Last Call

Apr. 9th, 2017 01:00 am
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I will be closing my Livejournal account by the end of the month. This is entirely due to the new ToS, which I refuse to agree to for reasons outlined here.

I can be found on Dreamwidth, AO3, Twitter, or Tumblr. If you’d prefer to keep in touch a slightly more old-fashioned way I’m (username) at gmail.

I’ve spent over a decade on LJ, and been in too many communities to count. Deleting is going to feel like losing a chunk of my cybernet soul. I’ll miss all the comment threads and all the locked posts, but this is as much a sign as any.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Before the last episode airs I just want to do some retrospection. Back in March when the first Yuri on Ice trailer aired and we knew nothing but the names of Yuuri, Victor, and Yuri, I was already over the moon. I finally had a figure skating anime, one with good animation and beautiful choreography. I was still worried of course, that they would make amateur mistakes about the figure skating world or the points system (I was fully prepared to write essays about GOE). But I was hopeful.

The first episode finally aired after months of waiting. I thought Victuuri was too over the top at first, but willing to forgive that for the good writing and relatable characters. Onsen on Ice seemed silly but it’s an anime, right? The choreography was good, the music was good, the animation was decent. All of my expectations were already met and I was delighted.

Then we started to see more of the skating world—the little things like skating club friendships, the small circle of competitive figure skating where everyone knows each other from being in the same events and banquets and hotels. The highs and lows that happen when you’re on the ice for long minutes by yourself with all of the stress in the world on you. The slowly development of Victor and Yuuri’s relationship from comic relief to something deeper and timeless. The involvement of world-renown skaters, from Evgenia Medvedeva’s cosplaying to Nobunari Oda and Stéphane Lambiel’s cameos. Watching Yuri on Ice making fans discover, or rediscover, a love of skating. In a few short months, it’s become something much larger than just a simple anime about figure skating.

Whatever comes after this, it’s been an amazing journey with Kubo-sensei, the Yuri on Ice team, and everyone else.

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First Oda Nobunari and now Stephane Lambiel lending their voices to Yuri on Ice! This makes me intensely happy. I hope they throw a shout-out in to Evgenia Medvedeva at some point too, because she’s more or less responsible for the entire skating community watching YoI.

Anyway, I made a post on Tumblr a few weeks after the show started airing about Femininity, Men’s Skating, and Yuri on Ice, if you're interested in my thoughts on yoi the history of toxic masculinity and veiled homophobia in figure skating and why Yuri on Ice’s promotion of femininity in men’s skating should be applauded.

Also, ICYMI, Johnny Weir gave an in-depth interview with The Geekiary about how he felt watching Yuri on Ice.
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Hi! Thanks so much for writing for me and I’m really forward to reading your work!

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In an entirely healthy way of dealing with Brexit, I’m now campaigning to see Chief Mouser Larry as the next Prime Minister. Follow the campaign on Twitter at @LarryforPM.

(I’ve already gone through all of my dismayed reaction pics of Labour MPs (and former MPs) on my personal Twitter and two different Tumblrs, but campaigning for #Larry4PM has a better and more positive impact on the world.)
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There’s a crystalline beauty in stumbling across a fic which you like, and then you look up the writer’s œuvre and realize you’d read a fic by them ages ago on a different site in a completely different fandom and era. Like wandering among uni grounds in the beginning of the year and running into an old friend.

I’m having one of those weeks (months) where I can’t really breathe or move very much, and have compensated for it by diving much too deep into a fandom. So I’ve been reading a lot of KHR fic, and only just remembered that KHR was during LJ era so I actually have to look for rec lists and can’t just wade through AO3 and FFN. Both of which I already did, if you want to know how dire my straits are.

Anyway, Yuri on Ice! I’m incredibly excited for this anime. For one, it looks like they’re actually going to be semi-accurate to RL figure skating. I’ve read enough figure skating manga over the years to despair about this, multiple times. Secondly, the artistry shown in the 1st teaser alone—Viktor’s melancholy look up, hair flowing, hand moving in despair—wow. The sound of the ice scratching as a skater comes to a stop took me straight to the rink-side watching someone skate. Also Suwabe Junichi is voicing the artistic brooding Russian skater Viktor and ToyoToshi is voicing the go-getter main character Yuuri, so I’d probably have watched this regardless of the fact it’s all of my anime dreams come true at once.

(Fingers extremely crossed they don’t screw up the figure skating details because I have been known to rant about GOE for days on end. I recently confirmed how deeply I am in this hole as I was at a figure skating event among hardcore fans, and was somehow the person providing scoring commentary. Aiyah.)
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Title: Challenger
Fandom: Hikaru no Go, Go RPF
Characters: Shindou Hikaru, Touya Akira, others
Rating: G
Summary: A computer was going to play the best Go player in the world. No one thought it could win. And yet the first thing that Touya said was, “It reminds me of your whole situation with sai.”
Word Count: 3,170
Notes: ICYMI I watched a lot of go this week and wrote the Lee Sedol v. AlphaGo match into a fanfic.

Read on AO3
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takasugi was caught up in his hallucinations of shoyo, but when his visions and the dust clears all there is to see is the bright marici representing the sun—and gintoki. even as the sun sets.
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The weirdest thing about writing is that I do so much location research, I grow so attached to places that I’m half-convinced I’ve actually been to them. This happened with a certain high school in Kanagawa (the one Rikkaidai Fuzokuchuu is based on) and it happened with Walthamslow. When you wander around a place in Street View for a few hours, have you not visited it? Perhaps I should do these places the courtesy of actually visiting them—but there’s not much in either. I could at least go, like my Yanagi of Rikkai, fruitlessly to Jinbouchou.

Actually: I just realized why I was even thinking down this track—I’d been thinking of the monorails and attractions of Yokohama, because I was rereading [livejournal.com profile] ontogenesis’s desynchronization which visits Yokohama’s aquarium, but I’d completely forgotten that I’d ever written a fic that featured Yokohama. I can’t even remember which fic it is now. This is the second time this week I’ve remembered a fic I’ve written and forgotten about for years. How do people keep track of what they’ve done?!

So I guess that’s going on my next trip close to Tokyo: Yokohama and Jinbouchou.
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Nine or ten years ago, I fell in half-love with Suigetsu Yuki’s Only You and Eden no Hana, despite the soap opera dramatics. Within a year, she was suspended for plagiarism, and I remembering being completely broke up about the fact that Eden no Hana would never finish.

When Suigetsu Yuki came back with Chihayafuru in 2007, I was so excited about it, but I never read it. I didn’t read it when it won the Manga Taishou in 2009. I didn’t watch it when the anime began airing in 2011. I didn’t watch it when my then-coworker, who I admired, vehemently recommended it to me while drunk and walking home from his farewell party in 2011 or 2012. “It’s nostalgia,” he said.

I’ve just watched the first episode. It’s kind of funny, because its theme has haunted me through my teenage years: a nostalgia for the simple friendships that you have when you are ten years old. The first significant story I wrote, that I started writing in 2007, was about exactly that. I spent three years in total writing that story, trying to give it a happy ending, trying to let the main character get over the past. Perhaps it’s for the best I never started reading Chihayafuru in 2007, when I still bought into that nostalgia.

Ten years later: I’m back to Suigetsu Yuki.
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my home videos won’t mean a thing in fifty years
that day will come and all i’ve done will be rendered forgotten


— we are the city, “friends hurt”
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Fandom: No Heroics
Characters/Pairings: Alex/Devlin
Length: 3,400 words.
Rating: R
Summary: It was Sidekick Experience Week, Alex’s plans for a new line of Fanini cards starring himself were coming to fruition, and his superhero mentor was going to Excelsor. His life was brilliant. Academy-era.
Warnings: Dubious consent due to power discrepancy, internalised homophobia.
Notes: Yuletide fic for subito.

On AO3.

(Commentary)
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Fandom: Lolitics
Characters/Pairings: George Osborne/Andy Coulson
Length: 1,500 words.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Andy truly was the best person for the job: competent, easy going, and practical. There might have been other considerations, however.
Notes: Yuletide fic for subito.

On AO3.

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First of all, [personal profile] eruthiel is my new favourite person ever for writing me the most amazing Yuletide gift (Fortune Depends).

Now I’m going to meta on two stories I wrote, since I didn’t want to meta all over AO3. Read more... )
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Adds a “Latest Chapter” button to the top of each chapter. Suggestions welcome.

Download here.
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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters/Pairing: Fuji Yuuta, Fuji Shuusuke, and practically everyone else. Yuuta/Tomoka sort of not really.
Length: ~5,680 words (this chapter)
Rating: G
Summary: If things had gone another way, Fuji Shuusuke would have made a very successful boyband member and actor. Fuji Yuuta in any universe has no idea how to deal with his brother.
Warnings: Boy band/entertainment industry AU.
Notes: I started this story more than 4 years ago, but never got around to writing much of it, so I’m posting it now to force myself to continue writing it. The adopted!Fujis idea was from Immortality by [livejournal.com profile] w175n57; I’m just taking it to the logical conclusion of shoujo manga–esque starring one Fuji Yuuta as hapless heroine.

How to Be a Pop Star, Episode 1 )
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09 · Slide (Prince of Tennis doujinshi) by Hojo Akira
02 · Hetalia fanart

plus:
01 · Hetalia wallpaper
01 · Clock Zero wallpaper



Clock Zero—just, what.

end of eternity )

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