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inevitableentresol: Apollo Justice, games character, touching his forehead in a puzzled manner (Apollo finger forehead)

Remix because the original didn't emphasise enough that it's Charley who is the big cheese(plant) who hogs the spotlight and has all the knickers thrown at him.

(On AO3) (original prompt)
inevitableentresol: lady in Edwardian dress holding a fan (fan lady Edwardian music hall)

This is a banner I did for [personal profile] marginaliana's [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang fic, which has just been posted.

Either click on the image above, or the fic title below.

One More Time With Feeling (or, Charlie Brooker and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day) by [personal profile] marginaliana
Charlie Brooker/David Mitchell, British Comedy RPF, 50k words, explicit.
Summary: December the seventh, 2009. Recording day for the Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Charlie wakes to the sound of his mobile.

I'm not a huge RPF fan, which made my enjoyment of this Groundhog Day-style fic all the more surprising. This fic is a real page turner, if that term isn't hopelessly archaic to use for a fic hosted on a digital archive.

The fic avoided most of my usual problems with RPF, especially of being disrespectful to the ladies. It's set in the time before both men found their future wives. The science fiction/time travel aspects of the fic also put what happens firmly in the realms of fiction, allowing me to enjoy it much more. Perhaps in one of a million alternate dimensions, this universe was even possible.

I can recommend this fic if you like time travel, really slow build sexual tension, bisexual characters and very funny dialogue with awkward British men continually putting their foot in it.

The art is a nod to the third paragraph of the fic in which Charlie drops his mobile phone and breaks it.
inevitableentresol: landscape background from Bravely Default game (Bravely Default Caldisla city)

Sketches for a thing I'm doing for [community profile] parallelsfic. From official art of this character showing his different designs through the Ys games. What I like most about him is how much he smiles. I've a real fondness for optimistic types.

I've been looking at a lot of art by Akihiko Yoshida like this and this as inspiration for how I want the final piece to be. His stuff is so beautiful. Most of his work is collected on the useful fan blog [tumblr.com profile] akihiko-yoshida.

Going to put the full size big version of these sketches behind a cut. Read more... )
inevitableentresol: landscape background from Bravely Default game (Bravely Default Caldisla city)

Tiki, a manakete from Fire Emblem Awakening. I love how her design references seahorses and seaweed.

Seaweed reference.


Jun. 20th, 2015 11:40 pm
inevitableentresol: drawing of a cat who looks like he's got a mustache, sitting on a roof (Moustache cat by tealin)

Sketches for a thing I'm doing for [personal profile] marginaliana for [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang. (They're looking for more artists here.)

If you can tell who this is you get a cookie.
inevitableentresol: plant in field, romantic (Backlit cow parsley)
Beautiful Music
I was researching music that might have been popular in Regency times for one of the Big Bang fics, and came across Gluck, and then this BBC performance of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.

A lot of this opera is familiar to my ear, I just couldn't put a name to where it came from before. It's one of those things that I feel like I always must have known, and now that it's in my life it fits perfectly.

Crocodile Fairy Tale
A fic I did beta for is now up. I can recommend it if you like nicely crafted fairy tales about lady crocodiles and princes.

- Petsuchos by [archiveofourown.org profile] cirque (gen, no warnings beyond usual fairy tale darkness) written for [community profile] once_upon_fic
inevitableentresol: Miles Edgeworth with the head of a pigeon (Team Pigeon Edgeworth)
[personal profile] infelphira, my erstwhile cheerleader for Ace Attorney Big Bang, claimed pigeons as my mascot for our team here.

In response, I made this with my new Sensu stylus and AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro on my tablet. First drawing made with both of them, can't get the hang of the brush end of the stylus though, so stuck to the nobble on the other end.

I honestly can say I haven't been prouder of myself for a long time. This is the stuff of art.

I even finished editing chapter 1 of my fic last week. Woohoo.

Edit: Some art & stuff of pigeons and fantastic art of other birds.
inevitableentresol: a Victorian gentleman with the body of a carrot (Default)

I did this!

It's a trace from this, btw (except for the mouth, which I'm in two minds over). I always wanted to trace my art but never had the opportunity before I got a tablet.


I love his colourways. I used my finger to draw this which got a little less annoying as I went on. Palette taken from this portait by Matisse. I want to do a whole pile of Matisse/Ace Attorney drawings.

I'm so excited about life in general these days.

inevitableentresol: lady in Edwardian dress holding a fan (fan lady Edwardian music hall)
On my list of ancient literature Beowulf was pretty high up on what I wanted to read soon, preferably the Seamus Heaney translation. So I was delighted to recently find out Radio 4 was re-running it as book of the week. (Most of it is still up there.) Even better, Heaney was reading it himself.

The translation was undoubtedly fine, both clear and with some enjoyable turns of alliteration. Heaney's reading is wonderful. Still, the epic tale itself was less interesting than I'd expected. I actually used the episodes several times as a cure for insomnia.

I amused myself by counting the number of synonyms for "mead hall" (gift hall, gold hall and royal hall being some of them). Wow, that really shows how little I got out of this work. Spot the Tolkien influence was another game I used to keep myself entertained. There was a lot of epic naming of weapons going on.

I have no desire whatsoever to buy the book now, which saddens me. After all that build up, I thought it was going to be better.

Books I've picked up in the last few months and then lost interest in
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk - An Ottoman minaturist is involved in a murder. Fantastic backdrop for a story. Unfortunately, I found the style over-florid and far too literary in a self-conscious way. Eventually my patience wore out. I'll probably go back later.

- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon - This is a really interesting book about WWII golems and comic book writers. Gripping! But the book is really heavy and my arthritis flared up (a family problem). So not so gripping after all. Looking forward to reading more of this soon.

Currently reading
Book One of the Harry Dresden Files. It's literally a light read, for which my hands thank the author. This is a detective noir pastiche involving a modern day wizard and starts faithful to its source. By the midway point, which is where I'm at now, it's showing signs of growing more into its own creature in a pleasing manner. Dresden shows a sense of self awareness that most 50s noir detectives lack, which is refreshing and makes me warm to him even through his occasional bouts of aggression. I'm hoping the style will keep improving as it goes on.

Want to read
Story of the Stone

Hey Hoss

Feb. 27th, 2015 12:53 am
inevitableentresol: creepy drawing of the Blue Badger, a man dressed as a cartoon character (Blue Badger)
Literally as I was sending you a message, you deleted your account.

Keep well anyway! Thanks for all the short story recs.
inevitableentresol: a Victorian gentleman with the body of a carrot (carrot gentleman)
I'm reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I'm only a few chapters in, but so far it's a really good book.

Then I came to a part where an escape artist has to make an escape in 23 degrees Celsius water. He acts like that's a really big deal. The character specifically mentions that he tried to use the tap water at home to practice on, but it was nowhere near that cold.

He lives in Europe. And it's April.

Just this one tiny detail is throwing me so hard that I had to stop reading. Where I live in Europe, where it hardly even ever snows, tap water is usually 5-10 degrees Celsius at that time of year. It doesn't reach near 23 degrees unless we have a crazy heat wave at the end of a long hot summer.

Seriously. What parallel universe does this guy live in where 23 degree Celsius water could be called cold?
And why has this one tiny thing thrown me right out of the story?
inevitableentresol: a Victorian gentleman with the body of a carrot (carrot gentleman)
I finished Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch about two months ago. It's a supernatural horror crime novel set in a magical version of London, and a fun read although it didn't jump to the top of my favourite-ever list.

Plus points:

- The main character actually had a proper background and personality (mixed race British/African) which played into the plot.

- It was was a sexy book without being sexist, a hard feat for a writer to pull off, especially when the main character is a male British cop.

- It made me look forward to the sequel, and I haven't felt that way about a book in a while.

- A lot of grisly things went on, especially at the start. But unlike The Lies of Locke Lamora which I read a few months previously it didn't come across like gratuitous torture porn and wasn't enough to put me off checking out the sequel. It was all necessary for the plot.

- There were lots of different female characters. Bad things happened to the women, but perhaps even more so to the men. There was never that use of cheap thrills violence on women that's prevalent in many crime dramas.

- Fantastic supporting characters, who all really felt like they had their own personalities and motivations. This was the biggest plus of the book.

- I really cared about the characters! I was shocked by some of the twists.

The one minus point:

The main character kept having these major leaps of logic to solve mysteries. They were real big tah-dah! moments. But the reasoning for these was always incomprehensible.

The first time it happened I thought I just hadn't been paying attention, or I was being a bit slow. By about the third time I was sure it was the book, not me. That was confirmed when I read other reviews which pointed out the same problem.

I got over this by just ignoring these parts completely, like I do in BBC Sherlock. When Sherlock makes some ridiculous leap of logic it's never very believable, but at least it's fun. Here it was just baffling.

I can see what the writer was trying to do. But it did detract a little because these were supposed to be climactic turning points of the book.

Anyway, pretty good. 7/10
inevitableentresol: lady in Edwardian dress holding a fan (fan lady Edwardian music hall)
...been playing the stupid sexy Rupert Graves edition of the addictive tile game 2048 while listening to early twentieth century blues and jazz on Youtube.

This is such a great era in which to be a loafer. So much free content. I don't even mean illegal downloads either. There are literally hundreds of thousands of books out there waiting to be read for free, whether because they're out of copyright (see Project Gutenberg) or because their authors have given them away. (See [livejournal.com profile] the_slash_pile for original slash novels for free.) That's not even counting the free games, the free legal music online, the free art and the free periodicals.

We live in an astounding age.
inevitableentresol: a Victorian gentleman with the body of a carrot (carrot gentleman)
Day 12
In your own space, talk about what you bring to fandom. It can be something tangible, or not.


It may seem strange to say this because I only spend a fraction of my time in fandom doing this as opposed to more than half my time writing fanfic, but I believe one of the most important things I bring to fandom is commenting on other people's fanworks.

People really like getting comments. It's one of the best things about fandom, and something I make an effort to keep on doing. I often find it difficult. I feel overwhelmed by good fanfic, especially if it's long, or if I fangirl the writer. I find it hard to say nice things in a constructive way about work that has problems. I have times when I don't leave any comments at all, and have to push myself to start again, because it's so worth it, both the fluffy squee-type comments and the more considered kind that are more critical.

I was talking to someone about this recently. They told me that they almost never get helpful feedback when doing their real job, especially of the positive kind. Unfortunately, this is rife. Most managers at work are there because of seniority, not because they know anything about handling others. I don't think most managers have ever handed out a constructive praise sandwich in their lives (constructive critcism sandwiched between two positive comments), and that's like the basic building block of giving feedback. Seriously, no wonder so many people are so unhappy at work.

Fandom has a real culture of feedback. Not only that, it has a culture of helping others learn how to give feedback properly, both of the good and bad kinds. Fandom can be an incredible learning tool.

Leaving comments isn't my favourite thing to do. I feel awkward as hell about it. But it's probably the most important thing I bring.

And for all those people I've seen saying "oh, I bring nothing to fandom, I don't draw, write, make podcasts or meta or anything" - if you've ever left even one comment on a fanwork, or joined in with a discussion, or reblogged or linked or recced it, or left one kudos on a story, you're contributing in an amazing way.
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Linkage to what made me laugh so much I cried.

book list

Jan. 10th, 2014 01:16 pm
inevitableentresol: a Victorian gentleman with the body of a carrot (Default)
Inspired by [personal profile] schemingreader

Books I read in 2013, with a short word on each.

Read more... )


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