spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
2014-10-31 01:52 am

[sticky entry] Sticky: Where to find me on the internet!

  • [personal profile] spindizzy: Here! I don't know how you're reading this if you don't know that, but let's start with the basics. ;) This is my spottily updated journal, mostly real-life blather with occasional dips into fandom.

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2015-09-22 12:31 am
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Prompts?

Hey guys - this post is going to be a sticky, so feel free to come back to it whenever you fancy! I'm doing my best to make it easy to find.

I WOULD LIKE YOU GUYS TO LEAVE ME PROMPTS, IF THAT'S OKAY. Any fandom you think I'm into or would like, any/no pairings, as many comments/prompts as you'd like. I just... Want to make a repository of things for me to write in the future that's a bit less intimidating than going through the [community profile] ff_exchange backlist. Like, I won't promise that I'll get to everything, but I really like the idea of having a fixed place to look for inspiration?

spindizzy: (When you put it like THAT)
2017-10-17 09:40 pm
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Reaction shot master post!

Because I do a lot of these when I'm watching a tv show, and a masterpost is only as convenient as it is to find it.

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In Progress
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On hiatus/abandoned
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spindizzy: (Just let me rest)
2019-04-23 10:58 pm

I swear my doctor is actually good

Right, I've been avoiding my coping strategies like the plague for two weeks, so as you can imagine I am in a little bit of a state. I've got deadlines that I was cheerfully oblivious to until about an hour ago and like, a whole 8:45-17:15 shift that I just completely forgot existed until the manager rang me.

("Did you know that you're down to work at [library] today?"
"Am I?"
"That explains why you aren't there then!")

I also went to the doctor's today! [twitter.com profile] hardlyaverage was my responsibile adult, which was good because the plan was to ask my doctor if I could be tested for ADHD, and his reaction was... Pretty mild, but still "Are you sure you want that?"

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Anyway, I THINK I've worked out what I need to get done tomorrow (proofreading, frantic reading, somehow trying to find time to swim AND write AND email about a shift I'm not sure I can do anymore, don't let myself get distracted doing the things that require no brainpower). I can do that! See you all tomorrow, hopefully when I've got a bit more done.
spindizzy: Saber kneeling (Devotion)
2019-04-22 11:50 pm

Reaction Shot: Fate/Prototype (or, the Fate series that never was)

Right, here's the explanation for Fate/Prototype as I understand it: once upon a time, Type Moon took the original notes and setting they had for the Fate franchise and animated a tiny part of it! This was back when the anime apparently had a female protagonist (I AM SULKING THAT THEY CHANGED THIS) and Saber was a guy! I am confusion at the idea, but also very here for the idea of replacing Shirou with a goth girl who understands the plot and would rather not.

(Obviously the romances with Rin/Saber/Sakura would have to remain unchanged, gimme.)

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spindizzy: (Long way down)
2019-04-20 02:51 pm

[Fic] Bioshock Infinite // An Attempted Murder

Having a week where words feel like pulling teeth but I DID IT ANYWAY.

Bioshock Infinite | An Attempted Murder
G | Booker, Elizabeth | 100 words | No spoilers | Written for the [community profile] drabble_zone prompt "Murder." | Once she was looking, she could see them; birds sat on branches and statues, unnaturally still.

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2019-04-18 12:42 pm

Oh god so I made a Patreon

And I have really weird and complicated feelings about it that I need to go through at some point instead of splurging everywhere, but also... Hi, I made a patreon, I am having feelings about it that can only be expressed in the form of "!!!!!"

I am telling myself that IT IS FINE, this can just be an experiment until the end of May so that I get the grandfather rate for Patreon after the new rates roll in, and then I can put it on pause! And it'll be less scary if I ever bring it back, because I already did it once! I just. Am slightly "!!!!!" right now.
spindizzy: (We'll give him a rebellion)
2019-04-16 08:16 pm

Reaction Shot Master Post: Nirvana in Fire

If you want to watch Nirvana in Fire legally, it's available on Viki.

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spindizzy: (Come at me bro)
2019-04-15 08:28 pm

Reaction Shot: Nirvana in Fire Episode 2 (or, *GROSS SOBBING ABOUT GRANDMAS*)

OKAY, more Nirvana in Fire time! I think this is the point where I start yelling at the Emperor for bad decisions and crying over the Empress Dowager and just never really stop.

I also found [personal profile] coffeeandink's INFINITELY BETTER PITCH for Nirvana in Fire, so I recommend checking that out! [community profile] disgracetoscholars talked about this episode, and specifically the politics around Nihuang's marriage! You can watch the episode legally/for free on Viki!


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spindizzy: Knitting (It's harder than it looks)
2019-04-13 01:28 pm

Reaction Shot: 镇魂/Guardian 1 (or: ZHAO YUNLAN, STOP THAT)

Right, I think I've been the infection vector for at least three people on twitter, so it's time to bring it to Dreamwidth. Guardian is a CDrama based on a webnovel, and it is... Very Variable in quality. I love it, but I would like to remind you that my love does not actually imply anything about the quality of a show. AS LONG AS WE'RE CLEAR ON THAT, let's go! It is all available legally and subtitled on youtube – episode one is here! but the sub quality is ALSO Variable.

What you need to know is that it was originally an urban fantasy BL series with one of the protagonists being the reincarnated love interest of the other, but the censors apparently decided that the supernatural stuff would not fly, so it's now a Super Het series set on another planet that's suspiciously close to Earth, and there is somehow no reincarnation but ten thousand years of Eternal Pining and loyalty anyway, and also the censors say it's a bromance but the actors are going HARD so, y'know, I know who I'm betting on. There are people with magic powers living underground! There are oblivious people living on ground level! The protagonist works for the police on a squad of various magical weirdos (including a ghost, a shapeshifting cat, a snake lady, a puppet-wielding murder vector, and The Other Guy) as they try to catch people commiting magical crimes! (Was it [community profile] disgracetoscholars who said their role was basically to be magical ICE? Because I don't want it to be true, but it's also KINDA TRUE.) There is someone in a black cloak who is DEFINITELY JUST THE ENVOY TO THE UNDERGOUND CITY and DEFINITELY HAS NO CONNECTION TO THE LEADER OF THIS SQUAD, IGNORE THE MAN WHO KEEPS TURNING UP SUSPICIOUSLY AT CRIME SCENES, THIS IS FINE.

... There is so much slow-burn pining okay, this is genuinely fine.

([personal profile] lazulisong wrote a better summary over here.)
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spindizzy: Joshua looking smug at the camera. (o rly?)
2019-04-04 06:14 pm

Sleep? I don't know her

Good morning my darlings! How are you you all? What've you been up to?

I am moderately-to-very tired. Still falling asleep at random moments (most recently: during training sessions at work, which was weird because I'd close my eyes, my brain would go "The presenter is moving towards you really fast!" and then I'd jerk awake and she wouldn't have moved, it was just my brain misfiring because I was asleep enough to dream, but awake enough to know that things were happening around me.). I did mention it to my doctor! I'm now on variable amounts of Amitriptylene, which is... It's a thing? Apparently it's a muscle-relaxant, which is good because it means that I'm not grinding my teeth in my sleep, but also bad because I don't think I'm sleeping properly. UGH why is basic maintenance so complicated? Why did my doctor tell me that my weird dreams are a sign of not sleeping enough?

Apart from that... Um. I've been watching more She-Ra, and Scorpia was on-screen for a whole three seconds before I paused it and had to tell Lex that I was in love with her. ("I told you you would be!" "Yes, and I'm telling you that you were right.")

For games, well.
  • I've been too frazzled to play FFXIV, which is awkward because I was enjoying getting MASSIVELY LOST on the tiny intro maps. Not sarcasm! Genuinely was just massively getting lost outside of Ul-Dah and HOPING that I'd somehow end up somewhere I needed to be. I've also somehow managed to somehow become a higher level weaver than I am a gladiator, despite spending one (1) evening on being a weaver and several on being a gladiator.

  • I've been playing Bomber Crew as a brain break, which is frustrating because my plane dramatically crash-landed and now I need to buy a NEW PLANE and run BABY MISSIONS until my plane can actually survive... No, that'll do, just until it can survive. I don't have high hopes for this new plane, especially because I can't store enough parachutes for emergencies so I've had to choose my designated survivors.

  • I bought the Ardyn DLC for FFXV (I AM STILL ANGRY THAT WE DIDN'T GET THE ARANEA AND LUNAFREYA DLCS, BECAUSE WHY DID YOU CANCEL THE DLC THAT WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY PUT PLAYABLE FEMALE CHARACTERS IN YOUR GAME YOU ARSEHOLES!), but I've not played it yet. I think I'm canary-in-a-coal-mining it for Team Naptime? I could be wrong. ... I really hope it doesn't make me feel sympathy for Ardyn because he's my "Ugh, TAKE YOUR SCRUFFY FACE AND ATTRACTIVE VOICE AND LEAVE SIR!" character for FFXV.
  • I finally started playing The Arcana, only about two years after [twitter.com profile] branewurms recommended to me! I desperately want to date ALL OF THE CHARACTERS but I'm trying to be restrained and play the free routes before I go ham and buy EVERY ROUTE of them. My livetweet is over here, and it mostly consists of "LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL IDIOT" and "DO NOT BANG THAT IDIOT" in equal measure. I'm probably going to come on here and shriek in long form though.

  • *takes short break to screen in a different document about it*

Apart from that... [twitter.com profile] captainraz and I are doing Camp Nanowrimo because she wants to work on her next novel, and I want to sink a lot of words into my various projects for this year, because hahahaha I have so much to write and not enough hours in the day. Or y'know, there ARE enough hours in the day, but I have to spend some of them doing boring things like "working" and "sleeping." On the plus side, I currently have more reviews queued up for Lady Business that I actually published at all last year, so I can't be doing TOO badly.

So yeah, that's me. Continuing to be a disaster in all the ways you know and love, trying to get enough time to play ALL the games. What about you lot? What've you been up to?
spindizzy: Alice waving her arms with a love heart over her head. (Squee!)
2019-04-04 09:06 am


I don't know if any of you saw the announcement on Tuesday, but LADY BUSINESS IS NOMINATED FOR A HUGO AGAIN! \o/ Amazing, incredible, I am so happy and so grateful and I bought books to celebrate! Thank you everyone! ;_____; (Also [personal profile] renay found out that our names are in Entertainment Weekly, and just – that's a REAL thing. That is a thing that normal people read! How on earth did our names end up THERE when literally half of what I do on that site is capslock about terrible manga?
spindizzy: The ordinary are so frequently oblivious to the extraordinary. (Oblivious to the extraordinary)
2019-04-04 08:28 am

[Fic] Pet Shop of Horrors // Disregard

Wow, I really went back to my fannish roots for this one.

Pet Shop of Horrors| Disregard
G | 100 words | Count D, Leon Orcot | Set-post series | Written for the [community profile] drabble_zone challenge "Elephant" | D refused to acknowledge he was there.

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2019-04-01 07:50 am

Reaction Shot: Today's Menu for the Emiya Family Episode 4 (or, the fanciest of sandwiches!)

Things I didn't expect to ever happen: feelings about an episode of a tv show centring on people eating sandwiches together. Wut.

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spindizzy: (Long way down)
2019-03-25 09:43 am

Fic: Bioshock Infinite | What Goes Up

Bioshock Infinite | What Goes Up
G | 100 words | Elizabeth, Booker | Written for the [community profile] drabble_zone | It was pure instinct: the explosion threw Booker off the rooftop, and Elizabeth leapt after him.

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2019-03-25 07:53 am

Reaction shot: Princess Principal Episode 12 (Or: IT'S RAINING ON MY FACE)


(Masterpost for Princess Principal)

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spindizzy: (Shut it down)
2019-03-20 11:35 am
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[Fic] Resident Evil (movies) | Iteration

Resident Evil (movies) | Iteration
G | 100 words | Alice | Only makes sense if you've seen Resident Evil: Extinction (the third one), written for [community profile] drabble_zone prompt "slinky" | Some thing were always the same.

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spindizzy: (Be happy!)
2019-03-20 09:21 am

March is apparently the busiest of months!


  • IT WAS MINE AND LEX'S ANNIVERSARY! We have been together for ten years and married for five! (This is such a long time, where did it all GO?!) I'm glad we made it, and I love him. ♥ ♥ ♥ We ended up going to the Imperial War Museum North and then wandering around Manchester for a while, so that was a pretty good way to ring in our anniversary? Or at least it was VERY US, so it's appropriate. (It's great when a trip has all of my favourite things and people in it, and this one had LEX and FAMILY and FOOD and MUSEUMS and ALL OF MY FAVOURITE SHOPS, so it was good.)
    • Way #341 I can tell that the fluoxetine is working: the Imperial War Museum North has a map that shows how far the fallout would go if a nuclear bomb fell exactly on the museum, and I was fine! Last time I saw that thing I had an anxiety attack! ... I didn't realise why Lex was like "Oh, we don't have to look down this bit if you don't want to" until AFTER WE LEFT. I was awake.

    • Fanboy3 (our Friendly Local Gaming Store in Manchester) has moved, and the space it's in now is SO MUCH BIGGER and laid out so much better! Lex managed to convince me not to buy RPG systems that I'm not going to run (because I don't DM), and I managed to convince him to buy Kodama Duo so we could build trees for cute little tree spirits.

    • The lady in charge of Travelling Man is the same lady who was in charge of it when I was fourteen and first started going there, this is AMAZING to me. Also they have so much GOOD STUFF that I didn't even know was out yet!

    • We had so much good food, omg. We had a like, two-day quest for noodles, because day one, I was too potato-brained to be able to face going out and looking for food, and when I'd recovered it turned out that the restaurant we were going to had not only been closed, but was also being demolished. We EARNED our noodles.

    • Waaaaah I want to go home now and hug Lex and tell him how glad I am that we're still married, DAGNABBIT STUPID WORK.

  • Jilly graduated! We are now both MASTERS OF THE ARTS! Hers is in Theology, mine is in Librarianship, so I'm pretty sure that by D&D logic she's a divine caster and I'm an arcane caster. I AM SO PROUD OF MY GENIUS LITTLE SISTER!!!

    • This time me and Mum both got to be there! Last time she graduated, the car broke down on our way to the graduation ceremony so we had to go back to start AND get a train, but lo! This time we made it!

    • We ate SUCH FOOD afterwards, because how else do you celebrate major events but with massive amounts of Italian food? And because Jill and I ARE magic, we both managed to wear lipsticks that could tank the entire meal without so much as a smudge.

    • Jill also took this chance to show me the beginning of Until Dawn, which made me think of [personal profile] rionaleonhart for obvious reasons. I would tentatively be up for playing it with [twitter.com profile] splend so that he can do all of the scary or difficult bits and also listen to me complain that these teenagers don't LOOK like teenagers in any way.

    • (I feel a little bad, because I've recently developed this problem where I start dozing off the instant second there isn't something that I need to be doing, which meant that as soon as Jill had finished her walk of brain and we had waved and whooped appropriately, I started falling asleep. Like I was awake enough to keep clapping, but I would close my eyes, the speaker would say something like "International Jewel Thief, such-and-such," and I would jerk awake because THAT'S NOT RIGHT. I'm sorry people who graduated after Jill! Your accomplishments are valid! The fact that I couldn't stay awake is no reflection on you!)

    • ... Me and Jill both had the reaction of "Wait, YOU'RE the chancellor of this uni? But I've seen you on BBC panel shows, wtf," so I'm glad I wasn't alone in that.

    • Seriously Jill is so smart and so good and I'm really proud of her, and I'm interested in seeing whether her housemates DO successfully con her into doing a PhD somehow.

    • (Unrelated, but Jill, if you're reading this: YOU ARE VALID AND GOOD AND I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE, EVEN IF IT'S YOU.)

But yeah, that's the main beats of what I've been up to lately! I took my mum to see Les Misérables, which I booked all the way back in June and it was still worth the wait! I've been lured into FFXIV, where I'm playing a Gladiator whose two main traits are BIG and PURPLE! Captain Marvel was actually good and a perfect anniversary movie! Svetlana, my new laptop, is working SO MUCH BETTER now that I uninstalled McAfee, which had somehow managed to lock both my start menu AND my task bar! I do in fact have blood, my blood just doesn't have Vitamin D in it! (I'm not saying that I was five points off the medical intervention cut off point, but if the recommended amount is 50, and the medical intervention point is 30, I was on 35.) I haven't felt up to doing anything lately (like, I haven't been properly on twitter in nearly a week now), but I did read twenty volumes of manga in four days as part of that, so maybe the key to recovery for me is "Read manga until you hit your kill limit" and "listen to Shine My Shoes on repeat until you can embody the concept of being a big band number about stepping on people!"

I think I'm doing okay. Or at least I think I might be escaping the change-of-season doldrums that I fall into every year and still get surprised by, so that's good! What's everyone been up to? How have you been?
spindizzy: (Be happy!)
2019-03-20 08:18 am

Good morning!

Good morning! Just the quickest of notes to say that I've been a bit under the weather brain-wise recently, but this morning I got into work and felt like I'd gotten to the end of a three-week-long version of Ohayo, so just – I am still live and alive!SO MUCH has happened that I need to tell you about, but I just wanted you to know that I finally feel better and I love you all. ♥
spindizzy: Text icon: "And then canon got fucked so everyone lived happily ever after." (Canon got fucked)
2019-03-19 11:22 pm

Reaction Shot: Nirvana In Fire Episode 1 (or, LET THE SCHEMING COMMENCE)

Do I just want to tag every single Nirvana In Fire post as "BE PREPARED FOR THE COUP OF THE CENTURY" as the single most appropriate tag. Do I.

So yes, I am watching Nirvana In Fire again, because sometimes what you really need in your life is an intense historical political drama whose explicit purpose is to make you cry your heart out over things that have been set up from episode one. It was my first cdrama, and apparently I've now set my expectations unreasonably high for every other drama out there? Whoops. The things you need to know is that it's a story about the manipulations and strategies it takes to be heir to the throne, revenge for events that took place over a decade ago in universe, and more secret identities than you can shake a stick at. It's ridiculous, I love it.

If anyone wants to watch along with me, Nirvana In Fire is available legally on Viki!

[personal profile] coffeeandink has written a proper recap over here with talk about symbolism! [community profile] disgracetoscholars has written a recap/group discussion combo!

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2019-03-17 11:20 pm

Reaction Shot: She-Ra Episode Two (or JUST GIVE HER THE SWORD)

RIGHT, I'm back, with more She-Ra because apparently what I'm in the mood for is pureness and joy. And hopefully fewer giant bugs. GO ADORA, GO!

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spindizzy: Noct hanging off the side of a building (Great view from up here)
2019-03-07 08:25 pm
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[Fic] Final Fantasy XV | Now I See Through You

I swear to you Squeem made me an Ignis icon and I cannot find it anywhere, where did I put it?

Final Fantasy XV | Now I See Through You
G | 200 words | Ignis, Gladio | Set post-Episode Ignis: Extra Verse, implied spoilers | Written for the [community profile] drabble_zone prompt "Glass", title from Shattered Hopes (Warning: song contains sudden screaming). | "Am I so transparent?"

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spindizzy: I feel like I spent the whole day fighting guys in rubber suits! D: (I feel like I've fought fake aliens)
2019-03-05 12:27 pm
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So I played Gris (or "*Batista voice* METAPHOR!")

Okay, I played Gris, which is a weird little platformer about recovering from grief that is very pretty! It's got swirly watercolour backgrounds and a very dreamy soundtrack, and playing it felt weirdly like a guided meditation but with jumping puzzles and occasionally a giant bird that hates you. It sort of feeds you mechanics and new abilities in a way that suggests that your little character is recovering and learning to cope with her ever-changing emotional state/environment. (Like, I got to the first proper level, where there are buffeting winds that throw your character across the map and I was just like "Oh, it's a metaphor!" The game makes much more sense once you realise it's a metaphor.) And I liked the way that the colours come back and mix and change as you go through! ... Although I'm a little wigged out by the protagonist having a proper face, but tiny stick figure arms. I understand why that design choice was made, but.

It's cool, and I liked it, but I need to sit down with people and discuss what we think is actually happening because I didn't realise that my reading was universal until I read this Sidequest article about it and became three confusion gifs in a trenchcoat. (Spoilers, obviously.)

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