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 We've been up at the cabin most of the last few weeks, so not much in the way of internet.  I'll try to catch up with y'all as soon as I can, but right now I'm just in the library for a few minutes.

-Got myself psyched up to take my driver's test only to discover the office is closed on Tuesdays.
-Have broken up with DC, am having attachment-less one night stand with Marvel.
-College in three weeks!  So nervous.
-Won Mass Effect, 2/3rds of way through Mass Effect 2.  Romancing Garrus.

That's about it for now.  Hopefully talk to every one soon.
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I promise, next up will be an Exciting New Dog Post, or at least a College Post,  but I had to get this off of my chest.

.Cut For OCD Stuff )Also, I never used to hate ships before I got into comics fandom, and I never loathed specific ones (instead of just "I hate all ships that aren't X/Z) until X-Men.  I'm not sure what that means.  Also, I've never hated a canon ship before X-Men that I can think of.  This fascinates and annoys me.
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Somebody posted an absolutely fascinating look at "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" and where canon was between ANH and ESB.  I liked some of the characterization touches, and must find a way to bring that thing about Luke studying languages up, but am skeptical of others, particuarly Leia not being able to swim.  Luke is the one who can't swim, or at least should be.


Feb. 23rd, 2011 02:15 pm
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Okay, I realize that Mr. Winick isn't out and out going to say "I'm racist and I suck," but dismissing the people who have serious problems with Ice's new "origin" and characterization as tiny and loud isn't going to make us go away.

So, Mr. Winick?  You suck.  You can't write Ice worth a damn, you're only slightly better at the rest of them, and "thieving Gypsy" is not some new groundbreaking concept in characterization.  I'd say go back to writing the Bats, but a) I love them too much and b) Dick Grayson is canonically of Roma heritage and I don't want you near him ever again after this.

You hear me, published author who will never be anywhere near my journal?  You hear me?


In happier news, I got to ride again yesterday, and soon we'll be jumping.  I love jumping so much, so so much.

Also I rode McGuyver, who is very sweet but noses around my pants for horse treats.  Andandand there is a new horse, who is genuinely dappled gray and just flat out GORGEOUS.
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I mentioned that I dropped Gen Lost, right?  And I'm not really picking up Booster Gold, but that was never a regular thing- I buy issues that have Ted in them.  This at times presents a problem, seeing as Ted died years before I started reading comics, but whatever.  I'll also buy for Jaime.

If they kill him off I am throwing things.

Anyway, hate Ice's racist new origin, am ambivalent about Ice's boring new costume.  I really liked her old one.  Want Max Lord to diediedie, preferably after revealing that he was from that alternate universe where everyone good is evil (Earth-3?  I think it might be Earth-3).

I plan to start picking up Birds of Prey at the next jumping-on point, and maybe one of the Green Lantern books.  Probably Corps.


New X-man writer.  On plus side, it isn't the last X-men writer.  On the minus side, he seems to ship Rogue and Magneto, a pairing that makes me kind of want to call the cops.  Look, Rogue, i understand he's attractive, and I understand the only other availiable option is Gambit, but the man has grandchildren.  Three of them.  On the plus side, Jean could conceivably be coming back.  Always good.

No Children's Crusade until April, though I'm picking up the March tie-in issue, which is almost as good.


I finally get the stint out tomorrow!  Yay!
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Break is here break is here break is here!

Get to go riding get to go riding get to go riding!

I love Linkara as much as a girl can love an interent person she has never met before it becomes creepy!

That thing with Jaime better be a fakeout!

And those are my feelings today.
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So, anyway, I've been surfing around all the various nerd sites, and I found out recently there's gonna be an X-men create-a-character RPG, also known as the only type of video game I play that isn't Sims.  As you can imagine, this created some excitement.  One of the reasons:

This is potentially a video game I will take the dark side path on!

This is very exciting.  I am pretty much physically incable of taking the bad-guy route in RPGs.  My Revan in KotOR started out as a brusque sort of chaotic neutral in the planning stages, but by the end of the game was so light side she literally had a giant halo-thing.  Even my blood mage in Dragon Age is kind and helpful.

But this?  Will I get to fight teammates?  Will one of them be Scott Summers?  He was in the trailer.  How painfully can I kill him?  Or will it be old-charaterization Scott, so I won't want to?  Either way I win.  Can I join the Brotherhood?  Can I please please please?  Oh, this is so exciting.

I have no idea when it will be out.  I assume I will be in college.

Also, note: I've heard great things about Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, but why so few DC games otherwise?  I want a Green Lantern RPG next.  I will make a Milagro Reyes and then I will kick Sinestro's butt.


Nov. 19th, 2010 09:14 pm
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I like AUs, specifically the "for want of a nail" or "makes a different decision" types.  They're probably 90% of what I write, even couting the ten million little snippets of things no one will ever see.  They're kind of why I got into fanfic in the first place, and they're one of my favorite things to read.  My mind has naturally gone to "what ifs" long before I ever got the idea to share them with other living beings.

They are much easier in Star Wars.  In SW, I start with a weird little head idea, like "Luke and Vader are talking on the phone!"  followed by "why?"  "how?" and "I really don't think they call them phones in the GFFA."  I focus on a few characters- what's Luke up to?  Vader?  Chewie?  Han and Leia?  They'd better get together.  I don't write stuff where Han and Leia don't eventually get together... And since I write and read mostly OT, it's a nice, short time zone.

So far, I have gotten ravenous angry plot bunnies for two comics AUs.  Both of them, for reasons only my subconcious knows, are Marvel, which is not even my favorite company and which has almost all of the few extant characters in any of my fandoms I actively hate.  The one that's currently biting the most started as a tiny teensy little couple of paragraphs I posted on here a while back.  And I meant for it to stay kind of tiny.

But first I had to flesh out some of the supporting characters.  Billy, Teddy, Tommy, might as well throw in the rest of the YA while I'm at it, but that means filling in the human side of the political climate, and then what's everybody else up to?  I might as well throw in a few more mutants to be fleshed out some, but not too many more, just the ones who'll have lines...

Yeah, right.  I'm now getting together an alternate backstory for Psylocke (Sammy, I'm giving her your hair) who by the way will not even appear.  Also the relationship count has expanded to pretty much every couple I've ever shipped ever a little in the MU ever, even though I still can't write romance to save my life, and also I think Professor X might kind of be evil now.

Maybe this is the problem with having such a big universe, with so many writers, many of whom disagree with each other about the characters so strenously?  Would Star Wars be this difficult if I ever got into the EU?  Aren't I thanking my lucky stars I never got into the EU? 

Anyway, this is basically a vent post, but any/all advice is welcome, etc.


Nov. 17th, 2010 08:52 pm
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New keyboard- actual, functional l key, always a plus.  Problem with the capslock, though- more bulletins as events warrent.  Also, it is large and clunky, things that I like and value in a keyboard.  Laptop-style ones make me feel like I'm not even typing, and make no happy clicky noises.  That being said, my old one made very nice clicky noises, and these different ones will take some getting used to.

Anyway.  Other news.

Green Lantern trailer- entertaining enough.  Still plan to see the movie.

School- I do not know why teacher A doesn't like me, and I am at a loss to explain why teacher B does.  She is a wonderful person and I very much like her, but I continually fail to keep on pace in her classes and yet she keeps asking me back.

I am considering dropping Generation Lost if the whole Ice situation does not improve.  She is a Norwegian ice princess.  She is not an offensive Roma stereotype loaded with angst.  Get this right, irritating writer person.  I will pick up Birds of Prey instead if I follow through on this.  Gail SImone understands proper characterization.

On the Marvel side of the aisle, Children's Crusade continues to be lovely.  Billy and Teddy are cuddly, Magneto is snarky, and Doctor Doom has a very, very nefarious plan.  It is clearly shaping up to be Billy's story more than anybody else's, but that is just fine because he is my favorite.

My webcomic for school is shaping up nicely.  Look for it online in early December most probably.


Oct. 7th, 2010 02:51 pm
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Various updates.

1. Got acupuncture today.  Fascinating.  Feel very relaxed.

2. Fall is settling in, and as it gets cold Tai and Delilah get cuddly.  Cuddlier. 

3.  I'm still fairly ticked off about the Avengers cartoon issue.  Like, really ticked off.

Hey Guys

Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:32 pm
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Someone please, please help me quite visiting those damn CBR forums to lurk.  Please.  I can't tell the idiots from the trolls anymore, I've seen blatant racism go unpunished to say nothing of homophobia, and I think I have gotten exactly zero interesting insights outside of that one parody thread with the funny cartoons.

But I can't quit.  They're so nice and busy and I love seeing what people have to say at least until they say something ridiculously offensive/stupid/whycan'tIpunchthemthoughthescreen. 

I mean, you get prople who say that Scans Daily, my favorite comics board, is too sensitive or politically correct, but if this is the alternative...  WELL.  Just WELL.

I mean, do they just not have filters before they post?  Are they all trolls?  Even the ones with a couple thousand posts?  Did none of them pass second grade spelling?  I'm genuinely curious.  Do they just not know how offensive they're being?

I know what I'm getting into every time I lurk over there.  They just keep plumbing new depths of stupidity.

Somebody cheer me up.  Please?
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Over the past year or so, I have been forced to confront an unpleasant truth.

I am a shipper.

Now, I hope I'm not one of those crazy shippers, the ones who scream about how Zutara is canon and Kataang is evil, the ones who refuse to consider that their character ever had eyes for anyone but that one guy they brushed against in Episode Three, the ones who can squee at a level known to deafen dogs.  (My squees merely deafen siblings)

But I'm a shipper.  Sad.  But true.  I'm sorry.

So, now, in honor of finally admitting that fact, that old meme I did awhile back.  Ten ships.  The whys.  Any patterns.

Read more... )
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Clicky here for:

1. Star wars fic
2. Actual, live, comics fic
3. The original idea for my apocalypse!fic, which has since swiched fandoms and eaten my brain
4. My attempt at one of those cliched Zuko and Katara arranged marriage fics- but featuring no Zutara!
5. The semi sort of sequel to Wrong Number.
Read more... )
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Alright.  So I've been buying comics lately.  I do that.  There is nothing wrong with that, except that I wil probably never have allowance money left over again.  Thisweek I only got two.  I MEANT to only get one, but, dammit, there was a backup story in X-Men, of all places, that I needed.  So I purchased it, read only the back-up and an interview with a paleontologist who'd named a dinosaur after Loki, and am unsure what to do with the rest, which I don't care about or wish to read.  Perhpas I shall get a pen and draw humorous mustaches on Scott Summers.  That might be amusing.

The backup itself, however, was pure gold and wonderful and I need moremoremore of the author NOW.  My only minor quibble was that I kept expecting Magneto to slap Cyke and Wolverine for calling him "Erik."  I wasn't aware everybody was on such a nice first name basis, but, like I said, I'm not touching the main run with a ten-foot pole.  Major plot developments: Magneto is now pretty sure he has more grandkids, Billy is confirmed to be Jewish (and last issue Teddy talked about going to Episcopalian school.  Being religious myself, I like seeing these details of characters, particuarly with Billy and Teddy being boyfriends and all.  There was an entire website somewhere, actually, devoted to finding out what religion superheroes were, and it was fascinating.) and Wolverine, in the surprise of the century, does not trust a chronic supervillain around kids.

Anyway.  Great fun.  Also enjoyed Generation Lost this week.  I've always liked Captain Atom, ever since he had a Southern accent on JLU.
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Yeah, yeah, I will get to those essays.  This is just a different meta thing that popped dramtically into my brain.  My standards for heroes and villains, and how they differ.  Namely: who I root for.  (Besides the Davidson Wildcats)

I began thinking about this when I realized how little sense it makes that my favorite Marvel character is an occasionally genocidal, often fairly insane supervillain, and yet I want to see Scott Summers and this trophy girlfriend they're claiming is Emma Frost die horribly in magma, preferably on-panel.  This is a bit of a turnaround for me, fandomwise.  Generally I root for the heroes.  They're the heroes, after all.  The villains are the villains.  I understand that.

And maybe that's the issue.  I have low standards for my villains.  I do not expect to see Darth Vader cuddle puppies, and that is part of what makes it such a heartwarming moment when he won't let the Emperor kill Luke.  For anyone else in the cast, this would be  a no-brainer- leaving it for as long as Vader did would in fact make them less of heroes.  On the other hand, I fully expect Luke to try to save his father- it's why he's such a wonderful, selfless, desperate for a family again guy.  (Side note: I've got it in my head that out on Tatooine, being a lawless desert full of little farms, family is everything, sort of like out in the country.  When Luke loses Owen and Beru, he literally has nothing left, and so he of course easily clings to Obi-Wan, Leia, and even Han.  But that is a half-formed story for another time.)  When Cyclops, who I'm apparently supposed to hold up as the hero, is shacking up with his mistress and I'm supposed to believe it's a Love Story For the Ages, I draw some lines.  I could totally get behind Scott and Emma as a messed up relationship between messed up people- that's the sort of paring I like.  But when it's presented as the second coming of Scott and Jean, I can't get behind that.  It doesn't click for me.  It actively annoys me.

(Of course, Marvel also apparently expects me to believe that trading your marriage to the devil for your dead aunt (who had ALREADY reached Her Time, and as a Presbyterian, I can respect reaching One's Time) is a perfectly selfless, heroic act that will have no negative consequences whatsoever, and men are "more interesting" without wives or women, and- okay, that's another rant for another day...)

Also, dear idiot fanboys on the message board I should not visit, feminism is not evil.  I'm sorry you live in your mom's basment and can't get laid.  Don't take it out on us.
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Tuesday: Bring a Friend day at the stable.  I got to teach Daddy how to ride Case.  Have I talked about Case?  Bigbig pretty horse, former showjumper, and several tons of attitude.  He is basically a cat in big bay horse format, and spent most of the time before riding thumping his feet against the stall door to protest the entire idea.  (his feet are fine, btw.  Silly boy.)  He is my silly boy (though the stable owns him, not me) and I lovelovelove him though I kind of doubt the feeling is mutual.  Daddy sort of got him to trot when the instruction ran alongside yelling, which is about what I did my first time on him a few weeks back.  He's kind of learning to respect me, though.

Wednesday (today): Comics!  DC is putting out three books I was willing to venture into a crown for.  Marvel says that one of my favorite characters had an OOC adulterous relationship with someone I don't care about.  DC wins this week, which is good, because they were seriously losing ground.  Anyway, I got Generation Lost, Booster Gold, and Birds of Prey.  Good times.  Good writing.

Future: We're actually setting up stuff for Europe- we've got tickets, we've got reservations, etc, and I continue to be nervous.  Venice, Paris, London, and then two weeks in Scotland.

Oh, and today was mom's birthday.  Happy birthday, Mom!

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As always, shamelessly stolen from one of the twenty billion or so fic authors whose journals I stalk.

Take twenty pairings, (or characters, because I don't think I HAVE twenty pairings), and twenty Shuffled songs.  Compare.

And We Begin... )

Old Comics

Jan. 1st, 2010 07:37 pm
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My maternal grandfather has a habit of collecting things.  All sorts of things- he's got arrowheads, old guns, a ton of Confederate money, gemstones- and a few months ago he got his hands on a couple of boxes of old comic books,70s-80s mostly.  I don't think there's exactly anything valuable in there, but there's a veritable treasure trove of Claremont X Men that I've been reading, as well as some old Green Lantern and the ridiculous old Jimmy Olsen books.  Very fun.

I continue to lament my descent into shipperdom- once again, at a dramatic moment, my thoughts were along the line of "dammit, go away Lilandra, they were about to kiss!"- but it's been fun so far except for the fact that now they're all over my bed.

Also, we watched our DVD of the Star Trek movie last night.  Good times, good times.  I really love Spock.
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Anyway, news lately...

Booster Gold 27: Poor Booster. On the other hand, I'm cheerfully slinking even further into Blue Lantern Corps territory re: a certain ship of mine.

Linkara: Staying classy despite being a conservative on the internet, poor thing. Really, the only political thing you can get from his reviews is that he loves guns, I don't get why people are jumping on him.

My cat: hairballed on my bed at 2 am a few nights ago.

The kitten: is much too fond of her new green, nicely decorated toy. Why, it has branches! And little dangling things! Mom's taken to storing the squirt gun beside it, or come the 25th we aren't going to have much of a Christmas tree anymore.
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I was never one of those people who liked villains.  I was much more interested in Cinderella than the stepmother, Snow White than the Queen, heck, even Aurora than Maleficent, and /nobody/, I have learned, prefers Aurora to Maleficent.  Actually, I think for a while there I actively disliked her.  It's probably because, at a point in the middle of the movie, she refers to herself as "the Mistress of All Evil," and that made me blink even when I was little.  Surely even evil people thought that they were good, right? 

Basically, even when they're awesome, completely one dimensional villains never quite did it for me.  I enjoyed watching them, but no more than any other character.  I celebrated when they were defeated. 

And then came Zuko.

Ah, Zuko.  But even with him, I rooted for him to become good.  I didn't just enjoy watching him be evil.  The same went for Vader, who was the first villain whose mind I really tried to get inside.  It was mostly because of Luke, I think.  Because, at the end of RotJ for the first time, I did not think that Vader was going to save Luke.  I thought that maybe Luke would survive, but I just kind of winced when Luke went "father..." in that rasping voice, because I knew that there was no way Vader was going to save him, and it made me want to cry. 

So, I liked Vader, but, again, I wanted to see him redeemed.  That was the point of the character.  RotS made me actually cry, but RotJ is the one that makes me squinch my eyes up to this day.

And then came comics.

I read DC for the heroes, but when I do read Marvel, it's for the villains.  And not just Deadpool, either.  But the thing about Marvel?  I kind of want Magneto, especially, to win when I read it.  It's the combination of a too horrific and tied into the real world to make light of it backstory and the fact that any population that willingly puts the Green Goblin in a position of power kind of can die and I won't really care.  And, of course, the old XMen cartoon...  most of the heroes get on my nerves from time to time and the civilians actively annoy me.  I tend to root for the guy with the decent voice actor.  I'm sorry.  It's how I roll.  I'd like Wolverine if he used his claws to do anything but reflect light.  I'd like Storm if she never talked.  I'd-  sweet meepits, this is getting off topic. 

Anyway.  DC wise, like I said, I root for the heroes.  But I also really enjoy watching the villains.  And that hit me today with a few panels of Sinestro.

I don't want him to win.  I want the Green Lanterns to win, and espicially Guy Gardner.  But Sinestro lately can sit in a cell awaiting execution, and smirk at Hal Jordan and say "I've won," and the thing is you believe him.  He has absolutely nothing, and I can still totally buy that he has the upper hand.

Also Hal's "confused and upset and VERY confused" face is adorable.  *pats him*


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