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Yuletide 2015 Recs

BioShock Infinite - The Last Variable - A lovely fix-it fic where Elizabeth helps a stubborn Booker overcome his pride and give his daughter what she really needs, her father. Beautifully done.

Black Books - Top 20 Amazon Best Sellers of 2015 (as reviewed by Bernard Black, Manny Bianco, and Fran Katzenjammer for Black Books) - A fantastically well-executed idea for the truculent trio to review the best sellers of 2015, presented in both an image-based version and a text one.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV) - A Margaret Thatcher Kind of Night - Yuleporn Jake/Amy fic that gets right to it, in the only, inimitable way that Jake Peralta very likely does it.

The Cabin in the Woods - Potential - Have you ever wondered "what if Jules was a slayer?" Wonder no more, because this nails it right on the head.

Clone High - Higher Education: School Daze - Gateway to the Future - The clones are going to college - or are they? A nice little slice-of-life fic from a show that ended way too soon, voices are down to a tee here.

Father Ted - it's all the rage on the mainland - My gift this year (thanks again author!), this is a fantastic fic that reads like a complete episode of the show. Everyone sounds perfectly in character and the hijinks are 100% of the Craggy Island variety.

National Public Radio RPF - This American Life episode 141: A Whole New World. (Transcript) - A script from a TAL episode featuring Steve Rogers, Hermione Granger, and Susan Pevensie. Brilliant idea and perfectly executed, right down to the voice of the narrator Ira Glass and how it reads like an actual episode. Fantastic.


Before I forget

Making a quick entry now, as the subject indicates, before I forget. Or more accurately, before I go to bed and then get all caught up in work tomorrow, then come home and lose myself in a game or something before going to bed late and doing the same thing again the next day.

Work has been pretty overwhelming lately and while it's not going to be quite as rough in theory for the next while, it'll be busy. I had two major trials set for mid-May and early-June that both went away for different reasons, which was good but still resulted in a lot of work leading up to them. My boss is also leaving to run for politics again, we won't know until the end of this week if he'll be back or not, and if he isn't it'll make things a major headache as we try to absorb / send his files out (hoping if it comes to that we won't have to take them all as he has some really seriously complicated things but we'll see, no good to worry about that just now).

As a result I've been horrible with writing in general, which is why I wanted to spit this out now when I should be sleeping instead of waiting for later when I likely won't do it. I come home, play Heroes of the Storm (HotS) or Diablo III (D3), watch TV (sometimes at the same time), then go to bed. That's pretty much it. I really love HotS and play it a fair bit, though that's giving way to D# lately as a friend of mine who hadn't played it at all tried it and bought it like, what, almost 2 months ago now?

I started playing D3 a bit as a result of an awesome HotS YouTuber I follow, MFPallytime, who plays D3 as well and has some videos I watched and wanted to try. I bought D3 when it launches like 3+ years ago and finished it way back then with a Demon Hunter who I only got to like level 30 or something. You could get to 60 back then, and there was an expansion maybe a year and a half back or so that increased that to 70 and added another class. I bought that too but never played it until a few months ago, thanks to Pallytime's vids.

Also, to go back to HotS a bit, I love Pallytime and his group, Squadron, who stream HotS (and other games too I think but they're all about HotS now) on Twitch and YouTube, and even Sara watches them with me now (we're also been enjoying making our way through 30 Rock and Geek & Sundry's Titansgrave: Ashes of Valkana series too which is worth watching fyi). There are a ton of them and they're all fun and awesome streamers, and if you're at all interested or curious in them or HotS you should check them out. Their YouTube stuff is at youtube.com/games which is such an easy URL to remember haha.

Anyway, D3. I started messing about with a Wizard build that Pally was using, and rediscovered a love for the game and grinding it I guess, hah. I mentioned it to my friend and he bought a copy after trying it out, and we leveled our characters to 70 together. There's a gem in the game you can get which, when leveled itself high (I know, I know, I just like mindless grinding and min/maxing I guess XD), allows you to slot it in a weapon and reduce that item's required level to 1. What does this mean? It means you can get an amazing level 70 weapon, slap this gem in it, and give it to a newly made level 1 character to powerlevel them to 70 haha. It's so much fun that I know have almost all 6 classes leveled to 70, with the last one being at 60 because even I get a little tired of grinding sometimes. XD

My friend has put WAY more hours into it than I have and as a result has a lot more paragon levels. Paragon levels are the ultimate expression of grinding to me - once you hit 70 you can still get XP, it just goes to additional levels that let you add points to any character you own in the form of, like, +armour %, +attack speed %, things that scale with your character so they're not straight overpowered but really do add a lot. Those paragon levels can go on forever I think, and right now I'm at 210 or so, and my friend is over 300 haha. That's an account wide level though which is nice.

So yeah, grind grind grind. I like it though, and it's exactly what my brain wants after the craziness that's sadly become a regular fixture at work these days. My apologies for not writing here more, or for being slow to reply to e-mails as well. I'm really hoping things get better, and they have slightly but we'll see what happens with the boss. For now I'm still happy to grind things out as a digital panacea, and just wanted to check in with y'all for what it's worth.

And now I sleep before work tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great weekend and that this week goes well! :)


XP cast!

Aisy: Felicia Hardy
AJ: Scott Summers, Sue Storm
Amanda: Emma Frost
Azzy/Katie: Jennie Stavros
Ben: Miles Morales
Cai: Wade Wilson, Clint Barton
Da'mien: John Allerdyce
Dex: Garrison Kane, Kevin Sydney
Erin: Domino
Eva: Sooraya Qadir, Hope Abbott
Frito: Kyle Gibney, Maria-Ange Colbert
Indiana J: Wanda Maximoff
Jason/Cross: Korvus Rook'shir
Jeff: Bobby Drake, Bobbi Morse
Jills: David North, Rachel Kinross-Dayspring
JJ: Johnny Storm
Jo: Carmilla Black, Doreen Green
Kale: Jessica Jones, Monet St. Croix
Kate: Kurt Wagner, Angelo Espinosa
L/Luke: Artie Maddicks
Mack: Jean Grey, Molly Hayes
Marlena: Megan Gwynn
Matt: Billy Kaplan
Maureen/Mo: Matt Murdock, Clarice Ferguson
Michael: Cecilia Reyes, Gabriel Cohuelo
Mon: Adrienne Frost, Roxy Washington
Morag: Callisto
Rachel: Meggan Szardos
Rei: Lorna Dane, Tandy Bowen
Rossi: Amanda Sefton
Ryan: Julian Keller
Sam: Angelica Jones, Topaz
Seraph: Laurie Collins, Jubilation Lee
Shai: Tabitha Smith, Tyrone Johnson
Tap: Marius Laverne, David Haller
Twiller: Doug Ramsey, Jean-Phillipe Colbert
Walks: Namor Mazur, Arthur Centino
Zippit: Logan
Zoila: Marie D'Ancato, Warren Worthington


The Fifteen Characters Meme

Taken from [personal profile] calliopes_pen!

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 of the challenge is as follows:

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

So! In that vein, and wow, asking for things is hard, I think I'd ask for:

· Fanfic, of course! Main fandoms at the moment are MCU, Carmilla, and Assassin's Creed, though see my AO3 for any and everything else I suppose. :)

· Icons maybe? I have a few new PBs for whom I need to make/find icons, namely AJ Cook and Dylan O'Brien, so some of them or links to some would be awesome!

· Music recs! I only recently discovered Hosier from reading someone else's blogs, so it's safe to say I'm kinda behind the times on this front. I mainly listen to a local classic rock station when I'm driving (and get outraged at what's considered 'classic' these days, i.e. stuff I listened to in high school and uni omg), so anything new and/or indie that I can check out would be great. I listen to mostly everything, honestly - rock, rap, jazz, country, pop, blues, whatever. :)

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 1

So, I'm decided that I'm going to participate in this year's Fandom Snowflake Challenge! Today's challenge is to write a rec for three or more of your own fanworks, so here you go:

Will You Call My Name?

A Beca/Chloe Pitch Perfect fic I wrote for Yuletide. It's the longest thing I've ever posted there, clocking in at just over 12k, and I had such a fun time writing it you guys. It's far from perfect, it's not really that good even looking back, but I wrote it not too long after seeing the movie and getting into the fandom and was so excited as I wrote it.

That wasn't my first Yuletide (it was my second though haha) but it really cemented my love for the exchange and for posting on AO3 in general - I wrote a lot more frequently after that.

Preach and Desist

A little Father Ted fic I wrote as a treat for someone last Yuletide. It didn't take me all that long, as the inspiration fortunately came to me fairly quickly and I just blurbed the whole thing out in one sitting. I know they say only a fool laughs at his own jokes but I still giggle my ass off when I reread this, heh. I just love the show so much and it was very fun to write the characters, I don't think I could do them justice in anything longer than something like this though.

The 'New' Roommate

My assignment for this year's Yuletide (sensing a theme here, hmm), and another comedic piece. I think I fare better with those than I do with anything else I write, or so it seems. I'm a huge fan of this show and have written a couple of things now for it, and I love writing each of the characters in it for different reasons. Nick in particular is a blast to write, I really had fun coming up with his dialogue.

The main reason I think I like writing comedy, now that I think about it, is that it tends to focus on dialogue more so than other genres, and I think I'm much better with dialogue than I am with descriptive writing.

Mrry Crisms.

Another Yuletide treat, this time from this year, and one of the few comic pieces I've attempted to create. I only recently started reading the current Hawkeye run and am a huge fan, especially of Kate Bishop who is amazing. I'm not caught up with it yet but I really want to be, and when I saw someone requesting this I just had to take a shot (ZING!) at it.

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Random but...

...there's this scene in Punch-Drunk Love, after Adam Sandler's character flies to Hawaii to meet Emily Watson's character, not too long after they meet (which is the picture on the cover/poster to the film actually), when they're on a beach in the evening.

It's just a short one but the music, the lighting, for some reason it translates really well for me. Before I went to Mexico back in June I had no real basis for comparison to that kind of humidity, how it could feel, but I imagined it.

Now, having been to Mexico and having experienced warmth like that, that scene speaks to me even more. Bottom line is I wanna be somewhere warm, haha. That scene just came to mind and reminds me of that desire, which is weird because I don't normally mind the cold. I'm chalking it up to being burned out at work and just needing a rest, I think, but yeah.


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