fay_e: Text: I'm dreaming away, wishing that heroes they truly exist (wishing heroes exist)
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 10:45 am
Everyone must watch the Martian immediately!!!

The Martian is for people who wonder at space and space travel and visiting other planets and sciencing your way through problems, especially the NASA type.

The Martian is for people who enjoy laughing at gallows humour and moments of "this is ridiculous why are we doing it" and then continuing to science in that manner anyway.

The Martian is for people who want to see men and women of all races and nationalities behaving competently, with their roots being acknowledged without the other extreme of highlighting it in neon.

The Martian is for people who cry at the isolation of astronauts and at rocket explosions and yet still fight for space travel because this is what the men and women who went into space would have wanted, because the hope is always greater than the risks.

Why are you still reading this? Go and watch the Martian immediately!

Oh you're waiting for spoilers )
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: It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart (speak right to my heart)
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 09:23 pm
This trailer for The Little Prince movie made me cry, because The Little Prince was just so important to my life, and the trailer made me remember the sentiment of reading the bits of the story that were quoted in the trailer.
fay_e: Text: I'm dreaming away, wishing that heroes they truly exist (wishing heroes exist)
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 04:00 pm
At the risk of bringing too much RL in, I would like to say that this is the best tribute I've read all week: AN ANKH-MORPORKIAN TRIBUTE.

Although the idea of Pterry and the person who inspired the tribute meeting in the afterlife is kind of terrifying. Terrifyingly possible, but also terrifying.
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 03:31 pm
Due to some RL happenings, I was looking for a good place to write my thoughts. I found myself thinking that there was no good place, then had to stop and go, "waaaaaaaaaait a minute". How can that be possible when I have a DW, an LJ, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter...

I realise that now I have an uneasy relationship with social media. Perhaps it's from the old days when online and offline were kept pretty separate. Now everyone I know has Facebook, and sometimes I write Facebook posts with specific friends in mind.

But my attempt at keeping RL out of my DW/LJ is kind of ridiculous. Writing is so much part of my day-to-day that the little hints of what I do offline creep in. Even my latest reading was prompted by RL happenings that I learned about from both FB and Tumblr. And I do have a "life is weird" tag.

Yet I won't put things about my writing and reading on FB. Yes, there are friends on FB who know about my writing, but there's also colleagues and ex-classmates. I'd rather put pictures of food and holiday photos and share random tech articles with them. (Though maybe DW/LJ folks might appreciate these...)

Maybe I'm not comfortable in my identity (identities?) yet. After all this thinking, I'm probably not going to put the RL happening that triggered this thought here. It strikes a little too close to home (literally).
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
Friday, March 13th, 2015 11:30 pm
I have a very curious habit when it comes to books, because I almost only ever borrow them from libraries. I guess I developed that habit because I had the fortune of having access to many good libraries1 in my time2, and my reading habits outstripped my spending ability3

When I turned 16 I was in a good library located near the lecture theatre my lessons were held at. The gravitational eddies of the fiction section had tugged me somewhere in the P section, and I found myself staring at a collection of books with garishly coloured covers. One of these had witches and wizards facing each other underneath a title that screamed "Equal Rites", and just so happened to be written by a person called Terry Pratchett.

Why not? I figured, and borrowed the book.

Cut for reminiscing )

So this is an tribute to Pterry for being a part of my life, no matter how late he entered it or how early he left. He'll be missed, even as the friends he brought are just a book away, waiting to be opened so that his voice can reach out to me from Discworld all over again. And while the cynical side of says yeah yeah he had to go sometime, like his characters and stories there's the hope that Death, perhaps, could be just as he had imagined.

Foonotes )
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (morning rain)
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 01:02 pm
I had Grand Plans! of making a 1 January post, but then I was too busy watching the countdowns. And then I had Grand Plans!! of finishing the novel before I went for my holiday, but I forgot that 15 days is not a lot of time, and then my brain kicked a fuss and only wanted to write 350 words a day...

So I tricked my brain a little by writing in ilys where my brain was convinced that I hadn't written anything because it couldn't see the words until I reached the word count of choice. Of course, that posed problems of its own, such as when my mom called me at the 200 word mark and then I completely forgot what I had written before and couldn't see anything because I had set the limit in ilys to 350 words.

With that, my progress isn't bad as the novel now stands at 45,898 words. I already know I have to hack it apart and put certain scenes in different order, but in terms of rewriting it actually doesn't seem as difficult as it sounds. Of course, we'll see if I say different after I get back from my trip, especially since I'll be starting a new assignment at work then. All of the things to do!

But first, holiday. I'm off to the very sunny Melbourne, which is only different from my current place in that the sun is even sunnier. 40 deg C sunnier. See you all in a week!
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
Monday, January 6th, 2014 02:38 pm
F-list! I need your opinions on something!

In wandering the web, I found a fun fact - I thought I was alone in needing a reread to fall in love with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. But no! I discovered that someone else was commenting about the same thing. In her case, it was because she thought the POV character was rather self-absorbed and it took her a while to get over that hurdle.

For me, it was the circumstances under which I read Pride and Prejudice. We were supposed to read Pride and Prejudice for a book review, and due to shenanigans regarding reading arrangements, I ended up with only 2 weeks to finish the whole book. I didn't think it was a problem because I could speed read. But I had forgotten one major thing - Jane Austen wrote in the language of a different era, like damned Shakespeare.

So I got mired in the language until I was just so frustrated at having to muck my way through that I couldn't enjoy the story anymore. Only until I got to the end where the plot managed to lift itself above the language (or I got used to reading it) did I look up and go, "That was fun! I wanna go again! WHEEEEEEEE."

So what about the f-list? Did you need to reread your Jane Austen in order to fall in love with her stories? Tell me!
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: I am not afraid to keep on living (not afraid to live)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013 08:33 am
Finding the crush on the trains intolerable, I've started taking the bus to work. It's a very different experience because the bus is more open, and the route is straight down an expressway rather than stopping multiple times along a train track.

It does wonders for the writing kind, having such a long length of uninterrupted time. On the more morbid front, there are the traffic accidents.

cut for description of accident )

My creative mind, ladies and gentlemen. That might explain why I'm having Inception type dreams with layers again, though the layer just before waking has now seemed to gain something that tried to strangle me. We'll see if the situation improves tonight.
fay_e: Text: This shit is bananas, b.a.n.a.n.a.s (I don't know) (bananas)
Monday, November 18th, 2013 10:52 am
I've been an active (reader, not poster) on LJ/DW for some time, and I've gotten pretty used to having just having community posts on my dash. Lately, people have been posting and I feel really happy about it!

It made me realise that I haven't posted in just as long to simply update everyone on how I'm doing. Part of it is due to busyness, while the other part of it is due to the fear of jinxing stuff.

For the latter, I guess it's time to admit that I am doing NaNo. I'm writing an original novel that I hope to use as a means to suss out what the publishing scene is like, and not be completely devasted about when no one picks it up (oh who am I kidding, I will be). So far, in NaNo word count I'm doing pretty well, losing only a day despite falling sick twice.

More importantly, I've been learning things about my writing style that I wouldn't have learnt if I hadn't had to tackle my own universe. I tend to write in a very scene-based manner - an image will pop into my mind, and I'll write it down before going into the mechanics of how the scene happened. It's kind of exciting, but also weird because that means that I know just as much as the reader about the universe at that point.

I also learned that I hate hate hate writing descriptions. I'm more interested in the snazzy dialogue, and when you ask me about where the conversation is taking place, or what the people look like, I'd start and get very bored and do something else. It's funny because descriptions of surroundings are what I grok on in stories.

Alright, back to actual NaNoing now. With luck, I'll get to writing about watching Thor tomorrow.
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
Friday, January 4th, 2013 02:47 am

I need to use the hell out of it. Some stories to come later~
fay_e: Text: if I told you a secret will you hold it and keep it alive (secret)
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 12:12 am
This post is brought to you by the following question: Why don't I have either

a) Lady Gaga
b) Florence + the Machines, or
c) Ke$ha

mp3s on my computer???

This post is also brought to you by man, it's been forever since I posted. My excuse is that my course is way too busy for it to be even sensible. Even in the holidays, I've been doing numeracy tests. What is my life =(.

Other than that, it's been quiet because this is Christmas break month. The sun sets way earlier than I'm used to, which means that I get all lazy and sleep at 9pm and only wake up maybe another 12 hours later, when the sun does actually rise. I used to joke that I'm a plant - in this context, when I have other things to do other than sleep, it's not really very funny!

Even so, I've been writing a lot, and have gotten back to 750 words after not touching it for the... entire semester. I've also had a chance to catch up on my websurfing.

One of the really fun things I found was Diane Duane's tumblr. If I didn't know already this woman was awesome, reading her tumblr would confirm that.

She also described why I have a partnership kink when I had no idea how to put it into words. She did that in a post about the links between Sherlock and Star Trek. (I TOLD you she was awesome.) I'll quote liberally from it:

"It’s about growth, and what each of these men has to teach the other over time... Each man is going to make the other whole — though there’ll be the usual missteps and kicking and screaming along the way. But this is what makes for great and satisfying drama: characters who change each other and are changed themselves — not running together like two drops of water into one, but each growing more perfect in the exercise of some unique gift — say, the conduction of light or the reception of it — simply because of the other’s continued and reliable presence in an otherwise unreliable world."

Aaaaaah, partnership kink. *basks in that great description*
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (morning rain)
Friday, September 14th, 2012 11:37 pm

*falls over*
fay_e: Text: I'm dreaming away, wishing that heroes they truly exist (wishing heroes exist)
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 04:08 pm
Hello everyone! I’m here to finally explain the reason for my long absence: at the end of August, I carted my things halfway across the world to start my studies in Cambridge, UK.

Even though I “moved in” to my college room on 30 August, I’m still in the process of settling down. I hung out with my parents a lot, and then my whole family went to London for a week. Now I’m getting integrated with the community, and developing my own rhythm of doing things. This is my first time living on my own, and I have had to make changes to accommodate this change! =)

A couple of things that I learned:

It is a place of learning after all )

I've also had some weird dreams.

How weird? Just take a look at this... )
fay_e: Text: Travelling I only stop at exits (only stop at exits)
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: if I told you a secret will you hold it and keep it alive (secret)
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 12:32 pm
It occured to me that I haven't had a proper fandom in a long time - not one that I got as immersed in as Bleach. In between fluttering around my various fandoms (and writing crossovers!), it started to be harder and harder to match icons to what I was writing.

I made a bunch of text icons a while back and really wanted to use them too. Somehow, these two things came together perfectly, and I decided that I ought to put all the text icons up.

It's harder than I expected! Though I hadn't used some of my fannish icons in a long while, they're associated with things that I did in the past. Sometimes just looking at them makes me remember what kind of moods I had when I used certain icons. It's nostalgic.

However, since this week seems to be the season for change, what with me flying off and everything, I thought I ought to just knuckle down and change my icons.

I hope you like my icons. I find them pretty.
fay_e: Text: how she rocks in keds and tube socks (rocks keds and tube socks)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 10:20 am
Today I watched Brave with the usual gang of old classmates, and it's kind of an amazing movie for what is covered.

I had actually heard a lot about the movie since its production, since people on DW kept posting stills and talking about the story. It was a surprising story about a mother and her daughter. It was touted as a feminist movie.

And guess what, it actually is )

In conclusion - can we have more princesses like Merida please?
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (rukia blue skies)
Sunday, July 8th, 2012 11:56 am
I went to watch the new version of Spiderman (aka The Amazing Spiderman) yesterday. The old classmates I was with wanted to spring for 3D surprisingly, so that's what we ended up watching. If you're thinking about it, I'd say don't go for the 3D - it's not that spectacular.

It was quite an enjoyable show. It was a nice retelling and upgrade of the same origin story that we're familiar with. Even the side storyline involving Peter's father was quite intriguing and helped pull some of the storylines along.

Unlike the previous trilogy, you could really tell that you were in New York city in the movie. I might not be entirely familiar with the New York city skyline, but I did recognise quite a few of the buildings. And the streets of New York were closer to what I remember them to be.

Whoever choreographed the fight scenes deserve kudos as well. I liked the fighting style of this Spiderman better, and it made for a good contrast to the fighting style of the Lizard. Plus the police actually got to do stuff, though it was probably more to the bigger role that Captain Stacey was supposed to play.

Andrew Garfield is really cute and Emma Rose was awesome as Gwen Stacey. I loved loved loved that the romantic love interest got to do more than stand around. She was actually quite instrumental in the plot and was Spiderman's equal when it came to the main action. I loved the wisecracks too. Spiderman sometimes as a motormouth, and we got to see it here. I kind of enjoyed that.

But is this my Spiderman?

My answer )
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 )