solovei: (Mad Max - Whee!)
So, somehow I had gotten myself interested in comics. Like, actual mainstream comics, of the Marvel/DC variety. You can now add X-Factor to the list of Things I got Interested In Because of the Ships.

I had never really bothered with it before, you see. I watch all the movies when they come out, and I like the characters and the set-up... but having to dig through 50-some years of issues never really appealed to me. It was daunting. Where does one even begin?

Well apparently in this case, one begins with seeing someone on Slack posting cute pictures of Shatterstar. And then remembering that one's favorite tumblr fanartist has drawn even more cute pictures and oooh so that's who those two guys are, please tell me more

I guess what I'm trying to say is I've been working my way through X-Factor Investigations, and it's pretty good. Having literally never read a comicbook before (Saga doesn't count), it took me a little while to get used to things like crossover events and changing artists and the fact that sometimes half the story is actually in another series entirely, but I'm actually really enjoying it.

Part of me is waiting for the axe to drop, actually. Part of me can't believe that here is a mainstream publication with two queer characters in a relationship, and nothing bad has happened to them so far! And I keep being told there is angst upcoming, but right now it's been pretty cute shit, along with, you know, feels. Lots of feels.

There's also this amazing feeling that comes with having your ship become canon, when the subtext becomes text. I feel a little bit invested in it, like it's a matter of... faith, almost? Look everyone, we believed and it came true! Look at them go.

I had that feeling reading The Raven Cycle and I'm getting that now with X-Factor. What a time to be alive!

Also this morning a train hit a car downtown and as a result I was late for work. But I got paid so I bought myself some cake! (I actually wanted cupcakes, but the closest place to get them was an additional 15 minutes of walking past my house, and it was rainy and cold. Next time, maybe!)

p.s. I broke down and bought PWR BTTM's album after spending various hours playing their NPR Tiny Desk concert on repeat. Everyone should listen to it. It's amazing.
solovei: (Misc- wallow)
So remember how I said I was going to post a review of The Raven Cycle? And how that was quite a few days ago? Well I had actually just never gotten around to it but I'm going to pretend it's because I was waiting to finish the last book in the series so I can talk about the whole series.

So. The Raven Cycle. *insert incoherent flailing here*

This is one of those books that happens to have absolutely god-awful official blurbs, which means anytime someone mentions it and someone goes "Hey lets google that and see what it's all about!" they immediately get turned off by words like "paranormal romance". It will say something about true love and curses and you will probably think Twilight and cringe and close the tab. It's okay, my friend. I was one of those people too, way back when I started seeing some slashy fanart on tumblr tagged with "trc" and I wanted to know what it was all about.

Here is what it's actually about: codependency, chosen families, coming out via a giant nightmare monster, magic, privilege, the circular nature of time, platonic intimacy, welsh kings, a gaggle of psychics who spend their time being snarky and drinking a lot, antagonists you want to hug, protagonists you want to slap, cars, trees, pet ravens, and a metric fuckton of character development. 

I do have to say I went through this series in record time. Part of that was just having a lot of commute to fill up, but the 3rd and 4th books I devoured in about a day and a half each. (It was the feelings. There are a LOT of feelings in these books. I just finished the last one and I am still not okay with stuff that happened in the second.) Some people seem to find the language flowery, but I personally found it very easy to keep going. There was rarely any part where I was taken out of the story by the writing itself. 

Oh and there's also the amazing feeling of having your ship actually become canon, which happens so rarely that it's worth mentioning just because of that. (Actually there's a lot of subtext in this book. Everyone loves everyone, thought not always in a romantic way) 

So yeah, if you like sort of... modern-day YA with paranormal/magical elements and an adorable queer subplot, definitely, DEFINITELY read this series. 

(I've also already written fanfic for it, so I guess that means I'm officially in raven boy hell now)

Up Next: I have no idea. I picked up Leviathan by Scott Westerfield purely because it happened to be on one of the highlight shelves at the library, and I'd heard some good things about it. It's.... also YA, some kind of steampunk I think? But more likely I'll just dive into Raven Boys fanfic now that I can't be spoiled by anything. 

solovei: (Misc - Owl)
Wow, it's probably about time I updated this thing, no?

☂First things first - Yes I am alive.
All sort of real life things happened and because the universe is a cold, unjust place, they all decided to happen at the same time. Or at least, within the same 2-3 month span. Here's a quick rundown:
I volunteered for my local comic expo; had a job interview - didn't get it, then did; went to Vancouver for a week to see my grad school friends, came back significantly poorer (oops); signed the lease on my first actual apartment, and now I'm here.
☂The new job is going okay. I mean, it's a significant step up from my previous job (dear retail, I will not miss you, even if you tried to win me over with sweets!) and actually makes use of some of the skills I, you know... have an education in. The contract is for 18 months but I'm keeping a sharp eye on other internal postings already.

☂Book news: I'm speeding through Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle series. I have a lot of feelings about it and will probably make a bigger post about it tomorrow or the day after
solovei: (Misc - Owl)
I love having days off. Even if I'm currently working about 3-4 days a week barring busy times, it's still nice to set aside a day for running errands and getting a little treat and just, you know. Stuff.

So I got that postcard written and sent off, stopped by Chapters for a fancy Starbucks coffee and ended up buying that heart-shaped purse I've been eyeing for a few months since it finally went on sale. Also picked up a nice notebook that was 75% off. I know I should stop buying notebooks because I have SO MANY that are just sitting there empty, but I can't resist. I always think "Oh maybe I'll actually use this one!" before remembering how intimidated I get by blank pages.

Also that whole time I was doing that I was Skyping with my best friend (thank you, unlimited data plan), which was really nice, I haven't seen or heard his voice in several months and I'd been really missing him. It was a little weird to be talking in public, but I think the trick is the same as going to Asian markets: Give No Fucks. Walk around like you know what you're doing. Like you do this all the time.

Oh, and for those of you who don't read my Tumblr or subscribe to me on AO3, I finished that Onni/Reynir fanfic I promised! It's definitely pretty NSFW though so keep that in mind. 

P.S. : The Sci-Fi AU is going well, and I think Google Docs is working out as an alternative platform (we were using gmail before). It seems to cooperate on my phone for now, but we will see what happens when it gets to 60+ pages.
solovei: (Misc - Owl)
I really should stop writing in this thing once a week at most. Sorry about that, guys.

Before I forget, and because my post-it notes are buried somewhere in the mess that is My Desk at the moment, here's my to-do list for the upcoming week:
attempts at productivity )

Okay, let's hope that will actually get done. Who knows, [personal profile] yuuago  posts his to-do lists on here all the time, maybe it will work for me too? :P

So, I ended up seeing a couple movies in the last few days. Saw Zootopia with some friends on Friday (I'm not a furry, but...). It was cute! I am pretty sure the chubby cheetah cop is totally me, if I had an animal equivalent. Ambiguously gay and a huge sweet tooth and an unabashed fanboy - yes yes so very much yes.

I also watched Kingsman: The Secret Service on Netflix and, well... I've had a bunch of people tell me how great it is, and I know it has an active fandom on AO3, but. I wasn't really that impressed. If anything it just made me watch to watch Misfits again. It's not that it was bad, it's just seemed very unfocused, like it wasn't sure if it was trying to be a Serious Spy Movie or a ridiculous action-fest.

P.S. my friend somehow managed to get me into TsumTsum plushies >.> This is baaaad. Very very bad. I don't even have one yet and I'm already planning sneaky ways to go to the disney store here so I can avoid horrendous shipping charges.
solovei: (Default)
Somebody managed to drag me out again yesterday, this time to a queer pub night. It was pretty fun, though I may have lost my voice somewhat. I'm kind of glad I didn't wear a dress because the crowd was pretty masculine-presenting. Like, I had on black skinny jeans and my fox sweater and I still felt kind of out of place. It doesn't help that maybe 60% of people (at least most of the younger ones) had That One Lesbian Haircut. You know what I mean. I don't even have to describe it because it's so ubiquitous.

Anyway, onto stuff that actually matters: FANFIC.
I finished the really angsty Kuroo/Kenma one I've been working on since January. I mean it's angsty yes but the ending is good so fear not, my friends. It borrows heavily from "Jenny" by Studio Killers, which is a great song that everyone should listen to (shapeshifting lesbians on motorcycles!).

click for link and summary~ )

Next up is an Onni/Reynir fic that's about half done! Featuring mageverse makeouts, elaboration on Onni's romantic history, and just how far down those freckles go.


Feb. 29th, 2016 11:36 pm
solovei: (Mad Max - Whee!)


I really liked Carry On.
Like, a lot. Enough to go and order my own copy before I'd even finished reading it. (And that totally doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Chapters had a promotion for 10x points going on this past weekend, noooo.)

(Mostly I just thought that I haven't bought books in a while, so why not?)

Let me first summarize the premise. In 2013 Rainbow Rowell wrote a book called Fangirl, which is about a fanfic author named Cath. Her fandom of choice is this Harry Potter-esque children's fantasy series about a guy called Simon Snow. Carry On is the defictionalized version of Cath's fanfic, and I know that sounds confusing, but I promise you don't need to know any of that to enjoy it. Just enjoy it for what it is: A magical, queer love story with ghosts and a mystery and some really funny things. 

It's kind of ridiculous and utterly believable at the same time. I would call it a parody only it's not really meant in jest, it just uses very familiar tropes to tell a very different story. And that's okay. It kind of reminded me of the music video for Genghis Khan, taking cliches everyone knows (Chosen One, Secret Agent, Supervillain, Nemesis) to tell a story that's different, that doesn't end how you'd expect, that feels like it's for me.

Some other stuff:

★ There's a new class of wranglers joining up this month and the chairs have decided to pilot this mentoring program where a bunch of experienced wranglers (me included) help them out with questions and generally make them feel welcome. There's a special separate channel on Slack and everything. I think it's a super cute idea and I really wish this was around when I started! 

★ Gotham had it's winter premiere today (also, since when is that a thing that shows are split in half over fall and winter, like school terms? I had to wait like three months, come on). Pretty solid episode, they did some interesting setup for what I'm guessing will be the theme for the rest of the season. Hope Penguin will be okay! 

★ Looks like my friend already got the package I sent him on Thursday! Definitely didn't think it would take such a short time. 

solovei: (Mad Max - sick)
I'm about halfway into Carry On by Rainbow Rowell which is a difficult book to describe. Like, it's sort of a spinoff of Fangirl but it's more a weird queer rehash of every YA teen wizard book/chosen one ever. It's like Harry Potter, but with more kissing and more vampires, I guess. And swearing, there's swearing in it too. Expect a full review when I'm done with it. 

Speaking of Rainbow Rowell, I've noticed a weird trend with her books. I've only read her YA titles so far but they're all that sort of book that is very easy for me to devour, they look big but read fast. I haven't stayed up till 3 am reading with this one (yet) but I can absolutely see myself doing that. I wonder if her adult books have that same quality. The thought did occur to me to check them out one of these days, but I looked over the synopses and neither really appealed to me? Oh well. 

The weather's been doing really weird things lately, like they promised +17 yesterday? It didn't happen but it was still really warm. And then today it started to rain which turned into actual big white fluffy flakes of SNOW that melted as soon as they hit the ground? No wonder I started feeling shitty at work today. I really don't want to be THAT PERSON that carries around painkillers but migraines are also not fun. 


Feb. 22nd, 2016 02:12 pm
solovei: (OPM - ok.)
First, a strongly worded letter:

cut )

Now that that's out of the way, some of you may remember that I once wrote a sort of jokey Coffeeshop AU for Stand Still Stay Silent. Because I'm awful at finishing things and even more awful at writing anything that isn't a oneshot, I haven't actually worked in it in months - but now that there's another one on the scene I've felt compelled to finish. Spite is a great motivator, as they say. So, stay tuned sometime this week for Chapter 3, in which Emil is a failboat and Lalli is more okay with it than you'd think. 

solovei: (Misc- wallow)
I obviously think this is important enough to write at 1:30 in the morning, but hey, I don't work till 12 pm tomorrow so! Who needs sleep, anyway?

So I'm three seasons deep into Misfits and I am loving it. It kind of made me think though, about what I choose to ship and what I read/write fic of. It's changed over the years, obviously - I used to be pretty opposed to any and all hetero pairings until I saw Mad Max: Fury Road (Nuxable totally broke that rule for me, because come onnnn, regardless of whether you see them as romantic or platonic, it's freaking CUTE).

Then again, Misfits' sex scenes (there's quite a fair number, being a BBC show) are for the most part pretty straight, so while I might ship some stuff (but saying who would be ~spoilers~ and I want you all to watch it spoiler-free!), I kind of wish there was some variety. It's pretty rare for hetero smut (in any format, fic or comics or in shows) to do anything for me; there's been things I really liked (E.K. Weaver's Kung Fu Hustlers being one of them), but it's mostly pretty yawn-worthy. I think partly it's what's being shown (there are many interesting ways to present a sexy scene but most people just do the same stuff over and over again) and also the characters.

... Actually, I think the characters are way more important. If I can get attached to them and buy into their dynamic, if I can feel their chemistry, then hoo boy. That's really the key part of shipping anything, isn't it? You have to get so invested in these fictional people that you want them to be happy with other fictional people. 

But now, okay so - everything else. If you've seen my AO3 account you'll know that it's... largely M/M slash. There's a smattering of F/F in there, too. I read and enjoy both (again, provided I like the characters), but I find that writing F/F is a little odd for me. It feels like I have to be very careful with how I do it, because I might slip into, you know, what I like and my own wish fulfillment, rather than staying true to the characters and the story. I guess I find M/M easier to write in that sense? There' more distance between me and what I'm trying to show.

Also, I'm a vain person who lives off of external reinforcement, so the fact that M/M is vastly more popular in my fandoms means more kudos and hits my way. Is that bad? It sounds bad when I say it like that.

I guess what I'm trying to say is the kind of media people create or enjoy shouldn't say anything about them as a person <3 
(This is as much aimed at myself as it is to the general public)

solovei: (Default)

You. Yes, you. 

Do you like looking at pretty pictures with words on them?

And did you ever think "what if those urban fantasy novels were set in some middle-of-nowhere town in Oklahoma"?

If the answer is yes then you need to read this RIGHT NOW because there is a webcomic I really like that has both of those things and by sheer coincidence is also running a Kickstarter campaign to get the first three chapters printed! Not that I'm only writing about it to get you to back it, noooo of course not. Anyway, here is

Wilde Life

This series is great, you guys. It's been running for two years so far and the art and writing and research behind it is great. There are ghosts and witches and a snarky teenage werewolf, all seen through the eyes of Unlucky Everydude Oscar. That's him up there having a small crisis. That happens kind of a lot. It's funny and creepy and borrows a lot from Native American mythology. 

Need more proof?

Soooo you should all go read Wilde Life and contribute to the Kickstarter if you have a chance! 


solovei: (haikyuu - inward squeeing)

This time I swear I have a reason for not updating. Ended up working basically the entire long weekend. Valentine's Day was hell. We do not talk about that day. You know when you're so tired you can't even force yourself to get into bed, or sleep, or anything? So you just sit there and stare into space hoping that eventually you'll fall over and die? That was Saturday. And then Sunday. And then I got called in on Monday too. Yay. 

Actually the whole week was pretty shitty except for Friday; dinner and Deadpool with a friend, fun times were had by all. Really needed that in retrospect given how the rest of the week was panning out. I don't know if that movie was genuinely funny or if I'm just really far gone into whatever undiagnosed thing is wrong with me, but I can honestly say I have not laughed that hard in about six months. Also the stinger was fantastic in every way possible. 

Decided to take it easy today partly due to this dumb migraine (thanks, weather!). Watched some stuff on Netflix and made tortilla chips. Almost done the first series of Misfits. To sum up: five delinquent kids doing community service get caught in an electric storm and develop personality-based powers. It's pretty good so far, kind of like if Skins got a Superpowers AU. Then again I didn't get that far into Skins (about halfway through series 2 and I don't know if I'll keep watching because I got too emotionally invested in the first generation and can't bear the thought of NEW PEOPLE) either so maybe I'm totally off, but so far that's how it feels. 

Oh, also there's a new trailer for Daredevil season 2 (well, half a trailer) and I am beside myself with excitement. I hope Foggy will be okay. Please just let Foggy be okay ;~; I don't care about the rest of Manhattan, PROTECT FOGGY NELSON.


solovei: (SSSS - Flof)
Oh god I've done it again, I've let a whole week go by without updating. Bad Solo, BAD. 

The Chocolate Box fic is FINISHED finally (well, it was finished on Friday), and my beta even liked it! That's always a good feeling. I'm realizing that I really like writing these kinds of stories, with connected drabbles that stick to a word limit. Obviously it's not going to work for everything, but I find that, at least for strictly shippy stuff it's a good way for me to keep focus without veering off into unnecessary character analysis. (I have that problem where you write a lot but nothing actually HAPPENS.) Not sure if people actually like READING it, but that's a different story :P 
(Still trying to get over that "you have to please all your readers all the time" thing.)

I've been spending a lot of time with Pokemon Omega Ruby lately and I wonder why. It's certainly not my first next-gen title and it shares a lot of features with X/Y, but I don't remember nearly devoting this much time to that game. I don't know if I even picked it up again after I beat the Elite Four. I wonder if there's something really to be said for nostalgia as a motivating factor. Part of it certainly is "oh my god I remember this place!" and "oh wow they kept this guy's dialogue exactly the same, I remember him!"... Actually come to think of it I was equally as obsessed with the Gold/Silver remake wen that came out,  so maybe that's the case. I mean, X and Y were nice games, minus some technical failings, but... I don't know, they just didn't keep me going. Now with Omega Ruby I'm like "omg I have to hurry up and beat the Elite Four so I can get to the Delta episode and get those Kanto/Johto starters, I wonder which one I should go with, and when do I finally get a ditto so I can start getting the baby pokemon?" and other such nonsense. You know how it is. 

Also they made it so you can use Fly to get to Routes and that's just the best thing ever. 

P.S. I've been watching Daredevil with my mother (my second time seeing it, her first) and can confidently say that Foggy is still 100% Perfect Human

solovei: (haikyuu - inward squeeing)
Phew, it's been a while hasn't it? (Evidently it has been 8 days!) I'm pretty bad at updating this, sorry. 

In those 8 days I decided to send a surprise postcard to [personal profile] yuuago ! Well actually I sent it exactly a week ago. He got it yesterday so I guess I can talk about it now, yay! That was actually really really hard to not mention anything in our Tumblr chats in between exchanging fanfic ideas and miscellaneous ship-related flailing. I actually only sent it because I got a set of fairly nice colored pens the day before and wanted to try them out, but hey, you don't need a reason to send nice things to your friends! Interestingly the set also came with a stylus pen which is... a strange sort of addition to my life that I never really needed, but now I have a drawing app for my tablet in which I can mess around to my heart's content, so that's good I guess?

Aside from that I've been playing lots of Pokemon and watching a fair bit of Netflix. The usual, really. 

Chocolate Box is almost done but needs to be edited; I don't know if I'll end up having time to do any of the treats I've had sitting in opened tabs for the past two weeks. It's not even that I'm busy per se, but for some reason writing is kind of hard lately? (I also spent a little too long on that Kuroo/Kenma fic I'm writing and I think it kind of made me even more depressed? It's a very very angsty fic). There are ideas in my head and I know I have a million WIPs I need to work on but somehow actually getting down and WRITING is difficult. Blargh. 

I've started reading I Can't Believe It's Not Better by Monica Haisey. I don't usually (actually, ever) read humor books, but I saw part of it reprinted online a few months ago (Getting a Job: A Short Story by Your Parents) and it was so fantastic that I wanted to check out the book. It's not bad so far; not laugh-out-loud funny but definitely has those chuckles of recognition you get from like, a buzzfeed article titled "20 Things only ____ People Will Understand". 

Oh, also. I did a bad thing today. I tried not to, I really did. 
But I am weak and the temptation was strong.

I placed a pre-order on this Nendoroid of Nishinoya :

I know what you're going to say. "But Solo," you will say. "Haven't you already fallen deep enough into this volleyball hell? Surely this is too much?" And you will have a point. However, I have thought about this for a good long time (~45 minutes, plus snack break) and I have come up with several very good reasons. 

  1. I have acquired several Figma figures over the years, but I am yet to own a Nendoroid, despite the fact that their cuteness has been taunting me from the internet for a long time
  2. Look at that adorable thing! He's SO TINY
  3. Some people I know have waaaay more fandom merch than I possess, so one figure is really not so bad.
  4. Buying the merchandise will support the show and we can get more awesome episodes and the manga can keep going!
  5. Seriously have you seen it it's so adorable I can't even
So yeah. Look forward to me squeeing over that when I get it (sometime after May) 
solovei: (haikyuu - inward squeeing)
Spoilers for Haikyuu!! S02E16 )
solovei: (Misc- wallow)
I can honestly say I spent the whole weekend playing Pokemon and puttering around the kitchen. That's it. Nothing else got done. 

Well, sort of. The Chocolate Box fic is finally taking shape, after [personal profile] yuuago helpfully suggested turning it into a drabble collection instead of whatever rambly unfocused mess it was before. He always has the best advice!

I ended up rewatching Avatar on Saturday night.Remember when that was a thing? Seven years ago everyone was freaking out about how much money it made, how amazing it was, and now... what? Can anyone even quote a single line from that movie? I definitely can't. For all the money it made, it's amazing how little of an impact it had on pop culture.
solovei: (haikyuu - tiny asahi)
I thought I should maybe make a post just so it doesn't seem like I stopped updating after that very sad last post, so here we go, some general updates.

Tuesday was the premiere of Agent Carter season 2! I loved the first season and despite it's short run I thought it did a good job. So, this one was pretty great also, lots of funny and cute stuff between Peggy and Jarvis, but also a great set-up for the rest of the season. I don't know how I feel about them moving the show to Los Angeles, (because isn't everything already in Los Angeles? *groan*), and it seems like they scaled back the really nice jazzy soundtrack that the previous season had, sadly (Caro Emerald!). But all that aside, it was a great couple of episodes and I will definitely keep watching.

In other TV news, I forced myself to watch DC's Legends of Tomorrow yesterday and it was soooo bad. Wow. I won't go into detail because I've already complained about it to two different people, and you all can google it  if you want, but... geez, I've never been that bored by the first episode of a show.

Decided to actually force myself to be social on Wednesday. Went out to dinner with a friend and we watched one of the Fullmetal Alchemist movies after. The ramen place wasn't too bad, but it doesn't really measure up to my favorite place in Vancouver. Like, it approaches it, but maybe only about halfway there. Not bad, just not... amazing. Still, I had a nice time. 

Baked milk buns last night, or attempted to anyway. Apparently there's a trick with measuring the milk AFTER you heat it up, because otherwise too much of it evaporates? In any case, they came out pretty good after, though definitely best eaten when fresh. And it only makes 8 buns, so for the amount of time you spend proofing it I would honestly double the recipe to make it worth the while

Oh, currently I'm trying to get back into Pigg Life, which is... I guess like Japanese Farmville? Only, you know, much cuter. I used to be very very into this game after my friend Brittany introduced me to it, like... obsessively into it. (I stayed up till 3 am once to finish a quest to get a duck pond for my farm) At some point I guess I got too frustrated or too busy or something. But, coming back to it now, I don't know why I left? My house is really cute and I have a lot of nice dresses for my avatar... I'll see if I can keep it up again.
solovei: (OPM - ok.)
 So um.

family stuff )


Jan. 18th, 2016 11:11 am
solovei: (Mad Max - Whee!)
Got a package in the mail from my lovely friend and RP buddy Alia! (As in, just now. Literally two minutes ago, I should be getting ready for work instead of writing this but OH WELL)

Inside was the SSSS Language Tree Print (!!!) and two Haikyuu vinyl keychains!! Tsukki-crow and Hinata-crow <3 (Hinata, in true Hinata fashion, is half in an eggshell).

This actually reminds me that I got a few character pins (Asahi, Kenma, Noya) way back in November and have yet to put them onto anything, so clearly I need to fix that. 

(But also I think I have the same anxiety people get for stickers, only for pins? Like, I've got this weird paranoia that "adults" aren't supposed to decorate their bags with pins featuring anime characters or slogans or what have you, and if I do I'm being immature) 

Anyway, I had better force my heartrate back down and go dry my hair. 

a jar

Jan. 17th, 2016 02:43 pm
solovei: (OPM - ok.)
really personal stuff )