No Regerts (yes, it's supposed to be spelled that way.) - On Kickstarter now! It's a card game based around getting tattoos. And screwing over your friends. I played two different rounds with two different groups of people, and it was a blast both times. Plus, the art is great, and both the 'good' and the 'bad' tattoos were hilarious. I came home and Kickstarted it immediately.
One of my friends was manning her brother's booth, and it was a super cool game idea that wasn't quite refined yet, but I can see something brilliant in it already. Don't want to say too much just yet, but I'm definitely going to see what it is going forward.
Floor Kids - A mobile game about breakdancing. Gorgeous art, lovely animation. It's not out yet, but I'm so ready for it. Oh, and I discovered that it's based on a digital short, also called Floor Kids, which gives a decent idea of what to expect.
Mind Flock - Co-Op trivia game. You can trade categories with other people on your team in an attempt to get all of them right. Apparently, my teammate and I managed to kick serious ass with a high score of 27. I need to find out if M and I can rock this long distance.
Sad Hill Cemetery - super simple game where you try to prove you're the quickest draw in all the land. Almost no graphics to speak of, but still amazingly put together.
Or you could read this and spoil yourselves. Either way.
( Thar be spoilers )
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 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?
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.
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( discussion of food, bodies, weight, exercise to follow )
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 )
Sing It Loud, Sing It Strong (1786 words)
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Additional Tags: Kink Meme, Praise Kink, Threesome - F/M/M
Poe's quiet during sex. Rey plans to change that.
Fandom: Star Wars
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.
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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.
- 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!
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.
First off, Yuletide reveals!
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
機不可失，時不再來 (interactive fic, about 1000 words in total) by thedeadparrot
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
"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
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 )
( wayback machine )
At Play (1603 words) by Anonymous
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
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!
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 )
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.