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: (Angel of Procrastination)
Oh my, what a long, drag of a week. I didn't manage to get much writing done last Sunday, and got even less done during the past week, but so far today I've had a good start. After I finish making my pancakes (and hopefully finishing off my Merlin rewatch), I plan to finish at least a scene for my ACBB fic, and then maybe try to run through the rest of chapter 11 of FS. It's incredible, how many notes I've written for both, but this week was just very blah in terms of motivation. Work was very slow, which made my brain feel like pancake batter slowly dripping off of a counter and onto the floor. In other words, I got home and just lazed around either reading or immersing myself into games.

Fun in its own way, but glad that's over!

I did another escape room yesterday afternoon (another very close attempt, but we couldn't complete the last puzzle in time to escape), and then spent the rest of the afternoon (and a good chunk of the evening) at a board game café playing various Timeline games. I won most rounds, just by-the-by... :p

Not that I'm particularly good with dates; my memory has never cooperated on that front! Instead, I was just really good at guessing and using my intuition. It was driving my friends nuts (they're a lot better with remembering dates than I am and the ones they got right they were generally very sure of). If you haven't played the game before, I recommend it! It's very, very easy to pick up, and can be as quick or as short as you like... besides, it's educational! We were all having quite a lot of fun learning as we played. I may have to pick up one of the editions of the game to keep at home as an icebreaker for our mini dinner parties.

Slightly embarrassing detail: I almost missed the (extended) deadline to check in for ACBB, which has convinced me to start reading my friends-page on a consistent basis. Oops!
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
I felt like yesterday was Friday... which made the workday today feel incredibly long. It was either that, or the fact that I was kept up (more or less willingly) until about 1:30 am last night because my partner and his friend (who was staying over) could not stop giggling and trying to scare me with ghost stories. I scare easily. I also start to act drunk if I'm too sleepy. Weird night.

We did get a very impressive thunderstorm though, and some green lightning flashes behind a wall of clouds, which I had definitely never seen before. This prompted some very lazy research with the help of google, where I concluded, after viewing one webpage, "yep... it's a thing".

I've finally settled on crossposting from DW to LJ; while I much prefer DW in general, there is still a large chunk of fandom left on LJ (or still figuring out the logistics of moving), so I'd probably miss a lot of fun if I stopped all activity on my LJ. Comments are open on both my journals, and I'll be checking friend posts on both sites, so... I think that's about it. See you wherever I see you!

My excellent plan for this weekend was to catch up on all my messages and then focus on starting the ACBB fic and getting a good chunk of FS chapter 11 written out. In short: not agreeing to do A Fun Thing with people. That being said, I've already agreed to an escape room tomorrow (this time I roped my brother and his girlfriend into our group, so we should avoid the massive stranger fail of the previous escape attempt). An escape room will probably lead to other activities like: going out for ice cream and/or supper, going shopping, and/or going to a board game cafe. Which are all things that spell less time spent on writing. I need to kick my butt into high gear. Maybe pull an all-nighter by getting hopped up on tea. Terrible idea. Great idea.

Played some Mass Effect 2 over supper (what kind of casual frickin day is this?), and Garrus still has not sent me information regarding his loyalty mission. I know it'll happen eventually, after I complete a handful of other, random missions but... come on. I want to start flirting with this Turian already. Throw me a bone Bioware! Interesting choice of words.

Finally, this webpage conforms perfectly to my interests: These are Truly Useful Cat Smileys!

I've gathered some cute cat smileys to use on Twitter and blogs! Happy cats, sad cats, pawing cats, content cats, determined cats, sleepy cats... I've collected lots★

Okay, that's enough out of me. Time for tea and crab apple writing mode.

...ah, what the hell. I'm making that into a damn tag.
borealgrove: Dionysus fulfills his promise to Prosymnus (Rite of Spring)
Ahh, four day weekends, how I love them.

Though we spent Thursday night over at my parents', the rest of my time off has been spent at home, (mostly) in front of my laptop. I wish I could say that it has all been spent writing, but due to the LJ TOS changes, my time was spent doing other things. Like saving PDF copies of all four of my LJs, and moving this (my latest, and now only active) over to Dreamwidth permanently. I did have a DW journal before, but it ended up petering out because it felt so deserted, and all the action (small as it was) was still over on LJ. I hope that begins to change! After all, DW is a very thoughtfully-constructed blogging platform, and really all it was missing was numbers--communities.

On top of moving my LJ over here, and saving all my old ones, I also realized that all of my old fanfiction was in danger of disappearing too. So I created a new Ao3 account and began re-posting all of the important stuff over there... I thought a lot about whether I wanted to create a brand new account, or whether I wanted to just add a new pseud to my main one, and in the end, a new account won out. My old stuff is just very unpolished. Reading back through it makes me cringe and laugh and even feel warm (I can see my own style--sort of--developing) and I am proud of the stories I wrote, but I don't think I want them, and that super-niche fandom, associated with what I write and how I write now.

While taking breaks from the changeover and repost-a-thon, I also managed to finally finish Mass Effect! Yay! And then started Mass Effect 2! At this rate it will only take me another two years to get to Mass Effect Andromeda! Rejoice!

Sigh.

Okay, maybe two years is too a generous an estimate, but I seem unable to let go of side quests, so clearly I will not reach the Andromeda galaxy as soon as I'd like. It's just, if I never re-play these games, I'd like to be able to say that I experienced almost all of the possible story in them. Anyway, the jump from MA1 to MA2 is pretty great--the difference in graphics and controls is immense, and while I keep accidentally using the old controls, I have to admit, the changes are a nice improvement (levelling certainly feels much more minimalist). This game is the one I played about three quarters of the way through, but it was a long time ago, so while I have some memories of it, I still feel like I'm playing a new game--plus, this time, I have the benefit of a lot of story context from the previous game, so the story and lore doesn't feel confusing.

On to the big event of the weekend!

Toe-stubbing!

On Saturday night, while walking back to my chair, I smacked my pinky toe into a table leg reeeeal hard. It's taken until this morning (Monday) for me to be able to walk properly again lol. Luckily, I don't seem to have broken it, and there was no external damage other than very visible bruising, but boy did I ever pick the right weekend to put myself out of commission for a couple days. Ha!

Said toe-stubbing happened right after I had finished reading two wonderful volumes of Smut Peddler, a very female-friendly comic anthology of... well, exactly what it sounds like. :p

Why female-friendly? I would put that down to there usually being some sort of believable plot, to there being a lot of humour, to there being a huge variety of relationships, genders, and body types depicted... in short, it may be a sexy read, but it is also more than likely to give you a case of the warm fuzzies. There was a lot of love in those pages, either from the characters, or from the authors of each comic.

Other things of note... I made brownies last night and changed up my go-to recipe to the extent that my partner tasted the finished product and commanded me to write those changes down right now lol. I adjusted the amount of white sugar the original called for by substituting in some brown sugar and almond flour (he doesn't like overly-sweet things). In order to add a bit of extra sweetness for myself, I spread a little maple butter on top of my square. Delish. But then, when is maple butter not?

Finally, I woke up this morning after viewing a tweet in my dreams that had been posted by Stephen Moffat, saying something along the lines of "the wait is over". I woke up, because even dream me knew that Moffat doesn't have a twitter. At this point, I really can't imagine what they're waiting for, because I feel like they'll lose more loyal fans with each passing day, but I still do believe in The Lost Special, and my tin hat has not left my head since January. I'm still squinting suspiciously at the ContactSH and ContactJW twitters (when I'm not too busy grinning at their latest antics) but what I believe now, what I truly believe, is that Mofftiss want to drop TLS when no one expects it. TJLCers have been too clever. We've ruined their big reveal. So they want to surprise even us. Problem is, there are so few of us left... but that's a whole other (sad) can of worms.

Just for posterity, one of the best metas I have read since S4 ended is about The Johnlockian Game, by Shamelessmash on Tumblr. In particular, their [ meta ] about The Final Problem was exemplary, and I really do think they figured out the key to the whole S4 mess. But their play-by-plays of T6T and TLD are great reads as well.

Still fucky

Apr. 2nd, 2017 11:04 pm
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)


fjnaklsmd;a

Yeah, that's pretty much how I remember S1


On to le chapter editing after spending several solid hours this afternoon trying to help get #Bring221Back trending on Twitter (we had way, way, WAY more than enough tweeting going on to get it trending worldwide, so something fucky was up... which basically describes the entirety of this latest season ffffff).
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
My weekend has been packed (how does this keep happening?) and until yesterday evening I had no time at all for writing. Friday night I didn't get home until almost 2am because of a show. The Balconies. Ohhhhh mannnnn I love Jacquie Neville. She has this absolutely incredible stage presence, her voice is amazing, and both times I've gone to see them, she's jumped into the crowd to dance with us (centimeters away from me, both times ahsbfjafkndksnmal).

She also does a lot of headbanging, makes "crazy eyes" at the crowd, she's just... so awesome.



And extremely hot.



My god.



In honor of the Juno weekend, their setlist was mostly covers (they played three of their own songs when we called them back for an encore), and said covers were kickass. My favourites were Turn off the Light, Man! I Feel Like A Woman, You Oughta Know, Strange Disease... and probably others, but I've honestly forgotten all the others they played. But they nailed the whole performance. Can't wait to see them again!

Anyway, I spent yesterday (after I had managed to drag myself out of bed), making pancakes for the friend that had crashed at our place after the show, shopping, meeting up with other friends, and then coming home to eat supper at almost 9pm. I woke up this morning to write down a few notes and ended up just plain forgetting about breakfast in a frenzy of writing (I caught a possible plot hole and have been working on that). It's been hours of trying to wrestle my next chapter into shape (still a little ways off, but with some luck and elbow grease I'll get to the end of it today) and now I clearly need to feed myself. Off to watch Merlin and take a little food break before I get back to my sudden streak of inspiration.
borealgrove: (Through to Winter)
So, Mass Effect Andromeda.

Need I say more?


Actually, the truth is... I bought the shit out of the Deluxe edition, but I haven't played it yet. Because I'm still trying to finish the first three games. But it was essential that I preorder and get myself that sweet, sweet deluxe edish. For reasons. I am currently on the original game, and so preordering the fourth must seem like the act of a crazy person (and it could sort of be), but the thing is, I started out this franchise by playing the first few hours of the first game on fuckin' Xbox, then three-quarters of the second game on PS3 (fact: outside of the trilogy bundle, the original Mass Effect was only on fuckin' Xbox, so I had to try it on my brother's fuckin' Xbox, and then couldn't continue it, because I'm a PS person and did not have a good gaming PC at the time), and then bought the trilogy for PC and have restarted, properly. The whole thing is extremely convoluted. I never finished the second game on PS3, because once I got the trilogy, I needed to play everything in order, okay?

I'm a completionist, by the way, so my idea of rushing through is... basically doing every possible thing.


FUCK!



Though obviously not at the expense of putting out this next chapter which is going to be... intense. I had a pile of notes for it, and when I got to writing it, the entire tone changed, which was both a very exciting and very frustrating thing. When I need a break, I go hang out in the Normandy.

Kalitt:

Mar. 18th, 2017 07:20 pm
borealgrove: (Layabout)


Cheeky lesbian saviour of Thedas, part-time prankster, and full-time shiny wifey.
Former Inquisitor.
Skills include: backstabbing with one good arm, snappy comebacks.

Send inquiries to Varric, who can answer anything except how to pronounce this applicant's name.

Snowbanks

Feb. 18th, 2017 12:53 am
borealgrove: (Meltwater)


I logged in to PIGG for the first time in well over a year this evening because... why not? And then stumbled into a cat collecting minigame (にゃんきゃっち) that was obviously made for me. Luckily you have to pay to play indefinitely because I would have played that shit until the end of time if it were free. Too cute!

Went to my parents' for supper tonight, and got to see the absolutely hilarious amount of snow piled all over their street(s)... we live just off a main road, so the excess snow has been picked up pretty routinely and so it's been easy to forget just how much snow has been falling since December. The piles of snow on either side of my parents' driveway reach the tree branches of their cherry trees, going way over my head. It really reminded me, when I saw it, of how much snow we used to get when I was a kid (obviously, I was tiny, so my perspective would have been different!), but still, it was nice to see those piles I remember so well. I took several pictures, but they really do not capture the scale of those snow mountains all over the street accurately.

Tomorrow morning I am going to try to do more writing (I did manage some tonight, but not nearly as much as I would have liked), and then I am either going to stay in and make a dessert or I am going to go shopping at HMV while the going is still good (I'm really hoping to nab the Sherlock seasons I am missing and/or the complete Merlin box set for a deliciously low price). Then I will need to hurry back home to get ready for a dinner-and-boardgames date with our friends that should last well into the night.

Sunday is always lazy-day.

I'm gonna go read some comics. It's that sort of Friday night.
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