sholio: Snow-covered trees (Winter-snowy trees)
[personal profile] lunabee34 asked: Tell me about your design aesthetic. If you got to build and decorate your own house, what would it be like?

Well, honestly, the house I live in is basically that house. Not entirely; I think if I were designing something from the ground up, I'd want it to be cozier and full of little nooks and cubbies and tucked-away rooms, while the current house is very open with high ceilings. But y'know, in dark Alaskan winters, spacious and bright is better than small and cozy anyway.

In general, though, I really like natural wood and a rustic kind of look. I fell in love with this place when I first saw it: lots of wood inside, big picture windows looking out at the forest. The only problem is that it's a little restrictive to decorate; there's no opportunity to paint the walls (it's all wood) and I pretty much had to start over again on art, because everything I had, from our house in Illinois, didn't really fit with the look of the place. Basically, where most houses have white walls and beige carpets, and generally provide a blank slate that you can do almost anything with, THIS house has an overwhelming enough personality of its own that the decorating direction is predetermined, and anything that doesn't go with its rustic look blatantly clashes.

Here are a couple of pictures from Facebook that give you an idea of what it looks like:

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So yeah, I haven't really decorated it so much as just added a few things to what was there already. But that is basically what I would have wanted to create for myself if I hadn't happened to find a place that already had it.

I've also tried to clutter up the place with decorations as little as possible because I tend to like a minimalist kind of look while also being sort of a packrat and pretty lazy about cleaning. So my life is a constant battle between wanting an uncluttered environment and just not being dedicated enough to keep it that way, heh.
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
Well, seeing how I'm zero for whatever on my predictions for Flash this season, now that I've watched the mid-season finale I may as well make some more probably-very-wrong predictions for the back half of the season. Who knows, if I keep taking wild swings, one of them might land eventually ...

These involve spoilers for the mid-season finale and also for the one thing I know about future episodes, which was mentioned in past entries.

(I'll probably do this for Legends of Tomorrow after their mid-season finale too, because why not??)

Spoilers under the cut )
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
[livejournal.com profile] leesa_perrie asked: Pick a fandom and tell me what got you so excited about it.

Ooh fun. :D

You know, there's a general, overall answer to this, and I'm answering with that, rather than with a specific fandom example, because this is something I've kinda wanted to make a post about for awhile. I can actually peg the specific combination of factors that tends to draw me to something fannishly. There are always exceptions, but most things that have gotten their hooks in me have the following factors: worldbuilding that is clever, fun, and interesting enough to make me want to explore the world more, but not so tight that there's nowhere to insert my own imagination; an ensemble cast with a number of different characters I like in different ways; and a character relationship (or much more rarely, an individual character) that pings my id. And for the latter, the relationships that make my id go "zing" are usually (though again, not always) either an antagonistic friendship with combined elements of love and situational distrust, or two characters who start out disliking each other and fall in "like".

You'd think with a roadmap that detailed, I'd be better at guessing what I'm going to like, but the subjective elements are SO subjective (and so hard to recognize at first glance) that I have a long history of initially dismissing the things I later fell in love with. There are a few things I've glommed onto from the first episode, e.g. Agent Carter, but it's more common for me to go the route that I went with shows like Stargate Atlantis, White Collar, or more recently Flash, where my first reaction to it was disinterest, and then I watched enough episodes to have it grab me.

So actually that's more of a general answer than a specific answer, but I guess that's the way my brain rolls tonight. :D
sholio: Cocoa in red cup with cinnamon stick (Christmas cocoa)
[livejournal.com profile] ride_4ever asked: What first got you into Forever Knight fandom?

That's kind of a two-part answer: what got me into the show vs. the fandom (I mean, to the extent that I AM in the fandom, to which the answer is "kinda").

Okay, so, the show. It was 1992 and I was 15, and it was weird and quirky and fun -- also, there wasn't really a whole lot to watch late at night. I wasn't really into vampires per se, but I did really love what we now think of as urban fantasy; it wasn't recognized as a genre then, but basically weird stuff happening in a contemporary environment. I liked it even before I knew it was a thing.

More under cut )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
So here's the state of my h/c bingo card:

Under cut )
sholio: Captain America in the rain (Avengers-Steve rain)
[livejournal.com profile] sheron just watched CA: Civil War and is looking for Tony-focused fics (Steve & Tony, preferably) that deal with the fallout from the movie and AREN'T terribly skewed towards one character or the other. (As the entire fandom tends to be post-CW, thus missing the point of the movie entirely.) She's okay with Steve/Tony if that's the only way to get the feels, but prefers gen friendship fic for these characters.

I am completely unhelpful since I haven't read anything in this fandom in over a year, but I offered to ask, since I know there are people hereabouts who are still in Avengers fandom. Anyone seen any good post-CW fic around?
sholio: Christmas ornaments (Christmas ornament)
Fandom stocking signups are still ongoing, 'til the 14th. Also, for the Peggy/Daniel shippers, there is PeggySous Advent, a story a day 'til Christmas (in theory, anyway). I have a story in the collection, but it hasn't released yet.

[livejournal.com profile] sgamadison is doing a post-every-day thing in December with a twist - she gives prompts (such as self-reccing a fic or sharing a piece of feedback) and people answer them; you can find this at her Heart of Winter tag.

I have decided to have another go at that December posting thing. When I've done this in the past, I have reliably failed to answer the questions. So THIS time, I'm going to do an actual schedule, try doing it for a week and see if that works. (And yes, one of the days is today. Because I have ALSO learned that I need to jump on things when I'm excited about them, as opposed to waiting, which is usually a terrible idea and leads to procrastination central.)

December 5: What first got you into Forever Knight fandom? ([livejournal.com profile] ride_4ever)
December 6: Pick a fandom and tell me what got you so excited about it. ([livejournal.com profile] leesa_perrie)
December 7: Tell me about your design aesthetic. If you got to build and decorate your own house, what would it be like? ([personal profile] lunabee34)
December 8: Harrison Wells and the multiverse! ([personal profile] musesfool)
December 9: H/C trope that you've had a couple goes at, but can't seem to get it to come off the way you want it to. ([personal profile] muccamukk)
December 10: Where would Agent Carter have gone if they'd gotten a season 3? ([livejournal.com profile] sgamadison)
December 11: The one story of your heart that you would desperately like to read in AC fandom. ([livejournal.com profile] sheron)

So, guys, pick a day and prompt me with a topic/question you want me to write about, until the schedule fills up. Ask me about shows, characters, fic, non-fandom stuff, whatever. If I actually manage to do this for a week, then I'll see about maybe doing it for the rest of the month as well.
sholio: Christmas ornaments (Christmas ornament)
Fandom stocking signup time! (What, were you expecting something else? XD)

Signups and instructions are here! I am currently finalizing my signup; this year I'm not going to wait until the last minute, dangit.

Oh by the way, I forgot to say this earlier, but thank you so much to everyone who left me comments on the love meme. ♥ Not having done this before, I'm not sure if there is an etiquette to it (do you answer them? politely ignore them like one is supposed to do with book reviews?) but they made my day brighter; thank you so much. ♥ ♥ ♥

In other news, today I was invited to a creative writing class on campus to talk to undergrads about my romance self-publishing adventures. They also had another local author who is a trad-published fantasy writer, so basically we had an hour-long mini-panel in which we talked about traditional vs. self-publishing and the students asked us questions. Their questions were excellent, and they were interested and curious, and the other panelist was very courteous about taking turns switching back and forth on taking questions with me and not talking over me (actually, if anything, I had to be careful not to talk over the top of him). All in all, it was a great experience, and the instructor is having us and a couple of other local authors come back to do the same for her graduate students in the spring.

And then I had Thai food and watched more of the Flash with [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion, and was gifted a painting by a 4-year-old who very politely signed it for me. She also "helped" me brush the snow off my car, which was really more like I was brushing the snow off the car with her (literally; she was sort of like a wiggly snow brush extension) but a good time was had by all, at least judging from the giggling.

With the snow coming down like crazy outside, and December having inexplicably arrived, I'm starting to feel some holiday feels, a little bit? I need to put up some decorations around here.
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
Now compounded with another future casting spoiler.

Under the cut )

ooooh?

Nov. 30th, 2016 11:10 pm
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
A possible Flash casting/character spoiler for a future episode (after the mid-season break) + speculation.

lurking under the cut )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Wow, Supergirl is certainly a massive nostalgia trip.

The first comics I remember reading as a small child -- the comics that first got me hooked on comics, basically -- were my mom's old Superboy/Legion of Super-Heroes/etc. comics from the 1950s. I tend to go more for Marvel than DC in general, but I still like the LSH and have several of the collected volumes around here. And, oh, this feels right, plus the special effects are good enough that it makes everything really come alive. The result is a direct punch to the nostalgia centers of my brain. The Fortress of Solitude, omgggggg. I will definitely be watching more of this. :D

DC TV

Nov. 28th, 2016 05:27 pm
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
Tonight begins the big crossover with all of DC's shows. By now I'm caught up on Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, and I've seen enough of Arrow via Flash crossover eps to at least know who the characters are and what's generally going on with them, but I haven't seen any Supergirl at all. I was going to at least watch the first episode before watching the crossover ep, but, well, that didn't happen. Somehow I will endure. (I'm not actually THAT worried about spoilers with these shows from watching them out of order, at least in part because they spoil each other rampantly with all the crossover characters anyway.)

Speaking of which, I finally got around to watching the Arrow half of the 2-parter with Shayera/Kendra and Carter, and I have only one small thing to say: kinda spoilery but not much )

Legends of Tomorrow: hmmmmm. Spoilers )
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
I rewatched the first two episodes of Flash season 3 with [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion today, over fish tacos from a local takeout place, and that was super fun. Looking forward to doing more episodes next week. :D

Meanwhile, I'm having Thoughts about where the season is going. It's fun to be up to date on a currently-running show with lots of plot threads to speculate about! Under the cut is some plot speculation, with spoilers for Flash up to 3x06.

Spoiler cut )
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
Title: Long Live
Artist: Taylor Swift
Show: The Flash
Clips/spoilers: up to 3x05
Summary: I had the time of my life, fighting dragons with you. Team vid.

If you haven't actually seen the show at all, I don't think it'll be that spoilery (I didn't include anything that's terribly and obviously spoilery out of context, I don't think).

Streaming: https://vimeo.com/192016001
Downloads: At the Vimeo link. More download links this evening.

Embed and lyrics under cut.

Long Live )
sholio: heart in a cup of tea (Heart)
I've never done this before, but I went and created a thread for myself at [personal profile] kaberett's love meme:

http://kaberett.dreamwidth.org/548958.html?thread=6132574#cmt6132574

Because it's been the kind of month when love is nice. ♥

No need to worry about saying anything, of course. You could also create one for yourself!
sholio: Harry from The Flash looking cute (Flash-Harry)
Everything is still Flash around here. I wanted a Harry icon and I couldn't find any that I liked, so I made some.

Preview:



12 Harry icons under the cut )
sholio: (WhiteCollar-Hard Sell Peter Neal)
The Fall Fest at [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner (patterned after Fandom Stocking) is done and all the gifts are revealed! You can check it out at the LJ community or the AO3 community (note: the AO3 collection doesn't have everything; most of the shorter ficlets, art, etc are at the LJ community posts only).

I wrote the following gifts:

Sweet Escape - Elizabeth takes over Neal's bakery after his "death."

Wings So Bright - Neal wingfic, also for my h/c bingo "wings" square. Neal's favorite memory from his early childhood was going flying with his mother; he didn't yet know that no one else could see her wings.

Happy Paws - Having found out that the FBI agent chasing him has a puppy, Neal can't resist trying to make friends with it.

Three Restaurants - Three times Sara and Peter had lunch or dinner together, from pre- to post-series.

Harvest Moon - Alex character study.

Untitled Peter & Neal ficlet for the prompt "near miss."


And I also have some great stuff in my treat basket - art, fics, a fic cover and more!
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
I haven't read a whole lot in this fandom so far, but here are a few fics I've found and enjoyed. Most take place in season two, and all are gen.

First of all, I recommend [archiveofourown.org profile] icarus_chained. I've also enjoyed a lot of their LoT and MCU fic, and they write great Flash fic as well -- introspective character stuff, usually with h/c. I'm still working my way through their Flash stories, but here are my favorites so far:

Circling the Wagons - 2x22 tag, with tired collapsing and protective dads and platonic bed-sharing. Apparently this is a fandom in which I just want basically all the cuddling and family-bonding warmth.

Once More Unto - Cisco's thoughts on Harry. Sweet character study. Set at some indeterminate point in late season two when they're all about to die for the umpteenth time.


Other fics:

Mirror, Mirror - early season two Iris POV, including Iris bonding with Linda Park, and her outside POV on Harry.

Retreat - late-season-two era team does a team-bonding retreat out in the countryside. Very cute and fluffy.

Turnover - Harry teaches Barry to run faster by trying to improve his basic running form instead of using gimmicks as the show does. Adorable team bonding ensues. (Nitpicker's note: some recurring grammatical errors.)

The Blanket Fort - Jesse is feeling lonely on Earth-1, so Cisco helps her make a blanket fort. Just as adorable as it sounds, especially when Harry and Caitlin get involved.
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
The Flash is totally my happy place right now. It's utterly ridiculous, but it's just such a gloriously sweet show, and a breath of fresh air in a landscape of grimdark superhero and action shows. The characters are such darling little rays of sunshine. They hug! They talk out their feelings! They hang out in each other's space and cohabit and have family holidays together! The main character is an emotional over-sharer who plays peacemaker with his friends and adores being a superhero in a bouncy-puppy kind of way. The only member of the group who doesn't start out as a sweet-natured, huggy ray of sunshine is a grim, gun-toting lone wolf who BECOMES a ray of sunshine (a snarky ray of sunshine, and somewhat against his will) after the rest of these darlings adopt him.

It's just the sweetest show, it really is. There are group hugs, characters having Friendship Talks, and some of the healthiest parent-child relationships I can remember seeing recently on TV. (For anyone who bounced off season one BECAUSE of the parent-child relationships, that gets a lot better later, and so does the romantic angst once they stop trying to do a love triangle with endless pining.)

I had a lot of trouble getting into season one, so for me, the show takes off in season two. If you also bounced off early season one, as I did, I can suggest alternate episodes to start with!

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