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Subject:[your fingers breaking as I place them over mine]
Time:09:47 am
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First snow day of the year! This pleases me. I hate the cold and thus have no intention of going outside and messing around. But it's still nice somehow.

Meanwhile, I continue to fall behind on those memesCollapse )
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Subject:[den dest phantasmagoria en rhaplanca ides]
Time:03:59 am
Current Mood:worriedworried
Oh, Japan. I understand that you are a very odd country. And I know you like doing weird things with vending machines, from filling them with pre-worn panties to inventing dresses that transform into fake vending machines as 'camouflage'. Now there's a magical girl concept which...nobody at all would go for.

But please draw the line somewhere, and don't follow China into this idiocy. It's a small mercy that the crabs are apparently put in a state of hibernation, but only a small one. I do not approve.
It's bad enough going to a restaurant where people can pick live lobsters out of a tank. I find that grotesque.

...I would also have been unsurprised by a report on how some guy wanted to marry either the vending machine or one of the crabs.

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Subject:[balanced on my halo, you long secretly]
Time:03:34 am
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Hey guys, I'm bored. Wanna rec me some new anime/manga? Bonus points if it has an active fandom I can play around in, but obscure stuff is just as welcome. Most things I like end up being obscure anyway.

Here, I'll explain some of the genres I usually like!

Surreal horror and mindfucks. After School Nightmare, Franken Fran, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, Uzumaki, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Black Jack, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Akira, Jigoku Shoujo, Elfen Lied, Death Note. I liked the first episode of Garden of Sinners, but then the second or third one opened with a rape scene, so I did not continue watching that :|

Thoughtful romance, and stories that include LGBT issues. 5 Centimeters per Second, Voices of a Distant Star, A Lapis Lazuli-Blue Dream, Honey & Honey, Blue Drop, Simoun, Only the Ring Finger Knows. And Kannazuki no Miko, so long as I pretend a certain scene never happened. I've got a preference for GL and BL, but het isn't out of the question (hence the first two titles on the list).
I hate BL with the stereotypical Weepy Ukes and Abusive Semes, though; it's heteronormative and uncool.

Charmingly ridiculous humour. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Azumanga Daioh, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, Kyou Kara Maou.

Stories set in cyberspace, or with a cyberpunk element. .hack//SIGN, .hack//ROOTS, Serial Experiments Lain, Ghost in the Shell, The Animatrix.

Fantasy with main characters that aren't total slapstick idiots. Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa, Howl's Moving Castle, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist.

Right now I'm considering Paranoia Agent, Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, Texhnolyze, Soul Eater and Chaos;Head (which I've already seen one episode of, but I thought the main character was a hikikomori and he doesn't seem to be, so um I might give up on that). And maaaybe D.Gray-man.

Er, there are also certain titles I'd prefer to steer clear of, unless you can persuade me otherwise XD;; Those would be Naruto, One Piece, Ouran High School Host Club, Maria-Sama ga Miteru, Kuroshitsuji, Bleach, and anything that has a huge back catalogue of several hundred episodes I'd have to work through. Quantity doesn't equal quality.

...So yeah, if anyone has any suggestions for me despite my incredible tl;dr pickiness, please share them?
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Subject:[and the kindest of kisses break the hardest of hearts]
Time:05:46 am
Current Mood:amusedamused
It's ridiculous how pleased I was about the new season of True Blood tonight. It started out as a guilty pleasure, so-bad-it's-good kind of show that I just watched for the lulz, but...I'm really getting into it now. Shame on me :|
Sookie and her silly gap-tooth smile are adorable, though.

ANYWAY. The main point of this entry is to celebrate that fact that today I downloaded the .hack//Trilogy archive, and Black and White archives for .hack//G.U. Those books are so elusive that I'd given up on ever seeing them in their entirety, but hey, apparently I shouldn't have o/
I might post some of my favourite images later on, because my goodness, there's some artwork in there that equals anything in this heap of glorious crazy. Plus there's other stuff that's just plain cool, and I haven't seen it anywhere else

BRB fangirling so hard right now
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Subject:.hack//G.U. fic for 1sentence: Set Gamma
Time:04:04 pm
Summary/Author's Notes: Since I haven't posted fic in a while, and since the first set I did of these was well-received, here's another. Fifty sentences, each focusing on a different theme (I would've liked to expand a few into ficlets, but that'd be breaking the rules). Haseo/Endrance.

I'd say these are decidedly more 'established relationship-ish' than the original setCollapse )
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Subject:[I'm charmed, and I will have to stay]
Time:11:44 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
My copy of the .hack//4koma manga arrived a couple of days ago, and I'm pretty happy with it I wish they'd devoted more pages to Keena Aruto's work, though. She had the cutest art style, and the most whimsical sense of humour. I wonder if she has a website or something, because there's been a dearth of adorable .hack art in my life since Chelate's site went down.
I would've liked to see a play report from Biwa, too. And more stuff that was drawn after Redemption came out. And a holiday and a new dress and a pony.

Aaanyway. The rest of this entry will be rambling about fanfiction, specifically my own, which I know most people aren't interested in so go ahead and skip this XD;;

After that six month long - or however long it actually was - break from writing Veritas, for Various Reasons Which We Shall Not Get Into, I was worried that everyone would've forgotten about it. But somehow, it seems like I'm getting more attention than ever now (including fanart, which I will never stop being giddy about). I'm not saying that to brag, it's just like...hey, this is awesome, but I don't understand why it's happened? H-haha...

I'm a little worried that people will be disappointed though, if I don't follow up the whole Ryou-finds-out-about-R:1 events any further. Which I wasn't planning to, and I'm not sure I could alter the story to accomodate it. And I wasn't planning to make a sequel to Veritas either, at least not a full multi-chapter one. Maybe some cute little omake-type things like I've done before for extra-special readers, but nothing more; I want to try and wrap things up as thoroughly as possible, then start an entirely new project. Which I doubt anyone will like as much, but who knows ^^;;

I'm really happy and relieved to see that the fandom isn't dead, though. And now I'm gonna hop off this account and onto my RP account o/
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Subject:[see the stolen dreams of stars]
Time:10:45 pm
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So hey, let's talk about a video game that isn't .hack//G.U. I haven't done that in forever.

Because you see, Skyward Sword is going to present me with a dilemma. My love for The Legend of Zelda, versus my significant dislike for the Wii. Not that it's a completely rational dislike, since I've never played anything on a Wii ever, but all that standing around waving special controllers just doesn't appeal to me. I think it ruins the sense of immersion in a game, plus I'm incredibly clumsy, which has got to be some kind of a disadvantage XD;;
Plus it's been very strongly marketed as a 'social' console, and I am not a social gamer. Or a social anything else.

Ooor maybe I should wait until more footage is released, before deciding how much I actually care.

And now I have to go finish some RP tags before I get my ass kicked for procrastinating!
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Subject:[the rush is worth the price I pay]
Time:11:50 am
Current Mood:gloomygloomy
Since there's nothing going on in my life right now that I want to talk about, let's look at some more silly news stories.

Maybe it's just me, but when I see a headline with the words 'marriage', 'robot' and 'Japanese man' in it, I assume it's one of those crazy otaku types who's started looking for love amongst non-sentient beings. You know, like the DS guy and the pillow guy, both of whom I've mentioned before. But this time, I found a story about a Japanese robot which performed the ceremony between a perfectly normal bride and groom. Astonishing! There's hope for a new generation yet! o/
Not gonna bother linking to the story, because I've more or less explained the whole thing here. Oh, and the robot was called iFairy. That was kind of cute.

And just today, I saw a headline that was basically 'HUMAN BECOMES INFECTED WITH COMPUTER VIRUS'. Imagine my disappointment when I read on, and realised that it wasn't even remotely AIDA-like. Sigh. One day.

Also, I know that a bunch of people hate the artist I'm listening to right now, but I totally don't care. Nostalgia Chick says it's okay, and that's good enough for me.
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Subject:ECSTASY IS ONLY A HOOFBEAT AWAY
Time:10:56 pm
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Well, that election was a whole heap of idiocy :|

ANYWAY. I'm trying to pick my favourite book title from this list. I think it's between Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality and The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories XD;;

Not much else to say. I need to get back into writing or something.
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Subject:OM NOM NOM TENTACLES
Time:03:20 am
Current Mood:coldcold
Okay, I'm done fangirling over Demon Princess Barbie Xth form Endrance for now, I promise.

So the other day I went to a Christmas market that didn't sell roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, gingerbread or any of the other foods I'd associate with such a place, but did sell kangaroo and ostrich burgers. SEASONAL FAIL. Also they had paella with tiny purple octopi in it, which I did not realise until I'd already purchased some and taken several bites. Hence the entry title.
I did find some special Christmas-themed tea in a tea shop, though. It claimed to have been made with real pine needles. Um.

Oh, and I wonder how long that giant ferris wheel has been in the middle of the city. Because I do not remember a giant ferris wheel being there last time I passed that way. I kind of want to take a ride on it, but I probably won't.

Anyway. On a different topic altogether, I feel that proper published writers should know better than to use a description like 'sweet snowy globes' for someone's ass. Because no matter what sort of atmosphere had been built up before, it's guaranteed to be ruined, and all I'm left picturing is a character that's half woman, half quaint winter-themed ornament.
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Subject:OH FUCK YES
Time:07:11 am
Current Mood:FANGIRLING SO HARD OH MY GOD
There is honestly no way LINK can redeem itself for me at this point, unless a) Elk gets an Xth form too, b) it makes him look like Endrance again, and c) you don't even need me to explain the final condition, but it involves Haseo.

Looks like we have conditions A and B more than adequately met. C now please ♥♥♥



Bottom-left corner. Seriously, doesn't he look amazing? I'm psyched to see so many other returning characters from G.U. - Shino's Xth form is pretty awesome too - but holy crap I almost never get so giddy and fangirly like this. Though I'm not sure I'd love Endrance's Xth form so much if I was, y'know, straight or anything, ahaha.
I'm praying they haven't done something awful with his backstory, though.
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Subject:Suddenly I feel so much saner
Time:08:34 pm
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I can't decide what my favourite news story of the past week is. The guy who changed his name to Mr Monster Munch (non-Brits may need to be informed that this is a brand of crisps) because he ate them with every meal, or the guy who married a character from a DS dating sim (you may have seen a picture of that on fandomsecrets).

But my favourite thing of the current week is most definitely this.

People are silly, and it is wonderful.
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Subject:[I want to break your heart and give you mine]
Time:03:03 am
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Would you rent or buy the home of your dreams if a brutal murder had taken place there? What if you got to live there rent-free? Would you think twice if neighbors warned you that it was haunted?


See, this is a way more interesting Writer's Block question than most of the others I see. And yeah, of course I'd still want to live there if a murder had occurred. It's like that story 'Mustard Seeds', where the woman couldn't find a single house where nobody had ever died. If a building is old enough - and the building of my dreams would totally be some old-fashioned thing with awesome fancy architecture - then it's guaranteed people will have died there over the years, in various ways. My house is over a hundred years old, so there may have been deaths in the very room I'm sitting in, and I just don't know about it.

So anyway, yes. Presumably the previous owner was murdered for some other reason, not just because they lived in that specific house, so it should be fine. If it was haunted, however...well, it'd depend on the strength of the haunting, and whether the spirit had malicious intentions, but er, I do have a belief in supernatural forces like that, so I'd be less likely to want to live there in that case.

On the subject of spooky things, this year's fandom pumpkin project failed...because I forgot that my digital camera broke a few months back. Hence the lack of pictures. Oh well, it's all gone rotten now XD;;

Oh, and you know what's a disappointing end to a book? When your favourite character gets turned into angry magical soup. Really cool book but REALLY BAD ENDING THERE OKAY. Really amazingly cool book, though; one of the best I've read recently.

...Baww, apparently I have nothing cheerful to talk about today. Let's have a less serious quote than usual, I guess? Made me giggle, anyway.

My cousin is an agoraphobic homosexual, which makes it kind of hard for him to come out of the closet.
-Bill Kelly
(seriously I have no idea who half these people even are, besides the fact that they've said something I liked)
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Subject:[and oh be your own strength your own destination]
Time:08:12 pm
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Recently on the .hack//Wiki, some new prototype designs for a whole host of G.U. characters have been put up (they're about halfway down the page). And...I've mentioned before how frightening some of Haseo's prototype designs are, but holy crap Bandai/Namco, this is further proof you have some crazy people on your payroll. Particularly frightening were Sirus and Yata!

However, I'm amused that in half of Bordeaux's prototypes she's a TOUGH BRAWNY GUY which really wouldn't make all that 'let's love each other to death' dialogue any nicer D: Gaspard was originally twice as tall as Silabus, and Alkaid did not look better with that green hair and wacky tattoo. As for some of Endrance's designs... Um. That's not Endrance, that's Count Sparkly Von Evilface who sits on a cobwebbed throne in some Transylvanian castle, dining on the blood of virginal fangirls in between applying fresh coats of violet eyeshadow and bright green lipstick. SERIOUSLY WHAT IS UP WITH THAT.

I do prefer Endrance's A-1 design to his final one, though. The hood/cap thing instead of the hat is far nicer, and that robe looks elegant yet cosy when he has his arms through the sleeves. It'd be so cute if he could hug Haseo and wrap him up in it like that
Oh, and Pi's A-3 and B-1 designs are both significantly hotter than her final design. Someone did not make the right decisions there. Sigh.

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Since Halloween is coming up...oh, who am I kidding, I watch creepy nonsense like this all year round, even though I'm totally not brave enough for it. Crevices, a short Japanese horror story.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
- Edgar Allan Poe
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Subject:HELLO. I AM A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL SUBJECT LINE :D
Time:09:35 pm
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Last night I dreamed about Endrance shoving Sakaki's head into a trash can. Way to go there, subconscious.

Anyway! Halloween is approaching, and do you know what that means for me? It's stupid fandom pumpkin carving time! \o/

Back in 2006, I carved this, based on the logo for Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria.

In 2007, I did this, which was meant to be Velvet and Ingway of Odin Sphere but it didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped (and I whined about it).

In 2008 my plan was to do Skeith from .hack//G.U., but I left it too late to buy a pumpkin and sadly missed out. My RP partner at the time said she'd do Macha to match, but that never happened either.

BUT NOW IT IS 2009, AND I HAVE A FRESH NEW PUMPKIN ALL READY FOR CARVING. So I'll get working on a silhouette design for Skeith, since I can't find last year's.
Not gonna ask the current RP partner for a Macha though, because I don't feel I should encourage her to play with sharp objects. Just wish me luck XD;;

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The Animal Rescue Site. Clicking on the button every 24 hours helps generate food donations for rescued animals. I like the rainforest one, too.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu
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