thedeadparrot: (obvious place)
(posted by on Aug. 19th, 2016 08:31 pm)
So I played The Beginner's Guide, which I will need to spoil in depth to talk about with any sort of coherence, but if spending 1.5 hours on a loosely interactive experience that tries to talk about the relationship between the creation of art and the consumers of art told through a very odd metatextual story about a guy who makes video games through a bunch of small video games, well, you should pick it up (in the latest Humble Bundle!) and then come back and read this.

Or you could read this and spoil yourselves. Either way.

Thar be spoilers )
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(posted by on Aug. 14th, 2016 07:44 pm)
*peeks in*

Um, hi. I haven't been around as much as I want to/hope to be. It's not any major life stuff so much as it is an accumulation of tiny decisions mostly around doing too many things and not feeling connected to fandom lately, partially because I'm creatively stymied, and partially because I'm too busy doing parkour all the time. (This is only a slight exaggeration.) Also, it is too hot this summer.

And this election is the biggest, most beautiful/ugly dumpster fire ever, and I can't look away from it.


Anyway, I signed up for [community profile] trope_bingo. I kind of want to make a parkour vid, except for the fact that one of the tools in my vidding workflow no longer works. The Olympics are on, which is fun as it always is. Er, and I've probably done some other stuff? Maybe?
thedeadparrot: (silent sigh)
(posted by on May. 30th, 2016 11:52 am)
Title: L’esprit de L’escalier
Fandom: Iron Man (MCU)
Pairing: Tony Stark/James Rhodes
Word count: ~7000
Summary: Post-Civil War. Tony opens his mouth, but he can't find the right words. His version of therapy sucks.
Notes: Thanks so much to merisunshine36 for the encouragement, the beta, and for sharing of all my Tony/Rhodey feels.

On AO3 | On Tumblr
thedeadparrot: (need for speed)
(posted by on May. 28th, 2016 08:09 pm)
So, it's been kind of year since I started going to yoga classes. I thought it might be a good time for me to reflect on it.

discussion of food, bodies, weight, exercise to follow )
thedeadparrot: (Default)
(posted by on May. 23rd, 2016 07:02 am)
I have written a thing! Or a first draft of a thing! A Tony/Rhodey thing! All 5k words of it! I'm eager to dig into editing it, but I need to give it a little time to marinate, so that I can come back to it with fresher eyes. It was one of those stories that mutated a lot during the writing of it, so I'm not sure the beginnings of it match the end. But that's okay! That's what editing is about!

It's the first thing I've written in months, which is making me happy.

Unfortunately, I've managed to fill up my mornings and nights with things that are not writing, so it's been hard to squeeze in writing during the week. Good thing I've got weekends, huh?
thedeadparrot: (saving the world)
(posted by on May. 8th, 2016 06:53 am)
I'm kind of ambivalent about this one. It has a lot of things to do, and it does them all very well, but it doesn't feel like a movie? It feels more like a machine.

Or maybe here's a better metaphor: It juggles about 20 different character arcs and storylines, and it even juggles them effectively. But like watching a skilled juggler, I came away from it entertained and impressed but not moved.

And maybe that shallowness is okay. It's definitely spurred me to go look for MCU fic, and it might actually spur me to go write some more. There are emotional arcs to be fleshed out and empty spaces to be colored in. That's always been fandom's job in the past. Maybe it's okay that it continues like that into the future.
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(posted by on Apr. 3rd, 2016 07:49 am)
So I'm still around. I haven't had much to say on... anything lately. US Presidential Politics are happening, and that has been eating my life because I cannot look away. I passed my belay test for climbing. I haven't written any fic in like two months. I have been playing a lot of Hyrule Warriors Legends, which is soothing and fun and allows me to mow down trash mobs with Zelda as a playable character. I have been delighting in schadenfreude over the fact that Batman v. Superman is exactly as bad as I predicted it would be, and possibly even worse.

I was into RuPaul's Drag Race for a bit, which is kind of a messy combination of a lot of things, both good and bad. It functions as both a mockery of reality TV conventions and a earnest look at drag culture. But it's also definitely a reality TV show at the same time. I am still deciding if I want to purchase the next few seasons.

I kind of wish I had a fandom other than 'American politics' right now. It's the most depressing fandom ever.
thedeadparrot: (sniping the unsuspecting)
(posted by on Feb. 16th, 2016 08:38 pm)
I just read the first volume of Bitch Planet, and it's a little hard to talk about because the story is just warming up, and it's taking its sweet time. Which is fine. I just have a hard time forming strong opinions on certain things until I get to see how they unfold.

But really, the reason why I'm writing this review isn't because of the plot of the thing, which has a lot of different ways in which they could play out, but instead, because the tone of the comic really sticks with me.

I described it on Twitter as 'a primal scream of feminist rage' and that's pretty much exactly how and why it works. It took me a bit to get on board with it. The first issue feels a little too 'The Handmaid's Tale meets Orange is the New Black' and it felt like it was checking off boxes on 'patriarchy is horrible and women suffer under it a lot' checklist that feminist literature/media tends towards.

But.

But.

Then the story transforms into something else entirely. It's not just about female suffering. It's about female anger and female agency as well. There's almost a visceral power fantasy in it, the ability to fight back, to take what's awful in the world and shove it in the faces of the people who don't know or don't care or who are perpetuating it. There's a pulpy glee to the worldbuilding that prevents it from being dreary. I'm glad people recced it to me, and I'm glad I get to pay that rec forward.
thedeadparrot: (need for speed)
(posted by on Feb. 8th, 2016 07:27 am)
新年快樂, everyone! Yesterday was a huge dim sum feast which was delicious and excellent. So many dumplings. Also, I really enjoyed Fresh Off the Boat's New Year episode. It's just really cheering to have media that actually reflects your own cultural milieu.

I haven't been posting much, and I'm not entirely sure why. I suspect it's just life being life, I guess. It's much easier to dump some fic and give quick-hits on Twitter than it is to sit down and write something longer and more considered.

boring exercise progress stuff )
thedeadparrot: (save your mortal soul)
(posted by on Jan. 23rd, 2016 12:35 pm)
This is what happens when I finish a long thing and want to write something short right afterwards.

Sing It Loud, Sing It Strong (1786 words)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Additional Tags: Kink Meme, Praise Kink, Threesome - F/M/M
Summary:

Poe's quiet during sex. Rey plans to change that.

thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Jan. 16th, 2016 03:55 pm)
Title: The Galaxy Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairing: Finn/Rey/Poe
Word Count: ~21,000
Content Notes: Contains some descriptions of violence.
Summary: Canon Divergent AU: Finn and Poe go with Rey to find Luke Skywalker, and the mission doesn't go as smoothly as they all hoped it would.
Notes: Splits off from the end of The Force Awakens. I have spent a bunch of time on Wookieepedia researching it, but I do fudge some of their backstories here because I still haven't read Before the Awakening. Sorry if I contradict anything that's canon. It really does take a village to write one of these things. Thanks go out to Roga and M for brainstorming plot points with me, azephirin for cheering me on, and especially to Zulu for beta-reading and telling me to fix the beginning of this.

AO3 | Tumblr
thedeadparrot: (good is dumb)
(posted by on Jan. 6th, 2016 07:02 pm)
I, like most people who love Star Wars, fell in love with Star Wars when I was still a kid. I don't know if many people can articulate the thing that made them latch onto it, but I can. What I loved about Star Wars was the way it broke down a barrier in my mind that I didn't even know existed in the first place.

It was a retelling of the stories that I'd always heard about with knights with metal swords and plate armor and in stone castles, but now it was in space. Now it had spaceships and laser swords and the Force. The beauty of Star Wars isn't just that it breaks down the barriers between fantasy and science fiction, but that it does it so effortlessly, that it evokes a complete galaxy that is so much bigger than what we see on screen.

It wasn't until later until I fully understood the other genres that were mixed into Star Wars, the Western gunslinger, the evil space Nazis, the semi-bastardized Eastern Philosophy. Star Wars is the height of remix culture, back when remix culture tried to hide its references just a little bit.

more rambling, with some mild Force Awakens spoilers )

Still, things like The Clone Wars give me hope that The Force Awakens doesn't even matter in the long run. The MCU is willing to be all sorts of different things at the same time. Let's hope the Star Wars universe gets to be that as well.
thedeadparrot: (boston)
(posted by on Jan. 5th, 2016 08:12 pm)
I am staycationing next week and I have a bunch of stuff that I would like to do:

- visit Trader Joe's
- figure out how to run on ice (sounds like Nanospikes might be the way to go?), running store would probably have merchandise/helpful advice
- bake something
- do a few editing passes on my Star Wars fic (hopefully get some beta comments too and address them) - stretch goal: start posting it
- meet up with friends
- do a food pilgrimage to somewhere cool - maybe I'll just be boring and go to the North End for some fresh-filled cannoli
- visit Museum of Science
- run outside while the sun is up


I also have a Star Wars meta post/review of The Clone Wars brewing in my head that I'm going to try to write up and post tonight. So many thoughts swirling around that it'll be hard to try to make it all coherent. We'll see how it goes!
thedeadparrot: (death and dream)
(posted by on Jan. 4th, 2016 07:47 am)
I have a first draft of my Star Wars fic! About 16k words right now, but it's definitely going r get a lot longer in the editing phase since I was rushing more than usual in the first draft. I think I might need a few days before I'm ready to put on my editing hat and dig into it again. But omg, it's a thing!

The first draft is always the hardest one for me because it's all about laying down the backbone of the story. Now I can put flesh on it and maybe re-arrange some of the limbs and put all the feelings back in. Those are smaller chunks of work overall once I get my brain in the right sort of mood to tackle them.
thedeadparrot: (Default)
(posted by on Dec. 31st, 2015 09:06 pm)
Man, I didn't write that much this year, though I guess that's what happens when you feel kind of between fandoms.

First off, Yuletide reveals!

Shadowrun: Hong Kong


機不可失,時不再來 (interactive fic, about 1000 words in total) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Player Character, Duncan Wu
Additional Tags: Interactive, Interactive Fiction, Backstory
Summary:

"An opportunity, once lost, does not come around a second time." - Chinese proverb



Oh jeez. This was originally going to be a more ambitious project, using the Shadowrun content editor to create a mini campaign. In the end, I just ran out of time to figure out the technical details and just put the story into Twine and then skin it to look like the Shadowrun UI. That definitely made it easier. I spent soooo much time trying to find a good Chinese proverb for the tiltle.

Life is Strange


Four Times Max Almost Kisses Chloe (and One Time She Does) (1566 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
Additional Tags: five things


I was originally working on this as a treat, but then it showed up on the pinch hit list. I figured that it made sense to pick it up. Life is Strange is one of those games that ate my life for a week. It does this amazing thing where it stretches out these moments, where it lets you linger in a feeling for as long as you'd like. Getting a chance to try to recapture that was a great palate cleanser after trying to do something more scripted and dialogue-heavy.


the other fics )

oh, and a vid, too )

superlatives )

Bonus feature:
wayback machine )
thedeadparrot: (christmas!parrot)
(posted by on Dec. 26th, 2015 09:16 am)
I'm trying to read ALL THE FIC and probably failing, but here's my lovely gift fic while I try to cobble together a collection of real recs.

At Play (1603 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Banlieue 13 (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leïto/Damien Tomaso
Characters: Leïto (Banlieue 13), Damien Tomaso, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Sparring, Playgrounds, Police, POV Outsider, Parkour, Post-Canon
Summary:

Jean stuck his head inside the station break room just as Luc was laying out his lunch. “The Captain is sparring with Leïto!” he said breathlessly, and ducked back into the hallway.


So much delight to be found here! Excellent character voices. Fun outsider POV. And goodness, an actual fight scene that feels as much about characterization as the banter. Hooooooray!
thedeadparrot: (good is dumb)
(posted by on Dec. 19th, 2015 05:14 am)
Sorry on the December Posting Meme. I've decided that my life needs to be Yuletide 24/7, so I'm working on a few treats. /o\ I fail at everything.


So I have seen the new Star Wars movie (twice) and I have lots of thoughts.

For lolz, I found my original thoughts on Revenge of the Sith. I have only seen that movie once and don't really remember about half of what I mention in that post. Whoops.

spoilers definitely involved )
thedeadparrot: (christmas!parrot)
(posted by on Dec. 13th, 2015 01:24 pm)
Er, I swear I'll work on the December posting meme as soon as I get done with my Yuletide story.

Speaking of which, anyone got some time to beta it? I'm not sure how much structural stuff I can do at this point, but I'd like to make sure all the tenses and pronouns agree with one another. It's about 1500 words.
thedeadparrot: (boston)
(posted by on Dec. 3rd, 2015 07:15 pm)
for [personal profile] escritoireazul
(I'm happy to take more topics!)

This is so tough for me to say because I consume a lot of media and I hate ranking things. So here's a list of 5 things I have enjoyed a lot over the past year! I will most assuredly forget things or leave things off that I will totally regret not mentioning earlier. Anyway, I'm just going to talk about what I liked about these things without caveats, even though they're imperfect and flawed.


Sense8

This show was such a breath of fresh air! It's so easy for scifi/genre entertainment these days to be cynical and grimdark, and I'm no exception to that. It's so refreshing to have a show that is unabashedly humanist. It's not all sunshine and flowers. The world can be ugly and imperfect, too, But it's a show that believes human beings are worth caring about, that we can be better than we are. It's such a lovely and powerful message.


Jessica Jones

I noped out of Top of the Lake because it was so dismal and so bleak. I complained to a bunch of friends that I was sick of stories about 'men doing awful things to women'. I wanted more stories of 'women doing things'. And this is that show for me. It's all about women having agency, struggling to make correct decisions, even when the villain is the embodiment of a lack of agency. I loved the way the metaphors and the genre trappings fit together perfectly. I loved how many different types of female relationships and female characters are portrayed. I loved that it was a story about recovery not revenge.


Ms. Marvel (vol 1.)

It's a fairly standard 'girl gets powers, has to figure out how to use them and also how to maintain a secret identity', but it's done with such verve and detail and sweetness that I can't help but love it. The handling of Muslim identity was great. It taught me things I didn't know anything about. And I loved that I could see plenty of my teenage self in Kamala.


Magic Mike XXL

This movie is full of contradictions for me, but I can't help but be entertained by it anyway. Where the first movie is split between its desire to be gritty and real and also dirty-fun entertainment, this one throws out all the gritty realness in favor of going all-out on the dirty-fun entertainment. And strangely enough, it's a much better movie for that.


Inside Out

I am generally a sucker for Pixar, and this was just such a warm, heart-wrenching story of growing up, told in a delightful way. I legit cried like a baby in the theater because the emotions were so visceral to me. It makes its argument that we need to learn to be whole people, to embrace all the flawed, imperfect sides of ourself and use that knowledge to grow and become better. It doesn't make this journey easy. It's one of the hardest things in the entire world. And this movie is all about how difficult and how painful it can be and how rewarding it can be if you can succeed.
thedeadparrot: (obvious place)
(posted by on Nov. 27th, 2015 02:27 pm)
I had a blast doing the December posting meme last year.

Send me things to write about this year!
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