HA HA HA yeah about that whole "consecutively talking about writing thing"! TWO DAYS IN (technically) and I failed. :'D I meant to do the answers on my lunch break, but I'd get distracted by other things. (Not necessarily eating, though FoodGawker is my favorite lunchtime reading, kya. WHO NEEDS COOKBOOKS. Well, okay, they're nice but that's not the point.)


2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?

... lol. A-are we really supposed to count? HOW DO ONES YOU DEVELOPED WITH SOMEONE ELSE FACTOR IN? I mean in sheer raw tallies, even without co-creations, the number is A Lot. Scientifically, A Lot. Give me a few more weeks and one of my old textbooks and I could make it sound a lot more pretentiously scientific than that.

I prefer writing/developing female characters! Actually, to be entirely fair, I like sets, matched--a lot of my stories tend to have a pair of main characters, matched male and female, but never in a romantic sense. One of those things I have (harkening back to what I said about urban fantasy the other day) is that I really enjoy platonic male-female relationships, and friendships always trump romance in a lot of things I write. Sometimes this is not the case; hilariously, whenever I have two characters of the same gender as the main protagonists of a story, male OR female, they usually end up romantically involved versus when they're opposite genders. TRIVIA THAT IS BRAND NEW EVEN TO ME. Ultimately in stand-alone one shot stories, though--or things where there's only one central character--my main character is female 90% of the time.

Part of me suspects it comes as response to the lack of female characters I found interesting in a lot of stuff I enjoyed when I was younger (whether or not these were actually good strong characters that I appreciate now that I am older, at the time I was such a typical fanbrat)--it was very much a case of, "well, if I can't FIND any that I like, I will MAKE ones instead!" AND PERHAPS IT IS MY BIAS BUT MOST OF THEM DID NOT TURN OUT TO BE MARY SUES. The ones that were too-perfect were either left behind, or revisited and revamped to make them less of the "always right, always funny, always [x] positive trait." Some of them retain aspects, but then, I have come to think that even the Mary Sue can become an interesting and viable character, as long as the story is told right and handled well. Execution is very often make or break, when it comes to what I personally want out of something, whether as a creator or as a spectator.

Man, I need to start saving up faster for the new computer, the lack of a properly-functioning finicky keyboard at home versus the one I use at work is so different, I don't really even want to go for huge blocks of text when I'm at home. Baww. ;o;

all the questions )
nekokoban: (IM A RITER)
( Jul. 6th, 2010 01:55 pm)
Hrrrrrrr the 4th of July weekend was really good for me, in terms of RECHARGING! In that I slept a lot (including sleeping in later on Monday than I have in literally years) and did nothing more strenuous than sit around in the cold and wet waiting for fireworks. And grocery shopping; it is possibly a little sad, how much I genuinely enjoy looking at and selecting and buying food. :|a

ON THE OTHER HAND, with Life and the move and everything, I've really sort of fallen behind and given up on the whole writing thing, which is really bad. :[ I believe creativity is as much like a muscle as anything in my physical body, and my personal experience has always loaned itself to that--the more I write, the better I feel about what I've written, and the less likely I am to stare at the screen going "durrrr" with a face like this: :B I tried to write some stuff the other night and it felt so much like pulling teeth: things felt awkward and clunky, and my ambition outstripped my feelings about my ability. I'm debating on whether I should try a different schedule and see if that helps, though in my heart I know any changes I make will not really finalize and take until [livejournal.com profile] rinkhals moves in. :|a

SO I AM GOING TO JUST KICK MYSELF A LOT, and I am going to steal the 30 Days of Writing Meme from [livejournal.com profile] nayami and hope that actually talking about writing (especially consistently for a month) will guilt me into doing it again. And once I get started, I will keep going, and then I'll hit a point where it's not like wall+head=OTP.


1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.

2) Bold all the items you've eaten.

3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

5) (added on) italicize foods you can't remember if you've had or not, but it seems like you

should have, or you're pretty sure you have, but can't remember when.

6) underline foods you would eat but haven't had the opportunity to.

Caveat is that I do not drink or smoke, and anything that I recognize as raw alcohol tends to get an automatic no from me. :|b


... apparently I'm better off than I thought I was, in terms of worldly tastes, but there were some where I just didn't recognize the names, and we're moving desks today so I am not looking them up. (Also, I have had rabbit, but is there really a super distinction between it and hare? Also, alligator as opposed to crocodile. :|a)

So while I was kind of quiet about it, I did in fact app during CFUD's last round, and now I play [livejournal.com profile] bookwormbadass on the internet. Glee. :B

This was also a little bit sad for me, because vector kept posting stuff and I'd be like I WANT TO SAY SOMETHIIIIING INSTEAD I AM GOING TO SIT HERE LIKE :B INSTEADDDDDDD. But that's all done with now, and I can do a rather indulgent thing that I have been considering for over a week now.

For those who do not know: in Soul Eater, partnered teams comprise of a weapon (a person who can transform themselves into a weapon of choice) and a meister (who wields the weapon to whatever ends).

Give me any pair of characters, and I will write a shortfic about them as a weapon-meister pair. Bias is given probably to any fandom I have written recently. Which means I guess extra special bonus points for epic robots. :|a THIS COULD BE HILARIOUS.

Barring that, I have a trip coming up, in which I will be visiting my parents for a week, so actually, feel free to give me prompts in general too. I think this is how I will stop from going totally crazy when I'm working on the Big Bangs I signed up for and it's like AHHHH ONE SINGLE CONSISTENT STORY, WHERE IS MY VARIETY!


ETA: ANONYMOUS, WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT! I hope you're commenting on this post so I can write you something. 8(
nekokoban: (creative genius)
( Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:20 pm)
Hey guys, hey guys, since my birthday is next month and I am turning sob TWENTY-SIX!!1 let's try that mathoms thing, huh? I did it a couple of years ago, and meant to do it last year, but it never really got off the ground. I know I still probably owe people stuff, but sob, my email inbox is more cluttered than my room, s-so good luck to me, trying to find anything.

What I really would like, though, is for twenty-six genderswitch requests (one per commentor; please give me fandom + character), which I will work on and hopefully be done to post by October 12th, which is my birthday. In this way, I manage to combine two things I've wanted to do for a while and hopefully get some interesting stuff to work with. I will not put a length limit on them, though I will be trying to keep them under 1K words apiece when I can. :|a

IF I KNOW THE FANDOM I WILL WRITE IT. I do, however, reserve the right to ask for a substitution if it is a fandom I do not know particularly well.


So for a while at work (on top of the Photoshop problem sob) I've had this thing where--I can edit flash files, and I know the coding is right and I can save them and everything! ... but publishing them, going from .fla to a web-publishable .swf file just doesn't work out. If there's an animation, it flashes in a blurring mad headache-inducing jumble of images; if there are buttons, they have their mouseovers, but clicking them doesn't do anything. I've had to ask coworkers to publish the files I've edited because nothing happens. :\ Helpdesk uninstalled and reinstalled CS3 for me this morning, and the problem persists. I know it's not a browser issue either, because when Coworker I publishes the site and ups it somewhere and I click, tah-dah! The buttons work! SUCH A CONCEPT. 8(

I am also playing Persona 4 and already like it leaps and bounds and miles better than P3. I ADMIT, I was wary, because my flist had exploded with people loving P3 when it came out and I was ... pretty unimpressed; things began feeling pretty monotonous and the dating sim part of it just kind of irritated me. I ended up not actually finishing, especially since Roommate beat the game and I just watched. |D But with P4 I feel a lot more drawn into the story--I think the murder mystery resonates with me more than P3's exsisential (I spelled that wrong, didn't I) WHERE DID THE SHADOWS COME FROM WHY IS THE DARK HOUR HEEEEERE--mostly because relevations felt too slow-paced and unimpressive when they came. I also like the cast better. Kanji, I will rescue youuuuuuuuuuuu. ;o; I don't really do gameblogs, mostly because I would forget and really, when I play video games, I ... narrate. "AHHH RUN AWAY I DON'T HAVE ANY SP!" or the way I shrieked when I saw the optional boss in the castle. 8(

And last night, I wrote something. It wasn't as good as I would've liked it to be, but--I'm allowing myself to be mediocre for now. It's been a long time and it's like a cramped, half-atrophied muscle that is uncurling. It's kind of nice. \o/

Like everyone else, too, I am considering Dreamwidth. What really pings me, honestly, is the fact that I could theoretically read flists for my other journals; that is magical to me.

the How's My Driving? meme

In other related news, I think that as much as I like running big events, it makes me paranoid about the mistakes I make and the toes I step on and everything else. Oh well, you can't have it all.

In unrelated news (literally?), the world is terrifying--I read the news and it's really easy to get bogged down in the horrible news that is rolling in from all over the world. My parents keep telling me not to worry, since I'm young and I'm in the "long term," but I still sometimes feel incredibly small and afraid of everything that's happening.

But in the meantime, I--am also incredibly grateful to be employed still, and a job that pays me well. I am healthy and I am happy, I have money in the bank and still work for more, and every time I feel grouchy about having to wake up early, or getting home late, or some of the things we get asked to do, I remind myself I am doing well. I want to be grateful for what I have, while I have it.

Optimism says we will see this through, even if it gets worse before it gets better, and that's what I want to believe in.

And that is about the closest I will really ever get to talking about political/economic issues because neither are my forte and things I tend to stick to discussing with people irl rather than online. Next time, I will probably post something really spastic or silly or else soundbite-y, like Tazo Vanilla Apricot white tea, where have you been all my life?
nekokoban: (lalalala)
( Jan. 27th, 2009 10:44 am)

I was going to do a post, I think, talking about travel--I don't do it very much, and honestly, I don't think it counts, because it's basically flying back to Texas to see my parents. The interesting thing for me, though, is that every time I go back to Austin, I am more and more certain that I don't want to live there; it doesn't really feel like "my" city. After fifteen-plus years, I still don't really know the streets and the neighborhoods and the directions except the MOST famous, and Austin is a city where you have to drive--public transportation is pretty damn laughable. Whereas in Seattle, I know where places are, I know where streets are, and I can navigate comfortably in this gray wet windy pacific northwest place.

But. I don't actually mind leaving Seattle--and coming back isn't very exciting. There's always this little part of me that perks up when we land at the airport in Austin, and part of me that deflates when I have to leave. I blame it on my parents--because I know they'll be waiting when I arrive, and they stand and wave at me until I've gone through the security checkpoint when I leave. I talked to Mom a bit about whether they'd move, and for her, Austin is her city. She likes it there, hot summer weather and allergies and everything aside. They've talked sometimes about moving back to Korea, or moving closer to me, but after last week, I'm not sure. Mom says she'd like it if I could inherit their house, which I have mixed feelings about--because it is the house I grew up in, and I love it, but it's in Austin and it's that horrible sinking feeling of knowing your parents won't be there forever. There is going to be a point where I will go back to Austin and they won't be there and I will cry in public even though I hate it. W-wry.

Then I got sidetracked! Life rolls on--I'm back at work again for the first time in nearly two weeks (in a display of the worst timing ever, I got miserably sick for a week, and THEN I went to visit my parents for a week o lulz) and it is madly busy. Some people even noticed I was gone and expressed concern and relief that I was not, in fact, dead. :|b I am also running my first game of CFUW ever, and it's the whole IC CARRYOVER KILL GAME and ahhhhhhhhhh I'm so paranoid. XD IT IS A LOT OF FUN BUT I kind of wish I could've gotten some practice in first, but oh well. Dive in headfirst to the deep end, me! You can do it! Or die trying!

On that note, I thought about doing the "I always wanted to say ..." meme, but I figured I'd do the super-lazy version and leave it in my journal.


Technically IP logging is on but I'm bad with tracking that sort of thing.

A-and if people in CFUD can tell me whether I am overdoing it with wolf or if they're enjoying it or if there's anything I can improve, please please do. ;o;

obviously this means I should do a meme instead. Ilu [livejournal.com profile] inarticulate |D

a) I want to talk about how my ships and concept of shipping varies with fandom, so name a fandom and I'll discuss what I ship and what shipping means to me in that fandom.

b) I have a lot of fandoms. Have you ever wondered about one of the fandom I sometimes mention on my journal which you don't know of? Ask me any question you want about them!

WORK IS SLOW TODAY. Like, incredibly slow. This ... could concievably change after I have lunch, since Fridays are usually madness at the end of the day, but for now, my app is completed, the internet is quiet, and so I'm going ahead and posting some of the fic prompts I asked for, a while back. (SEE, SEE, I'M WORKING ON THEM LIKE I SAID I WOULD. \o/) ... I am incredibly rusty, it feels like; please forgive me. :(


for woodburner, Ayakashi/Mononoke )

for tsaiko, Odin Sphere )

for satora_chan, Loveless )

for daemonitellama, Kingdom Hearts AND Okami )

for heebee, Vagrant Story )

for inarticulate, Godchild )

for lilorchid1023, Shaman King )

... Hime, I probably owe you a longer one. BUT THOSE LYRICS, YOU KNOW. :(
nekokoban: (HEADDESK)
( Jun. 24th, 2008 11:36 am)
... You know what I miss?

I miss writing. I haven't done it in a while -- a combination of being busy, being tired, and being generally ... scatterbrained. Also, been reading a crapton of BL manga, which I swear is like really bad candy in that it's fun and I don't want to stop, but it's like brain cells are dying slowly, one by one. I had to drop my springkink prompts (THOUGH I AM DETERMINED TO WRITE THEM! ... SOMEDAY), which grieves me, and at this rate I don't even know if I can get my Y_C piece out, but ... man, this sucks. I MISS WRITING, GUYS. :(

Does anyone feel like helping me out with prompts? ADMITTED BIAS TOWARDS CERTAIN FANDOMS but. Like.

Give me a character/pairing and a line from a song [context not necessary] and I will write something.

I just want to get back to it, guys, plz help. :(
1. Waking up half an hour before my alarm because my throat was on fire really really sucks. :( But because my roommate is awesome and got me cough drops on Saturday when I was in bed and feeling sorry for myself, at least I could alleviate it.

2. Missing my earlier transfer by, like. Thirty seconds. I saw it pulling away and didn't have the energy to run after it. >_> COUNTERED by being able to buy a bagel and juice. \o/

3. Work is slow! --but this actually is sort of good, because I'm not exactly in the most coherent headspace right now.

4. BREAK WHY YOU GOTTA BE SO EFFING HARD TO TRANSLATE. I swear that all the parts I had trouble with were with him, sob. :( :( :( ... o-on the plus side, I have now completely translated Pandora Hearts v3 and just. Need to edit it. Hahahahahahaha. I also translated bits and pieces of Retrace 19, 20, 22, and 23 because I'm easy like that and will someday put those up. orz I hope I didn't make any horrible mistakes. >_>

5. I got compared to an antidepressant. ... No, I mean, I was literally called someone's Xanxas today. What.

6. Lunch breaaaaaaaaaak \o/ is halfway over ._.

7. [livejournal.com profile] vaulted_eel I got the game yesterday! THANK YOU SO MUCH♥♥♥♥ I will play it when ... I am no longer quite so dead in the head. This weekend? :D BUT YAY I AM EXCITED YOU ARE AWESOME LET ME KNOW IF THERE'S SOMETHING I CAN DO IN THANKS♥♥

8. I wish to trade in my respiratory system, as mine is obviously defective. The weather is gorgeous again (for now), I have delicious food, and I can barely smell/taste anything. :(

9. "With the sun that lights the day / Brings the darkness and the prize / Of another great shame / But with you my love, with you my love / With you I will return / In requiem for a dying song" SOMEONE HELP I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO THIS SONG.

10. ... I wanna do the pairing meta meme that my flist is doing. Hi [livejournal.com profile] inarticulate, I'm a thief. :(b

Your mission is this: you give me a pairing (or multiple pairings, if you are feeling particularly generous). I, in meme-like fashion, will respond to you using at least 100 words. In all likelihood, it will be more than 100 words. It can be something I've rambled about before (because my feelings aren't static), it can be something you're honestly curious about my feelings on, it can be something you know I LOATHE LIKE NOTHING ELSE (…I honestly can't think of a pairing I absolutely hate off the top of my head but. you know. YOU MAY KNOW BETTER THAN ME.)

I will beg. I really want to write tons and tons about PAIRINGS and MY THOUGHTS ON YAOI (and yuri and het).
I can feeeeeeeel my brain melting. Rather than work, though, I blame [livejournal.com profile] chirachira, because she uploaded a copy of that insiduous "Girlfriend" song by Avril Lavigne, and even though the lyrics make me want to STAB MYSELF IN THE EARS, i-it's so catchy I can't stop myself. I think I need an intervention.

However! Barring that, guys, let's hold hands and sing camp songs.

--or, since apparently my flist JUMPED this past two weeks (h-holy crap, hello, hello, hello!), let's do what I threatened said I would, and steal the not-quite-a-meme from [livejournal.com profile] mackzazzle:

Ask me any question(s) you want, whether it's about my personality, my past, my bad fandom habits, or even my thoughts on yaoi. I will be especially long-winded utterly honest, yay! o/

I am still working on the "thoughts on genderswitch" thingit, though, so if that's your fancy, you've got, uh. Double-chances? *g*

S-seriously, I'm sending in my second CFUD app today. MAKE ME NOT THINK ABOUT IT. orz orz orz
nekokoban: (for all my tricks and clever traps)
( Jan. 31st, 2008 10:45 am)
Ever had one of those days where you think to yourself, You know what, SKIP the buildup and the justification and the explanations and the FRIGGING CONTEXT, I just want to write [x] and [xx] and maybe even some [xxx]?


Maybe I just want to talk about the story ideas I have, rather than writing them, which is also super-lazy of me, but man. I'm feeling a little -- juuuuuust a little, though :|b -- guilty about not working on my SK prompts (and they're AWESOME prompts and I have IDEAS, I just. am not), but I've got all these things, guys, and they're brilliant in my head but I'm afraid they'll be lost in execution.

Would anyone be interested if I just posted a bunch of, like, unrelated/out-of-context paragraphs for different snip ideas that don't have the epic buildup they'd require.

... I also want an excuse to pontificate about genderswitch, because some of the comments on the girl!Kuro fic I got have really gotten me thinking.


EDIT: ... so apparently I have to get a PSP now. B-because Coworker JD got Disgaea for the PSP and he's like "WE SHOULD BATTLE IN MULTI-PLAYER :D :D :D :D" and. Yes. T^Tb
Safely in Austin!

Reports of hijinks (or lack thereof) to come. God, I'm going to have to get used to my parents' keyboard. o_oa

ALSO THE GENDERSWITCH FICS since I finished them on the plane. o/

These were actually a lot of fun, and I THINK it might've broken through my writer's block! Score! o/

Assorted random genderswitch AUs, as people have requested! LET'S DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME, GUYS. :|b


Firefly: Mal )

Firefly: Jayne )

Read more... )

Tactics: Haruka )

Bleach: Ikkaku(/Yumichika) )

Bleach: Zaraki )

Heat Guy J: Daisuke )

Heat Guy J: Clair )

Okami: Waka )

Earl Cain/Godchild: Cain )

Dresden Files: Harry )

GetBackers: Emishi )

GetBackers: Ginji )

Princess Tutu: Fakir )

Princess Tutu: Mytho )

Ahiru and Fakir )

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Syaoran and Sakura )

Triple Strike: Alan )

Odin Sphere: Oswald )

xxxHOLiC: Yuuko )

xxxHOLiC: Himawari )

Kingdom Hearts: Kairi )

Kingdom Hearts: Sora, Riku, Kairi )

Phoenix Wright )
My flist is made of brilliant and wonderful people. I have been watching the requests come in for the genderswitch fic meme (please feel free to keep adding! seriously! :D) and I have been just kind of gleeing at how hilarious and awesome all of this is. And I'm working on 'em; got two finished, even! HELLO WEEKEND AND THE HOPEFUL RETURN OF MY CREATIVITY~ /o/ My big plans include REMAKING ICONS and WORKING ON FIC. We'll see if any of that actually happens. Especially with the whole "I'm running away back to Texas for a week thing going on.

In the mean time, because this never happens to me ever, I'll do a personal meme as tagged by [livejournal.com profile] odditypist♥ PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT A LAME DORK I REALLY AM NOW. :|b

Including that I am so lame that I don't tag, because. Uh. I can't think of anyone right now. 8Db

three times three times three things about me meme~ )
Because it's not like I already have a lot of things to do and [livejournal.com profile] springkink is just around the corner, noooooo.

HEY GUYS HEY GUYS. Let's do a genderswitch fic meme! Name me a character -- any character! -- from something you know I follow, and I will write you max 500 words of them as the opposite gender. :D Boys, girls, it's all good! Bonus if you throw in some phrase/word I can go from, too. *g*

PROCRASTINATION IS GO GO GO! We'll ignore what a paradox that is. :|b

EDIT Last night was kind of failure in getting anything done, but I actually have ideas today! \o/ YOU GUYS ARE SERIOUSLY AWESOME I HAVE BEEN HAVING A BLAST SEEING THIS COME IN♥♥♥ KEEP 'EM COMIN' IF YOU WANT~! /o/ /EDIT
nekokoban: (here come the drums here come the drums)
( Jan. 8th, 2008 01:32 pm)
Okay, seriously: is the internet just sort of deadsies recently? Noooooo, how will I stay entertaiiiiiined~ Or have I just somehow developed a really skewed view of how things are because my short-term memory is not unlike a gerbil on crack? I swear to fishes and cake that things just sort of ... dropped, just a little before the new year. It's like everyone went into celebratory drunken orgies early and haven't yet woken up from the post-holiday hangovers. :(

EITHER THAT or I have evolved into a being that lives time faster than the rest of the world, so that five real seconds is five hours to me. Both are about equally likely, especially knowing my attention span. :\

A-also, I swear the last time I looked at the people who friended me, the number was signifigantly smaller. HI EVERYONE NEW god I feel more than a little self-conscious right now, ahahaha. Um.

Since I'm about to go on lunch break, let's have a recycled meme. :|b

Ask me about a character and I will give you at least three (3) pieces of my personal fanon for said character. BONUS: with proper encouragement, I will write flashfic to expand any particular point.

And if for some truly bizarre reason people are curious to ask me about anything else at all, JUST HIT ME! o/ I want to get to know all you new people, but even the ones I've friended for filters haven't been posting much very recently. T_____Tb
Hey guys!

One chai tea frappacino and bagel later, I feel so much better.

So let's do the "give me a character and I'll tell you five things from my personal canon" meme. Those're always fun! ALL CHARACTERS/FANDOMS ARE FAIR GAME, EVEN ONES I HAVE NOT WRITTEN FOR. Though it helps if I, you know, KNOW the fandom in general.

Please distract me from the fact that Supernatural season 3 starts TONIGHT and we're still not through season 1. (I mean, I love you guys, I do, but there's still a bit of frothing in my frustration. XD)

nekokoban: (kiss kiss fall in love)
( Aug. 8th, 2007 04:21 pm)
Because I promised I'd do this like ... uh. Last week? But what with the LJ kerfluffles, having a guest, and being MAD DISTRACTABLE, I never got around to it -- on the other hand, I've been poking anyone I see on my flist with this, so I figured I'd return the favor. :)

Leave a comment if you want to know what I really think of you, and I'll reply and tell you. No lies, all honesty.*

* Unless I don't actually know you -- if we've not talked a lot, but you're on my flist, you can generally assume I find you a nice, interesting person, and then I'm going to go TOTALLY LEFT FIELD and spin you a story about how you saved my life from fish-people or angry zombie squirrels. :D


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