Daily Happiness

Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:04 am
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1. I have to stay till closing tomorrow, which means I don't have to go in until noonish, so I can have a nice lazy morning.

2. Last night Jasper fell asleep with his head on the base of the scratching post, which was super cute.

my love i am the speed of sound

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:42 pm
musesfool: Peggy Carter is gunning for you (your heart is a weapon)
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L and I made a spur of the moment decision to see Dunkirk last night - well, as spur-of-the-moment as you can with purchasing reserved seats ahead of time *snerk* - and I have mixed feelings about it. It is beautifully shot and I could watch Tom Hardy spoiler ) all day, but mostly I feel like it took an amazing real life story and didn't deliver on the emotional impact of it. spoilers )

I liked that it was nearly dialogue free (and I didn't mind that I couldn't understand half the dialogue that there was), but I felt that the structure was overly fiddly and unnecessary and it kept me from full immersion (um, pun not intended?) emotionally. Also the music was too loud and there was too much of it.

It also suffers a little from Band of Brothers syndrome in that I couldn't tell the two young dudes apart for most of the story. Once they're both wet so you can't tell which one has curly hair and which one has straight hair, I couldn't tell them apart, and I honestly didn't care that much about them beyond the generic - I mean, I didn't want any of those guys to die, and I felt there was nothing specific about those two to make me care more. spoilers ) (Otoh, casting Harry Styles - who was good, I thought - was a smart move, because I always recognized him, even half-drowned.)

Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh (and James D'Arcy!) were great, as was Tom Hardy. I mean, I would have watched a whole movie where Tom Hardy spoiler ) But overall, it's a B to B+ kind of movie for me. I wouldn't see it again.

If you do see it, I can say it was definitely worth seeing in 70mm, if you have that option. Otoh, if you have a fear of drowning, I don't recommend it for you.

Both L and I had similar mixed feelings. We discussed it on the walk to the bus stop, and my god, I have never sweated as much as I sweated yesterday - it was not a day for walking but I did a lot of it. I was so overheated that I never once felt cold in the movie theater despite being sleeveless, which has never ever happened to me before.

Before the movie we were going to meet at a Mexican place that looked good, but it was so jam packed with people, we ended up at the Cafe Tallulah, where the cheeseburger is fantastic, but again, on a day as hot as yesterday, wtf were the front windows all doing open, so you couldn't feel the air conditioning hardly at all? I never sweated so much in my life while doing nothing.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:33 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I'm just a few pages away from being done translating Tera Girl! Even though this is only a three volume series, it was such low priority it feels like it's taken forever to finish it, so I'm excited to finally get it done. (There is an unrelated one-shot at included in the last volume, and I do also plan to translate that, so I won't technically be done with the series until that's done, but I'll be done with the main story and the unrelated one-shot can wait for a bit.)

2. We got these delicious edamame Pretz in recently at work and I just tried them today and they're so good!

3. Carla got a bunch of really cute Chloe pics yesterday.

when the sun burst through the sky

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:05 am
musesfool: Stephanie Brown as Batgirl (can't hardly wait)
[personal profile] musesfool
I spent last night reading fic where Jason and Cass turn out to be biological siblings, not just adopted siblings, and squee!, that is one of my favorite Batfamily tropes. Plus, there was some awesome Jason-Cass-Steph bonding which I feel canon has repeatedly cheated me out of, even though they would get along like a house on fire (literally, probably, given Jason's involvement and enjoyment in blowing things up). Plus there is some hilarious snark at poor Tim's expense that made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Oh Tim. (There will be recs at the end of the month as usual, but here and here for those of you who are impatient and also not following my pinboard.)

Also, yesterday, my consolation birthday present arrived - a beautiful red patent leather Love Moschino tote bag (wow, there were three left in stock when I ordered mine and now there are none! I'm glad I got there in time!). During the whole epic search for a new bag, I coveted a red patent leather bag, but couldn't find one (or, rather, couldn't find one that was less than, like, $800 and while I'm profligate, I'm not that profligate), since I guess they aren't in style right now? Except it's red patent leather so I can't imagine how it could go out of style? But whatever. On a whim on Wednesday, I checked Zappo's to see if there were any available, and lo and behold, there it was. It's beautiful. It's big and kind of unwieldy (and unpleasantly sticky against the bare skin of my arm in the heat), but I don't care, because it's gorgeous.

Bosses 1 & 3 both admired it as I unpacked it from the box, and they were like, "Are you going to save it for special occasions?" and I said, "Hell no!" (note: I did not actually say "Hell no!" I just said, "no! I bought it so I could use it! Because it is beautiful!") And I recommend to all of you to use your beautiful and special things rather than waiting for some mythical special occasion to crop up, because frequently, you will be waiting forever and never get to enjoy the beautiful thing you bought for yourself. Using a special bag/wearing your beautiful new shoes/opening that expensive bottle of wine - they can all make a regular occasion special, and I recommend you do that rather than wait for some occasion arbitrarily deemed "special" enough to break out the fancy lipstick or whatever. Live your best life whenever you can, people!

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:39 am
torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
[personal profile] torachan
1. My mom called me this afternoon and said her husband was having problems with his computer, could I come over and fix it and she'd give me money off the rent if I did. Well, that's always good incentive, but especially considering we just had $1500 in car repairs, I rushed right over. :p And it was an easy fix, so I probably spent more time driving over there in lunchtime traffic than actually spent at his computer.

2. I finally got the last of the twelve memories in Zelda, and now there's another final memory to get. I played for quite a while today but I don't even know what all I did. Mostly wander around central Hyrule and kill Guardians in hopes of getting some damn ancient cores, but I killed like ten or more and only one dropped a core. I need three more cores to upgrade the last piece of my guardian armor! I also randomly found the Tingle tights even though I wasn't even looking for them. Oh, and I played some of the Trial of the Sword, but I died and then decided to do something else for a while.

3. Jasper is getting so big! He's almost nine months and he's pretty much as big as Chloe now, maybe even a little bigger.

Weekly Reading

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:44 pm
torachan: charlotte from bad machinery saying "oh the mysteries of the moth farm" (oh the mysteries of the moth farm)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
I'm still reading both Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children and The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory. I'm about 3/4 of the way done with Miss Peregrine's and a third of the way done with History of Forgetting. I've actually been picking up the latter more often this week, but it's just slower going in general.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finally finished the final volume of Y: The Last Man. Overall, I enjoyed the series, though it's not something I'd read again. And I was pretty bummed by spoilers ).

I read volume one of Giant Days by John Allison, a cute slice-of-life comic about three girls at university. I've read a bit of his webcomic Bad Machinery (that's where this icon is from) but got frustrated with webcomics and stopped reading all the ones I was following, so I never read the whole thing.

Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown turned out to be a much quicker read than I was expecting when I ordered it, as I didn't realize how little text there was to go along with the pictures (one full page of text at the start of each of the five chapters, plus captions on the photos). I enjoyed this as a look at local history, but it really made me want to read something more in-depth.

I also finished up Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family. I was worried it was going to focus entirely on Ella based on the title, but while there was more focus on her than there had been in past books, there were still chapters about other family members as well.

What do you think you'll read next?
I still have not actually started Are You My Mother?, and I also picked up another library book on Monday, too. We saw the preview for the upcoming Wrinkle in Time movie and that made me want to reread the book. I think I read it more than once as a kid, but it's probably been like thirty years or more, so I remember virtually nothing about it.
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Dear co-workers:

* I cannot finish your urgent project in a timely fashion if you keep interrupting me to ask when your project is going to be finished! Please stop!

* We have already done Thing based on all your requirements (and with your approval!) last quarter. We can just update it instead of spending so much time trying to come up with a new way to do it (only to come up with basically the exact same Thing). There is no need to spend hours reinventing the wheel!

* You have to decide whether you need a meeting to happen ASAP or if you need everyone involved present, because it's July coming up on August, and half the people you need will be out on vacation at any given moment and I have no control of that.

* I don't want healthy snacks in the vending machine. If I am driven to getting food from it, it's generally because I want Frito Lay corn chips or terrible plasticky cheap chocolate, not some sort of chip made from beans or some kind of granola bar! WTF?

no love,

me

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:08 am
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm looking forward to staying home and relaxing.

2. The weather's been staying cooler after that spike earlier in the month. High seventies in the day, back down in the sixties at night. It's still pretty muggy, but I'll take this over being muggy and super hot any time.

3. I love looking up at the high shelf above my computer and seeing kitty paws sticking out. XD

Never knew no good from bad

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:55 am
musesfool: bodhi rook (honor the heart of faith)
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I went to bed early last night and I slept like a rock. I should not still be sleepy! Arrgh!

Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey, which I enjoyed a lot, mainly because Avasarala is the best and also Bobbie! ♥ Holden still needs a lot of punching though. Ugh. Why is this guy the main character? Not only is he a dead bore, he's a ridiculously common dead bore!

I like TV!Prax better than book!Prax, I think, but I also think the show compresses the timeline in a way that means I don't get bored with a character having repetitive beats, the way I can, and do in this case, in a book.

What I'm reading now
Still, I picked up Abaddon's Gate and started it this morning, so I'm still entertained enough to continue.

What I'm reading next
The next book in this series, probably. I don't even know what the name of it is. *looks it up* Ah, Cibola Burn.

I also read two really long stories that both turned out to be in progress, which I probably should have noticed but didn't. I mean, when I see a thing is 175K words long, I figure it's done. I mean, who has that much to say in one story? But no. Sigh.

In my recent fanfic readings, I learned that I will nope out of a story if you kill off Wedge Antilles. Which was a surprise to me - how strongly my kneejerk NOPE was - but there you go. Do not want! (I mean, I don't care for any character death in my fic, and generally not in canon either! but I get that some AU premises require it. But like Bartleby the scrivener, I would prefer not to.)

I also learned that I don't really ship Bodhi with anyone but if I did it would have to be Jyn and Cassian. Gotta keep the Star Wars OT3 pattern going, I guess. I just don't find Jyn and Cassian all that compelling. *hands* I'd much rather read about Baze and Chirrut being the most married. (I think Rebels is the only place that doesn't have an OT3, but I am okay with that. I'm already bracing for Kanan and Hera to get an undeserved tragic ending.)

I also realized that in addition to believing that Luke Skywalker is asexual, I believe Anakin is demisexual, and both Leia and Padme are bisexual. Ahsoka is mostly into women except that I also ship her with Anakin (and Rex, a little), so there are exceptions? And Obi-Wan is pansexual and flirting his way across the galaxy at any given moment.

Which is probably more than anyone cared to know about my Star Wars head canons. *snerk*

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:41 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
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1. Got the car back this afternoon and it's running great. I think the disintigrating parts that had to be replaced were probably disintigrating for a while and its performance was suffering, but not to the point where we really noticed until it got really bad.

2. Molly and Jasper really don't spend much time together, so I was really happy to see them both on the window table together looking at a bug last night.

in the corner garden

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:23 pm
musesfool: Daisy Ridley as Rey with lightsaber (you were not mine to save)
[personal profile] musesfool
You've all been watching Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, right? Leia, Rey, Ahsoka, Padme, Jyn! They're so adorable! I might be shipping Leia and Sabine a little bit now too. At least I said, "NOW KISS" at the end of "Bounty of Trouble." *g*

I caught this week's Orphan Black.

spoilers )

Ugh I stayed up way too late last night reading and I'm paying for it now. I just want to sleeeeeeeeeeep.

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bluefall: (it's good to be a Wonder)
[personal profile] bluefall
So I have been asked a lot for my take on the Wonder Woman movie. A few people asked me if I liked or enjoyed it, which is perfectly reasonable to ask but also simultaneously a weird question, as it turns out. I just had waaaaaaay too much riding on this movie for it to be entertainment, there was no "fun" or "not fun", there was only "interesting storytelling choice" and "are they gonna subvert this trope or play it straight" and "do they realize how this is coming across?" and the perpetual underlying desperate refrain of "PLEASE DON'T FUCK THIS UP."

Most people, though, asked me what I thought about it, and that I can absolutely answer. In great eyeball-burning billion word detail. The teal deer in general is that it felt like it was made by people who basically understood the character, but didn't trust that she would quite work as-is on the big screen and were hampered by an asinine directive to maintain fidelity with some shitty comics.

Not kidding about the length, by the way. )
 

Daily Happiness

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:43 am
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
[personal profile] torachan
1. The check engine light came on the other day and both Carla and I noticed the car was feeling a bit wonky when we were driving, so we took it across the street to get looked at and...it's going to cost $1400. D: But, on the bright side, I hadn't gotten around to taking it in to get the bumper and stuff repaired from the accident yet, so at least we didn't just have $1000* in repairs and then this. The bumper stuff is all cosmetic (except for the fact that the trunk latch is now misaligned and hard to shut, but that just means we can't use the trunk, and we can do without a trunk for a while), so we can just keep putting that off for a while until these repairs are paid off. SIGH.

*I don't think I mentioned this, but the repairs that were supposed to be paid 50/50 by us and the other driver's insurance? Well, apparently the other driver changed their story and insists they weren't backing up, and their insurance has decided to believe them even though they had previously admitted to backing up, so now the insurance won't pay, and my insurance says the only way we can get them to is to take them to small claims court, which I do not have the time for, so we're stuck paying the full amount. We are going to see if we can get another estimate from somewhere else, though, once we do finally take it in for repairs.

One other plus is that they should be able to get it back to us tomorrow, so we won't be without the car for long.

2. I posted so much manga today. I feel very accomplished!

3. I played some more Zelda this evening. Finally got the last two shrines done, and also finished up a few more quests and did some armor upgrades. Still trying to decide if I want to do the master sword trial in this game or not.

4. Speaking of games, I got an email from Nintendo informing me that the new Pikmin game is out at the end of this month, so I pre-ordered it. I've never been that interested in Pikmin until they made it a side-scroller and then I was like, I'm there! XD

5. I love this picture of Chloe so much. (That's one of her favorite places to curl up for a nap.)

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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 6 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Mame still can't believe this is really happening.



Chapter 19: Holiday

Scanlations: Free Kisses

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:48 pm
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Hey guys, I've got a little something different for you today. Migeru, who has been my awesome cleaner/typesetter for so many projects, approached me about a single-volume series she'd translated herself, that she wanted help proofreading since her level of Japanese is low. So while I was not the translator for this project, I did do a very thorough revision so I can guarantee that the quality of translation is the same level you have come to expect from my other projects. The other thing different about this is that it's BL (and quite graphic at that). It's not a story I necessarily would have chosen to translate on my own, but if you are a fan of BL, please give it a try! Finally, rather than serializing, we decided to publish it all in one go, so this is the entire volume in a single release (four chapters plus a couple bonus chapters).



Title: Free Kisses
Author: Akahoshi Jake
Publisher: Daria Comics
Genre: BL
Status in Japan: 1 volume, complete
Scanlator: Migeru + Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Complete
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: In junior high, Aikou had a crush on his tutor that ended badly. Now in high school, he's joined a "kiss club" at a local bar to try and relearn about love starting with the basics. While holding up a "free kisses" sign in the park one day, he's spotted by Eisuke, a boy from his school. Intrigued by Aikou's sign, Eisuke impulsively kisses him. Could this kiss be Aikou's chance to start over?



Free Kisses

i'm surrounded by your embrace

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:34 pm
musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
[personal profile] musesfool
Five things make a post:

A. I had a most excellent birthday dinner on Saturday evening. L and I went to Uva, which I had never been to before and it was so worth it. They have an adorable little courtyard in back, so we sat outside and drank a lot of wine (A LOT OF WINE) and ate like queens.

2. I was going to make myself a birthday cake, but then I was sad and also I wasn't sure it would be good and I didn't want to make a cake that big and have it be terrible (because then I couldn't foist half of it off on my coworkers). That would just be one disappointment too far. I still want to make it though. It looks amazing. And terrible. But mostly amazing. (I would have made fresh whipped cream though instead of using Cool Whip. I'm not much of a food snob, but fresh whipped cream just tastes better, regardless of authenticity.)

iii. The A Wrinkle in Time trailer looks fantastic.

D. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Behind the Scenes. I might have burst into tears when Carrie Fisher said, "It's all about family," but you can't prove it!

5. I posted a story for my birthday:

Sing a New Song (@AO3)
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

This is the sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating but probably not the one that people were asking for. *hands* I'm probably never going to write a long involved epic AU where they actually overthrow Palpatine. I'm just not that kind of writer. I just want the fraught family reunions where the Skywalkers get to be all ~dramatic~ at each other.

I don't usually write multiple POV stories anymore, but this one seemed to require it, so we could see Luke's "Wtf?!", Obi-Wan's "I have a bad feeling about this," Leia's ability to roll with the weirdness (and also ameliorate the tension between Vader and Obi-Wan), and Vader's misguided belief that he has control of anything, let alone his kids.

As I said in an endnote on AO3, the title is from U2's "40" (and not the Mountain Goats' "Psalms 40:2"*) and I kind of feel like the title of the concluding story of this little trilogy should also come from Psalm 40 but right now it's tentatively titled "How Soon Is Now" for ~reasons. I still have to figure out how to actually write it. Because I couldn't leave Ahsoka out! The story was originally going to end with that - I felt like Vader saying "no, there's someone else" was kind of analogous to Yoda's "no, there is another," but given that it was Luke's section, I thought he ought to have the last word.

Anyway, I like how it turned out, and I'm glad some other people did too. *g*

*which I still think should have a SPN vid made to it, and from which I already used the title "If I'm Not Beyond Repair" for Bucky, or you know I'd be using that for a Star Wars story ("Lord, send me a mechanic, if I'm not beyond repair" could definitely be a Vader and Luke story, you know? Though I could probably do something with "in the burning fuselage of my days" or even "feel bad about the things we do along the way, but not really that bad" if the right story idea struck. Huh. *adds them to the list of titles to use someday*)

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:04 am
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
[personal profile] torachan
1. My contacts started really bothering me today at work, so I went home and got my glasses. It's always nice to live super close to where I work, but it's especially great for times like this. If I lived further away, I would have just toughed it out or took out my contacts and been blurry all day. Since tomorrow's my day off, I'm going to give my eyes a rest and just wear my glasses all day at home.

2. I posted manga today and should have more to post soon. :D

3. This morning I went out to the kitchen and looked up and saw Jasper on the high shelf in the living room! He's watched Chloe and Molly jump up there so many times and clearly wanted to get up there himself but just didn't realize he could do it. Last night he jumped up on the dresser in the bedroom for the first time, too, so he's clearly getting more confident in his jumping.

Scanlations: IS [ai-esu] ch. 75

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:03 am
torachan: two people embracing (is)
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Title: IS [ai-esu]
Original Title: IS~男でも女でもない性~ (IS~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~)
Author: Rokuhana Chiyo
Publisher: Kiss Comics
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 17 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Dokukinoko Scans (translation by Megchan)
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: IS is a unique manga that realistically deals with the topic of intersexuality. It starts off with a couple shorts dealing with different intersex characters, but starting with the second volume, it becomes a regular series following one character from birth to adulthood.

Chapter Summary: Haru gets an answer from Ibuki. Meanwhile, Haru's childhood friend Leon has big news...



Chapter 75

Daily Happiness

Jul. 16th, 2017 02:16 am
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1. I actually slept in this morning, which was really nice.

2. I'm so, so glad the weather's cooled down a bit. The forecast has us holding steady at high 70s for the next ten days, so that would be nice if it stays true!

3. Jasper really loves to curl up in the computer room closet lately, and the other day I poked my head in and instead of being in his usual spot on top of a box, he was actually stretched out behind a bunch of stuff and looking so cute!

AUex letter

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:47 pm
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[personal profile] benedict
Hi! I'm Rosencrantz on AO3 and I'm pleased that you're going to be writing for me! Thank you! Pleasure to meet you!

Likes: Adventure, mystery, family, humour.
Dislikes: Rape, incest, gore, underage, Sue Dibny being dead.

Let's get this party rolling.

FANDOM: X-Men: The Animated Series.
AUs:

  • AU: Nightcrawler Joins The X-Men In His Intro Episode (X-Men: TAS)

  • AU: Mystique Raises Nightcrawler (X-Men: TAS)

  • AU: Wolverine Joins Starfleet (X-Men: TAS)

  • AU: Genderswap (X-Men: TAS)


Characters/Relationships:

  • Relationship: Wolverine/Nightcrawler (X-Men: TAS)

  • Nightcrawler (X-Men: TAS)

  • Wolverine (X-Men: TAS)



X-Men: TAS Prompts )


Fandom: DC Comics
AUs:

  • AU: Sue and Ralph Dibny Run A Detective Agency Instead Of Being Heroes (DC Comics)

  • AU: Identity Crisis never happens (DC Comics)

  • AU: Soulmate AU (DC Comics)

  • AU: Wonder Woman Protects Gotham Before Batman Becomes Batman (DC Comics)



Characters:

  • Sue Dibny (DC Comics)

  • Relationship: Batman/Wonder Woman (DC Comics)



DC Comics Prompts )


Fandom: MCU and TV
AUs:

  • AU: Tony Was Kidnapped By Ultron At The Start Of The Movie (MCU and TV)

  • AU: Tony Stark Talks Ultron Out Of Going Nuts (MCU and TV)

  • AU: Sam and Steve With Eachother's Abilities (MCU and TV)

  • AU: Sam and Steve Are Retired (MCU and TV)

  • AU: Steve and Natasha Are Private Detectives (MCU and TV)

  • AU: Steve Is Put In Charge Of Recruiting Natasha To The Avengers (MCU and TV)



Characters:

  • Relationship: Tony Stark & Ultron

  • Relationship: Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanov (MCU and TV)

  • Relationship: Sam Wilson/Steve Rogers (MCU and TV)



MCU and TV Prompts )


Fandom: Marvel Comics
AUs:

  • AU: The Gambit Is Cyclops and Sinister's Clone From The End Miniseries In Main Canon (Marvel Comics)

  • AU: Mr. Sinister Goes Good And Becomes An X-Man (Marvel Comics)

  • AU: Matt and Jennifer Are Normal Lawyers Who Suddenly Get Superpowers (Marvel Comics)

  • AU: Patsy Walker Does Not Get Fired By She-Hulk (Marvel Comics)




Characters:

  • Nathaniel Essex | Mr. Sinister (Marvel Comics)

  • Remy LeBeau | Gambit (Marvel Comics)

  • Scott Summers | Cyclops (Marvel Comics)

  • Matt Murdock | Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

  • Jennifer Walters | She-Hulk (Marvel Comics)

  • Patsy Walker | Hellcat (Marvel Comics)




Marvel Comics Prompts )

Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
AUs:

  • AU: Shrek It Beauty Becomes A Beast (Beauty and the Beast)

  • AU: Girl Beast Girl Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

  • AU: Belle Is The Beast (Beauty and the Beast)

  • AU: Beast Never Changes Back (Beauty and the Beast)




Characters:

  • Beast (Disney)

  • Belle (Disney)




Beauty and the Beast 1991 Prompts )
musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
[personal profile] musesfool
Sing a New Song
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

Sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating. Thanks to [personal profile] silveronthetree for cheerleading!

Read it on AO3.

Sing a New Song )

~*~

Feedback is the best present!

~*~
musesfool: ultimate spider-man (what a good boy)
[personal profile] musesfool
Happy birthday to me! Maybe there'll be a story later? If I can wrangle all the characters into cooperating? Skywalkers! *hands*

I was woken up at about 5 am by the chirping of the smoke/CO2 detector. It needs a new battery. Because that never happens during the day when you could easily replace it. So I have to run to CVS in a bit to get that.

So yesterday, I did an online HIPAA training and then had my mid-year check-in lunch with boss3. Which went well but was also kind of awkward because she ordered prosecco to toast my birthday and then I had to be like, and yes, my co-op application was denied. (She wrote a recommendation for me.) So she smoothly switched to "then maybe this glass of wine will help ease that pain." *snerk* I had an excellent cheeseburger and fries (the fries at Odeon are great) and for dessert, the strawberry-rhubarb crumble with buttermilk ice cream, which was fantastic. And probably not going to be on the menu much longer as rhubarb season is coming to a close.

When I gave L. the news, she insisted we meet up for dinner even though we are going to dinner tonight, and since I was already going to be on the UWS because I was going to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (I hadn't intended to, but my niece saw it and was excited about it, and so I couldn't resist), we met up after the movie so she could commiserate with me. It was nice, despite the fact that the table behind us had three or four little kids who were completely out of control running around and shrieking. She wanted to complain but I didn't let her. I mean, if I had known, I wouldn't have agreed to take the table (there was a choice) but I didn't know, and ugh, who wants unpleasantness? Even if parents should do a better job of corralling their kids in public, especially in tight spaces. At least one of them thanked us for our forbearance when they left.

As for the movie, I liked it. I didn't think it was necessary, and as much as I love Peter Parker (and you know I do), I feel like it should have been a Miles Morales movie (I mean, was Ned not basically Ganke?) and also I kind of felt terrible for Donald Glover.

I personally really liked Amazing Spider-Man, and this movie didn't quite match the emotional response I had to that one. Otoh, in this one, the teenagers mostly looked like teenagers, and it also looked like the real world in terms of diversity in the high school.

spoilers )

I guess I better go to CVS now.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 15th, 2017 01:21 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. It looks like maybe they're done (or mostly done) with the work they've been doing on our street. If nothing else, it's the weekend, so there will be quiet for two days, but I really hope they're done for good!

2. We had some watermelon tonight and it was pretty tasty! Not the best I've ever had or anything, but pretty good. I like that the cut watermelons we sell at work aren't higher priced than the whole ones (a lot of stores, the cut ones are way more expensive). I like being able to just buy a quarter (or sometimes half) at a time.

3. The new box we got the other day is a hit with all three kitties. (Though I haven't gotten a pic of Jasper in it yet.)

there's no use crying about it

Jul. 14th, 2017 12:21 pm
musesfool: sad cap is sad (too sick to pray)
[personal profile] musesfool
I spoke to the realtor a few minutes ago and my application was rejected. So I guess no amazing birthday present for me this year. He sounded shocked and baffled ("I've seen people with less stellar finances get accepted into co-ops!") and was like, "after you get your deposit back, we can start looking again" but I have to figure out what to do about my apartment, since my lease is up September 30, and I don't know if they'd be willing to do month-to-month since it's a rent stabilized apartment. Ugh, I really didn't want to have to move twice, but I kind of do need somewhere to live.

Right now I'm sad and tired but probably not as shocked as he was, because I just didn't have a good feeling when I didn't hear right away. I'll probably be angry once that wears off, at the way they wasted my time and money and energy. I guess it's better to not be where I'm not wanted, but man, I really loved the apartment.

Sigh.

Comments are appreciated but I doubt I'll feel up to answering them.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 14th, 2017 02:46 am
torachan: jason momoa/ronon smiling (ronon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. We went out to lunch with my aunt today, who is in town for a few days.

2. I got in some Zelda time this evening. That new map feature is just so awesome. I would have sworn that I had completely explored everywhere, but with the tracker on, I could see that there were some huge areas I'd managed to just completely go around every time, including one which had a shrine in it. So I did that, farmed some more materials and was able to upgrade a few more armor bits, found some Koroks, got another couple quests done, and now I am that much closer to feeling like I could go beat Ganon and be satisfied with my level of completion (definitely want to get the last two shrines and the last memory; I'm not going to force myself to upgrade all the armor sets just to say I did, because at this point that's still going to require a lot of farming, and I'm probably not going to try and get every last quest done). Still not sure if I want to do the Master Sword trial this game or save it for my next game... I'm definitely going to save the new armor quests for the next game, just to have something new to do.

3. Chloe was being super cute this afternoon.

Weekly Reading

Jul. 14th, 2017 12:09 am
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
I made progress on both the books I had just cracked open last week: over halfway through on Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children and about 10% on The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, which is definitely going to take me longer (it's only 300 pages, but has small print, plus it's a physical book which means I'm not picking it up as often as I would an ebook).

I also got Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family from the library the other day and have read about a third of it. I never read this one as a kid, but I'm enjoying it just as much as the earlier books.

What did you recently finish reading?
Last week I got Alison Bechdel's Fun Home at the library. I went to pick up a book I had on hold, and there were some shelves of comics right next to the holds and this grabbed my eye. I really loved it. I've heard of Alison Bechdel and I've heard of Fun Home, but I really had no idea what it was about other than a vague idea that it was about her rocky relationship with her father, which I had always assumed meant he was homophobic. I had no idea he was gay himself.

Today in the mail I got The Middleman: Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, which I had ordered because we finished the show recently. Back when I watched the show the first time, I did watch the panel reading of the finale done at Comic Con or wherever, but I don't even know if I knew there was a comic of it at the time (or I might have known and just not gotten it because it was expensive...this was $25 for an eighty-page comic!) but anyway, I'd totally forgotten the plot of the final episode anyway, so I was eager to read this and refresh my memory. I actually think the show ends just fine on episode twelve, but I like this as well.

I also read Y: The Last Man volume nine, though did not actually get to the final volume yet, since I keep getting distracted by other things.

What do you think you'll read next?
I have three books on Goodreads marked as "currently reading" that I haven't actually started reading yet, so those for sure! They are Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?, the final volume of Y: The Last Man, and Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown (Images of America: California), which I also received from Amazon today.

I have felt the edge of silence

Jul. 13th, 2017 03:55 pm
musesfool: (it's good to be the queen)
[personal profile] musesfool
Two things to look forward to:

- The Mrs. Ws from A Wrinkle in Time

- The Wakandan Royal Portrait

I AM EXCITE.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 13th, 2017 01:16 am
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
[personal profile] torachan
1. They've been doing work on our street since last week and have had their super noisy machine parked right in front of our house every day, but today they moved it to the end of the street, which made it much quieter (and the house at the end is actually abandoned, so they're not bothering anyone there anyway!). So hopefully they'll keep it parked up there for however long it takes them to finish this up.

2. I went in the kitchen around ten tonight and found tons of ants swarming over the cats' dinner plates, and leading all the way back into the dining room. I was able to clean them up and seem to have gotten rid of them, but I'm really glad I found that before going to bed and not when I woke up, because I'm sure it would have been much worse.

3. Day off tomorrow! I haven't slept well the past two nights, mainly due to cat interference, so I'm really hoping I can get a good night's sleep tonight and maybe even sleep in a bit.

4. This big giant Jasper! He's getting so big!

musesfool: Reboot Uhura (never tell me the odds)
[personal profile] musesfool
Since I'm sure you're waiting almost as anxiously as I am, no, I haven't heard yet if I've been board-approved. Sigh.

I did lock in the interest rate on my mortgage, though, at the urging of my mortgage broker, who knows what she's about, so there's that at least.

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Wednesday reading meme ahoy:

What I've just finished
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. As I mentioned last week, having finished both seasons of The Expanse, and not wanting to wait until 2018 for more, I started reading the books the show is based on.

I definitely think I like the show better, and I definitely see why they made some of the changes they did (especially bringing in Avasarala so much earlier - she's so great!). Book!Miller is more palatable than show!Miller, though I still wish they'd subverted the "hardboiled detective falls for missing girl" thing more, since it's a tired trope without any subversion. But getting his internal narrative helped a lot in making him less of a giant creepy bore.

I still want to punch Holden in the face most of the time, and I didn't think it was possible but the romance is handled worse in the book than it is on the show, where it's basically unremarked most of the time. Having Holden's internal POV made the show's underwritten version seem brilliant in comparison to how poorly it's done in the book. *hands*

I also think making the crew at odds to start was better narrative choice, though had I not seen the show first, I wouldn't have questioned the easy camaraderie in the book.

It's an old-fashioned page-turner of a space opera with some interesting ideas about space travel and humanity, but if I hadn't enjoyed the show I don't know that I'd be interested in continuing on to the next book. Choosing two generic white dudes as the only POV characters was a lazy choice, imo.

What I'm reading now
Book 2 of The Expanse, i.e., Caliban's War. I just finished Avasarala's first chapter, and she's so great. I imagine Shoreh Agdashloo eating pistachios and cursing a blue streak and it pleases me tremendously. And Bobbie's story is a lot less fraught than it was in the show, which is another choice I think the show made correctly. Or maybe it's just that I saw the show first, so it's my template for the story and the characters. *hands* Having two interesting lady narrators definitely offsets some of Holden's annoyingness. I like Prax on the show, but I'm as yet undecided about him as a book character. I guess we'll see.

What I'm reading next
I don't know if I'll be up for Abbadon's Gate next (the reviews are not heartening) but we'll see I guess.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 12th, 2017 01:55 am
torachan: (Default)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Carla bought the first season of Daria on iTunes and we started watching it tonight. I've never actually seen it before, but I like it so far.

2. Pretty hectic this morning at work, as it usually is on Tuesdays (big delivery day, plus it's the day all the salesmen make their rounds), but it calmed down later in the afternoon and I was actually able to leave at a pretty decent time.

3. Molly face.

musesfool: art deco brandy ad (been drinking since half-past three)
[personal profile] musesfool
So I did a locked post* earlier with all the grisly deets, but the interview may have gone well? It was very short, anyway, which everyone I've spoken with seems to think means it was pro forma, and that it's a good sign. They told me I would hear within a week, so I'm trying to be hopeful (not my usual state) and to not second guess myself too much or freak out because they didn't immediately welcome me with open arms.

I was early enough that I did a little reconnaissance to see what was in the vicinity and found the closest diner and the Dunkin and the Starbucks, the CVS and the nail salon, and also at least two Chinese places and a pizza place, all within a block of the subway station (I mean, it's Queens Blvd so it's not like there's not tons of stuff on it). So that's good.

Anyway, I don't want to press anyone into feeling they have to wish me good luck every time I post about it. (And thank you so much to everyone who has!) It's just, like, everything in my head right now, so I can't stop fretting.

*My general policy on access is if you subscribe you get access to general access-locked posts, of which there aren't that many, but when there are, they are mostly about work or family, or in this case, househunting, and I just don't feel comfortable having it all out in the open even though it's not really private. I just went through and updated, so I think everyone who subscribes has access? But if I missed you and you're interested, let me know.

Meanwhile, L and I are trying to plan my birthday dinner, and I just want to eat pasta and be comfortable. And to be able to walk home afterwards. Especially if I'm not going to be in the neighborhood much longer. Is that too much to ask of a restaurant? Idk. *hands* I guess we'll see.

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dancesontrains: (Ugly Betty)
[personal profile] dancesontrains
Basically, a rotation curation is when there's an account set up for different people to take over. People 'curate' it for a week or so. I was on https://twitter.com/TWkLGBTQ, which as you can tell is all about the LGBTQ+ community.

It was interesting! The account follows almost 3,000 people, which is very different from my usual account's 700 or so. I ended up spending a lot of time just reading people's feeds, also seeing the same news stories (Andrew Garfield making a joke that backfired, the hot mess with Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian, people killed in hatecrimes) again and again. That last one was really upsetting.

I also spoke to a larger selection of people than I normally would have - the account follows the LGBT Conservatives account and a few other, similar people. Obviously I don't agree with them, but it was still interesting/infuriating.

Overall, I had a very good experience and would rec it! Have followed a bunch of new to me people too.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 11th, 2017 12:48 am
torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
[personal profile] torachan
1. It was definitely a lot cooler today!

2. I played some more Zelda this evening and finally did the final Divine Beast. I'd been holding off on it because every time you defeat one of them, the overworld enemies level up and I didn't want them at the highest level when I still had so much exploring to do. I also did one of the new DLC sidequests and got the teleportation thingy! Not a whole lot of use for it in my current game since I'm almost done, but it will help out with one of the last shrines I need to get.

3. Look at this sweetie Jasper. It took me like five tries to get one that wasn't a squirming blur, lol.

musesfool: Inara (i know where beauty lives)
[personal profile] musesfool
[personal profile] vaznetti asked for commentary on the Anakin-Inara scenes from the dream of flight persists for the DVD Commentary meme.

Which is interesting, because when [personal profile] silveronthetree and I hashed this whole thing out, my one note on them was "Anakin avoids Inara," as if it were a given, without any real reasoning to back it up, so let's see if I can piece together my thought process.

the dream of flight persists
Star Wars/Firefly; Anakin/Kaylee, ensemble; AU; pg; 16,740 words
Anakin's never found much serenity himself, despite all the meditation he's been subjected to over the years; maybe working on this ship will do it.

dvd commentary: the dream of flight persists )

*

I hope that answered some of your questions. I clearly have a lot of thoughts about this that didn't really make it into the story, since there was a lot of other stuff going on, and once Obi-Wan swans in, everything else kinds of fades into the woodwork.

~*~

i'm wild again, beguiled again

Jul. 10th, 2017 11:02 am
musesfool: sara ramirez applying lipstick (pull on your pout)
[personal profile] musesfool
Board interview today! Eep! Got my black dress and my mom's pearls on. Had a pedicure on Saturday so my toes are a demure and ladylike pink that hopefully screams murmurs, "quiet and fiscally responsible spinster lady you want as your neighbor" (Fiji by Essie). (yes, I'm wearing sandals. It's 85 degrees!) I even switched bags to a very classy tan leather tote bag. I decided against going for a blowout, mainly because the idea of sitting for an hour under the heat of a blow dryer is making me even twitchier than I already am.

Cross your fingers for me!

Yesterday, I went out to Dom's for our birthday barbecue - he's turning FIFTY on Friday (a fact which he is not thrilled about) and I'll be 47(!!!) on Saturday. It was just us, which was nice. My sister brought her new puppy, Roxy, to visit as well, and after a short period of shyness, she and Bolton, my niece's dog, got along like a house on fire.

I also managed to only get two new mosquito bites, both in places that are not visible when I'm fully dressed, so that's good. I don't want to go into this interview looking all spotty and diseased. (No lie, when my parents took me to the hospital when I had my appendix out, the doctors first thought I had Rocky Mountain spotted fever because I was covered in welts from mosquito bites and my mother had to explain, no, they were just bites and I'm super allergic so they all swell up. I was five, so they probably looked even worse on a little kid than they do now.)

As you can tell, I have kind of a one-track mind right now, so even though I probably have other things to say, I can't remember what they are.

Eight hours to go! *meep*

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 10th, 2017 12:32 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I had trouble getting to sleep last night because of the heat, but it feels a lot cooler in the house tonight, so hopefully I won't have any trouble.

2. I didn't end up getting any translation done tonight after work, but since I didn't have to go in until noon, I was able to get some done in the morning. Finished up a chapter, even. :)

3. We just finished up watching The Middleman tonight (my second time, Carla's first). It's such a good show! I really wish it could have gone on longer.

4. Look at this sweet sleepy Chloe. I love her so much!

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