AMA AND BIRTHDAY IN TWO DAYS WHOOOOOOOOOOO
And now that I have that out of my system, I'll try to be more coherent. So, as I mentioned in the Animazement con report, (I think) I'm going to go to Anime Mid-Atlantic this weekend. ^_^ I'm not going to be technically
cosplaying, though I've got the materials for a Naoto cosplay. I have, however, got together a pretty nice steampunk outfit. :3 Definitely looking forward to showing that off on Saturday! Naoto will have to wait until Dragon*Con, NekoCon or Anime USA, if I can make either, I'm afraid.
Anime USA is looking a little grim, since it's during Thanksgiving and if I skip out on the annual Faust family Thanksgiving gathering in order to go to a larger gathering in Virginia oriented towards people who like watching Japanese cartoons, reading Japanese comics, and playing Japanese video games in order to dress up as a video game character, hear other people talk about cartoons and video games, and meet people I know from the Internet, I'll pretty much be the subject of gossip for years to come. As you have probably inferred, I am not exactly on great terms with my dad's side of the family. My mom's side of the family is a lot more supportive of my quirkier hobbies-- in fact, my maternal grandmother is helping me to put together the cosplay.
Speaking of steampunk, I'm working primarily on the Trin rewrite at the moment, along with a fanstory worldbuilding guide that's very nearly finished. The first chapter of Trin is almost
done but I keep getting stuck on the fight fgsfds. It's been way too long since I've had to write a fight scene with multiple characters. ._.; I don't know how I pulled it off the first time I wrote Trin since that was pretty much the first time I'd ever written one period, even though looking back on it the whole thing was really clumsily written. Not just the fight scene, everything about it was. *sigh* Oh well. At least I've improved in the past...er...wow, it's been two and a half years. >_> I feel old.
Next big deal: I have a regular paycheck coming in yaaaaaaaaaaaay. This has lead me to some realizations. Realization the first: I have a love/hate relationship with Failtop. I love Failtop because using it means I can be on the Internet and have instant access to writing and music most of my waking hours. I hate Failtop because the former applies only when it feels like cooperating. I've probably got a small compendium of knowledge on how to deal with the many, many hardware issues Dells have and the many, many software issues Windows has. It's gotten to the point where I've started researching workarounds in advance just in case they happen, because they probably will.
For those not in the know, Failtop is my laptop. I call it Failtop because it fails. It's had a host of technical issues ever since I've gotten it, most of which are too numerous to list in this post. Later, perhaps. ;)
Now, realization the second: I would love to have a gaming-quality rig to play SL and FFXI on. Both games...well, they work on Failtop, and that's about the nicest thing I can say. FFXI runs much better than SL, which sputters out on me pretty frequently and goes into the software equivalent of cardiac arrythmia every time I walk into an area with more than four people. I literally have just
the bare minimum of the video card specs they ask for. Furthermore, Failtop doesn't have nearly the level of storage space I would like, and those 350 gig hard drives look awful shiny from where I'm standing, what will the mere thirty gigs of space I've got left on Failtop. Also, the wireless on Failtop works erratically at best, even with a functioning adapter thanks to feathertail
. A desktop in my own room seems like a blessing right now. >_> And I miss being able to use an actual mouse. And I'll be able to install Mint using a live CD and BE FREE OF THE WINDOWS CURSE FOREVER HOORAY
! That would be a truly exciting event.
There's just one catch-- I've never rigged before. I know how a desktop is put together, but there's a difference between knowing that and actually being able to put one together. Needless to say, that makes me a little nervous, since I might accidentally set it up the bomb or something. And an exploding computer would be bad, especially if I'm nearby. So, yeah, I'm going to have a lot of research to do. >.> Especially in terms of hardware compatibility for...well, just about everything, including the games. SL in particular is finicky about video cards, it seems.
Anyway, I seriously considered getting a fursuit instead. The catch is, I really want to make my own, as it's more personal that way, but I'm not that good at sewing yet, which is why I want to start with costuming. Hopefully I can put that together soon. :3 I'll work on a personal ears-and-tail set first, of course-- gotta start small!
...Well, that was a lot of backlog. ^^; Anyway, I may or may not post the WB essay tomorrow, if I don't...well, it's not gonna be up 'til Monday at best, I'll be too busy with AMA. Also, expect pics per usual. :D