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22 June 2011 @ 02:06 pm
Mix Speaker's,Inc.'s new PV is out! And I think it sums up absolutely everything that I love about this band. ♥ A little mysterious, a lot nostalgic, and always cute and humorous. And is it just me, or do Yuki and Miki sound better and better with every single? ♥ ♥ ♥ It is still killing me that I missed their concert this summer, but I hope the performance went well ~ they deserve so much more attention than they get.

So much love for these boys. And I can't wait for the new album release. :D
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Current Mood: pleased
Current Music: MSI - Circus
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I think this may be the fluffiest piece of fluff I've ever written in my entire life; and, truth be told, that makes me nervous. (I suspect I'm not terribly good at writing fluff.) But fluff was what was ordered, and so fluff there is! Thus ends the first of my four help_japan fics.

This story was written for arachne13, who requested a Card Captor Sakura manga-verse piece depicting Sakura and Syaoran's first date.

HUGE thanks to my awesome beta, megu, who was willing to tackle this very last-minute after I spectacularly failed to meet all my deadlines. D: I know I've been an epic pain in the ass to work with lately, and her patience and general awesomeness are much appreciated! ♥

Title: Silver and Gold
Fandom: Card Captor Sakura (manga-verse)
Word Count: 3,684
Rating: So very G. (Beware of cavities.)
Warnings: None
Pairings: Sakura/Syaoran, Touya/Yukito, Chiharu/Yamazaki
Disclaimer: CCS and all characters are the property of CLAMP. General story idea belongs to arachne13.

Summary: Sakura and Syaoran go on their first date after Syaoran returns from Hong Kong. Set after the end of the series.

Tomoyo, leaning expertly out of Sakura’s bedroom window, caught the entire thing on film.Collapse )
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Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
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20 June 2011 @ 02:00 pm
Goodies Post for insaneboingo (and anyone else who might be interested!)

o1. album upload ~ UVERworld: Timeless
Mediafire Link

o2. Translated interview with Takeru, lead singer of SuG, from Rock and Read

Please note: I did not translate this interview myself (and I honestly have no idea who did); 03mm shared the translation with me ages ago, and it's been sitting on my hard drive ever since. I'm not even sure which issue of R&R it came from.

Also, it's a fairly literal translation. Take it with a grain of salt. XD But it's a rather valuable interview; Takeru is more candid here about his past and his reasons for becoming a musician than any other Jrock artist I know of. It's a pretty interesting glimpse into the psyche of the performing arts in Japan.

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My internet connection is, typically, being a pain in the ass, so I'll get the alice nine albums up later. ♥ Enjoy!
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Well, I went ahead and wrote it. And somehow, it ended up being an extremely cathartic exposition on the death of childhood and the struggle for creativity in a mainstream society. (Who knew?) I'm a little worried that I managed to subvert everything the show stands for, but even Phineas and Ferb can't stay kids forever.

If you haven't watched Phineas & Ferb, you can still understand the gist of the story, though the interpersonal dynamics may be completely lost on you.

Dedicated to insaneboingo, for being my strongest (and sometimes only) cheerleader, and for loving this series as much as I do. ♥

Title: Two-hundred and Eight Days
Fandom: Disney's Phineas & Ferb
Rating: PG. (The darker stuff is all subtext. You can choose to see it or not.)
Pairings: Phineas/Isabella, Ferb/Vanessa, implied Baljeet/Buford
Word Count: 5,053
Disclaimer: All characters belong to Disney; these older re-imaginings of the characters are mine.
Beta: None. Feel free to point out mistakes.

Summary: It's the end of Phineas and Ferb's sophomore year of high school, and the boys are starting to realize that growing older sometimes means growing apart.

She couldn’t quite shake the impression that the muted décor represented a sort of neutral zone, and that was the most unsettling thing of all.Collapse )
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15 June 2011 @ 04:03 pm
"So long, Perry! Or, as they say in Mexico, das vadanya! (That's two 'vadanyas'!)"

I woke up this morning feeling awful -- major headache, low-grade fever, upset stomach, the works -- so after dragging myself through the shower, I decided to spend the day curled up under a blanket on the futon, indulging in my own Phineas & Ferb marathon via Netflix. (Am I a little old to be spending an entire day watching Phineas & Ferb? Yes, yes I am. But I don't care, I love that show. ♥ )

I hadn't realized just how many episodes I hadn't already seen; I was in Japan when the show aired its first season, and I've spent last summer and this summer -- Seasons Two and Three -- without cable. The only time I ever catch the show is when I'm at my parents' house (my Mom loves it, and the kids she babysits always have the Disney channel on.) Out of the entire first season, I think there were only three episodes total which were re-runs for me. Awesome.

... But is it weird that I kind of want to write a story about the cast during their high school years? I mean, yes, it's a show about two boy geniuses and their summer vacation hijinks. But there's a lot of potential adult (by which I mean 'older,' not X-rated XD ) content there, too, and not just in the humor. Has anyone else, for instance, wondered what happened to Phineas and Candace's father? Or Ferb's mother? Or why neither of their parents seem to work ever? (I feel like their mother owns an antique store in later episodes, but I can't actually remember why I think that. I haven't made it all the way through Season One on Netflix yet.)

And what happens when the boys find themselves trapped in a horrifically dull and un-challenging public high school environment? Or when Ferb is actually old enough to make a move for Vanessa, and potentially goes through a darker Goth phase as a result? Or when Phineas and Isabella start dating -- I mean, what kind of complex would it give a girl to actually be Phineas' girlfriend? Or what happens when the boys' unbreakable childhood friendship starts shifting towards competition with one another? Or when Valjeet and Buford realize that they're meant to be life-partners in a very unconventional (and somewhat S&M prone) relationship? (Which will only be antagonized when Valjeet gets into Yale and Buford is stuck back in Danville working at the local gas station?) What if that kid who obsesses over Phineas and Ferb (I can't think of his name at the moment ...) actually starts stalking them in a more-than-slightly creepy way?

Not that everything has to be all dark and angsty, obviously, but there's all sorts of plot-interesting conflict in their future. And I sort of want to write about it.

Then again, maybe it's the low-grade fever talking. XD

At any rate, my favorite episode is still "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted," and I think my favorite moment is when Perry is thwarting one of Doofenshmirtz's schemes and he realizes that the doctor's latest -inator is endangering Phineas and Ferb (Doctor D invented a gun to eliminate all people who couldn't make up their minds, and the boys were having trouble deciding what to do that day) and he actually beats Doofenshmirtz up for once.

Right. Back to my sick-day marathon.
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Current Mood: amused
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09 June 2011 @ 10:54 pm
Oh boys, how I've missed you. Proof that Kra makes even the suckiest of sucky weeks better. ♥

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Current Mood: pleased
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06 June 2011 @ 11:31 pm
So I've been doing some casual research on Cyberpunk this evening, and it seems one of my unfinished stories already is Cyberpunk. It was a detective story set in a dystopian cyber-world, but it never occurred to me that it might actually fit into an established genre (er, aside from 'detective story' and 'dystopian fiction', anyway.) Huh. Maybe I'll finish it someday. It would amuse me to no end to write something in all the major literary 'punk' genres.

Anyone have some Cyberpunk-esque music they'd like to recommend? I've been on a pseudo-techno kick this afternoon. I found Front Line Assembly and I'm already a fan of Zeromancer (the above-mentioned incomplete story was written almost entirely to Zeromancer songs), but this isn't generally my area of expertise and I could use some recs.

Also, Stitchpunk. I mean, half of me is all WTF?!, but the other half of me is intrigued. Stitchpunk. Huh. I've put '9' -- an animated movie apparently classified as Stitchpunk -- in my Netflix cue. I'm ridiculously curious about this.

And I don't know why my brain insisted on lumping Steampunk and Dieselpunk together into one category before, but clearly they are not the same. And I've been having a ridiculous amount of fun wandering the internet for Dieselpunk images tonight. It's those damned WWII uniforms, I swear it; I could never resist anyone in a WWII uniform. Nothing positive can be said about the Nazis, but guh, those black SS uniforms. *__* I may completely and thoroughly abhor everything the men who wore them stood for, but whoever designed the things knew a hell of a lot about intimidation and power and sleek, clean lines and being damned sexy.

I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that I'm now following quite a few Steam/Diesel/etc-punk tumblrs through my Russeted Bones account, so if anyone's looking for cool mods, jaw-dropping costumes or just general eye candy, you might be interested in having a look-see. (I just re-blogged an image of a Volkswagon Beetle Steampunk mod. Yes, seriously. It's the most hilarious AND the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life. I love the internet.)
Current Location: homestead
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Front Line Assembly -- Mindphaser
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06 June 2011 @ 11:54 am
Thanks to everyone who answered my question yesterday. ♥ I'm excited by the mass willingness to take a leap of faith for your fiction ... and I woke up this morning screaming, "YES! THAT!!" because I'd finally worked out the last confusing bit of plot mess for Anamnesis, and I am so excited for this, you have no idea. Hopefully by the fall I'll have something substantial to nervously show everyone. I thought I'd been trying to cram too many story elements into the plot, and was struggling to weed through them all afternoon yesterday. Then I had a dream which showed me how to link them all together, and oh how I wish I had somewhere quiet to work right now ... *sighs* Screaming kids downstairs, angry biting cat in my bedroom upstairs. I'm sitting in a chair in Dan's room at the moment, wondering if he's going to kick me out when he gets home. :/

Oh well, I'm really supposed to be studying Latin and/or working on help_japan fics right now, anyway.

On an unrelated note, does anyone want to give me a quick cook's tour of cyberpunk? I'm feeling ADD and curious about it this morning. (The history lover in me will always prefer Steampunk to everything else, I feel, but I've always liked speculative future pieces, too.) I saw this picture [by hackerkind @ Deviantart] this morning, and it made me smile:

... Also, people on tumblr have been recommending Steampunk novels to me, but my instinct is to stay away from anything written by others until Anamnesis is finished. Does that seem smart, or would it be better to do some research into what other people have come up with? I can't decide. I love being inspired by other people's creations, but I hate having my own ideas muddled and convoluted by things I didn't come up with myself. Writers out there! Any thoughts on this?
Current Location: homestead
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: Homestar Runner -- Trogdor!
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05 June 2011 @ 02:35 pm
Here's a question for everyone, and I'm posing it in the hopes that it provokes some discussion, so detailed answers/comments are most happily welcomed:

Just how much disbelief are you willing to suspend for the sake of fiction? If, for example, I were to create a world which contained a city that functioned in an unusual, symbiotic way with its inhabitants, would you be willing to accept that it's simply so, or would you demand detailed, logical explanations for how such things worked? Are logical explanations of irrational/fantastical phenomenon necessary to ensure the enjoyment of fiction? Are you distracted by something because it's 'too far-fetched,' or do you willingly accept such things for the sake of a fictional plot?

If this is confusing, think about something like Star Trek: the various Trek series generally bullshit an explanation for something that the human characters (and thus the human audience) find unusual. Do these sort of inventive/creative explanations help you accept the unusual? Are they necessary?

... And on an entirely unrelated note, I'm assuming everyone watched yesterday's Doctor Who episode. Thoughts? I'm generally dissatisfied with the storyline and am still in awe of how phenomenally wretched the pacing was in the episode, but I'm willing to entertain differing opinions. ;)
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Current Music: Duncan Sheik -- She Runs Away
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28 May 2011 @ 10:11 pm
Well, the spiraling economy finally caught up to me in a big way, and in the interest of buying, er, food, I've (reluctantly) decided to start selling off a significant portion of my personal Jrock and anime/manga collection.

On offer this time is a collection of Jrock albums/singles/DVDs, manga (English and Japanese language), Anime DVDs, and Anime collectibles (figurines, phone straps, keychains, etc.) Everything is very gently used and priced to move, and comes from a smoke-free home. Ships from Maryland, USA; international buyers welcome. Photos included for all items. Feel free to ask about items before purchasing. At the moment, I'm accepting payments through PayPal only. I combine shipping for multiple items; please ask for a shipping quote before purchasing.

Jrock artists include: Acid Black Cherry, GACKT, the GazettE, hide, L'Arc~en~Ciel, ムック (MUCC), シド (SID), and X Japan.

Manga series include: Black Cat, Card Captor Sakura, Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Rurouni Kenshin, Tokyo Babylon, Wish, X/1999, and Yami no Matsui (Descendents of Darkness).

Anime series include: Angel Sanctuary, Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Hellsing Ultimate, Princess Mononoke, and Tokyo Babylon.

This way to the goods.Collapse )
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