alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Did I mention I started a new Dragon Age Origins playthrough with the Complete Bi Overhaul, Polygamey, and Improved Atmosphere mods? It's been great.
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alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
So [personal profile] fred_mouse asked me to write about my headcanons for romances I've played and I was so UTTERLY BAFFLED by the idea that anyone actually enjoys me talking about this kind of thing I stalled for like a month.

So I'm just going to go through relationships my PCs have had and see if I have anything to say about each.
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I was boggling that I hadn't done one of these since June then looked at my post titles for the last few months and remembered how sick I was for a while there. But I managed to draw some stuff anyway through the fog :) Also I got a copy of Manga Studio 5, which does some lovely lines and painting...that make my computer cry :(

All art has transcripts/descriptions at the link.


Snow White and Red Riding Hood

Most interesting:
News From The Sea: A little fantasy comic adapted from this short story I wrote. Created for a Comic Books and Graphic Novels course. Transcripts in chapter 2.

As far as I can tell I got...120% for this comic? And that's getting less than half of the available extra credit. lol coursera. But it was fun!

Person of Interest, Avatar: The Legend of Korra/The Last Airbender, Guild Wars 2, Dragon Age Origins, Mass Effect 2, Red Dwarf, Bastion, Dr Who, Original, Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, Fresh Pretty Cure )
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey: I quite liked this, a believable slow burn dystopia set in a Texas town that's become a military border zone. It's a pretty realistic take on what it would be like to be born with mild super powers (super strength) as a disprivilged person in a police state, ie not actually that helpful. It's overall quite compassionate, and optimistic enough that I didn't get depressed despite the dark subject matter (which includes rape and child abuse), though without giving any spoilers the ending while not entirely unsatisfying was the sort of thing that puts me off a lot of YA. Still, the main character is mixed race, poor, and queer, and it's an entertaining and easy read. There was a lot of stuff to do with class and race which seemed mostly ok to me but I'm hardly an expert. I remember seeing someone complain that while the main character's LI is a girl every other important person in her life sems to be a man, and that's definitely true. The female characters aren't bad they're just backgrounded.

I read some ACTUAL POETRY for this “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative” course that's starting up soon: Ithaca by C.P Cavafy, which gains an extra layer of meaning when you know the author was a Greek immigrant, and Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came which is basically this guy going for a walk and FREAKING OUT about everything, I'm not sure if we're supposed to like him but I wanted to punch him. "He must be wicked to deserve such pain", huh.

Currently reading "The Magic in the Weaving"/"Sandry's Book" by Tamora Pierce. It's...ok, very kids-fantasy, and she mentions the black character's blackness every two paragraphs. Still, it fills in the time waiting for busses pleasantly enough.


I keep forgetting to say, we've been watching Cowboy Bebop at the fortnightly Wednesday video nights. And now we're finished! It really is a great scifi show, despite the random points where it makes NO SENSE and the way it veers from being quite diverse and humanising everyone to falling into sexist/racist etc cliches. Next up: the movie. Let's see if I enjoy it more now I'm not expecting it to tie up any loose ends from the show.

After that it's either Sailor Moon or Princess Jellyfish, or I try connecting up my laptop and we choose something from Crunchy Roll.

Speaking of Shinichirō Watanabe, I tried Kids on the Slope, his latest story of a reckless fighter, uptight dark haired guy and seemingly-flighty-but-actually-clever girl, this time set in a highschool in 1960s Japan. Being reminded of the end of Cowboy Bebop made me look up the end which made me decide to put off watching more until I'm in the right headspace. Still, it's quite good.

Still watching and enjoying Natsume's Book of Friends and Free.


Flight Rising was down for a few days and I missed it more than I expected. Since it came back I bought a breeding pair of shiny shiny dragons (..and an extra male by mistake, oops) I find playing puzzle games to earn extra treasure quite relaxing, it's partially filled the hole in my life left by Glitch.

Still playing my douchebag Aeducan through Dragon Age Origins, just murdered Wynne. The only thing that's given me pause so far was letting that demon inhabit the little girl, but it's not like I had the persuade points to save her anyway. (I deliberately haven't given him any persuade points, that way I have to murder and/or intimidate my way out of everything) Morrigan, naturally, finds him quite charming :)
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Finished Dragon Age: Origins! With no cheats! (Apart from to get past a bug in a DLC) SURPRISE SURPRISE the end of the game is more fun when you actually fight the battles, but at the same time there's so much to keep track of and the mood is so tense I think foggy!anxious!past!me was right to skip them.

The only interesting extra plot thing that happened was Alistair trying to dump me. I THINK NOT.
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Feeling tired and grumpy with the after effects of what I think was very mild food poisoning. And it turns out I haven't done one of these since April!

My new fannish infatuation is Welcome to Night Vale, and I actually got like 100 tumblr notes on my comic, which is about 95 more than I usually get (and about 95 more than I got on DeviantArt, it's not a big fandom over there I guess) The Dragon Age reverse bang comes out in a week, I'm quite proud of my art and the story I've seen is lots of fun, but you'll have to wait for that :)

Two original pics I'm especially happy with:

Algebra vs Geometry

Me in green

Fic! Art! Cosplay! Image descriptions at link )
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
This post is to stop myself from just sitting and finishing my latest playthrough. I'm near the end but there's still a few hours to go and I really don't want to be up at midnight with sore hands and a headache with little memory of the game.
Over-invested in pixels: the life )
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)

Still just working through "Steampowered 2". But I've reserved the first "Circle of Magic" book from the library.



Dr Who is over until my birthday. Stephen Moffat definitely has a shtick but since that shtick involves complicated time travel plots I'm still enjoying it well enough. This season hasn't wowed me but I like the characters (Jenny, Vastra and Strax are adorable) and I'm curious to see what's going to happen next.

Chihayafuru has been becoming exponentially slower as they catch up to the manga, so I'm not quite as smitten as I was, but slowness aside it's still fun.


Victor Victoria: Julie Andrews plays an unemployed singer whose new gay bff persuades her to pretend to be a drag queen. She gains success but falls for a straight guy. Hiijinks ensue! Very silly and not exactly free of Issues but it was still fun and the core message is about the Power Of Love In All It's Forms which was nice. The central romance didn't convince me but there's an actual happy m/m couple at the end omg. The commentary was Julie Andrews and her husband, the writer director Blake Edwards. It was adorable if self indulgent, they spent several minutes in raptures about the acting ability of their son who has one line as a gay guy checking out the main character (played by his mother, lol)


Tomb Raider: Tried it out and as expected it is very good but really, really not my sort of game. I don't do running and jumping.

Dragon Age: Origins again! I am enjoying it very much. Here is my pretty pretty Dalish elf.
After several years of playing Bioware games the combat has gone from "so hard I gave up and used cheats early on" to "so easy I have yet to die" (on "easy" of course ;)) and I'm even EXPERIMENTING WITH THE TACTICS OMG. I was so proud of myself for not even having the console enabled...and then in Soldier's Peak the final battle refused to spawn and I had to kill Avernus with a cheat *hmmph*. Naturally my Mahariel's first major quest is going to be the Brecilian Forest, it's amusing how much friendlier all the elves are than on all my previous playthroughs. Anyway, not being in a hurry and just playing to enjoy it rather than hit any specific story buttons is fun. The combat is more fun than I remembered (even aside from being easier) and it's been long enough since I last played that the emotional buttons are fairly effective. Also it's fun seeing Flemeth etc and knowing the Part They Will Later Play.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
My first ever fanfic kink meme fill! I quite enjoyed posting this as I went in little 5000 character bites I couldn't go back and edit, as well as only aiming to hit all the requested prompts rather than stressing about actually finishing the story. And yet I did finish and I think it came out rather well.

Sunshine and the Nightingale at AO3, Sunshine and the Nightingale at
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences, no content notes
Relationships: Bethany Hawke/Leliana
Summary: For a prompt on the kink meme:
After being refused by the Warden, Leliana is still in Lothering and the darkspawn hoard is fast approaching. She ends up escaping with the Hawkes (and Aveline) and goes with them to Kirkwall. She and Bethany fall for each other.

And now some fanart of three Homestuck trolls as the Endless from Sandman, and Rose and Kanaya as superheroes, because I am just that much of a nerd. For all of them I was trying to replicate a comic-book look.
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alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Just finished the Dragon Age DLC Witch Hunt. This Aimo comic about sums up my feelings at the end. There needs to be more opportunities to hug your friends in these games(*). It would have been nice if there'd been at least a mention of the fact that my Warden is a dwarf, we did go to a dwarven thaig and all. But it was enjoyable enough in a crappy little DLC sort of way, and the companions, while thinly sketched, were quite likeable (even if Finn said he thought dwarves are boring)

All these people from the US talking about roast turkey is making me want some. I ate frozen cooked chicken instead because (a)It's easier and (b)It's kind of warm here right now.

(*)Yes, I know, I don't actually tend to like hugging people in real life. I'm allowed to be inconsistent.
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
First, something really depressing: Cane toad hops into Bayswater Way too close to my house for comfort D: D: (the true horror of this may be lost to non-Australians)

And now a bunch of happy things from tumblr, which will be of no interest to anyone who is already subscribed to me there. I've linked to my posts since they have image descriptions.

A really pretty beach at night

Adorable hedgehogs

Art by Henri Rivière

Adorable fuzzy moth bird things

Cool Portal mirrors

Dragon Age:
Leliana and f!Surana femslash fanart

The gods associated with various Dalish tattoos in Dragon Age
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I've finally gotten a break from my recent inability to finish anything plotty or prose related, huzzah.

I am most proud of Mass Effect 3, an honest to goodness playable computer game. Very silly, but I think it turned out pretty well for what it is.
Dragon Age, Durarara!!, Lost Girl/Mass Effect, Homestuck/Dragon Age, original art )
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Heroes and Damsels (2789 words) by faviconsqbr (Also at
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Isabela/Fenris
Characters: Fenris, Isabela
Summary: Isabela doesn't need rescuing (except when she does)

How did I not realise that AO3 had a "share" button? Is that new or am I just really unobservant?

After a year I finally got around to drawing the Cousland arc of my comic series Various Attempts at romance in Dragon Age Origins, which led me to some slightly less silly Cousland/Leliana art:

Dragon Age Origins: Robin Hood at deviantART
, Dragon Age Origins: Robin Hood at Tumblr
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
I made a post about Political fanart at [personal profile] sqbr which some of you may be interested in.

I've also updated my Redbubble store with my more recent original art.

I was linked this disturbing picture of me and the rest of the 1999 Unisfa committee at Terracon (description below). I'm the one on the back left with the APPALLING jumper, even back in the 90s people mocked me for it. It was cold, ok :P

I've been playing Portal 2, it's awesome, though I must admit I have resorted to a walkthrough now and then (I shall blame it on brainfog and ignore the fact I have always been too impatient to finish puzzle games without a walkthrough). It took a little while to stop feeling like a gratuitous sequel with nothing new to offer, but a couple of chapters in and it got really interesting, both in terms of puzzles and plot/setting etc.

Yesterday (after getting stuck on Portal 2) I decided to finally finish my third Dragon Age: Origins character, who has been most of the way through the game for months after I couldn't face a particular long unpleasant dungeon crawl again.
More Dragon Age: Origins rambling, no spoilers )
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
No content warnings.

Contains three fic and some rambles about why I wrote them.

I adore Isabela, but I always assumed I wouldn't be able to write her POV (or any story featuring her in a major way) since a lot of her character is about having lots of unselfconscious meaningless sex, and that's just not something I can write very convincingly or comfortably. And then thanks to various conversations (specifically with [ profile] jakia) I became taken with the idea of an Isabela/Fenris story which subverted the implications of canon and had them at most holding hands. Thus:

Title: That Night
Author: [personal profile] alias_sqbr
Wordcount: 1847
Rating: Teen
Pairing(s): Isabela/Fenris, some background/past m!Hawke/Fenris and m!Hawke/Anders
Summary: Fenris and Isabela spend an evening together. There is a long walk in the moonlight, hand holding, and talking about feelings (well, not so much of that last part, don't want to rush into things here)
Links: AO3 and

And then I discovered that writing Isabela is heaps of fun )
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
This has been sitting in my WIP folder for months, then when [ profile] lehni expressed interest on my WIP meme post I decided to clean it up and let her at least see the draft…and ended up finishing it, huzzah.

Title/Link: Bedtime Story (at AO3)
Author: [personal profile] alias_sqbr
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Wordcount: 1969
Rating: G
Characters, Pairing(s): Morrigan/Leliana, Urthemiel (Claire)
Notes: Part of my Leliana and Morrigan series.
Summary: Once upon a time, deep in the perilous Kocari Wilds, there lived a witch called Flemeth. Leliana tells her daughter a story.

The leadup to Dragon Age 2 has me feeling all inspired to finish off my old Dragon Age: Origins plot nugs, since the new game is a whole new set of characters. Not sure I actually will though, they generally got left uncompleted for a reason.

How is it only 8pm? I feel like it's past 10pm. SO SLEEPY.
alias_sqbr: Darkwing Duck (dw!)
I've been having one of those days where spend the whole day feeling frustrated and ineffective then at 5pm remember that I did a load of washing in the morning... only to realise that I forgot the detergent anyway(*). But! I also discovered:

[community profile] fanart_recs (a fanart recs comm! Huzzah!) and [community profile] peopleofthedas (a dw Dragon Age comm)

(*)Plus I was trying to set up an emotionally charged love triangle with my new Mass Effect character, the somewhat ambiguously gendered alien Liara and somewhat xenophobic and conservative Ashley, but Ashley refused to get jealous and just ceded the field to Liara. Hmmph! *cough* These games aren't quite as much like a dating sim as this makes them sound...(And I am totally looking forward to playing my new male character in ME2 to see how he reacts to the various ethical dilemmas, not because all the female love interests are straight)
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Ok, not really. But I've been feeling seriously crappy recently and didn't get around to posting anything here. All art comes with a transcript.

First off: Hapless is back! I have posted 25 of the better gag strips from my defunct webcomic Hapless to a new home on Drunk Duck. There's still a few hiding on my harddrive I need to ferret out since the server they were originally on died. Hapless was part of me playing around with the idea of being a Webcomic Artist around 2006, I also made a narrative comic "A Circle of Stars" which ran for a few years before petering out, I don't think I can be bothered re-uploading that but Cam may fix the broken server one day.

And now, the form of creativity I got into after getting bored of original webcomics: fanart!

DAO: Genderswapped Zevran
by ~sqbr on deviantART

Four Dragon Age and Mass Effect comics after the cut )
alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
OH DREAMWIDTH HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU NEVER LEAVE AGAIN. (No idea what brought it back, but back it appears to be. FOR NOW)

Anyway, to celebrate, some fanart I drew:

DAO: Making Cookies
by ~sqbr on deviantART where there is a description

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