thedeadparrot: (Default)
(posted by on Sep. 12th, 2015 09:46 am)
So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?

Learning how to love exercising. Working on Zombies 5k. Have signed up for a 5k with my parents in November that I should be ready for, at least in terms of running the whole thing, though I'm sure my time will be terrible. I've reached the point in yoga where I can actually focus on my breath instead of just flailing about, which has made it a lot more awesome and relaxing.

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?

Eh? My fannish involvement is pretty minimal. I still read in Glee. I have a lot of How to Get Away with Murder Connor/Oliver feelings.

Where do you hang out online?

Here and Twitter mostly. I'm more active on Twitter, but I'm not particularly interesting there.

What are you reading?

The Dispossessed by LeGuin. I've never read it before, and I'm finding it an interesting counterpoint to Stranger in a Strange Land, which I read in high school and have never revisited. Hey, maybe cultural exchange is actually kind of difficult!

What are you watching?

Uh, lots of reality TV. I've been watching Project Runway with [personal profile] bironic, which has been a blast. This week was a lingerie challenge, which of course made everything ten times more disastrous than usual. American Ninja Warrior is strangely enthralling, and I like fast-forwarding through all the non-dance parts of So You Think You Can Dance.

What are you making?

Currently trying to finish off a Connor/Oliver timestamp. I'm just having trouble getting the mood the way I want to, and I have other things that are stealing my focus right now.

What are you squeeing about today?

Old District B13 fic! I want to make sure it gets nominated for Yuletide this year.

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...

This question is a little odd to me because I still kind of feel like I'm wandering around trying to find a fannish home to be invested in.

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!

You should play Shadowrun Dragonfall (which is currently on sale for < $5!) and then talk to me about writing AUs in its cyberpunk-fantasy setting. And maybe we could make it happen using the campaign editor that comes with the game.

What else is on your mind?

Parkour! I started taking classes, and they are both intense and awesome. I am usually sore for like the next three days, but it is great. I am loving the way it gives me something to focus on when I do my strength training. I'm training to make myself better at parkour. That's an excellent reason to do it.
thedeadparrot: (christmas!parrot)
(posted by on Nov. 26th, 2014 07:15 am)
You've all peer pressured me into it! (Okay, and I'm secretly jealous of all the cool topics you are all writing posts about.)

Give me a topic, and I'll try to write about it!

So some possible topics of discussion:

1) Video games! More thoughts on GamerGate. Video games I'm enjoying right now. Video games I have loved.
2) Fannish things! Fandoms in my past. Fandoms in my future. Characters and pairings that I have written. Fannish tropes I love and/or hate.
3) TV Shows/Movies! Both about specific movies I've seen and in the trends that I have observed.
4) Writing! How I write stuff. What I like and/or hate about how other people write stuff. The genesis of specific things I've written in the past.
5) Tech stuff! Being in this industry. Languages and/or frameworks. This is a big broad topic, feel free to go wild with it.
6) Food! I love food. I love talking about food.
6) Anything else you can think of!
thedeadparrot: Clemenza kissing Michael Corleone's ring at the end of The Godfather (an offer they can't refuse)
(posted by on Aug. 20th, 2014 06:28 pm)
Leave a comment with a list of numbers and I will answer those questions!

ETA: Oh, and because I flaked and forgot to give credit, I found it on Tumblr!

meme questions )
thedeadparrot: (lois + clark)
(posted by on Aug. 19th, 2012 12:18 am)
I just finished tweaking/editing the draft of a fic that I don't think I like enough to try to fix properly. So, that's probably never going to see the light of day, and it's kind of frustrating to put weeks and weeks' worth of work into something you end up hating anyway. Blah.

I think part of it is that I'm not really feeling inspired lately. I've been stuck in a rut and I've ended up repeating myself a bunch of times when I don't want to. So, a meme?

Give me two fandoms I am familiar with and I will write a crossover for them.

Since this is in the interests of doing something a little different, I'm excluding SGA and House as fandoms because I've written a bunch of crossovers involving them already.
thedeadparrot: (death and dream)
(posted by on Aug. 4th, 2012 11:24 am)
I have been writing after a bit of a drought! I am planning on staying in during the day today and seeing how much I can get done. Also, um, watching the Olympics some more. The weather is so gross today.

I am also considering signing up for [ profile] xmenbigbang, but I only have vague ideas of what I would want to write, and I've only ever written three stories over 15k words. I'm not sure I have the endurance to pull that sort of thing off.

I spotted this meme around tumblr, but I don't really use tumblr much, so here it is.

Directions: Give me number(s) in the comments and I will answer the corresponding question.

  1. How did you get interested in fanfiction?

  2. What was your first fandom? Your first OTP?

  3. Do you review all the fanfics you read, most, or do you prefer to read and move on? If you write, what’s the best review you’ve ever gotten? The worst?

  4. Favorite AU to read? To write?

  5. What’s your favorite genre to read? To write?

  6. What are your biggest fanfiction pet peeves?

  7. Do you have any crackships?

  8. Do you have any ships you don’t like or used to but don’t anymore?

  9. Are there any kinks you love to read? Any you avoid?

  10. Do you prefer to read fanfics in first, second, or third-person POVs? To write?

  11. Do you read exclusively NC-17 fanfics, or will you read any rating?

  12. What’s the latest you’ve stayed up reading a fanfic? Writing one?

  13. Is there a website you’re partial to when you search for fanfiction, or do you more read whatever you can get your hands on? When it comes to writing, is there a website you prefer to use for publishing your fanfics?

  14. How long have you been “18”?

  15. Are there any plot ideas you want to either do or see someone else do?

  16. Do you associate certain songs with certain ships or fanfics? If you could make a playlist for your OTP(s), which songs would be on there?

  17. Do you follow any RPs? Do you RP?

  18. What’s on your fanfiction rec list?

thedeadparrot: (oh the angst)
(posted by on Feb. 11th, 2011 07:27 am)
I'm on a meme kick this week.

Pick a paragraph (or any passage less than 500 words) from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.
thedeadparrot: (constantine)
(posted by on Feb. 8th, 2011 08:35 pm)
I always dig the timestamp meme.

Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

Do your worst.
thedeadparrot: (friday night lights)
(posted by on Dec. 14th, 2010 07:51 am)
Meme seen around my network:

If you were asked to pick one scene, one shot, one detail, one moment of some kind out of all the things I've made and say "This, this, for whatever reason, I remember, this is something that struck home with me, that I wanted to keep," what would it be?

ALSO, the Mass Effect 3 trailer came out, and I am drooling over everything ever. Fuck, I want this game so very bad. Man, the setting here. I can't get oooooover it. WHY IS IT NOT NEXT YEAR YET.
thedeadparrot: (saving the world)
(posted by on Feb. 1st, 2010 12:15 am)
I figured I'd do the 7 things about me meme, just because I can. Ha.

001. I am Chinese-American, usually identifying more as Asian-American. I've been trying to reclaim this for me for a while, and I won't say that it's been easy to work through the issues that come from this feeling of not belonging in your own home, this feeling that you have to give up parts of yourself to belong here. But it's been better lately, and you, circlelist/flist, have been awesome and supportive when I have to do this stuff out in public. I am forever thankful that.

010. I usually hate sitting like a normal person on chairs or near desks. I have to bring my knees to my chest or fold them like, on the chair, with my knees sticking out in all directions. Sometimes, these are hard to accomplish when I'm sitting in classroom desks. But even then, I make it work, dammit.

011. My writing is usually at its best or most interesting when I have something to work with or against, basically when I have to figure out how to make something work for me in my head, which is why I think some of my best work has been about crossovers/AUs/prompts, because I like figuring out where the story is, how to be good enough to get it there.

100. I am extremely conflict-averse, mostly because getting into an argument with someone will usually stress me out a lot more than someone else being Wrong On The Internet. I usually only engage when I think I can handle it, but even then I sometimes grossly miscalculate.

101. I have been told that watching a television show/movie with me is An Experience. This is probably because I talk while I watch them. A lot. In a highly obnoxious way. Some people enjoy this more than others. But seriously, I think it's an extension of my enjoyment of analyzing/taking apart the media I consume. It's a lot more fun taking a deeper look at what I watch than simply consuming it. That's why we're in fandom, right?

110. I need to be moving sometimes when I think. I used to run around my house (literally), and these days, I'll jump onto my bed or hop around my room. These moments don't last very long, so it's basically impossible to turn them into like, a consistent jogging motivation. Which sucks, because I really need one.

111. I try to live my life with joy. This is not to say that I never feel down or out of it or upset. A cursory look through my past entires will tell you that. What I do think, though, is that the world I live in is amazing, and the leaves on the ground are amazing, and the sky above us is amazing, and the fact that we are right here, right now alive on this Earth is amazing. And I want to enjoy as much of it as I can. I want to fill my life with wonder.

A lot of my writing reflects this, I think, the way I believe that it's possible to carve out moments of joy amongst the shittiness of life. It's not easy, and it's not simple, but I have to believe it is possible at the very least.


In other news, I have been watching The Middleman, which I have been meaning to get around to, and I just have to say, WHY HAS IT TAKEN ME SO LONG TO GET TO IT?

It is goofy self-aware scifi/comic booky-y show with a snarky, geeky female lead who is capable of saying really complicated dialogue really quickly! (and is a WOC!) And it's fun and funny and not afraid to make many, many pop culture references all the time.

Basically, this is the warm, fuzzy television show of my soul, and it makes me so sad that it never lasted past one season. Like, if you have ever read a crackfic of mine and enjoyed it -- or even read a SGA humor fic and enjoyed it -- you will love the pants off this show.

(And omg, did you know that it's centered around female agency and female friendship? Did you? Thought I'd just POINT THAT OUT.)

Anyway, I want to say that there are Ideas brewing in my head for post-series futurefic for Wendy Watson. I might even write some of it for [ profile] halfamoon.
thedeadparrot: (constantine)
(posted by on Nov. 8th, 2009 03:59 pm)
Pick a paragraph (or any passage less than 500 words) from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Also, I saw Juno for the first time last night, and even against my best intentions, I kind of have an urge to watch obnoxious indie flicks where everyone is quirky to the point of self-parody and the music is overly hip and the dialogue is sort of stilted and complicated.

Away We Go is now at the top of my Netflix queue.
thedeadparrot: (death and dream)
(posted by on Sep. 15th, 2009 10:46 pm)

Ask me for a fannish top 5, and I will tell you it.
thedeadparrot: (spock cat)
(posted by on Jul. 1st, 2009 07:01 pm)
From [personal profile] zulu, Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you. (Please note: If you simply wish to comment on something I've said but don't want to participate in the meme, that is fine. I will only give you five words if you specifically comment with 'Words!')

So, my words were: crossovers, humour, ST:TOS:RPS, computer science, Sheppard's 11.

And off we go )

Have started remixing! And I like my idea! Though I don't know how well it holds up in practice. I have about two pages of rambling at the moment.
thedeadparrot: (nowhere man)
(posted by on May. 21st, 2009 11:35 am)
Oh, snap. I graduate on Sunday.

Also, Galaxy Quest is the best Star Trek movie, ever. Yes, even better than the new one.

And finally:


Have at it, if you so desire.
thedeadparrot: (go ed go!)
(posted by on Apr. 16th, 2008 09:29 pm)
So, I've been catching up on FMA. Holy fucking shit, man.

There's a definite build toward something, and it looks ugly. I can't wait for it to happen, though.

On the other hand, meme!

1) Comment with one of my fandoms or a character or two from that fandom.
2) I'll answer with one or two of my unpopular opinions about that fandom or character.
thedeadparrot: (happiness is a warm gun)
(posted by on Aug. 5th, 2007 12:57 pm)
So, I've been kind of following the latest fandom meltdown, and I can understand why people are upset. I was mostly willing to be understanding about Strikethrough, as far as that went, but this was kind of going over the line. Still, I'm not comfortable with completely migrating until we have a suitable alternative, since all we have right now are stop-gap measures.

So, yeah, those are my two cents.

Anyway, on a less depressing note, that WIP meme because I just passed 10,000 words on the SGA AU (omg). Not everything I've been working on, but some of the main stuff:

some SGA, some House, some SGA/House )
thedeadparrot: (going places)
(posted by on Jul. 11th, 2007 06:07 pm)
Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

Heck, even during the story is fine. I really need to write something I can finish right now. Let's not talk too much about [ profile] foreman_fest. All my stuff can be found on Nightvision
thedeadparrot: (crouching tiger)
(posted by on Jul. 8th, 2007 02:29 pm)
Went to Boston with relatives and parents. Also stopped by Providence, which was also fun. Am now back at my apartment, and considering trying to bake some cookies, because me/cookies is totally OTP.

Also, because I feel like it,

Five things about the stuff I've written that you probably didn't know and probably don't give a shit about:

1. In my mind, Stateless is a pseudo-prequel to [ profile] queenzulu's Lie To Me, even though the last scene with House and Wilson in Stateless and the first scene with House and Wilson in Lie To Me don't match up at all.

2. Things To Do Before You Die came together over about three days, which, considering how I write, is kind of amazing. It started with a conversation with [ profile] savemoony on a Wednesday night, was written by hand in two notebooks over three classes on Thursday, was typed up Thursday night, and was posted Friday morning. The formatting of the novel has not changed from the version in my notebook.

3, I started writing Singapore while in Singapore, and to me, it's something that tries to do what photographs can usually only hint at. It's an attempt to capture the way a place makes you feel, not just the way it looks.

4. Minutiae was inspired by the Powers of Ten video that was shown in a couple of my science classes while growing up.

5. The One Where House Is A Zombie is an Easter story. "Nuff said.


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