Is it me? Am I too harsh? There are people who love the Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia! films, wouldn't it be nice if I could join them? Is this what it feels like for video game fans who are still waiting for a good / mainstream-successful video game film?
Then I got cranky and looked up the end credits of Jersey Boys, which is pretty much the best part of that film for me.
During my jog, I discovered that the Mueller report had been turned in, but nothing else, except the sight of various newscasters trying to control their glee. As of today, the report still hasn't been released, and I am hoping the process of getting it released doesn't drag on for months. Ugh ugh ugh.
Saturday was a day of many accomplishments. I did laundry and hung it up to dry, then moved a bunch of stuff so I could get to the trunk that contained the remainder of my fanzines. I typed up my list of zines into a nice, sortable Excel worksheet, and will be sending that to University of Iowa today. Also, I threw out some junk, collated some convention program books into a single box, and put my hat boxes into a single stack, where the manuscript boxes used to be.
Finally, I typed up my tax deductions. I need to get all my tax stuff to the accountant this week, as it's getting later than I would prefer.
Saturday night was a lovely concert of concerto grosso pieces; I found the Scarlatti one sadly boring, but the Bach and Handel, and the Fasch, made up for it. I ran into Tom, Barbara, D&A from choir, and JB from choir; JB and I had a small discussion about the relative merits of the pieces we'd heard, though he favored the Handel over the Bach.
Sunday was...I guess I used up all my energy on Saturday, plus my planned schedule got all discombobulated. I went to bed a little early so I could re-read part one of "From the Log of the Hellhound," which in its day was cutting-edge Blake's 7 fanfiction chock full of New Wave outfits and original characters. I think I will be okay letting the zines go to a new home, though. I was reminded a bit, this time, of Heinlein's The Number of the Beast.
I didn't want to get up and go to work this morning. I feel a bit depressed, maybe because of politics, maybe some other reason. I'm going to make the best of it, though, and hope that I can shake loose some angst at the gym tonight.
I want to finish up Ozmafia before starting any more dating sims, but am planning on checking out:
Mystic Messenger, Helix Waltz, the Arcana, and Lovestruck
I'm also pondering reinstalling pokemon Go though it's a little pointless when I won't be taking it anywhere (I could theoretically sit my laptop on my lap when I go out in my wheelchair but ehhh)
Sadly my favourite clicker game, Charming Keep, doesn't seem to be available.
I currently have Neko Atsume, Bonza, Alphabear and puzzlecraft 2 installed on my phone since they don't crash too much and are fun to play in little bursts when I'm waiting for a train or whatever.
Anyone have any other recs?
As I write this, it's Monday night and we've left Auckland. I must say that Auckland was one of the most racially diverse cities I think I've been in. It's hard to know how much of that diversity was the locals and how much was tourists, of which there were a great plenty! But I heard many different languages and saw many physiognomies. I can't pretend to recognize Maori heritage all that well, but I certainly saw people who I'd guess had it, plus various Pacific Islander folks and many many East and South Asians, although white European heritage was still the majority so far as I could tell. The only group that seemed conspicuous by its absence were black Africans. I saw far fewer women in headscarves than I see in Montreal these days. Everyone is friendly and polite enough to make this adoptive Canadian feel right at home!
Maybe I'll be able to write up Sunday before the end of the week. We've been so busy or (and) so exhausted!
This is going to be a quick one, not really a full meta post but just some observations about Chorus’s capital city that I picked up on this watch and find interesting.
I will say, I think 112, though worth watching! was actually quite skippable. It introduces the new elementary school teacher for Conan & co., but it's not like you pay attention to who their teacher was/wasn't before that. I think.. I'm not adding it to my One True List (although I'm leaving a note to watch if you're taking your time more..).
128 was obviously super necessary, BUT it makes me think that 13 was skippable, since basically they just redid huge parts of it. But you do get introduced to a gadget in episode 13. Something to think about..
Also-- I thought the movie contributed more to canon understanding of the show than I anticipated, particularly re: Ran's parents. So I think I would in fact recommend watching it around the time we did.
For now, the running episode list for 1-129 is: 1-3, 5-7, 11-13, 27-28, 32, 34-35, 43, 48-49, 54, Movie 1, 57-58, 76-78, 81-82, 96, Movie 2, and 128-129. That's 28 episodes and 2 movies.
While in theory this is book eight of the Incryptid series, there are several short stories and a complete separate series (The Ghost Roads) that intermingle with the main thread about the adventures of the Price family siblings: Andrew, Verity, and Antimony. Ihis is the last of Antimony's turn as narrator, at least for awhile. Which is sad, as I really enjoy her style. I love pop culture references, and I love all the roller derby references. (I had a friend who was in Rat City Roller Girls for awhile so the jargon is familiar to me and made me happy to see.)
The story itself isn't the clearest along the main plot line. I do love the fast pace as so it onto the next thing before I have a chance to really think about what's happening; that pace, the dialogue, and the found family aspect of it are the top sells for me. I particularly like the scooby team in this one, as they are still in their learning about each other and learning relationships phase. it's not the strongest of the series, but I love that the main team it is composed primarily of non-human incryptids, rather than it being family based. It really helps bring home how much of an outsider Antimony feels like within her own family and humanity in general, while still wanting to bring in someone else who doesn't have the same sense of support from her family as she had from hers.
As I've mentioned once or twice I had a non-fandom project in the works over the past few weeks, so I haven't been talking much about writing here, but as I posted yesterday, it's done! And it was a hard one to write, but ended up even more successful than I had hoped.
This is not a month I've been paying a lot of attention to word count—I've been keeping track, just not pushing for the count. Based on what I logged in January and February, March was a breather month; I only needed to log about 5K this month to stay on pace for the year. As of now I've logged about 8K.
So we're good there.
In other news there's nothing like having a non-fandom nonfiction project with a deadline to have me just overflowing with fic ideas, both for ongoing projects and a new idea I may have outlined... please save me from RvB hell. (Don't save me.) I've mostly been just focusing on the Chorus rewatch and worldbuilding notes on the side, but now I'm free to put my full attention into Camp Nano prep. I feel like I've got a lot of writing energy going right now... and I'm going to need it, because there are reasons I've been struggling to finish this fic for such a long time. I can do word counts. I don't want just word counts. I want this story finished.
Sign-ups are open for the wipbigbang right now, and I did think about signing up with this fic for a hot second. Maybe am still thinking about it a bit—I have until April 13 if I decide I do want to. On the one hand, there's definitely value in external deadlines, on the other hand I'm just not sure I want to tie this fic to an event. It's not the external pressure that I'm iffy about, so much as the external expectations--check-ins, working with an artist, and so forth. I feel like this fic is just too much mine for me to want to turn it into a collab, and so a Big Bang probably isn't the right place for it.
I really would like to finish it for Camp NaNo, though.
So I've got a week to prep like hell, and then get at it.
Okay, I started watching Guardian, about which definitely more later, but I need to break in the marathoning to say: episode 14 is the most morning-after to ever morning-after in the history of mornings-after.
That is the first time they slept together, I believe this strongly, and they absolutely had tender loving sex and Shen Wei is feeling a little awkward and conflicted, since The More Loving One Is Him and he isn't sure Zhao Yunlan really Understands Him, and has no idea how to handle this or how happy Zhao Yunlan is, but he's kinda conflicted and just wanting to pretend that it was a good idea, although he's not sure it was. And he's conflicted enough about it to reject Zhao Yunlan the night-after and be like "okay good night, we are sleeping alone
Hello friends! As pretty much always at this time of year, I am looking for vid recs! I'll be VJing at vidshow at this year's vidukon_cardiff and my theme is Monsters.