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02 January 2017 @ 01:34 am
OKAY, I celebrated the New Year by going to the pictures with a bunch of my mates! We were going to see Assassin's Creed, and while we were there [twitter.com profile] stubacca01 suggested going to see Silence, which I hadn't really been planning on seeing? But eh, I have a cinema card, so...


I don't think I enjoyed Silence, but I'm like 99% certain that you're not supposed to enjoy Silence. It is very grim, and very bleak, and I don't think that a movie about people being tortured and killed for their faith is a film I want to see, especially when there are several points where the film explicitly says that this pain and suffering the secondary characters go through is specifically to hurt the white male leads., and...

I dunno, it's really strange. It's based on a novel by a Japanese author, I think? So I might want to look at that and see how much of the commentary on Japanese culture is from that and how much from the film-makers. And I've seen someone describe this film as attempting to examine religious colonialism, but I'm not sure how much it really dug into that.


(I want to make the joke about Kylo Ren and Spiderman teaming up to track down Ra's Al-Ghul, but...)

But Assassin's Creed, though, I SURE HAVE THINGS TO SAY about that! The tl;dr is that it is so bad! Gorgeous action sequences, but the script is legitimately awful. Although the visual effects are good, and I feel like [personal profile] rionaleonhart is Sure Going To Have Opinions on how they handle the Bleed or whatever it was called. Spoilers behind the cut!

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So, my 2017 in media is starting off SUPER GREAT. :D At the very least, we've had a lot to talk about!
02 January 2017 @ 12:11 am
But then I go "Susan, if you TELL people that you're planning to consume thirty individual pieces of media AND write like thirty thousand words scattered across a whole bunch of projects, they're going to come after you with squirt bottles."

"... No don't tell them you also want to fix your sleep cycle while you do it, that's not going to help."

The lesson to learn from this is to possibly scale my goals down a little to the point where I am confident in telling people about them? But I am also very much of the "reach should exceed my grasp" school of goal setting, so I... Don't know. GOALS: I HAVE THEM. THEY NEED SOME WORK.
I am TOTALLY going to write for bb_shousetsu, I am, even if the posts never make it off this journal, I am DETERMINED. I just need people to help me pick the story I want to tell.

The theme for the next issue is "Long live the king", and I currently have two ideas that I'd be happy to write.

  1. Young king is trying to solve a mystery in his castle... That keeps killing him. The court wizard is getting REALLY FUCKING SICK of bringing him back. At some point they bone. ("Long Live The Queen" but with dudes fucking and the royal one has no magic.)
    Pro: I could have SO MUCH FUN with a deadpan snarker wizard and his beautiful sunbeam of a king and this is a relationship dynamic that I REALLY ENJOY.
    Con: I am not 100% sure I have a justification for a guy dying repeatedly yet. Could rapidly spiral out of control and turn into a whole THING that would take a zillion words and never get finished because I am me.

  2. Old king is abdicating in favour of one of his female relatives, because quite frankly he'd rather be around to see the country she built than wonder about what it would be like. He runs away with lover to have old man adventures. At some point they bone.
    Pro: Would definitely be easier to keep this story corralled to a fixed timeframe instead of letting it spiral! Established relationships might be easier to write, will almost definitely make the porn easier. Will probably need less set up/world-building.
    Con: ... I'm not saying that this would be the "THIRTY YEARS LATER" version of the other idea I had, but it totally fucking would be. Hard to go the emotional impact of the end of a reign if you've not seen any of the lead-up. What if it needs MORE worldbuilding?

  3. ... I am also not against throwing both of these settings out of the window, keeping the Ball Of Sunshine King and his Grumpy Owl Wizard and having them going wandering around asking people if they've seen his castle. He had one, y'see, and then one day it got up and walked away, and it's a bit awkward when your castle's taken off without you. At some point they bone.
    Pro: I wasn't kidding about how much I like that combo of traits. Honestly might be easier to keep the story contained because it's got a very definite goal ("King has no castle -> King has a castle"). Grumpy Wizard could probably be 1000% grumpier and it would be 100% legit. Adventurer Kings are the BEST kings.
    Con: ... I literally just came up with that idea at 3:12 in the morning, that is probably a terrible idea, you can tell because it delights me.

So... Thoughts? Opinions? No Susan don't write any of those, all of those ideas are stupid?

(I have this thing where I come up with an idea before I go to work, roll it around for a while as I shelve books, and then I realise that my shiny new idea was still a bit sticky and now it's covered in lint and I'm not sure I can be trusted with it anymore. This is why I'm outsourcing my good decision making skills.)
31 December 2016 @ 11:55 pm
John Oliver pressing a lever and blowing up a sign of 2016

This year has SURE BEEN A YEAR, guys, but look! Look at us! WE FUCKING MADE IT. (Disclaimer for if the world ends between me hitting post and this hitting your timelines: TOO FUCKING BAD, HALF OF THE WORLD IS AHEAD OF ME AND AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE I LIKE HAVE MADE IT OUT OF THIS NIGHTMARE HELLSCAPE OF A YEAR! \o/ \o/ \o/ )

But in the spirit of walking out of 2016 with two middle raised and a smile on my face, here is a small selection of good things that I remember happening this year!

  2. I wrote so much, guys. I wrote so. Much. I don't care about the quality, I did it and that's the most important thing! I wrote for [community profile] ladybusiness! I wrote for The Lesbrary! I wrote for me, and I have written for me every fucking day this year whether I wanted to or not! That matters.

  3. My baby sister has gone back to uni to get a masters, and Lex has got a promotion, and I may still be at my library but I have been trying out for jobs and finding out where I might fit!

  4. I finally got round to do things that I've been threatening to do for literal years. Like signing up for that sign-language course, and getting my ears pierced, and using my words when things are bothering me!

  5. I have consumed so much good media this year, guys, SO MUCH. I am so stoked about the stuff I've read and played and watched, and I got to hang out with my friends for most of it, either in person (for the video games and boardgames) or online (for the books and TV and audio stuff!). THANK YOU FOR SPENDING YOUR TIME WITH ME EVERYONE, I LOVE YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOU DOING THAT.

  6. But hey, we made it! We survived, and we're here, and I am proud of all of us. We did good. We're going to do better, and I want you all to know that I love you and I am proud of you. Happy new year, everyone!

    Play us out, John.

Okay, guys, help. I'm trying to pick out my reading goal for next year, and it's proving DIFFICULT.

  • According to GoodReads, I read 178 books this year (actual number may fluctuate because not everything I read is GoodReads), which is a bit higher than my goal of 150?

  • (I hit 150 in August, and then pretty much aggressively slacked off for the rest of the year because I was so behind on Eight Book Minimum. TAKE NOTES AS YOU READ, KIDS, BE BETTER THAN YOUR DISREPUTABLE AUNTIE SUSAN.)

  • If I am committing to Eight Book Minimum again, which was fun when it wasn't a bin fire of me being bad at regular posts and was a good way to cover books that I wasn't going to talk about in depth ever, that translates to... Okay, basic maths says it's about 208? Round it to 210 because I dislike unrounded numbers. That would be a CHALLENGE, but it would probably be doable?
    • Q: Oh my god Susan ARE YOU HIGH

    • ... I might be high, that still sounds like a lot of books

  • Part of my problem is that I wanted to up my challenge rating by having at least a third of what I read be prose for a change. No restrictions on fiction or non-fiction, just... Definitely has to be prose. That's not a terrible goal, right?

  • (Q: Susan, how do you think you're going to manage this?
    A: I have all of Pluto to read on New Year's Day, and I'm going to reread literally all of the Skip Beat omnibi before I read the one that comes out in January. That's twenty books right there. ... Also I need to read all of my library books that I've been ignoring, oops. That's like forty prose books right there, so.)

  • So, my options: I could keep the same overall goal (150), and count the level-up as having more prose? I could just go for 210 books and let anarchy reign? I could go for 210 and make 70 of them prose? I take one and have the other as a stretch goal? I DON'T KNOW.
OKAY, WE MADE IT. We're finally at the episode that derailed me and my planned schedule for these reaction shots like TWO WEEKS AGO. I need to write this up, write some fic, watch episodes eleven and twelve, and then I can finally go on twitter again. This is Thursday, by the way, I haven't been on my twitter timeline in over 24 hours and I don't know who I am anymore.


Links: Link to watch Yuri On Ice on Crunchyroll
Lost in translation post where someone highlighted mistakes in the subs.
My reaction thread on twitter.
Dreamwidth posts: First impression, episode one, episode two, episode three, episode ten, after which I had to loop back to start and shriek loudly about episodes one to three again. Episode four, episode five, episode six, episode seven, episode eight, episode nine

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MERRY WINTER FESTIVITIES TO YOU AND YOURS, MY BEAUTIFUL INTERNET BRETHREN. If you aren't celebrating, happy Sunday! If you are, hope y'all have a lovely time! <3
I need to work out what order to watch these in, because clearly release order is the order that the box set WANTS me to watch them in, but fuck that noise. I'm thinking maybe chronological order? But I don't necessarily know how that's going to work, especially as I haven't seen any Wolverine film after Origins (You did WHAT to the Merc With A Mouth?!), so guys, speculate with me.

I'm currently thinking

  1. X-Men: First Class (Because I'm pretty sure that's canon in all timelines)

  2. Wolverine: Origins (I remember the team at the start being the best ten minutes of the film? ASK ME HOW HARD I AM GOING TO ROLL MY EYES AT THE DOUBLE-DIP FRIDGING)

  3. X-Men (The one with the jellyfish and Rogue that I remember NOTHING ABOUT beyond JELLYFISH)

  4. X-Men 2 (I remember slightly more about this one, but my consistent thing has always been "The mansion raid had cool bits! Can I have more like that!" and I don't remember why I thought this.)

  5. X-Men 3 (UGH DO WE HAVE TO)

  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Because you see, he definitely remembers 3 and 3 is the lead-in to the darkest timeline SOMEHOW, so I guess we have to have that first, and also I guess I should find out if this is the Rogue Cut or not?)

  7. X-Men Apocalypse (AGAIN, EYE-ROLLING AT DOUBLE-DIP FRIDGING but this has the redeeming value of Hobo Erik and 90s Charles, with bonus Younger Team!)

But I legit don't know where any of the Wolverine movies fit in, or if this is the correct timeline order, or even if we need X-Men 3 at all. Thoughts? Opinions?
25 December 2016 @ 08:32 pm
(Although it turns out that if you give me the right cue I can still sing Ding Dong Merrily On High with the correct grammar school girl intonation! ... I wonder if I can still do Adeste Fidelis?)