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Tuesday, 3 April 2012 10:46 pm
teakay: (Cyric the Mad)
I got my jury summons postponed until I was done with last quarter's finals, so I'm finally being called in tomorrow. Packing a chunk of my To-Read-And-Reread list and a coupon for a restaurant on the bus route back. Wish me luck?

In cheerier news

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:59 am
teakay: (I triumphed unfairly most fairly!)
Watched Thor and also Iron Man while I was at it. Tom Hiddleston's woobieface was just as advertised.

I wonder if anyone's ever done a superhero based on Baldur from Norse mythology. In civilian life he would be a model or actor or something else that involves being constantly mobbed by adoring fans. Near-completely invincible, he would cut a swathe through a certain variety of criminal element out of sheer earnest determination until they got wise and started packing mistletoe (at least it's not yellow). Done poorly he would have immense potential to be insufferable.
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In the event that anyone might be interested:

Cut for image )
teakay: (Ice Dance)
Title: A Fenrir Cautionary Tale
Fandom: Old World of Darkness (Werewolf: the Apocalypse)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: One Garou take on human-told Norse mythology.
Word Count: ~400
Notes and Warnings: Contains values dissonance and mythological mpreg. I did not invent the term "octohorse."

"Sadly, much was lost between what little of the truth the humans heard and what they wound up telling their children. [...] For one, they held that Loki, who was some sort of sorcerer or the like, birthed Great Fenris. Ha! As if his Mother Gaia would have lain with such a snake!" – Krister Voice-of-Alfar, Tribebook: Get of Fenris (Revised Edition)

So once, long before the binding of Great Fenris, there was a Ragabash called Loki Sky-Walker, and he was the biggest Ragabash there ever was. )

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Thursday, 8 March 2012 10:11 am
teakay: (Default)
Fell into a yawning maw of Norse mythology. As a consequence, brushed off an old premise I first dreamed up in middle school or thereabouts that might conceivably turn into something publishable (though then again someone's selling their blatant Thor* fanfic on Kindle, so maybe I'm setting the bar high). Revisiting the concept of Woobie Fenris, who is so easy to woobify if you turn it around a bit that it's not even funny. And then there's somewhat-less Woobie Tyr, especially after reading Sorensen's The Downfall of the Gods in which he comes upon baby Fenris and goes SQUEE.

*Have not actually watched Thor yet. Partly because I fear I will then become uncomfortably conscious of how out-of-character the id-punching fics I've come across actually are.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:32 am
teakay: (Ovelia Horoscope)
Now it seems that I have a virus. Also, I have Baby's First Jury Summons for a month from now.

This whole subject-line stripping thing means sifting my email notifications from memes is going to get difficult. I don't suppose there's any chance of a swift backpedal?
teakay: (You've gotta VISUALIZE)
While kicking back after final exams and virus mayhem, I realized I haven't crossposted this fic here yet. Have at!

ETA: Edited both sections together to take advantage of Dreamwidth's posting capacity.

Title: The Celebrated and the Rehabilitated
Section: Part I: How We Got Here
Fandom: DC Animated Universe
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Post-"A Better World." The Justice Lords have vanished, but the regime they've set in place hasn't. Lisa Snart, Axel Walker, Owen Mercer, Alvin Desmond and Evan McCulloch are part of a new generation of Rogues doing their best to save the world and save their loved ones. Wait, what?
Word Count: ~14800
Notes and Warnings: Beta read by [livejournal.com profile] xcoffeespoonx. Many thanks!

I'd say I've gone full circle on this one, but I'd like to think I've still got a lot more distance to cover. See, what first got me falling sideways into Flash fandom was browsing through the other work of an author who'd written a Batman fanfic I liked and finding another one about a hapless DCAU Trickster on the run from the Justice Lords. Don't blame them, please.

Contains canon cherrypicking and attempts to patchwork it together, Hollywood lobotomy, psychic infidelity, Superdickery, doucheBattery, F-bombs, unreliable narrators, crack pairings, undue optimism, pretentiousness.

Canon notes )

"If the only reason Flash has to not just jerk the hearts out of these bloodthirsty maniacs is to keep his karma pure, well, that's just not enough. People are reformable, but even more we are all part of the moral ecosystem and you never know from where the next good act may come. We shouldn't judge people with deadly force, because our judgement isn't perfect. We all may need to be saved one day by the Golden Glider." – William Messner-Loebs

Eight days after the last known sighting of the Justice Lords, the Pied Piper returned from Apokolips. )

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Sunday, 11 December 2011 12:58 pm
teakay: (Queklain Horoscope)
The virus seems to be attempting to reinstall itself. My antivirus still pops up with notices that they've wiped a Trojan, and sometimes when I open my browser it still tries to load the hijack before switching to my normal homepage. Like a moron I "cleaned up" the pre-infection system restores when I thought it was gone. This is not my weekend.

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Friday, 9 December 2011 09:18 pm
teakay: (Cyric the Mad)
Currently wrestling a virus from TV Tropes--another virus from TV Tropes, or rather, the exact same one it sprung on me two weeks ago. It is like the Arkham Asylum of virii. At least I don't have any more papers due, and once I imagine my impotent rage amped up to a kajillion it may be helpful in understanding the antagonists of my latest WIPs.

Thankfully (banging on wood!) it seems to be the smarmy fake-antivirus kind instead of the vicious data-eating kind. It seems to be under control so far, but my real antivirus keeps popping up with alerts so deep-root eradication appears to be in order.
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Title: Not the Fall that Kills You
Fandom: DC Comics (The Flash and Batman)
Rating: R
Summary: The continuing adventures of Batfamily!Trickster. The series of events our Earth knows as The Killing Joke goes off the rails, but the Joker doesn’t give up that easily.
Word Count: ~4500
Additional Notes and Warnings: Sexualized creepiness and violence. General creepiness and violence. Seriously awful jokes. Desecration of a comics classic. Flagrant abuse of allusion in general. Nobody is in a wheelchair at the end.

Okay, I admit it, there’s no actual continuity-based reason Dick Grayson and James Jesse trading places should make things as Lighter and Softer as they’re turning out the more I write in this ‘verse (I’m sure there are areas where the switch made things worse than in canon – I haven’t written them, though, aside from Golden Glider’s visit to the ER). The feeble handwave I’m using in this case is that apparently one of the pre-reboot in-verse explanations for why Barbara Gordon hasn’t been cured while multiple other characters have bounced back from even worse is because she refuses the magic and super-tech on offer, thinking it’s unfair to the general population that doesn’t have access. In this ‘verse, James lacks her rigorous moral principles.

Anyhow, here goes. Hope I didn’t fail too hard.

James strategically retreated to answer the door, buying himself a few seconds to spin an explanation that didn't involve any references to Lizzie Borden (hey, Borden rhymed with Gordon!) or hacking or parricide )
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Typing this before I take up my post at the door with a bag of candy and some reading.

The mask is a hassle and I'm ditching it for candy duty, but since I'm putting this picture online I figured I might as well show you privileged internet-people the complete set.
teakay: (You've gotta VISUALIZE)
Title: Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?
Fandom: DC Comics (The Flash and Batman)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Haley’s Circus hires the Flying Jesses instead of the Flying Graysons, and Batman takes a different orphaned boy under his wing.
Word Count: ~3700
Author's Notes and Warnings: I guess when you get together as many characters are there are in the DCU, backstory overlap is inevitable. I took this particular similarity and ran. Contains child endangerment, sexual crudity, liberties with the timeline, use of “crazy” as a pejorative, and terrible jokes.

Everybody knows James Jesse is afraid of heights )
teakay: (You've gotta VISUALIZE)
In my free time I've been reading up on old comics. Hit up the two comic shops in busing distance, and am steadily adding to my Amazon wishlist. Probably bad financial practice to hope for birthday windfalls at my age, but carrying on. Am particularly in search of the late-eighties-early-nineties run on the Flash that included gems like Captain Cold's parole party and the title to this post.

Also, been Youtubing it up (and DVDing it up as my finances permit) and binging on the kind of cartoons I used to buy for my little sisters. Which has gotten me more gems like the episode of The Brave and the Bold where Captain Cold pronounces "Lame!" like a stereotypical Valley Girl and Weather Wizard has a blatant crush on Barry Allen. Also Batman somehow survives molten bronze being dumped on his head but insert Batman meme here.

ETALSO: Got my mitts on some DCAU spinoff comics in which Scarecrow epically trolls Gotham and the Riddler's minions surprise him with a birthday cake.
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It seems like no sooner did I post my previous complaints than Dad came over with a new battery for the camera. Terrible picture-taking to follow up on the terrible sewing ensued.

Reference picture:

My try so far )

One of the buckles keeps sticking up no matter what I do. I think I may resort to tape.

Also I found a hat on Amazon that looks about right. Hopefully there'll be no nasty surprises when it arrives.

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Saturday, 1 October 2011 03:14 pm
teakay: (Scout In Flight)
So school's in. Again. Chugging away on my accounting certificate and looking into applying for grad school for an MLS. Going to keep adding lines to my resume until someone calls back. One of the instructors this semester has been condescending as hell so far, dragging over old ground at a snail's pace and regarding it as Unspeakable Sin to want to work faster than the lowest common denominator, not to mention she has some kind of fetish for the "buddy system." Another one seems okay personally, but he gives out the homework on a glitchy online program that not infrequently fucks up processing a perfectly correct answer. This worked in the last class that used this because it had infinite tries and I could Zerg Rush reentering the answer at no penalty until it came to its senses. On a three-strikes system that takes off points for each strike, not so much. GET ME OUT OF HERE.

I've managed to pretty much finish the jacket and cape for my Year One Scarecrow costume before the tidal wave of assignments really comes rushing in. I'd post pictures but my camera (or at least the battery) seems to have keeled over after months of neglect. Currently working (slowly) on the gloves, with the mask next on the list. No luck so far finding a hat of the right make and color. I'm consoling myself with the fact that he had the hat off most of the time anyway.

From Batman, I've fallen sideways into the Flash fandom, where my superego is less inclined to rap my mental knuckles with a ruler for fangirling over the rogues' gallery. I like what I've heard so far about their periods as a Supervillain Nakama with Standards. Also, my id likes the idea of Trickster/Nightwing circus-kid crack. I see a lot of trawling for old-school issues in my future.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

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Friday, 9 September 2011 02:39 pm
teakay: (Delita Horoscope)
Latest nostalgic timesink: Final Fantasy Tactics. Playing the retranslated PSP version this time. Sometimes it comes across as trying too hard, or fixing what ain't broke (i.e. gratuitously retranslating Rafa and Malak - what, did Bioware threaten to sue?) but that's sometimes, and I hardly even notice the lag anymore. Also, WIEGRAAAF.

And because I have nothing more productive to do with my time, I've been brooding over Harry Potter - the aggregate, from the base canon to Word of God to fandom. As I ride on my bike at the end of Dark Knight there's a few plot points that just don't feel right )

Would that I were famous enough to have my writing so dissected. And rich. Rich would be nice.

Batman ate my brain

Thursday, 25 August 2011 01:49 pm
teakay: (Default)
And the Scarecrow ate my spine (toss-up between that and spleen, because spleen is just one of those words, you know?). I first read him in the Sandman, and Cillian Murphy is So Fine, and the Lock-Up episode in the animated series hit my villain-woobie kink So Hard, and the Year One version, besides hitting the villain-woobie kink with a 16-ton weight, looks to my untrained eye like Edgar Vargas and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac had an atheist mpreg baby. And also his attempted exploits with the ladies are creepily hilarious (First date, shoot her dog. Second date, vivisect her mind. Third date, break out the straw lingerie).

He's also given me this year's Halloween costume, even if my body type is pretty much the exact opposite of beanpole. Might as well give the sewing machine some use, and give the kiddies something interesting to look at while on candy-distribution duty. Going with the Year One version because I find it snazziest and it'd pose a challenge. Currently trying to decipher those shirt fasteners.
teakay: (Cyric the Mad)
Theon! Jeyne! Quentyn! Jaime! Brienne! Stannis! Exclamation mark! Jonnnnn!


Now to settle in for the next long haul...

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