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Between yuletide canon review and the continued weirdo headache I've been having for a week*, I can't say I've been doing much reading I can talk about.

I'm really hoping the headaches go away and I can do creative stuff that's actually creative again.

* I'm pretty sure I know what's causing it. It's not what you think. It's the supermoon!!!

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1. I have actual words written on the fic for an ongoing canon I was being silly about earlier. I'm going to write it -- and post it as AU if I have to.

2. Edge of Tomorrow is surprisingly good and give surprisingly good Paris. Currently the Louvre is being destroyed in slowmo.

3. I've fallen behind on my currently airing shows. Boo.

4. I was making good progress on answering ao3 comments -- only 69 left! -- but now the next one up is the one that stopped me answering ao3 comments for a long time there and uuuuuuuuuuuuurgh idk how to tackle it? It's not a mean comment or anything, I just don't know what to say to it.

5. Sometimes I forget how much fun writing or drawing can be.
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...And yet.

I mean, I opened this tab to post something, didn't I? But nope.


Give me prompts?

Or tell me that it's okay for me to write for an ongoing canon. Lots of people do it! Why am I stuck on but "what if my fic is rendered obsolete before I post it?!" -- then just mark it as AU, self, ffs. Not that it's much of a concern given how much canon focuses on these two, even though one of them's nominally a main character (I say bitterly, with a bitter expression). But still. I'm stuck on that, like the silly person that I am.
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
I'm having a friend over from abroad for the next couple of days. (I already gave the "native Parisian tourguide" routine, so I'll have to find something else.)

So if I'm not around, that would be why.


Oct. 13th, 2016 09:20 pm
dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
1. I am too cold and my computer is too hot. I don't understand why I'm so cold.

2. My writing program ate the entire contents of one of my WIP files. IT'S FINE IT'S NOT LIKE I WAS WRITING THAT >:[ Thankfully I am obsessive about backing up my writing (literally every time I shut off my computer, so several times a day) and so was able to recover it. Idk what that was all about.

3. What the fuck am I going to do with this moo box seriously. Why did you give me this, random person. ._. At least I also made off with a detailed breakdown of Drama At The French Lightsaber Leagues.
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
So today wasn't a great day and I basically did fuckall except listen to the 10th anniversary album of My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts, on repeat. And then it was basically just "Welcome to the Black Parade" on repeat.

Listen, I hear those opening notes and suddenly I'm back in time -- not that ten years ago was necessarily a good time for me to be, but it was ten years ago and I'm still here, so that's something.
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You know, I could have sworn at one point I had all the best intentions of not signing up for anymore exchanges until yuletide AND YET. (Speaking of which: Secret Wars made it in! Fannish landmark: evidence post accepted!)

I signed up for [community profile] trickortreatex (and only just today remembered to post on the letter post). I need to do canon review, but I'm excited to start on my assignment.

I'm waffling on signing up for [community profile] artfeverfest  because, as always, I have jitters about IS MY ART GOOD ENOUGH FOR A GIFT. Idk, mates. Idk.

I saw the fandom folks on Saturday. It was lovely, as always. They helped me with the resolution of a Star Wars fic I'm working on (ie: "it's Star Wars, A Wizard Did It is fine") -- and I got to explain about how the Fake Dating FOR GREAT JUSTICE fic is in fact Fake Dating for the recognition of the legal personhood of clones FOR GREAT JUSTICE and not hyperbole (aka that time I accidentally talked myself into shipping a thing and now there's a subplot about smuggling a political prisoner to safety). I learned a bunch of stuff about Dragon Age (a surprising amount of people are Secretly Elven Gods, I have to say). We did a fair amount of talking about Voltron -- accidentally gave myself a headcanon /fails. There was even bonding over Yuletide Wanks Of Yesteryear at one point, lmao. I missed these people so much.

TV-wise, Lucifer is back! I know, I was suprised too, because it's been what, six months since last season? Anyway, enjoyed S2 premiere a lot. Star Wars Rebels is also back, right after I marathoned S1 and S2 to be ready on time. I want to watch Nirvana on Fire, because several people have said it's good, but at the same time I want to watch a k-drama and/or something involving time-travel. What's everyone watching?

dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
I have a solo three weeks trip starting tomorrow, then a shorter trip with family starting almost right after. I'll probably won't be back on the internet before September, as a consequence.

Don't set anything on fire while I'm gone.
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I did my bit, everything else is out of my hands. AND NOW I CAN DO SOMETHING ELSE -- if at all possible, I am not spending (almost) every waking moment focused on a thing because then I end up dreaming of the thing at night too and NOPE.

Anyway, I have some stuff left to do before I leave for Great Britain. Like, idk, making sure I have somewhere to sleep that isn't the underside of a bridge or that I have some way to return that isn't "swim across the Channel!".

On the fandom-y side of things, I need to change the rules for History Exchange -- to my shame there is a grievous oversight there and I need to fix it and check if I need to change the rules for NoFM too -- and reveal the collection once that's done. I also have a fic I'd like to finish before I leave, which will probably be finished -- hell, maybe even two if I ever figure out how to finish that one fic about the ghost of Anakin Skywalker on Starkiller base.

Speaking of Star Wars! And Great Britain! And various other Earth-bound locations! I have decided I'll refer to places I travel to by the names of Star Wars planets, because why not. So I live in Coruscant, travel regularly to Ahch-To to Tatooine and spend several months on each of Alderaan and Pantora.

Point being. In that frame of reference, what do I call Great Britain? Or even places within Great Britain? Or any other location? (This can be very specific or vague -- I mean, Coruscant, Ahch-To and Tatooine are all in the same country.)

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
Watching the July 14 Paris fireworks on TV, I wonder if the Jedi have anything like that -- more accurately, I wonder if they have anything like the 'bal des pompiers' (firefighters' ball).

Probably not, I decide. But the clones most likely do.

Edit: I mentionned it over at [community profile] history_exchange because it'll delay reveals, but I'm out of town this week-end until Monday evening.


Jul. 7th, 2016 11:03 pm
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Radio La Rue (aka the people under my window) inform me France is in final of the Euro of football. Sadly we will not have France -  Galles for the final and so my love of puns remains unsatisfied.

After asking for opinions, I ended up watching Cleverman. I was a few weeks late to the party, so I just barely caught up in time for the finale, but OMG THE FINALE WAS GREAT WHEN IS SEASON 2?! Also, I am shipping Latani/Alinta so hard.

There will be more thoughts and catching up on posts and comments and whatnots soon. Right now I need sleep -- okay, Radio La Rue has stopped cheering, I can go to bed.


Jul. 2nd, 2016 09:44 pm
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I got two fics for [community profile] everywoman !

Dearest Friend (582 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yoko Tsuno (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Khany/Yoko Tsuno
Characters: Khany, Yoko Tsuno
Additional Tags: Fairy Tales, Warm and Fuzzy Feelings

Yoko visits Khâny on Vinéa.


(And Khany's family situation is forever hilarious: her dad's an AI, her mom's younger than she is and her twin sister, Poky, is about one-fifth her age.)

My Body the Hand Grenade (2402 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Wanda Maximoff/Natasha Romanov, Pietro Maximoff & Wanda Maximoff
Characters: Wanda Maximoff, Natasha Romanov, Pietro Maximoff
Additional Tags: Post-Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie), Spy lessons, Flashbacks, Natasha Romanoff is a great role model, Wanda Maximoff for all the awards

SUMMARY: We are weapons of mass destruction.
AUTHOR’S NOTES: Written for sevenofspade for Every Woman 2016. Set between Age of Ultron and Civil War. Title from the Hole album of the same name.

SOMEONE ELSE WROTE ME WANDA FINDING HERSELF (with a side order of Wanda/Natasha)

I'm watching Fort Boyard.

Like every time I want worldbuilding. It is such a fascinating thing to contemplate worldbuilding for, though! I think I liked it a bit better when there was less worldbuilding on the show, just "here are some immortal tiger headed people with really weird challenges WHO NEVER SPEAK" and what not. (Oh, hey, I could nominate it for yuletide. Note to self: nominate Maîtres des ténèbres, Félindra, Blanche and Rouge in "Fort Boyard" for yuletide.)

Also, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when the idea for the show got pitched. "Let's refurbish a 19th century sea prison by turning each cell into a gameshow challenge, have candidates collect actual gold coins and do acrobatics in mid-air over live tigers. The tigers are not negotiable."

I edited the post I made about my Great Britain trip this August. (Short version: car no, England yes, still looking for recs.) Basically, I am learning that I know fuck-all about planning month-long trips on my own*. It's starting to take some sort of reasonable form? Maybe? Sort of?

Anyway. Anyone in Great Britain during august want to have a meet-up?

* Look, I can barely manage to motivate myself to go to the Louvre tomorrow, because I haveto go before the crowds and that means waking up early. I want to see the exhibit, but I don't wanna wake up, I am so tired lately. (I'm doing some stuff that takes a lot of time -- I get home ~9PM if I'm lucky --  plus there are emotional upheavals, it's fun times.) I don't wanna anwser that PM even though I should, I don't wanna go the Louvre even though I know I'll love it, I just wanna sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep forever but I cannot. :(

dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
I'll be going to the Louvre to see the Darth Vader/Hercules exhibit* at some point this week-end. Does anyone want me to look at anything for them?

With the caveat that they evacuated some of the collections due to the flood in early June and some are still closed.

* Mythes fondateurs. D’Hercule à Dark Vador ("Founding myths. From Hercules to Darth Vader") but like I was going to pass up calling it "the Darth Vader/Hercules exhibit", because how often do you get to say "Darth Vader/Hercules" and have it be even vaguely relevant? Not enough.

The fic I wrote for [community profile] jukebox_fest is:

A penny for the ferryman (1409 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Planet Hell - Nightwish (Song), Etruscan Mythology
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Female Character
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Vanth (Etruscan Mythology)
Summary: There's hope beyond the horizon and the gates of the Underworld.
I like Etruscan myth and the Etruscans, but wow, is information sparse on the ground. I did my best. (I love Vanth, she is such a fascinating figure in the murals.)

The fic I wrote for [community profile] nightonficmountain is:
Three's a crowd (1115 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: xxxHoLic
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Doumeki Shizuka/Kunogi Himawari/Watanuki Kimihiro
Characters: Watanuki Kimihiro, Kunogi Himawari, Doumeki Shizuka
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: The shop keeps going, and so do they.
It was one of the late pinch-hits. I think I did okay, given the givens.

(There was a mix-up with the sign-ups and I gave my assignment to one of the unfairly-recipless participants, which is why I only wrote one fic. Lesson learned: putting in place two major changes (medium types + relationships/characters) at once is a bad idea.)

My [community profile] fandomgiftbox is here. It's pretty short, because I signed up almost last minute, but if you know of anything I'd like and didn't mention, feel free to toss it in there.

I've been using Cléopâtre's Tu n'es pas en pays conquis ici! ('You have not conquered this land!') to keep anxiety at bay these past couple days. It's super effective!

(Plus it casts my anxiety as Caesar and y'all know how much I hate Caesar.)

Supposing King Arthur of the British comes back, does he over-rule Elizabeth II or does she over-rule him or is it the set-up of a comedy of manners where they attempt to co-rule the UK?

dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
Scarlet Witch 7 came out recently.

I don't know if I want to read it.

On the one hand: WANDA MAXIMOFF ♥!

On the other hand: issue #6 used French national tragedies in a really crass way that really soured me on it.

On the third, tentacular, hand: It doesn't matter whether I read this comic or not. Really, it doesn't! Because I, being French, do not count as a costumer for Marvel in the first place! Seriously, folks. I cannot boycott shit even when I want to, because I am not a costumer. It's really that simple. I cannot vote with my dollars, because Marvel would not have been getting my dollars anyway (or my euros).

On the fourth, robot, hand: I feel like nobody gives a single fuck how offensive Scarlet Witch #6 was. I haven't seen anyone else say anything about it. And that's fine, not everyone has to be offended by the same things! I just feel a little alone. (I suppose Marvel doesn't have to care if they lose my business.)

On the fifth hand: I don't know. I guess this makes me not a real fan.

Often when I pass the place where I've hung original artwork of Gwen Stacy on one wall facing original artwork of Wanda Maximoff on the other, I think about how cool a team-up between those two would be.

I think I need some sort of three strikes system, like "If you feel the need to vent about X more than three times, time to consider if getting rid of X in your life wouldn't be a good idea". (Not that this is always feasible, but. You know.)

MY DRAWINGS ARE TOO BIG! Seriously. I have a pastel work that's too big for my art folder. That's never happened before; usually I feel a little self-conscious about how much bigger than my works the folder is. I need a new folder.

I also need to figure out if my scanner drivers survived the recent system reboot and how to scan gigantic artwork.

I had semi-impromptu lunch with one the fandom folks today and it was lovely ♥!

We spent the entire time talking in French. I don't think I've ever spent this long speaking about fandom in French before.

In 1862, Gustave Flaubert published a novel, Salammbô, in which Hannibal Barca is a character. I haven't read it.

This is mostly because the novel is entirely straight-faced about and in part responsible for how popular the image of Carthaginians sacrificing children is -- and I am always very wary of taking the words of the victors about the habits of the people they commited genocide upon. (Flaubert, by necessity, drew only on Roman sources.)

Also, it takes place right after the First Punic War, while Hannibal is still a child -- by all accounts his role in the novel is minimal -- and I'm really more about the Second than First Punic War.

That said, I did enjoy what I saw of it in the tome 2 of the Koblenz comic (Marcher dans Carthage une nuit sans lune) -- the comic had some very pointed commentary about how purity != virginity, too, which I appreciated -- especially the veil of Tanith, that was some awesome stuff. Anyway, I have the Lone Sloane/IN SPACE adaptation of the Faluber novel by Druillet somewhere, I think, maybe I should read that.

Anyway, not only did the novel give its name to one pf my favourite Indochine song, Salombo (Hanoi 2006 orchestral version), but I recently discovered it's also given its name to a pastry.

So naturally I had to try it. It's okay. It's a lot like an eclair.

I finally signed up for fandomgiftbox.
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So. I managed to have assignment deadline for [community profile] nightonficmountain, closing of sign-ups for [community profile] history_exchange and an major RL deadline all fall within 36 hours or so of each other. Granted, the RL deadline was externally assigned, but still. I done messed up on that front.

(For bonus hilarity points: there are outstanding pinch-hits for [community profile] nightonficmountain and I have another RL deadline on the 21 -- which is when fic reveals are due --, also externally assigned. DON'T YOU PEOPLE KNOW I HAVE AN EXCHANGE TO RUN >:[ )

No, but seriously if anyone could pick up any of the outstanding pinch-hits I'd be immensely grateful.)

I do so love having to keep track of a sport I don't follow to be able to go about my day with minimum fuss. Dodge fans going to the fanzone, dodge fans leaving the fanzone, dodge fans going to the stadium...
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
But not actually flooded yet.

I had to take a detour, so took a slightly longer one so I could take some pictures of the water level at Pont de Bir Hakeim (the bridge from Inception).

Go look at Le Zouave du Pont de l'Alma on Twitter (https://twitter.com/zouavealma) for more pictures and some lols.
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)

Okay, all joking aside, I expect to be less around for a while -- not sure how long yet -- because stuff came up RL and there's striking and the heavy rains and the *gestures vaguely at France's everything*.

This shouldn't have any impact on [community profile] nightonficmountain and [community profile] history_exchange (noms open, fyi) nor, more generally, anything fannish I have a deadline for.

I am most likely going to spend about three weeks/a month in Great Britain this August.

It'll be just me.

I have no idea what I'm doing yet. I want to go Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, possibly more places, and will likely spend a couple days in London, if only to get over the massive jetlag of going from a French to British timezone. A whole hour, the horror.

I may also see some people. Both from RL and fandom -- definitely [livejournal.com profile] lunik_the_bard for sure.

I'll probably go to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, likely in the first half of the month, as apparently that's when most the shows I want to see are. But nothing's set in stone.

Literally nothing is set in stone.

I don't want to do super touristy stuff for this trip, I'm looking for more unusual stuff like stuff I wouldn't find out about if someone didn't tell me about it. But anything interesting will do. Nothing is too weird! (I will totally sleep under a bridge if that's an option.)

TL;DR: Rec me stuff to see/do in Great Britain. Assume I know nothing.

EDIT: I will not be using a car, I will also be doing England and I will basically take any recs, nevermind how touristy.

dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
Swimming )

I have somehow managed to give myself deadlines for every week until about mid-May. Some of these are semi-self-imposed*, some are not and none of the stories are doing what I want them to do! Bummer :(

And meanwhile [community profile] starwarsflashmeme is having awesome prompts I don't have time to fill, boo.

*In that having the stories done before X is self-imposed, but X is an external condition, such as the date Captain America:Civil War comes out (April 27) or the date or Eurovision.

On the upside, I managed to not lose internet for a day just before having to close sign-ups for [community profile] nightonficmountain like happened last year. PROGRESS!

dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
I've changed my operating system. My dad kept insisting it'd be fine and it'd keep all  my files -- which it did.

What it didn't keep, however, was about 80% of my programs.

So yeah, that's how I'll be spending my evenings now, as I've been spending my week-end: fixing that shit and approving noms for [community profile] nightonficmountain . On the plus side, my computer no longer takes upwards of two minutes to start or shut down.


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