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Saturday, January 28th, 2017 03:05 pm
Since I began using a bullet journal this year, and I just joined the [community profile] bujo comm on using/ learning to use bullet journals, I figured I might as well talk about how I use my bullet journal.

The basic tools of a bullet journal can be found in this one page bullet journal reference guide.

Despite the suggestions of most of the bullet journal community and the guide, I don't use a lot of the elements of the bullet journal.

It starts with the notebook )

I hope you had fun reading this, and you'll be inspired to do your own version of a bullet journal.
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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 09:45 am
Sorry for people who saw the last post twice - I saw a typo and fixed it, not realizing that the "Use current time" option would use the time of editing. Alas.

So that this doesn't become just an apology, here's a meme about me

So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?

Same job, new team that has seen 3 changes in a single year for my direct bosses, so that's been annoying. I've also been experimenting with lifestyle changes such as clothes and dance classes, and since my self-esteem isn't the best it's come with some whiplash moments. But I think I am better overall.

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?

Not in any fandom at the moment, but judging from my tumblr surfing/reblogs I am technically in the MCU, Homestuck and Transformers fandoms. I'm just not writing fic at the moment for them, which is weird for me.

Where do you hang out online?

Here and tumblr, and that already takes up all my time.

What are you reading?

Guide books in preparation for my trip to Japan during the autumn leaves season. Sadly there isn't very much seasonal stuff.

What are you watching?

Media wise, nothing. I am keeping an eye on this pot of roses I bought in May because it likes to give me heart attacks like falling off the shelf or its blooms being so heavy it snaps the stem.

What are you making?

Currently rewriting the novel that I wrote for last year's NaNo. I'm 5 chapters in of 13, though I'm not sure if it will still be 13.

What are you squeeing about today?

Awesome music from 8tracks of the Kpop variety.

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be.....

I don't have any new fandoms. I just wish my old fandom friends and I could find a new fandom to agree on. They'd probably ask me to watch Steven Universe, but while I enjoy seeing the posts on my dash I have no inclination to actually watch the series.

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!

Mad Max: Fury Road has been the movie of the year for me and I really wish I could talk to more people about it even though my urge to fic is not there. Also has anyone watched Hitman? I want to watch it for scenery pr0n.

What else is on your mind?

Another meme going around about what I would tell my 13 year old self - currently bouncing between "daring to be weird will actually make you a better person" and "the friends you make from now on, even the ones who were "forced" on you, will be your friends for life" - and of course spiraling into the nature of friendships and self-esteem from there.
fay_e: Text: silence falls between us, as the shadows steal the light (as the shadows steal the light)
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 12:43 pm
In a new post, list ten fic that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

It's pretty interesting how the fics that have stayed with me are indicative of various times in my life. There's a fic from the time I used to read Harry Potter fics to get me through exams. There's fic from my Bleach writing days. And I've got things ranging from gen to straight up smut.

So here in no particular order are the fics that have stayed with me:

1) Who We Are by Persephone Kore
and other fics in the series
Once upon a time I used to intentionally type up all my class notes in my computer so come exam time, I could tell my parents that I needed to study on the computer because ALL MY STUFF IS THERE!!! and in between cramming I would read a LOT of Harry Potter fic, because people in that fandom were crazy enough to write novel length fics on FF.net which means I didn't have to open too many windows (yes tabs didn't exist then).

Who We are, though not quite being a novel, was one of the Harry Potter fics read in those days. It stuck with me because it has my favourite stuff: good Slytherins, better interhouse cooperation and people struggling to do good, even the good guys. The idea of a younger Tom Riddle getting a second chance and Ginny trying to figure out if he deserves it is catnip to me.

2) Means of Persuasion
But taking about novel length stories, I cannot NOT mention this fic from the Transformers fandom. I honestly don't remember which verse it came from (darn comics) but it contains my personal fanon for my favourite characters in the general Transformers universe to me. Yeah, there's a few glaring differences - I actually ship Prowl/Jazz and I'm EXTREMELY fond of all the fanon on Twin bonds, but the rest of it hits the spot. I love that Prowl struggles with the right decisions, and Bluestreak bounces back from everything, even his nearest and dearest reading him wrong. The action is pretty good too.

3) Rain Over Blue Water by The_Starhorse
For twin fic from the Transformers fandom though, I have to go with this fic even though it's just Sideswipe. His view of his identity just resonates throughout the fic.

4) Conflicts of Interest by rageprufrock
I like this story because I love the voice of Connor, which is young and self-absorbed without being annoying. But then again he's Lex Luthor's kid so what do you expect. The Clark Kent bits are bonus.

5) Cities in Dust (shit let's be hardboiled)
If there's a fic that fully captures the spirit of the canon that inspired it, this fic has my vote 200% of the time. It's a Homestuck fic that has colourful chat logs (both content and actual visual colours), great drawings, associated soundtrack and trolls actually being aliens. Also it features my boy Dave Strider and the too awesome to belong to anyone Terezi Pyrope.

6) New Orleans series by silverlining99
I would particularly recommend the first fic because it is HOT LIKE BLAZES (especially when you imagine it all with Karl Urban's Bones) and sometimes I fantasise about having a New Year's kiss that's half as hot. *fans self* Though the second fic has a great Kirk-Bones friendship.

7) Covert fic(s) by Ten
I cannot describe this fic due to it being under f-lock and never been published publicly. But elements of it keep popping up in my own fics and I only wish it was already a trope like the less deserving soulmates' name on your arm thing.

8) Icebreakers by Suppi-chan
Back when I was a wee little fanthing, I saved this fic to a NOTEPAD document and read the heck out of it. Up until now "Kinomoto Sakura was having a tantrum. it was a very small tantrum, and it was being conducted in the privacy of her best friend's room, but still, Kinomoto Sakura was having a screaming, kicking tantrum" is the best way to open a CCS fic ever. I'll fight you on this.

I have pretty much reached the end of fic that I've read YEARS after the fact, but I will link you to two more fics that I pretty much roll around in glee and squee when I see they update:

9) Battlefield Terra
A Homestuck fic where on top of aliens being aliens, there are hot robots and mindreading and cultural misunderstandings and moments of BLAZING HAWT.

10) Life in Reverse
I'm particularly tickled by the bookends of my post, but I had to put this here because the more things change the more they stay the same. I like "bad" guys who make the choice NOT to do bad, and have to struggle with it, and it's also a nod to my current fandom, as it were, of MCU.
fay_e: Text: though our instincts say that we should turn and run (instincts turn and run)
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 12:35 pm
I tried the Ultimate Trope Showdown, and it is a filthy liar. I mean, alright, fine, I can imagine all the tropes that tie at No 1 for me going down in the same fic:

Rank Name
1 Sex Pollen
1 Hurt/Comfort
1 Fake Out Make Out

But then I get 14 TROPES tied at position 4, and yes I know I'm indecisive but I can't like ALL of them that much. (Also there's no way that I could fit all of them in one fic. Which would be half the fun.)

Edit: Ok apparently I clicked I like both too many times. This is a little more accurate, though there are tropes I would still smush.

Tropes redo below! )
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 01:44 pm
Another thing I need to keep in mind: actions speak louder than words.

I think I do a pretty good job writing conversation, including situations where characters say one thing but mean the other. The trouble is that I tend to pad out the bits between conversations with thoughts, rather than actions. Even in the instances where I use actions, I like to write out the emotion behind them, as if that would somehow make them clearer.

Obviously I need to let the reader do a little of the work themselves, and just stop there.
fay_e: Text: and I'll be your downfall (be your downfall)
Saturday, March 29th, 2014 12:17 am
I just watched Captain America 2 and it blew my mind. It was incredible for so many different reasons.

You see, Captain America is just like that 2048 game that's been going around. If you don't know what that is, click on the link and be prepared to lose a few hours of your life. In fact, I'll be playing a few rounds with you...

Alright! Back to the review. I found that Captain America 2 was better enjoyed if you picked up some things in Captain America 1. Captain America 1 is just like that number 2 in the 2048 game. It provides some basics that Captain America 2 picks up from.

Full list and spoilers under the cut )

In conclusion: An awesome movie with lots of continuity that is a bit heavy on the going down because of all the goodies they tried to cram into it. The movie comes together well, but do you REALLY need to dial things up to 2048?
fay_e: Text: if I told you a secret will you hold it and keep it alive (secret)
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 03:00 pm
Again stealing things from other people's memes, I found a topic from this post about fannish growing up where the poster is asked to write about how life and age and experiences has changed his/her taste in fannish stuff.

It fascinated me enough that I have to write about it myself.

I probably have been fannish my whole life, because I remember obsessing about books, but the age in which I remember being fannish in a significant life-style changing way was when I was 12. That was when the wave of Japanese manga/anime started becoming prevalent in my country. They were all pre-dubbed/translated into Chinese.

The interesting thing about being where I live is that the Taiwanese version of translations came out the fastest. That meant that I got translations in a) my mother tongue, b) with the traditional script that I wasn't as familiar with, because I grew up with the simplified form of Chinese.

That was why when I first became "fannish", I was predominantly reading and writing (!!!) in Chinese. I wrote my first fic in Chinese. I also somehow managed to overcome the barrier and actually read traditional script, which is still pretty useful now. (I don't know why I didn't extend that power to Japanese boo hoo).

Watch me morph over the years! )
fay_e: Text: silence falls between us, as the shadows steal the light (as the shadows steal the light)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 01:51 pm
I read this post about writing as a craft and [personal profile] melannen's response to it, and well. The first link to me makes me rage, because I am not a huge fan of the "writing is such a mythical process" and the "you either got it or you don't~~~" and I'm just old and I keep waving my canes at the kids on the lawn ok?

But [personal profile] melannen is awesome and her tips are awesome, so that inspired me to write some tips of my own. I know that I'm thinking about writing all the time (even at... work...) and that some of the exercises I do are such second nature to me now. I even go about my dreams in a writerly way!

So here are some of the exericses that I do to improve my writing, in no particular order.

1) Analysing your kinks, and writing out your favourite versions
2) Analysing your reactions to media - what works for you, and why?
2a) writing out quotes lists

I'm a very emotional person. So my favourite kinks and favourite scene draw out such reactions in me that even surprise myself! So I have the habit of analysing my kinks and how I react to media. What made me happy? Happy enough that I would clap my hands? What made me rage? Did I want to walk out? It didn't take much thinking to wonder if I could replicate those seal-clappy moments in my fic, and avoid the rage stomping type of things.

I put quotes as a subset because it's one thing to react to events, but another to react to writing enough that you think about replicating it in your writing. Only two authors have driven me to write down quotes.

To me, it's similiar to learning how the masters play music in order to perform in a similiar or same way. The reactions is about the mood, and the quotes are about the technique.

3) Thinking about writing. E.g. mulling over the story in the train.
4) Observation, and maybe writing it out (writing sketches)
5) Writing down lists of things that you like. E.g. I want to work the sound of thunder rattling glass into a story

These three are about working on writing on the go, especially when you have a busy schedule that doesn't let you do anything else. A lot of these don't even need anything more than pen and paper (or a phone in this digital age).

Quick lists are the key for my inspiration in that I can be inspired by anything, notice where my inspiration comes from, or in some cases revisit something that inspired me but I didn't have time then to expand.

6) Shopping for characters/doll makers
7) Learning the difference between observation and visualisation, and practising the latter more, esp with fantasy/sci-fi stories

These are a bit more deliberate, but also about inspiration and making the jump to actual things that would appear in novels. E.g. How does clothing reflect character? How do I turn the image in my head into something workable and doesn't change geography/the laws of physics (unless that's the point).

8) Practise writing starting lines: hooks, setting the scene, giving yourself a springboard to write
9) Figuring out where your natural stopping points are. Writing over them
10) Idea of puppy pound and learning how to write with the idea that nothing is sacred, and to cut without feeling pain
11) Finding out what annoys you. E.g. blank pages are my nemesis

These are a bit more on the writing technique itself, but they are on very different points of writing technique.

Edit: I found this too, and YES YES YES this is completely what writing consciously is all about: http://lightgetsin.dreamwidth.org/326659.html
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Friday, October 11th, 2013 04:25 pm
[livejournal.com profile] tenebris and I got to talking about what we considered "wardrobe essentials". I thought it was a pretty misleading term, because what I absolutely had to have in my wardrobe is as follows:

Clothes - A little black dress. A fancy top and good pants. A brighter dress for outings/parties. One pair of jeans and 1 nice T-shirt. Collared blouse. Knee length coat. Formal coat. Button up sweater. Socks are optional.

Shoes - One pair each of flats, sneakers, low heels in black, higher heels in another colour, boots (any length)

Which I think is quite different from the ladies.

So I thought it would be fun to do it for the other characters too!

Take a peep into the wardrobe )

I might do Homestuck next, this is fun!
fay_e: Text: though our instincts say that we should turn and run (instincts turn and run)
Friday, February 1st, 2013 08:05 am
I haven't been posting here, since I've been rushed off my feet, but I can officially say that I wrote for (almost) every day of the [livejournal.com profile] 31_days challenge! GO ME.

Now I just have to write [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 and [community profile] trope_bingo. WILL THE FUN NEVER CEASE.
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Monday, September 3rd, 2012 12:00 am
I'm actually in the UK right now. I know I ought to be talking about moving to the UK and all the other things, but I'm still on holiday.

But this meme is too good to pass up:

Name a fictional character and I'll tell you three reasons I wouldn't want to date them.

Leave names in comments and I'll get back to you in another week or so!
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichi aichi)
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 09:29 pm
Long time ago, [livejournal.com profile] tenebris and [livejournal.com profile] himawari thought that they'd ask me some questions about life, the universe, everything. I only really got around to answering it recently because one of the questions required drawing.

So! Here's what I had to say.

Ten opens the salvo )

Mari takes the next round )
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Thursday, June 7th, 2012 09:03 pm
Give me a character/pairing and I will write you the following AU/ARs:

01. Canon Swerve
02. Dystopian
03. Cyberpunk
04. Steampunk
05. …In SPACE!!
06. Genderswap/Always A ______
07. Urban Fantasy
08. Robots
09. Kidfic
10. Matriarchy

Homura ones )

Dave Strider )

Homura/Kyouko )

Others to write:
Homura/Kyouko, Homura/Mami, Humanside Avengers (mostly Natasha and Clint, though Steve can come too)

trope meme )

White Houses )

Stolen )

Song Prompts )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (rukia blue skies)
Monday, April 2nd, 2012 10:16 am
A bit late, but I'm proud to say that I finished my Meme March challenge. I didn't want to announce it yesterday in case you thought it was an April Fool's joke. XD

It was tough going, but there were enough challenging memes on [community profile] bakerstreet and [livejournal.com profile] memebells to keep me going. There were some ideas that never even crossed my mind until I saw it in the memes! You all should check these comms out.

I also have HARD PROOF that I finished my challenge. I have a shiny new badge on my 750 words page~

This picture is too awesome to look at without prep )

The list of stories should be going up on DW soon, even if they're all cracky crossovers.
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (karakura best friends)
Thursday, March 1st, 2012 11:20 pm
I've got many things to update in March! So let's take this item by item.

1) Mobile Phone

I've got a smart phone! It is a Samsung Galaxy S2 and it's got a lot of bells and whistles. Me like. I've been using it to spam on Twitter and Whatsapp and check my gmail compulsively.

I have named it Jade Harley because
a) it's smarter than me
b) it's kind of dangerous but also helpful
c) my ringtone is called Sniper
d) I forgot to tell you all that I got into Homestuck (post for another day).

It has green fonts and I have Jade and Jake on my background (a battery eating white background, but it's cool!)

2) Music

While playing with my Jade phone, I discovered that Florence and the Machine remain awesome. She also covered Drake's Take Care, which has earwormed me with the actual song. Both versions are nice.

3) Meme March

While I was busy adding onto my NaNo last month I discovered meme comms! They are [community profile] bakerstreet and [livejournal.com profile] memebells.

Even though the memes are typically used for RP purposes, I thought that they made for good writing prompts too. That's why I've decided to do:


It's what it says on the tin - I'll find a good meme from either of those two comms, and write a story based on its prompts. All snippets will be posted to DW. (LJ peeps: I'm not repeating where it is, sorry! It isn't too hard to find.) I've already written my first story for the month, and it's a cracktastic mishmash of Bleach, Homestuck and PMMM. (Now you understand why I'm shy about posting...)

That's my March. How is YOUR March shaping up?
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichiruki dorky love)
Thursday, January 26th, 2012 03:03 pm
I've been doing this in bits and pieces but I'm not quite done yet. I guess I'll just dump the ones that I've finished.

Byakuya/Homura )

Madoka/Homura )

Dave/Homura )

Byakuya/Hisana )

Sayaka/Kyouko )

Kyouko/Renji/Mami )

Renji/Ichigo/Rukia )

Ichigo/Rukia/Hollow Ichigo )

fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (avatar toph bring it on)
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 09:45 pm
A fun generator for Homestuck Lands

I got:

Land of Gravityand Alternation

Bane of Shape

Your interests include Biology and Art.

You wield the hammerKind specibus and have combined your War Hammer with your Genetic Horror and Charcoal to create your awesome weapon.

Your chumHandle is directoryTrickster.

The consorts of your land are timid hot pink otters who like knowledge.

Edit: I cheated and got another nice one.

Land of Chargeand Contrast

Rogueof Height

Your interests include Engineering and Collectibles.

You wield the explosivesKind specibus and have combined your Dynamite with your Car Engine and Sonic Screwdriver to create your awesome weapon.

Your chumHandle is hotbloodedQuestioner.

The consorts of your land are arrogant white giraffes who like beauty.
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (ichikitty)
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 09:29 pm

You Are 35% Left Brained, 65% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 04:43 pm
Ganked from [personal profile] andraste, because it looks fun.

Give me a pairing/threesome/moresome and I will tell you:

1. What they most commonly do during sex
2. Who has prettier hair
3. What they argue about most often
4. Who'd cope best if the other one died
5. The happiest plausible happily-ever-after I can think of for them.

Edited: to allow for OT3s and the like =)
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (morning rain)
Monday, May 16th, 2011 09:18 am
Here we are at the end!

21. What's your favourite thing about Dreamwidth?

The space it gives me - I am most myself on this website than anywhere else, and I can wander into other people's spaces as and when I want.

Thanks to the Dreamwidth team and all the other users here!

Full list of qns )