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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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Decided to binge the rest of Downton Abbey, finally. Gah I love this show.

Also decided to go to Queen in 2 weeks. Sure I saw them before, but how many more times am I going to get to??

Trying not to think about how much sewing I need to do D: I completely forgot what I was doing with the stays, so I put the grommets into the boning channel, and then was punching them upside down and completely mangled them. They destroyed the ribbon I used to try them on. Gah. I cut new fronts the other day but haven't sewn them on yet.

Except I do need to think about how much sewing I need to do, because I need to start budgeting my time. OK, Sunday is booked. Going to get some jewels glued down and cut out my tea gown, plus some errands. Ideally I'd like to get my stays re-sewn to the point where I can poke holes in the proper places, but I can save that for next week if I need to.

Another DA canon in the books

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:55 pm
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It's been a week for finishing video games; first ME:A, and now this. I've been slowly working on a Qunari mage Inquisitor, Nazlin Adaar since about ten minutes after I finished up my Trevelyan warrior playthrough, and I wrapped her up through Trespasser yesterday. She is easily my favorite Inquisitor so far: fun and snarky, thoughtful and caring, and I loved playing out the Josephine romance with her.

I went into this playthrough with three goals in mind, besides the obvious ones of seeing how the game plays out for a Qunari and with a mage, and wrapping up my Garrett Hawke's canon: 1) an F/F romance; 2) seeing a different outcome at the Winter Palace (both of my previous Inquisitors put the same person on the throne); and 3) befriending Solas, something that neither my Cadash nor my Trevelyan remotely managed. Other than that, I let Nazlin make all her own decisions, which may be why I enjoyed her so much.

It was a fairly light playthrough, all things considered -- I didn't quite finish Jaws of Hakkan (even with difficulty turned down to Casual, it was clear that I was never beating the final boss with the team I wanted), didn't even start Descent, and left a lot of the optional areas only half explored. And I'm okay with that, considering how little bearing most of the sidequests, even the major ones, have on the outcome. Even the ones that are interesting for their own sake tend not to differ from Inquisitor to Inquisitor. I doubt I will ever play a thorough game again, which is kind of too bad, but I feel like that's the best way to feel like I'm seeing different stories each time: concentrate on the content that can change.

Next up is DA2, where I will continue Loral Mahariel's universe. I started that game awhile back and got a little into Act 1 (meeting Merrill and her clan). This Hawke is a female mage, mostly aggressive so far but with a side of snark; I want her to romance Isabela, but otherwise I don't have much of a concept for her yet. That will set up my elf Inquisitor, probably my first male, probably to romance Dorian or maybe Cassandra. Since Loral was my Morrigan romance, I'm pretty much dying to see that play out in DAI, but I do need to get through DA2 first. It'll be nice to get back into that story -- it's been quite awhile.

summer, drawings, books

Jun. 21st, 2017 01:08 pm
suzume: tiny simplified grayscale image of a girl holding a broom (Jane)
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kicking back (inspired by a vintage photos)


lunch napkin sketch 6/5/17 - bacon and eggs (by Horatio)

Several other small bits of (99%) original art. )

Last night I finished reading Marina Yurlova's autobiographical Cossack Girl, which I really enjoyed, but, wow, as if I hadn't already had the general impression that Russia was an absolute mess from sometime about 1917 on... Marina was very brave and adventurous and, in some cases, so, so lucky. I wonder where she went during her visit to Japan (to 'Sulphur Springs' - doesn't narrow it down much when you think about hot springs in Japan, right? ha ha ^^).

And a few days earlier I finished Jean Moorcroft Wilson's first biographical volume on Siegfried Sassoon, which I also enjoyed (although it was less of a...uh, wild, ride? seeing as I knew a lot more about Sassoon going in). I knew Sassoon was at home in England when WWI ended, but it was still oddly anti-climactic ending where it did ("Then what happened?!" I laughed, insistant). The local library system does not have her second volume on Sassoon, but I have other things to read at the moment, so I can let it wind its way slowly to me. XD;
suzume: My Suzume character smiling and drawing (a picture of Kimblee from FMA) (drawing - my idea of a good time)
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and you can see that Jojo came to hang out beside me the evening that I finished up.

(blurry) comparison photo of the painting vs. the ad that inspired me )

Yet Moar about houses

Jun. 20th, 2017 09:24 am
darthneko: Stargate Atlantis Zelenka ([fandom] eureka!)
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Ok! The house saga continues!!

In the last installment I was fed up with the runaround on the private sale by owner of the house we're currently in. So I contacted a realtor and we started looking around. TDLR - I'm writing a small novel wall of text about everything that happened this weekend. )

[Hikaru no Go] Fic: The Big Slump

Jun. 19th, 2017 11:57 pm
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The Big Slump (8010 words) 
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Ochi, Ochi's Grandfather, Waya, Yashiro, Kurata 
Summary: "Your go is made of money." Ochi is in a slump and wants to figure out why.

...It's quite possible that I've written more Ochi fics than anyone in the world.   
 
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We finished playing through the main storyline of Mass Effect Andromeda this weekend. I've heard many of the complaints about the game, and I'm hard put to really disagree with any of them -- sub-par graphics, too many meaningless sidequests, an uncomfortable colonialism narrative, etc. But ultimately, I enjoyed myself. I found most of the characters interesting, played out a satisfying romance, and for the most part had fun with the gameplay. Since I feel no deep personal investment in the Mass Effect series overall, I feel like I spent less time comparing it to the other installments, and more time appreciating the game for what it was.

Rather than a straight up review, I'm going to tell you about my Sara Ryder and use her story as the framing devise for my thoughts on the game overall. Spoilers ahead.



Pull up a barstool and settle in as I tell you a tale of a lady, her spaceship, and her traveling companions. )

LET ME TELL YOUR FORTUNE

Jun. 19th, 2017 05:56 pm
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Today I learned that my phone autocorrect and predictive texting have pretty effectively picked up my mannerisms and habits and vocabulary, SOOOOO as a game whose bounds are "hilarity" or "creepily accurate", leave me a one-word prompt to start a phrase and my phone and I will read you your fortune.
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+ almost always have some art to post!
- 'how do I decide which of these I'm going to post today?'


colored Diana!


Dhurke/Amara with Bay in mind~


Ema/Nahyuta with Measured in mind~

A photo of a chalk drawing collaboration out on the street with my mom, the b/w version of the Dhurke/Amara drawing above, etc. )

Dear life, please slow down.

Jun. 18th, 2017 07:21 pm
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How has it been 8 days already since the last time I wrote? Partly it's because I find being on my computer kind of weird, like if the laptop is open and on, I have to BE ON THE COMPUTER, even if there is nothing I need to do and I end up just faffing about the internet. So I experimented last week and did nearly everything on either phone or tablet, which was much easier to pick up and put down. That's a thing I've been struggling with for pretty much the entire time I've had a computer, esp once the internet was a thing, and quite frankly I'm tired of it. The only things I really lack on a mobile device are decent Dreamwidth apps, reliable Blogger readers, and a good character builder app for D&D/Pathfinder.

Yesterday was the memorial picnic for my friend who was murdered 5 years ago. We went to the food bank and sorted food for nearly 3 hours and then had a tour of their facility (I guess it's usually the other way around, but stuff needed rearranging lol). Amazing what goes into their work. Then we went to her widower's house for a BBQ. It's so sad that we have to have a memorial picnic every year, but at the same time I'm happy to see everyone again. Such a wonderful group of people.

Today was Waterpark day! We seem to end up doing it on Father's Day every year, which I guess is OK lol. The waterpark was so empty! Even the parking lot when I went back to my car, only a few vehicles had filled in, and it had been over 5 hours since I'd parked. SO WEIRD for a tourist attraction.

Last week I had that "omg it's 7 already, where did the time go???" and feeling like I had no time to do anything, except it was *only* 7, and I frequently stay up much later and sew until about 10pm. Plenty of time! I decided to finally make the slip to go with a recent dress make, and totally finished it, from pattern tracing to hemming, by 10pm, and that was including making myself dinner. It felt so naughty to be sewing lingerie, even thought it was literally tshirt material.

Tuesday was Wonder Woman (LOVED IT), Wednesday was my game, Thursday was dance, Friday I had an appointment and then went to see a lovely old sewing machine (he was initially giving it away, and then decided he'd rather make retail money) and did some shopping. Kind of a whirlwind week!

Now it's Monday again almost, and tomorrow is laundry, Wednesday is a work picnic, Friday is game, and Saturday is a birthday party! But it is time to buckle down and get sewing!

The list:
- I would like another shift
- get my stays done
- habit shirt
- white dress
- Disneybounding dress for the pool party
- Star Trek skant for the social
- curtain-along dress
- tea gown
- if I'm feeling very ambitious, a NF gown for Friday, all trimmed out. I cut strips what require hemming and then went "augh so much work"

Someone is hosting a Georgian picnic on July 9 that I hope to attend, but there's also a Regency promenade the day before that I might require a day dress for. I actually want to take apart the pink linen one I never wore and see if I can't salvage it but we will see. I may not attend either event :( The promenade is allowing us the option of an 1860s gown because of Canada's birthday but I just don't know if I have the time or inclination to go that route at this moment.

Alright, enough chatter, time to get some work done :)
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Title: Forever Her Greatest Desire
Characters/Pairings: Lucrecia
Rating/Type: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Prompt #22 - Deadly Sin: Lust at [community profile] ffvii_100 

Read here: https://ffvii-100.dreamwidth.org/158179.html

DEAR WORK

Jun. 16th, 2017 11:30 am
darthneko: Transformers - Ratchet facepalming ([fandom] facepalm)
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So, apparently we've had a lot of virus and hacking problems recently, and your response to that is to install security software that pops up and demands an explanation when people do things that might endanger the company servers.

Things like, for instance:
1) Opening a new tab in an internet browser (chrome, firefox, AND safari!)
2) The Google search engine library
3) Adobe Software AUTO UPDATES
4) CONNECTING TO THE PRINTER TO PRINT SOMETHING

ARE WE SEEING A PROBLEM HERE? MAYBE? *pries fingers off capslock* *banging head against desk* we've already complained to IT multiple times since yesterday, the order is apparently coming from higher than them, they're just forced to implement it. But OMG, jfc, either configure the gatekeeping software right or stop slapping it on without considering what it's going to interfere with! I am so fucking tired of this pop up window already.

Ugh

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:13 am
darthneko: Firefly/Serenity River Tam ([fandom] dresses and combat boots)
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I'm probably going to hate myself for talking on tumblr, but fuck it.

(On a tangent to that, where it conflates with issues in fandom, the ageist shit is starting to really irk me. I am not magically some Entirely Different Species after some arbitrary age. I like the same stuff I did when I was thirty, and twenty, and yes, even sixteen. Being over 40 doesn't make me some stereotype to be feared, laughed at, mocked, etc - it makes me the same person I've always been with more life experience. GO FIGURE.)