reflectedeve: Toph punching Katara in the arm, backs to the viewer. (this is how I communicate affection)
Hrm, I am several days behind on [community profile] snowflake_challenge! Need to catch up. The thing is, Day 8 was about setting fannish goals, and ... I don't feel like I can do that right now. I mean, I suppose I could set a goal for the summer, but I think it's better if I don't even think about it. Thesis.

Day 9, on the other hand, was awesome ... it just took me two days to complete: In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. I drew some fanart! Inspired by someone's Day 4 wishlist, because I love the whole circle of fannish gift-giving. So [personal profile] mammothluv wished for
"crossover fanworks of any of my favorite ladies." We seem to have a fair number of favorite ladies in common, so that took a bit of narrowing down ...

preview image of two ladies with guns


Renee Montoya teams up with yet another Kate. )

Day 10's challenge--rec a creator--is also awesome, and I want to do it justice! I may post again later today. Right now there are things I need to get moving on. I have the day off (breaktime work schedule is kind of nice), and I think I'm going to hop the free commuter bus a couple towns over and work in a cafe with fewer distractions. There is never, never enough time!

Still, David Bowie announced this week that he's putting out a new album in March. There are always, always things to look forward to, jfc.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (Default)
Good morning bbs. (This posting every day thing is kind of strange.) I am back at work, and a little twitchy! However, yesterday I performed kind of an amazing transformation on my messy little apartment, and I am feeling badass as a result. My roommate will not know what hit the place when she gets back.

So [community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 7 is ... well, a bit of a challenge for me. In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms.

See, the thing is, I'm pretty sure you guys already know what my grand passion is outside of fandom, because it's linked to what I do in fandom as well. I suppose that I tend to do more illustration for other peoples' stories around these parts, while in the rest of my life I'm invested in being a storyteller myself ... but I've made comics here. I'm a cartoonist in both spheres. Also I talk about it constantly!

And fandom is, as I've said for years, basically my favorite hobby. I guess the other ones that sort of stand out would be ... cooking and singing. (And possibly theology, but I'm actually a little rusty there.) Let's go with cooking, then. )

Um, jfc, herds of teal deer. Here, have a few of my favorite recipes! )

Actually, speaking of recipes ... my mother agreed to lend me her crockpot for the rest of the school year. I've never used one before, but I'm hoping it will help me find a balance between my work and healthy eating! Does anyone have a vegetarian crockpot recipe or two they'd like to recommend? :D?

Also, oh man. Definitely lunchtime.
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
I clearly stayed home a little too long this time, because being back in Vermont is deeply surreal right now. It's so empty here (more than usual, with most of my classmates away). However, I have the apartment to myself (time for ALL THE CLEANING) and two more weeks without classes to keep mixing fannish things with my work schedule.

So hey, [community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 6: [i]n your own space, pimp three comms or challenges and explain why you love them.

Three fabulous comms plus reverse bang love! )

Ugh, I love fandom. I am never leaving, at least not for good.

On another note, can I just say that the locked poll I posted yesterday has really not been going the way I more or less expected? (Honestly, any outcome would have made me love my circle, but ... yeah. <3) I'm still waffling a little, though, so feel free to pop over and try to sway me if you haven't yet (ahem).
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (I think you mean - weirdo braintwin otp)
[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 4! This one is kind of adorable, you guys. I am surfing through the comments of the post trying to find wishes to fulfill while I still have some time. Although meanwhile, I feel extremely awkward for asking for things myself. I've tried to keep them small ... ish?

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

1. I'd really love some Teen Wolf f/f fic (short is fine!) or art: Allison/Lydia or Allison/Erica, preferably incorporating badass team-ups (I'm in favor of these also including the third lady, or if it's Allison/Lydia, Stiles for awesome human times). I always crave more f/f that's not uber-fluffy (although I'm also not a big fan of hate!sex type stuff, generally).

2. Long, plotty podfic recs would be awesome. In lots of fandoms, really.* Also good audiobook recs, especially (but not exclusively) if they're available somewhere for free!

3. You know what I love? SILLY fanart/comics. So much. Jokes and cracked-out fusions and the like! Want to draw something silly in one of my fandoms? (Biggest ones at present include Teen Wolf, bandom - MCR, FOB and anything involving Greta, Star Trek: AOS, Elementary, Community, Warehouse 13 - mostly the ladies and Steve, Vecchio-inclusive Due South, pan-DCU with a few specific favorite characters, Farscape ... um, but really I like a lot of things!)

Okay, I'm just going to put this one down as a bonus, pie-in-the-sky kind of deal, because it's kind of a big undertaking and I feel a little weird about it. But if someone wanted to podfic [personal profile] tuesdaysgone's Killjoysverse series (with her permission, of course) I would basically be over the moon.

Also, so, I've seen a lot of talk about transformative works policies and blanket permissions in the last couple of days especially, which I think is generally awesome, and I would like to encourage the hell out of it. But I've never really considered doing one myself, because IDK, people don't transform fanart all that often? Although I have had someone write fic based on my art, once outside of a challenge, even. It's not, in my experience, a particularly common occurrence, but maybe a policy wouldn't be completely pointless?

Anyway it is my last day here in my hometown before I head back North and attempt to have much more of a thesis work ethic. I'm drawing fanart and my tie matches my hair (which is green), and I just bought a pair of earmuffs with silver sequins on the band (on sale). Things are pretty great! How are you, m'loves?

*Ridiculous list of fandoms for podfic?) )
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (love everybody - biggest hug)
Second day of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge, and bah, I'm already late. I got kind of distracted today with reading Hallucinations, by Oliver Sacks. (Graphic novel research! Eeee.) And rewatching some of Downton Abbey Season 2 with my mother.

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

I spent the latter half of the year devouring Teen Wolf fic, which um, could hardly be considered rare or lesser known in the slightest. But I really wanted to try and rec some things that are a little more out of the way! So that was my approach here. That and podfic, because that has been my primary mode of fannish intake this year. Podfic has gotten me through so many hours of toiling away at comic pages, it's untrue. Have some appreciation!

A tiny fandom, a marvelous threesome, gen bffs of my heart, and a bonus vid )

I have a lot of feelings about fanwork, you guys. Also, it's so time for bed. G'night!
reflectedeve: Frank Iero posing with a painting of himself (covering "his" mouth). (c'est ne pas un frank)
I think I'm going to try and take advantage of my ongoing school break to try out the [community profile] snowflake_challenge again.

Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I sort of feel as though I should be focusing on things I made in the last year this time, but ... well, there hasn't been that much, sadly, between all the non-fannish creation and the times when I had no energy at all. So instead I'm just going to try and go for varied and different, I guess? Porn, podfic and playing catch ...

New artistic directions, new media, collaborative efforts ... )

Hah, okay, time to go draw more things I think. Happy New Year, bbs!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (sleepy - snuggles - good dreams)
So this has been going around: Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

Aaand, I had Raina Telgemeier's Smile out from the library. So: "Ow!"

(Or if you want to consider the whole first tier of the page the first "line:" "Ow! Ow! Ow!")

Well, I mean to say, gosh. Anyway, hi! I'm sorry, guys; I fell right off that Snowflake bandwagon, didn't I? Only I got kind of caught up in this fannish project I've been working on ... it's coming along beautifully, if I do say so myself, and I'm pretty sure a bunch of you will like it. :D Eee, I am excited.

Of course, classes start next Tuesday, and I fully expect to disappear for a good two weeks into a Major Project of Doom (so the second-years and alums assure me). But I'm hoping to be a little more present after that!

I've spent the second half of my break largely on my own, chattering away with a few people on chat, expanding my ~artistic horizons, and demolishing the bottle of Baileys my mother got me for Christmas. And consuming media. I listened to the entirety of the Hunger Games trilogy on audiobook in a matter of days, which was ... ouch, okay? JFC, people have not been kidding about that. Also I went and watched all of Once Upon A Time so far, and and I am finally almost caught up on Parks & Rec. I have not touched Sherlock and am unlikely to do so in the future, but I have started listening to the Sherlock Holmes BBC radio dramatisations with Clive Merrison and Michael Williams. They're rather delightful.

So yeah, no big news from me (yet), but I have to say, the sheer quiet of these weeks has been immensely replenishing. I should go; I have half an hour left to my shift before I can go draw more naked ladies in stockings! And it's snowing!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (Default)
Hey, kids. So I've been busy the last few days with family and traveling back north and stuff. I'm finding myself instantly inclined to curl up into a ball of sleeping and reading and not talking to anyone more than absolutely necessary, and I really want to nip that in the bud. I would like for the second half of my vacation to be social and productive! So here, I will do the first three days of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge at once, for a start. :)

Day One: Self-Recs.
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Drop a link to your post in the comments.

Three things I made. )

Day Two: Reccing others
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Three things other people made! )

Day Three:
Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


I ... have been meaning, as a general rule, to try and spend part of my time this month actually leaving people comments and feedback for the various fanworks I've been enjoying lately. So I made a start on that, of sorts? I am very awkward, but considering how intensely reclusive I'm feeling today, I'm glad I did.

This is really kind of a neat challenge, you guys; I like the idea of kicking off the new year by showing some appreciation for my community.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (drama queen - stage presence)
Hey guys, so! As of a couple minutes ago it is Thanksgiving here in the States, and um, one thing I'm thankful for is definitely fandom. Particularly bandom, which remains the fandom of my heart after nearly three and a half years.

Also, really late and right before a holiday, nobody will pay attention when I post my super dorky contribution to the bandom voice meme! /o\ In which I talk for almost seventeen minutes (and don't even actually explain why bandom has been so important to me). Ahaha.

Bandommeme by reflectedeve

The questions and a very lengthy transcript. )

Have a lovely holiday if you're here, and a lovely tomorrow if you're not! <3
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (hi gerard hi - dorkiest)
So today my class toured a toy museum, and I swear, all our concentration was broken entirely. Now I'm at work and deeply bored, so I'm stealing that meme everyone was posting yesterday.

Latest ever, but ... pick a number or two, and ask me things? I would love the opportunity to, you know, interact a bit for once. <3

here is the list! )

Also, last night I watched the Sanctuary season four premiere, and is it me or spoiler? )
reflectedeve: Worried Rachel Summers/Phoenix, reaching out to touch a smiling, out-of-costume Kitty Pryde. (checking in - crosstime caper)
I'm not leaving for grad school for almost another two months, but I already feel as though I have no time for fandom. :( I really wish I could spend this summer hanging around enjoying Boston and reading fic, but alas, I am behind on everything. I've been working on this entry for a couple of days! (A whole bunch of you have posted intriguing bbbs, too. I won't be lacking for reading material for a long time, clearly ... when I can do it. ♥)

General fun things I have done recently include: making falafel with my new food processor, hanging out and drawing all day Saturday with [personal profile] ataratah (pretty much the best of pastimes), buying both a new suit and a new dress(!), and donating my neighborhood video store's copy of Labyrinth to my hometown library (which only seemed appropriate, since one summer in my teen years, I rented it seven times in one month). I'm really sad that the store is closing--it was a true community establishment--but I love that they're donating their entire collection, and that their customers are rallying around to pay for the effort.

Also, I finally saw X-Men: First Class. Which ... was something I found more interesting than genuinely enjoyable, to my surprise? IDK. I have thoughts, though the way I'm going, I doubt I'll manage to write them up coherently. I mean, basically, I want all the Raven fic, and some Alex/Armando, and Erik/Charles which acknowledges that Charles is a dick. (This isn't actually a critique of anyone's characterization; I've only read one story! I'm just kind of nervous.) Speaking of which, if you haven't read [profile] olivacirce's fantastic Don't Try This At Home, I recommend it highly. It's hot and appropriately fucked up.

So hey, here's my somewhat belated contribution to that question meme that was going around all last week!

Comment with "me me me" and:
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better. (This might take me a little while, so I'm sorry in advance for that!)
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions,
if you want to.

[personal profile] were_duck asked me things )

Hmmm, I should get back to work. I'm sorry for being increasingly haphazard and unavailable lately! It's only going to get worse. (I mean, I'm really excited! More people to draw with, oh man, for that alone. But I miss being more active in fandom already.) I'm probably going to wind up creating a comic school filter; I'll have to put a poll up soon.

[ETA:] I almost forgot! Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, what on earth is this? (I fucking love that man, have I mentioned?)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (got your back - go down together)
Hey guys, hey. I'm really enjoying all the Epic MCR Road Trip aftermath posts popping up on my flist over the last few days. I'm a little sad I had to stop at just one show, but I appreciate all the sharing ... and all the awesome new journals I'm reading now. :D

I've been in kind of a rotten mood since the weekend, which is stupid, because I have roughly a zillion reasons not to be. I have plans to pull myself out of it that involve drawing lots of things (for values of things that mean guys in bands and some sexy ladies and maybe comics about honeybee mishaps), maybe starting to watch Fringe (inspired by some recent twitter chatter), and hopefully spending some time outside in the very near future. (It's been a little chilly lately, but it's gorgeous right now, and there are flowers everywhere.) And then I really need to start Getting Things Done in order to be ready for school (omg).

Also ... I have very rarely done this sort of thing? But it seems well-timed, and I could kind of use the boost.

THE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL MEME


I have a thread. Now to search out all you beautiful people. ♥
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (sleepy - snuggles - good dreams)
I'm having a really pleasant little mini-vacation at home in Western Mass, conveniently ignoring the fact that everything is about to go to hell at work and that winter, meanwhile, has decided to stage a comeback. (Friday was gorgeous and actually hit the lower 60s ... before dropping 30 degrees overnight. COME BACK SOON.) I've had cafe-time, rabbit-time and excellent company (claims of lycanthropy notwithstanding, in a couple cases), and today I saw the re-restored Metropolis with live musical accompaniment, which was pretty fucking stellar.

Before I try to wring a bit more progress out of my current fanart project tonight (Photoshop has my computer moving at speeds comparable to a three-toed sloth, sigh, my computer needs some work), here are two memes I have stolen from a good chunk of everybody. :)

seven 'facts' and a number of questions )
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 (wanted - post=apocalyptic - give me that)
I've been buzzing around trying to make a few more art deadlines for next week (fan & original), but I did take the time to whip something up for [livejournal.com profile] theopteryx's Killjoy Art Meme. You should definitely check it out, and perhaps join in - [livejournal.com profile] theopteryx has thoughtfully provided a raygun template for decorating, if you don't feel like designing a whole Killjoy. Here's my Mary Sue contribution )

I enjoy the creative philosophy of this new MCR album so much. It feels absolutely perfect for where I am in my life right now (and so did TBP when I discovered it, though I was several years late on that one - funny thing).

I enjoy ... pretty much everything ELSE about it, too. I'm not sure I could nail down favorite songs, really, but "Vampire Money" is certainly up there. Also "Planetary (GO!)" and "Bulletproof Heart" for sure ... really, the only track I'm not completely in love with is "Summertime" (I like the New Wave style all right, but the lyrics aren't really clicking with me, IDK). I'm psyched to see them play some of it live (in a week already, yikes)! Anyone else going to the New York show with Gaslight Anthem? (Apart from the people I already know about, of course - you know who you are. ♥)

On another fannish note, I see that the [community profile] white_lotus comm has opened Lunar New Year Exchange sign-ups. Okay, SERIOUSLY, guys ... there needs to be so much more Avatar: The Last Airbender fanwork around here. I rewatched the third season over the course of last week, and goddamn, that show. My heart. (This was only the second time I've watched the finale, and damn, Zuko and Iroh made me cry.)

I desperately want more fic, but if you don't write (like me), you can still participate! They're taking "fic, vids, art, icons, crafts, and (potentially) other stuff," which is deeply awesome; plus, the deadline isn't until the end of January! Of course, sign-ups do end this Monday already, so GET ON THAT. (The comm is on dreamwidth, but you don't need to have an account!)

I should probably get back to family times now, whoops. I'm so disoriented, after spending most of my fall in an art cave; the holiday season has never crept up on me this badly before.
reflectedeve: Frank Iero posing with a painting of himself (covering "his" mouth). (c'est ne pas un frank)
Rewatching Farscape is pretty much the best thing ever. (God, Aeryn's hot. Not like I forgot or anything, but still. *_*)

I was exhausted today, because I had to get up at 4 a.m. to get my brother into his taxi (only to have him stranded halfway back to college by a snowstorm, but at least he got that far). So I wound up putting together another art meme, this time with more visuals.

Huge image under the cut!

six-year fanart retrospective )
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 (self-love - sparkly alien lesbian)
Er. I know you guys have probably been flooded with meme posts (I know I have). I totally never do these, though? And it's fanart-specific, which I like. :) There are a bunch of super-awesome fanartists over there already who deserve some love (and for those of you who are fanartists: so do you!):

the ♥ fanart love ♥ meme
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (gimme fire - don't be stingy)
Oh fandom, I miss you. I've enjoyed all the comicky progress I've made lately, but still. And since I still don't have time or energy to do a proper post about much of anything right now, have the meme that's going around my flist.

Ask me a fandom, and I will tell you:

+ OTP
+ Runner-up
+ Honorable mention(s)
+ Crack pairing(s)
+ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't


(My disclaimer is similar to everyone else's: my 'OTPs' are not TO THE DEATH, they are just favorites. And usually flexible.) Any fandom you like; if I know it, I'll answer. :) Possibly in detail. I've been all tired and distracted lately . . . I'm finding it hard to just spontaneously write about stuff, but prompting tends to get me going.

I wish I had time to ask for art prompts, but I have so much stuff to finish already. /o\ I hope I get some of it together for this week.

Meanwhile, in IRL news: I got an awesome apartment! Moving is going to be weird and complicated, but. \o/
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (self-love - sparkly alien lesbian)
[livejournal.com profile] theopteryx has been running a highly enjoyable art meme, so I pretty much couldn't resist making a contribution. :D

a Black Parade Mary Sue )

Anyway, there are kickass, super creative contributions throughout the comments on the meme post, so you should really go check them all out. ♥

At some point soon I have to poll you folks about your journaling habits, as I still have to make some choices about what I'm doing with all this. (Crossposting test, check!) Meanwhile, though, I am all sleepy (I was up stupidly late having this rambling discussion about the British Empire and philosophy and gods know what else with my roomie last night). I have to try and whip a stir-fry together, and maybe watch some more Star Trek (Original Series). Taking my mom to the movie for Mother's Day, wheee.

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