Dec. 23rd, 2014

alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
I wrote some fic! This may not seem very exciting but I haven't written any fic in over a year. Which is to say, not since shortly before my life fell into UTTER CRAP for a while. Hooray for life being less crap and a new Dragon Age game :)

The Scent of Honeysuckle at AO3 The Scent of Honeysuckle at Fanfiction.net
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Josephine Montilyet/Cassandra Pentaghast
Characters: Josephine Montilyet, Cassandra Pentaghast
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, Romance, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Happy Ending
Summary: Josephine thinks she's going to marry a Pentaghast. Things don't quite go according to plan.

And there's a silly little sequel/collection of ficlets: "Reactions: Before and After" at AO3, "Reactions: Before and After" at fanfic.net.

Now some comics! All have descriptions.

A non spoilery comic about the "patch"

The rest have major spoilers!

Romance in Dragon Age Inquisition

Maximising My Smooches

In Death, Sacrifice (also contains death, spiders)
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore: It took me nearly 100 pages to get over HOW MUCH of a YA fantasy first novel this is: the main countries are Estill, Wester, Nander, Sunder and Middluns laid out exactly as you'd expect and the author still felt the need for a map, the main character is a spitfire tomboy called Kat(sa) who is the neice of the king but everyone shys away from her because her Special Eyes show she is cursed by awesome, and by the way despite being isolated and socially awkward she runs a massive secret network of do-gooders she just created from scratch one day because she thought it would be a good idea? But once I got past all that I quite enjoyed it. Although this is pure "awkward girl who feels like everyone hates them finds love and acceptance" wish fulfillment there's no moment where Katsa puts on a nice dress and becomes the prettiest girl at the ball(*), part of her arc is finding people who are ok with her cutting her hair super short and dealing with her frustrations by fighting. And I loved seeing a redemption arc for a girl who really has done some awful things, even if she had no choice in the matter (her Specialness involves being really fantastic at hurting people, and her uncle the King took complete and terrible advantage of it) Also the male love interest, despite being a bit smug, is the calm sensitive one and I liked that :) It was only once I was partway through that I remembered I had decide to avoid it because I'd heard the bad guy is a pedophile, it was subtle enough not to trigger me but ymmv. Could also have done with a bit less of Katsa being compared to a "wildcat", but it's that kind of book.

(*)I am all for those moments for female characters who HAVEN'T spent most of the book talking about how much they hate dresses and balls.

Guild Wars 2: I have found myself entirely unmotivated to play since shortly before Dragon Age Inquisition came out. It really doesn't help that once you get past a certain level it's pretty much all zombies all the time :(

Veronica Mars Movie: Have I mentioned how awful this was? I mean I did have some happy affectionate nostalgia but it was overall just an incredibly bland chewed over rehash of the most shallow nostalgia laden reading of the characters, with the worst sort of "Lol you thought we were making social commentary but actually we hate poor people" plot and an incredibly unfortunate drug use metaphor/running joke. It's ten years later and noone's really grown or changed (except Weevil, bless him) Oh and Logan has finally finished his Woobie's Journey to Sainted Male Love Interest. I liked Veronica/Logan, but over 3 seasons and a movie they rehashed the same angst over and over in increasingly boring ways until it lost all meaning. See: every other aspect of the show I used to like. And despite being overall safe and pedestrian they still managed to include some really gross rape stuff, it was just tacked on at the end instead of underpinning the whole story.

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