150 | Transistor thoughts

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:47 pm
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I beat Transistor over the weekend. That was… a really good game. Even before you get to the story, it’s just gorgeously designed: lovely graphics, an amazing soundtrack (example: the song that plays during the first boss battle *_*), and one of my favorite battle systems in a long time. cut for potential spoilers + length )

148 | SSSS icons

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:41 pm
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(Posting this before I forget about it, again.)

I’ve… kind of been making icons for Stand Still Stay Silent lately? I can’t even remember the last time I made icons, but I used to be really obsessed with them, even to the extent of buying a paid account on LJ just so I could use more of them. It’s strange remembering that, considering that nowadays I only have one icon uploaded and never change it.

Anyways. At some point during my SSSS readthrough I was struck by how well a certain panel would look as an icon… and then I started saving pages… and then I started making them. I’m not actually done with all the pages I wanted to icon, not even close, but as I already have 50+ made (and am not actually certain that I won’t lose interest at some point and wander off), I figured I should share what I have now.

many images beneath the cut )
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► So yesterday, I completed Solstice 100%. I don’t have too much to say about it beyond what I already have, but there was one ending variation that I wanted to touch briefly on. spoilers )

I was going to play another visual novel next… and then I somehow started Transistor instead. Whoops. I don’t have too much to say about it yet, but I am enjoying it.

► Also yesterday: I finished a sewing project! My first, unless you count a teddy bear that I made in high school, which I don’t, mainly because I keep forgetting about it. I’m especially pleased about it because I am the queen of unfinished crafty projects, and I went back to this one after taking a break for 2+ weeks and actually finished it. (That baby blanket I was crocheting for my friend, on the other hand… ahahahaha.)

It’s a bag, and I followed this tutorial to make it. a bit more blathering + an image below the cut )
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► Pretty much the first thing I knew this morning was that Stand Still Stay Silent had updated, and I was/am filled with so much excitement that I didn’t even care that I hadn’t finished that short fic* I wanted to write before the chapter started. It’s updating!

The page itself already made me feel all teary and aching, so… that’s promising? Ugh, Lalli. ♥

* on the bright side, it did inspire me to get my butt into gear and stop worrying about whether it was too OTT with its angst long enough to write the last one hundred words needed and post it?

► So I’ve been watching FFA’s 100 words of something threads for a while now, and recently have been trying to write for them. Late yesterday, it occurred to me that I hadn’t even looked at what the themes were for the latest post, so I decided to at least look at them even though I was already pretty tired at that point. And then I mourned, because so many of themes were right up my alley, but I was tired and didn’t want to write.

Anyways, I bring this up because one of them was “100 words of death on a beach”, and of course I immediately thought of brief SSSS spoiler, I guess? ) But I’ve also been reading the Kalevala, and suddenly thought about Aino too, and the end result was… I think I have a new crossover ship? Aino could meet her in the water! It would be perfect! I’ve already started poking at a potential fic, though idk if it’ll ever get anywhere.

Then I went, “oh, poor Kyllikki, I’m taking her water-maiden girlfriend away from her”, and then it hit me like a speeding sledgehammer to the face: Sigrun/Kyllikki. Idk how it would even happen— time travel accident? Sigrun just being an awesome Norwegian warrior woman tromping her way through Finland?— but I think we can all agree that Sigrun would make a much better husband than Lemminkäinen, y/y?

...And then I started thinking about whose personalities would actually complement one another’s best, and got hit with Tuuri/Kyllikki. They’re both social! They could travel the world and hang out with lots of people!

AND THAT was the point where I realized that I needed to stop thinking about this before I ended up with approximately half a million crossover ships for two tiny fandoms.

► Right, I’m past due for a round-up of my fic. So:

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I didn’t not expect to be posting again so soon. If I’d known beforehand that I was going to do this, I probably would have waited to post my earlier entry and just added this to that— but I didn’t. It’s okay, self. Two posts in one day doesn’t actually hurt anything.

I usually don’t make rec lists for exchanges outside of Yuletide, but there were so many good fics in the Multifandom Drabble Exchange, and I’ve had so much fun writing treats*, watching the collection expand, anticipating the opening, spending all of today reading through the collection and trying to comment on everything I read and liked (...to the extent that I forgot to eat WHOOPS), that making a rec list seemed like the natural conclusion.

*which I’m actually ridiculously excited about— I’ve spent years now trying and failing to write a Perfect Drabble, so the fact that I actually managed to write three of them within three weeks is super-exciting to me.

To be clear: this is not a list of every fic I liked. That would take forever to compile; I am not kidding when I say there were a lot of great fics in the collection. What’s here are those that were probably my absolute favorites. ...It’s still a pretty long list, because if you know anything about me, then you should know that I cannot pick a favorite anything to save my life. There’s no commentary, unlike with my Yuletide recs lists, because these are all drabbles, and also because I might actually collapse with exhaustion if I did that, haha.

cut for length )

I’ve had such a good day. Reading, and commenting, and getting comments, and getting replies to comments flowing into my inbox— I just feel really happy right now. ♥ It’s nice.
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► Lately, I’ve been slowly making my way through the Kalevala. I’ve read bits and pieces of it before during that Tolkien class I took when I was still and college, and I’d always meant to go back and read the whole thing, but it wasn’t until now that I finally sat down and started. (Blame Stand Still Stay Silent.) I’m reading it at a pace of two sections per day, which means that it’ll take a while before I’m finished, but that’s okay. I need to get better at pacing myself with my reading anyways.

Today, I read up to section 20, “Slaughtering and Brewing”. (I’m reading the Keith Bosley translation, btw, since that’s the one I had to buy for my class.) a brief summary of my thoughts so far )

► I’ve also been slowly playing through Solstice, because my visual novel backlog is starting to get truly ridiculous. This one’s been fairly high on my list for a while now. It was made by the same people who made Cinders, which was a game I liked enough to write for multiple times for Yuletide. Plus, it has a snowy winter setting! My favorite kind! ♥ (That’s… actually 100% of the reason why I decided to play it now when looking over my backlog, haha.)

I’m not quite done with it (due to the whole “trying to pace myself” thing I mentioned above), but I did get all of the main endings once, even if I haven’t seen all the achievement-worthy events or got all the variations yet.

Spoilers ahead. again, cut for spoilers and length )
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