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OKAY, SO. The reason this post is so late in updating is that I found myself very uncertain of how I wanted to format, what with the three cards thing. Well, that's the first reason; the second is my dubious attention span. However! I've got that ironed out and am prepared to present my cards. No blackouts and I only hit one bingo, sadly. I decided to cover the card that got the bingo first, then any squares on either of the other two that didn't appear on said card.

Without further ado:

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[Image: A personalized todo list bingo card. Only a few squares are marked; the bottom row is complete.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Only a few squares are marked; there are no completed lines.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Only a few squares are marked; there are no completed lines.]




Write Daily )

Voice Lessons )

Work on WIPs )

Watch Stuff )

Work on Big Thing )

Draw Otters Daily )

Edit Something )

Fix Tags )

Three Squares in a Week )

Huh, didn't have much to mark beyond my wining card. Kind of a letdown, haha. Right now, I'm not entirely sure what I think of using three cards. Though that was always going to be hit or miss, depending on what tasks made it onto how many cards and what I managed to accomplish. I'm going to stick with it for now, but it remains to be seen whether it'll remain a regular feature.
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[Image: The front of a thank you card. It is green surrounded by a thick black border, which is in turn surrounded by a broad-striped yellow background. A pale brown decoration shaped sort of like a squat upside-down pentagon contains white text reading, THANKS, on a black background. The green section of the card has a large capital T in a darker on the right side. On the bottom left of the green section is black text which reads, I appreciate you.]
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[Image: The inside of the card, mostly white. The left "page" is mostly blank, with only hand-written text reading Ruth 2:12 inscribed. The right "page" is taken up by a hand-written note, transcribed below.]

Alicia,

My wife and I were in the paint department this past Sunday evening looking for ceiling paint when you so politely approached us to give us some help.

We both just want to thank you again for your kind and professional help. It was so wonderful for us to be in your presence and so blesed by your assistance! May the LORD bless you and repay you for what you did.
With sincere hearts,
[names redacted]
 

I got this thank you card-- complete with super sweet hand-written note-- the other day from a nice older couple I helped out with paint last week. I'm almost as taken aback as I am delighted-- I really didn't do anything special. I helped them find what they were looking for, made a few suggestions and shook up the paint they selected. I know I made small talk with them as well, but I couldn't even tell you what was said. Management gave me a nice little write-up for the notice board in back as well as a congratulatory pin (which is a smiley face wearing a shamrock hat for some reason...) but that interests me far less. I only hope I recognize these folks next time they come in (I can be pretty awful with faces and while I know I helped the gentleman before, it was my first time seeing the lady) so I can thank them in turn.
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Decided to do something a little different this month, based on my realization that the reason my cards kept missing squares I was sure I included, even after fixing/remaking the card, was that I miscounted how many items I was listing. This time, I intentionally overloaded the list and made-- drumroll, please-- three cards!

Read more... )

For a bit more proper of a bingo game. With myself... Anyway! I'm not at all sure whether I'll be keeping this up; guess we'll see how it goes this month :D
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Sever spaces are marked; the right-to-left diagonal is complete]

Sort of a disappointing showing after last month, I admit. I'm gonna be keeping that Last Square space and aiming again for it, though!
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I'm. Falling rapidly out of love with my current main fandom's canon. Like I'm getting flashbacks to Naruto, marching on well past the point that I was enjoying it because I was chasing after the happy satisfaction it used to give me. And sometimes it would! There'd be a diamond glimmering in the rough and I would latch onto it like it was the ultimate proof that things were about to hit paydirt. Every. Single. Time. I weathered disappointment after disappointment and I only finally let go because I forgot to check for an update after a hiatus and then couldn't be bothered to go back.

MtMtE is what's doing it to me now. It hasn't fallen to quite the low that Naruto did, but it's falling fast. The thing is that for a while there it made me happier than Naruto ever did, so the downturn feels that much more dramatic. Also, whereas Naruto just seemed to get further and further away from what I liked, MtMtE has been running roughshod over specific elements I once enjoyed and looked forward to seeing explored. Like it's to the point where I'm embarrassed to have recommended it to people, because what I was recommending it for has been tainted. There's also the added stress that this series is a big part of what got me back into the Transformers franchise, and I'm in deep across a few branches now but I still always come back to this universe.

I dunno, I was gonna do a whole big rant about this but I can't even be bothered, lol. I'm sticking it out for the end of this arc, I think, and after that, I guess I'll see where it stands.
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Welp. The House of Representatives just voted to gut internet privacy rules. Both my Senators-- shocked, I am not-- helped let the measure through, but at least my House rep crossed the party line to vote against. I wanted to call his office to thank him, but only found out after hours. Shall try tomorrow.

At risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, would any of my flist be comfortable exchanging numbers? It'd be nice to have a non-internet way of checking up on people, should it ever come to that.
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OH, MY GOSH. YOU GUYS.

I was digging through my Photobucket account for the first time in years and stumbled across a bunch of tacky or just not-good banners and such that I did way back when I was trying to get a Naruto fanzine going. Among the such in question, I found several images of the first cover (in various states of completion) and the wallpaper I made from it. I. I gotta be honest with you here, I've romanticized this image in my mind for years now. "I'm sure it wasn't perfect," I'd say to myself, "but I remember it coming out looking really good!"

You guys:

three images under the cut )

Like I did the absolute least with Sakura's ribbon and shirt, it's so obvious that I did Ino's shirt and both their hair in colored pencil and then scanned (why???), the noise effect on the flower field, omg, the super obvious divide between the field and the real life photo of the sky I used on the wallpaper, that border effect on the "sky" in the first image... My younger self so embarrassing :,D She tried hard, though, I'll give her that.
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A couple months ago, it was announced that IDW's acclaimed Jem and the Holograms ongoing (as well as their Misfits spinoff miniseries) would be coming to an end with its twenty-sixth issue in April, but that there would soon be a continuation that would "change everything" about the Jem comics. Pretty standard comic book claims, but they hold more weight from a publisher like IDW about a title like Jem than, say, from Marvel about Spider-Man. This news was met with mixed reactions and much speculation. The top theory was that the Jem characters were going to be folded fully into IDW's shared Hasbro universe, introduced with their Revolution event from last year and presenting most of their Hasbro properties as existing in the same continuity. Though IDW officials have said that Jem was included in this new continuity status quo and there have been Easter eggs to corroborate this, it was left out of the crossover event and has largely stayed in its own lane due to an inconsistency of tone between it and the other books.

The speculation was put to rest by an announcement at ECCC. The next step for the Jem books won't be integration with the larger Hasbro universe but their very own special event "crossover"* called Infinite. The event will run through two biweekly-published, three-issue miniseries, Jem and the Holograms: Infinite and Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits: Infinite. The story will feature the Holograms and Misfits visiting another dimension and writer Kelly Thompson promises " [...] sci-fi shenanigans, reunions, betrayals, death, destruction, saving the world, and also, of course, music" per her interview with the AV Club.

My feelings about this are... mixed. Heck, my feelings about Jem not being integrated into the Hasbro universe are mixed and have been since the shared universe was announced. I'm not a fan of there being a shared universe in the first place, all told. I deal with shared universes for Marvel and DC because I knew what I was getting into with them-- and even then, their shared universes are largely why I no longer actively follow their books-- but one of the things I enjoyed about the IDW titles I followed was that they stood alone in their corners. On the other hand, so long as this shared universe is a thing, Jem has elements to bring to the table. That the crossover which beget the shared universe thus brings together only IDW's "boys' toys" licenses has rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning even though I'd rather it simply not exist.

Still, I've more or less gotten used to the idea that the shared universe exists and even more or less accepted that the things I really didn't want to happen (namely characters becoming main cast members in other franchises' books) have happened and will continue to happen. Sometimes I don't like things and the world keeps spinning. That's life. So, when the popular thought, which I agreed with, was that Jem was finally getting a seat at the table, my main concern was the aforementioned tone inconsistency. Jem's tone is a big part of what I like about it. There have been times I felt it was a little too light for the plot lines it presented, but I was still drawn to that light. The idea that Jem's tone might get an overhaul to suit the shared universe I already disliked curled my lip, even though part of me was happy to grit my teeth and bear it for the sake of the potential character interactions and sci-fi action shenanigans. I even had some hope that maybe the characters would interact with situations presented by the other books while still doing their own thing and maintaining their own tone. Over in the Transformers corner, after all, MtMtE and RiD each had their own distinctive tone for years while running side-by-side, referencing each other and eventually crossing over. It can work.

Finding out that Jem is getting what looks to be an overhaul in tone while apparently not opening the door for interactions with familiar faces ran me off the road, I admit. On the face of it, I like all of the things Kelly promises are to come from this new direction for Jem. I'm not totally onboard all of them rubbing elbows with Jem, despite my trust in Kelly as a writer. On the face of it, I'm glad Jem isn't being dragged into the spotlight in a shared universe I don't like. But excluding Jem even though they're willing to go harder with the title rubs me ever more wrong. And not getting to see characters I like from different franchises meet even though there are already characters I don't care about in books I care about and characters I care about in books I don't care about is ever more disappointing.

Granted, this event doesn't necessarily mean we're not getting the expected full inclusion ever. We don't know a lot about it or what comes after yet, and the other Hasbro books do include alternate dimensions and everything else coming for Jem, so there may yet be some crossover. It's been suggested that part of the reason for the main title's cancellation is lack of sales, too, and while I'd have expected that to be more reason to include the better sellers in the event, this could be an experiment to see if the new take on Jem can stay afloat before pushing it into the deep end of the pool. I can nod my acknowledgement to that logic. And here I am again, dancing around the shared universe I've complained about since hearing of it.

Whatever way the cookie crumbles, I am excited to see what's in store. Cautiously excited, but excited nonetheless. If the door is being closed on the Jem title, I'm glad that they seem to be doing it on their terms and then crawling out an open window. And if they crawl right into the end of IDW's Jem output altogether, I'm pleased that they look to be going out with a bang.

*It seems weird to me to call it a crossover when the titles being crossed over are Jem and Misfits, the latter of which is a miniseries which spun off of Jem to begin with and whose characters still heavily feature there.  I suppose "crossover" could be referring to the fact that the event is being told across two miniseries, but still. And come to think of it, telling the event across two miniseries when the ongoing was cancelled due to low sales is weird too... I need to stop before I start rambling.
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, unmarked]

This month's card! Got a couple revisions this time around. I wanna get on some kind of relatively set schedule with my Spanish practice, so I'm going to aim to do lessons twice a week and work out the best days for that as I go. Mind, this is a broad goal; my hope is to do more per week, but I wanted a catchy phrase to put on the square. Otter drawing has been made daily again because weekly was making it too easy to forget. I... am not sure why I didn't go biweekly for that as well. Ah, well.

Some astute readers may note that I've also got a few new squares. I mentioned in my last post for last month's card that I've written a lot but posted very little. Happy as I am with my productivity, I would like to encourage myself to finish and present more work. Thus, the Post Weekly square; I'll be aiming to post at least once a week but will do my best to post more. Write Anolug refers to my latest Transformers ship, the one I mentioned previously may be on the chopping block; gotta get it all out while I can, especially since I dropped the ball for FemFeb. Finish Cushion refers to a throw cushion I started crocheting last month and hope to have finished by the end of this one. It's coming along nicely, so I don't have much in the way of doubt. Voice Lessons is an experiment of sorts; I'd like to become a better speaker, with a mind toward maybe eventually doing videos of some kind. I'll be tracking my progress throughout the month. Watch Beast Wars has been broken away from the general Watch Stuff card because I specifically need to revise what I know for the personal project I mentioned way back forever ago, lol. I've been slacking, not least because my notes have about exhausted what I know.

Finally, and warranting its own paragraph, the Last Square card. I'm going into this month with an eye toward a full blackout. That square will be marked when, and only when, it is-- of course-- the last unmarked square on the card. We'll see how having it as a concrete goal affects my doings this month. Fingers crossed for the best!
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, mostly filled in. The first two columns, the second to top row and the left to right diagonal are completed.]

I came so close to blacking out my bingo card this month, ugh. I let myself lose momentum in the second half, or else I might've done it. Heck, I even nearly finally hit my Submit to a Magazine square... Ah, well, I'll try to let it pump me up for next month!

As for the squares I've hit since my first bingo earlier this month:

Write Daily )

Write Whrung )

Fix Tags )

Work on Big Thing )

Try a New Recipe )

Work on Vampire Thing )

Honorable mentions for Draw Otters Weekly and Improve Spanish. I came really close with the otters, but dropped the ball this past week. Next time for sure! I also did practice Spanish, but I've been lax on practicing for long enough now that I ended up falling behind where I'd been. I do feel like I've made steps toward correcting this, but I don't feel right marking the square when I don't feel properly improved, y'know?
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So, I may have shot myself in the foot with Femslash February.

I mentioned before in my bingo posts that I decided not to do something every day this year, as I have the past... three, I think? I'm going with three. Though I'm pretty sure it was only the last two that I wrote a new fic every day... Anyway. What I did decide to do this year is write and post something specifically for the event every week.

Now, I had no particular plan beyond that. After posting my first weekly fic and beyond, I had no idea. On the day I was meant to post the second fic, I had no idea. Would I post a different ship each week, all in different fandoms? A different ship each week but all from the same fandom? Or maybe just the same universe? Would I do something entirely new each time or do a mix of new stuff and stuff from my WIPs? No idea. So, on the day itself, I set myself to work on some femslash WIPs and also considered some ideas for a new fic. What I ended up doing is possibly the one thing I was certain that I wasn't going to do: I wrote a new fic for the same ship I'd written and posted the week before.

The thing about me is, I get caught up in patterns. And lack thereof. Either things have to be in order or there has to be a precedent for chaos (what an acceptable precedent is exactly depends on the circumstances surrounding it). Last year for Femslash February, I ended up writing a few fics I hadn't intended or even especially wanted to-- not that I regret what I came up with, mind-- because I couldn't, couldn't stand the thought of having repeats of just one fandom or just one character. During Naruto Yuri Week a couple-few years ago, I had a personal hissy fit when connectivity issues delayed me just long enough that my posting skipped a single day. I still can't stand to see all the fics lined up on my Tumblr because of the date mark.  I've been nauseated by the possibility of having the same thing happen again-- and, I'll admit it, sometimes I post "place-holders" when I'm having trouble so that the date is still correct whenever I can post properly. The bad feelings don't typically linger longer than a day-- recurrences aside-- and don't send me spiraling into any especially destructive behaviors, but they're intense while they last and I feel them all over me. So setting myself up like this? Not a great move on my part.

Granted, on the surface, it's not that hard of a hit. The second week was always going to lock me into a decision. Different fandom? That was gonna be my pattern. Different ship in the same fandom or universe? That was gonna be my pattern. By itself, settling into a "same ship each week" pattern isn't that big of a deal. And, heck, I still have some leeway. I can't do two different ships or fandoms for the next two weeks, but I have the option of doing a different ship and/or fandom for both of those two weeks than for the last two.

My problem comes with the ship itself. Anode/Lug-- or Anolug-- from IDW's Transformers title Lost Light. The characters were only introduced two issues ago but I love them both and I'm sailing into the sunset on this ship. There are a few reasons why I jumped so eagerly aboard, but my course is definitely informed at this point by spite. There's a theory going around, a distressingly plausible theory, that one of the characters doesn't actually exist. People have pointed out that no one but her partner ever addresses her directly and the one time her partner addresses her directly in front of someone, that someone responds as though she spoke to him; plot movement-wise, every scene she's in works perfectly well without her. The next issue looks like it might be set to confirm one way or the other.

This is where my feelings and my thoughts get snarled. As I said, this is a ship I'm very fond of. There's a big part of me that wants to write them for as long as canon's good for it. But while I'm writing every day, I've set myself into the pattern this month of only posting finished fics on my main accounts for Femslash February. If I'm going to write and post for it before canon shoots a canonball through it, therefore, it's going to be for Femslash February. Thus, again, one fic per week. The new issue of the comic is due to come out on the twenty-second of this month, the day after I'd post the third fic. And there's no indication of the delays that habitually plague this title because of freaking course there freaking isn't.

Still, on the surface, not that much of a problem. It'd hardly be the first non-canon ship I've sailed well beyond its compatibility with canon. See also: Most of my Naruto and Harry Potter ships, for starters. Except. Notice how I said I'm sailing this ship into the sunset, not that I'll go down with it? That's because I'm not sure I will-- can-- go down with it. If the Not Real theory is correct, how it's handled (is she a grief-projected play of Dead All Along? Is she a purely imaginary friend?) might very well send me hurtling overboard. Some ships, canon can legitimately ruin for me and no amount of Canon Discontinuity will fix them in my mind. It doesn't happen often, in the grand scheme of things, and even I'm not one hundred percent sure of what elements hit those buttons in my brain. But I can feel the fingers of canon hovering over those buttons in this case. Which means that if I post a third Anolug fic for the third week of FemFeb and then the new issue sinks the ship, I'm left floundering for the next week.

Of course, I can still commit myself to a different ship for the next two weeks instead. But if the new issue doesn't ruin my ship, I'm likely going to feel the disappointment of changing ships without strict need very keenly. On top of that, I'm just not feeling any other ship right now in a "produce content for two consecutive weeks" way. And then topping it off, I do already have an idea for another Anolug fic that I'm actually looking forward to writing... Time will tell, I suppose.
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. The right-to-left diagonal line is complete]

I was bound and determined to get an early bingo this month, since I got one last February. I would've liked to get one as early as I did then, too, and I actually came really close! Only I messed up when I made my card, leaving off a couple squares I meant to include, and only noticed when I was half through the line I was working on. I really, really wanted those squares, though, so I grit my teeth and made a new card. It ended up not screwing me over too bad and I was one square away... when I realized I'd still left out a square I really wanted. Really, really wanted. So I (*silentragescream*) made another new card. Which is this one, which I just finished today! So, y'know, frustrating, but I still got a bingo at the halfway point :D

Now, without further ado-- the marks!

Write a New Ship )

Write Femslash )

Read Comics )

Read a Book )

Finish Something )

Three Squares in a Week )

Learn a New Stitch )

Practice Knitting )

Do a Craft )

Work on WIPs )

Lol, aaand I just realized I killed my Practice Crochet square when I last redid my card. Wow, what a mess this month has been! Y'know, something I forgot to mention is that I somehow ended up with two cards at once before this one and wasn't sure which I liked best, so I was marking both to see what gave me a bingo first. Cheating? Maybe, Idek. I got within one square of a line on both of them before realizing that both of them were missing squares I wanted! I never thought I'd need to proofread a to-do list so closely... Whatever, I'm not changing it again now that I got my bingo XD
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Ahaha, man, I feel ridiculous.

Okay, so. DC Comics Bombshells is an AU/AH title based off a line of collectors' statues, which is based in turn off of a series of retro-styled pinup prints. It features a number of DC heroines and villainesses in an alternate 40s setting. It's got some fun world-building and character design, shines a new light on its version of the female characters by having them predate or even uproot their male counterparts and features a number of f/f relationships. I've been meaning to check it out for ages and finally got around to ordering the first two trades a few weeks ago. Today, I finally got around to sitting down to read them.

Now, I was aware that one of the main romantic relationships in the title is a take on one that broke up two of my preferred ships in the main DC universe. Tbh, that's part of what kept me from giving in sooner. But I still loved the look of what was going on and I'm a fan of the writer, so I dragged myself over it. Besides, I figured, my understanding was that the ship in question doesn't pop up for a little while; probably I could get into the story enough to overlook it. Or, hey, maybe the fact that it's an AU would let me accept it without issue.

Yeah... no. No, the ship does not take its time in showing up-- it's there in the first dozen pages. And, no, the whole AU thing does not wash the bitter taste out of my mouth. For all that I was loving what I was seeing up until then-- for all that I can appreciate what I was seeing even then-- I had to put the book down.

I'm still gonna read it, don't get me wrong. And I still think I'm going to enjoy it. I just am having a stronger than expected negative response to this specific point and, you guys, is my face ever red for it...
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I have such mixed feelings about the infamous Revolving Door of Death in comics.

On the one hand, yeah, it can make character death feel cheap. It doesn't stop me from enjoying a well-written death for what it is both in and out of context, but it does limit what my brain accepts as a well-written death. And, honestly, even a well-written resurrection or alive-all-along reveal can sometimes end up landing in the realm of, "yep," or, "wondered when that was coming."

But then on the other hand-- some deaths are just not good. Some deaths are cheap in and of themselves. They may rely on poor characterization. They may use a character to make a point that didn't need to be made, or was made badly. They may sacrifice a character for the sake of another character, never mind that first character's own arc. They may give a character a dramatic last stand that doesn't actually make sense under two seconds of scrutiny. They may reduce lower-tier characters to canon fodder because we need to know the stakes are dire but we also need our big names standing tall at the end of the day. They may be outright insulting to the characters they claim and if we're talking about the C-list or below? Yeah, those characters probably aren't going to get a do-over.

So when people roll their eyes or groan over characters coming back-- or being replaced by clones or by alternate universe counterparts, which is something else altogether-- or say they'll drop a title or lose respect for a creator over the same, I get it. Resurrection is a gimmick and can feel all kinds of cheap even when it's written into the fabric of the universe. But when I see a chance for a character to come back from pain and humiliation that the story contextualizing their death didn't justify to me? Even if the circumstances of their return don't push my narrative buttons? You're not gonna see my feelings hurt.
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A video game I've always wanted, and which I'd like to learn to code myself, is one in which you play a raindrop on a window. The object would be to reach the bottom of the window before being spread too thin to keep falling. You'd join with other drops to replenish your weight and navigate obstacles like leaves stuck to the window. There would be different stages with different types of windows-- windshields and other car windows, different style panes on houses, stained glass. The windshield stage would be a timed trial, trying to reach the bottom before the wipers come on.

I'm not going anywhere with this, really, just thinking out loud. I'd really like to learn how to code this as maybe a cell phone game. Though Idk who would play it aside from me and maybe [livejournal.com profile] kalliel, lol.
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, unmarked]

Nearly forgot to post this month's card!

Last year, February was my earliest bingo (less than halfway into the month!) and I'd love to pull that off again. It's not gonna be so easy this time, though. Last time, I loaded the card by about half with ships I intended to write for Femslash February and a lot of those squares accounted for my bingo. I forewent loading the card like that this year because I'm not going to be hitting FemFeb as hard as I have the last few years. That is to say, I'm not turning one hundred percent of my focus on femslash for the month. I've had several non-femslash writing projects I've procrastinated on for months now and I'd rather not lock myself in. I'm still intending to do something (hence my Write Femslash square) but it's not gonna dominate my creative process. I hope, anyway...

Bingo!

Jan. 31st, 2017 09:04 pm
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Several squares are marked and the middle column is complete]


So, it occurs to me as I sit and type this that I could've posted my bingo days ago. I'm just so used to posting at the end of the month now, I guess. Holy self-defeatism, Batman... This actually drives home something I've been thinking about lately, namely that I've fallen into the habit of ignoring the card until the last half-- or less-- of the month. The increased urge to get stuff done that the realization grants me is good, don't get me wrong. Before, I would realize I hadn't accomplished anything for the better part of a month, mean to accomplish stuff and then... not. But cramming a few accomplishments into a week or two isn't really in the spirit of the cards, as I see them. The main problem, I think, is that as I've gotten used to them, they've fallen in line with my long-standing "out of sight, out of mind" issues. I'm considering, for the next card, pinning a physical recreation somewhere I'll see it often, so I won't drift away from the thought of it. I've got a dry erase board around here someplace, might put that to use.

As for this card! Missed some of my more coveted squares again and I wanna go ahead and address some of them now and get it done with, so I've got room to finish on a positive note. The squares I'm most bummed about missing are Practice Spanish Daily, Draw Otter Weekly and Sumbit to a Magazine, so I'm gonna just touch on those.

I am so annoyed with my lack of progress in Spanish. I've hardly touched it at all this whole month, only bothering to do any practicing the last few days. And that's after spending two days wallowing in the fact that I hadn't done anything yet. I'm reconsidering the wording on this square, tbh. For all that I've had pretty good luck with my other "daily" task (Write Every Day), I find that messing up on the Spanish propels me headlong into a grey zone between misery and apathy. I may change this one to some set amount of progress going forward and see how that does me.

The Otters square, I'm not sure what I'll do. I have drawn otters this month-- heck, I think I've drawn more otters than I did last time I actually marked the square-- but I drew them all in the last two weeks. This comes back to the "out of sight, out of mind" thing again. That and my listless, floating relationship with time. I had supplies ready and set the first week, I blinked, and a week had passed. I decided to go on ahead and do as many as I could... and then another week had passed. I'm gonna tough it out with this square, see if the physical copy card idea helps out.

And then there's the Magazine square, which I may be most bummed about. I was all set and ready to do that one this month, like really hyped up and ready. I looked into a bunch of calls for submissions and mindfully whittled down my options, I was on a roll for writing every single day, I knew what I wanted to do... I'm. Still actually not sure where I messed up, honestly. I'm not sure what to change. Put my faith in the physical copy for this one too? I dunno.

... Hm. Well. Onto this month's successes, yes?

Write Every Day )

Work on Big Thing )

Practice Coding )

Read Comics )

Work on Vampire Thing )

Finish Requests )

Three Squares in a Week )

Work on WIPs )

Watch Stuff )

Budget Book Binding )

Write a New Ship )

Read a Book )

So, that's it for this month! See you all with a new card tomorrow!
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One of my favorite childhood shows was a ridiculous sci-fi action series called Biker Mice from Mars. It's... pretty much what it says. Muscle-bound anthropomorphic mice on motorcycles escape from their war-ravaged home planet, Mars, and end up on Earth (in Chicago, which probably has a lot to do with my affection for the show now that I think about it, haha). There, they make friends with a long-suffering mechanic, set themselves up in a baseball score board and battle the evil forces of the Plutarkian Laurence Limburger, one of the race of fishpeople who manipulated and destroyed Mars.

Less than half of the show has been released on DVD or even VHS; basically the entire third season may as well be lost at this point. This is already something that's been lowkey upsetting me for years. I. Do not like lost things. The thought that years of people's lives and livelihoods may as well be altogether gone makes me shudder. I know that's sort of an extreme and not entirely accurate way of looking at it, but it's how it hits me every single time.

Anyway, as if that wasn't enough, I found out recently there's been a petition circulating for months to get the full series released on DVD before the masters, y'know, completely deteriorate. It has less than a hundred signatures, which is its already low goal. In short, odds aren't looking too good for a DVD set happening any time soon. Or at all. And the knowledge that someone tried to make this happen and it was a dud makes it feel so much worse. Just typing this is flirting with a stress headache, heh.

Literally thousands of people donated in the hopes of getting a Swat Kats revival a couple years ago. There's a petition right now with over a thousand signatures to get Netflix to pick it up as an original series. I donated to the initial campaign, I signed the petition, but it manages to make me feel even worse. If Swat Kats can pull in numbers, why can't Biker Mice? If Swat Kats can raise money from thousands, why can't Biker Mice get a hundred signatures? I always thought the fandoms had a pretty big overlap (furry sci-fi action cartoons with a good dose of comedy, how can there not be overlap) so... where is everyone?

I dunno, this is hardly the biggest thing dragging me down these days, but it has the strongest grip at the moment. I guess this is in part due to the need for validation that I've never been completely able to shake, and which punches me in the face every so often. Some primitive part of my brain is reading this lack of apparent interest in a show I loved and still adore as a personal slight, I think. Ah, well.
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If there's one thing worse than fandom getting your favorite characters Wrong, it's the company behind the canon getting your favorite characters Wrong.
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Charlie Chaplin came to regret making The Great Dictator and I understand his reasons. But this speech remains a powerful, poignant moment; there's so much energy, so much feeling, so much hope. I get chills on every listen.

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