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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.
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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."
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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.
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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!

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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.





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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked; the top left diagonal line is completed.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked. No lines are completed.]
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[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!
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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...
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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 ♥
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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.
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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.
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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.
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At long last, my new cards! Read more... )
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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!

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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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