This spring I am ORGANIZING MY LIFE! I have realized that my online presence at this point relies heavily on my ability to access places via my phone, which is a big reason Twitter is the place I'm at; like a fool I also recently got the Facebook app, because I ... want to stay in touch with coworkers and family, I guess? I'm honestly not sure, but what I do know is that I feel delightfully organized in my online presence; additionally, for the first time in actual years, I went through and organized my WIP folder, and got it down from ~140 to ~30 documents. I am deeply hoping that this spring I'll be able to emerge like a beautiful fandom butterfly from my chrysalis of mostly-rl nerd interaction, and start posting many things that are technically WIPs but ALMOST in shape to be set free into the world. (At the moment, f'rinstance, I'm trying to export my first ever kinda-presentable vid! AHHHHH.)

Fandom-wise lately I have:

+ joined a (semi-local) book club -- just read The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison for it, and oh my gosh if you like political fantasy you should read the HELL out of it, the main character is such a cinnamon roll and I enjoyed it so thoroughly

+ continued being obsessed with our D&D campaign! we're in the sequel to Planeshift, and Mistworld is to Planeshift as Torchwood is to Doctor Who -- we're all playing MASSIVE failboats who sleep with everyone, and we've now time-traveled and destroyed the timeline on TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS, this is so fun

+ recently mainlined allll of Hannibal with [personal profile] feedingonwind and [profile] filiabelialis; knowing Amiel and I, and also J's enthusiastic enabling, I am so so tempted to write a murderfamily fic, but meanwhile, oh my gosh I'm amazed that I was able to watch it?? friends watching with me was INVALUABLE, and I still watched a good third of it through my hands while screaming quietly

+ SUPER recently, ie as of last night, finished mainlining Sense8, which was many things both good and bad but which has immediately taken a special place in my heart for including a queer relationship that felt so much like my own/so much like home that pretty much every single time Nomi and Amanita were onscreen together I just sort of clutched Amiel's hand and tried not to make soft keening noises

I think that's it! Gosh how does one even conclude a DW entry, I mean REALLY, several years of mostly microblogging has put me very out of habit for this. HI GUYS, I guess :)
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( Oct. 21st, 2015 11:03 am)
[Nb: this is a gift for a fanworks exchange my D&D group is holding, but it is ALSO a sincere show primer for the fake TV show we have too many feelings about, and you should read it! YES YOU.]

I've been yelling about my new favorite TV show for months, but I haven't actually given an explanatory write-up! I realize that, sitting down to write this literally a minute after finishing my rewatch of the finale (with the tears still drying on my cheeks, I kid you not) I am ... perhaps not best equipped to give a sane and nuanced Show Is Awesome post. Nevertheless.

So there's this show. It started as a vanity project and a love letter to D&D, and especially in first season it feels like a pleasant romp through a fairly generic fantasyland -- though even then, the characters are delightful, and it's already playing hard with ye olde fantasy tropes -- and somehow spiraled into one of the best apocalyptic epics I've ever had the joy of watching. There was a certain magic to watching it week by week as it aired, and also a certain terror, because something this good couldn't possibly get renewed for all four seasons the show bible had mapped out -- but then, this show was clearly the best thing SyFy had on air since Battlestar Galactica ended (and lbr it was way better than BSG at never going off the rails for more than an episode). I turned right around and watched it all again as soon as it was done, and mainlining the whole thing is also wonderful -- good foreshadowing, lovely character arcs.

Seriously, this show. As I mentioned, it plays with fantasy tropes (some harder than others, my personal fav being "the half-orc introduced as a minor villain in episode two ends up being one of the protags by the end of the show"); it has, I am entirely serious, eight out of nine main cast members who are women; it has a higher percentage of POC in the cast than almost any other show I can think of; it is so queer. So, so queer, not only in the sense that it has m/m and f/f canon pairings, but a main cast member who is trans*, and several who are canonically ace, and a canon poly relationship configuration. (This last is ... kinda problematic, and there's plenty of meta out there about that one, but hahaha I love the Disaster OT4 so much, I don't care.) This show is straight-up amazing.

Also, if you don't actually want to read a huge primer about it, I was yelling with filiabelialis about the show in chat, and they said, "I was just thinking about how I'd pitch it! Like if you took Rat Queens and gave it character dynamics and a plot like Fullmetal Alchemist, but live action with a staggeringly awesome cast." PRETTY MUCH. But if that isn't enough to intrigue you:

The show is Planeshift, and I'm here to tell you why it's so awesome. Hopefully I can accomplish that without too many major spoilers, because I deeply enjoyed navigating the show blind.

So five D&D PCs walk into a bar... )

Planeshift only just finished airing, too! You can probably still find most of it on Hulu, so run, don't walk, and buy the full boxed set when it comes out, IO9 tells me there's going to be tons of delightful behind-the-scenes cast adorableness and a few deleted scenes and I wouldn't miss it for the world.
i. Today is a Flight Rising open registration window! I have no idea what I'm doing over there besides HOARDING PRETTY DRAGONS; it kind of reminds me of Neopets only I already like it quite a bit more. I think I've already picked up most of my FR-playing friends by mentioning it on twitter, but just in case, I'm AriaWoods over there; feel free to hit me up!

ii. Amiel's birthday was this last week! Verity, very rightly, observed that basically the point of poly is to band together with one's SOs or metamours and sneakily plot nice gifts. So Verity and I baked Amiel a xenomorph cake. I say "Verity and I," but actually I mean I had the idea, we pooled ingredients, I was assistant while Verity baked and set everything up, and then at the eleventh hour when Verity had to run off to work, my friend Lauren stepped in and did most of the actual xenomorph cake-decorating. The end result was SO GREAT. Xenomorph cake photo beneath cut! )

iii. Uhhh did I mention how my D&D campaign is kind of my fandom? Now it is REALLY my fandom. We have a wiki and a kinkmeme and I just want to note for posterity that this is what happens when seven people with fannish urges keep getting together every Thursday night to create story together. SPONTANEOUS FANDOM.


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