thedeadparrot: (light)
(posted by on Nov. 30th, 2016 03:42 pm)
Last two stories on the list:

Breaking Bread (622 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor Shellstrop & Real Eleanor Shellstrop
Additional Tags: Cooking, Community: trope_bingo

Fake Eleanor and Real Eleanor bond in the kitchen.

all the things left unsaid (1767 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: How to Get Away with Murder
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Oliver Hampton/Connor Walsh
Characters: Michaela Pratt, Asher Millstone
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Rock Band, Community: trope_bingo

"Well, something is going to break eventually," Michaela says, chin out, pushing through the awkwardness. "I'd rather it not be the band."

thedeadparrot: (obvious place)
(posted by on Nov. 13th, 2016 08:14 pm)
Come Together (Over Me) (3266 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Additional Tags: Community: trope_bingo

Rey's not jealous. She's not.

thedeadparrot: (saving the world)
(posted by on Nov. 9th, 2016 02:14 am)
I have always loved my country, even when things are difficult, even when elections didn't go my way.

I remember going to bed on election night 2000 with high hopes that Gore would win the presidency with Florida safely in his pocket.

I remember being furiously angry that Bush managed to win re-election in 2004, hopeless and sad in the face of more war.

I remember celebrating in college when Barack Obama became our first black president, rushing out onto the green of my super-liberal campus in the middle of the night into a crowd, a feeling of pure joy.

I don't know how I feel right now. I'm awake at 2am because America has elected an actual monster as president because racists felt empowered to vote. I've seen some of the breakdowns. We minorities turned out. We waited in long lines. We donated. We put out a massive ground game. We called people. We canvassed. We did all the right things.

But the racists still won anyway.

We have always been surrounded by racists, sexists, the worst of human nature, but it's rarely felt as visceral as it has tonight. This is the ugliest of America, come to show its face in the voting booth.

We have voted in as president a man who can't be trusted with a fucking Twitter account. Even worse, the Republicans control all three branches of government, including both the House and Senate. Things will get uglier for so many people.

I live in a liberal bubble. I and my parents are US citizens. I have a comfy, bleeding heart liberal job in an industry that is always in more need of people like me. This only goes so far when it comes to federal policy, of course, but it helps soften the blow.

I can only hope the accelerationists are right. The ones who thought a Trump presidency would usher in a 100 years of light or whatever because he would burn it all down and we could start all over again. I thought the accelerationists were full of crap, because their ideas would mean that a lot of people would be hurt along the way. I can only hope that they are right, because now, a lot of people will be hurt for no reason with no light at the end of the tunnel.

The better people on my social media networks have been gearing up for a fight. Not like an armed revolution sort of thing, but the long slow slog of a political fight for the soul of America. I want to be like them, to put today (yesterday?) behind us and focus on what we can do to make our future better, brighter, safer. A future that I want America to have.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have the strength for that fight. I want to have it. But for now I'm going to go back to bed. It can wait until morning.
thedeadparrot: (madam president)
(posted by on Nov. 8th, 2016 09:20 pm)
Well, I've cared a lot about politics for a long time. I voted today for the (I hope) the first female president of the United States.

I wanted to write something warm and awesome and uplifting, reflecting back on the many presidential elections I've lived through, the ups and downs that I've felt.

But mostly, this is the part of the night with a lot of misery and panicking and crying. So. I might just go to sleep and wake up tomorrow morning to whatever fate awaits me.

See you on the other side?

Unless I can't sleep, of course.
thedeadparrot: (silent sigh)
(posted by on Nov. 1st, 2016 07:49 am)
I wrote more fic.

Just a Wrinkle (2589 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Time Travel, MIT Era, Community: trope_bingo

"So, to get all the obvious questions out of the way: yes, the future is great, no, we don't have flying cars, yes, I do get to bang a lot of hot chicks, and the internet does transform the world by making it easier to watch videos of cats. Anything that I miss?"

thedeadparrot: (death and dream)
(posted by on Oct. 23rd, 2016 05:33 pm)
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1169 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men (Alternate Timeline Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Additional Tags: Reunion, Darkest Timeline, Community: trope_bingo

Charles and Erik after the Sentinel program is announced in the darker future of Days of Future Past.

thedeadparrot: (death and dream)
(posted by on Sep. 10th, 2016 06:08 pm)
I got to go to the Boston Festival of Indie Games this year, and it was a blast as always. I love how weird and messy and diverse it is. There was, as always, a great mix of tabletop and digital games to mess around with, but here are a few standouts that I'd like to call out.


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.
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 )
thedeadparrot: (Default)
(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.
thedeadparrot: (Default)
(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.



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

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.


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