Oct. 18th, 2015 03:17 am
ladybug_archive: (ginger_lou)
Every time I think about the fact that I need to sit down and write an entry, I think, "But I have so many other things I need to do that need doing more!" And then things drag on and on until everything I need to write about has piled up so much I wonder how to ever get it done at all. That's why I barely write in my offline journal, which isn't a good thing.

Basically, birthday shopping trip ended up happening the day before, due to a $12 off coupon that expired on Saturday, and then Dad insisted we had to go to a place he wanted to go to or he wouldn't go at all, and they weren't open on Saturday. We didn't end up making it there anyway, and luckily he didn't really mean what he said and he let us go just for a fun birthday time.

I didn't end up getting the doll two-pack, as I couldn't find it for less than full price and I ended up having other things I wanted to make sure I had money for. But I'm still longing to get that. Gazed at it longingly in K-Mart last week. Maybe soon. I also still really want the Applejack archery doll. I just adore her; she's so autumny! And ever since I realized how much I really am like Applejack, I've felt much more of a kinship with her and like her a lot more (although she was already on the rise of my favorites before that).

I got DJ at Build-a-Bear, after an exceptionally long struggle over whether to get her or the cat/tiger I like. I could have got both, actually, with the 2 for $35 sale and the coupon both, but I had other places to go and didn't really want to spend all my available money in one locale. I also noted that the Halloween bat plushie has extremely soft fur, and even though I didn't think I'd want a bat plushie, I really kind of liked that bat and I wonder if I might want to get it sometime this month. I still have my birthday coupon, which couldn't be combined with the $12 off coupon. It's good through the month.

I saw some cat plushies at Toys R Us I absolutely adored, especially a Maine Coon! It's been years since I've seen cat plushies other than tabbies or whites. It was too expensive; $20 for a size that would have cost maybe $12 years ago, but it is an FAO Schwartz plushie, so very high quality. I might have to get it sometime. It was gray and had green eyes, so I'd kind of like it to represent Jane the Silver Persian.

I also had a Jo-Ann's coupon, so I decided I'd go there and look for plushies that might work for Sean and Barry. I only found one that I thought might work, so I got that for Sean and then got some material at Wal-Mart. I immediately began crafting the next day. Unfortunately, I had the wrong yarn color, so I had to wait until Monday to work with that, but I did get the ears and the brown part of the hair done. I just had to use my leftover muslin for the ears (and I think I might still be able to get one more pair out of the piece!) and leftover mohair from the Hamilton plush. I wish it was longer and curlier, but it's okay at least for now. I also started the blue shirt.

I puzzled for ages on how to attach the yarn and worried that I'd have to seal it with an open flame. Then someone at the craft comm presented a solution so simple I could hardly believe I hadn't thought of it: take a piece of yarn twice as long, twist it, and sew it down on the loop. That also saves time, as two braids get attached at once!

On Monday I searched and searched and couldn't find yarn in exactly the right color, but I found something that I hoped was close enough. I also got black fabric for the pants then. I wanted a light pink for the tie, but couldn't find any in the right material. Later I found a strip of light pink in exactly the right color that I had at home from my Rouge costume. I'd forgotten I'd bought that! I decided hot pink worked better for her and didn't use the light pink. I thought it would never get used. But it was exactly the length I needed for the tie! I was thrilled.

I also wanted Sharpie to make the face. I had to borrow a friend's brown Sharpie before, to make Lou, but I felt I should have my own, especially since I keep wanting to make these every now and then and I will be making at least one more (Barry). And I didn't really want to wait several days until I could maybe get my friend's again. Plus I needed a new black marker anyway. It frustrates me that I can only get brown in a set, but when I found a set for only $4 something after think it cost $6 something or even $8 something, I was over the moon enough that I picked that up too. I like making the face right away, as that brings the plushie to life for me.

I wanted elastic for suspenders, but I could never find any in the right color. The elastic was patterned, what the heck. No solid colors! Then I thought of bias tape, but I was low on funds and wasn't sure I wanted to pay for that. I thought maybe I could use leftover black cotton from the pants. It would take longer, since I'd have to do more sewing to use that, but I decided it would be worth it to save a little money.

Long story short, everything came together. The face shape wasn't quite right, as I knew it wouldn't be, but I really tried my best. The things I am most proud of are the yarn, the suspenders, and the fedora hat. I wasn't going to make one of those, especially when I couldn't find a decent tutorial, but then Wal-Mart had felt in exactly the right color and I thought maybe I'd give it a go and try to make it from common sense. And honestly, that worked! It looks really good. The only thing I haven't been able to do is dent it like a proper fedora. Still considering ways to do that.

I'll try to get pictures soon, but I'm not sure when I'll be able to, as we don't have a working digital camera and we rarely develop film. And my Twilight costume is not working out (can't find the right wig anywhere and now I'm broke after buying the third Equestria Girls movie, but that's okay; I'd rather have something I'll enjoy many times than something I'll likely only wear a couple of times), so I'll probably have to do something ghetto. I am determined to be a Twilight, but instead of Pony Twilight turned human, I'll probably have to be Pony Twilight as Pony. I have a purple sports suit I can wear, and maybe I can make construction paper ears and bangs/fringe. I'll still paint her symbol on my cheek. But the costume will be so simple, I don't know if I'll want pictures of it. Maybe I'll just use it for the girls' party next week and try to do something different on Halloween.

Anyway, maybe I can take Sean to the party and have one of the other leaders take a couple of pictures of him with her phone. If I don't do that (and maybe I'd rather not, since I don't know what kind of treatment he might get from the well-meaning but hyper girls), then I'll have to find a chance to get some film and take pictures the old-fashioned way. Gah, it makes me cringe that it costs $10 to develop one roll of film these days....

Let's see.... Other projects.... I'm planning the party and I'm trying to think of fun, harmless Halloween songs for it. (I am heartbroken that I likely can't use my favorite Halloween song, Zombie Jamboree, unless I use Kevin's version and I don't care for his version with the zombies falling apart humor in the bridge. I like Sean's versions much better, but a song that goes "I don't give a damn" at a church party for 8-11 year-olds ... yeaaah, not a good idea.) So I listened to Halloween songs on YouTube the other night. When I played Ghostbusters, I got this image of making a music video with pictures from my Ginger and Lou comic and other pictures I could draw that would have them fighting the supernatural. LOL. Of course, no one would even care about that other than me, and I'd probably get a lot of thumbs-down and "WTH is this" if I posted it on YouTube, but the idea really amuses me. Ginger and Lou end up as ghostbusters in my stories very often, sometimes because I'm writing creepy Halloween fics and sometimes because the prompts take me in that direction and sometimes because it just plain amuses me.

I'm looking for a wig for the Barry doll and am annoyed that I'm getting lots of listings for wigs in fancy styles. I can't find one simple brown wig with hair long enough to pull back into a ponytail. (I want the season 1 look; I love that thick ponytail!) There must be one somewhere; I'll keep looking. This trouble definitely makes me amazed that I found exactly the right wig for Ginger, and so easily.

Also wondering if I'll be able to find green fabric for his shirt. I think sometimes he wore light blue, but since I opted to give Sean blue and asked for Haruka Kou to make Scott with a blue shirt, I'd rather not have Barry wear blue too. But I'm worried that I'll only be able to find forest green and that is totally the wrong color. Maybe I'll have to review the colors Barry wore in only season 1 and pick one of those. I really wanted green, though, like the dark green he wore in the full-length Zombie Jamboree performance and in some of the other season 1 and beyond episodes.

Crystal and I have been having fun breathing new life into our steady RP ever since Crystal's enthusiasm started us on a second Carmen renaissance, and we just did a powerful and poignant arc based on The Hardy Boys episode Sole Survivor. Part of me really wants to make a fic version of it. The other part isn't sure I'd be comfortable with that. But I'm going to attempt it and see if I like what starts coming out. Naturally, as with all my fic versions of RPs, some things would be changed. I'd try to patch up a couple of small plotholes, for one thing. And I really want Snakes to be involved, since he was key in the RP, but since his association with the guys is different in the fics, his involvement would be different too. I'm already planning how to work him in.

I also need to finish A Change in My Life, I know. I have chapter 9 started. And I'm almost done with the Perry fic! Just the epilogue to go, squeeee. Then I'm slightly considering a story in three or four parts with Della and Sergeant Brice and maybe Andy puzzling over the mystery I sent them and the others on three years ago in a disturbing place called the Twilight House, based on recurring houses from my dreams. I always meant to return to that storyline, but didn't have the chance. If I could do it at Halloweentime, it would be perfect.
ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
So the Pony episode this past day was really good; I think it was another of the best ones this season. But for me, that was just an appetizer before the entree, the Equestria Girls movie!

I was worried that someone might not put it up tonight, so I decided to try to get in on a live stream, even though those have never worked for me. I tried one on The Brony Network after being unable to find a YouTube one, but the connection just didn't hold. I went back to YouTube and figured I'd watch the first ten minutes clip that's been up, and instead I found a live stream that wasn't in my previous search for some reason. By that time the movie was already on, but I was able to get in on a good chunk of it. The stream kept cutting out and I'd have to start over, but I got to see many of the best parts. And then someone did put it up, so I've been able to see it in full now!

Eeeee, I'm so excited for the DVD release on the 13th.... I wish it would be in time for my birthday, but I'm glad the wait isn't too much longer.

Honestly, I seriously adored the movie. Mild spoilers )

Also, I always get excited because it's so uncanny how Sunset Shimmer runs these accidental parallels with the way I developed Snakes' character. They're both antagonists who ended up being shown true friendship and wanting to turn their lives around and are trying to figure out what friendship is about. And now one of my RP versions of Snakes is starting to try to pay forward the good he's been taught. It's very interesting how RPs can grow and develop and things like that can happen without it being planned on at all. I have no idea how that will turn out, but it's just kind of neat to explore that side of Snakes no matter what comes of it.

I just wish I had a place to really share my enthusiasm with other movie fans. The LJ comm is so dead. And the Pony forum I'm on is so often critical of both the TV series and the movies. Sometimes not without cause, but they also nitpick a lot instead of being able to enjoy the good. I have certain complaints of my own, especially with the series, but I still love it in spite of its flaws. Its missteps haven't reached Once Upon a Time levels of bad; hopefully that will never happen.

Ah well. Overall, such a really satisfying evening and a perfect early birthday present. I'm ecstatic.
ladybug_archive: (ecks_wye)
So I got the ficlet written and posted. It felt strange signing into the [livejournal.com profile] ladybug_tales account again, but it was nice. I altered the information in the intro post, Stickied it, and put up the ficlet. Overall, I felt pretty comfortable with the experiment and will definitely be trying some more.

At this point I'm not sure in what direction the fics are going to go, though, because while I plan to finish the hanging ones and maybe write a new haunted house one, what I seem to be the most fascinated in focusing on right now is the Dying Informant character. I'm pondering on how to write him as knowledgeable and mature, yet unlucky enough to have so many problems and maybe just a little over-dramatic. Maybe I'm so intrigued because he definitely is a fictional character and therefore I feel like I have a bit more license to develop him, but the line between real and fictional seems very blurred when it comes to the Musicnet agents as a group (even though I know it's there, especially after the backstory reveal in season 3). I'm toying with the thought of a short introspective piece of him pondering on his work and his misfortunes, as well as a fic where he meets Snakes. (The others would be around in the latter fic, too.) That should definitely be interesting, considering that in the RP with Crystal, Snakes has latched on to the ACME crew and works at ACME teaching agents the fine points of gambling in case they have to go undercover and appear to know that information. In the RP, Snakes is more awkward and insecure and unsure of himself, because he's with a group of close friends and feels like he's a student, learning from them about friendship. In the fics, Snakes is learning about friendship too, but he usually seems a little more prickly, cynical, and worn-out. He's an interesting series of contrasts.

I also had a dream that I only remember vaguely, but part of it involved Ecks and Wye. They were at some sort of private university/school, I think, held in a refurbished mansion, and they were talking with some scientist. At one point they exchanged a silent look, picking up on information without speaking. They seemed to be thinking about the case as well as being thoughtful of each other's needs. I need to start that next U.N.C.L.E. fic....

Then I'm tinkering with the Steve Drumm noir parody and I'm not sure what to make of it. I was hoping I was wrapping it up, but now I'm not sure it should finish at this point. I'm wondering if I should do the noir twist of the fake ending and have Steve and Brice suddenly realize that the truth of the case is upsidedown and backwards. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions....
ladybug_archive: (duke_fallen)
Woke up looking for tapes for my shows tonight and happened to glance at my YGO DVD set that's the first half of season 1. I plan to get some more of those at some point, but since I do have video copies of every episode in English, I haven't been bending over backwards to hurry and get more.

I was thinking on how I think my favorite arcs are the first two: Duelist Kingdom and Battle City. I liked Noa's arc up to the point where Tristan had his "accident"; as glad as I was that the robot monkey thing was all virtual reality and not real, that was still getting too, too weird for me. I did like Seto's duel with Noa, though.

When they finally got out of the VR world, the Battle Tower wrap-up of Battle City was mostly tedious. Every duel seemed to take forever. Yugi and Seto was six episodes. Seriously? Joey and Yami Marik was four and Yami Yugi and Yami Marik was five. The best thing about the Battle Tower episodes was the Ishtar family squee.

Doom arc I love for the bikers, but it's a really depressing arc, with Mai going bad because Yami Marik emotionally destroyed her during Battle City and so many characters losing their souls. Of course, there was soul loss during Duelist Kingdom too, but aside from Yugi's grandpa, it was for a much shorter time than in Doom arc. Or it seemed like it, anyway ... though I guess Mokuba spent quite a long time soulless. I love any scrap of screentime the bikers have, and Duke had some great scenes too, but I hate wading through all the depressing stuff.

Grand Prix was honestly a really nice break from all the heavy stuff. I love Siegfried and still delight to remember how he beat Weevil and Rex in one move. It was a fun, light-hearted arc, and aside from the awful Vivian, I quite enjoyed it. I didn't realize how much I and the characters needed a break from the dark stuff until Grand Prix came along. And to think I was lukewarm about it at first because it was filler.

The Pharaoh's Memories arc is ... I'm not sure. I like that they put Seto in it; not having him in the manga version of the arc was a terrible omission. But the anime version doesn't have as many of the deep scenes with Thief King Bakura that the manga does. And I have mixed feelings about the very last saga, where Yami Yugi crosses over to the afterlife at long last. It's great to think that he can finally be at rest and that Yugi has matured enough to stand on his own, but it's sad to think of them being separated. And the dub version cuts out the epilogue scene where it shows what most of the characters we've seen throughout the series are up to.

And I thought about Duke some more, too. He and Tristan have some interesting interaction. Tristan always seems worried about Duke if it looks like Duke is hurt or worse. There's some mini hurt/comfort in Noa's arc when Tristan wakes up and finds Duke slumped next to him. And Tristan really seems to freak out and be upset and distraught when Noa encases Duke in stone.

But it's hard for me to get past Tristan not trusting Duke. They weren't allowed to discuss their strategies when they and Serenity were forced to duel against one of the Big Five, and Tristan decided that Duke was just out for himself because his strategy didn't involve protecting Serenity even though that was not helping anything long-term and it was just causing Tristan's lifepoints to whittle down to nothing. The Big Five guy was deliberately targeting Serenity because he was trying to get the guys to protect her and lose the game for all three of them. Duke's strategy was to try to save all of them, not just Serenity, and he knew that if Tristan just let himself lose it wouldn't help any of them, including Serenity. But he couldn't say anything about it and Tristan didn't trust that he had a plan that would be good for everyone. So Tristan kept doing his own thing and did end up losing. Then it was up to Duke alone to win, since Serenity really didn't know how to play the game. (Although if I remember right, she did end up turning out a couple of cool moves.)

It's one thing for friends to argue all the time, if that's just how they show affection, but when they can't even trust each other during life-and-death situations, it's really hard for me to believe that they're really close. I guess that's why the common fangirl ideas of Duke and Tristan as being really close friends (or even lovers) just leaves me cold. Tristan might be upset for Duke to be hurt or killed, but most decent people would be upset by that. If he can't trust Duke, after Duke should have already proven himself an ally, there's something wrong somewhere.

Of course, there is the fact that from the time Tristan and Serenity were saved from Rare Hunters by Duke to the beginning of Noa's arc was, I believe, one 24-hour period. Yes, this show really crams a lot of adventures into one day, just like what happens in a lot of my stories. Tristan and Duke had that fight on the roof in between (and the dub really made Duke sound awful in it, whereas in the Japanese he didn't say anything like that) and their rivalry over Serenity was definitely well-established. Naturally Tristan's distrust of Duke had a lot to do with his crush on Serenity and his feeling that Duke wasn't good for her (and perhaps anime Duke really wouldn't be; I still detest the changes they made to his character for his anime introduction arc). And the short period of time between events didn't allow for Tristan and Duke to really become friends. Tristan's distress over Duke's fate at Noa's hands was not the distress of someone who has lost a dear friend. They didn't know each other well enough for that.

The rest of Noa's arc may have taken place over the course of one day; I'm still unclear how long they were there. Battle Tower was all one day, I think, and then Duke went his own way again. He and Tristan may have been willing to bunk together out of necessity in both Battle City and Doom arcs, but neither arc had them having known each other enough to be doing that because they were close. However, out of all of Yugi's friends, Tristan is probably the one Duke has had the most interaction with and the one he felt most comfortable with. I can't see Duke bunking with Joey, for instance.

Then there's the fact that Yugi and company didn't even tell Duke about things in Pharaoh's Memories arc; Yugi felt guilty and admitted that he had forgotten. Duke said he understood, and he probably did; he was a loner and only came on their adventures if he either invited himself or was dragged into it by the bad guys. But perhaps he was a loner partially because he didn't fully feel like he had been accepted into the circle. Yugi wouldn't forget to tell Joey, Tristan, and Tea, so for Duke to be omitted definitely says that he is not as deeply in the friendship as the original four. And it doesn't help that his business is right across the street from Yugi's house. It seems pretty hard to forget a friend if they're right there.

I'm sure the fault is a bit on both sides; Duke is a loner and maybe Yugi and company think he prefers it that way. Maybe he does, but the fact that he comes right out with Yugi's grandpa as soon as he does find out what's going on suggests that at least part of him does want to be involved. It's a sticky problem, and in my fic Desperado I tried to explore it from both sides.

My YGO fics are mainly divided into two groups. The earlier ones, which I wrote while the show was still airing in first-run, have the whole group as buddy-buddy, including Duke. A couple years after the show finished, I started writing for it again, and reviewing the episodes gave me new perspectives on things, including how Duke sometimes seems excluded from the tight-knit group of the original four. In addition, the manga strongly suggests that Duke is not really part of the group and still doesn't fully grasp the idea of friendship. Those newer fics, up to the present, follow those concepts, especially anime-wise. But he does come to realize the value and reality of friendship, mostly through the store manager character who is obviously pretty close to him judging from their canonical conversation in episode #46.

I'm not sure I can ever un-see those concepts. I always explored the loner-Duke idea to some extent; even when writing the first batch of stories, the song Where Will You Go? was always Duke's image song, and he was quite a loner in the RP with Aubrie. So I guess I've just expanded on those ideas since then.

I feel like re-reading some of those fics and maybe writing some more. I often feel like that and don't really do it, but maybe this time I will.

I kind of wish I could do a Duke RP exploring some more of these ideas, but it would probably need to be a clean-slate RP and not one deeply entwined in canon of its own, so that is unlikely to be able to happen. Once I get an RP going with someone, it very quickly develops canon of its own, which is the case with the one steady RP I currently have going that sometimes involves YGO characters. And its Duke arcs have already covered some of those ideas, as well as the events of my Lead Me Through the Fire and Close Your Eyes, Clear Your Heart fics.

I miss the days when I had several RPs going at once. But I'm of course grateful to have any RPs still going at all. They are fun times.

Jim West

Oct. 16th, 2014 10:10 pm
ladybug_archive: (coley_lafe)
Been watching a lot of The Wild Wild West, because there's so many episodes perfect for Halloween creepiness. I love Jim West even more than ever and I feel like I've gotten a better handle on his voice and personality this time around. I've been involving him more in the WWW RP I do and am pleased with that.

I also re-read my fic The Night of the Lazarus and was disappointed in myself for not being able to feel like I could write for Jim well enough to have him in more scenes. That whole trilogy had more of Arte, I think, simply because I found him easier to write in those particular scenarios. But that resulted in some people thinking I like Arte best, which I just don't. I love his friendship with Jim and squee over it, but for me, Jim is the star and he is capable of carrying the show without Arte if he has to. I like all of the Arte-less episodes in season 4, except Tycoons.

I'm also thinking seriously again about getting that official Jim figure. I keep trying to get a good look at it to see if it really looks like him, but for some reason people just aren't cooperative posting their pictures of it. From what I can see, he looks like Jim to me, and the only commentary I've been able to find on the figure seems to be positive.

I suppose I could ask if anyone has one on the forum, but I'm honestly happiest staying away from the forums, save the FF.net one, and I don't know if it has enough membership to try it out there.
ladybug_archive: (snakes)
Bleh. Saturday was spent mostly in pain. I hate when that happens, especially when it's so bad I can barely think straight. The only good thing about it is that when it's that harsh, it's usually gone sometime the next day. I'm definitely grateful for that, but I feel bad that I really couldn't converse with people when I was trying to.

This past week I've been amused thinking back to when I first became interested in Boba Fett. I had the figure of my brother's, as mentioned, and I wondered who he was. Mom and I looked on the figure chart and found his name. Then I wanted to see him in action, so we watched the Star Wars films again (or rather, the latter two, since we didn't have a copy of A New Hope back then) and ... well, it was pretty much instant intrigue.

Then I started doing very strange things. I had Kit and Molly from Talespin become Boba Fett's wards. I don't know what happened to Rebecca. I do remember at that time I was on the rocks with Baloo, which was totally unfair to him. I think it started because I didn't like the way he acted in the episode Stormy Weather, which was childish of me since he was only worried about Kit getting in with a creep and doing dangerous things. But so anyway ... Kit and Molly were Boba Fett's wards. And I made up silly posters on some pink paper one of my aunts gave me that said "The Kit and Molly Show! With Boba Fett Too!"

Mom thought it would be nice to give her one of the posters, so she could see I was enjoying the paper. So I did, and she read it aloud and Dad was there and went, "... Hey, isn't that the guy from Star Wars?" and I wanted to sink into the floor.

I also remember that one of my first hurt/comfort adventures involved Kit bringing Boba Fett ... somewhere, and saying he wouldn't wake up, or something (I was six; I don't think I knew a big word like "unconscious" yet). And then after a while I was embarrassed by the whole thing and when I had him wake up, I wasn't sure how to have Kit react and it was all very weird.

I used to occasionally draw Boba Fett, but all that armor was confusing to figure out, so I didn't do it very often. I did draw Kit and Molly a lot, badly. Mom drew better, and I'd have her draw paper dolls of all the characters we used in our stories. So there were the paper doll storylines and the action figure storylines. Later on, since later we mostly played with figures and there weren't existing figures for everyone I wanted in the stories, we developed a verbal-only storyline that we still have ongoing today.

I remember other oddball adventures back in the day like Kit being a brat and pretending he had amnesia and saying his name was Guacamole, because I thought that was a hilarious word. LOL. Poor Kit. I did such weird, weird things when I was a kid. And I had no concept of OOCness.

Leonardo Turtle owned a restaurant with his brothers. Probably a pizza parlor. LOL. Later on he sold it to Rebecca.

Don Karnage and Mad Dog hung out together. I wasn't crazy about Dumptruck or Gibber, so they weren't there. Over time, Karnage and Mad Dog pretty much became OCs rather than the Talespin characters. Eventually they really only shared the names and a couple of key personality traits (Karnage's conceit, Mad Dog's whining). I even redesigned them as other animals (Karnage as an Alaskan Malamute, Mad Dog as a Siberian Husky). The OC versions became the central characters in the stories I used to write and sell in the old neighborhood to get money. I also created a skunk character, Jackly the Pew, who was originally based on the Tiny Toon Adventures character Jonny Pew. (Jonny ended up being Jackly's brother.)

I created a whole bunch of skunk characters actually. I loved Fifi on Tiny Toons and she entered the storyline, as did Miss Skunky (an orange skunk who cameos with Jonny Pew in the episode), Red-and-White (a blundered version of Miss Skunky when I couldn't remember what she looked like), and a collection of girls either inspired by Fifi or who were early attempts at drawing Fifi when I didn't have a picture to be looked at: Viva, Vivi, Vifa.... Vifa, who started out as a sweet girl, eventually showed her true colors as a femme fatale and became one of my primary antagonists even today (albeit as a human version, not a skunk). I first tried that in my sixth YGO mystery and it continued from there.

Later, Vifa developed a twin sister named Flo. Flo was originally just Vifa in disguise, but then I wanted her to be another actual character. For the longest time, I had trouble giving her a separate personality from Vifa, but recently I differentiated them by having Vifa interested in money and jewels and Florence interested in power. Vifa could be pettily bent on revenge, while Florence didn't usually bother with that. Lately, however, she has gotten so frustrated with Ginger and Lou overturning her plans against them that she has made it a personal goal to defeat them someday.

Meanwhile, Jackly (or Pew, as we started mostly calling him) started out as an antagonist, frustrated by Karnage doing stupid conceited things and Mad Dog being embarrassed and whining and bawling about it. It was only after Karnage enlisted in the Army that Pew started becoming friends with Mad Dog. Eventually, they actually became closer friends than Mad Dog and Karnage had been.

Karnage drove General Stilton (from The Cat From Outer Space movie) utterly mad with his nonsense of wanting to look in mirrors and shiny hubcaps and anything else that resembled a mirror. Karnage eventually made friends with Corporal Klinger from M*A*S*H. Yes, we said "Screw time periods!" and pretty much added anyone we wanted. The setting was the present day, but anyone could wander in from other eras, at the same age they were in the other eras. And characters like Karnage remained anthropomorphic animals, while human characters stayed human. They co-exist together very easily.

Karnage was in the Army for many years, and then left to marry a mirror. LOL. It was a gag based on something from years earlier, when he'd talked about it and Mad Dog talked him out of it because he wouldn't be able to go on dates with anyone and back then, Karnage was a Casanova and loved dates. But this other time, Mad Dog couldn't talk Karnage out of it and Karnage said he regretted listening to Mad Dog that first time. There was a big wedding in New York City, with Lieutenant Schrank from West Side Story very unhappily running security and Ron Updyke from Kolchak: The Night Stalker being abducted by a bunch of rabid Karnage fans that demanded that Karnage be allowed to marry the mirror or they would keep Ron hostage in a hot-air balloon.

Ah, good times.

Currently the main characters are in Los Angeles, where they've mostly been for three years, since Karnage married the mirror and went to L.A., where he burst into court and got on the witness stand and said, "I solemnly swear that I'm glorious." Hamilton Burger's expression was priceless. LOL.

There was a sanity hearing, which dragged on and on because the judge and Karnage's lawyer were crooked (something Karnage was oblivious to), and Mad Dog and Pew and company came out from their main residence to participate in the hearing. Eventually Karnage was put under the observation of some doctors, who are fascinated by him and aren't much help, except for keeping him from doing dangerous stunts like getting on bridges and screaming about being wonderful.

Both Vifa/Vivalene and Florence pretended to be nice girls and talked with Pew, who wanted to give them a chance to start over despite thinking they were both awful in the past. He learned their true colors later and felt deeply betrayed. Then he met Virginia, a mysterious girl who likes to steal things and then pretend she didn't, and generally is a mercenary out for a buck. Her full origins are still unknown, but she causes trouble for the characters every now and then, including Ginger and Lou.

Fifi worked for a private-eye character called The Tester, who used to test Pew with mystery scenarios to train him to be a detective. The Tester is the English Cat from Scat Cat's Aristocats band in disguise, albeit I've never conclusively revealed that. Fifi eventually disappeared and they're still not sure what happened to her, but a girl resembling her has surfaced in London. She has amnesia and was found wandering by Simon Templar, who took her in as his secretary. She has adopted the name Patricia Holm, the name of Simon's girlfriend in the books. This is the TV Simon, so there is no real Patricia. And since Fifi is an anthro skunk, there is no romance going on between them. If she has any feelings for Simon, she will keep them to herself.

And as if all this nostalgia isn't enough, today I woke up with an urge to finally write my sequel to my fic for the much-hated TV show The Batman. I honestly really enjoyed the overhaul and found the series very fun and fascinating. About six years ago, I wrote a oneshot examining their version of The Riddler and then did a multi-chapter involving him that ended in a mysterious way. I never abandoned my idea and desire for a sequel, but I've just never got around to it. Now, suddenly, I really want to do it.

I re-read the oneshot tonight and will probably re-read the multi-chapter tomorrow. Maybe I'll re-read the three Riddler comics from The Batman Strikes! tie-in comic series, too. I really only liked the first one of those, though. And I especially detested the last one and felt The Riddler was OOC and the issue didn't live up to the awesomeness of its cover. I remember I planned that my sequel would tell the story that I thought that comic issue would, based on the cover.

I also want to bring in the idea from the main comics where The Riddler eventually at least semi-reformed and became a private detective. The first multi-chapter I did ended with him supposedly dead, but his body missing and a paper left in the freezer chamber that had the first riddle he gave Batman on it. I'm not sure I ever will reveal how he got out of the morgue, since there should always be some mysteries surrounding him, but I'm thinking the sequel involves him turning up as a private detective under his real name and staying in the shadows for a while, only revealing his identity to Batman and Yin later on.

I really hated that they dropped the Yin character from the show after season 2. She was awesome! And she certainly should have at least been in the episode where Ethan comes back to himself, since they were partners.

I don't know when I'll actually get a chance to start writing any sequel, though, or if I really will at all despite the abrupt burst of interest. I've got all the October Writing stuff to work with, and an idea to write a book about season 1 of Mannix, and I've been seriously neglecting my Perry blog lately.
ladybug_archive: (ginger_lou)
Had a dream involving Ginger and Lou today. It was a strange one, something about them on a boat and one of them scuba-diving to try to hide from someone after him (and maybe to look for something under the water). But I woke up wishing to role-play Ginger and Lou, like with someone else taking Lou so the characters could have more in-depth conversations. I play both of them wherever I've been using them in RPs, which works alright, but sometimes I'd like more than that.

And it's interesting how attitudes change. About five years ago, I felt that the Sailor Moon novel Diamonds Not Forever handled the Nephrite/Naru relationship better than the TV show. But I'd never actually watched the episodes and read the book in close proximity. A couple of weeks ago, I did just that, and came away feeling that the TV show did it better after all.

On the one hand, I don't like how in the TV show, Naru feels like she wants to stay with Nephrite even if he keeps lying to her. (I do like, however, how she's mature enough to realize that sometimes people lie for kind reasons and not just to be cruel.) In the novel, she isn't so dead-set on being in love with Nephrite and she feels that they're not right for each other. But rather than the lying being her main concern (even though it does come up), she seems to feel like the main problem is the age difference. That's such a contrast to her saying in the TV show that age doesn't matter if there's true love, and of course, I've become a huge supporter of May-December romance.

The novel also completely changes locations and eliminates some plot points. I don't like how it has Nephrite telling Naru that he wants to get to know her better even after she says they're not right for each other. He comes on rather creepy and disturbing. By contrast, his approach in the TV show at that point is to say that he doesn't want to put Naru in danger, so he's going to leave, but he needs the Silver Crystal. He thinks Naru knows where it is and can get it for him. He's manipulating her in both scenes, not having realized himself that he really is coming to care for her, but I definitely prefer his approach in the TV show. It's way less creepy. And I love that when he finds that the crystal Naru brings isn't the Silver Crystal, he makes sure to give it back to her after the fight with Zoisite's minion is over.

I think my favorite thing about the novel these days is when Nephrite mentions the bits of his past that he remembers in dreams. It was the author's attempt to show the manga backstory of the Shitennou being Mamoru's protectors in the past. Also, I like that Usagi is more mature in the novel. She handles talking to Naru about Nephrite much better than she did in the TV show. Their friendship is really sweet and cute and it's mentioned that they've known each other since kindergarten. Probably something of the author's own invention, but I'm all for it. I detest how Naru's screentime decreased exponentially after Sailor Moon R. She was Usagi's best friend before the Senshi came along and I don't like to think that they grew apart.

For my post-series stories, I have it that Naru realizes it would be preposterous to want to stay with Nephrite or anyone else if the lying continues. But as in the TV show, she has no problem with the age difference.

Looking forward to the new Sailor Moon Crystal episode this Saturday. Hopefully it will give me another little push and I'll get out another chapter for the fic. I do have the opening scene started and I know basically what the chapter will entail. I just need a good push, like a new Sailor Moon thing usually seems to give to me.
ladybug_archive: (snakes)
So I should be working on stuff that's actually going to get posted on FF.net. I have gotten some more pages written on the next Rockford chapter. But all this week, what keeps calling to me the most is a strange little hurt/comfort piece that was supposed to only be a private hurt/comfort piece and has since taken on a life of its own.

I used one of my favorite angst-ridden scenarios, where someone is possessed and then proceeds to attack their friend. It was supposed to involve only that and the aftermath. Then I was half-asleep and got the giggles imagining the joke of somebody else wandering in during the comfort part and erroneously thinking the two are lovers. That used to happen off and on with various buddy characters in my fics and RPs.

Then their next-door neighbor is a kook who married a vacuum cleaner and keeps them up all hours of the night when she goes dancing with it on her balcony. The piece was supposed to end with the beaten friend calling the police on her for disturbing the peace. Instead, I keep wanting to try adding yet another scene, the next day, when she calls the police on them insisting there's domestic abuse going on and she heard someone being hurt last night. Then I envisioned it turning into an all-out war, since she is always trying to evict them due to their being jewel thieves, and they want to evict her because she is pushing them too far.

This has gone waaay beyond the simple hurt/comfort blurb it was supposed to be. And in some way it reminds me of some of the complex RP arcs Aubrie and I would do with various households of buddy characters and their oddball problems ranging from the angsty to the ridiculous to the mundane.
ladybug_archive: (steve)
For the past several weeks I've been involved in a new role-play, and for a great deal of those weeks, my RP partner has been detailing her favorite character's fever in every particular. I've ended up realizing some more things about myself and my own tastes along hurt/comfort lines.

My favorite hurt/comfort scenarios still seem to be knockouts and/or characters being thought dead. But where it comes to knockouts, I only seem to like things done semi-realistically. I don't generally go the old media way of having a character wake up and be perfectly fine; they usually are dizzy and have a bad headache for a while. Sometimes there's concern of a concussion, although I usually don't actually have there be one.

But sometimes I will have a character get up and walk around, even with a headache. Depends on how bad the knock was (and the kind of mood I'm in at the time). On the other hand, I once ran across a paramedic who said that when people wake up from a bad hit on the head, they tend to throw up everywhere. Blech! And that is one bit of reality I'm never going to input.

I also realized that in general, I have very little interest in detailing every particular of a fever, illness, and/or recovery. (And I've discovered that I'm extremely grossed out by copious amounts of sweat. Ewww. I abhor sweating in real-life and feel filthy when I do, so I guess it's not a surprise it would extend to fictional scenarios.) Some of my lack of interest may be because characters usually end up in the hospital and I figure the staff is taking care of most of that, rather than the characters' family or friends. And I have very little interest in writing a lot of interaction with the staff.

Some of it may be that when I do things like that, even where the character's family or friends are the ones helping, I quickly lose interest. That old Detective Conan fic I was trying to work out kind of followed a plot like that and I soon got lost on how to help the character recover. And I felt like I was going in circles, repeating the same sorts of scenes over and over.

Usually, if a character is bad off enough that recovery will be long, I skip over that part of it and just summarize a few bits here and there. I did that with my Alamo fic, because the main point of that fic was the interaction between Emil Sande and Graciela after Emil recovered. I still wonder if I did the right thing there, though. I went back and added another segment, a sweeping look at Emil's recovery through Emil's eyes as his attitude towards people began to change over time. But I kept feeling (and kind of still feel) like I should have detailed his recovery in every particular, even though I didn't want to and felt that it would deviate from the main point of the fic.

I mentioned a few things about Micky's recovery in my Return of Baby Face Morales fic, but there again, it didn't play a big part in the overall storyline because the details of the recovery weren't important to the fic's plot. (And I wasn't really interested in detailing everything, either.)

Part of me wonders: If I don't like detailing recoveries in every particular, can I really call myself a hurt/comfort fan?

And another part of me answers: Yes; just a different breed of one.

I love writing character interaction and I enjoy one character emotionally comforting another one, but if it's a long-term thing like in the Detective Conan fic, I can't seem to do that very long. I like writing scenes of emotional comfort, but not to have the character so broken that a whole fic is required to heal them. (Except in special cases; I liked that fic where Bakura tries to help Yami Bakura recover from being tortured by Yami Marik, although there again, I'm not sure if I wrote it that well.)

I like writing a character helping an injured character to limp along, get in or out of the shower, and treat wounds and burns. But if I were to detail in every particular, I would also need to have them redress the wounds every day, and I realized I wouldn't have any interest in writing that out every time, either. Maybe once or twice, but not more.

I suppose in one way, I'm not sure if this will come out making sense, but I often like instant gratification with my hurt/comfort scenarios, such as the knockouts. But if I were to be completely realistic, it would probably take a while to really recover from those, and I hence wouldn't have much interest in writing a knockout if I was being completely realistic.

Then there's angst fests. A few weeks ago I was musing over the idea of an amnesia fic with Ray, Lafe, and Coley. I figured Ray or Coley would be the victim, and I test-wrote a scene where it was Coley. I realized that I didn't want to write a fic where it was either of them. I could tell just from that scene that a fic would depress me and burn me out.

And that's the way I feel about a lot of angst fest fics lately. Even if I know they'll end well, I don't seem to like writing all the heartache to get there, except in certain cases. In some other cases, for both fics and role-plays, I've almost always felt like I didn't want to do certain plotlines because I felt they'd drag out too long and I'd be depressed with the Hell the characters would be going through all along the way. Sometimes I can be convinced to do the scenarios anyway, and sometimes I end up liking them once I'm into them. Other times, I never do quite come around to them, although I can't think of any specific examples off-hand. And sometimes I don't like reading big angst fest fics, at least unless they're already finished, because it's agonizing reading about the characters in such torture and wondering when it will end for them.

But so, with all that in mind, why in the world do I still like scenarios where a character is thought dead? I think that ties back in with my life-long fascination of death, which is also something I can't fully explain and I know it sounds morbid. And I think I like it mainly for the utter, unmatchable joy of being reunited with the character, alive and well. (Although I also like exploring the grief process for different characters and how they handle it and interact with each other because of it.)

I think to some extent, that's where my relish of knockout scenes stems from, too. That Little Audrey cartoon where she thought she killed the bird and it was only knocked out and revived really has had a huge impact on me ever since I saw it when I was five-ish. I used to write hurt/comfort scenes in my mind where a character was knocked out and thought dead by other characters. Eventually they would revive and there would be much squee.

When I moved to fics and role-plays, I realized quickly that except in serious circumstances, a knocked out character would not be thought dead for more than a minute or two. And so sometimes, if I wanted an extended scene, I would do a form of a fairytale-ish enchanted death that could be broken by any show of true love, not just romantic. Usually there would be no real explanation for the Disney death (something that exasperated some of my past RP partners, haha), but Hamilton got a very big explanation for his in The Broken Ties fic. It was expressly stated to be part of the villainess's plan to put him into a state like that.

These days, I try not to rely on Disney death scenes very often, and when I do have one, it's sometimes a case like Hamilton's.

Bottom line: I am a hurt/comfort fan, but I think I have a mindset far stranger than the great majority of us. Although I suppose that each H/C fan has particular quirks about what they like and dislike and why.

We certainly are an interesting breed in fandoms.
ladybug_archive: (faye)

You Were an Intuitive Kid

As a kid, your power element was water. You were a very balanced and intuitive kid.

You were probably always more emotionally mature than the children around you. You may have found it easier to relate to adults than most kids.

And while it may have been hard for you to relate to the kids around you, it's likely you had a very close friend or two.

Deep connections were important to you from an early age, and you were the type most able to form a 'BFF' bond with someone.

As a kid, you saw things in the abstract. You did best when you were able to daydream, play, create, and engage your imagination.

You probably found it challenging to sit still in a structure classroom. You may not have made trouble, but your mind was likely elsewhere.

Sounds like me, alright. Still does. I remember in my youth group, I usually preferred hanging out with the leaders than the other kids. But there was usually at least one girl I'd really gravitate to as a close friend.

Last year, I went with Dad to his high school reunion and I felt completely at home there, with music I knew and loved, an awesome restored classic car outside the place, people who grew up in the era I most enjoy the shows from, and yummy food. I wish the things didn't just come every five years; I just love going. (I've been to three.)

I felt a lot more at home there than I generally do with the local people my age. Of course, when I run across someone my age who is interested in the things I like, then I feel completely at home in that scenario, too. So it's less about the ages and more about the shared interests.

I never really was that fond of school. That said, I always had good grades. Things I loved most were History, Earth Science, and some of the literature. I did not like my particular English class/assignments because the instructor and I often disagreed. And I have always hated math. I can do it well when I understand it, and sometimes it's even fun then, but I tire of it quickly. And I always seem to run up against something I don't understand and then spend ages feeling like tearing my hair out. I would absolutely go bonkers in any job that required me to deal with math constantly.

I have loved making up stories for characters I love and role-playing since before I was five. Mom remembers me dictating stories to her about My Little Ponies and Beetlejuice (TV version). I could not get enough of pretending to be Darkwing Duck on the prowl for evildoers. And I absolutely adored making up adventures with my action figures and the paper dolls I'd have Mom draw of all the characters I liked who didn't have action figures.

Ah, good times.

... Odd.

Apr. 22nd, 2012 02:26 am
ladybug_archive: (perry_hamilton)
Something a little strange I've noticed: my Detective Conan fics are getting a lot of attention. They have been for the past few months or so. Far more than they ever did when I first posted them, I'm sure. Favorites, Story Alerts, Reviews ... my goodness. Suddenly there's this influx of interest in both my Gin and Vodka and my Gin/Sherry stuff. And I feel bad for those people that it's highly unlikely I'll ever finish the stories that are hanging. Of all my fandoms, Detective Conan is the one least likely for me to return to, for various reasons. I'm still interested in the characters and in what happens to them (if anything major goes on for them), but as far as writing for it, I really doubt it will happen anymore. I'm still trying to figure out what I was thinking by going nuts writing stuff for the Black Org. That is so unlike me. I know sometimes I write for criminals/antagonists, such as how I still enjoy writing for Baby Face and his crew, but that seems somehow different from actually writing for a bunch of villainous assassins.

Now, to the main strangeness. On Saturdays Perry Mason airs earlier in the evening. I was exhausted, so after I watched the episode (The Witless Witness, involving a very upright judge falsely accused of first constructing a governmental fraud and then committing murder) I laid down to have a nap. I was able to go to sleep for a bit, and I dreamed a weird dream. A weird dream the contents of which I think I dreamed before. Not a recurring dream, per se, but a recurring event in the dreams. Usually when that happens it's about that big creepy haunted mansion I think I've mentioned before. This time it was about the Perry characters, an episode I was "watching." And while in the dream I felt I'd watched it before, in real-life I'm sure I've dreamed of watching it before.

A neat trick since it's an episode that only exists in my head.

Also rather hilarious, since it was an episode, I dreamed in black-and-white.

The basic plot, as near as I can remember, started out with Hamilton not feeling well. He thought soon in that he might have a heart attack. Later on he did collapse and was taken to the hospital. Perry and Lieutenant Tragg were worried and hurried off to see him there. I'm not sure if he really had a heart attack or if it was something else. It almost kind of seemed like maybe someone had been trying to harm him? He was conscious when they were there, and talked with them for a bit. There was also some random scene with Perry talking to Tragg as Tragg was lying down to go to sleep. I'm not sure how that fit in.

I also don't remember what the crime was, who got killed, who the defendant was, or anything like that. But I remember talking to someone (not sure who) and telling them this episode was one of the best ever. The other person agreed, but said that the courtroom scenes were sadly "basic." I don't know why that term was used, as what seemed to be meant was that the courtroom scenes were very season 1-inspired and leaned towards Perry and Hamilton not getting along (and by that I mean far more than just regular objections to things going on). I suppose "basic" might have referred to Erle Stanley Gardner's book formula? Anyway, while we were discussing that fact, the episode was still on and we were watching the courtroom scenes. I agreed with the other person's assessment and remarked on what an interesting blog post this episode would make.

I want to say the episode ran through to the end and that there was a nice epilogue with Perry and Hamilton having a nice conversation again. But I can't swear to that. It seems like there was some detail that I'm forgetting that's right on the tip of my tongue/mind. I just can't remember.

I woke up scratching my head, a bit disappointed the episode wasn't real, and weirded out because I was sure I'd dreamed of it before.

It's the kind of dream I might be able to do something with, although if I did I would definitely make some alterations. No season 1 courtroom scenes, for sure. (Actually, I don't know if I'd try writing courtroom scenes at all, but if I did they'd be more likely to be closer to later seasons' courtroom scenes. No wild accusations, no trouble getting along. Just standard objections.) And I don't know what I'd do with the heart attack angle. There was already something canonically done with fake heart attacks (really poisoning), and Paul was the victim there. But I don't think I'd want a real heart attack either. So maybe just the collapse and there would be another explanation for it.

Sometimes I think my favorite hurt/comfort is still the standard knock on the head. Occasionally I get a craving for something more, but usually a good old-fashioned knockout suits me just fine. (And when I want a near-death scene, sometimes that's a good point to bring in some magic/do a Disney death/etc. Because sometimes, dang it, I'd rather have the solution involve friendship squee and have the person be able to recover without a long hospital stay. It's funny how I really don't see what's so great about magic and yet I utilize it like that sometimes. It's a means to an end for me. I'd use something else if something else would get the job done as good or better.)

And I've been doing a role-play involved Hamilton and his always unseen secretary Leon. I might turn some of that into a blurb. I might also put it into my current mystery story, if I can figure out how to make it a subplot that looks like it fits. Hamilton has a lot of staff and what seems to be either several secretaries or stenographers. I don't even really know what Leon is. But he fascinates me more than any of the others. Possibly because I was sure he was the one Hamilton addressed the most, and because he's one of only a handful of male secretaries/stenographers/whatever on the show. And we know absolutely nothing about him! So I can pretty much run wild. I've written for him a little bit, but pretty much standard dialogue, nothing that interesting or character-developing.

The RP involved Yami Marik trying to get a rift going between them. Yami Marik would not feature in the blurb or fic; that would be changed to one of their enemies in my stories or someone working for one of their enemies. But the plot was succeeding and Leon was getting upset thinking Hamilton didn't trust him. The climax was when Yami Marik set up a fake phone conversation that made it sound like Hamilton was doing something illegal. But instead of having the desired effect, it backfired and Leon realized he was being manipulated, as he knew Hamilton would never do anything illegal. So he went running off to the courthouse, certain that Hamilton was in danger. Which he was; Yami Marik had broken in and was on top of the judge's bench, blasting at Hamilton. Leon tackled Hamilton to the floor and took the blast himself, ending up seriously injured. He managed to tell Hamilton that he was sorry for falling for the tricks at first, before lapsing into unconsciousness and leaving Hamilton stunned and shaken with his body. Right now they don't know if Leon will survive. (He will, of course.)

I'm sort of considering writing a test blurb using [livejournal.com profile] 31_days's theme The network of the lie.
ladybug_archive: (sailormercury)
My dad told me earlier tonight that Harry Morgan had died. We were standing in line for food at the church Christmas party and I almost cried right there.

I think the first time I saw him was in Disney's classic The Cat From Outer Space, where he portrayed General Stilton (a character I loved so much he was a regular in the role-plays with Mom). As we watched other Disney movies we found him there, too. The Barefoot Executive, Snowball Express ... good stuff. I must have been around 10 or 11 or 12; I can't remember which. I only remember that I think I was 9 when I saw That Darn Cat! (old version), and that was what started me on my love affair with Disney comedies. Oh, I also remember that by February 1997, I knew who General Stilton was. That was when he entered our role-play. So I was 9 or 10, depending on when I watched The Cat From Outer Space the first time.

... That means that for the majority of my short life, I've been aware of Harry Morgan and been a fan.

Then a couple of years later there was M*A*S*H. I'd heard about it for years, and when I finally got to watch I was delighted that Harry was a regular from season 4 on. (And his guest-spot in season 3 is just an absolute classic.)

I've also seen him in assorted non-Disney movies through the years. I loved his role in The Glen Miller Story, as the close friend (and I think manager?) of Glen Miller.

As previously mentioned, I'd known about his role in Dragnet 1967 for years, but only recently started to watch the series. As soon as Antenna TV started airing it I began making time to see it. Which is a testament to how much I wanted to see it; I don't watch a lot of TV shows, even oldies that I would honestly like to see, because I just don't have the time.

I was just watching Harry Morgan this past morning. We've moved into season 3, which I've heard is often put-down for not being as actiony as other seasons. It looks like an important season, though; Jack Webb was trying hard to improve the public's opinion of the police.

I had previously thought that Harry had probably died years ago, as I'd known he was getting on. I was surprised several months ago when I found out he was still alive at 96. I knew his time was likely pretty limited when he was getting on that much, but it was still a blow to find out he died now.

I wonder if I'll end up crying when I watch Dragnet 1967 later in the morning.
ladybug_archive: (lifeislikeaboat)
Playing Hamilton Burger in an RP, I get to portray his canonical skepticism over anything bizarre. It's a blast.

And I realized something. Skeptics/cynics are among my favorite character types to play, because they largely reflect my own views. I believe in a few supernatural things, mainly ghosts and their sub-category of evil spirits. I believe in aliens too, and if one wants to call God, the Devil, angels, and miracles supernatural, then those as well. But beyond that I rarely believe in anything supernatural and bill it all as superstitious nonsense. I also, for the life of me, do not understand what's so great about magic and generally go to great lengths to have logic and science a large part of things instead---unless I simply can't get around magic, such as with YGO and Princess Tutu and some others.

I don't think I've ever mentioned this before, but as much as I love Autor and relate to him on many levels, I had to struggle sometimes to remember to write him as fully believing in the oddness that permeated Kinkan Town, as my natural instinct was for the character to be very skeptical.

That's one of the big reasons why Batman is one of the only superheroes I really like, because he's all about the logic and science. He doesn't have superpowers to fight the bad guys; he relies on his own strength and mind. I love it.

And it's also one reason why I don't like crossing a lot of fandoms over, particularly in fics. If I cross a supernatural fandom with a realistic fandom, then I have to force the skeptics to believe in the supernatural somewhere along the way. Otherwise, their skepticism just becomes irritating and exasperating after a while. But I hate having to force them to believe in something that I personally deem absolute nonsense. I often end up thinking "I don't want this to be true in this fandom, since it would be impossible in this other fandom and in real-life." I think that a lot about the oddball things that get stolen on Carmen Sandiego, for instance. It makes perfect sense there, but honestly, nowhere else. Trying to convince Hamilton Burger that a building can be walked off with is both hilarious and brain-breaking at the same time.


Oct. 19th, 2011 09:48 pm
ladybug_archive: (duke_fallen)
I seem to have been wrong about Sephiroth/Aerith as a popular fanon pairing. At any rate, I'm certainly not having much luck with getting reviews on the chapter I finished and put up. I'm actually not sure if I'll get them together romantically in this fic, or at all. I want to build things up a long way, and I may end up deciding platonic would be more squeeful. But I think I did a good job with the chapter and that I still have it in me to write them IC, which thrills me.

I have an idea for the next Perry mystery. I think it will be the Halloween-ish idea with the fake psychic, but I'm going to stir the pot a bit. I want Mr. Burger's friend Mignon Germaine to be in it, and I want her to have a friend whose child disappears. Mignon appeals to Hamilton for help.

Also, I've been giving this matter a good deal of thought, and I think it's very unlikely that I will write that Captain Caldwell restoration fic I was musing on a while back. But I have a good reason for it: if I write that, I probably won't ever finish that Monk fic with Kevin. The premises are so similar, I can't see myself wanting to write them both. I've restored Caldwell in an RP version, so that satisfied me a good deal. Of course, who knows, if the plunnie gets insistent I'll be writing it after all.

On the Monk fic, I honestly don't know what to do with it. The reason being, I've discovered that Monk, like Sailor Moon, is very difficult for me to write. There are things in both shows that I just want to throw out and not include as canon. But I just ... can't bring myself to do it. So I'm not sure when to set the Monk fic. I want Sharona to be moving back, but I don't want her in with Randy. That pairing was so cheaply contrived. I don't like how elements of the series finale were handled, so I'd rather it hadn't happened. And to do the fic at all, Dr. Kroger has to be dead, because Kevin wasn't killed until after Dr. Kroger died. I really love Dr. Bell; he was awesome from his very first scene, when he shook Monk's hand and then gave him a wipe, but I'd feel so sad writing the fic with Dr. Kroger gone.

So I find myself at a complete loss.


Jul. 4th, 2011 09:01 am
ladybug_archive: (sephiroth)
http://westsidestory.livejournal.com/73023.html If anyone wants to look. There will probably be more later.

I've had a fic idea that would go a little more into Schrank's backstory and some of the kids he had tried to mentor. He would end up having to deal with some of them in the present. I'm tinkering with the idea in a role-play, and it looks like I might end up using a combination of an idea of mine and Crystal's where someone is out to get him. In the fic, it would be one of those kids, in his twenties now and bitter over some imagined grievance he believed Schrank was responsible for. I scrawled down a bunch of notes and musings for the story and I have a good idea of how a lot of it goes.

Now I'm wondering whether I should combine this idea with one where Schrank is contacted by a hate group (and is disgusted when they want him to join them) or whether the two fics should be separate. One of the things this hateful kid is doing is spreading rumors that Schrank is racist, and since there already were rumors like that, he only makes it worse. So the hate group could contact him as a result of that. That would probably make that part be just one scene, though, instead of a full-length story. But I don't know how a full-length story with the idea would work, since from a Route 66 episode it looks like it's the FBI that handles hate groups. Maybe if some delinquent kids from his beat got involved, however, Schrank would be involved with trying to bring the group down.

... But I'm kind of liking the idea of the hate group contacting him because of what this guy has been saying instead of any other reason (as it would be if the hate group idea was a full-length fic). That would really make Schrank furious and add more tension to the story.

And I finished the multi-part fic yesterday. I think. It really did turn into a vignette series.

Hoo boy.

Jun. 26th, 2011 08:56 am
ladybug_archive: (schrank)
I am so jittery and nervous. That dark West Side Story oneshot I was working on I got up ... but I tinkered around with it and threw in a twist later on that I had not planned on. That changes it from being the flat-out tragedy it originally was. And it's funny, it's that aspect that makes me worry someone is going to throw rotten fruit, rather than to think that people would get upset about the tragic elements. Part of me wants to separate the pieces and just leave the dark part, but I don't want to do that either because I love the later part as well. So I'm stuck with posting it as-is and wanting it that way and yet being very conflicted at the same time. Mama Mia. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7118730/1/

I should try to look over part 3 of the multi-part venture and see if I think it's done. I managed to add some very interesting things, including Schrank monologuing and how some of the main Jets really feel about what happened to him.

I also know, I think, how the rest of the Kolchak chapter will go. The Wal-Mart meeting won't be yet; I need to fit in some other clashes first. I'm anxious to get back to that, which I can hopefully do now that the oneshot is done (unless I decide I really have to somehow separate the parts).

The [livejournal.com profile] 31_days theme for tomorrow interests me a great deal. Paraphrased, it says something like When you choose to do the right thing, life becomes easier - no distractions. I wrote up something a few days ago that I was idly thinking of posting for it, but I'm not sure. It's a fairly rough, unpolished ficlet and probably really needs to be fleshed out more. There is a character death. And the manner of death maybe needs more expounding.

Basically I took an RP scenario from a recent RP with Crystal and altered it for the ficlet. In the RP, ghosts are angry and are throwing trunks at people intruding in their domain. Schrank tackles Sarah Nade out of the way of one of them and is struck by one of them himself. In the ficlet, the punk is nameless (but is not intended to be Sarah Nade) and I didn't want anything supernatural to be going on. So the gangs fooling around in the old house have caused it to be even more unstable, and somehow the punk jars something that tears a heavy beam loose from the ceiling. Schrank still tackles her away and is struck himself. Krupke then explodes in grief and anger at the punk for having got them into this situation and Schrank killed.

If I do post it, it will probably just be at [livejournal.com profile] 31_days for the time being, since I'm trying that other oneshot at FF.net and I need to get up the next part of the multi-part fic.
ladybug_archive: (sephiroth)
In the morning I tinkered around with Baa Baa Black Sheep (a.k.a. Black Sheep Squadron), a WWII-era series. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first, although I absolutely adored a scene where General Moore talks with the main character Pappy and ends up yelling his name in frustration, just like Tony always does with Kolchak.

I watched straight through that episode until it decided to start buffering. It was all together in one chunk and the website didn't seem to know what to make of it, either. Once it started buffering I got impatient and skipped around to other parts. It continued to buffer.

By that point I didn't have enough time to watch a full episode, so I switched to one in several parts and skipped around a bit in it to see if it was one I'd like to watch in full later. And that episode, #4, made me decide I loved the show and that I'd definitely be giving it another chance.

Why? Because the plot involved the main character, Pappy, going missing in action. It flipped back and forth between his adventures and how the rest of the unit was dealing with him being missing. And they were not handling it well. They were neglecting their duties, refusing missions, and lying around getting drunk. This went on for a while.

And General Moore finally had enough. After he was informed of the problem by the colonel, he went to bawl them out. They were letting him down, they were letting Pappy down, and they were disgusting him. He had this whole big rant and I was eating it up. I loved it. It really helped them, too. After that they started getting their act together.

In real life General Moore would probably scare the heck out of me. But in fiction, when I can sit back and just watch, I highly admire his actions. I've always tended to do that. Sephiroth, whom I'm loved writing for in both Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts, is much the same. He's stern, he's tough, and he will be as blunt and harsh as he has to be to get things done. I adore writing scenes where he chews someone out who really needs to be chewed out. I've also done that with Alister, definitely in RPs and I think in stories, too.

I think the reason for my admiration is that I wish I were more that way. It's the same reason (well, one of them) that I like Autor so much. But also, it's the same philosophy I fully believe in. When people are depending on you you can't just keep lying around as the unit was doing in the episode. You have to get up and keep going, even if you want to break down. I've had to put that into practice in real life before and I hope I'll always be able to do so. And I'm of course not saying you should never have a time to break down/cry/grieve/whatever, just that sometimes there truly isn't a time.

So, hats off to General Moore (played beautifully by Simon Oakland, if you haven't already figured that one out).
ladybug_archive: (mickyandbabyface)
My little ghost plunnie exploded into a full-fledged, multi-chapter fic, and a very strange one at that. Now it's the Monkees discovering the ominous home, there's more than one malevolent spirit, and Baby Face was killed during twisted and unexplained circumstances, not a simple gang war. It will be explained later, but for now neither the readers nor the Monkees know what happened. Tony and the other gang members have come back to the house and are telling the Monkees to leave. They know that if the Monkees stay, the same disaster that befell Baby Face will come to them.

I'm trying to think on whom the disaster should start to befall, if any of them. So far I keep coming back to Davy. I'm not sure why I feel like it shouldn't be Mike. If it were Mike, the others would have to deal with figuring out how to save their leader. And that could be an interesting parallel since the gang was unable to save Baby Face. Maybe the more I write, the more right it will feel for it to be Mike as the victim.

There's far more paranormal things going on now than in the initial first draft, which featured only Baby Face as a vengeful spirit as a paranormal thing. It doesn't weird me out as much as that old RP where Tony was defeated by a Doom Reborn member and unwillingly worked with them under their control until he broke free and pushed Baby Face and the other gang members out of the Doom Reborn circle before it surrounded him and took his soul, but I'm still somewhat weirded out by the fic's concepts. I don't know, when the gangsters are such realistic characters and use guns and brute force and intimidation, I feel like paranormal goings-on ruin the realism. But the fic really wants to be written. It keeps coming. So I guess I'll keep writing until either I finish, stall, or am too weirded out to continue.

I'm thinking I may post the first chapter to the [livejournal.com profile] monkeesfic comm. It's much shorter than the chapters and parts I've been trying to post around lately.

... And I was wondering the other day if I could write for George and Lenny from Monkees in a Ghost Town. I just rediscovered that I did, once. They are the villains in an unfinished Bowery Boys fic I was writing. It looks like I didn't do too badly with their personalities.

I am IN!

Feb. 26th, 2011 09:17 pm
ladybug_archive: (duke_triedmybest)
I was told how to access my old Angelfire websites and I managed to get into the Monkees one. Surprisingly, I also have access to the Web Shell. It says right on the site that only paid members can use that now, so I've immediately written and asked if I was going to be charged for it. Maybe the rules are different for old, old members? I hope so, because I really want to use the Web Shell. I don't like the over-simplicity of the GeoCities-type Site Builder.

I put up a page for episode trivia and had the stuff for episode #25 that I posted here, albeit tweaked a bit. I also promised some new stories soon. On Monday I'll be posting the new fic to [livejournal.com profile] 31_days and then linking it on the website. Now that I can host fics on LJ, I see no point in going to all the added trouble of putting them directly on the website, where I have to manually add HTML for carriage returns for each paragraph. So I'll just link, both that one and this new one about Baby Face and company.

I think I should also find a couple of new WebRings to join. By now there's probably at least a few new Monkees WebRings, and more circulation always helps.

I also think I'm about to start my Monk fic. I've started feeling out the plot in an RP and I think I know how this fic should start (probably with a scene that likely will not appear in the RP).

And EEEEEEEEEEEE! I found news from Antenna TV! Circus Boy is coming! YES, YES, YES! I will do all manner of crazy antics to record this show, no matter what time they put it on. http://blog.sitcomsonline.com/2010/12/antenna-tv-launch-schedule-changes.html
ladybug_archive: (duke_triedmybest)
I'm at an odd sort of junction. I seem to be trying to juggle five different fandoms that I am actively interested in/writing for/getting plunnied for.

Tutu: I started the tape recorder ghost fic and it's been moving along swimmingly. It flows every time I sit down to it. Currently I'm on page 20. I'm having a blast. Each one of the suspects has given a drastically different picture of what the dead girl was like. It's up to Ahiru, Autor, and Fakir to sort out the mess and discern the shocking truth about what happened 65 years ago. I'm probably going to be surprised too. I'm feeling out the mystery as I go along, albeit I do have a increasing idea of where it's going.

I just put up chapter 20 of the thriller fic. The response has overall been dying down, so I feel I'd better hurry and get the rest of it up. I'm concerned people are abandoning it because they think it's going to keep going on and annoyingly never end. I eliminated several things I'd originally wanted to do and kept only what I felt was important to the main plot, including all of the character interaction that's present, but I'm not sure all of the readers realize that.

YGO: I wrote the opening lines of the next chapter of Close Your Eyes, Clear Your Heart. I also keep wanting to write something from David's POV.

Patty: I've been plotting how to finish that fic with Alfred being hit by a car. Suddenly I wondered if I could use the recent huge snowstorms in New York as a backdrop, since this is supposed to be set in modern times and there is a snowstorm prominently featured in the fic.

The Monkees: I am craving to write a fic focusing largely on Micky and Peter (still my favorite Monkees friendship duo). I also discovered my old idea for expanding on the scenario in episode 17 when Peter had amnesia and seemed to be particularly frigid towards Micky.

Final Fantasy 7: After literally *years*, I realized how to finish that fic where Kadaj is being stalked by a master thief and Yazoo is shot to death instead of Kadaj during the fight with her. I'd wanted to give the story a happy ending, like its inspired roleplay had. It didn't want one. After years, I still feel that way. I gave it a bittersweet ending and am tentatively planning a sequel, but I probably won't write it unless there's enough interest.

I've also considered bringing back a Yazoo icon I used to use, or using one of my own that I made. I'm grateful I uploaded my icons to Livejournal; I'd have lost most of them otherwise. I'm still hoping I sent most of my other graphics to various people who might still have them.

The other day I also discovered this, an unfinished application for a group roleplay. I didn't complete it because I realized I didn't have the time or the motivation to participate in something big like that. But I saved the application because I did a very interesting character analysis. Here, have a look at what I put in the Personality section. A bit is expanded on based on my own concepts, but most is interpretation of things directly seen in or gleaned from canon.

Yazoo Musings )

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