vote for me!
So I signed up for this finish-a-thon, where the goal is to finish a WiP you've got sitting around. You name several, and then everyone votes on which one you should finish for the challenge.
Voting is open to anyone, so if you have any interest in reading any of these, please go vote. They'll all be written eventually, btw, this is just sort of a "what should I work on first?" type of thing.
Fandom(s): RPS (Liam Neeson/Jason Isaacs)
Description: Jason is a geeky gay guy who falls for his presumably straight neighbour. First part here.
Fandom(s): Vampire Chronicles
Description: Louis and Lestat relate memories of their life at Rue Royale. Epilogue to a fic I've let languish for like three years. Previous parts can be found here.
Rating: NC-17 overall (this section G)
Fandom(s): Harry Potter
Description: Years after Voldie is defeated, Harry and Draco run into each other somewhere. While they're talking, Harry tries to ignore his attraction to Draco. Draco eyes Harry openly. They end up in the toilets, where Draco shoves Harry up against the wall and has his way with him. Much to his dismay, Harry finds he likes it. Afterwards, they both leave without saying a word, and from then on they purposely "run into each other" and the same thing happens each time. They never talk about it.
Fandom(s): Moulin Rouge
Description: Vignette in which Toulouse rambles about his feelings for Christian.
Rating: PG-13? (possibly higher)
Fandom(s): Star Wars
Description: Cracktastic AU with Palpatine as a drug lord, Anakin working for him, Obi-Wan as a detective on the case and out for revenge for Qui's death. Obi/Ani.
Fandom(s): RPS (Jude Law/Ewan McGregor)
Description: Jude as an architect and Ewan as a construction worker on one of his buildings.
Fandom(s): The Three Investigators
Description: Pete/Bob set during Mystery of the Green Ghost.
Fandom(s): Harry Potter
Description: Tonks and Remus being majorly fucked up.
I seem to have gotten lazy about crossposting. If you are actually interested in reading about my daily life, and what I'm reading, watching, listening to, plus music downloads, art, etc. then you're probably best off friending my LJ as my fic's the only thing I will crosspost regularly. However, I will try to make posts like this occasionally with links to recent posts.
New This Pastime icons
Ramblings about mice in the house, Pink Floyd, and manga
More mouse antics
Links to hi res Jude and Ewan pics
Our satsuma tree
Drawing of young Remus
Manga and laptop troubles
More laptop stuff
More about the mouse
Manga and other ramblings
Music I've been listening to lately (links now dead, but still lots of blather to read)
Narrowly escaped a car accident
More about new music (links still work)
Cooking, wacky sleep schedule, etc.
Billie Joe-ish sketch
So I was sitting at my desk doing random pen sketches and as I was drawing this, I noticed the face (and hair) were rather Billie Joe-ish looking. I don't even like the guy, but he's all over my flist over here, so I guess I was unconsciously influenced. :p
( image behind the cut )
And yeah, I know there's tons wrong with it, but it's like a < 5 min. pen sketch, so... I may touch it up in photoshop eventually, cause I do think the boy is cute.
Fic: Cold (Dom/Lij, NC-17)
Oh, this is a cool one. :) Ask me what happens after any of my stories. WiPs are cool, though I reserve the right to avoid spoilers. Also asking for what happens before works as well.
And since this is a post about writing, here are the usual monthly writing stats. I wrote a lot this month!
This Dangerous but Irresistible Pastime 7 :: Jude/Ewan
Untitled, 8/20/05 :: Ewan and Christian Coulson, SK scene (with darkrosetiger :: Ewan runs into Christian at the Knot
London, 9/25/05 :: Jude/Ewan, Est. scene (with diamona) :: the cutting scene
Untitled, 8/27/05 :: Ewan and Deppford, SK scene (with butterflysteel :: Ewan gets reacquainted with Lord Deppford
Like in the Movies :: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Sammy/Joe
Ecstasy :: Liam/Jason
Back for More :: Ewan/JLM
Whisky in Your Veins :: Liam/Jason
Focus :: Obi-Wan
Fair Trade :: Dom/Lij
No Explanation :: Dom/Lij
Magic in Our Blood :: Vampire Chronicles, Louis/Armand
Untitled, 12/20/04 :: Ewan and Will, SK scene (with telesilla) :: Ewan and his brother are reunited at Christmas
Unexpected Consequences (complete) :: Dom/Lij
London, 10/20/05 :: Jude/Ewan, Est. scene (with diamona) :: Thursday night after work
All Hallows' Eve :: Sirius/Remus
And the Est!Judewan roundup:
26/07/05 :: One last time :: Jude/Rachel
25/09/05 :: The cutting scene :: Jude/Ewan
01/10/05 :: London bar :: Jude and others
08/10/05 :: London bar :: Jude, Ewan, and others
20/10/05 :: Thursday night after work :: Jude/Ewan
29/10/05 :: Halloween bar :: Jude and Ewan
Fic: All Hallows' Eve (Sirius/Remus)
I may not be on anymore tonight or tomorrow, I don't know. I spilt water in my keyboard and my computer stopped working. I may have lost everything. :(
ETA: Am on with Bruce's iMac. Hoping that once it dries out it will be working again, or if not that at least the hard drive can be saved.
Fic: Unexpected Consequences (Dom/Lij)
Productive in some ways, less so in others
I haven't updated my fic site since posting the Kavalier & Clay fic, because all I was writing were drabbles and ficlets and I figured I'd just do a batch update. So I took a look last night and was amazed to find I have seven fics to upload, a total of about 1500 words. O_o Wow. It didn't seem like I was writing that much.
( cut for more writing ramble )
In work news, I have not been nearly as productive. I finished the film I was working on (finally!) and haven't started up a new one yet. Instead I have a few video covers to translate. Did two yesterday and need to do two more today (aaaaand, just got two more as I was typing this). Also need to do a batch of Power Rangers scripts. I meant to do two yesterday and it just didn't get done...
( More work ramble + excitement )
So, to summarise. Me = chuffed.
In other news, I still haven't got paid for a couple of the highest ending auctions I had last week. Waaah. They'd better pay up, the bastards. I need that money. I hate when people fuck with you on eBay.
Oh, and I finished reading Breakfast on Pluto. It was all right, and I'll probably read some of his other books now, but I wasn't wowed. It will be interesting to see the film, though, because the book is so disjointed and lacking in a basic plot that I wonder what they can do with it. I'm sure they'll have changed it quite a bit.
I also read 17 and 18 of Fruits Basket. 17 was finally the one with the Akito revelations that were causing all that wank months and months ago. Lots of other good stuff going on, too. Couplings are becoming more and more clear, especially ( spoiler )
I've been listening to a lot of music lately. ( Further music rambling )
And now I have downloads!
Someone on teh_music asked for REM stuff, so I ended up uploading my top 15 favorites. It was hard to choose, but here they are (in alphabetical order).
( Top fifteen favorite REM songs )
This is all of BoA's Korean albums. Some of them have Korean versions of songs she's released in Japan as well, but most of it's exclusive to Korea. All the links go to directory listings so you can download the files individually. I've bolded my favorite songs from each album in case anyone's curious but doesn't want to download everything.
( My Name, Girls on Top, Atlantis Princess, No. 1, and ID Peace B )
And one lone video.
Ootsuka Ai- Momo no Hanabira- 59.5 MB- MPG
Double drabble: Magic in Our Blood (Louis/Armand)
Oh my God, it's a Vampire Chronicles fic! A new one! *gasp* Way back in the day, crickets requested Armand/Louis (but don't worry, you guys know I can't write A/L without L/L in there, too, right?) with a picture of a candle.
It took me forever to get inspired for it, but making this vamp!Ewan icon got me in sort of a vampire mood, soo...
( Magic in Our Blood : Louis/Armand : 200 words )
Oh, oh, oh
I just found out that Seiyou Kottou Yougashi-ten has been released in English under the name Antique Bakery. I highly recommend this to anyone who's interested in books with gay protagonists. Yes, this is a manga. Yes, one of the guys is gay. However, it's not yaoi. It's not even a romance. It's just a really great series about four guys who work at a bakery, and the art is beautiful, to boot.
Fic: No Explanation (Dom/Lij)
So, yeah, just when I was doing really good and like not eating any sweets hardly, here comes another box from Julie. :p
This had several repeats - Crunchie, Belgian Creams, Tim Tams Black Forest Cherry, Krispie, and Pinky, all of which I've reviewed before, so I won't bother with again, except to say omg delicious. One good thing, it was pouring today, so no melted chocolates!
( On with the new stuff + pics )
Fic: Fair Trade (Dom/Lij)
Title: Fair Trade
Length: ~400 words
Feedback: Any and all is welcomed and treasured, concrit included.
Disclaimer: This is absolutely, 100% not true.
Notes: This was meant to be a drabble for matildabj, based on her user interests of fair trade, bookshops, and travel, but it got way out of hand and ended up nearly 400 words. It's also going on my fanfic100 Dom/Lij chart for the "beginnings" prompt.
Summary: Bookstores can be a great place to meet guys.
"Me, too!" Elijah says, holding up a copy of Lonely Planet Mexico, his finger still stuck in between the pages to mark his place. "Me and Hannah - my sister," he clarifies, lest this guy get the wrong impression, because he is kinda cute in a scruffy way. And British. "Over Christmas break or something."
Waah, I spent money today. ;_;
In the morning, we went to Asahiya and I ended up getting several manga: Fruits Basket 17 and 18, Shaman King 23, Nana 12 and 13, and Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 22. At $5.90 each, that added up to narly $40 with tax. >_<
Then we stopped at Fry's and Prisonder of Azkaban was on sale for $8.99 (I guess to promote GoF), so I ended up getting that.
On top of all that, tonight when we went to the store, we were looking at the fancy cheese section and I saw this baked brie thing that looked soooooo good. But it wasn't too tempting because it was huge and cost $19. But then I saw a smaller one for only $7 and I couldn't resist. It's brie with cranberries, apricots, almonds, and brandy, covered in brioche, and you bake it in the oven and eat it all warm and (kind of) melty. OMG SO GOOD. I just wish it had been meltier, then it would have been perfect.
But that means all told I spent nearly $60 on myself. Gah. My only consolation is that Fruits Basket and Shaman King will be sold as soon as I read them, and HanaKimi can be sold as a complete set as soon as I get and read vol. 23, so it's not too bad. Nana I'm trying to decide if I should sell now or wait til it finishes (whenever that might be), but that will be sold eventually, too.
In unrelated news, I ate more expired candy, but didn't feel like crossposting.
Spitz are one of my all-time favorite Japanese bands. They're one of the first jpop artists I ever heard (on Yoru mo Hit Parade, no less, so it wasn't even them, but rather someone else singing one of their songs, as Yoru mo was (alas, it's long since been cancelled) a karaoke top ten show).
You might find Kusano's voice takes a little getting used to, but it'll grow on you. I really do love his vocals. The music is hard to classify. Rock, yes, but that's so broad. Sadly, I can't really narrow it down because I suck like that. Most of the songs I've chosen are more upbeat, but they do have a lot of good slow stuff as well.
What I've done is put my recs in chronological order here. In addition, I only picked as many as would fit on a CD, so if you want to burn this mix, you can. :) It was really hard to choose only nineteen, as I have almost all their albums and they're all really good. But these are definitely my top faves.
If I had to narrow it down (ie, if you don't want to download all nineteen, but I really recommend you do so), I'd say my top five are Ai no Kotoba, Kimi Dake wo, Hoshi no Kakera, Hadaka no Mama de, and Nakayoshi.
( Tracks )
And as a bonus, here's a track from Ichigo Ichie, which is a Spitz tribute album. This is Shiina Ringo doing Spica. It's not my favorite track off the album (though it's really good!) but I wanted to pick a song that I was also uploading the original of, for comparative purposes.
Shiina Ringo - Spica
( Leftovers: Aikawa Nanase's Paradox album )
Grace, Don't Eat It!
In the grand tradition of Steve, Don't Eat It! (which I should have added to my list of links yesterday except that it's not regularly updated. There was a new one when I looked just now, though - Korean silkworm pupas. Mmm-mmm, good), I present you with Grace, Don't Eat It!
Unlike, Steve, I did not set out to eat something nasty. It just happened, as these things often will. I was going through one of my boxes of eBay stuff that didnt' sell, and I happened across this:
Cute, innit? Hello Kitty strawberry Pocky. I bought it thinking some Hello Kitty fan might want it, but no, it didn't sell, so it went into the box, never to be seen from again...until now!
I thought to myself, how bad could cookies go? I mean, sure it says copyright 2001, but that's only four years ago.
On the bottom of the package, it tells me the expiration date is November 2002, coming up on three years ago. Now, I didn't see this until after I'd taken a bite, but I doubt it would have stopped me.
So I opened the package, and they look just like regular strawberry Pocky. How bad could it be? They smell kind of sickly sweet. I wonder if the fake strawberry coating was as gross smelling originally as it is four years later.
Anyway, I took one out and took a bite and OH MY GOD THIS SHIT IS NASTY!!! I can't even begin to explain. How can a strawberry-coated cookie taste so foul? The cookie was really, really stale (duh) and I don't know what was up with the strawberry, but ugh.
I threw them in the trash, spit it out, even used my nails to get the nasty, nasty strawberry shit out of my molars because it was just that bad. I did not want it in my mouth a second longer.
Once I'd popped a couple Hi Chew to get rid of the taste and downed most of a bottle of water, I grabbed the package and remaining cookies out of the trash and took a picture, cause I ought to get some use out of this experience.