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Update to prove I am not a total cyberhermit [Dec. 17th, 2009|12:29 am]
The Princess and the Frog = WIN ifyouignoretherandomhillbilliesandshit. It's a Disney movie about gumbo. And romance too, but mostly it's the gumbo. I look forward to seeing just how many of my fandoms cough up Princess and the Frog fusions in the near future--I've got money riding on a Rogue/Gambit adaptation. And by money, I mean a sense of gloating self-satisfaction.
More Scorpius Malfoy eventually, and I've been thinking about poking at a Hikaru no Go oneshot I wrote EONS ago. Stupid Hikaru and his stupid random melodrama that refuses to be edited out. Real Life is strange and successfully preventing me from doing any writing beyond one paragraph of a weirdass original story about a girl and her vampire dog.
Have watched too much Atlantis and Buffy in recent days. Am consumed with desire for Ronon/Cordelia. I have a sickness, yo.  
Oh, thanks for the virtual gift thingy, bookshop! I...had no idea they existed, and nearly missed it because of my perpetual fear of my own inbox, but it was a nice surprise and very much appreciated.
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(no subject) [Oct. 31st, 2009|06:38 pm]
New chapter of Improbable Plot posted.  It's not quite up to my low, low standards, but editing wasn't helping, so enjoy the epic fail.

ONE PIECE IS THE GREATEST PIRATE SHOW EVER.  OMG, Nami.  I've been scouring the intarwebs for fanart, and I found a couple sites with One Piece and Hikaru no Go art, and it was the most awesomest thing I've seen all day.  Except for that one kid's Wolverine costume.  And that other kid was Swamp Thing, and there was this ADORABLE little girl with butterfly wings.

If I hear 'Monster Mash' one more time, I will hurt EVERYONE.

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(no subject) [Oct. 27th, 2009|01:12 pm]
[Current Location |CHICAGO WHYYYY]
[mood |oh boston, i miss you]
[music |The sound of suburbia]

I really, really want to write a story where Hikaru's mother asks Akari to teach her the basics of Go.  I just can't decide if I want Hikaru to be in it--like, end with his mom asking him to a game--or if I want to keep the focus entirely on the women.  It's one of those things I'd normally work out as I write the story, but I can't come up with a beginning that feels right, either.  Grargh.

And there's another one I've been wanting to write for ages, and all I know about it is the first line: "It's not like Waya meant to wind up stalking Shindo."

OMG LAST NIGHT'S CASTLE.  Best.  Episode.  Everrr.  And not just 'cause of the first forty seconds, either.  Richard Castle is officially on my list of awesome tv dads.

Had a dream about once again having an apartment.  Oh man, do I ever miss Boston and my crappy little room and its broken window and total lack of air-conditioning.  The only plus about being back home is my proximity to a friend I still don't see nearly often enough (IF YOU'RE READING THIS, I TOTALLY WATCHED CAJUN SPICE EEEE).  Oh, and an front-row view of my brother being taken over by a pod person.
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JOY [Oct. 27th, 2009|02:27 am]
My replacement copy of Baldur's Gate has arrived.  I may never leave my computer again.

One Piece is adorkable.  Castle is the second-greatest Nathan Fillion show of all time.  And I remain confused about how I can be so excited about individual games in HnG when I don't understand the slightest thing about Go.  I mean, I just re-watched the Road to the Hokuto Cup special, and I, like, vibrate when Hikaru plays Yashiro.

I was pondering Hikago, actually, and remembered that someone mentioned that the writer said Isumi was furthest (of the main group of pros, I'm assuming) from reaching the Hand of God.  I can only conclude that, given the heavy emphasis on rivalry in the show, what's holding him back is that he doesn't have that kind of relationship with anyone.  I mean, there's Akira and Hikaru, Touya Kouyo and Sai, Waya and Ochi, and--to an extent--Kuwabara and Ogata.  And then there's Isumi, who battles it out with...Le Ping.  For five seconds.

Have found supernatural historical romance thingy that is providing me with endless amusement.  The heroine totally kills a vampire with her parasol.  In a library.  At a party.  So freaking fun.
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after careful study and thirty hours without sleep... [Oct. 23rd, 2009|03:18 am]
[mood |mitani's the cabin boy]
[music |kaga calls EVERYONE 'scurvy dog']

I have concluded that what the world needs now is not, in fact, love sweet love, but Hikago pirate!fic.  Don't even try to tell me Ogata couldn't swash the HELL out of a buckle, and the idea of pirate!Hikaru and navy!officer!Akira shouting Go moves at each other every time they clash fills me with demented glee.

"4-5!" "4-5?" "Arr!"

In other news, I am still awaiting the arrival of my shiny new copy of Unseen Academicals.  And by 'still awaiting', I mean 'ordered two point five seconds ago'.  Amazon.com really needs to work on that instantaneous transportation thing.
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I will not torment you with details of my HnG timetravel story. [Oct. 21st, 2009|10:58 am]
[mood |mmm, cliches]

Must stop writing Hikaru no Go AUs.  I've got, like, five going simultaneously. 

My favorite is the one where Sai's a young pro strong-armed by his mother into babysitting wee!Hikaru.  And as far as everyone at the Institute is concerned, Sai's all dignified and intense and intimidating as hell, but then one day he drags this kid in to sign up for the pro exams, shrieking happily about how after so many years, his little Hikaru has finally chosen the path of Go!  And Hikaru's all, "I CHOSE NOTHING.  YOU KIDNAPPED ME.  AGAIN."  I don't yet know the backstory for the 'again' part, admittedly, but whatevs.  Meanwhile, Touya Kouyo is also in the lobby, wondering when his eternal rival turned into a kidnapping freak on a sugar high.

I am also bizarrely fond of the one where Heihachi decides to prove to Hikaru that Go isn't just for old men, and bribes him into going to this salon where the Meijin's teeny son is rumored to play.  Only Ogata is there as well, and Heihachi mentions he's pretty sure he has a board Shuusaku used to play on, and they all haul ass back to his shed to take a look.  And Hikaru's, like, "SO BORED.  Wait.  Why is there a bloodstain on that goban?"  And his grandpa and Ogata both deny that there's anything there, but Akira's all, "Um, no, actually he's right.  Totally a stain."  And Sai's all, "You mean I get to haunt two small children this time?  Unlife is good."

Longest one I've got is where Hikaru thinks he's the shit and that he doesn't need to join the pros 'cause he can beat most of 'em anyway.  Except then he gets his ego slapped down by Akira when they're fifteen.  And when Akira realizes this moron who almost beat him in a game is depressed because he lost to a 3-dan, he manipulates Hikaru into becoming a pro, being all, "If a lower-dan can beat you, you need a lot of work".  Leaving out the part about him being a total prodigy and, like, five seconds away from his automatic promotion to 7-dan under the new rules.  Hikaru is deeply confused when, months later, he realizes that he doesn't actually suck by pro standards.  He concludes that Akira is a lying liarface who lies, and Akira is smug.

Why yes, my summaries are the shiznit.
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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2009|08:26 am]
You know,  a week ago I would not have believed that Hikaru no Go could break my heart.  Boy, did I underestimate the writers.  I can't remember the last time any work of fiction made me cry that copiously.  And during the last few episodes, I just felt this kind of raw ache the entire time, which only got worse when I went scrambling to read the story arcs that weren't in the anime.

I just found Hikaru no Go uncommonly realistic when it came to the characters and their interactions.  There's no unbreakable core group of friends, even the likable characters all have some unattractive flaws, sometimes the hero fails even when it really matters, and while there are a couple of unsavory guys walking around, very rarely is an episode set up in a good vs. evil format--the two episodes with shopkeepers cheating their customers are the only ones I can think of right now.  I don't think Hikaru was unreasonable to want to play his own games and I don't think Sai was selfish to want the same, which just made the whole problem with Sai and Hikaru essentially sharing a life more complex and painful.

And weirdly, I'm not sure whether or not in the end, I hurt more for Hikaru or Touya Meijin.  That shot of the elder Touya sitting by the board, waiting for an opponent who's never going to show up--man, for a three-second scene in the credits, that really got me.

But mostly, I just want to know why the hell Akira's mom addresses him with an honorific suffix.  Seriously, what the hell.
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(no subject) [Aug. 25th, 2009|09:49 pm]
Why do I keep falling madly in love with older anime? Like, old enough that the fandoms are dying? Oh, Weiss Kreuz, four episodes in and I'm lost to you.

In other news, a snippet from the next chapter of Improbable Plot:

“Harry Potter,” the Dark Lord murmured, smiling horribly. Yet, Harry noted, he still feared his daughter’s smile rather more, particularly in conjunction with the words ‘slumber’ and ‘party’. He decided then and there that no one ever needed to know he found preteen girls more frightening than full-fledged megalomaniac dark wizards. Kingsley would laugh for decades. “I believe you are dead in this world.”

And oh, was Harry ever curious about that.

“In a not entirely unrelated subject,” Voldemort went on intently, “in this world, your family has opposed my ascent to power rather…vocally.”

Well, okay, sometimes it kind of sucked to have your curiosity assuaged right away.
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2009|05:34 pm]
Man. Just when I get to the point where I honestly think I want Roy and Riza to be platonic life-mates and nothing more, another chapter comes out and Roy's all, 'Screw you, Fullmetal, MY LIEUTENANT saved me'. And Riza's all *eyeroll*. My god, I cannot love them more. Also, Izumi and Olivier teaming up to fight crime? A match made in buttock-prodding heaven, my friends.

Have finished reading D.Gray-Man, and I gotta say, it's a lot of fun. And one of the few fandoms I've come across where I don't actually want to ship the main characters all that much. Of course, as far as background pairings go, I'm for FouBak and ReeverKomui all the freaking way, my friends. Mmm, Komui.

Still trying to figure out why I adore Gundam Wing. I mean, it lacks most of the elements that normally appeal to me--there isn't all that much humor, it takes itself too seriously, and the characters are pretty much on their own. The rare collaboration between pilots (or Noin and Sally, OMG) is awesome, but an undying sign of affection between the guys is basically one of them refraining from killing another. Then again, it's fascinating just for having characters who make fatal mistakes and who are shown repeatedly as being, essentially, vulnerable and traumatized children caught up in something they don't understand. A disturbingly common theme of a lot of pop entertainment is 'teenagers saving the universe'; Gundam Wing is one of the few shows where they occasionally illustrate how damn twisted that is.

I've finally gotten around to reading Pratchett's 'Nation'. Haven't finished yet, but I'm enjoying it, even if it hasn't exactly knocked my socks off. Daphne didn't really feel real to me until the scene with the mutineers--before that, she just felt like a template for 'young but strong female character'. However, I've always thought that Mau is awesome beyond the telling. I look forward to seeing how it ends, and I kind of hope the ending's not totally happy, because that wouldn't feel right, given the premise of the whole thing.

Psych is back on. My life is now ninety times better than it was a week ago. REJOICE.
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GW FIC: Call It Revolution [Aug. 8th, 2009|09:16 pm]
Yeah, so, I kind of went and wrote Gundam Wing fic. Yes. Canon non-crossover angst GW fic. I DUNNO.

Title: Call It Revolution
Rating: PG-13ish
Pairing: HeeroDuo
Summary: Peace doesn't last, but the pilots find ways to make life almost bearable, anyway.

He doesn't know why some people say Duo's eyes are violet. To him, they are very blue.Collapse )
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