dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-08-15 12:28 am
Entry tags:

(no subject)

Man, I picked the wrong month to drop the Practice Knitting square from my bingo card. I did it because I've taken more to crochet and I felt like I was pushing myself unnecessarily into another craft which I have less immediate interest in. I figured, y'know, may as well stick to crochet projects and maybe dip into knitting for the Do a Craft square, if I found something that caught my interest.

That was before I decided I wanted to do a Gen 1 Pokémon throw pillow and blanket set. No, actually-- that was before I decided I wanted to do a reversible Gen 1 Pokémon throw pillow and blanket set. If not for the desire to do it as reversible-- that is, in this case, to portray the usual colors on one side and the shiny colors on the other-- I would still be going ahead with doing it in crochet. But while it's possible to do something like that in crochet, it is both a royal pain and doesn't create quite near enough to a flipped image. Double knitting, on the other hand, is tedious and time-consuming but turns out a much cleaner and more aligned final product.

While I'm not going to be beginning this specific project anytime terribly soon-- it's gonna take a bunch of different colors I haven't got, to begin with-- I have pulled out a pair of my needles to work on my skills. I was just about to cheerfully mark the square on my card when I remembered that the square in question wasn't there. Ah, well.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-08-01 11:18 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

todobingo
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, unmarked]

And here's my card for August! Didn't end up making very many changes, but there are a few.
  • Practice Drawing has become a Weekly; as I've finally remembered to make myself a physical representation of the card on a whiteboard, I'm hoping that I won't lose track of it.
  • Three Squares in a Week has indeed been dropped for the time being, as I feel it's lost a little something with all the Daily squares.
  • Read Comics is back, since I've dug a few out recently.
  • Speaking of Comics, I'm looking to get around to finally getting my own custom bind put together, as noted with Prepare Binding.
  • Post Weekly didn't do much of anything for me the few times it appeared, so I'm trying out the lower-pressure Post Something.
  • Finish Togepi Plush has become Finish Togepi Bag because I decided that's what it's going to be instead; it's also sort of branched off into Make a Plushie, since that is still something I want to do.
  • Write Daily has been upgraded with a one hundred word minimum, as I'd considered.
  • Speaking of writing, I'm looking to buckle down on a specific WIP I've had sitting around for one of my Transformers rare ships, hence Write Boulvage.
  • Finally, I'm going to be trying out Crochet Sculpture (the square should probably read Make Crochet Sculpture, but whatever); essentially, I'll be using very thin crochet hooks with fine crochet thread and applying fabric stiffener to, if all goes right, create a small statue.
Wish me luck!
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-07-31 07:10 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

todobingo
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. The left diagonal line is completed.]

Well, didn't get nearly as much done as I'd have liked. I'm kinda cringing at this, haha. Especially the squares where I came really close but ultimately fell short of. Still, what's done is done, amirite? So, without further ado:

Finish Cushion )

Practice Drawing )

Write Daily )

Write Whrung )

Work on WIPs )

Three Squares in a Week )

Draw Otters Daily )

Read more... )

Voice Lessons )

And that's that for the month! I've got some things to think about for next time and a few new projects I know are going to be added. Not gonna lie, I sort of miss the three cards, though not quite enough to switch back just yet, if only for the extra space.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-07-27 09:51 pm

(no subject)

Not too terribly long ago, my sister and I watched The Brave Little Toaster because she couldn't remember having seen it before. Or, well, that was the excuse. Honestly, I was gonna watch it regardless.

Anyway. She liked it well enough but, man. Did she ever get stuck on the air conditioner "death" scene. Like, when we first got through, we actually had to pause because she was just riding so hard on, "Are we not gonna talk about the fact that they just killed him? They provoked him into committing suicide, that's literally a crime--"

Her response when I asked at the end what she thought was basically, "It was pretty cute, I guess. Kinda weird. Like how we're not talking about how they literally killed a guy." That scene was her main takeaway-- which, I mean, fair enough.

Thing is, I'd pretty much forgotten about it until much more recently. I don't even remember what I said, I just referenced the movie in some small way. And it was a moment before she got it, then it dawned on her in what seemed to be a perfectly neutral way, then she just burst out, "Okay, but are we seriously not going to talk about it??"

I'm not going anywhere with this, really. I just was thinking about it and, tbh, while I am amused, I can also very much relate to being stuck on one particular bit of a piece of media that is-- or at least seems-- very under-acknowledged.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-07-12 09:17 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

I've been going through my floppy comics today, partly from a desire to try again at putting them into order, partly to single out some issues to read and partly to set aside short runs to practice binding.

Custom binding, in this case sewing or gluing together several single issues to make your own collected edition, is something I've been interested in for some time. Budgeting such a project was one of my bingo card squares a few months ago, even. While there are a few titles that I'm looking to bind specifically into large hardcovers, I'd like to try my hand at a few smaller books first to get the hang of things. I had a few miniseries in mind when I went digging around and I've got them beside me now. Two are four-issue runs and one is a six-issue run. I'm intending to start with one of the former, as it looks like it'll be the easiest to get set up. The other two I think I may do some playing around with, if I do even decide to bind them after all.

The main drawback of a custom bind versus a commercially-released collection, at least for my money, is the presence of ads. In some books-- such as Power Girl, the mini I want to start with-- all the ads can be removed. There are a total of four two-sided ads in each issue and they're all connected to another ad rather than a page with story content. To do a bind without them, I just have to slide them out after I remove the stables from the issues to sew them together. Then there are books like the other two minis I'm looking to work on, which have no or almost no ads that can be removed even if I decide to perfect bind (that is, cut everything into individual pages and glue them at the spine rather than sewing) because most of them are single-side. Even that wouldn't be so bad if in some cases there weren't ads, occasionally mood whiplash ads, literally every other page. On the bright side, the two instances of four-page ads-- count 'em, four straight pages of ad-- are in the very middle of their respective issues and will be easy to remove. Still, though, yikes.

Probably I won't get started right away; there are still a few decisions to make about and things to get set up for later parts of the process. But since binding these minis aren't going to be super intensive projects, I think I'll probably be starting soon. Look forward to me possibly crying about mutilating my books and trying to figure out title pages and covers XD

Other fun things that came up as I was sorting my stuff:

* I have so many more DC than Marvel books. Like i knew it was unbalanced but not that much.
* Similarly, I have both a heck of a lot less non-Big Two stuff in general and a heck of a lot more IDW stuff specifically than I thought.
* One series I thought I had a full run of? Yeah, I don't. See below edit!
* Another series I know I have a full run of? Yeah, I don't know where it is. See below edit!
* There was so much misordering of my Justice League books due largely to the title changes I complained about before, omg.


ETA: So, not actually very long after making this post, I had a thought and went back to my boxes. This time, I checked a box that I'd left alone because I could've sworn that it was full of just two runs of comics. In short, I was wrong! Quite wrong. Not only did I find the missing full run mentioned in the fourth point, I found two full runs of the series mentioned in the third point. I'm not sure how or why I ended up with so many excess issues of that one, but whatever!
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-07-05 02:41 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

I have a deep and abiding love for production bibles. I love to come across the bits and pieces that got changed or simply forgotten about, the bits and pieces that make certain final product elements make so much more sense-- or less sense, as the case may be. In the context of the original Transformers cartoon, which was all about hawking toys to kids and so paid very little mind to silly things like plot consistency and continuity, and which had a huuuge cast of characters to rotate in and out of the spotlight (again often with only a token of consistency), seeing the original intent and measuring it against canon as seen in the media is untold amounts of fun. It's also helpful for developing characters for writing fic, depending on just how obscure or inconsistent they're written in the show.

As you may have guessed, I have been reading said production bible, as presented online through transcripts. Nobody asked, but I've decided to present twenty of my favorite things/the things that most stuck out to me:

Read more... )
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-07-02 11:37 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

Just a few little "how's life" tidbits that I wanna toss out there but don't need their own posts:

1.) I've gone and made myself into the unofficial "person who folds the t-shirts" as regards the promo PDQs that we've been getting in over in the toy section. Why? Because I walk past the toy section all the time on my way to the backrooms and seeing those shirts go days upon days without being folded drives me out of my mind. Management keeps thanking me for taking the time and praising my initiative-- and on the outside, I go along with it. On the inside? I'm sitting at a table with a broken leg, gaunt under a bare bulb, staring a thousand yards and gravely intoning, "It's not for you."

2.) Speaking of walking by the toy section: I stopped and gasped in horror as I went by a Rescue Bots toy display. For real gasped in horror-- high-pitched, came complete with a jerk to the side while clutching my chest, only thing missing was the scare cord. Why? Because, at a glance, it looked like there was a play figure set which came with only three-fourths of the main cast of bots and the missing bot is my favorite sometimes. I then realized, at a second glance, that the bot in question is part of the set, just placed differently than the other three. I blinked, said a fairly flat, "oh," and went on my way as if nothing had happened. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a couple looking at me oddly. I can only hope they had fun speculating about what the matter was.

3.) Last week I got one of those air fryer baskets, which let you air fry in your oven. I've only used it twice and I'm sure it's too early to say I'm in love but, you guys? I'm in love. I never realized how much I tasted the oil of fried foods until I wasn't tasting the oil anymore. The food tastes so clean while still feeling fried. It's amazing, highly recommended.

4.) On the flipside of the not realizing how much I was tasting a thing until I wasn't experience is cottage cheese. I never thought of cottage cheese as a particularly salty food and I've cut way back on salt in recent years anyway. But I just tasted cottage cheese with no salt added for the first time and it tastes like unhappiness. Even eating it with preserves couldn't save it (or preserve it, if you prefer).

5.) I've finished the base of my Togepi plush's shell-- though I've spotted a mistake in the design now-- and am ready to move on to embroidering the shapes on. But I'm being held back because I want to take process photos, I specifically want at least one photo of the pre-embroidered shell and I can't for the life of me get any good photos with my phone.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-07-01 11:34 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

todobingo
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, unmarked]

So, here's my card for July! Yes, that's right, back to one card. It was interesting to work with three at a time and I honestly really enjoyed it. But as I've mentioned before, I have an "out of sight, out of mind" problem with the cards sometimes. I toyed with the idea of sketching out a hard copy on a chalkboard or such and I still like that idea. I, in fact, only now remembered that I had that idea, in part because I didn't think of it at all when I would've had to sketch out three different cards. So, at least for now, a single it is.

Not much new stuff going on-- in part, I admit, because having so few squares again feels really weird XD I ended up not making Practice Coding a daily square after all because I decided to make Practice Spanish a daily, and I didn't want to overwhelm the card with those. I like them, they're helpful, but they don't contribute to an early bingo since I can't mark them until the end of the month, Can't have those good daily habits dragging me down!

Anyway, yeah. I'm aiming to include more specifics on next month's card. For now, I didn't have much in the way of specifics that I was willing to sacrifice the freer vague squares for.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-06-30 10:30 pm
Entry tags:

Bingo!

todobingo3
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. The right-to-left diagonal line is complete]
todobingo
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. There are no completed lines.]
todobingo2
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. There are no completed lines.]


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aaand no stray squares on either of the two losing cards, so we're done for now!
 
I've got to admit, I got more done this month than I'd been giving myself credit for, even with the couple of "sure, why not" marks. Even though I missed some things I really hoped I wouldn't-- didn't touch Spanish all month aside from joking with a customer one day, for example-- I'm quite pleased! Still aiming for a blackout, though, of course. Maybe July will be the month for it.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-06-23 05:04 pm

(no subject)

Sometimes I just have to shake my head at the ridiculousness of comic book publication. I've been meaning to sit down and figure out what I need to finish my collection of late eighties to early nineties Justice League floppies. I finally got around to getting started and was slapped with a reminder of why I put it off.

See, in the beginning, there was Justice League America. At the point where my collection begins, DC had just recently gone through a continuity reset and decided to relaunch with a more worldwide view of their heroes' adventures. This brought us a book titled simply Justice League. The book remained Justice League for seven issues before someone decided to put the League's new international focus up center by renaming the book Justice League International. It remained Justice League International until a new team was spun off into Justice League Europe, at which point Justice League International was renamed Justice League America. Meanwhile, Justice League Europe went fifty issues before being renamed-- are you ready for this?-- Justice League International.

Unnecessary, I tell you. Utterly unnecessary.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-06-07 08:59 pm

(no subject)

Related to my last post, I just want to take a moment to state for the record that my favorite pieces of positive feedback to receive on fanfics are:

"I don't ship this/like this character but I enjoyed this fic."

and

"I didn't ship this/like this character but I do now thanks to this fic."
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-06-07 01:36 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

So, something happened the other day that made me smile a lot at the time but now gives me mixed feelings.

I found a really cute fanart that was based on a fic of mine. Someone being inspired to draw based on something I'd written naturally took me to the moon and back and I'm honestly smiling a little as I think of it. The thing is that when I say I found it, I mean that I found it. I was scrolling through the fandom tag on Tumblr, thought at first that someone had just had a similar idea (since part of the scene they were inspired by was in turn based on a gag from another show) and only then noticed the link back to my fic. The artist didn't say anything to me about it until after I reblogged to gush, even though I'm preeetty sure the comment I got on that fic recently was from them. And then also when I looked at the notes, I noticed it got likes and reblogs from people who I know follow my fandom blog, where I've also posted that fic, and none of them said anything to me either...

And, I mean. I'm still stoked, like I said, but a link to the art would've been cool, y'know? It was already a few pages back and I was in the tags on a whim anyway. I could easily have never found it.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-06-01 11:29 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

Man, the worst part of forgetting my end-of-month bingo posts and putting it off until the next day is that it throws off my sense of having to still do my beginning-of-month bingo posts. Anyway, here are my new cards!

Read more... )
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-31 11:29 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

Whoops, forgot about my end-of-month bingo post again. Watch this space!

Only one bingo again, sadly, and I got frustratingly close on both of the other cards. Even more frustrating is the way I played myself; I thought that I set myself weekly Spanish practice for this month, not biweekly. Since I didn't mark my cards as I went, I wasn't reminded otherwise. Ah, well, I scraped by on that one anyway. I need to set myself up a proper schedule for some of this stuff, I swear.

Anyway, as with last month, I'll go over the marked squares on my winning card first, then cover any squares on the other two that weren't on the first.





todobingo3
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked; the top left diagonal line is completed.]
todobingo2
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked. No lines are completed.]
todobingo
[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked. No lines are completed.]




Watch Stuff )

Finish a WIP )

Write a New Ship )

Fix Tags )

Write Daily )

Draw Otters Daily )

Write Anolug )

Work on Vampire Thing )

Work on WIPs )

Read Comics )

Watch Beast Wars )

Practice Coding )

Read more... )

Write a New Character )

Work on Big Thing )

Three Squares in a Week )

So, that was that for May! Here's to a productive June!
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-24 12:12 pm

(no subject)

It's been a long time since any AO3 alerts turned up in my inbox. A bit of a bummer, since I was getting at least a "You've got kudos!" email pretty regularly, but it's not like I post regularly. It's also not like my memory or attention span is that great, so it would only occur to me every so often that I wasn't getting said emails.

Long story short, they've been getting sent to my spam folder for over a month. Over a month meaning, of course, that some of those emails have been deleted and I'll never get them back. Which should teach me not to neglect my spam folder for so long, if nothing else. (Should, mind you. Not necessarily will.)

On the bright side, my inbox on AO3 at least has all the comments that I've not been getting. Now I just have to work my way past the embarrassment at replying so late...
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-15 10:35 am

(no subject)

What with the venting I've done about my frustrations with the Transformers comics, I feel I need to take a moment to throw some love toward a branch of Transformers that's been a consistent pick-me-up: Rescue Bots. I mentioned in my bingo post from last month that I started watching it with my mom; well, we finished it the other night. I'm sad to see it ended, not least because it ends on an open note rich with possibilities, but it was a great ride.

I feel like maybe I should feel silly for how much I love it, given that it was aimed at preschool-aged kids, but I don't. I like to unwind with something fun sometimes, and being able to remind myself that it's for kids, even more so than your average Transformers cartoon, helps me to not worry to too much about what's going on. Not that there's much to worry about, honestly. For all that the show's admittedly silly plots run on cartoon science and hand-waving, it's got solid writing, tight continuity, likeable characters and engaging character development.

And, you guys-- there's a musical episode.

It's not perfect, I admit. There are some episodes and creative decisions that leave me scratching my head even keeping in mind that it's a show for small children and some that leave me scratching my head because it's a show for small children. It suffers the usual problem of lacking female characters that all Transformers media does. Some characters didn't get enough play, imnsho. It's reliance on recurring human villains grows somewhat tiresome as the show goes on, even though they're used sparingly. But as a whole, it's a fun, feel-good show that doesn't shy away from genuine emotion. Even the weakest episode have memorable high points and I don't think there were ever two weak episodes in a row.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that I had someone to sit and watch with. I forgot how enjoyable that could be.

Anyway, yeah. I just needed to express these feelings ♥
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-13 06:54 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

Urgh, I knew I would waffle on the Transformers thing. A few days removed from my initial reaction to recent developments, I'm still pissed but I can see that the issue is otherwise solid. And I can better appreciate the parts that I like. But I'm still clinging to certain hopes that I know aren't going anywhere and I know that's only going to disappoint me more on top of the problems I've been having with the series. Urrrgh.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-10 09:22 am

(no subject)

The realization that something you used to love and look forward to is no longer worth the disappointment it brings can be both freeing and deeply saddening. The latter more than the former, perhaps. Acknowledging that it's time to let go lifted a weight off my shoulders but now it's heavy at my feet, holding me still. I've thought of this series as my One True for so long, with more certainty than any other before it, I can hardly imagine moving forward.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-09 02:59 pm

The time has come

Today is the last day of my vacation from work. It's been a great ten days. Didn't go off anywhere and didn't do much, admittedly. Went to lunch with family on a few days, did Star Wars Day with my brother and his family, did Free Comic Book Day with him and my sister-in-law, spent a chunk of a day hanging out with my niece. SWD and FCBD are what I scheduled my vacation around, though, so I'm not exactly upset.

I guess I would've liked to get more done, creativity-wise, with all my free time, but honestly? I've been enjoying just basking in so much free time. I refuse-- hear me, insidious little voice in the back of my head, I refuse-- to feel bad about spending it on nothing much. The weather has been up and down, but there have been several rainy days, perfect for getting cozy with tea and some jazz. Knowing in any which case that I have nothing I have to do has been freeing. All in all, it's just been really nice and I'm not looking forward to going back to work.
dustbunny105: (Default)
2017-05-01 09:34 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

At long last, my new cards! Read more... )