reflectedeve: Toph punching Katara in the arm, backs to the viewer. (this is how I communicate affection)
Happy New Year (I hope)! It's the season for holiday fanwork reveals. I wasn't as prolific as I was hoping this season, since life kind of got in the way, but I did write my one [community profile] yuletide fic and contribute two pieces of fanart to the [tumblr.com profile] startreksecretsanta.

Or Something (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Kim Pine/Envy Adams)
Set after the events of the film; Kim Pine is just stopping by her unassuming, mostly-deserted local watering hole to grab a drink and avoid her grad school applications, when to her surprise, she runs into the former frontwoman of The Clash At Demonhead scribbling away in a notebook in a corner booth. Well, bothering random rockstars is as good a procrastination method as any, right?

Writing this pairing was a fun challenge, especially since I primarily stuck to movie canon, in which Kim and Envy don't particularly interact ... and their characterization is somewhat streamlined. I did wind up pulling a little bit of background from the comics, playing off Envy's history as an anime fan, with the result that I couldn't resist including bonus fanart. )

dancing with the devil (Star Trek: DS9, Elim Garak/Benjamin Sisko)
For this, I wound up playing off the first part of the quote referenced by the episode 'In The Pale Moonlight,' one of my very favorites from all of DS9.

you can let your monster out (with me) (Star Trek: TNG, Deanna Troi/K'Ehleyr)
Ahaha, so this came out like some kind of bodice-ripping romance novel cover. However, after rewatching the TNG episode 'The Emissary,' I think I might need to revisit this pairing, because damn! I did always love K'Ehleyr; it's a shame she only gets two appearances.
reflectedeve: Kamala Khan, as Ms. Marvel, hugs Lockjaw the huge dog (supercuddle - puppy)
Oh my gosh. I just have an embarrassment of fannish holiday riches this year ... I'm a little beside myself. <3 How is everyone so awesome?

This has been, as I've said before, an extremely difficult year for me on a personal level, as well, of course, as on the larger social/political scale, and just. I can't say how grateful I've been for my fannish and online communities. This is just above and beyond. <3 (I am completely exhausted, because I stayed up until about 4:30 a.m. trying to finish art presents for my family, after spending the bulk of my 'free' time for the last few weeks working on commissions. So that's totally why I'm tearing up. No, really.)

For [community profile] yuletide, I received three lovely stories:

The Kerkylas Society (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Phryne/Mac, Explicit)
In which blackmail and untimely death are plaguing a discreet Melbourne ladies' club, and Mac brings Phryne in to investigate. The plot is, of course, a bit sad and difficult, but handled well. The characters and their relationship are delightfully true to the material.

Interspecies Anatomy Lessons (Wayfarers series, Rosemary/Sissix, Explicit)
A porny little tag to the scene where Rosemary & Sissix get together in The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet, complete with delightful silliness, frank exploration and comparative anatomy. Just what I wanted, jfc.

Tea and Time Travel (Oxford Time Travel, gen, General Audiences)
Set immediately after the end of All Clear: Verity Kindle and Kivrin Engle step in to offer Polly Churchill some advice and support in her disorienting position, returning home subjective months and literal years later than ever intended. The post-time-travel historian solidarity I wanted so badly! OMG, so great!

And, for [tumblr.com profile] startreksecretsanta, this adorable fic:

My Dear Doctor by [archiveofourown.org profile] justabrain (Garak/Bashir, General Audiences)
On-station fake relationship fic! :D Delightfully tropey and fun; when Bashir hesitantly proposes that Garak pretend to be his boyfriend to set some visiting aliens at ease wrt his trustworthiness (since they value serious relationships as a sign of the same), Garak predictably goes right for it. It's just the right kind of fluff for this versatile pairing, and makes me so very happy.

How many times can I use variations on "delightful" in one post? But seriously, the warm fuzzies are just through the roof over here.

I need to get some sleep, and then I'm finally allowed to start reading A Stitch In Time and thinking (even more) about lizard aliens, lies and betrayal ... ;)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (Default)
(Do people not use Yule Goat anymore? I didn't notice last year.)

Thank you thank you! )

Canon-specific details for each of my fandoms (including the prompts from my sign-up), in AO3 tag list order:

Craft Sequence )

Oxford Time Travel )

Wayfarers Series )

Excalibur (comic) )

Killjoys (tv) )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries )

All right, I’ll stop teal-deering all over the place, here. Thank you again, so much. I hope you have fun, and good luck this [community profile] yuletide season!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (I think you mean - weirdo braintwin otp)
Woo, I got hired today! For a temp job, but it's meant to go until the end of December at least, and it pays perfectly decently for the area. Thank goodness; things were starting to get a little intense.

Also, almost as soon as I posted last time, I discovered that [community profile] yuletart sign-ups open on October 14! You should sign up! Multifandom fanart times for everyone! (Now I just have to figure out what to ask for. Tricky.)
reflectedeve: Frank Iero posing with a painting of himself (covering "his" mouth). (c'est ne pas un frank)
Cecil Baldwin, as played by Danny Pudi, in the NCVR booth

Sometimes you just have to post something to force yourself to stop tweaking it. I am not totally satisfied with this first piece of Welcome to Night Vale fanart ... hopefully I can improve on it? But here's a stab at Cecil Baldwin as played by Danny Pudi, because I find that particular casting kind of irresistible.

Mmmm, fanart, how I miss you. I continue to find myself completely swamped with projects, which I am certainly not complaining about, but still. I really want to do some kind of holiday exchange or something. I don't suppose anyone's heard anything about [community profile] yuletart this year?

I had another thought, but ... IDK if people would be into it. I was thinking it might be fun to do some kind of tiny gift exchange with various of you lovely people. Kind of a mini-reversebang thing ... say, you write me a comment-ficlet with one of our shared fandoms/pairings/etc (probably I will post a suggested list or something), and I do a little illustration for you in return. Would there be any interest in such a thing?

I don't know, it's just an idea right now ... but per usual, I miss fannish participation (and my fanpeople)! And I'm in a multifannish mood.

In other news, I spilled tea on my poor old laptop a few days ago, and now I no longer have an apostrophe or down-arrow key. Not a debilitating predicament, but pretty annoying! Bah.
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, bbs ... and if you don't, I hope it's been a good day regardless. <3 I woke up this morning (late; Midnight Mass and then working on presents into the wee hours) to find a cardboard-tube sword propped against the railing outside my door, with a note taped to it: "EN GUARDE, SCALLIWAG!" So I walked downstairs into a swordfight with my brother first thing (and won, incidentally; I miss fencing).

Yeah, we're in our mid-to-late twenties, but you know. It was a good start to a pretty great day. I also nearly made my father cry with the illustration I'm working on based on his annual holiday poem (although I'm not sure I really capture it; really, I'm biased, but he's good).

There's a kind of bizarrely cartoony plastic Gandalf watching over me, and I meant to spend the afternoon reading Yuletide fic ... but instead was completely sucked in by Asterios Polyp, which is every bit as fucking fantastic as people said when it came out a couple years back. Good god. I can only dream of being as accomplished and well-rounded a cartoonist as Mazzucchelli someday. (From Batman to this! Ugh, talk about a comic that really makes full use of all the things the medium can do, gah. Inspiring and intimidating as fuck.) Maybe I can get a couple stories in before I help out with dinner. Or maybe I'll start sketching compulsively.

Much love.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (ella ella eh eh eh)
yeti!Dewees says happy holidays


Apologies; this is late for the majority of holidays, I believe, except New Years! As is just about everything I've tried to accomplish this year. I have this bad habit of treating most of my vacations as convalescences; my main resolution this year, naturally, is to try to stop overdoing everything. (No really.)

It's been a lovely bit of R&R, although I've barely even scratched the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide surface or spent much time online; too busy tripping and falling into Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear. (Another problem I have in re overdoing things: reading in moderation does not come naturally!) That said, I'm absurdly excited about the abundant Downton Abbey fic this year, and what I have read (mostly Blue Beetle and Community), I've enjoyed immensely. I may have to do recs; I don't remember the last time I did that!

Anyway, have some brief RL blather about Christmas. )

Also some belated Sherlock Holmes reaction! )

Ack, must cut this short (rather than discussing any Christmas specials I may have watched yesterday - oh, Downton Abbey), but hi, I hope you're all having a lovely winter, holiday season, last few weeks, etc!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (back to the stage)
So this was a year.

If there’s one thing 2010 hasn’t been, it’s boring. I can't really get into all the ups and downs, which have been considerable, but one thing does stand out. I spent a good chunk of this year really committing to the work I’ve been faltering towards for years: in some ways, I’d say that I earned the right to call myself a cartoonist. Not in the sense that I’m getting PAID, or that much of anyone has heard of me who wouldn’t have for other reasons, but in the most important sense: I made comics and art, continuously, and I started working to put it out where people could see it. That is … an incredibly significant shift, one I’ll need to keep building on.

I'm leaving this year with a fair amount of pride and a sizable chunk of regret; for once, I have some actual resolutions to fulfill, and I mean them. Whatever else 2011 brings, however, I am quitting my job and going to comic school, and that's more than enough to be excited about. Before that, I get to have concerts, and I've promised myself more fanart. After all, I need to relearn how to take breaks. ;) And I've missed fandom all year.

Of course, I have to make it through one last January admissions hell first.

I hope the New Year is good to all of you amazing people (the old one, I know, was not what many of you deserved). ♥ I am, as always, grateful to know you to the extent that I do.

I'm not sure it's even worth doing a fanart roundup this year, but it's short enough to tuck in here, so why not.
-four illustrations for Only Going One Way, by [personal profile] jjtaylor and [personal profile] ataratah
-untitled Star Trek: AOS band AU art, for [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang
-writer’s block (featuring [personal profile] jjtaylor and Brian Schechter)
-The Dragon Of The West, Victorious (Again) for [livejournal.com profile] scribbleomania, for [livejournal.com profile] yuletart

(Also a number of locked pieces that were published somewhere under my real name. This secret identity business is kind of a pain in the ass.)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (sleepy - snuggles - good dreams)
Hey guys, hey! I'm kind of wiped out ... it's been an intense few months for me, so naturally, I wind up working overtime two days before I finally get to take a vacation. (Not that I'm not extremely grateful, mind; my job has some substantial perks, and perhaps the biggest is more than a week off at the end of the year. I'll miss it.) I have so many plans for this time, though I'm probably going to have to start by sleeping a lot.

I have quite a bit of art stuff on the brain right now. (Well, as usual.) For one thing, I'm kind of pondering selling some original work for the first time ever. It occurs to me that I really have no idea how to set prices for something like that. /o\

Also, I'm getting behind on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart commenting, but if you haven't yet, you should go check out the amazing work that's been going up! And speaking of output, I hope [livejournal.com profile] yuletide has gone well for those of you participating this year, in spite of the stress. ♥ The rush of frantic posts over the last week or so has made me a bit wistful.

Here's that fannish year meme that's been going around. )

I've put in my dues at the sketchbook for the evening, so I think I'm going to go curl up with a good story. If you're in bandom and haven't noticed that [personal profile] jjtaylor has posted The Detective's Secret and the Mystery of the Dancing Flowers (AKA the sequel to Gerard Way's (Vampire) Detective Agency), well, wake up and smell the coriander. :D I have been waiting for this story for months. :DDD

Also, I just watched the Christmas episode of Leverage, and it snowed today. (At last!) I think some holiday spirit might finally be seeping in, for real.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (leap of faith - fic illustration)
I finally finished my grad school application last night, and I'm taking it to the post office in about an hour! \o/ Good gods, that took forever; I guess it's appropriate, though, since I've been waiting to do it for years. Now I really need distrations - good thing I have about four more projects of varying sizes to complete by the end of the year! I haven't done much on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart piece, but I've got my idea pretty well figured out, so I'll have to tackle that first. Yay, fanart!

I've been doing my best to avoid reading much of anything about the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide process this year, because that's always really distracting - buuut, I've slipped enough to search the list of confirmed fandoms a few times, and I'm so excited to read the archive this year! So many amazing comics in particular, and I'm really hoping for great Community fic. And BATWOMAN. (And maybe Nikita? I can't decide what I want, exactly, but I'm stubbornly loving that show in spite of problems. I want so much more of the title character than canon's ever likely to give me, or at least, do well.) I'm sad that [personal profile] glockgal's desi Supernatural comics don't seem to have made the cut, though? Unless I'm missing something? And there are, as always, a few fandoms that sort of freak me out. (Webcomics creator RPF, for instance. I met a bunch of those folks a week ago.) That's the magic of Yuletide, though. I wonder if I'll want to participate again, after taking this year off?

On the whole, I'm not feeling particularly feverish about fandom lately; I'm more in the mood for character studies and rare characters/fandoms than OTP epics, so that's seasonally appropriate. :) Although, I did just finish listening to the entirety of Harry Potter (as read by Stephen Fry) again while comicking, and I could go for some of that, I think. The only trouble is, I really have no idea where to look anymore. /o\

I've been severely haphazard about my DW/LJ reading during the last few months, naturally. I hope you're all well! I've missed you. ♥
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (make some noise - look alive sunshine)
Erm, so if any non-bandomers were completely confused by my incoherently giddy post last night? I was referring to the recently-released trailer for My Chemical Romance's upcoming post-apocalyptic concept album. Sorry about that, guys. I might be a TINY bit excited? :D

Also! [livejournal.com profile] yuletart sign-ups are officially open! All the lovely, talented fanartists on my flist should go join in the multifandom fun! Seriously, it's the most awesome time. I can't wait to find out what my assignment will be this year!

I have decided that I won't be participating in [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year--for the first time since the fest started--because it takes more energy and inspiration than I have to spare right now. (I'll probably have to sit out the next couple years as well, because grad school.) SADNESS. :( I should probably stick to the one fest, although if anyone hears about any particularly tantalizing art-inclusive seasonal exchanges ... well. I'm going to have a lot of fannish motivation around that time, I b'lieve.

Inking over lunchbreak, whee.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (ella ella eh eh eh)
There is probably something about hiatuses that makes you want to post more. This is really just quick linking, though.

First, [livejournal.com profile] yuletart nominations have just opened! If you participated last year, that means you should get your tail over there and nominate stuff. :D If you haven't participated, and you're a fanartist of any stripe, sign-ups will be opening in just over two weeks! Sign up. Seriously, it is the best fest I've participated in ever - multifannish and super-friendly! The contributions from past years are seriously amazing, too - go poke through the archives!

On a less happy note, via twitter - [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda has a couple more livejournal privacy breaches to warn you about.

(I do have a whole bunch of dreamwidth codes, by the way, if anyone out there is considering making the switch. Feel free to comment or PM me.)

Right, I'm gone again. /o\
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (human behavior - the future is uncertain)
I haven't been spending much time on the internet, this break! Well, apart from reading [livejournal.com profile] yuletide stories, anyway. ;) A lot has been going on. I spent the better part of two days with a visiting [livejournal.com profile] sweetvalleyslut, took my little brother to see my favorite small band (Enter the Haggis, of course), and oh right: someone tried to burn down my TOWN. Jesus fucking christ. My family and friends are all fine, but that was an awful business. (I am hoping so hard that the past tense is appropriate, here. These are not the first "suspicious" fires we've had in recent years, though they were the first--and hopefully last--deaths.)

2009 has not been a banner year for most people I know (to put it lightly, in some cases), and in general this decade has seen some severe downs (though it's had its ups as well). In spite of a whole lot of political fatigue, I'm trying to keep my hopes up for the new year. I have a lot of plans for it!

I'll save my list of the year's fanworks for after [livejournal.com profile] yuletart and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide reveals, but have a New Year's art meme. )

Happy New Year to all of you lovely people. ♥ I met quite a few of you over the course of the last year, and got to know several of you much better than I had before! I'm very grateful for that part, lumps and bumps aside. :)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (love - friendship - hi there!)
My family's getting ready to head across state to visit my grandmother in her nursing home, rather than our usual cozy lingering over presents in our PJs. (My mother is worried about the weather tomorrow. IDK. It's a good thing to do anyway. :)) So I must be brief.

Merry Christmas, darling flisters, to those of you who celebrate it! (And to the rest of you - I hope you have a really awesome day. ♥)

Check out what I found in my stocking: Glories Stream, a delightfully sexy and irreverent look at Heaven, based on Dar Williams's "Alleluia." I am absolutely thrilled with it! The tags list alone almost made me crack up out loud (which would have caused awkward questions from my family) .

Also, I see that someone else has written for the same prompt I did, which is also exciting - it's a fandom/pairing that I'd really like to read, you know? :D Man, I can't wait to dive into the archive later, in general. Also, I need to catch up on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart commenting. (Still can't get over the incredible quality and variety of the work there!)

Must dash. Love!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (all kinds of random - yesterday you were)
Hey flist! Would any of you happen to have the Snow Miser/Heat Miser song from The Year Without A Santa Clause? And if so, would you mind sharing? My silly holiday pops mix is lacking.

Ty, bbs. ♥
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (crack - confusion - totes Batman)
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide signal boost, since I know some folks on my flist were thinking about pinch-hitting: there was a problem with Yahoogroups and now you have to contact a different email address if you want to claim one of the pinch-hits that have already been sent out. (Not sure yet how the rest are going out.)

I got my story uploaded with about two hours to spare, and headed into the Square for what was meant to be a brief celebratory dinner with comics-boy. And two and a half hours later, realized that I'd totally lost my entire evening. /o\ I needed a break, but the next two days are going to be a frantic whirl of wrapping, packing, mixing, drawing, and sending out belated cards, so um. I'm probably going to be scarce, online and off.

Also, I bought myself a brand new pair of combat boots (to replace the six-year-old pair that were very slowly starting to fall off my feet). I'm trying to be cautious/slow about breaking them in, but my ankles are kind of on fire right now. Still happy, though!

[ETA:] There's a new back-up pinch-hit mailing list for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (pretty villainy - out of costume)
Hey guys, heads' up - this year, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide Madness will be open to anyone with an AO3 account. (That's when you get to write fic of any length based on any of the unfilled prompts! I've only participated once, but it was a blast.) I don't have any invitations right now, but you might know someone who does - and the invitation queue generally seems to move at a pretty fast clip.

I'm polishing up my final story; should be able to have it uploaded whole hours before the deadline. ;) I wrote all day long yesterday! It was awesome. (Now I'm having third or fourth thoughts on this being my last year. /o\ Of course. Well, it's not like I have to decide now - although I'm also planning to apply to my wacky grad school of choice next year.)

In other news, Mikeyway is so fucking adorable. ♥

Happy Solstice, lovelies! Um. Some of your cards are totally going to be late. (Certainly the international ones I put in the mail today will be, as the lady at the post office smugly informed me. :/) I'm sorry! But ILU all to bits, you know. ♥♥♥
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (delighted grin - aw thanks)
My [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story is going agonizingly slowly . . . so per as usual, then! I know what's happening all the way through, thank god, but that doesn't make it easy to put my thoughts on the page. Seriously, these word things are frustrating! Writing with pictures (or preferably a combination) is so much easier. :/

But but but! [livejournal.com profile] yuletart has been delighting me throughout, and now I have art of my very own! :DDD Check out the hilarious (and pretty!) AOS OT3 comic panel that somebody drew all for me. (I am maybe a little overexcited and sleep deprived. But seriously!) I love everything about it, from the classic presentation to Spock's hilarious (but totes logical) thought bubble. Oh man, I am so happy right now.

Back to work. But. :D
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (back to the stage)
Working on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic is making me listen to more Tori Amos than I have in a long time. I'm too tied up in knots to get nostalgic, though, so that's good!

So, what do those of you who write fic do when you're working with an open canon? Particularly one that's full of suspense and unsolved mysteries? Do you just sort of make guesses and have fun with things you know will be jossed, or do you focus in on character relationships and little day-to-day normalities, and just sort of slide past the questions you're leaving unanswered?

Just curious. ;)

I've spent my evening alternately messing with notes/outlines, and working on cards with Pushing Daisies in the background. (God, this show is adorable!) I should sleep; I have managed to set tomorrow entirely aside for continuing both tasks. And maybe shopping for a calendar online, because I swear, there are no literary-themed calendars within the Cambridge city limits, and I don't have time to comb through Boston too. Shopping for my dad: WHY SO DIFFICULT?

But first! There is Middleman fanart at [livejournal.com profile] yuletart. \o/ Sculpture, even. The quality and variety of the work this year has been completely fantastic in general . . . maybe I actually will do recs, but seriously, go see! It makes me so impatient, because I love getting four or five new pieces of art to view every day, but at the same time, I want to see them all right now.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (in the glow of the stage lights)
Hey flist, hey! How are you, bbs?

I have a question. Do any of you have recommendations for a really super easy beginner-level cookbook? (Like, for a soon-to-be college grad who barely knows how to boil pasta?) I was trying to think of a practical Christmas present for my bb brother, and cooking, and it occurred to me that he is going to need to learn to feed himself soon. He doesn't strike me as the type to raid food blogs, the way I do, and he probably wouldn't be into most of my (vegetarian, first-order-ingredient-focused, deeply random) recipe collection.

I'm going to poke around my favorite local independent bookstore tomorrow, but I thought I might try you guys first. :)

I have spent this weekend freaking out about my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic before finally having a breakthrough. (This always seems to happen in the shower - is that just me?) Whew. Sometimes I wonder if I should stick to fanart and comics, but I feel as though it's really important to keep practicing prose writing, and anyway I love the fest to bits. Amazing as [livejournal.com profile] yuletart is, there's really nothing quite like it.

I watched the latest White Collar episode last night, and um, holy shit. I've been on a fairly mild enjoyment level with that show for most of its run so far, but talk about taking it up a notch! And that was even before the last minute or so.

The butternut squash soup I've been cooking all afternoon really needs to be done now so I can eat it and get back to writing.

[ETA:] OMG SNOWFLAKE! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] glockgal. ♥ We had our first real snow last night and I'm still super happy about it.

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