phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2013-01-19 08:47 pm
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RP meme: Second try!

So, I finally have enough characters for this meme, if you count NPCs. (And it takes way too long to randomize twelve characters using dice, I need to figure out a better way to do it if I’m going to do more of these.) And then I accidentally went somewhere else in the middle of writing this entry and lost half of it. So frustrating. Stolen from [insanejournal.com profile] writinstone


Choose twelve of your original characters in any particular order. PICK YOUR CHARACTERS FIRST! Then, answer the questions that follow. )

Whew. That was a lot longer than I thought it would be. Fun, though.
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-10-07 11:30 pm
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Law and Order: Supernatural Victims Unit

This is what happens when I watch an SVU marathon with Changeling goggles on.

The insanity begins... )

More to come as we think of it.
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-07-16 06:23 pm
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WoW Interlude: Tamlen, Part 1

Or, How Janetha Rescued Her True Love from the Witch-Queen of the Centaur )

So, I've missed my goal of one post a week, but I figured I'd get the first half up while it's only a day late. I keep underestimating how long it'll take me to write things.
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2012-07-08 08:59 pm
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phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-06-29 07:43 pm
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phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-06-20 10:07 pm
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phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-06-14 10:55 pm
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WoW backstories, part 1: Responsible

So, not dead. I was super-busy last semester and I spent a while out of the summer just decompressing. My internship's in full swing now, and it's going okay. (I'm not used to working 9-5 while still coming up with things to implement on our own, so I feel kind of lost and useless sometimes, but it's turning out okay.)

I figured I'd do one character per post, rather than putting all my characters into one huge post, both so that I'd have less writing to do at a time and so that I can make a new post when I make a new character, rather than adding to the old one.

'...' )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-04-30 11:06 pm
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Finals and meme

I'm seriously irritated by this project. XCode on the lab computers got updated so I can't use the setup I was used to, and when I tried to use a computer at work it crashed before I could even open a new project, three times in a row. I'm out of motivation, too. I really don't care about this class anymore. So, because I'm procrastinating, have a meme!

What characters are made of )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-02-20 01:01 am
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Bad Decisions Dinosaur

So, I finally got my first REU application in... three minutes before the deadline. Anyone sane would be asleep right now. Instead, I'm going to post about World of Warcraft.

No, this isn't the character backstory post. That's coming later. )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2012-01-19 03:23 pm
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Letters to Rozer, Part 5

...about a month and a half late. I think I've forgotten half of what happened. Oh well.

Her doctor was worried because they didn’t know anything about Rita’s history, so Meg and Birdy made some stuff up. )
phantomcranefly: Pilot from Farscape, with text:  "I don't get out much so I read." (Farscape)
2012-01-12 11:31 pm
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Character Names

So, I've been basically a shut-in all vacation, except for numerous doctor's appointments. So not much interesting to talk about there, except that I've been playing a lot of WoW.

Cut for Latin grammar nerdery )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-11-29 12:44 am
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Letters to Rozer, Part 4

Dear Rozer and Jeremy and Verity and Deadeye and Mimi,

We found the BEST PLACE EVER!!! )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-11-29 12:04 am
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Letters to Rozer, Part 4

Dear Rozer and Jeremy and Verity and Deadeye and Mimi,
We found the BEST PLACE EVER!!!  )
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2011-11-12 03:29 pm
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phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-11-05 11:19 am
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Letters to Rozer, Part 2



[ This letter comes after a sudden silence of a week and a half.]
And I don't think Birdy has minions either. Except maybe her cult. )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-11-02 05:15 pm
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Changelings in Latin

Because this is clearly what I need to be doing instead of my Assembly homework. At least I'm practicing the past perfect.

Intrate et legite! )

Translation Notes )

Edit:  Added the translation, for the 99% of the world that doesn't read Latin.

English version )

phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-10-19 03:06 pm
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Sisters of Battle Fanart

So, a few days ago I was browsing through Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor (which is the best thing ever, and if you're not familiar with it, ignore this entry and go check it out). This reminded me of Dark Heresy, so I ran a google image search to look for pictures of Sisters of Battle.

Now, I should preface this by stating that the vast majority of the pictures I found were excellent. I'm honestly not sure how many were official art and how many were fanart, but pictures like this one here are exactly what I was looking for. And they're all over the place: this one has a lovely atmospheric feel, while this one has an eerie executioner vibe going on. (I think it's the hood and the bare arms.)

(Edit: I realize now that all three of those are from the same site, but I was taking interesting ones from a huge variety of images. There's more out there.)

And there are also some that I wasn't expecting, but love anyway: the first two pictures here are absolutely adorable, (as a side note, most of the pictures lower down in that thread are distinctly of the awesome variety). This one is cute too, if you ignore the unfortunate corset-like appearance of her armor (seriously, how does she have room in there for both shielding and the internal organs it's supposed to protect?)- I'm imagining her as a really enthusiastic novice. "Let us go forth and slay the unrighteous in the name of the God-Emperor! WHEEEEEE!"

But then you get the inevitable pictures like this one. Or these.

NO. Just no.

Those are not Sisters of Battle. Those are Sister-of-Battle-themed strippers, and if they existed in the Dark Heresy-verse, they would be smote in the name of the God-Emperor because you do not mock his chosen like that.

That last picture annoys me for two reasons- the obvious one, and because that is the wrong way to go about lesbian subtext for the God-Emperor. I honestly approve of the subtext (and even text) about the Sisters of Battle- it makes sense in the setting, it leads to a lot of interesting character development, and I just personally think it's kind of cool. But when it's that kind of male-gaze fanservice lesbianness? That gets squicky. And I feel like I could do it better, except that I can't draw.


Scene: A door hisses open and two Sisters enter a locker-room-type area where the power armor is stored. One is half-supporting, half-carrying the other, because her armor's been badly damaged and the servos on one leg have completely shut down. It's obvious they've been through some enormous battle- neither is badly injured, but they've taken a lot of hits and their armor is covered in soot, blood and alien gunk.

They get out of their power armor- with some difficulty and possibly a crowbar, in the case of the more damaged suit- and just lean on each other for a moment, heads touching, hands on an arm or a waist. (Hard to describe a Headbutt of Love, but you all know what I mean.) They're covered in sweat and blood, utterly exhausted, they've probably lost comrades who they'll mourn later- but right now, they're just taking a moment to support each other.


What I'm trying to get to with this description is, there's no UST here. It's all been resolved already. These are the Wash and Zoe of the forty-first millennium. It's a private moment- they're looking at each other or they've got their eyes closed, and they are emphatically not cheating out to the camera- and it's obvious both that they're in a comfortable, loving relationship and that they are absolutely terrifying fighters.

I'll close by saying I agree with whoever posted the large image in this thread:

"They may not be pretty girls, but dammit, they're soldiers, not strippers. They should be butch, and fearsome, with scars and bionics and tattoos and biceps and calloused hands. Yeah. Dainty they aint.
"
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-09-28 05:24 pm
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Letters to Rozer, Part 1

So, as part of my effort to trick myself into practicing writing, I'll be chronicling our Changeling LARP in character, in the form of letters (or more likely emails, but it's essentially the same thing.)


Also I made friends with the zamboni! )
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-07-10 01:14 pm
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Meme via dameruth and honorh

"Go look at your blog journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?"

...hmm.

I actually don't talk much about fandom on here, do I?

If we're counting RPGs as "fandom", I've either got:

-half the NPCs from the vampire game I ran this summer: definitely dying, from being eaten by my teammates, given that I'm sure zombie blood is inedible

-Iris, Cassie, and Julian, (and possibly River Tam if mentioning my vest counts): probably surviving, especially if there's a safe place we can make it to by cobbled-together vehicle

Otherwise, I have to go all the way back to last August, where I took a poll and came up with Willow: maybe surviving, if this is set in the Buffyverse she'd probably find a way to reverse the zombiefication.

Really, that might not count either, but my last actually-a-fandom-post is this game, involving all my favorite female characters from the Vorkosiverse. Most awesome apocalypse ever.
phantomcranefly: The Tenth Doctor, with text:  "Why, oh why do I never learn to ascertain my time-space location on arrival?" (Default)
2011-01-30 01:02 pm
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Thank you, body.

I wasn't expecting to get much sleep last night, because I usually can't sleep after game, but I actually went to sleep pretty quickly after going to bed at 2:30 or so, and I didn't wake up until seven-and-a-bit.  Aside from the first session of Dark Heresy I think this is the most sleep I've gotten on a game night. 

Amusingly enough, I dreamed that I stayed up all night after game, although it was hanging out with people rather than lying awake with my brain spinning, and then we all went to Chase-Duckett for breakfast.  Then I had to do my laundry by putting it in a big wooden tub with an oar-thing to stir with, and someone wanted me to play sudoku on the computer, which they had set up to project onto the wall.  I was busy with my laundry, though, so I had to call out to them which numbers to put where, and they kept getting it wrong. 

Also:  MAGICAL LARPERS.  Words cannot express how much awesome this is.