reflectedeve: Kira Nerys, surgically altered to look like a Cardassian, and not liking it one bit. (my faaace - something has gone horribly)
Um. Sooo. I seem to have fallen down a Garak/Bashir hole? I guess this is what I get for all the conversations with my roommate about how I don’t seem to have a taste for dark, complex, angsty stories these days. (SPN is the fandom of her heart, so naturally we differ a bit.) At least, not in fic. (Which, to be fair, I haven’t been reading a whole lot of for awhile in any case. I mostly look at a lot of fanart, and I listen to a lot of pro fiction audiobooks.)

I seriously have no idea where this sudden, intense fannish engagement is coming from. I’ve been contentedly making my way through DS9 for the better part of a year, finally, and while I love pretty much the whole cast (well, I have to admit, I still don’t care much for Worf, or O’Brien about two thirds of the time, but everyone else) and have a pile of pairings I enjoy thinking about … I don’t know. Maybe it’s the weather? Or the fact that I’m about halfway through season 6, and maybe the way that Garak and Bashir haven’t really interacted in awhile in canon has slowly been getting to me? Or it’s the stress I’ve been under lately? Although let’s be honest, that hasn’t exactly been anything new. IDEK.

But hey, yeah. Totally taking recs (thanks again, [personal profile] epershand) … for fic, and for active challenges? (Big Bangs and Reverse Bangs, I guess?) I mean, I should finish the show before I try and participate in anything, or read post-show fic (yeah, I’m saving “Letters from the Northern Continent”), but it’s kind of exciting to be feeling this kind of motivation to really get elbow-deep in a fandom again. (And while the dynamic between Garak and Bashir is particularly working for me right now, Kira is probably my favorite character, and there are a plethora of pairings and of course, all the team/found family feelings that I would be interested in exploring …!)

I also very much want all the Jadzia Dax/Lenara Kahn canon divergent AUs, naturally. (Both for the chemistry and the exploration of Trill culture/psychology.)

/asking for resources in a twenty-year-old fandom on a half-deserted fannish social media platform

In other news, I finally emailed some staffing agencies and was immediately landed with a short-term temp assignment and encouraging prospects for more, so financial crisis more or less averted, at least for now. I mean, I’m being underpaid, but I’m being paid.

Also, if you're Boston-adjacent, you should come get your indie comics on in Porter Square this weekend!
reflectedeve: Joan Watson sits in bed, studying a paper with glasses on and a furrow in her brow. (consulting detective - deduction)
So I don't know who's around anymore, but ... anyone out there have a Claire Temple/Misty Knight art prompt for me? ;) I love them both so much. (Daredevil mostly hasn't interested me, but I'm thinking about giving it a try, if only for more Claire? Although I have a variety of qualms.) My inspiration's feeling a little tapped out at the moment, though.

It's been kind of a rough week. My unemployment ran out unexpectedly early (it's a long story, ugh), so I suddenly have no income of any kind, and I'm scrambling around trying to fix that on a much shorter timeline than anticipated. Also, my health insurance decided to blow up in my face yesterday (just stupid bureaucratic mistakes on their end), so I had to waste the whole day trying to fix it. And my back's been killing me for a few days for no apparent reason, so really, I'm about done. /whining

October's a busy month, and apart from the financial stress, it's mostly good stuff: comics (my favorite local conventions, lots of friends and colleagues I've missed, and a new ongoing sci-fi project), a really rad Halloween costume concept and a party at my house to wear it to, even a musical theater date ... although I'm waffling about that, because she's offering to pay for my ticket since I suddenly can't afford to and I am just not sure about that). Still, I'd kind of just like to curl up under a blanket with tea and a few mystery novels for at least a week. Or snuggle my godbaby, who I can't afford to go visit right now.

But hey, I'm having my usual way too much fun haunting the Yuletide sign-up summary and letters posts. I'm so excited to write this year. :D The requests for most of my offered fandoms are nicely balanced; I have no idea what I'm going to get, and I can't wait to find out.

Also, a friend has me babysitting her cat's new litter of kittens a couple times a week, so that does make just about anything at least a little better!
reflectedeve: Sokka stuck in the ground, looking up at a contented mooselion cub perching on his head. (sheepish - stuck - you win)
I'm not dead or anything. Life just ... intensified for awhile, financial woes got even worse, and as a result I haven't felt like communicating much. Twitter has been a bit of a struggle, even. This may all be changing soon, however, as I'm relocating back east for a relatively fancy new job in the next month or so. Hopefully the blizzards will have stopped by then!

Incidentally, if there's anyone I haven't asked yet: if you happen to know anyone in the Boston area who is looking for a roommate (in a cat-friendly place), drop me a line?

Also, I'm going to Muskrat Jamboree (for real this time), so I'll see some of you there! :)
reflectedeve: Sokka stuck in the ground, looking up at a contented mooselion cub perching on his head. (sheepish - stuck - you win)
I swear I am going to post about WisCon soon. This last week has been exhausting ... hit the ground running with Check-In week at work the minute I got back, and over the weekend my roommates and I had a Serious Cleaning Discussion and also bought and moved furniture. Many good things, but I'm overtired and also having a lot of random anxiety. And some less random (money is terrible, news at eleven). So right now I'm inclined to relax, rewatch some Pretty Little Liars and draw some X-Men f/f fanart. (Finally meeting [personal profile] prozacpark has really been a huge fannish influence, to my delight.)

(When I do post, some of it will be at my other blog, since I spent a couple events very explicitly performing my ~professional identity ... nearly always happy to share the link with fanpeople who ask.)

Also I am feeling seriously cranky about Days of Future Past (I haven't seen it and I'm not going to), so fair warning there, probably not the best thing to discuss with me. Ridiculously excited about both Belle and Maleficent, though, so whatever. :D
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
Oh hey! I have been so terrible at every iteration of the internet, lately, and now here we are and it's almost time for WisCon! I still can't believe I'm finally going but yep, I'm leaving town tomorrow and I'll be in Madison Thursday afternoon. I can't wait to see so many of you fine folks there. <3

Recently I had the bright idea of producing a brand-new minicomic for a convention, only about a month in advance. A month is not a lot of time in comics; bad enough for those mainstream artists who have to put out an issue per month, but I had the concept/scripting to do too! Ahaha, I am so underslept, I literally finished the damn thing at 1 a.m. before the show. Everything seems easy after that, at least for now.

But anyway, yes! Here I am in the tiny breathing space between cons, scrambling around getting everything ready. I will have original art & minicomics in the Art Show this weekend! Pricing original art is hard, you guys.

I haven't had a ton of time for fannish pursuits lately, although I have one more completed female-character-fest doodle that I haven't managed to scan yet, and I'm watching the hell out of Orphan Black and Hannibal and dying to find time to read some Sam Wilson/Steve Rogers fics (preferably featuring lots of Natasha; Bucky can come too). And if you haven't read [personal profile] thingswithwings's adorable Embiggen (America Chavez and Kamala Khan!), get over there and do it already. <3 Where's my America solo book already, Marvel??
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (back to the stage)
I don't think I have the energy for a really thorough round-up post today ... I had unusual and awful insomnia last night, and today has already been full of family and running around. But I wanted to commemorate the end of 2013 somewhere, at least a little. It's been a fairly significant year, a whole mix of things.

Things that happened this year. )

Well, I should get back to the doings of the day, but! My second [community profile] yuletart contribution, an Allison & Lydia-centric Teen Wolf ensemble piece, went up a few days ago.

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And, here's a roundup of the year's fanart. )

Happy New Year, dear friends. I hope that 2014 is full of good things for all of you! Much love.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (reaching out - whoa there - emphatic)
Oh man, you guys. I don’t know if any of you are reading Young Avengers (I would recommend it!), but ... spoiler for this week’s issue! )

So I have had a whirlwind time lately. I finally have full-time (if temporary) employment, so I’m looking for an apartment. I went to my first play party last weekend (which was AMAZING) ... and made a professional connection in the middle of the playspace. (You know ... hanging out and taking comics while someone was being flogged off to the left, and there was a fisting scene happening somewhere behind me ...) This week I was approached by a major publisher with a work-for-hire project that I’m not particularly interested in, but still, super flattering. And I’ve been submitting to a bunch of professional anthologies! So many things.

So today I’m just vegging at [personal profile] ataratah’s house, hanging with her kitties and watching Sleepy Hollow. Which is pretty great, as it turns out! Super convoluted concept, but great characters.

ALSO:

Yuletart is a low-pressure and fun fest that celebrates the love of art in fandom. Beginner or expert, everyone who loves making fan art is welcome! We accept all types of fine art and crafts, and any fandom is welcome, regardless of size.

The exchange is hosted on Dreamwidth, but artists do not need a Dreamwidth journal to participate!DON'T MISS OUT - SIGN-UPS CLOSE SOON!
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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: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (everything old is new again)
It is such a cool, lovely day out today! Seriously, favorite cafe of mine, there is no need for this level of AC. I am kind of chilled right now.

Hi! Oh man, hello, I have not written in awhile; too busy turning my life upside-down. Like so! )

Meanwhile, fandom-wise, well. Teen Wolf has been having an extremely uneven season, but I'm enjoying the hell out of getting to have supernatural teen TV nights with the BFF again after so long! And exchanging ridiculous theories with [personal profile] ataratah in the interim. My dearest wish is to get a little ahead on my comic projects (ahaha) so that I can draw some of the cracky fusion fanart currently living in my head.

Speaking of things I want to draw, as you can probably tell from my previous post, I'm head-over-heels in love with Welcome To Night Vale. It took me a few episodes to get hooked, but somewhere around the time Cecil was hiding under the desk from Station Management ... IDK. It has an unusual amount of crossover between my different communities, too; a lot of my non-fandom artist friends are listening too, and some even in a fannish way. It's interesting watching the fandom on tumblr; so many wildly creative designs! My headcanon is pretty tame by comparison (rather than third eyes, mobile tattoos and tentacles, I picture an aggressively "normal," even conservative-looking, community with creepy but subtle deviations), but I'd love to have time to play with it.

And! I'm so excited to pick up the latest issue of Killjoys on release day for a change! Especially since I've been experiencing some fannish disappointment when it comes to comics. I was so excited for the new X-Men book, hoping that I could get some fandom renaissance out of it (Rachel Summers/Kitty Pryde is my OTP forever), but man. I was so disappointed with the first story arc. I spent the third issue just shaking my head over wasted dramatic opportunities and poor use of ensemble dynamics. I'll give it one more storyline, I guess. I'm too broke to put character loyalty over quality the way I did in the old days (I'll save that for stuff I don't have to pay for, like ... Teen Wolf!).
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (back to the stage)
Ran away for some much-needed cafe worktime across the river, after being shut up in my apartment for a good chunk of the weekend. I'm trying to distract myself from the stress of waiting to hear back about job interviews, blah. Iced coffee and a nice, private little corner by the window. Comics.

I've been a little all over the place the last few days. Sleep has been filled to the brim with dynamic, colorful, plotty anxiety dreams about everything from employment to strained friendships, to, um, Hannibal. Which is probably what I get for watching the entire season over the course of a few days, I know. /o\ But really, subconscious of mine, do I need to have a dream which evolves from yelling at someone I'm close to for trying to control my career goals ... to freaking out that said person has been replaced by a cannibal doppelganger?

Also, last night there were murderous Star Wars muppets. I have no idea what to do with that one.

Maybe I should try watching something less violent next? I have to say, though, everyone was right: Hannibal is a quite compelling show. I find myself actively wanting to not read any fic for it, though. There's some gorgeous fanart out there, and I would absolutely watch vids, but the canon itself gives me all the story I want. I wouldn't want to see it taken anywhere brighter, and it's plenty dark for me as it is, I guess. I'm really regretting not watching as it aired, though, because I'd have enjoyed reading more meta, and a lot of that seems to be lost in the recesses of tumblr.

Anyway, let me end on an up note with this video a friend linked me to this morning. I didn't see the twist coming at all, somehow. It was beautiful.
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
On the train back to Vermont ... probably for the last time, as a resident anyway. :) I had two fairly good interviews during my trip; really hoping they pay off. The end of July looks awfully close, now.

It's been a busy few days, but whee, I got my Kink Bingo card! )

Meanwhile, I am feeling pretty frustrated with Teen Wolf right now. My expectations for the show aren't what you'd call high (and that's okay, most of the time I'm happy to be taken for the ride of ridiculousness, that's what it's for!), but this season is in desperate need of a little less action and a little more character development time. SIGH.

Well, whatever. Life is pretty great! I will be moving soon, I am making all the comics and porny artwork in the meantime, and I attended the most wonderful wedding this weekend. People were comparing [personal profile] bluestalking and [personal profile] feverbeats's wedding to a con, and that was pretty apt; it was full of giddy, joyous fans. Also umbrella dances, and two people who love each other SO MUCH that it's just palpable. Best. <3333
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (giving me everything - kind of busy here)
Oh man you guys, what even is this week. I have this freelance art project due on Friday (taking a restaurant review and translating it into comics form for the local free paper; I keep getting so hungry), which means I have to do a ridiculous amount of lettering today. (Prose writers, always so wordy! Um, I mean, naturally.) They want it in color, too, sigh. Not that it isn't exciting ... my first paid art gig! Not the career I'm actively seeking as such, but a great experience nonetheless, and I could definitely use the money.

Anyway, I also have, uh, three phone interviews tomorrow for jobs at various colleges back home, there's a wedding on Friday (<333), and then I'm gonna go visit my family for a few days. Everything is REALLY INTENSE and busy.

And now I'm kind of scared to watch last night's Teen Wolf, judging by some of the preliminary reactions I'm seeing. Um. I guess I will avoid tumblr like the plague today. Yikes.

I've also spent my art time over the last couple days watching Orphan Black, which is an AMAZING show, you guys. The main actress plays at least five different characters (it's a clone show) and she is fantastic (everything Eliza Dushku wasn't, in Dollhouse). She plays great relationships (with herself), even; a female-dominated cast of one. It's a bit violent ([personal profile] were_duck sent me a list of triggers, although many of them were not as graphic as I expected), but highly recommended!
reflectedeve: Selina Kyle: "GEEZ, Holly, relax ... next you'll be arguing about whether SPANDEX is really functional or not." (spandex - comics are on crack)
So I don't think I've actually mentioned this here (somehow), but I am in the midst of job search times right now. The clock's ticking, and I need to come down from my mountain and try and have a post-grad-school life (i.e. pay off loans). And I got my first interview request today! For a position I'm really kind of into! Fingers crossed? I haven't done this properly since, oh, 2007.

I don't even know what to say about last night's episode of Teen Wolf, really; gonna watch it again tonight with [personal profile] chaiminda and see if I can straighten my head out a bit. And perhaps finish the hilariously fluffy Allison/Lydia art I found myself drawing. (I meant to go for intense and bloody, but I guess I was in a mood? Although after mainlining an entire season of Pretty Little Liars, I'm not sure WHY. I suppose the lesbians on that show are pretty adorable.)

It's generally looking like the kind of week where I want to draw everything at once, but seeing as I should be getting the script for my first paid freelance project today(!), I may have to reign that in.

Happy Tuesday! How's everyone doing? <3 Oh hey, [community profile] kink_bingo has started ramping up for the new round; lots of interesting meta and goodies getting posted! And meanwhile I'm in a fandom where actors (who are twins) are actively and pre-emptively making twincest jokes in public. Whyyy.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (giving me everything - kind of busy here)
I have no idea how I woke up today. It's been a weirdly difficult week for sleep, to begin with, and now there's a constant cold deluge thing going on. (Even for New England, the weather is kind of giving me whiplash lately.)

Also I woke up this morning to find my first-ever message from a dude in a heterosexual marriage who was looking to "open up" to new practices. I feel like this is a rite of passage on online dating/social networking sites (fetlife, in this case). Awkward, though.

ANYWAY. Happy Friday, folks! I hope you have a fabulous weekend lined up. Also, gimme some more fanart prompts! Yes, you! :D?
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (the aftermath is secondary - into the de)
I haven't done a proper job search since the second half of 2007 (my current position at my school was basically the result of an informal internal application, since they knew me from a prior internship). I'm finding the process much less nerve-wracking this time around, possibly because I'm trying for the same kinds of jobs as before (mostly academic admin support) with considerably more professional experience, and the stress of grad school (mostly) behind me.

Or possibly it's foolish optimism. We'll see how this goes, especially as I find myself fixating on one or two positions in particular (never a good plan when just seeking a tolerable day job). I'm excited to move back home-ish, though ... reading all these college websites is totally making me nostalgic.

Also, I just watched the new Teen Wolf episode! No epic, detailed response post to make, but a few spoilers. )

Okay, I have applied to ALL THE JOBS, time to go make dinner, comics, and possibly watch Warehouse 13. (Ugh, H.G.! <3)
reflectedeve: Worried Rachel Summers/Phoenix, reaching out to touch a smiling, out-of-costume Kitty Pryde. (checking in - crosstime caper)
Hey guys hey. It is an exciting life these days! I am waiting for important thesis news tomorrow, and starting to look for jobs and housing back home ... prospects don't look half bad!

Anyway, I have a random question that is SPOILERY for the end of last week's Elementary! )

Oh man, what do I even do with myself. I am free to draw whatever I want, and overwhelmed with possibilities. Wheeeee.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (everything old is new again)
Hey guys! I am ALIVE. My thesis project was handed in yesterday morning, which ... I can't say I quite feel done, seeing as I have to work a whole slew of intern hours between now and Friday. And I won't actually know if I PASSED (this is actually a legitimate question, not a self-deprecating one) until a week from tomorrow. But still. Whew. I can almost have a life again. I can almost have fandom again.

Man, I didn't expect this, but I really want to go see Iron Man 3. Marvel is (understandably) the devil around here, so I don't think it's gonna happen.

But. BUT. This summer is going to be so great, seriously. My BFF is moving closer in time for the new season of Teen Wolf to start! There will be ridiculous in-person fannish shenanigans! And I can make fanart because my art will be on my own schedule againnnnnn.

How are you all? I've missed you! <3
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (comics - art - when I grow up)
Jeez, you guys. I just came out of a two-hour lecture/panel discussion (the third in two days) that basically turned into a debate about print and digital media and tools for artists, audience interaction, the internet, and so on. I feel exhausted and exhilarated. I can't decide if I want to have a thousand meta discussions about creator/audience interaction, fandom, crowdsourcing, the Veronica Mars kickstarter, Homestuck (which I should mention, I still haven't read) ... or just go lock myself in a room and draw until my fingers ache. I kind of have to do the latter (after a five-hour office shift), but you know.

Speaking of internet audiences and such, could I ask your opinion on something web/comics related? )

Anyway, apart from the meta thoughts I haven't had time for much of fannish anything, although I have been following Gerard's twitter posts religiously. (Nice popcorn tree, dude. God, how are you so charming?) And I still haven't watched The Phoenix video, but I'm finally listening to it. Repeatedly. (Young Volcanoes is great too! But um. Unf.)

I am dithering about buying a ticket to see Fall Out Boy in Lowell or Brooklyn this fall ... I'm broke and I don't know what I'll be doing then. Are people going? Ever since MJ I've been missing being around fans so intensely.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (love everybody - biggest hug)
Oh man, this has been a week. So the minute I got back from Boston I was basically overwhelmed with school things, even more than usual, if that's possible. We had this big event with multiple industry guests, a big old elbow-rubbing networking and reviewing kind of thing, and all my time was taken up preparing for and attending that (with a few extra meetings on the side)! Yesterday was my birthday, and all I wanted was leisurely dinner and drinks with my friends, and time to take a breath. Which I certainly got (epic hour-long wait for our food notwithstanding; at least it was delicious).

With all this, I could not handle all the bandom feels that have been running rampant this week. I had to absent myself from twitter, which was kind of tragic, and I haven't even watched The Phoenix yet. (Oh hi, Fall Out Boy, you know just where my buttons are. Augh.) I did make time to read Gerard's tweets, because they just made me happy as fuck. (Oh man, I hope the mailbox thing doesn't turn into a fiasco for him. Such earnestness, Mr. Way.)

On the other hand, probably my best birthday present of all was fannish. [personal profile] klb recorded an amazing little Elementary fic for me: In Practice, by [archiveofourown.org profile] inlovewithnight. My favorite show, currently, and I haven't had time to read anything. I was complaining last week that there was NO podfic at all, but she's changed all that! And oh god, that story (which is kinky gen) is PERFECTLY relevant to my interests, to my interpretation of Sherlock & Joan's dynamic ... and [personal profile] klb gives a beautifully nuanced reading that enhances the text in just the right way. GO LISTEN.

I'm off to a roller derby bout in a little bit, feeling extra dapper with the pocket watch my uncle sent me(!) and my much-missed vintage spring coat, freshly repaired. And then I have to hunker down and get back to work. I miss the fan community from last week so much, though: much love, you guys!
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
Okay, so in 2015? I am going to [livejournal.com profile] muskratjamboree, okay. I had such an amazing time just staying in the hotel and hanging out with so many wonderful fans, but ... I want to go to that dance party next time. ;) And some panels.

I'm following a bunch of the lovely people I met on DW, LJ and/or twitter, and I'm going to post my information over in this post! So if you are new to me here is some quick stuff to please read? )

Also ... yes, so, on Saturday my favorite band broke up, in the middle of the convention. Cutting for being more or less positive, in case you're not ready for that. )

Anyway, I'm on a bus north, and I think I'm gonna lie back and listen to podfic for a bit. But if [livejournal.com profile] intensityboat still has any fans out there (of course we do) ... there may be something for you quite soon. :)

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