borealgrove: Shou and Saga wearing the same obi... for whatever reason. (Coordination)
Okay, look. I'm going to sit my butt down and do some writing tonight before I go to sleep. But before I do... before I do, jfc, I need to scream about the series of tweets that Saga just made, because that asshole gave me the pick-me-up that I had desperately been needing after a long week.

So, first of all, the new single has been announced for September 20th - PENDULUM - and according to him, it's going to be a heavy track. Sign me the fuck up. Also, sign me the fuck up for Re:born, because it's still on backorder. At this point, I'll be receiving both those singles at the same time. I mean, it's not a bad thing, but I really would prefer to spread the joy out a little more.

Second of all... I'm sorry. I'm still reeling. I'm so excited, I don't know how to put it into words.

They've decided to release another photobook, like their Piece of 5ive Elements from forever ago. But the teaser photos for the upcoming book, 5 ELEMENTS PIECES, caused me to do a double-take in a crowded restaurant, and then promptly turn off my screen and take a breather.

They retweeted a Barks [ article with plenty of information, and a Decolum [ article ] with high-res photos (THANK YOU GOD).

So... this collection is going to be released in five books, apparently. I'm assuming each will focus heavily on just one member, and have some group shots along with (hopefully) some interviews. But I'm dying because the teaser photo for Saga's shoot looks like softcore porn.

He is a babe. That bare-chested photo of him is just sublime. He's got just enough roundness that I kind of think, if someone didn't immediately know he was a man, they might mistake him for a woman. I am 100% here for that.

He also tweeted this shit right here:



To the best of my knowledge, what is says is: Feel free to use this when you're making out with your boyfriend.

I don't know if he means use the image as an internal fantasy, or use it as a how-to for looking like the sexiest thing ever, but...

SAGA GET THE FUCK OUT.

When can I preorder this shit? This is what money was made for. Also, Shou retweeted every single tweet Saga made about this, without comment. Not one dirty joke. Nothing. Notable, because it's unusual. The last sexy photos totally got comments from him. Even Hiroto made a sly jab about Saga's "breasts". Could it be that Shou is just... admiring the view? I'm going to look forward to him breaking his silence about this lol. Also, for some reason, I am suddenly reminded of the time he accidentally retweeted a Drarry manip meant for his secret, personal account, on his public band account. Like. Shou? Why? :D

Also, like, let's not forget that the last "wet tshirt" Saga photoshoot in Piece of 5ive was Shou's "artistic vision". Yeah.

Shou, you can get the fuck out too lol.
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
Oh my god. I just sent in my Drizzle submission.

I cut it real damn close, my guy.



SLEEP.
borealgrove: Shou and Saga wearing the same obi... for whatever reason. (Coordination)
I've been having a semi-productive night, no thanks to the handful of distractions that wormed their way into my inbox. Chief among them was an email from the A9 FC (NUMBER SIX.), informing me that the old proxy address that they had originally provided to all international fans was no longer in use and that I would have to register for another through a third party. That wasn't a problem, as I already had an account with a company that could provide me with such a proxy address (how else was I going to get my hands on A9 magazine clipping auction lots? LOL! I have a weird obsession with collecting A9 magazine articles and interviews). But actually forming cohesive replies to the emails was the little challenge for tonight. They used to send separate, roughly-translated emails in English to the handful of international fans with a membership, but have recently switched to sending them in Japanese only. Which is completely fine--probably better, because I don't need to constantly wait longer for the English mass-email that I am supposed to reply to when I have already read the original. It just means that even my short replies take a while to craft, since the emails are in keigo and I don't want to reply in a loosey-goosey register lol.

Anyway, tonight involved some emergency review lol.

Earlier in the day, I saw some extremely exciting tweets confirming that Bryan Fuller is now in talks to try and get a studio to pick up Hannibal for a fourth season. For those that don't know, Hannibal is one of my favourite shows. It is dark, queer, poetic, romantic, horrific... and delectable, just delectable. The dialogue, the cinematography, the acting is just exquisite. I love Hannibal, and even though the ending to Season 3 was incredible and could absolutely serve as the definitive end of the series proper, I would love to see this series brought back. My god, would I ever.

I like to think of Hannibal as being a proper representation of a novel onscreen--it is full of visual metaphor that often isn't subtextual at all. It's right there, the poetic connection obvious, as if you were reading the line in a book. It does a really good job of capturing the main characters' mental states without outright stating them most of the time, which is often a problem with novel adaptations--there is a lot going on beneath the surface (important internal character thoughts, reactions, emotions) the complexity of which can't always be conveyed with acting alone.

So many of the murder tableaux in the series were incredible not because they were gory and shocking, but because each one was meant to be a piece of (disturbing) art--and I can honestly say, a lot of them creeped the fuck out of me, while also enthralling me, and I haven't really seen anything like them in any other program. The fungus, for fuck's sake. The instrument. No spoilers, but holy fuck, I will never forget those. The dialogue is often ornate and well-crafted, so many of the characters almost unnaturally well-spoken. You don't go into Hannibal for a bit of light programming, or for stark realism. You go into Hannibal ready to read deeply into everything you see onscreen and enjoy its opulence (the overly-rich dialogue, scenery, morbidity...). You go into Hannibal absolutely reading into the crazy chemistry between the two leads, and having to tell yourself, as usual, that it'll never go there, but then it does. It is pure, queer poetry.

Enough about my thirst for the continuation of Hannibal. ♥ ♥ ♥

When I wasn't daydreaming about Hannibal S4 or crafting deceptively short emails, I was working on my HP Drizzle submission. I didn't get any actual writing done tonight (just plotting), but I did begin to do the HTML formatting, picked out a title, and got the summary (always the biggest headache) figured out. In other positive news, I came up with the beginning and end of my Smut Fest submission, with the stuff in between mostly plotted out. I'm on track to get the HP Drizzle fic in on or (hopefully) a couple days before the deadline, but this weekend is probably going to involve late nights in order to do that. That's optimistic, considering that Saturday is my birthday, and we're planning on going out to celebrate, but anyway... I'm on track for now. One way or another, this first fic is going to be sent off on time and then the next is going to get written out in short order.

Geez, I need to get to sleep soon. Best get back to that formatting and see if I can get one more scene squared off!
borealgrove: (Old Religion)
This long weekend has been great, but it flew by so quickly. I've tried to get in as much writing as I possibly could, but my HP Drizzle fic is still ongoing--the plot isn't dragging, exactly, I'm just very conscious of how much time is left to get it done and want to get it finished as soon as possible! So a quick rundown of the other things that I got distracted with this weekend:

- An escape room to celebrate a high school friend's birthday (we escaped with half the time remaining, which was more bewildering than satisfying--we were all like, "...we're finished?"). Afterwards, I went out with the group for lunch, there was lots of reminiscing and gossip, you know, all the good catching-up-after-almost-a-year-of-little-to-no-contact stuff.

- Clickbait lists and Youtube videos. Holy hell my concentration is bad sometimes, especially when a deadline is close, but not imminent.

- A9 stuff on twitter, because the new single (Re:born) recently came out and I got an email from CDJapan telling me that the single is now on backorder and that they may not be able to ship it out for another week or two--even though I preordered it. I'm a little pissed, but I'll be patient. I curbed some of my saltiness by indulging in reading the band members' twitter feeds, and enjoying pictures of them in their yukatas for an instore event. Good stuff. Then, I noticed a recent interview in which Hiroto hinted that they were planning to possibly release two more singles before the end of the year. WHAT.

- I finished the last few episodes of recently-released Netflix original GLOW, which was a pretty satisfying watch, all around. The plot was fun, and the characters were pretty well-rounded. Not to mention, the very first episode had a lot of butts in very tight leotards being bandied about. And it only got better from there. BLESS.

- I feel like I answered some messages this weekend to try and clear my pile, and more just came in. SHRUG. I WILL GET THERE ONE DAY. :D

- I MADE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. GOD. GOD. I finally baked something for the first time in... I don't even know. I just kept putting it off. But my mint plant was getting a little too wild, so I had to give the ol boy a trim, and the result was so delicious, I can't even tell you. These cookies are my absolute favourite, and I always look forward to making them every summer. I am planning to finally try out the chocolate/lavender cake I've been meaning to make for months a while, but we'll see how much writing I can get finished during the week.

- This song by Angelo is so good. Holy shit. Kirito's voice is so gruff and soaring. Just delicious. I hope the rest of the new album will be as good!

borealgrove: Death beckons, draws them close. (She Draws Them Close)
I just spent the better part of the night researching period underwear. But in my defence... I really was due for some new pairs, and I am completely fed up with using things like panty liners. About ten years ago, I switched to reusable cloth pads (my skin was not enjoying the disposable variety), and I wasn't a fan of tampons either (I kind of forget my body exists half the time because I'm so far up in the clouds, so for my own safety, I don't like to use tampons, because there's a huge chance I'll forget they're there lol). I started getting tired of cloth pads after a while too (less irritating, but can get bulky and hot to wear in the summer), so I did exhaustive research on menstrual cups thanks to the amazing sizing charts people have compiled online, and found one that fit properly! Success!

However, even with the cup, I couldn't cut pads out entirely. And... horror of horrors... I started to notice that the pants I wore the most for work were developing holes. RIGHT IN THE UNMENTIONABLE ZONE.

Oh, god.

This happened twice to perfectly good pants before I realized that it was due to the snaps from my cloth pads/liners constantly rubbing against the fabric of my pants as I went about my day. So I spent my evening researching alternatives and decided to try "leakproof" (in quotes until I can test away my skepticism lol) undies from Knixwear. Which can apparently replace liners at the very least, and possibly take the place of tampons. I'm not holding my breath for that bit--I still love my cup. I just need something light that can replace liners. I'm at the end of my rope. I nearly had a tantrum at work in a bathroom stall last week when I realized that I had soaked through my underwear and onto my brand new (expensive) pants. Like, body can you stop fucking cleaning yourself for one goddamn minute so I can go about my day in peace?

Breathe.

Hey, if those leak-proof, sweat-proof, moisture wicking panties work, I'll be a happy frickin camper, I tell you.

I found another brand (Dear Kate) that makes yoga pants with leak-proof lining meant to be worn without underwear and... that's the dream, man.
borealgrove: Kalitt (a Qunari Inquisitor) lounging and enjoying a spa day with Vivienne. (Spa Day)
You know it: I was out this afternoon taking advantage of the first truly clear, sunny sky we've had all summer. I was absolutely stuck on a section of my HP Drizzle fic this morning, but about ten minutes ago, I finally finished the paragraph that was giving me grief. Victory! Not that I'm anywhere near finished, but at least the way is somewhat clearer now. I also did something unusual this morning, in that I actually bounced the ideas for the latter half of the fic off my partner. I'm normally tight-lipped about all story plot with absolutely everyone, but this one was frustrating me so much that I just wanted a completely objective opinion (which brought with it a rigorous effort to poke holes in the logic of the plot). I've gotta say... it was kind of nice.

I'm sitting in the dark listening to Phantogram's You Don't Get Me High Anymore on repeat and drinking in all those luxuriously disaffected vibes. As long as I don't think too hard about those deadlines, I'll be okay. :p



My day out today went something like this: squeezed into tightly-packed crowds (worse than Canada Day) to see the incredible spectacle that is La Machine, we then passed through a Chapters so my partner could pick up a book on industrial design that he'd ordered, and went on towards another festival happening somewhere else in the city (stopping into several interesting-looking stores along the way), only to balk at the overpriced foods being offered there (not that they didn't look delicious--I gave up grilled eel, man!), and go into a bubble tea shop to unwind, which we left in order to go home. At home, I made myself okonomiyaki (I make it from scratch, right down to grating the hilariously slimy nagaimo) and watched two episodes of Shameless, because I was feeling indulgent and decided not to stop at one. And now I'm here.

Writing this.

When I should be writing that other thing.

Edit: My teeny weeny cactus is trying to bloom and this morning I cried a tiny, proud tear. He's trying so hard. He just wants to be pretty. I support you little guy. ♥
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
So... instead of spending my evening yesterday writing (as I had intended)... I let myself get dragged out to a board game café by friends (and two acquaintances who will likely become friends, if the good game vibe was any indication). I don't regret it, but I do have to have an exasperated chuckle at myself for being very me.

We played three games, the first of which I didn't remember the name of (a game where you guess answers to trivia questions, and then bet on the answers for points) because it's not one I would care all that much about playing again. The other two were excellent.

Codenames (with Pictures)
Ohhhh this was a fun one, played in teams. You lay out a grid of tiles with random pictures on them (the game art is really strange and discombobulating -- loved it). Then, each team chooses a clue-giver, and the other(s) have to guess. The clue-givers sit together to share a hidden card that shows which tiles are "theirs" (and which ones are neutral--there is also one auto-lose tile that ends the game if it is picked). The clue-givers then have to take turns giving a one-word clue to their teammates that will allow their teammates to pick out as many of "their" tiles as possible. I thought it was fun figuring out the clues, but being the clue-giver was better. I slayed it! I gave four clues, and my teammates picked exactly the tiles I was aiming for each round. I really enjoy games where I can meticulously plan my moves in advance :p

Secret Hitler
The name alone should tell you that this was an... interesting game. lol! Made by the same company that makes Cards Against Humanity, so that should tell you even more. It took us a bit to get the hang of the mechanics for this game, but once we did, we were having a blast. Basically, this is a competitive game with opposing goals. At the beginning, everyone is given two cards showing their party membership (Liberal or Fascist), and their secret role (Liberal, Fascist, or Hitler). It has an element of Werewolf to it, where certain people are aware of others' status, while the rest have to deduce who is who (the secret Hitler [jfc] knows who the fascist/s is/are, everyone else is playing blind). The outward goal is to enact 5 Liberal policies -- the fascist goal is either to enact 6 fascist policies, or to elect the secret Hitler as chancellor. It's... basically a chance to spend a good hour (or longer lol) slinging accusations around, and being hyper-suspicious of everyone. There's more to it, but anyway... it's fun.

And now, time to get back to writing.
borealgrove: (Crabby Space Trash Panda)
The messages just keep coming, so I've started replying to them by prefacing them with I may not answer you for a month, more for my own piece of mind than for theirs--I hate leaving people hanging. I'm so fixated on the messages lol. Everyone on Facebook seemed to have forgotten that I existed until about a month or so ago, and now I've had a handful of people that hadn't said a word to me in months (or years) suddenly strike up a conversation. I just don't understand why now, and why all at once! It's not bad, just strange.

So aside from my ongoing discombobulation about these messages piling up, I've had a pretty productive week. I finally got that new FS chapter posted (it turned out to be slightly shorter than a previous chapter, so I didn't beat my record, but I was close), and I worked out most of the rest of the plot for my HP Drizzle fic... I'm now about 1/3 of the way through writing it (though the way I ramble, that may change). I started my SSHG Smut Fest submission as well, but since that one doesn't require beta-reading, and will run a little shorter, I'm going to work on that one afterwards, or at least when the Drizzle fic is almost done.

I did go out this weekend to get started on a scavenger hunt of sorts (you complete it at your own pace) that a group of friends signed up for--it was pretty hot out yesterday, and we got a little lost on one of the clues, so we didn't get far, but it made for a fun afternoon. We'll end up planning another day to continue sometime this month or the next. When we couldn't take the heat anymore, we went to a café to relax and cool off, and then some of us continued on to a restaurant for a late supper. The service at the restaurant was neither good nor bad... it was weird. It was confusing, almost. It wasn't really that busy (at one point, we were basically the only people there other than a few at the bar) but the service seemed very slow, and there were mix-ups. One friend ordered a certain beer and after a long wait, she was offered a completely different (but equivalent one that they weren't selling fast enough) even though they had the one she wanted in stock -- they didn't bother bringing the one she ordered, just the one they wanted her to drink instead, so she would have just felt fussy to say "no, I want what I ordered" because that would mean she'd have to wait even longer, and make them go back and change it. She enjoyed it, but I could tell that she had wanted the one she had originally ordered, and she gave in not to make a fuss. I didn't much like that. It would have been fine if they'd brought both bottles of beer at once and she'd chosen the 'new' one. Then, I ordered an appetizer, because I didn't want a large, heavy entrée, and they brought me... an entrée? Like? What? The thing I ordered didn't even sound remotely like what they brought me? I have no idea why they brought me that? Wtf? Even weirder, that was the only entrée on the menu that actually appealed to me. Again, to not feel like an picky asshole customer, I just accepted it and didn't complain, but it was very weird. At one point, one server said he'd bring us water, and then the other brought it instead... but then the first came over and saw the filled glasses and was like "wtf?". Really bad communication in that restaurant, I guess, and maybe understaffed. The servers also left a couple times without waiting for all of us to give our orders. The thing that caused us all to burst out laughing, though?

At the end of the meal, after the first of the four of us had paid, the card reader suddenly died and the server had to go get another one. What timing. It kind of summed up the whole experience lol.

In other fandom news... The 13th Doctor has been announced, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the next Doctor in action! I'm also looking forward to all the saltiness dying down. I'm seeing a lot of discussion on my Facebook right now about people going "oh IT'S JUST TO SATISFY THESE SJWs" and so on and so forth, and an upsurge of Bill-bashing (I'M NOT HOMOPHOBIC BUT). It's tiring to look at, so I'm not going to bother to dive in and try to talk sense into people essentially throwing temper-tantrums because an alien character that can regenerate into whatever form it likes isn't going to take a human male one for once. Again, as ever, Dudley says it best:

36? BUT LAST YEAR--LAST YEAR, I HAD 37!!!!!

Okay, fine, I will add in my two cents. One person was complaining that Bill's character was 'all about her being a lesbian'. Yes. Because she's a lesbian. And people in real life and on-screen, tend to just assume someone is straight unless told otherwise. Which is why it's important to break that assumption. And the only way to do that is by making characters that very clearly announce these things. Because even though straight is 'default' right now, it won't always be. It is something I believe will change--that one day, announcing even straightness may be normal. The assumptions won't be the same. But for now, it is important that queer characters get to embrace their queerness and announce it--so that people who are bothered by queerness can't just pretend that it's not there and not face their own discomfort.

In a similar vein, those that are screaming SJW about the Doctor regenerating as a female are screaming because the default for them is male. They don't want to watch female main characters--they're bothered by female-led superhero movies as well. To them, female-led movies and shows are 'chick flick' material, a female character automatically dumbing things down. Realistically, the Doctor being played by a female actor shouldn't actually be too different, but any tiny mention of femaleness is going to be magnified by these tantrum-throwers because maleness is 'default' and 'assumed', and anything female is jarring and unneeded and pandering.

Boys are brought up to scorn 'girly' things, and girls are brought up to enjoy 'girly' things (while being told they're lesser) and to like 'normal' stuff ('normal' stuff being anything that is not girly). So... we need to keep destroying that shitty dichotomy because in it, everyone loses.
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
Things that I have accomplished this weekend:

- Finishing season 1 of Luke Cage
- Finishing season 5 of Orange is the New Black
- Starting season 2 of Dark Matter
- Epilating (the everloving shit out of) my legs (...which is how OitNB got finished lol)
- Surprise barbeque at the beach (before it started pouring... we got two grilled sausages out of the affair before our poor, hard-won fire winked out of existence lol)
- Bleaching and then dyeing my hair (from brown, to bronze, to... purpley-blue... ish?)
- Reading a brand new interview from Shou all about Saga (sjkaffdkasl)

Okay, that last one, I nearly had to take the whole day off writing yesterday just to fully read it and scream about it to myself. I am still screaming. It was Too Much. Fully reading it meant transcribing it into a word document so I could properly look up the kanji I didn't know (I was surprised that after so long away from using it, I still knew a hell of a lot, and was typing it all up pretty quickly). The interview went through the whole "how did you meet?" thing, and it was basically anecdotes that we've heard before in other interviews, but I guess this time, it really struck me how unusual the tone was. I'll explain.

Shou's asked how they met. So he says that, while he was in his first band, he heard of a band formed around the same time (Visage), which had a really hot bassist... so he decided to go see them. UM. OKAY. I... guess? Like, he didn't even hear that the bassist was "good", he wasn't looking for any new people to join his band at the time, he just heard that Saga was hot. Which is why he decided to go see the band. Shou. What. UM.

Unfortunately, by the time he went to a live, Saga had already left Visage, so no dice LOL

They didn't cross paths properly until Shou had left his second band, attempting to form one with Nao (there's a whole other amusing anecdote about an into-the-night phone call to try to convince Nao to form the band that Shou didn't get into in this interview, but anyways...). Nao had already recruited Saga, so eventually, it was decided that the two of them, and Shou, along with his previous band member, Tora, would form Alice Nine (they scouted Hiroto together, later on). After the phone call that resulted in an agreement to form the band, they decided to all meet at a fast food joint in Shibuya... which was when Shou first met Saga. At this point in the magazine, I literally had to stop and just get a grip. I'll write it out in full.

そのときの衝撃は今も鮮明に刻まれていますね。沙我くんは、薄紫のノースリーブに淡い色のジーンズを合わせていて、髪の毛は肌と同じ真っ白で、今よりさらに細くて。大袈裟じゃなく、『ロード・オブ・ザ・リング』のエルフ族みたいだったんですよ。

"The impact of that moment is still engraved in my memory. Saga-kun had put together a light purple tank-top with some pale jeans, and his hair was just as white as his skin; he was even skinnier than he is now. I'm not even exaggerating, he looked like an elf from The Lord of the Rings."

I'm. Dying.

This is the first time I've read Shou comparing him to an elf; usually he says that when they first met he thought that Saga looked like a fairy.

Which doesn't actually lessen the impact of the above anecdote LOL

Then he adds: "Despite that appearance, he stoops and shuffles when he walks." (laugh)

Every fucking aspect of this interview is just full of Shou being completely charmed with Saga. His appearance, gushing about all the "cute/weird" things he does (he mentioned that Saga used an ashtray as a plate at a restaurant at once, completely absent-mindedly hfbjksdAL), how he's a "total airhead", but a "gifted craftsman/composer". At one point, he tells a story about Saga, trails off, and the interview notes in brackets say, "he was laughing so hard, he cried". This interview is a gift. It was like receiving Neo Genesis 10 again. And let's not forget the fucking tweets from them just before this interview came out. Yeah, Shou wasn't kidding about this thing being "love".


...I am almost done writing that damn FS chapter, just, by the by. Longest one to date. :p
borealgrove: Black Widow looking disgruntled against a bold lettered background (Black Widow)
I've got a pile of messages to respond to, but I set them aside over the weekend in favour of milking the hell out of a sudden surge of motivation. Aside from some celebrating of Canada Day on Friday and Saturday, I spent the rest of my long weekend sitting at my computer and chipping away at chapter 12 of FS (currently editing and picking at one last scene). I'm trying to tie that up so that I can really focus on my two upcoming challenge fics for the rest of the month (though I have made a little headway already in both).

I spent Friday evening at my parents', with a gaggle of relatives from the Maritimes showing up with a ton of booze and gaudy red-and-white decorations. Basically, my father was barbequeing in a lobster-print apron and a red-and-white clown wig before any real drinking happened. Quite the crowd, they are. Then on Saturday we headed out to brave the crowds celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and after waiting for almost two hours in the rain (the show was cancelled twice before it finally went on lol), I got to see Mother Mother for the second time this year!

I have to admit... their performance this time (maybe because they were playing such a high-profile gig?) was a little lacking. The energy was there, but I feel like they were more concerned with singing as loudly as they could than with singing as best they could. During Hay Loft and The Stand the singing was a lot more normal, but the rest of the songs had some awkward near-screaming parts. I've seen them enough times to know what they sound like at their best, so I'll just look forward to their next solo gig :p

Still danced my butt off and mouthed most of the words!

I suppose the only other thing to note is that I got back on Warframe yesterday afternoon after several months of hiatus -- the new Harrow quest was both extremely creepy and enjoyable to play, and was the main reason for coming back. I played a little this evening as well (emphasis on little). It all made me feel a little sad about not going to Tennocon this year, but it just wasn't convenient enough for us to get to London this year--maybe the next, if we still enjoy playing the game to a big enough extent!

And now, back to chapter 12. I need to get this donnnnnnne!
borealgrove: Kalitt (a Qunari Inquisitor) lounging and enjoying a spa day with Vivienne. (Spa Day)
Current life status:

Eating cute macarons and reading a Drarry fic.


So good. But more importantly, as much as I have been running around this weekend (and continuing a stop-start Doctor Who marathon with a bestie after a bit of a hiatus), I have managed to get a good amount of writing in. I tumbled down a rabbit hole of research yesterday for the HP Drizzle fic, and it is getting more fun to write the longer I stick with it ENGAGE THRUSTERS TO MAXIMUM IMAGINATION


I think that last macaron might have had a bit of alcohol in it.

Um. Anyway.
borealgrove: Kalitt (a Qunari Inquisitor) lounging and enjoying a spa day with Vivienne. (Spa Day)
This month continues to be a pain (with the occasional upside), and so my productivity has varied wildly. For some reason everyone I've ever known has decided to send me a message this month (slight exaggeration, but also kind of accurate--also not a complaint lol), so my inbox is a huge mess, an explosion of correspondence. I'm trying to keep on top of it, but every day something new comes in, or I have to do other errands that cause me to not be able to answer, so I'm just... looking forward to that day that I can reduce the unread messages to zero. Or at least to single digits. :p

I'm trying to get some writing in this weekend, because the week has been full of errands, events, filling a zillion forms, not having time after work, exhaustion, etc... But we'll see. I've already spent nearly five hours this morning combing through my inbox and feeds, sending messages, catching up with friends, and just generally connecting with people, and I'm still not finished. But it was nice to make a huge dent in my mountain of correspondence. :D

I'm going to ramble about a few things I have been screaming about this week, and then I will get on with the writing!

It's outdoor music festival time again! This is one of the pleasurable distractions I've had for the past week or so and I've already been to three nights of shows. My feet and knees are not thanking me for it. But my ears and eyes have been enjoying themselves. I'll list my favourite shows so far (which is almost all of them, but ANYWAY) : Elsie Legrow, Said the Whale, The Sheepdogs, Kalle Mattson, The Zolas, and Dear Rouge. All Canadian acts (Canada 150!), all very fun to see live. Seeing The Sheepdogs felt like going back in time (they were dressed in vintage, tacky ranch shirts lol, and their stage presence was epic), while Kalle Mattson was magnetic, and his between-song quips were hilarious. The Zolas threw us a party with incredible energy, and Dear Rouge's frontwoman was djdkalsmdflasmcflfaejen. Okay, okay, I'll be coherent: total rockstar, infectious energy, powerful voice, and... yeah, that partly-see-through body suit was to die for. ♥ They did a lot of call-and-response, which was really fun! The last three in the list I would be especially happy to see again. Can't wait for the next round of live music to hit the city!

This week Duolingo finally released Japanese courses! It's all review for me so far, but it's good fun, and a nice challenge to help keep at least a base-line of skills. I've been so intent on my writing, that I haven't had the time or energy to devote myself to Japanese learning like I used to. I'd like to get back into it, so maybe once I've finished all the lessons currently on Duolingo, I'll feel up to getting back into studying properly again. Or at least watching Jdramas again lol! I have no idea if my old sources for Japanese subtitles are still viable, though. Having Japanese audio and subtitles really helps, because my reading is still better than anything else.



I lost my mind for about two days after Saga tweeted about Stuppy vol. 16 expressing his mock-nervousness (it contains an interview with Shou about Saga). And then Shou retweeting him with assurance jngskfdmal;s,a. Interview is called 『俺とアイツ』~将が語る沙我のこと~. Nope, nope I'm still losing my mind. Screaming, even, you could say. I don't care about images, I just want that interview fhbksjDKSAL

Like, if it's anywhere near as good as the immortal Neo Gen vol 10 interview... fhvbkdjeklmd

It's so damn expensive, though, for one short interview--not that I don't like a bunch of other artists in the magazine (I am VERY okay with a steamy Sakito shoot lol!)... I wish [profile] jrock_scans was still active and putting out high-quality images in one place. The idea of combing through Tumblr is overwhelming; I really don't interact with the vkei fandom on there so I would have no idea where to start. But holy shit do I ever want to read that interview about Saga from Shou's perspective. Those two have been getting real chummy again recently after a bit of a cold period... :D

Oh, lastly, I caught wind of another fest (H/D) this morning that has an incredible list of prompts (I saved 16 really interesting ones, but I would have saved way more if I hadn't stopped myself). They're for [community profile] hd_fan_fair (unusual careers). I don't know if I actually will participate... I'll probably save the list and take whatever is left of the prompts I liked if I finish one of my two fest fics early enough. If the prompts I liked are all taken... well, great! More stuff for me to read in the fall!

EDIT: I was doing some googling to try to find scans of Stuppy vol 16 (no-go), and instead I found a buried post on Tumblr about "Volland Gump", a solo project put out by an unnamed artist in 2015, that has no intention of making any in-person appearances, and plays all instruments on his recordings... except drums. The post mentioned that it was Saga's solo project, and after listening to the song on the homepage... holy actual fuck. It sounds like him both in terms of the description, and the voice itself. My god. But even more googling wouldn't allow me to find anywhere that fully confirmed that it was him. Which I guess is his intention. I really hope he releases something else (sounds like Nao is playing the drums for him in his solo project -- of course they very openly have their THE ALTERNATIVE project as well, which I hope to one day be able to go see live, since they haven't made any recordings). I love Saga's music so much, just, in general!
borealgrove: (Meltwater)
This has certainly been an interesting week so far. I managed some work on FS at the beginning, plotted out the next few chapters, but after finishing a scene that was exhausting to write, I needed a break. So I started to write my HP Drizzle fest submission! SSHG Smut fest is coming up (in fact I am eagerly awaiting the claiming post to go up this morning so I can make mine), and the submission will be due around the same time, so I decided to act out of character and do some work in advance :p

My Merthur fic is still percolating in the back of my mind, and I add to my notes every now and then, go back and re-read them, but I think the only way I'm going to be able to write it properly is if I spend some time outside on a hill when it's extremely sunny and bright out. I've still got a winter sense-memory, and I can't fully get into the zone with this thing right now.

This morning started with a jolt: the fire alarm went off. Or rather, it seems it was pulled, so... Happy Father's Day lol. Then, the alarm itself malfunctioned, so it kept turning on and off, and they couldn't restore the elevators, so after being patient, we were left with no choice other than to walk all the way up to our unit (we're on one of the highest floors lol) so that was a fun pre-breakfast workout. My side of the family are planning to come here for a Father's Day supper, but if they don't fix the elevators, there's no way we're making them walk all the way up and down the stairs; we'll have to figure something else out.

This is random, but yesterday I successfully went from a 10g to an 8g in my left earlobe. My left earlobe has been extremely finicky and I've had to go back down a size twice now because it would not settle properly (rather, because it needed way more than a couple months to rest between stretches). So I finally managed the next stretch with ease! My right lobe for some reason has been a lot easier to stretch and I've had very little trouble with it, so it's several sizes ahead lol.

I've got to run off and make myself breakfast so I'll just make mention of one last, very important thing:

The definitive post-S4 TJLC meta is out!

toxicsemicolon has done it with her [ Poetry or Truth? ] meta, which she published on Medium (part II to come). It's definitive, because she started from the two clearest hints we got about the season via twitter, and did a shitload of research and connecting of dots (I've been watching her scream about Brecht and theatre of the absurd for several months on her Tumblr lol). This meta... is fucking amazing. I ascribe to other metas/theories that aim to explain something about the plot, but this is the first one that I feel truly explains what Season 4 is, if that makes sense. EMP theory, for instance, gives us a good explanation for what is going on with the plot as early as HLV, and into TAB and beyond, and I think it's a strong contender for the big reveal (Tarmac Hell!), but it doesn't fully explain the narrative choices they made the way Poetry or Truth? does. So far, I don't think they have to be mutually exclusive; they can complement one another. I also really like Opaljade's

Ah, I'm back. The fire alarm went off again. Because it's malfunctioning. So we went down a fafillion flights of stairs again, the alarm turned off after about fifteen minutes, and we each heaved a sigh. The elevators were still out of service, so we decided, being quite hungry and fed up, that we would go get brunch. As soon as we started walking away, the alarm went off again; clearly we made the right decision. So we took a nice walk, had a nice brunch (right before the morning rush, so we didn't need to wait to get a table -- score!), and then came back to find... the elevators were still out of service. We met an unfortunate relative at the entrance and had the sad task of informing her that to get up to where her mother lived on the 10th floor, she would have to walk. Horror! We walked together and offered encouragement, and at the tenth floor we bid her farewell and continued on.

We made it back home and immediately laid out clothes on the bed for if the alarm inevitably goes off again and we need to get dressed to go out properly in a hurry. By the way... it's supposed to go up to 40C today, so... jfc. LOL

So, um... where was I?

Right. Opaljade's meta. Trance Theory (part I & part II). This one also does a pretty good job at de-fucking S4, and can coexist to a certain degree with EMP.

I still love BBC Sherlock, and no one yet has managed to convince me that TJLC is not real.
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
I've completely let the ball drop on blogging and writing in the past week or two: part of it is due to craziness at work (new people at work that I have to train, a meeting that I nearly forgot--oops, and a new system that I have to figure out on behalf of my office before it goes live in less than two weeks), and the other part is due to craziness at home (several appointments, general exhaustion from work, and a ton of spring cleaning).

Phew.

It's only this weekend that I've really found the time and motivation to write again, and I started it off yesterday by brainstorming a few prompt ideas for the upcoming [community profile] sshg_smut 2017 Fest, which was a hell of a lot of fun last year. Today I've been focusing on the next chapter of FS, in which I'd hit a bit of a scene roadblock a week or so ago. I tackled it this morning, and have been chipping away at finishing that irksome scene for the past hour or two. With the HP Drizzle fest deadline also slowly approaching, I have been revisiting my notes for my prompt and thinking about how best to start the fic. I am very, very excited to write it -- it should be interesting. No idea how long it's going to be, though. I'm going to try not to ramble too much and miss the deadline lol!

I've promised my partner that sometime today I will be making a lavender chocolate tea cake, so that will interfere with my writing a little, but it will be worth it if it turns out to be as delicious as it sounds.

Currently making pancakes with Naturripe brand (Georgia grown) blueberries that... taste like apples???



I don't even

There are children out there likely growing up eating these thinking that that's how real blueberries taste. Or that they taste unremarkable because there's a fruit already out there that does that flavour better. I like apple, so I don't have to force myself to eat these "blueberries", but if I'm buying blueberries, I kind of expect that they'll taste like blueberries. I just. What the shit. I'm just gonna breathe, have some patience, and wait for the delicious yearly downpour of (actual) blueberries from BC to hit the shelves.
borealgrove: Dionysus fulfills his promise to Prosymnus (Rite of Spring)
My god, it's been a long while since I last posted--I've been trying to catch up on emails and messages, as well as writing up a small but steady storm. So this is just going to be a lazy mish-mash of interesting tidbits about what's been going on.

I'll start with a concise write-up of the con I attended: it was fun. Alright, I'll give a little more than that.

Read more... )

Last weekend, I went axe-throwing at our local axe-throwing place (as you do), and it was fun. I wasn't very into the competitive, scoring aspect of the practice, mostly because all I cared about was seeing whether or not I could hit the board in the first place (took a while), but I might go back again in the future just to get some aggression out.

After that, I finally finished and posted the next chapter in FS, and since then have been hard at work on the next. The writing notebook I bring everywhere is practically falling apart with all the extra paper scraps I've shoved into it. I may soon have to retire it and start on the next one. It's just so much more practical for me to jot down notes by hand during my breaks at work, and I like being able to line scraps up side by side, circle things, highlight, underline, draw cat faces... yeah, I do that. Ooops.

This week has been mostly an effort to catch up on the messages and emails and things I mentioned above, but I've also spent a little time relaxing after work (the writing-intensive week extended into this one, and will continue on to the next, which I'm certainly not complaining about!), which meant watching more of season 4 of The 100 (nearly ragequit after a certain character death, but have pressed on and there have been some interesting themes, to say the least). I've also been catching up on the seasons of Shameless (US) that I missed, a series that I easily become obsessed with because of all the dark humour, difficult topics, and extensive character study. Haven't been able to bring myself to get into the original, UK version though... I watched too much of the US version beforehand and so those versions of the characters became too entrenched in my mind.

Now on to some reading material recs:

Read more... )

Umm... what else? I've got a ticket to go see Wonder Woman on opening night with my best friends, so the energy for that showing should be awesome. I am currently making pancakes (and found a little beetle in the flour when I was preparing the batter... lil scamp), and I intend to spend the next hour or two slowly eating my pancakes and watching more Shameless. Then I'll write.
borealgrove: (Meltwater)
The scones were unreal, and I finished baking them around 10pm yesterday, because when it comes to baking, ridiculously late is how I roll.

The reason I made them was in order to celebrate my partner finally getting a job offer after about a year of searching--he started this week and things seem to be going well, so the very least I could do was bake up a treat! It's definitely a weight off of the both of our minds that he's out of that job roadblock, and now we can do adulty things like put money into savings accounts, and plan for the future. Such forbearance. Much adult.

Ahem.

On the subject of jobs, I got to spend the better half of this week getting paid to write and edit, which I always enjoy. The writing was for a manual (so, a little dry), but it was writing nonetheless, and my manager seemed pretty happy with the end result. On the flip side, having spent several days this week writing how-tos has left me feeling pretty drained by the time I get home. My next chapter of FS is almost done (and what isn't has been plotted out), so all I really need is to sit down properly and finish it up. Any day now. Maybe even this evening, once I get this post out of the way.

Besides, for the first time in I-don't-even-know-how-many-weeks, I have no plans for the weekend. None. Not a one. That's not to say I won't end up accepting an invitation to go somewhere board game cafe, but at the moment, no plans. Except stay home and write.

Sconetime

May. 17th, 2017 08:43 pm
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
I'm finally making these damn blueberry scones, and it will be glorious.



But I tell you fucking what, people, no one is more excited about these things than Annabelle White.

I love this video lol bless her
borealgrove: (Layabout)
So, I suppose the main thing of note today is that my LJ account has been restored, after nearly a week of being suspended. The explanation I got was that my account was flagged as spam and so suspended on those grounds. I am glad, yes, that my account was un-suspended, but I can't help but still feel frustrated that the suspension happened without warning (I suppose they couldn't be bothered to check an account flagged as spam before suspending?), and also that it happened despite the fact that I paid for a custom userhead. Yes, a relatively inexpensive purchase, but I still became a paying customer. Do spam bots really pay in order to spam? idk man, just a bad overall customer experience. It has never happened to me before, and on my old accounts, I posted a hell of a lot more frequently. Just really unimpressed with it all.

Well. I'm back. This frustration should dissipate over the next couple of days, especially as I can actually participate in comms again, and read entries, even if only to lurk. I assume all of my comments have been un-deleted (ugh, so frustrating to have been basically wiped off the face of the site), so if there was anything left unsaid, or suddenly cut off--now I can properly say: Sorry about that!


I'm still winding down after a pretty awesome and tiring con weekend in which I saw John Barrowman do pirouettes in a Tardis pattern dress so I'm going to go eat, and... maybe more on that later lol!
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
The absolute worst thing is to wake up with the intention of making blueberry scones, and realizing that you have all the ingredients to make them except for the cream. Especially when you went grocery shopping the day before.

...okay, I really don't have to go that far to procure it, but still.
borealgrove: (Crabby Space Trash Panda)
Still no change on the Livejournal front: the wonderful staff have not yet gotten around to telling me what the heck prompted them to blast my account off the face of the interwebs. I may be slightly bitter lol. It's alright though, at least I have this blog to ramble into--as long as I have a place to ramble, I'm set. In light of the fact that I haven't heard anything from the staff, I went ahead and sent messages to the two fests I was currently signed up for, to notify them of the pickle I'm in. I'm maintaining participation in HP Drizzle, and have decided to officially drop out of ACBB (as a writer--I'm still going to read the crap out of the rest of the submissions!).

I had a few reasons for these decisions. First, ACBB has a much higher word count requirement, and given the upheaval this LJ-business has caused, and my inability to interact with the community, the idea of trying to meet the deadline was a lot more headache-inducing than fun-sounding. The deadline for HP Drizzle is much further off, and the word count requirement is much less which doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to write something short lol, which makes it... well, less stressful. Plus, the fundamental difference: I brought my own story idea to ACBB (so I can write it at a later time, whenever I like), while Drizzle is prompt-based... and I really like the prompt I was able to claim, and already have plenty of notes written out for it. I'm a little sad about letting go of ACBB, but there's (probably) always next year, or I can finish and post the idea I had independent of a fest :)

Okay, enough of all that! Yesterday I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

Yes!

It was by far and away even funnier than the first one. It was also full of heartfelt moments, character development, and action. It was just a really, really fun movie to see on the big screen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended if you need to put a smile on your face. Or even if you don't. Either way. Go see my favourite trash panda blow things up and be a loveable lil shit! :D

P.S. My best friend and I spotted two celebrities yesterday while we were at the movies. I noticed first, and pointed them out. It's kind of doubtful that many people would know of them, or the sequel they were promoting... but we saw the stars of the first and second Bon Cop Bad Cop! Ahh! For those who have never heard of the movie, it's a Canadian, bilingual movie. One cop is (English) Ontarian, and one is a Québecker, and for me and my bilingual friends, it was just really fun to see "ourselves" on screen. Long story short, as they were walking away, we smiled at them, and they totally smiled back at us (we were standing alone along a wall, so it couldn't have been at anyone else). JUST SAYING.
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