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26 July 2017 22:14
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Driving practice was super crappy today. Upside: I got through it, did not kill anyone, and did not damage the vehicle. ...That's about the only upside, though.

Decided to go ahead and download that dad dating sim. MIGHT AS WELL. I'm going to be playing it in bits and pieces, using game time as a reward for doing stuff that aggravates my anxiety; I'm trying to reward-train my brain into submission. Can't say whether it's working, but stuff has been getting done, so that's something. ...This means I'll have to take my time with it, but that's all right.

I wasn't sure whether it would run on my tiny netbook, but if I turn the graphics quality down, it's okay (so far). Which is a relief.

Brief initial thoughts - I didn't get very far tonight )
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☆ Driving once again leaves me frustrated. I have difficulty lining up the vehicle when parking, and of course my father is no help. "You just have to line it up along the imaginary centre line and -" Dude, if you didn't notice, I have difficulty with spatial processing... grumble, grumble. Yes, it does indeed look like another professional lesson is in order - with the last one, we didn't have much time to practice parking at all. Something to focus on for the next....

☆ Pleasant surprise today: RAINBOW CROSSWALK. Saw it from the bus while I was heading to work. Looks like Pride YMM's request was granted. I'm so glad. It's just so nice to see. ...Part of me is like "Just wait, it'll be vandalized before the end of the week" but - hopefully that won't actually happen, and when I go downtown on Saturday morning I'll be able to get some pictures of it. <3

☆ Year in Hereafter: Fuck yeah, the print version is finally available! *_* Via gumroad. I'm very happy about this. <3 It'll be SO nice to read it through in print... Paper format is just so much more to my taste. (And shipping isn't as much as I thought it would be, which was nice.) I had been thinking about paying for a second set to do a raffle, similar to what I did with the SSSS book, but I don't know if that will be possible at this time for various reasons. ...Anyway. Comic-wise, we're moving toward the pages I have seen previews of. 8) I am extremely excited. 8) EXTREMELY.

Trivial personal former relationship venting )

Ugh, driving

24 July 2017 20:07
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I HATE DRIVING.

And parking.

And highway driving.

And intersections.

And that thing where you're going 70 and SUDDENLY you have to go 35.

And parking.

And changing lanes.

And merging.

And parking.

...I should probably pay for another professional lesson, but ugh, money. And scheduling. And human interaction. And questions like "You seem nervous. Why?" Gee, I dunno, ma'am, it might be because I'm behind the wheel of a death machine. Just a guess.

/throws up hands

[Rec] Slavonica

23 July 2017 19:01
yuuago: (Spiritual - Marzanna - Close)
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I've stumbled across a webcomic very relevant to my interests: Slavonica. Short fantasy stories inspired by Slavic mythology and culture, oh yesss! Specifically, drawing on/setting in Poland - the artist/author is herself Polish.

Some of you might have seen the short comic "Deal" on tumblr, in which a witch tricks the god Veles (!!!). Well, "Deal" is the first story in Slavonica. In the next (much longer) story, "The Warlock's Apprentice", it jumps to another character - dear Sambor (I adore him). And then the third story, "The Snake King", currently in-progress, centres around yet another character. I expect that when "Snake King" is finished, we'll come back to either Sambor or Mojmira the Witch again, if the author's comments are anything to judge by.

The setting + source folklore are obviously a huge draw for me, but the art is pretty cool too, if that style is to your taste. It certainly suits my taste, anyway. And I like what we've seen of the central characters so far. (I want to give Sambor a million hugs and feed him all kinds of delicious food and braid his hair, pffff... Help, I think I've fallen in love with this poor kid.)

A neat thing: while this is a minor detail that has only come up in the author's notes, and is unlikely to appear in the comic itself - the author has stated that Sambor is nonbinary*. I just kind of appreciate that they have decided to make it clear that they see their character that way, regardless of whether the subject will come up in any of the stories Sambor appears in.

So! I'm glad I took the time to read this - I've been meaning to ever since it came onto my radar a couple of weeks ago, but wasn't able to set aside time until this weekend. The comic (or comic series, perhaps one could say) isn't actually very lengthy, so if you do decide to check it out, it won't take long to get through it. The above Tumblr post for "Deal" contains that story in its entirety, and "The Warlock's Apprentice" is only 38 pages. I have no idea how long "The Snake King" will be when it's finished.

A few caveats:
-Slavonica is hosted on Tapas rather than its own website. I am not a fan of Tapas' site layout; maybe it looks better on mobile (I have no idea) but on desktop it feels kind of cluttered and scroll-y and I just... don't like that.
-Some portions of this comic are marked as Mature due to situational nudity/violence (nothing graphic, though). So, you need a Tapas account in order to read those pages, which is kind of annoying.
-The updates are erratic. Following this would necessitate subscribing, I think, since it doesn't adhere to a regular update schedule.

But, those are all fussy details, really, and don't have to do with the content of the comic itself. So, if you liked "Deal", I do suggest reading "The Warlock's Apprentice" at least, since that one is complete.
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☆ So, I took Karo's drawings down to the framing place! And I did not die! Amazing. :D The woman who runs the gallery/frame joint was very helpful, and it wasn't any trouble to find a suitable matting/frame for those. (Also, she kept gushing about how adorable the Small Trolls painting was, heeeee.) And now that I have this, I'll be able to switch into this frame any future drawings I acquire that happen to be in A5 size. (Siiigh, I really wish I had more display space....) And now that I've done this, I think the next framing project will be to get a proper frame for that one I commissioned years ago from my pal Nunuut (this one); I still love it so much, and the cheapass frame it's in really does not do it justice.

☆ ALSO I discovered that the gallery/frame shop... is also a yarn store. ?!! I didn't even know we HAD a yarn store here. And they have all kinds of LOVELY things, including some Alberta-sourced alpaca yarn that I've been interested in trying for a while, and -- well. This is wonderful and terrible. xD Easy access to expensive yarn? Awful! (Awful for my wallet, that is.) But it's nice to know that I won't need to place an internet order if I want to buy some new needles, at the very least. ...And this reminds me that I reaaaallly should finish the project I have on the go. And block the one I previously finished. Oh dear.

☆ I've had to raise my Camp NaNo goal several times this month. Currently at 10k, and I'm only about 400 off from hitting that... I'm so pleased, even though I feel like I don't have a lot to show for it. :D I have so many drafts that need editing, oh dear....

A list of those, for the record )

☆☆☆

21 July 2017 21:25
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☆ I'm thinking about trying to write something to submit to NorthWord. It's a fiction/poetry magazine (well, they call it a "literary journal") published bianually here in Fort Mac. The theme for the next round of submissions was announced earlier this week, and I think it's something that I can work with. Normally, the idea of being published gives me the willies - and in fact, even the idea of submitting to this publication makes me a little bit uncomfortable. But it's an obscure magazine with a very limited circulation, and if I use an alias to submit, then there is roughly 0% chance that anyone I know would ever read it or hear about it, if my work is accepted. So, it's just a matter of slapping together some publishable poems - easier said than done, of course, but it wouldn't hurt to try. And of course I need to decide whether to submit under my name but request it be published under alias, or... submit completely under alias (both options have advantages/disadvantages). Well, I can worry about that detail later.

☆ So, I hear that the Dream Daddy dating sim has finally been released. Not gonna' lie, the more I hear about this game, the more I want to play it. Coziness and m/m romance and terrible puns? Yes! My experience with the genre is limited to Hatoful Boyfriend and, uh... Angelique (and in that case, it was an incomplete fantranslation, heh) so it isn't something I'm terribly familiar with, but it sounds fun. It unfortunately won't run on my main computer, but I can work around that. I've stumbled over some spoilers about one of the characters already, and while the particular detail I saw is very minor and doesn't really have anything to do with the story, it makes me even more interested than I was before. The only thing that bugs me is that apparently the game is 18+, which I hadn't realized at first. That bit is kind of a turnoff. But, oh well, everything else about it sounds great.

☆ I've been an absolute ball of nerves lately. It's so annoying! I feel like getting anything done is taking 50% more effort than it should. :| Go away, anxiety monster, go awayyyyy.

☆ Note to self: Bring those paintings down to the framing place tomorrow. There just really is no point in half-assing this.

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19 July 2017 20:14
yuuago: (Frozen - Reindeers are better)
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Well, I've set aside my time off to go to Victoria in September. That'll be nice. It'll be great to just be somewhere else for a while. I'm looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. Relatives keep pressuring me to go somewhere that I haven't been before instead, but... honestly, I can't think of anything that would be more stressful right now than to go somewhere new.

I have Friday off, and I'm really looking forward to getting my Rare Slash exchange fic finished. Man, exchanges are fun, but I'm feeling a little bit burnt out. So, I'll just noodle around with my own stuff for a while after this.

Though, now that I think of it, it might be nice to do a fic trade or two. (Or trade fic for art, perhaps.) I like the way me 'n Grey did it once or twice - decide on a fandom + pairing, and then throw each other three short prompts or so, and pick one. Can't remember what our minimums were - 500 words + 2 weeks to write? Not sure. Anyway, it was fun and stress-free, though I wouldn't want to do it very often.

Lately, I've been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... This is one of those HP novels that I read only once (unlike the first three), so I'd entirely forgotten the plot. It's kind of fun to experience it for almost-the-first-time. From what little bit I do remember, I recall finding the interaction between Harry and Dumbledore kind of dull, but this time around I'm really appreciating the scenes they have together, sifting through old memories in the pensive. There's just something about those bits, hard to put my finger on precisely what I like about them... It might be, I think, that they both obviously need something from each other, and it's nice to see them actively working together on something.

Braindump

17 July 2017 20:38
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I swear, you look at some photos of pysanky once, and Pinterest becomes convinced that you have some kind of egg fetish. IT'S NOT EASTER, LEAVE ME ALONE.

Finished the draft for my Rare Slash exchange fic. Now I can breathe a little, yay. Though I won't really be able to breathe until it's finished and uploaded. I think this will be the last exchange for a while - I can't think of anything that I really want to do in the near future, except for Trick or Treat, which is still a while away. There are lots of personal things that I want to work on right now (and treats for others, possibly...)

I went driving for the first time in a while - and wore my new glasses, of course. Oh man, what a difference! My prescription is very slight (can't remember what it is, but - very borderline) and if I were an experienced driver, I might not need them. But, never mind. It's such a relief to be able to see everything clearly. Hopefully I'll be a little more confident now. I still hate driving - especially pointless driving for No Reason. It makes me want to finish my library books as soon as possible, just so I'll have an excuse to drive somewhere with a purpose... xD Actually, that's not a bad idea.

Oooh also, my mate Scout did some lovely art of Marzanna for me! Voila. (Unsure if they still have slots open, but they might, worth giving a poke if curious.) ...I think that Slavic mythology stuff might become that thing that I request when I want to commission somebody but can't think of anything specific. xD It's pretty cool to see the differences in interpretations.
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So, fics for Multifandom Drabble Exchange were revealed today. I really, really enjoyed this exchange - there's just something about bite-sized fic that I find really fun.

I suggest checking out the main collection and treat collection if you haven't already. So many fandoms listed! *_* A little bit of something for everyone, I think.

I'm not finished reading everything I'm familiar with, so for now I'm only going to rec my gifts.

7 recs under the cut - SSSS & YiH )

Aaand anyway, here's the 5 fics I wrote, for completeness's sake. (All crossposted to [personal profile] roesslyng, of course.)
aRTD + YiH )

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take my love take my land take me where I cannot stand I don't care I'm still free you can't take the sky from me take me out to the black tell 'em I ain't coming back burn the land and boil the sea you can't take the sky from me there's no place I can be since I found Serenity