fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 28th, 2011 04:25 pm)
Still waiting on Livejournal. I feel so strange not being able to get on there. I'm trying to find people I know on here, but it's been slow-going.
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 28th, 2011 01:30 am)
I finally got this journal updated again. The importer was all kinds of wonky with Livejournal being all over the place for the past couple of days. I'm glad to have it done.
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 27th, 2011 04:42 pm)
I can post from Google Chrome again, but it's likely to go out at any moment! LJ, check yourself before you wreck yourself! >____<;;;;
My brain will not let me be, so I had to do this... William and Spike, MLP: FiM style. XD I sorta want to do a bunch of these. It's really fun to do vector artwork again.

Click here to see full-sized. )

I hope this posts because LJ has been really wonky for me for days...
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 26th, 2011 02:39 am)

I'm going to have to make a My Little Pony tag.
It's no secret that I hate updating 70s/80s cartoon characters . From Rainbow Brite to Strawberry Shortcake to Care Bears to My Little Ponies, toy companies have been updating their designs like mad in the past decade. I even made a post with image comparisons to express my rage a while back. My Little Ponies have definitely seen some bad days and some badder days. However, their latest incarnation- MLP: Friendship is Magic- is actually adorable. It's obviously made by people who enjoyed the original 80s cartoons and movies. Plus, they have somehow managed to make a toy/TV series that not only appeals to females but to males as well. Believe it or not, Hasbro finally bridged the gender gap with a show... probably completely by accident. MLPs were created to be the "girl" toys to the "boy" toys to the Transformers in the 80s. I played with both, but forever I was reminded that MLPs were only "girl" toys. Now, there are BRONIES (portmanteau of "bro" and "ponies"), male fans of MLP: FIM usually between the ages of 16-32.

The creators of the show are Internet junkies and nerds. An example, in the original MLP show in the 80s, there was a baby dragon named Spike (he was voiced by the same guy who did Buster Bunny and the Crypt Keeper's voices). In the new show, Spike has been included in the cast again... only now he sometimes gets tormented by a male baby bunny named Angel. XD Now, it's unconfirmed if this was done because of vampiric Spike and Angel, but I like to think that it was. :D

Here's a confirmed example. This is Doctor Whooves. That is literally one of his official names. He has spiky David Tennant hair and his "cutie mark" is a timey wimey hourglass.

Here is a fan animation of Dr. Whooves giving a message to Martha about pears.

Another fan animation: Allons-y!
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 22nd, 2011 04:24 pm)
You know what makes me happier than anything right now? This Charter commercial.

Not only is the piggie squeeworthy, but the "couple" seems so adorable too.
Have you ever felt like you were sorta alone in your fandom opinions? Sometimes, I feel awkward asking fandom questions for fear that it might unintentionally offend someone. I'm trying to stop arguing on the internet because Tara threatened that if I didn't stop she was going to make sure that my grave marker would read, "She argued on the Internet. A lot."
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 21st, 2011 06:45 pm)
As some of you remember, I discovered a bird's nest in the wreath on my front door a few weeks ago. Much to my sadness, the egg inside the nest fell out during a storm and broke. However, when we were preparing to clean the nest and bird mess off the wreath, we discovered a second egg hidden inside of a fold of a ribbon (dubbed Egg Miracle #1). After carefully transferring the egg to the nest, we put the wreath back out and waited. Luckily, the mother robin returned. She's been dutifully sitting on the nest for a while, and my mom and I were wondering if perhaps the egg had hatched. Today we got our answer and a surprise, aka Egg Miracle #2.

A storm kicked up a little while ago, and the nest was swaying dangerously. Mom decided to bring the whole wreath in the house and hang it on the inside of the glass front door. Inside the nest was a teeny tiny ball of fluff that wasn't moving. We thought that perhaps the baby bird had died. While the storm was dying down, the mother robin kept coming back during the storm and hovering outside the glass just where the nest was. Finally, the winds slowed enough that we could put the wreath back outside. As my mom lowered the wreath as carefully as possible from its hook, a fluffy little head rose up out of the nest with its beak wide open. "Peep!" it cried. I was so happy that it was alive, and then the surprise. A second equally fluffy head rose up and cried, "Peep!"

I can't believe it. After all that, the mother robin somehow laid a third egg! Once the wreath was back in place came the waiting game for the mother bird to return. Thankfully, she was quick about it and went straight away to feeding the babies.

Sigh, I think that it'll be another week or so before the birds can leave the nest (some orenthological websites said that robins take about two weeks to leave the nest once hatched, and it's already been about a week, I'm estimating). I'll be sad to see them go, but also very very relieved. These storms are only going to continue and get worse with the horrible heat, and I doubt we'll be putting out a wreath again any time soon.
I can't believe this is the last one! This has been really fun! :D

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

Automated Utopia is my favourite fanfic that I've written. I think it's my favourite because it felt like an accomplishment as the first long!fic I finished, and I really got such positive feedback about it that it encouraged me to continue writing fics.

Also, writing in a steampunk AU was an interesting experience. I enjoyed taking the characters out of the comfort zone I was used to writing them in and putting them in a brand new world. I got to do a lot of fun research into Victorian England and steam technology. It's provided a lot of inspiration for future fics and made me feel more confident in my writing.

Cut for the answer to Days 1-29... )
Title: Once Upon a Spring Day
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fenderlove
Rating: PG/Worksafe.
Summary: There was a flashback in FFL that Spike didn't even know he could have.

For the "Fool for Love" episode prompt at [livejournal.com profile] nekid_spike.

Onwards to the ficlet... )

x-posted on [livejournal.com profile] nekid_spike.
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 15th, 2011 08:20 pm)
I am not feeling very well right now... I blame food... and the heat. Blurg. I hate the humidity-sickness. Damn Southern weather.

Midnight needs to get here quick!
I just realized that the start day for the prompt I wrote a ficlet for is the 16th not the 15th! Darn it! *impatient*

29 – What is your current project or projects?

Currently finished but still posting: Acceptable Losses and Versailles Undone

Currently finished but unposted yet: Automated Utopia II and as-of-yet-untitled Paper Pusher sequel, and Spin the Baby Bottle I and II (ficlets).

Currently editing: As-of-yet-untitled circus alternate universe fic, Hemp Widows, Man of Letters (ficlet), Snowbankrupt (ficlet), Patently Romantic (ficlet), and as-of-yet-untitled Caprica ficlet.

Currently still writing: Congressional Foreplay, These Chains of Lace (Versailles Undone sequel), and as-of-yet-untitled ficlet about a Slayer during the Stonewall Riots.

Cut for the answer to Days 1-28 and the other 1 question for the upcoming day... )
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jul. 14th, 2011 07:04 pm)
I can't wait for midnight! I've got a ficlet to post for a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] nekid_spike, and I am bouncing to post it! *twirls about*

I should be excited for midnight because of Harry Potter, but sadly I am not likely to be able to see this film in theatre. I've managed to see all the HP films during their opening weekends, most of them even on opening night, but I've got no one to go with and no transport this time. :(
Via Regretsy.com: "Haunted Gay Homosexual Vampire Ring."

"This ring holds the very powerful and rare Homosexual Vampire Love spell. This Vampire ring has the ability to attract gay men to you in love and sex. Other homosexual men will know that you are not only Looking for love and sex but they will be drawn to you. They will see you as one of the sexiest men on the planet. They will not be able to resist you. Some men will not only be drawn to you but seem to be almost in a trance like state. They will be more then willing to obey your every command. This ring is so powerful it has even converted several straight men in the past.

This ring not only will attract men but Vampires as well. Most Vampires are homosexual and the spell will work the same on them. I will not be responsible for any unwanted Vampire encounters. I will not be responsible for any harm that may come to the one that wears this ring.

$39 for gay male vampire powers? Hmm...
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I've never done a writing collab, but I have done a collaboration with [livejournal.com profile] whichclothes on The Heart that Seeks Pleasure First for the [livejournal.com profile] nekid_spike tag-team challenge. She did the writing, and I did the art.

I also did an artwork for [livejournal.com profile] lilithbint's Preschool and another for [livejournal.com profile] whichclothes's Memento Mori: Hominem Te Memento. :D I hope that my fics will one day inspire someone to do art!

Cut for the answer to Days 1-27 and the other 2 questions for the upcoming days... )
I can't believe we're down to the last few days with this meme! Seems like it just started yesterday! XD

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I like writing in my bed. I have a wrought iron daybed with a big magenta and purple puffy sari embroidered comforter with enormous overstuffed pillow, and it's a very comfortable place to write. As I've mentioned before, I am an obsessive notebook keeper. I have notebooks in all shapes and sizes, and generally I write down the outline of my fics along with any research or important plot elements in a notebook to keep my thought process straight. I always use Pilot Precise V5 extra fine tipped pens to write exposition with, and then I use a Japanese multi-tipped (pink, purple, blue, green, and brown) Uni Style*Fit gel pen for corrections and dialogue. I type everything up later.

For my longer fics, I always make sure that each one has an individual notebook for each. Automated Utopia and its upcoming sequel are housed in two very thick, pink leather-bound notebooks. Paper Pusher is kept in a tall, teal hard-bound notebook with a white hummingbird and orange flowers on its cover. Acceptable Losses is in a blue hard-bound book with multi-coloured flowers on its cover. Versailles Undone is in a spiral hard-cover with a watercolour painting of daffodils in a blue vase on its cover. I have several moleskin journals that I use to keep my notes about my canon/fanon for Spike's backstory and history, including his education, family background, and locations throughout the years. For shorter fics, I will use cheap spiral college-ruled one subject notebooks (the five-for-a-dollar variety).

I feel like writing everything out by hand allows me to think longer about what I'm writing, and later typing it helps me refine it, get it perfect.

Cut for the answer to Days 1-26 and the other 3 questions for the upcoming days... )
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Yes, indeed I do listen to music while I write; I kinda have to. I have a tendency to make playlists if I'm writing a longer multi-chapter fic. For Automated Utopia, I was listening to a lot of steampunk-related bands like Abney Park and Clockwork Quartet. For Paper Pusher, my playlist was almost entirely made up of Rasputina. For Acceptable Losses, I listen to a lot of Lemon Demon, Modest Mouse, and Blink 182 (their later stuff). For Versailles Undone, my playlist is pretty much the two CD set from Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette along with a lot of Mozart and Beethoven.

Here are YouTube links to some of my most-played songs from my iTunes fanfiction playlist:
* Rasputina's "In Old Yellowcake."
* Say Hi to Your Mom's "Angels and Darlas."
* The Smiths' "William, It Was Nothing."
* Lemon Demon's "Ben Bernanke."
* Lemon Demon's "Eighth Wonder."
* Panic! At the Disco's "The Ballad of Mona Lisa."
* Aphex Twins' "Jynweythek Ylow."
* Neko Case's "Margaret vs. Pauline."
* Abney Park's "Sleep Isabella."
* The Gaslight Anthem's "Great Expectations."
* Clockwork Quartet's "The Doctor's Wife."
* Ursula's "Tiffer."

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

I always seem to be researching odd things for my fanfictions. I've researched how to perform an autopsy, the differences between impulse turbines and reactionary turbines in steam drills, and how pantelegraph machines work. I think I've got quite the personal costume dictionary for various time periods, and I've probably gotten basic grasp of how the educational system in Victorian London operated as well as what a typical banquet would consist of at the Palace at Versailles during the reign of Louis XVI. Probably the weirdest was when I had to research the history of Personal Digital Assistants for Versailles Undone to make sure that PDAs could receive alphanumeric pager messages in 2000 when Season Four would take place because text messaging was not yet available on them. It was weird because something that sounds so simple turned out to be very difficult to research as I kept getting contradictory information about different brands of devices. It bothers me that I still might have gotten it wrong.

Cut for the answer to Days 1-24 and the other 4 questions for the upcoming days... )
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I don't think I've ever used a beta for proofreading. I probably should 'cause I tend to get the computer blindness after a while of looking at a monitor (I would be a horrible beta). Sometimes I do like to have some of my pals read my fic or just sections of chapters just to make sure the tone or characterizations are right before I post. With that, I'd like to give hugs to [livejournal.com profile] lilithbint, [livejournal.com profile] sockmonkeyhere, [livejournal.com profile] sistercuervo, [livejournal.com profile] kidcyclone, and everyone who's read over my ideas and made me feel less crazy about what I've written. I heart you all! *giant enormous squishy hugs*

Cut for the answer to Days 1-23 and the other 6 questions for the upcoming days... )


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