Jan. 6th, 2010 09:13 pm
rev_yurodivy: My chimera fursona smirking and tapping the brim of her hat. (steampunk)

Also, after a ton of pattern and sewing-related errors and having to rip a lot of seams, I finally finished Sediea's hat and have a set of working templates I can use for future hats.

Pic in here! Also construction notes. )
rev_yurodivy: My chimera fursona smirking and tapping the brim of her hat. (toony yuro)
Sediea's story is finally done! Actually it was done a few days ago, I just forgot to update here. ^^; Details, details. The story is here! It's also on my FurAffinity page if anyone's interested. I'm not especially proud of how it came out, but...well, it happened, and I think some of the ideas behind it were good.

So, basically right now my queue is looking like this...

Yeah, it's below the cut, along with more tl;dr )

Anyway, that's how things are going now. ^_^ Sorry it took so long to update, microblogging is so easy in comparison it's easy to forget about my main blog.
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Just so you know I'm not dead, and actually working on things...

...I'm sewing while listening to death metal! )

A writing update will be forthcoming. I am almost done with Sediea's commission, and after hers is finished, I'll get to the rest of my queue. Then I'll be picking up some backlog...and Anomie is at the bottom of my list. That being said, I already have part of the third chapter written, so it isn't forgotten. ;) Just on the backburner.
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Okay, I think I've worked out my limits here. ^^; No more work on Anomie 'til some stories are done. Everyone's will be done by the end of the week, starting with Sediea's.


Sediea: 45% done


Aleph: 20% done
Stormkit: 5% done

Personal stories

Anomie and Devils in the House of God are on hold until I finish Sediea's commission.

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The second part to Anomie is finally up. I am really, really not happy with how long it took to update it. >.< Believe it or not, I had about a quarter to a third of the chapter finished, completely stalled on it for a few days, then finally gave up, scrapped what I had, and started over entirely. Yes, it was probably needed, and yes, it did turn out a lot better (and I like the direction a lot more now) but still...a whole week completely wasted. ._.

I'll update the queue status in a few days...for more play-by-play updates, check out my! It's like Twitter, but open-source so my morals are assuaged. I also think it's nicer on account of groups, which are kind of like LJ comms combined with a chatroom.

In the mean-time, I've had a bunch of ideas for random short stories and such. :3 Think I'm finally getting the hang of this. I'm going to save those ideas for something special,'ll all find out what eventually. ;)

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Ack ack ack. Okay, it's been way too long since I've updated my LJ. x_x Hopefully the crossposting from Dreamwidth will work. (Read about that on Feathertail's journal!)

Long story short, travel, school and preoccupation with some new projects got in the way. My travel logs are pretty dull and school is worse, so it's probably best to talk about the project.

And here it is. Oh yeah, I'm at the furry point of no return here. My writings and such now will primarily go here, as opposed to my hard drive which is where they'd been taking up residence before. I already have one story up, called Anomie! It's a collab between myself and Tachyon which will long it ends up being. I'm trying to teach myself to write on the fly here.

I'm open for commissions and requests right now! The commission/request guidelines are here. I do have a queue up, with one potential commission, a commission, and a request. When I get that sorted out I'll update the journal with a full queue.

This is the collab! It's written almost entirely by me (Tachyon did the first paragraph or so) and co-planned'd. Hopefully it's enjoyable. I did like writing it, and it's probably one of the first things I've genuinely enjoyed wriitng in a long time.

I'm also teaching myself to sew, and that could warrant some picture updates. Try not to laugh too hard at my efforts. >.>

Anyway, yeah, that's about what's been going on. Exciting, I know. I'll be posting the story links when I finish them as well, so that should give me some incentive to actually update. ^^;

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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, 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 [ profile] 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

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[Error: unknown template qotd] Limyaael's Fantasy Rants. <3 Very, very enlightening and helpful. It's influenced some of my own work-- the Disciples of Alchiba, Rogues' Nation, Bardis Eliyé, and most of the other criminal organizations I've created are inspired by her own rants on thieves in fantasy stories. At any rate, she hasn't updated for a while upon my last checks, but they're still relevant and definitely worth the read.

(Aaaaand I really need to upload some of my own junk and stop doing these. ;_; I can't help it, they're addictive!)

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Because I can't help but beat a dead horse. Well, here's something I should have done way earlier...characters. This is something that needs a lot of attention, in my opinion. Characters can make or break a story-- I'm much more willing to put up with a shaky plot but awesome characters than visa versa.

Unfortunately, a common problem in fanstories is that people like to stick a little too closely to the tried-and-true character concepts used previously in Tales. It gets old. Variations on existing themes (and deconstructions. I like deconstructions) are alright, but a little variety won't kill you. So, without further ado, let's move onto some typical Tales archetypes, and why you probably shouldn't write them (and a few that you should consider, possibly with alterations.)

Oh look, it's time for me to get long-winded again. )


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