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Sep. 3rd, 2015 07:35 pm
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Last year didn't go remotely as well as I hoped, but hope's the last to die, right?


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I don't have enough stuff up to do Day 1 properly, I can't pick a single meaningful work for Day 2, and I already wrote some resolutions as I should've done for Day 3. Day 4 will come in a few days when I have more spoons.

Day 5 - In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. ([community profile] snowflake_challenge)
I tried not to include anything insanely popular and decided to limit myself to only one work per fandom. All of these are in my perpetual list of absolute favorites and deserve more hits/kudos/comments than they already got.

Friday by boxoftheskyking (The Raven Cycle, Adam/Gansey, Mature, 9k): From this great prompt from ninnieamee: "Gansey dies. Cue Groundhog Day/Peggy Sue shenanigans for the character of your choice as they try to figure out the one course of events that prevents the death." Adam tries to save Gansey twenty-one times.

This was just heartbreaking and splendidly-written. It aligns perfectly with my vision of the characters and their relationship, has a plot that actually involves magic in a prominent role, and deals with a theme that I think isn't often talked about in a satisfactory way in fandom (Gansey's suicidal tendencies).

Been Here Before by tuesdaysgone (RPF My Chemical Romance, Frank/Gerard, Explicit, 22k): Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge took off faster than My Chemical Romance could have imagined. Gerard's downward spiral was even faster. He hit rock bottom, got sober, and moved across the country to Portland practically as soon as he'd detoxed, leaving his band and his relationship with Frank behind. Four years later, he's still clean. His graphic novel is a surprise smash hit. And he's avoided New Jersey until now. However, everything he left unresolved is still there. Gerard knows he needs forgiveness. When he sees Frank again, he realizes he needs much more than that.

One of my first MCR fics. Excruciating, will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thursdays by mintleaftea (Heroes of Olympus, Jason/Nico, Not Rated, 10k): AKA The Cruise!AU. When bartender Jason Grace befriends wizard-for-hire/performance magician Nico di Angelo, he can say with almost 100 percent certainty that his life of biweekly paychecks and cheap beers is behind him.

This is a series of standalones set in the same universe, so I suggest looking at the tag for it in the author's Tumblr and read everything. Lots of fun and enough clever ideas to write an original trilogy.
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It would have been more appropriate to post this yesterday but we're going to ignore that.

2016 was as shitty for me as it was for (it looks) most internet users: I had a very bad breakdown this June/July similar to the one that actually sent me to therapy three (I think it was three?) years ago, I've become pretty disheartened with my relationship with my family, I dropped out of university and am currently still in a crisis over this and my future in general, which doesn't make it easier to deal with the first two points. However, if I'm really honest with myself, all of these things happened for reasons I was or should have been aware of, or were the only possible outcome given the circumstances. None of it was easy to deal with, especially being forced to open my eyes on what the extent of my mental illness is or how many things in my life I let become messy beyond the point of no return, but the result is that I know more about myself and what I need to work on. It's not a nice view, but I'm looking at it.

I also had some genuinely good experiences, even if they weren't many: I got to visit my girlfriend in Milan, I hung out more with some relatives I really like, I saw an old friend again and it wasn't awkward. I got my driving license, which I never cared particularly about, but was still a success. I consumed some really good media, but that's for another section.

Goals for 2017 )

Fannish things of 2016 )
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I was thinking about writing a longer update to show that I'm alive - and I still plan to, but in the meantime I need everyone who's into podcasts and superheroes to check out this amazing Podcast About Superheroes: The Bright Sessions.

It's an audio drama about various superpowered individuals going to therapy. Each episode is a different session, so it's very character-driven and the characters include three-dimensional women (two patients, Sam and Chloe, and the therapist herself, Dr. Bright), a couple of queer teenagers (Caleb and Adam), and the latest in my Moony Crushes On Villains collection (Damien). It gets a more action/scifi plot later on, but without losing anything on the character front. It's currently on hiatus and coming back in October, I think?

But I'll confess, the reason I'm making this post isn't only that I want you to enjoy a very well-made podcast written by one of the most adorable women on the planet. The real reason is this:

screenshot of the ao3 Bright Sessions tag showing 14 works

This, my friends, is clearly unacceptable.

EDIT: I've never properly checked out the Posterchildren, but it's my understanding that if you're into that you're 99% likely to be into this.
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I took my driving theory test this morning. I have no idea how it works elsewhere, but in Italy you take a true-or-false questionnaire about driving regulations and only once you've passed it you're allowed to actually practice driving. And I did! So if you don't hear from me again rest assured I've been killed in a car crash.
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I've decided that every time Tumblr irritates me I'm going to do something like writing or updating my blog instead of engaging. It's for my mental sanity.

My writing life is going great. Not as good as some people's, but much better than 2-years-ago!me could have ever predicted. I'm figuring out what I effectively want to do with a long fic I've had planned for a long time and that is now going to be my entry for [tumblr.com profile] trcbigbang. I don't want to give away the plot just yet (because let's face it, it's still just the hypothesis of a plot), but I might share some snippets soon.

I started writing on Fanlore again, which has put it on hold for the last two days, but I'm starting back today. It's just that I find wiki editing so much fun? I'm a nerd, what can you do. Speaking of which, I think I'm going to prioritize TRC pages over PJO ones (I'm objectively fed up with that fandom), but i'm still going to finish stuff I had left open, and eventually dump some links and suggestions for people who might want to contribute. I'm also thinking I could maybe add pages about 8tracks or soundcloud, but I'm unsure if there's enough fandom activity on there to justify it? Will think it over.

I'm finally starting to understand how to use Twitter (I'm [twitter.com profile] gwimof  over there).

It's hot and the first part of my driving exam is on the 4th. Not much going on irl besides that.
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According to bookriot, at least. I can already tell I'm really not going to enjoy some of these, but I've read a ridiculous low amount (I've read a ridiculous low amount of books these past years period), so why not turn it into a reading challenge?
Bolded the few I've already read.

Read more )
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Another day, another card, this time from [community profile] trope_bingo. I wasn't kidding when I said on Twitter that if I were a dragon, bingo cards (and prompt sets and sign-ups for exchanges and challenges) would be my hoard. Hopefully it goes better than the other times. I think that's likely, because I already have quite a few ideas for this one (aiming for a blackout with only TRC fics, ofc).

CHOSEN FAMILYDEATH FICUNEXPECTED

FRIENDSHIP
LOCKED INMIND CONTROL
TWENTY-FOUR

HOURS TO LIVE
RARE PAIRSFORK IN

THE ROAD
EPISTOLARYCURTAIN FIC
LANGUAGE/

TRANSLATION
UNREQUITED

LOVE/PINING
FREE SPACEHAPPY ENDINGHANDCUFFED/

BOUND TOGETHER
POOR

COMMUNICATION

SKILLS
ROLE REVERSALCANNON FODDERBITE MARK/

BRUISE
FAKE

RELATIONSHIP
PRESUMED DEADCHARACTER

IN DISTRESS
MARRIAGESOUL BOUNDING/

SOULMATES
RITES OF PASSAGE/

COMING OF AGE
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I'm growing increasingly nostalgic of the days I had a LiveJournal, so I thought "why not" and decided to update here, instead of leaving it just for bingo cards and dear gifter letters. Not much going on in my life, as usual:

  • I dropped out of art school in January, and still have no idea what to do next. I'm not really going into it much, because that's not important. I just mention it because it's necessary to understand why I'm always apathetic and complaining about not having a direction in life (which, if I keep updating this blog, it's going to happen often). I spent the past months in an awful mental place and can't, for the life of me, recall more than a couple of days in which I haven't just sat on the same couch aimlessly scrolling through Tumblr or binge watching old TV. Needless to say, this worsens my anxiety, which leaves me drained, which makes it so that I haven't got the energy to do anything, in a very annoying, vicious cycle. This until last week or so. I've started journal RPing, and managed to write down some words (I'm disgustingly behind on [community profile] getyourwordsout), and I haven't been feeling that bad lately.
  • Tomorrow (in less than an hour) is my 20th birthday, so that's likely going to change. I know that the majority of people still on journal websites are probably going to be much older than that and laugh at this, but the idea of entering my third decade on this planet in such an uncertain situation is bad enough to make me want to crawl back to bed and never get out again. I don't know what I want to do to celebrate but if I don't come up with anything my family is going to worry (I barely get out of the house); all my (few) friends are out of town and I feel guilty about wasting their time if I ask them to hang out this weekend; all my distant relatives are going to call and ask about my life, meaning that if I don't find a way to be unavailable I'm going to have the same awkward conversation about not having a direction in life with ten different people who would rather much not talk to me at all, because I'm the Weird Cousin/Niece to all of them. You know, the one who always had a breakdown at holiday reunions and was incapable of socializing like a human.
  • I read The Raven King and it sucked, fact that will go down as Worst Disappointment of the Year, but I've started Fire and Hemlock and that looks promising. It's incredible how important The Raven Cycle has become to my fannish activities. I've always been fairly monofandom, but I usually had this sort of neat division between things I liked because they were good, and things I liked because they provided a good fandom experience. TRC annihilated that division and changed my perspective on paranormal YA (which I would actually call one of my favourite genres, but in which I've hardly ever wholeheartedly enjoyed a book). I think this fourth installment may actually have "ruined" the series on both sides (this sounds worse than it is, I still very much appreciate it as a whole), given that not only was it below the standards set by the other books, but it brought to my attention again one of the most annoying sides of Tumblr fandom: the "If you really like it, you won't criticize it" vibe. I suppose given how a lot of people criticize things on Tumblr, it's understandable that critical meta is perceived as inevitably aggressive, and that some people just don't want negativity in their fandoms, but I have yet to understand what's so hard about ignoring/unfollowing the people you disagree with. I still think I need to criticize TRK to properly get the hate out of my system, so I've decided I'll channel all of this into writing proper, canon-backed meta here on Dreamwidth (which was one of my resolutions when starting gywo), instead of just venting through a Tumblr post that might generate wank.
  • To end this on a happier note, I'm actually succeeding at keeping an irl journal. I feel like it's helping me a lot with my mental health. As of now, I only use it to note my anxiety/mood swings, and stuff that might influence it, but I read on Tumblr of someone who makes to-do lists and for every bullet point they don't manage to accomplish they write down exactly why. Now, I suppose in the OP's eyes this is going to make you look down at your excuses, feel guilty and actually get to work, but I'll do a version where I'll try to understand why exactly my brain goes "NOPE" in a certain situation, and rationally dissect and get rid of certan thought patterns. I've found I don't really work well with writing summaries of a day's events, which is a real bummer, because I have this constant low-key fear of forgetting meaningful parts of my life. I might have a try at it again, since I have all these notebooks hoarded in my drawer, now (although I doubt it'll work this time either). Notebook shopping is how I apparently dealt with university anxiety.

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