jade_sabre: (avatar: katara's a badass)
jade_sabre: (superior:  overly enthusiastic glomping)
1) AH I'M A WEEK BEHIND IN KORRA I need to fix that tomorrow morning before the next episode airs. SO, A WEEK BEHIND.

But shipping-wise I'm pretty neutral (I don't mind the apparent endgame ship but I'm not rabid about it) and so I'm able to just sit back and enjoy EVERYTHING, and EVERYTHING is so freaking awesome. Uh I haven't watched it in three weeks so I don't have anything specific in mind to talk about, but, you know! Korra! WATCH IT.

2) I finally read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which led to a conversation between [livejournal.com profile] beth_shulman and myself that led to my realizing this:

So is it sad? Yes. Did it make me cry? Oh yes, though I mostly managed to keep it to sniffles. Did it occasionally frustrate me or seem a bit impossible? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes. In the end, I really like his books--they deeply connect with me on an intellectual level, so while I'm not always emotionally invested as deeply as I might be, I'm definitely challenged and entertained. And this one slipped through and hit some emotional spots too.

If, uh. Any of that made sense. IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU INTERACT WITH JOHN GREEN? It was definitely better than Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I need to reread Paper Towns. I want him to write more kickass female characters. I think that bit above about me saying that I connect intellectually if not emotionally actually is an epiphany for me re: John Green's books. (Like, I didn't really like the main character of Paper Towns all that much, but I LOVE what [John] [Green] [what do I even call him] did with the deconstruction of the woman-on-a-pedestal trope.)

and Beth said I wouldn't say I have very specific taste, but I do tend to like books if they're strong in writing and in characterization, and to me, he isn't strong in characterization. So maybe that's why I keep reading him.

and I thought these were good points. Granted, it's been a very long time since I read a book for fun, and I'm just dipping my toes in the water here, but, yeah, those were my thoughts.

Also reading it I couldn't help thinking about [livejournal.com profile] philia_fan especially because Hazel has to drain her lungs and yeah.

3) So I just remembered that finishing TFIOS is why I started watching Big, which is in the process of airing, and despite the fact that it seems to be heading into student/teacher relationship land, she was really only his teacher for like two days, and ANYWAY the student is trapped in the body of Gong Yoo of Coffee Prince fame, and they are not only showcasing his marvelous acting skills but also his post-mandatory-military-service physique. So. You know.

Anyway it's adorable so far and I hope to keep watching it.

4) I STARTED VIRMIRE LAST NIGHT. Yes I am very slowly playing my way through Mass Effect 1. I am enjoying it immensely and I am afraid to see what they change between 1 an 2 but oh well.

Anyway I'm a femShep, although this is the first Bioware game where I have actually wanted to go through the trouble of trying to play a male character for the sake of romancing one of the het female characters. Most of them (Bastila, Dawn Star, Morrigan) I haven't wanted to romance (didn't like, didn't care about, found the female friendship to be so satisfying that a romance couldn't possibly complete), but omg I am in love with Ashley Williams I love her so much. I love her family and her belief system and her tactical analysis and she's a badass and I love her. She is my femShep's BESTFRIEND, although obviously they both understand rank and regulation and all that jazz.

And then there's Kaidan.

For those of you who are skipping this section anyway, here's a comparison of Ashley and Kaidan:
[SCENE: Inside a very fancy tower with lots of decorative water features and plants and impressive staircases leading up to the Galactic Council's meeting chamber.]
Kaidan: I like the fountain. It's very soothing.

basically I am romancing him because he is SpaceCarth and his voice is so soothing and I love it. I tentatively know why femShep is interested in him (i.e. why it's not one-sided because it is obviously that he just thinks she hung the moon and would do anything she asked), but she's having serious issues with the whole rank regulation no-fraternizing thing. Which is also part of why he's opened up so much to her but she hasn't felt she can reciprocate; all she can do is be quietly attracted. Anyway, at the moment he doesn't seem as damaged as Alistair or even Carth was--I mean, yeah, sad backstory, but it was fifteen years ago--Alistair is young, and Carth's tragedy was fresh. (Other Bioware romances to compare to include Sky--who was just a wimpier version of Carth I thought--and Anders--who doesn't count because it felt less like romancing him and more like manipulating him just for the sake of controlling him did I mention what a horrible person Thistle Hawke really was.)

What else. I like the battle mechanics I think. I LOVE the space travel and I love the Mako the way everyone loves the Mako and I'm SO CLOSE to finishing all the survey quests (side note: Goose finished ALL THE SIDEQUESTS. She only looked at the internet for help ONCE. My sister, ladies and gentlemen, has beaten the game before me).


5) You know this is my LJ and so I'm going to babble about twinfic for a moment. See, back when I was playing Dragon Age, I had an impossible headcanon character, because I enjoy coming up with that sort of thing, and anyway it was an AU thing where Elissa Cousland was a mage, and so at age five she got sent to the Circle, but since her father is, I dunno, the Teyrn of Highever, her family did come to visit her occasionally and she was allowed to be in contact with them, the idea being that once she passed her Harrowing she would become Mage in Residence at Highever under the watchful eye of several templars, etc. etc. etc. AS IF THIS WAS NOT AU-Y ENOUGH Elissa also had a twin brother named Aidan who grows up normally at Highever. When the Blight started, Elissa got recruited into the Grey Wardens and Aidan escaped Highever by the skin of his teeth, went to Redcliffe, and proceeded to get roaringly drunk and occasionally help fight zombies. Shenanigans ensue in which each sibling thinks the other one is dead, eventually Aidan gets found and recruited to help join the team, Elissa falls for Alistair much to everyone's chagrin, etc. etc. etc.

The point of all that is that I have a history of this sort of thinking, so the fact that while I was figuring out my femShep's name I realized she has a twin sister should not be surprising. The difference here is that I never actually did an Elissa/Aidan playthrough, whereas Emma Jane Shepard totally has a twin sister named Catherine Elizabeth. (Their dad was deployed and their mom named them after Jane Austen heroines.) Both girls are biotics (Emma's a Vanguard), and they both enlisted (or whatever it is you have to do in order to become an officer in the Alliance) and went through training together and all that jazz, and then Emma went off to become a Marine and Catie went into Naval Intelligence, and while Emma went off and became a galactic star, Catie got buried so deep in Intelligence that they ended up wiping her from all official records. Basically, they've got a perfect Shepard analogue that they can send off if they want to and no one would know it's a twin and not the original because even those who know that two of them exist can't tell the difference.

And of course Emma is the ~*~serious~*~ one and Catie is an expert mimic/the outgoing popular one and yes they're almost thirty but WHO CARES, I JUST WANT TO WRITE MISTAKEN IDENTITY FIC ALL OVER EVERYTHING.

jade_sabre: (sunshine:  illegal vampire)
[livejournal.com profile] crisium_rising gave me a meme! So, since Quark is sleeping in her room and thus cutting me off from my DA2 fix (and my screenshots, thus making it difficult for me to show you the hot mess that is Thistle Hawke), I am going to do it!

(Also I should talk about DA2. I kind of love it. On the other hand, I have two full pages of notes about Thistle, because I cannot nail down her character. Sarcastic with the people she likes! Aggressive with everyone else! Supremely confident in her magic! Cocky! Rich! Beautiful! Might be falling in love with Anders, definitely wants to rip Isabela's pants off*! But what is the underlying motivation? *weeps*)

(*Note: Isabela does not actually wear pants.)

Anyway, the meme.

1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.

2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.

3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee

This is an updated version of one of the first icons [livejournal.com profile] loquaciousquark ever made! From the School Time Shipping (STS)(so close to STDS) (thanks Mike and Bryan) episode, where Katara says smell ya later to Jet and Haru and Zuko and goes off with...the Blue Spirit. Who is actually Zuko. But Zuko's busy going AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH and I just love his expression and the way his jaw is just hitting the ground with sheer DO NOT WANT.

Spoilers follow, but nothing that would ruin the books. Mostly it is cut because MY SHIPS, I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THEM. FEELINGS.

er, anyway, that's my Artemis Fowl icon. /cough

I have a lot of Issues with Enchanted, but omg Amy Adams is adorable, and also this icon basically encapsulates my reaction to a lot of things. In a step-by-step sort of way. SQUEE.

EVERYONE ALWAYS ASKS ABOUT THIS ICON oh man I haven't used it in ages but okay okay so anything [livejournal.com profile] aspectabund does involving the Queen's Thief books is just about guaranteed to make me a) laugh b) cry c) explode and this post is no different. I...can't really explain if you haven't read the books. But. There you go. Gen's having a bad day.

THIS IS THE ONLY ICON I HAVE EVER MADE and I made it because I desperately needed a Dragon Age icon. This is the expression Morrigan makes when you tell her that she is going to get to fight Loghain at the Landsmeet. She does a dance. It is so sarcastic and oh joy and I laughed so hard the first time I did it. And Morrigan is, I believe, my absolute favorite character from DAO. I could write about her ALL THE TIME. She's just so complex and vulnerable and tough and her friendship storyline with f!Warden is so AWESOME and EPIC and satisfying that when she leaves at the end you're actually sad...

...unless you're my boyfriend, who was all "I hate Morrigan" and "Alistair sucks."* On the other hand, he apparently just took his character into the Deep Roads by himself. Just for the sake of being a dwarf, walking around the Deep Roads. I. Don't always understand him.

*well if you would not leave him in the armor he was wearing at the start of the game...

anyway as far as RL goes WP and I are still the best thing since indoor plumbing (what? I rank that above sliced bread any day) and Quark and I have seen each others' optic nerves so we are ~*~closer than ever~*~ and she really needs to get her butt out of bed so I can PLAY THE GAME ALREADY. UGH.

jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  livejournal)
You guys, I have like forty questions. And they are all ridiculous and only half are in the format I was expecting and, just, I HOPE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

I left out a few “write a story” prompts because I am now sick and did not feel like going back and filling those in. So I will do that later.

So first, the character list!

1. Severus Snape, potions professor, Harry Potter
2. Toph Bei Fong, twelve-year-old blind earthbending master, Avatar: The Last Airbender
3. Ged, archmage and thief, Earthsea
4. Han Solo, smuggler and general, Star Wars
5. Attolia, queen of the country and also woman named Irene, Queen’s Thief
6. Lucy Honeychurch, young lady and piano player, A Room with a View
7. Holly Short, elf LEPrecon captain, Artemis Fowl
8. Jayne Cobb, muscleman and sniper, Firefly
9. Kyouya Ootori, high school junior and shadow king, Ouran
10. Britomart, cross-dressing female knight, The Faerie Queene
11. Alistair Theirin, Warden and bastard prince, Dragon Age
12. Noah Puckerman, ladies’ man with a sweet voice, Glee
13. Scarlett O'Hara, lady and businesswoman, Gone with the Wind
14. Bishop, ranger and scout, Neverwinter Nights 2
and a fandom repeat,
15. The Cabbage Man, a merchant, Avatar: The Last Airbender

seriously, Nessa? Seriously? )

Well, that was exhaustingly fun. I hope you enjoyed!


Sep. 10th, 2010 04:49 am
jade_sabre: (gwtw:  road to tara)
mostly to tell you that [livejournal.com profile] bifemmefatale's daughter has been found, so yay internet and yay finding people!

also apparently it is my bedtime. Oops.

in the meantime, I am mildly obsessed with this song/music video, partly because I find Rihanna's involvement in the song an interesting choice on her part and partly because Dominic Monaghan (OMG HOBBIT) is smokin' and partly because well I kind of like Megan Fox (I have only seen her in Jennifer's Body, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and in which she holds her own), and partly because it feels smart to me, and partly because...idk, the same reason I turned the prompt "katara, games" into this:

it's a hop, a skip, and a jump, stringless puppets and cruel smiles curling in on themselves, blood boiling in one and bending in another, and she picks the teams and makes the rules and sets the limits and she always, always wins, and she hates this game more than any other.

the end.

also last night I had a dream about my boss giving us a lecture, as she is wont to do, and woke up only to go through it again in reality, and another dream about the guy I am consciously getting over but try telling my subconscious that, in which I deeply betrayed his trust, and just wanted to hurl myself into the wall.

just gonna stand there and watch me burn
well that's all right
i like the way it hurts


Aug. 1st, 2010 09:32 pm
jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  good on the inside)
this is not a post about Mississippi, nor is it telling you that I'm going out of town for the week for various family/friend activities--oh, wait.

Pick five of your favorite shows, in no particular order, before you read the below questions, then answer them!

y'all--I had a hard time coming up with five shows. I almost resorted to Sailor Moon. WHAT DID I WATCH BEFORE I WENT TO COLLEGE? Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] redbrunja

SIDE NOTE: I am working on those writing memes y'all gave me. But, well, the first one was supposed to be five drabbles and now it's like five pages long and not done so. You know me and brevity--it's been a while since we've had a chat.

1) ATLA (seen: entire show)
2) Chuck (seen: season one and two and the beginning of season three)
3) Enterprise (seen: almost the whole thing; did not watch the finale on principle)
4) Glee (seen: the back nine, and like half the first part of the season)
5) Bones (seen: large chunks from various seasons)

why weren't there more questions about Enterprise )
jade_sabre: (avatar:  zutara hug)
but I just finished rewatching most of Book One: Water (we skipped "The Great Divide" and "The Northern Air Temple" on purpose, and idk what happened to "The Fortuneteller" but it somehow became a casualty of our fast-forward button), and I just thought I would share a few things.

(Also Quark linked me to a massive Bleach meta post and I felt like meta-ing.)

(disclaimer: Quark I do not know if you will like this meta.)

how I came to love ATLA, and Zutara, and fandom )

I have heard people say they hate Katara and I cannot comprehend their feelings )

Zutara is our fandom's love )

feel free to lovefest about any/everything in the comments.

lawlz fic

Jul. 15th, 2010 01:02 am
jade_sabre: (avatar:  subtle kiss)
1) Year-old Zutara fic! Woo!

2) this line will not leave me alone:
"I am a mage, Alistair. And they wish to make you king."

/angsts all over everything with her tiny broken heart

3) RASHAKA, YOUR FIC IS LANGUISHING ON MY HARD DRIVE, BECAUSE ZUKO'S VOICE FLED MY HEAD AND REFUSED TO RETURN. I am marathoning season 1 on Saturday, though, so hopefully I will be able to finish it.
jade_sabre: (avatar:  zutara hug)
Zutara Fic Meme

is like kink meme, only not just for kinks.
jade_sabre: (avatar:  lightning)
So today I was reading the comments on the latest installment of Kyoshi Hold 'Em (shiperrific crack fun) and someone was laughing at the idea of Aang going through puberty, and said it would like Azula getting her period. So I tried to write crackfic and then kind of failed, but I was pleased enough with the results to repost them here, with minimal editing. Also unbeta'd, so comma abuse probably abounds.

Title: idk, "End of the Innocence" or something, 'cause it's ironic
Author: Meeeeee
Rating: G unless you're a boy easily grossed out by casual mentions of girls gushing blood

call it a character study? )


May. 20th, 2010 03:08 pm
jade_sabre: (rhps:  frank-n-furter)
So I'm back home, yay! Sitting in my favorite locally-owned coffee shop sucking down fruit tea, yay! Staring at my AmeriCorps application with a great deal of trepidation. I am dumb. Avoiding it by making this post! This is not my graduation post; this is my "what should I read this summer?" post.

SO basically the idea is hit me with a book you think I should have read in college, and if I haven't read it, I will add it to my list. Hint: my list already includes The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre, and Huckleberry Finn.

I will probably talk more about actual graduation and thoughts about what I want to do with my life later but since I am being all avoidance-y I should keep this short.

Also if I missed any important/amusing posts from the last week and you think I should read them, link me.

Also if I have the entire plot of an approximately 20K-word Katara-centric Ursa-related ATLA fic, should I write it?

p.s. I did not call myself dumb that was Malone stealing my computer.
jade_sabre: (robot unicorn attack)
sadly not by me, but still awesome.

I think I am avoiding posting about how my days have been going because, um, if I did I would have to start thinking about how I'm graduating, and then I would cry all over my laptop. So instead we are all being WEIRDLY MOODY and getting UPSET ABOUT RANDOM THINGS like HOW FLIPPING CASTLE/BECKETT IS BEATING PUCK/RACHEL HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY CHEMISTRY

as we were saying, Castle basically relies on the success of other shows (e.g. Bones and The Mentalist), which doesn't make it bad, but doesn't make it compelling to those who are fans of the other shows (especially if the other shows actually have chemistry, see Bones). Anyway vote for Zutara, etc. etc., show Usagi/Mamoru (Sailor Moon/Tuxedo Mask) some love because they are hurting. I think so far those are the only ones I'm really worried about (not that there aren't other ships in there that I love, but so far everyone is doing okay.)

(Having to pick between Mulan/Shang and Tiana/Naveen based on hotness is pretty cruel though. Both couples are pretty smoking.)

Anyway! On the subject of Puck/Rachel, which is my Glee OTP (although I am really fond of this Jesse/Rachel thing that's going on because Rachel just looks so happy. Also I am really fond of the last two episodes of Glee because, aside from Will, it's actually been...watchable). Ariel has been sending me links to fic as rewards for finishing my homework (one paper left!), and with a link to this one (haven't read yet, have to hang up Disney pictures first...and then probably, like, color more...), she sent me the following meta:

[note: this was clearly written while under the influence of lots of Puck's POV fic. Just sayin'.]

cut for hilarious amounts of Puckspeak )

SO, fellow watchers-of-Glee/sellouts-like-me, thoughts? Anyone else notice these trends in Puck fic? Anyone more familiar with the first nine episodes than I am want to let me know what we see of Puck's character? PLEASE, DISCUSS.

two polls

Apr. 16th, 2010 09:45 pm
jade_sabre: (superior:  pounce)
one about a song (since Quark complained about the last version, also since I only got like three replies to it), and one about books (partially in response to a post I mostly disagreed with but which still made me think, and partially because I've wanted to quantify this for a while)[Poll #1552096]I ask because my friends are of differing minds about this one.[Poll #1552097]

alas this is long.  I will finish it off with a link to a post on Azula I found fascinating and a comment about Zuko I found very right.
jade_sabre: (potc:  bandana will)
Thank you for yesterday's prompts; I will use them as study breaks over the next week of INTENSE WRITING OF INTENSENESS. For now, have a shorter meme, ganked from [livejournal.com profile] redbrunja. I added one more prompt in order to balance out the number of times each character appears.

1. Write down the names of 10 characters.
2. Write a fic of fifteen words or less for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.

1. Katara
2. Hamlet
3. Laura Farthing
4. Attolia
5. Will Schuester
6. Obi-Wan Kenobi
7. Zuko
8. Sir Nevalle
9. Ron Weasley
10. Eugenides

this was harder than I expected; frickin' word limits )
jade_sabre: (room with a view:  smoochies (no violets)
1) So, in the song "Bad Romance," which I love a lot and which you should listen to, she repeats the line "I don't wanna be friends" multiple times.

Having listened to the song, do you think this line refers to
a) the fact that she wanted a solely sexual relationship
b) the fact that they are friends but she wants to be more?

I am doing an informal poll, and your input is welcome.

2) I wrote my Nietzsche paper in an hour (literally) and then lo and behold my knee started going all crazy on me and my good knee started tickling and so I ended up emailing the paper in and sitting on my futon with an ice pack, WOE.

3) I have grown very attached to this cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist," in a "I listen to this over and over again and want to write."

4) Speaking of writing, this is me NOT starting my post-season-3 Katara fic that I spent three hours plotting the other night with [livejournal.com profile] nessismore. (Y'all, I hit all the plot points. I even, like, made decisions, where normally I just keep changing it over and over in my head--I had to pick and go.) I really ought to go ahead and get the prologue down before I forget it.

5) I haven't talked about my life in forever, but I haven't really had any crazy adventures or done anything particularly fun lately. I mean, I've had fun, but I've also had a lot of long conversations that amount to "I am screwed once I leave this institution," and that's just not much fun to talk about.

6) A Room with a View is up on YouTube in its entirety, JUST SAYING, if you want to celebrate mah birfday the way I will be celebrating it. (Singing along to "O Mio Babbino Caro" is optional but encouraged. Bonus points if you can do a crazy operatic soprano not-glissando between those two syllables of "bello.")

7) Sophos's face is up, and it is appropriately pretty.

8) Idk, is there anything y'all want to hear about from me?

9) I took Pictash into the creative writing club and they liked him! (He is the singer in this post.)

10) As for that icon meme everyone's been doing, here's my answers from September. (Not!surprise: my answers are mostly the same.)

re: TLA

Feb. 4th, 2010 06:42 pm
jade_sabre: (avatar:  katara lost)
two things:

1) review of a v. rough cut, basically amounting to "man, can't wait till they finish the visual effects, p.s. Jackson Rathbone why you suck so bad."

2) superbowl trailer spot, basically amounting to HOMG WATERBENDING HOMG PRETTY HOMG ILM ILU p.s. Inuit extras are Inuit shhhh don't tell.

so it upsets my best friend people when I talk about the racefail going on in this film, and I'm not particularly good at articulating it either--at first it was, "why doesn't Katara look like Katara?" and then the more I hung around [livejournal.com profile] racebending the more I learned about how it's just symptomatic of a systemic denial of lead roles to Asian actors/negative portrayal of people of darker skin/etc. etc. etc., and well, it seems like it's the sort of thing one ought to pay attention to.

the Prince of Persia movie falls into this kind of fail too.

anyway, from my perspective, even without knowing everything I know now about racefail in Hollywood casting, just as a fan of the animated series, I'm sad about the canonrape going on here. And yeah, I tend to be a purist when it comes to my adaptations--while I understand you can't fit every detail in, you should be so choosy in your details as to create the overall feeling or spirit of the original work--which is why Fellowship of the Ring succeeds and Return of the King fails. And all the stuff they've taken from TLA just wants to steal its original intention and spirit away, and that to me is the greatest tragedy: that my beloved show is going to be shown in this warped, reduced form to a wider audience.

also re icon: lol sad!brown!Katara is brown. :-( :-( :-(

on a positive note!
1) this comment thread regarding punching a fish
2) this comment thread, also regarding punching a fish
3) I just ordered Girl Scout cookies! Mm, cookies.
jade_sabre: (avatar:  subtle kiss)
This drabble is [livejournal.com profile] manonlechat's prize for donating $5 during the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti Lightning Round.

She asked for something Avatar, Katara/Blue Spirit, maybe? And so here are 500 words. I hope you like them!

where shadow chases light

Aang read wind currents, and Toph felt the shifting of the earth, but Katara saw into shadow. )
jade_sabre: (clueless:  squee)




jade_sabre: (avatar:  I will END you)
so, because a lot of ships used sockpuppets to vote, [livejournal.com profile] ship_manifesto has started over the voting process from round 3, which means...


compelling evidence for Zutara's hotness (and sheer fan devotion) can be found in the comments.

I'm just saying you don't see Aladdin/Jasmine putting that kind of effort into their ship.


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