szzzt: Ashley wears his fedora brim low, his mouth hard beneath it. (made man ashley)
For the longest time, I have wanted some Sephiroth boots. Maybe a little like these. But sad sad and sad, there are no more in my size, and it is a rule that I never buy shoes without trying them on. That goes double, of course, for Sephiroth boots which I would want to wear every day.

And now I am thinking, thinking, looking at these boots--which I did get to try on--and I am thinking now, "If Sephiroth was a steampunk cowboy, he would totally wear those."

He totally would.
szzzt: Ash flips Eiji the bird. But Eiji got there first. (that one)
Saw "Prince of Persia" the other day. A disappointment. I already know, from Robin Hood, that kohl-wearing bald people are evil. In fact, the whole time I was thinking: I really want to read Outlands now. I want to leave this theater and read Outlands instead. And then I was thinking, Ryou is right over there, with that turban, with his face turned. And then I just mentally replaced whoever was talking to Darius Dustan with Leyam, and it turned out pretty well! The court of the King of Assyria took a liking to the saffron-robed man of great awesomeness and many knives, and after a few prayers to Hygeaia he embarked on a long and distinguished career with the Hounds.

The previews, on the other hand, were like awesome ladled with awesomesauce. Avatar? Check! It becomes clearer and clearer that the movie is probably a distilled Season 1, which means not Aang and not Zuko but Sokka gets to do all the heroic things like having and losing the multiple girls. But the Blue Spirit was there. The BLUE SPIRIT WAS THERE!! FIGHTING! If only I had clearly distinguished an Iroh, perhaps drinking tea, my life would be complete.

Also, there was a Scott Pilgrim movie preview! There were seven evil exes! Hey, if there is someday going to be a comic-book-based movie that is good, this might be it. And I must say I REALLY LIKE the idea of making movies of indie comics, because Strangers in Paradise has room for many many movies, not to mention ELFQUEST. ELFQUEST.

Lessee.. there was a Tron movie, where clearly the mainframe has found 4ch and Bad Things have happened... and even the Eclipse preview inspired me with a semi-desire to go see it. Who can say no to beautiful taiga surroundings containing wolves the size of Volkswagens happily munching Seattleite vamps, compostable cappuccino cups still clutched in their cold hands? It's hard! It's like every single preview was for the kind of movie I like to see. America must be in need of some escapism or somethings. Excellent.

In other news, the tab containing The Arrangement, Epilogue Part II, has been rewound baaack to The Arrangement, Chapter 1, Part 1. Oh yes. Last time, I didn't skim any of the Breaking Storm chapters either. I swear, I am going to have this fic memorized in a couple years.
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (Default)
Something about dreamwidth was suddenly making my journal display at 3000% magnification, so I changed the style and that has fixed that problem. This style is readable... but I can't figure out how to make italic text the same color as regular text, instead of the same color as unvisited links. The customization page seems buggy too; I can't expand any of the groups of settings except the top one.
szzzt: Wufei the scholar is perplexed. (wufei?)
So, as I've been saying for years, or at least months, or at least thinking loudly, a Freeport/Firefly crossover would practically write itself. Let's see if that is true!

Title: "Layover"
Author: szzzt
Rating: Worksafe for Companions and implied 2x5
Warnings: None.
Summary: Gundam Wing (Freeport)/Firefly. They say Freeport's the last best chance for the crazy and the desperate; Serenity just wants to do the job and get paid.
A/N: This is very short, just for fun and [personal profile] kkamagwi! Might be continued and perhaps develop a plot, or might languish. But I have the feeling that if I am shown more Firefly eps, continuation may spontaneously occur...!
Edit 2010/04/27: Annnnd continuation in comments, yo.

She should have known better, but even a professional could be surprised. )
szzzt: Naruto crouches, kunai in his mouth, forming a ninja hand sign. (bamf)
No seriously, they are. They're in league with the semicolons. I hear them plotting at night--to stab me in my sleep with their little pointy points. >_> COMMAS AND SEMICOLONS WHY WON'T YOU BEHAVE

What's the difference between a colon and a semicolon anyway? They're both like duct tape for joining sentence fragments right? Right! But two semicolons in a row would be weird, so clearly you're supposed to alternate them. And so, how many can you have in one sentence before you're Patrick O'Brian or Naomi Novik channeling Patrick O'Brian? Is three pushing it? How many semicolon-containing sentences can you have in a row? Because...given a free hand, and look it is free, I would write ENTIRELY in sentence fragments. Joined, if three words or less, by commas; if longer, by semicolons/colons. Uh-oh. Is that, uh, is that okay? Too late.

Who needs to use the word 'and' when you can use a comma anyway. I'm sure commas can't stab very hard. I write in quite small type.

And another thing! Let's say you're writing in reasonably tight 3rd person, and your POV character is doing things and thinking things. How do you avoid every paragraph starting with POV character's name? I look at current story and it's like:
Wufei Heero "I" Wufei Heero "And" Heero "I'll" Wufei He When Shit. Heero "If" Heero The Wufei Heero Damn. Heero "When" "That" "What" Wufei "Hn" "You" Heero Wufei "You" Wufei Heero "Ready" "No" "You're" It Heero "My" Heero Wufei "Are" Wufei Heero

Oh man, I laughed so hard writing that out. But it proves the point! I looked at one or two real books today, and they don't start more than half the paragraphs with a character name. Maybe I use too many active sentences? Maybe I need lots of passive descriptive sentences.
...Nah, not in this fic. Maybe I'm crazy and no one cares about first words of paragraphs. Or maybe it's a tip-off to claustrophobic writing--which is actually fitting for this fic--but is something it would be nice to be able to turn on and off. Maybe I should go to Absolute Write or somewhere and get actual answers for these questions, but it's more fun to just blather here.

It seems unfair that the little mechanics of writing are just about as hard as the big things, like figuring out what you want to happen in the story and how to make it happen. I guess I'm more prepared to sweat over those big things, 'cause duh, yanno that stuff's important. And if it was easy writers would never complain. But being unable to write because I can't figure out how to structure the sentence, that's just gratuitous.

Don't even get me started about bladed weapons and braided pilots XD
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (Default)
[crosspost from [community profile] oddible]

Title: "Wufei: In Esse"
Artist: szzzt
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Song/Theme: Au Revoir Simone - Shadows
Summary: Small portrait of Chang Wufei.
A/N: Done in Paint, as a way to jog me into writing more of the fic that goes along with it. So far, working. Heavy stuff goes down in parts 1 & 2, and this is protagonist-kun at the end of part 3, after he gets his ducks in a row and goes off to have lemons kick ass.

Too small for a thumbnail... )

Oh yeah~

Mar. 1st, 2010 11:41 pm
szzzt: Wufei the scholar is perplexed. (wufei?)
So on Saturday, the file holding the Current Story tied and then surpassed the largest file in my Written For Fun folder. (And that formerly largest file is not a story--it is a giant hoard of poems and fine quotes I have found trolling the Nets.) 94KB! Someone give me a cigar.

Did you know that 17,500 words is the length of a very short novella? I'm there. Plus there's another 1500 or 2000 words I haven't typed in yet... Oooh... *rubs hands in glee* (Those of you who are prolific, ignore me wigging out. I'll just be over here adoring my first story-shaped thing of length some more.)

I also have the lion's part of a lemon. I'm not sure what to think about this, but since I knew it was coming and was a bit worried about making it convincing, the hindbrain has settled on massive glee. I tell the hindbrain, "You can't tell if it's convincing! Besides, you need to write the lead-up scene now currently tagged only as 'something SPECTACULARLY KICKASS,' once you figure out what it is!" The hindbrain doesn't care. The hindbrain wants to write lovingly detailed explosions that conveniently kill off the bad guys and trap our heroes in an elevator with nothing but a futon, or something, yeah maybe I will tell the hindbrain to go take a hike for that scene, except of course for judging the correct degree of spectacular kickassery.

[personal profile] kkamagwi, you may be pleased to note that nowhere is "koi" used as a term of endearment in said lemon. That will not actually decrease its average prevalence in the fandom. *cries*

Ergh

Feb. 5th, 2010 12:30 am
szzzt: Ash flips Eiji the bird. But Eiji got there first. (that one)
When I come home, why can't I be stricken with the compulsion to write happy stories? Instead of the one I'm writing, which is like distilled ow, and which keeps getting longer? Or even to finish anything before I start something else?

*Prods ow story, which is still there, sullen and squicky and sort of breathtaking, just as it has been there awaiting writing every time it was prodded this last...entire...week and a half. God, it feels like thirty years.*

This story started after I got up from pretty wrenching dreams on a Sunday, started writing, kept writing, and managed to snatch a whole three hours of sleep before I had to stop writing for work -- Work?! What is this? I have to stop?! -- where it writhed under my skin all day and I was nonetheless elated. Apparently I wrote 4200 words that day and morning.

And it hasn't gone away. I'm used to stories flaring and burning out. This one is still there. I've managed to drag myself a little closer back to normal human mindset and even do some other things that aren't writing this stupid story, but it's there, and if I listen, more of it comes out. Un-fricking-believable. A new experience for me.

I'd be happier, I guess, if it was less disturbing than that essay I wrote in junior year in Iago-voice after we read Othello, explaining that he'd done it because he loved Othello and Desdemona so much. I think of that sometimes and wonder what the teacher made of it. I was a bit flustered, turning it in, but not ashamed...because I knew it was good.

Yeah well, this story, I dunno if it will get finished since the damn thing keeps getting longer and I persist in trying to write all parts of it at once... I'm not sure 'cause what do I know, but I think it's good.
szzzt: Wufei, ready to find the knot and cut it. (wufei)
So, sometimes I translate songs for fun. This time it was from English to Japanese, so that I could sing this song TWICE AS MUCH.

The strongest requirement is that the song be just as singable in its new form. Rhyming is not required in Japanese, but I tend to make it happen by accident.

"To Destruction" (Delorean)"

On the way
On the way down to destruction
There are places where I find my rest
Make no mistake
Make no mistake of my intention
Your arms are the place I like the best
「道のり」

道のり
破壊への道のりで
休むところもある
誤るな
俺のつもり間違えんな
好きのは君の腕の中
I cannot lie
To your face
Your lips, your skin, your hips, or your waist
I do not dare
Journey there
When I do I have found no means of escape
君の面前に
うそが出来ない
唇 ふるえる肌 腰に
旅立ち
恐ろしい
近づくと帰る道など無い
On the way
On the way down to destruction
There are places where I find my rest
Make no mistake
Make no mistake of my intention
Your arms are the place I like the best
道のり
破壊への道のりで
休むところもある
誤るな
俺のつもり間違えんな
好きのは君の腕の中
I have tried
To run away
But I am so unhappy when I am alone
So here we lie
Another night
I am a fool when I walk back through your door

[chorus to end]
逃げ出そう
ともした けど
独りでいるのが苦手
また今夜
一緒に居る
敷居またぐ愚か者同士

(コーラスもう一回だけ)


Not sure of the last line. Still in flux. I like 敷居またぐ, but how to properly fit "I am a fool" in?
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (braid)
I cannot but think that if they met Stephen would describe Laurence as "over-nice," and follow with some remarks on diet, costiveness and national character; yet admit, roundabout, the vigor of Temeraire's conversation, and lament the lack of truly, really original thinking in the sphere of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. It would be left to another man to discourse on progeny and perhaps how a man's truth is most apparent in its traces on the forming of another's mind, and to try on his fingers to number Stephen's daughters. But this would never occur to the only man who could do it, and even he does not know the whole; only we, dear readers, only we.

(Written a while back when I was varying my reread of the Aubreyad with a reread of Temeraire. Yes, someday I will acquire the ability to write shipboard stories by sheer osmosis, that is my plan.)

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