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alias_sqbr: (dagna)
Trip: Went as well as could be expected and still HORRIBLY EXHASUSTING
Hotel (Oak on Collins): Pretty nice except for the FIVE STEPS that mean I have to use a slow, out of the way wheelchair lift that is accessed through the bar and behind a curtain and refuses to work at all if the gate at the top isn't closed properly, which is super convenient when you're at the bottom.

Went to visit a friend and her ADORABLE BABY yesterday, made self even more tired and sore and it was worth every minute. Babbbiieesss :D :D (And he is a particualrly cute one)

Today: Realised as I neared the concention centre that I had forgotten my recharger, barely made it back and spent the rest of the day lurching from power point to power point. Note to self: find somewhere better than Rehab Rentals next time.

Cam told me about a Dragon Age playtesting thing and I thought "nah", then as I toodled around the exhibition floor I found myself thinking more and more "YES".
No spoilers just some panel notes and the rest of my day )
alias_sqbr: (genius!)
I have to draw a four+ page comic for a coursera course I'm doing and I am TOTALLY BLOCKED.

I'm thinking I'll just adapt part of an existing story, either one of mine or something in the public domain.

Current thoughts tend towards Northanger Abbey but I am open to suggestions! Are there any public domain works, or original/fanfic of public domain works by me that you'd like to see me draw a short story about? Any art of mine you'd be curious to see expanded into a longer story (and have plot ideas for)? AUs are totally welcome but not nonsense crossovers because then I get tangled up figuring out how it WORKS.

It has to be accessible to random strangers so no asking me to write an ending to A Circle of Stars :P Also there is no guarantee I'll actually draw any of it comics are haaaard. BUT I WILL TRY

Also: Penny, I have not forgotten your Asama & Korra prompt, I plan on drawing it the moment the show gets them to a point where I'm not all "Asama & Korra ;_;"

ALSO speaking of AO3 today was FEMSLASHEX REVEALS YAYYY. I drew some Velanna/Sigrun. And I got TWO gifts: Undercover by kiki_miserychic, which is some sexy Root/Shaw art, and Quantum Relations by Settiai which is a very cute EDI/Sam fic.

This course is good but hardddd. I had to write TWO ESSAYS. With an introduction and a thesis and a CONCLUSION. urrrrggghhhhhh essayssssss. Of course we got half marks for even trying because coursera. But the peer assessors said I LACKED A COHERENT THESIS. Luckily we get to do self evaluation too so there was a "you are amazing and all your ideas are gold" to balance things out.

I am doomed

Oct. 7th, 2014 10:34 pm
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
So I read today that the adobe ebook reader does all sorts of dodgy spying, and decided to uninstall it (never liked it anyway) in favour of the Kobo application(*).

Then, looking at my newly imported library, I decided to get around to starting the Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein, which I have been recced forever and bought on special ages ago.

And it was AMAZING. A fantasy story with solid worldbuilding, light and easy to read prose, great female characters, involving story, and a DEEP love of science. Like it legit made me tear up a little the way the main character loves finding and sharing the truth about the world with others. And it feels like a deliberate alternative to all those creepy macho odes to science by the likes of Neal Stephenson *spits in the general direction of Anathem* without being woo anti-science fluff.

The Steerswomen (there are some men but women are the default) are an organisation dedicated to finding out and telling the truth. They welcome anyone who is willing to do the training and pass the tests, and share their knowledge freely and enthusiastically. And people ask, there isn't this elitist Us vs Them dichotomy with the Common People, though the book does draw a stronger line between Logical Science Types and regular people than I have noticed in real life, even if the latter group are treated sympathetically. Anyway: the main character, the titular Steerswoman, starts the book poking at a mystery, then as is usually the way in such stories finds herself caught up in Large And Important Things which I found quite thrilling and interesting (if not STAGGERINGLY original) and forms a charming and femslashy bond with a barbarian woman who is also quite intelligent but much happier to solve her problems by gutting people with her sword.

And then I got to the end and it was satisfying for that SPECIFIC ARC but I still wanted to know MORE...and I could the next book. Because the reader is tied to the store. Thus the title of this post, I am doomed.

Though as it turns out I already owned the second book since it was part of the original sale.

But then someone else's post reminded me that I've been meaning to check out Ancillary Justice, and the Steerswoman series has like four books....(and isn't finished /o\)


(*)The Kobo store isn't the cheapest, but they are a fairly reliable source of Australian-friendly ebooks that are DRM free when they can be and aren't associated with any Evil Overlords like Google or Amazon (as far as I know...)

Also while I'm being paranthetical: though not grimdark, and generally circumspect about the details, the book has a moderate amount of violence and there's an Evil Incestuous Bisexual who briefly threatens the heroine with rape and for the moment is the only sign of queerness in the world, though I vaguely recall hearing that that improves.

Oh god

Oct. 4th, 2014 03:00 pm
alias_sqbr: Apologises for the terrible prose it's probably accompanied by, reads an e e cummings poem (Default)
So the three main canons I've gotten REALLY INTO in the last few years are Dragon Age, Avatar TLA/TLoK, and Homestuck. All three have large and enthusiasticly argumentative fandoms.

Today: The final book of Avatar: the Legend of Korra starts.

Some time in the next month or two: Homestuck resumes updates after a year long hiatus, heading towards it's end.

November 18: Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out.

Late november/early December: Final episode of Avatar: the Legend of Korra airs.

alias_sqbr: (genius!)
I just downloaded Manga Studio 5 (on sale for $15!) and want to try it out!

So: give me art prompts!

(original or fannish, no zombies. Please provide refs if it's something I can't easily and unambiguously google)
alias_sqbr: (torchwood spoilers)

Guild Wars 2: Level 75! The level cap is 80 so I'm curious to see what the game's like once I hit that point. Overall still very much enjoying it, though the personal story, while enjoyable, fits a little awkwardly into the larger world. I visit a peaceful fort, enter the personal story, watch the fort get overwhelmed by zombies, make a hasty retreat...and exit the personal story into the same fort, just as peaceful as when I entered. And since there's no equivalent to Dragon Age's party banter etc the relationships seem very thin despite declarations of deep friendship from anyone you have enough adventures with. Also: too many zombies. I don't like zombies.

Sleepy Hollow: An episode behind but found the season opener very thrilling and enjoyable!

Gotham: has potential but was kind of cheesy and meh. Having the people who would become poison ivy, cat woman, batman, the penguin, and the riddler all HAPPEN to be involved in the same case felt contrived. Have to see where they go from here.

Sailor Moon Crystal: still enjoying, though it's pretty flawed.

Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun: hilarious and charming to the end. Also MASSIVELY heteronormative, but, shoujo.

Day Break Illusion: cheesy and cutesy but also angsty, no thank you. (Yes I liked Madoka and Princess Tutu, but they worked for me and this didn't)

....and probably other things but this will do.


Sep. 28th, 2014 12:42 pm
alias_sqbr: (dreamwidth)
Made an ello account but THEY DON'T HAVE TAGS so I can't see me using it much. It has the instant posting style of facebook and twitter if that appeals to you, and I will follow people there if I have to. You have "friends" and "noise" filters (flattering haha) but I don't think you can lock posts. Also you seem to be stuck with a black on white colour scheme.

As I recall it was briefly the New Darling on tumblr for not having Facebook's real names policy, but then the owners did something dodgy like...dealing badly with harassment or something? Personally I'm sticking with dreamwidth and tumblr, with facebook/twitter/ello etc mainly used for grudging replies to those of you without the good taste to prefer the same social networks as me.
alias_sqbr: (femininity)
Until Oct 1

It's a very fun gme. It's been crashing for me a lot lately though which is annoying. I think it might be a particular area, the Bloodtide Coast, so don't go there :)
alias_sqbr: (fanart remix)
That was a trip. Never run an exchange before, it was exciting and scary but really rewarding. Not sure how people with more than seven participants manage it :)

Anyway, go check out the great art at [ profile] fanartremixexchange or [community profile] fanartremix. Here's mine:

The Avengers: The First Thing You See

The Sandman: Endless Delerium

And my two fantastic remixes: Fetch! (warning: blood) and Here Fishy Fishy!

Remixing and being remixed were both really great. Seeing my art come to life in someone else's head was SO COOL.

Both comms are open to submissions if any of you are inspired to create your own remixes *hint hint*

Deep Games

Sep. 24th, 2014 07:02 pm
alias_sqbr: (up and down)
These are the notes I took at Christy Dena's lecture and workshop on Deep Games. Overall it was a really great experience! I've added links for things I mean to check out later myself.
Describes games about abuse, homophobia, death. Plus some happy things ;) )
alias_sqbr: (up and down)
Written mostly for other confused people so they can compare notes and feel less weird for not figuring this stuff out the moment they hit puberty :) Some stuff about being grey Asexual in there too.

Dates are fuzzy because who can remember this sort of thing. My sexuality tag makes for an interesting timeline of my attitudes before and after coming out.

Vague discussions of sex and mental illness, mention of abuse )
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
This is open to anyone who lives in Australia and speaks Australian English. Having an android phone or tablet is a plus. They talk about "Native Australians" but I'm pretty sure they just mean people who were born here.

You'll need an odesk account to apply.

Read more... )
alias_sqbr: (yay copyright)
"In a text post, list ten fics that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow."

From tumblr. Chosen by going through my bookmarks and seeing which ones jumped out at me. A lot of these are VERY OLD since I have gotten harder to wow as I've read more fic. Sixteen not ten because don't make me chooooose. And yes there is a suprsing amount of Stargate considering I don't actually like the canon, when I first got into fic that was what I encountered the most of and the fandom produced a wide range of interesting stuff. (Also lots of robots which should not be surprising at all)

A Deeper Season (117605 words) by lightgetsin, sahiya
Chapters: 19/19
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gregor Vorbarra/Miles Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Gregor Vorbarra, Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: First Time, Romance, Action/Adventure, a deeper season, Alternate Universe
Series: Part 5 of A Deeper Season
Summary:Take one Miles, a hapless cousin, Cetagandan social politics, a galactic conspiracy, a scientific discovery, a lot of firepower, and an unexpected declaration. Mix well and step back quickly.

First fanfic I ever really loved.

Title: Boston Marriage
Author: [ profile] jae_w
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Pairing: Rory/Paris
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: For literate_bear

First femslash story I really truly loved.
But I couldn't stop there )
alias_sqbr: (dagna)
I've been meaning to check out Guild Wars 2 for years, but only recently got the relevant Mac OS and might still have put it off indefinitely if I hadn't seen an ad for a half price sale (now over)

And it's a lot of fun! Overall what it reminds me of most is Final Fantasy games. The MMO aspect hasn't affected me a lot but it is kind of cool seeing other people around.
Read more... )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Read more... )
alias_sqbr: (genius!)
Fanart Remix Exchange is open for signups! COME JOIN

Penny Stirling has a story published in Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Have bought my copy but haven't read it yet, I like lesbians and stuff by friends but don't tend to like short stories.

Book One of Horizon is finished! Horizon is a really interesting alternate history scifi fantasy story [personal profile] whatistigerbalm is writing about historians piecing together history after the world sort of ended (...I think) and trying not to get into trouble for heresy.

I got quoted in a Buzzfeed article about Chris Lilley's brownface. I don't recall being asked for permission, but I would have said yes so eh. At least people are talking about it now.
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Exactly the silly space opera shenanigans it looks like. Not deep or especially well written, and the few female characters are dissapointingly flat, but I still enjoyed it for the explosions and space ships and teamwork. Also they get props for having a scene where everyone gets naked but the only characters we see are Chris Pratt and the CGI racoon :D Starts with a character's mother dying of cancer if that sort of thing is an issue for you. Also the bad guy is a vengeful member of an (in his eyes) oppressed minority called the Kree. EDIT: Oh, also, a very very ableist running gag.


Triple Town: Still playing.

Papa and Yo: only just started this but it's a really atmospheric magical realism puzzle game where you play as a young boy imagining his way through his Brazillian city. Apparently the creator uses the game to explore his own experiences with an alcoholic father though I haven't gotten to that bit yet. Puzzles are fun and not too difficult so far though there is a bit more jumping than I like.


Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun: this is a really fun shoujo anime playing around with shoujo tropes, a bit like Ouran though in a different way. The heroine tries to confess to her crush but accidentally ends up his assistant instead: he's a stoic manly guy who writes fluffy shoujo manga. With the heroine based on his male best friend and one of his heroes based on the Prince-like girl who picks up all the girls. Only 5 episodes in but it's pretty fun.

Fresh Pretty Cure: finally finished it! It was great! Strongly reccomended to anyone who enjoys magical girls/female friendship/redeemed female characters. No explicit romance though there is lots of deliberate subtext, lots of femslash (and some slash) potential, funny and cute and fun. Very silly in parts, but if you can get past the ridiculousness of the monsters the action can be pretty thrilling.

Still watching and enjoying Love Live, Free, and Sailor Moon Crystal.


The Windflower by Laura London: was reccomended it as a really good old school (80s) pirate romance and that's what it is. Flowery prose and tasty cheese, like a cross between the Black Jewels and Pirates of the Carribean minus the supernatural and most of the action, the (red headed American) heroine is so innocent and loveable that allllll the pirates love her. ALL OF THEM. Which I quite enjoyed since there was little jealousy and I was free to imagine a big polyamorous pirate harem forming five minutes after the book ended. If you can't deal with references to rape do not read this review or this book )
alias_sqbr: (I like pi!)
Chair of the Wiscon Harassment Policy Committee talks about how they ended up with such an unpopular decision about a serial harasser. Lots of discussion in the comments about how the committees ended up missing/losing important information and (badly) reinvented the wheel regarding con harssment.

A discussion at ffa of a Dashcon apology. This con was an UTTER TRAINWRECK and the woman in charge seems determined on shifting blame to everyone but herself.

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