Yay.

May. 17th, 2017 04:35 am
insaneladybug: (z)
Feeling much better now; hope it lasts. Feeling happier about the fic again too.

I wanted an icon of the alien computer Z, or Vincent, as he's called in my stories. (LJ users will have to come to DW to see it, I think....) Z is a behind-the-scenes name, never spoken in the episodes. And I didn't learn of it until long after I was calling him Vincent. Ooops. This is probably the cutest expression he made, when he was praising Baxter for something. He was always praising Baxter's genius, even though he could clearly see Baxter had very little of it left as the fly took over. Opinion is torn as to why. Some think he's just manipulative. Others, like me, think he's trying to ground Baxter in reality as much as possible and keep encouraging him. Heaven knows Baxter needed that. It's just too bad that Z also encouraged him to take revenge, but that could easily enough be because his culture didn't frown on it. Or because even though he can clearly think for himself, he was naive enough to figure that taking revenge would make Baxter happy, and he seems to dote on Baxter's happiness.

This episode has him making himself a body out of solid energy. That is both freakin' weird and awesome, and I never would have thought of such a thing. Props to David Wise! Vincent uses such a device in my stories too. But he also decides to wear clothes there. Hee. Even though he didn't make his body with anything that needed covering up....

The animators drew him with thick, pointed fingers, and only three of them plus a thumb. I imagine that was to make him look more mutant-like. I always draw him with normal fingers, though. I just figure he decided to try something different when he had a second chance at a body.

My Turtles site is at https://sites.google.com/site/exittheflytmnt1987/ I have a lot of fanart, links to the fanfics, musings, an interview with Baxter and Barney's voice actor (squeee!), etc. Wish I knew who voiced Z, so I could talk to him too. I've heard three different possibilities and no one seems to know for sure.
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
I think I've figured out what I need to do. Since for the first time my audience is divided, I believe the only right thing to do, at least for the time being, is cross-posting. I will probably post from DW and cross-post to LJ from there, and then go to LJ and edit the posts with different icons, since I assume it will only cross-post with the default icon? We'll see. (Hey, look, it posted with the same icon both places! Awesome.) Some entries will still be DW-specific, like if I want to post more silly song lyrics like I was doing earlier, but otherwise they will most likely be cross-posted for now.

It is so surprising to discover that while Leonardo remains my favorite Turtle for the 1987 series (as he is in all branches of the franchise), I believe Michelangelo is my second favorite for the 1987 series. He always irritated me through the years, even as a kid. I didn't remember the 1987 series too well, but he irritated me in my sole Archie Comic. I don't recall if he irritated me in the 1990 movie, however. But then he drove me nuts in the 2003 series.

I don't know if I mellowed out or what, because he didn't irritate me when I watched TMNT, nor in the Platinum Dunes movies (yes, I actually like those). And last summer when I watched the few season 1 episodes of the 2003 series that I have on DVD, he wasn't too much of a pain. Not a favorite, but he didn't absolutely grate on my nerves. Although I think most of my aggravation with him came from season 2 and beyond.

I found him less annoying but still kind of a pain in the 1987 series, and I'm still a little irritated with him in some episodes (like where he blasts the radio really loud while the others are trying to sleep, WTH), but a combination of writing for him in my stories and interacting every day with ThickerThanLove, a huge Michelangelo fan who brought new perspectives to the table, has seemed to result in my seeing him with new eyes. I didn't find him so annoying anymore in some episodes, like Nightmare in the Lair. When I like a character enough, I tend to forgive their faults/be amused by them/be exasperated but not turned off by them. And I seem to have mostly reached that point with Michelangelo. I never in my life thought that would happen. But considering that he's the friendliest/most forgiving of the Turtles, he's the one who ended up bonding with Baxter the most, so he's ironically the Turtle I write for the most in my stories. It's hard to keep disliking him under those circumstances. I was already starting to feel differently about him from that, and then it happened even moreso with the daily new perspectives on his character from my Michelangelo fan friend.

I owe a lot of important things in the stories to her, too. Like when Barney was so obsessive about not failing in The Golden Goose story and that led to him doing some things that have haunted him ever since, she noted how his attitude set him on a path that could definitely lead to him snapping and going psychotic someday. I thought about that and realized that while I certainly could do that, it wasn't what I wanted for him. And that story became a turning point in the opposite direction. He hit rock bottom from what he did in that story (encasing Michelangelo in gold with the goose's powers) and from that point gradually improved instead of spiraling out further. He believed more than ever that he deserved to be with villains and that he absolutely was one, but ever so slowly, his conscience and Vincent and Baxter worked on him and he started to turn his life around. And there's so many other things, little suggestions for dialogue or plot twists, or sometimes big plot twists; some stories would absolutely have not come together without her. I don't think I could list all the ways she's made my stories so much better.

The other day we were musing on our "rules" for writing stories set in 1987 verse. I said that I figured my only rules were things I would not do to the characters, similar to how I feel about pretty much every fandom. But since TMNT 87 is so wacky, there are a couple of things slightly different for it, rule-wise.

Like, I think my main things are something as follows:

- Absolutely under no circumstances will the characters unnaturally change ages, either younger or older. I think this honestly upsets me more than any other trope the series did. And it's not just a matter of how the series did it; I just really have a thing about characters being forced to be other ages than what they are, either physically or mentally or both. (That said, I have got a giggle from how both TMNT 87 and Get Smart handled characters behaving like kids while not looking like them. But I still wouldn't write even that much into the trope.)

- Likewise, no shrinking/miniaturization.

- I'm actually not as repulsed by growing big (50-foot Irma, etc.), but that said, I don't want to write it regardless.

- No broken bones or stomach wounds. I always cite having watched that Sesame Street arc about Telly's broken arm as the reason why I won't break bones. And my research on stomach wounds when I was trying to save the canonically stabbed Mr. Ecks is the reason why I say No to stomach wounds. (So probably, if I did research on other things, I might end up with a lot of other scenarios I would say No to as well. Heh. Or else decide, "Screw reality; I'm doing it the way I want it!" if it's something like a knockout, but it's pretty common in fiction not to treat knockouts like reality anyway, so I don't feel as weird for that.

- No loss of senses. Especially vision, but any sense-loss is a big no-no. (Characters can become shellshocked/not talk after something traumatic, but the ability to speak will never be removed from them.)

- While Channel 6 characters were often collectively the victims of weird stuff, Baxter likely will never be part of that if it would mean he'd be out of commission/needing to be helped for the entire story. Like when I did the Relaxatron fic and the Channel 6 crew ended up super relaxed and funny and unhelpful, Baxter escaped that fate (because Barney didn't want to do that to him). The stories are largely to develop Baxter and Barney's characters, which wouldn't be accomplished by Baxter being in weird states for the duration. And then it wouldn't be as much fun for me, heh.

- On the same lines, while it is totally encouraged to make fun of Shredder-tachi, Barney is exempt from this aside from some amusement over some of his temper tantrums. (Even that seemed to lessen, however, and the temper became a more serious issue for the most part. Which wasn't how I planned it; it just happened that way.) When Barney worked for Shredder, weird things didn't happen to him even if they happened to some or all of the rest of the group.

- In other words, Baxter and Barney are both to be treated as serious characters.

- Characters turning into animals is a necessary evil for watching this series, but I will not do it unless I'm fixing a mess canon made and didn't fully clean up (like Irma and Vernon's rat transformations lying dormant and still being able to be triggered).

- That said, characters will only ever be anthropomorphic/mutant animals. No "real-life" type animals are acceptable. Donatello Trashes Slash is one episode I've only watched once, mainly because I can't stomach Vernon and Burne turtles. The designs were really ugly and that only made it worse. (And probably now that I've brought it up, I'll end up trying to brave the episode one more time....) Bye, Bye, Fly I avoided re-watching for ages. I only feel better about watching it for Z/Vincent. Otherwise, I doubt I would.

- Characters don't die for real. (Of course.)

- The power of love is awesome. I still love to use it to redeem characters/get them out of places like Nightmare Land/get hysterical characters to calm down, etc. Barney is a neuropsychologist, but I can't see myself doing a whole lot with his knowledge of legal drugs as I've never used that as a way to calm hysterical characters down, etc. (Hysterical characters can be calmed down by the love of a family member/friend in my verse.) Of course, I've also never written problems that pretty much only could be solved by legal drugs in reality. Naturally, the power of love can't fix everything, like Shredder's brother will never manage to redeem him, but for characters who are good at heart, yeah, it works on at least some important things, like breaking through mind-control/possession and/or getting characters to fight to live.

- No magic, please, unless it's absolutely necessary. Let's use science instead. Even The Golden Goose in my verse is supposed to be science-based and not magic-based. One thing I love about the 87 series is that magic really wasn't a factor. Yeah, I still don't like magic and only use it as the means to an end if I have to. But for this series, I can use science to that end instead, so yay.

(I know/(knew?) someone who was always really exasperated/frustrated by my love of "The power of love" and preferred magic to fix things. But meanwhile, I was exasperated/frustrated by that, so I'd say it all evens out. Heh. Anyway, I eventually got so I was hesitant/wary/leery/worried to use the trope, but these days I'm encouraged to use it rather than discouraged. LOL. Go figure. I love that.)

- Even though we're using science, let's also not try to apply real-life science to situations that just can't happen in real-life (unless somehow it amazingly would work in theory).

- And since TMNT 87 pretty much said "Screw the rules!," let's hardly ever bring real-world logic in in the first place. LOL. Like, characters can be frozen in blocks of ice and then unthawed without the need for hospital stays or extreme methods of warming up. Gradually increasing the heat and burrowing into blankets works fine, LOL. (And loved ones holding them close.) Since I've expressed before that I like "instant gratification hurt/comfort" rather than recoveries that drag on and on for ages, the attitude of TMNT 87 works really well for me and I can do pretty much whatever I want without worry over not doing what's realistic.

It's funny how for years I avoided the series both because it's funny and because it has tropes I don't like, and now I totally embrace it while instead being more leery of revisiting the 2003 series. On the one hand, I'm pretty much burned out on dark things and prefer things that make me laugh. Of course, on the other hand, I was always upset by what was happening to the 2003 Baxter, even though I didn't particularly like that version of the character since he was sane but evil. I still thought he didn't deserve the horrifying things that kept happening to him, and by this point I'm so horrified/repulsed/disgusted/appalled by that that I honestly don't know if I could ever feel like revisiting most of the episodes after the worst stuff starts happening to him.

I've heard it said in some places that 2003 Baxter is 1987 Baxter done right. As far as making him a major player through the series, I'll agree. As far as what happens to them, I completely disagree, except for the fact that 2003 Baxter actually has some hope of a decent body by the end. As sickened as I am by the fly cross-fusion, 2003 Baxter's fates are physically far worse. And as far as personality, I don't think one can compare too far, since while yes, they're both arrogant/think they're awesome, 2003 Baxter is sane but evil and 1987 Baxter started out trying to be honest, as far as we can tell, and his life turned upsidedown when he trusted the wrong man. He didn't know what Shredder really wanted the Mousers for, as shown when he commented "That guy must really have a thing about rats," and I'm pretty sure Shredder was the one who stamped Baxter's name on them so he would get blamed when the city got torn apart. Baxter was just trying to start out, after all; he was living in a broken-down factory with shattered windows. I highly doubt he really had a company called "Baxter Stockman Inventions." Shredder probably made it up. I don't think Baxter was completely nuts during the early season 2 episodes, but his sanity was clearly teetering on the brink judging from the first episode of such. (And Curse of the Evil Eye showed him finally snapping and not putting up with the abuse anymore.) And then his sanity was completely gone after the cross-fusion. No, being nuts doesn't make the horrible things he did right, but I do think it gives him more sympathy. Plus, one has to remember that he was cross-fused with a fly and the fly's brain was clearly taking over more and more with each episode. That was obvious even without anything being said, but Baxter said as much in Bye, Bye, Fly. So he had both cracked up in general and another mind was eclipsing his. He just couldn't win.

(Also, is it a little immature of me that when I saw someone giggling over the fact that Z's energy-generated body looked naked, my response was to laugh back with basically, "Of course he's naked; that's obvious. But he didn't design it to be anatomically correct, LOL." That is to say, that person found it amusing he was naked, I found it amusing that said person was so amused since there wasn't anything that needed to be censored. And I don't mean I said anything to the person; I've never interacted with said person. But that was my mental response from afar, shall we say. And the point is briefly brought up in the stories when he decides to wear clothes.)

And wow, I went off on a tangent. That's what happens when one doesn't update for a while, I guess.

(Also, yay, DW does have a Saved Draft feature! Didn't realize that.)

Dreams

Apr. 23rd, 2017 05:52 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_shocked)
I had a lovely dream on Thursday. I dreamed that H.M. Wynant had made many movies for Disney (actually, he only made one, Tonka) and Disney was releasing them in an H.M. Wynant Collection. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo was one of them, LOL. Random choice, brain. Then we were watching some old movie, and we were at the old house, and Grandma was still alive and we were showing it to her like we always used to do, and it seemed to be either a Western or taking place in the 1900s and H.M.'s character was wearing a straw hat and striped jacket and was singing to a crowd. The song weirdly enough included some of the lyrics of a silly song I wrote about his Perry Mason character. (That parody is one I'm most proud of, as the character's name is Mr. Sampson, and oh, how well that works for a parody of Mr. Santa/Sandman!)

It got weirder/more awesome by far when H.M. came to visit and I got to meet him and later have dinner with him and his wife (which was set up on a small table down in the old house's laundry room, WTH).

Bizarre settings, but awesomely epic dream. Waking up from that kind of dream is actually refreshing. It's nice for a change.

Then today, oh boy, I had one of my "I'm being chased" dreams again. This one was intense and scary, as it was an assassin after me. I think I knew something I wasn't supposed to know. I was alone in the house (something that's never the case in real-life), ran out, ran next-door for help, tried to call 911, messed up the address on the phone because the guy was breaking in, had to run away again both to protect myself and the people in the house.... Then I was back in my house again and had to run again, and thus began the mad chase. I ran up and down blocks, in and out of people's houses, encountering some people who turned up in prior dreams and eventually ending up in the dream world of my mom's childhood neighborhood. It looks and feels much creepier in the dream, even though in reality it's not a safe place anymore and hasn't been for years. I decided going to hide down the old street would be a bad idea because I could be tracked there, so after I passed the home of some relatives who still live there in actuality, I ran down a different street. I ended up at some old dilapidated house where I knew some private eye or lawyer or somebody lived. For some reason, I thought the guy would help me, so I ran inside. The guy was certainly unconventional, but he did agree to help. There were a few scenes of what seemed to be making plans for what to do and going to some dilapidated theatre to ... meet an informant or something.

Then ... I'm not sure what happened, if I woke up and went back to sleep and started some of the dream over, but it was night and I was home and I knew I had to go out and get to the downtown area to ... either get to that guy's house or meet him somewhere like Borders. And even though the home was definitely here, or based on here, the downtown area was the area in our old city. (Which is also where Mom's childhood neighborhood is in real-life.) So I started out and had to go past the cemetery, and it's also way bigger than in real-life, and it was making me very nervous. Then it was by the freeway in the dream, and I was walking alongside the freeway on the sidewalk to get downtown. And either someone was with me or I decided to get a tricycle to go faster than walking, WTH. Still not sure whether the one on the tricycle was me or if I was with her. And we did make it downtown and it seemed like we were going to Borders to meet the guy.

I often dream about taking such trips downtown, to Borders or Barnes and Noble or the big library. There's always a much more mysterious feeling over the whole place than in real-life. It's so interesting and weird both. As are the chase dreams. Assassin ones are freaking scary, but they're intense and exciting as I'm putting as much distance between him and me as possible. And it's always kind of nice revisiting the old neighborhoods in my dreams. Even though they're not exactly the same as in reality.
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
Dreamwidth reminds me a lot of how LJ used to be, back when they actually seemed to care about their users and made an effort to make the site fun. I remember how staff members used to write those cute, silly mysteries with the sites' mascots in newsletters. I loved that. Then they apparently lost interest and turned it over exclusively to the users to write. I think a couple of them made a brief effort, but it quickly died out then. I haven't thought about those cute story snippets in newsletters for a long time, but I was really sad when they stopped. I don't even know if anything goes on with the LJ mascots at all anymore. The site has seemed so cold and impersonal for years now. They used to do that Writer's Block feature too, and then that stopped. They did a community version for a while, but I think it died. And the formatting is all off because of those stupid "glitch" ads. I do wish DW was more active on the community scene, but maybe that will start to happen with this latest mass migration. Who knows. It's not like LJ has been very active with communities for ages either, except for the U.N.C.L.E. ones and a few other semi-exceptions here and there.

I'll probably make a short LJ post after this to see whether a couple of the people who still read my LJ have accounts here. It's a dilemma with wanting to post where they are, yet really getting fed up with LJ, possibly for good this time. I may decide to crosspost entries from here to LJ, at least for a while, so they can see. I don't know.

And my weird recurrent locations dreams strike again, with another creepy house dream set in that three-story house with ghosts. As usual in those dreams, I got stuck wandering in the eerie parts of the house. This time, I absolutely could not seem to find my way back to the normal parts. In past dreams, I always manage to eventually. And I met some of the ghosts. Two were fairly friendly and helpful, even though they said in life they murdered somebody (!). Yikes. Then there were a lot of evil ghosts who just plain liked to hurt people. Their ringleader seemed to be a ghost who had lost a loved one and was taking it out on everyone. There was definite danger that seemed to be coming to a head and there was the possibility that we were going to have to vacate the house immediately. I was wandering all over and still struggling to find the way back to the livable parts of the house, even with the helpful ghosts' assistance. And I got cornered by the bad ones and was desperately trying to escape while the Big Bad chased me with a forklift. (Yeah, I know.) But the dream ended with a glimmer of hope, as the loved one was graduating to becoming an angel and was coming to try to help her parent. So it ended looking like maybe we wouldn't have to leave.

That was such an intense and interesting dream, I might want to try adapting it into a story. I love when I can do that. Some of my favorite stories started out as dreams.

And speaking of glimmers (heh), I loved the two Pony episodes yesterday, which both starred Starlight Glimmer. It's really interesting seeing how far she's come and what she still needs to learn. She's a reforming bad guy and we're actually seeing her journey, as we also see with Sunset Shimmer in the movies. I love it!

Sweet.

Apr. 16th, 2017 05:18 am
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
I've gotta say, I am absolutely loving how quiet this site is. Livejournal has been acting up and gobbling memory for months on end because of all the extra ads that aren't supposed to be there and that they claim are glitches, which they mysteriously don't fix. I've barely been on LJ for months, in part because of this.

A friend was telling me about her ideas for an alternate dimension she wants to write a story about. That, plus my aggravation over the movie Only Angels Have Wings, seem to have combined to cause me to have a dream about Baxter Stockman and Irma Langinstein from the 1987 Ninja Turtles series working for Baloo and Wildcat on TaleSpin. WTH. It seemed to be pre-series, so no Rebecca, Kit, or Molly. Irma was the secretary and ... I'm not sure what Baxter was doing. It was a world where humans and animals coexisted quite happily.

Telling my friend about it ended up causing me to wonder what would happen if Baxter and Barney somehow wandered into the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic verse for a couple of hours. If they did, though, they would remain human and not be turned into animals. Oh no. Never. It would be like this way cute Stargate/Pony crossover story I found where the Stargate characters found their way to the Pony world but stayed human while there. Maybe I'll tinker with the idea in a blurb or maybe not. I've got plenty of actual story ideas to write! I'm on story #39 of my Turtles series.

It's kind of nice to be at this quiet, content stage. Sometimes I'm longing to buy a lot of things and trying to figure out how to divide my money to get the most possible out of it. Right now, there's nothing I seriously want and I'm enjoying just being happy with my Turtles DVDs and figures and Baxter plushie and my stories. And the Knight Rider complete series set I bought at Wal-Mart for $25. Squeee.

I do wish I could get the Mega Bloks Technodrome, though. Especially since it's the only way to get a Splinter figure right now. But it's highly unlikely I will ever be able to get that. Even on sale, it's $148, and that is ... kind of a ridiculous price to spend on one single item, let alone a toy. Sigh.
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
Livejournal's updated terms of service admittedly disturb me, now that I've actually looked through them. I thought Livejournal was still a collaboration, but it sounds more like it's completely shifted control overseas. At this point, I am seriously contemplating moving here for real. Livejournal is mostly dead these days anyway. Maybe it's time for a change.

Currently I'm backing up the rest of my entries on my [personal profile] ladybug_archive DW. Over here, I've moved a couple more LJ icons into my list. Still love Perry, but I'm also nuts about the 87 Ninja Turtles series and am writing a huge continuing fanfic series based around it, starting at the end of season 7. I love it.
insaneladybug: (hamilton_shocked)
Another of the silly parody songs from the role-play, in the same vein as "Gee, Mr. Burger" and written around spring of 2012, I think. This one parodies The Battle of New Orleans. And, as I said on the post for the earlier song, I don't think the Karnage character is really nuts; I think he's so outrageous he's in a special class all his own. ;) But naturally he comes across as absolutely bonkers to most people.


The Battle of Los Angeles )

New Plans

Jul. 22nd, 2015 08:56 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_tragg)
So I've been regretting importing my Livejournal in here, because I always intended this account to be separate and used for other things. I came in tonight trying to see what I could do about that and I discovered that I could delete all imported entries. I did that. Then I created an account specifically to be a back-up for LJ: [personal profile] ladybug_archive. I think an LJ back-up is a very good idea; I just preferred it to not be this account. So I guess we'll see where this account takes me in the future. I have some other silly Perry Mason songs I could post, for one thing.
insaneladybug: (steve)
Apparently I had intended to take this quiz last May, but never got around to it.

Say Hello to Steve Drumm as our icon host today. I think I'm one of his only fans. Poor Steve. He's really an interesting character in his own right.

5 Favorite recurrent characters you love to write about and why in no particular order:
1. Hamilton Burger (Perry Mason). He’s my favorite character from the show. It was his friendship with Perry that made me sit up and take notice to begin with, and this past year I started paying a great deal of attention to him and realized what a wonderful, kind, honest person he is. He deserves more attention in the fandom, which I am more than happy to lavish on him.
2. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII and/or Kingdom Hearts). Sephiroth, when he’s sane, is intriguing, aloof, serious, and a good friend. I’ve picked up writing for him again in To Blossom As the Rose and found that I still have the touch.
3. Duke Devlin (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Duke is a character whose potential is rarely explored by fanfic writers. I detest how the anime murdered his introduction story; it’s so serious and dark in the manga and gives him so much depth. (And there are no cheerleaders!) I like writing for him with his manga backstory inserted in the anime events. It’s kind of sad; the manga-ka gave him such an awesome intro and then kind of forgot about him. He didn’t even develop an interesting sub-plot with Duke and his cynical views in Battle City. The anime, on the other hand, involved Duke in that and other adventures.
4. Lieutenant Schrank (West Side Story). Played by the incomparable Simon Oakland, Schrank is a world-weary policeman who has to put up with and try to stop the local teen gangs. Unlike the characters I generally write, Schrank uses slang and bad grammar, and probably realizes but doesn’t care. He’s another generally overlooked character, one I find fascinating to explore.
5. Yami Bakura/Thief King Bakura (Yu-Gi-Oh!). My first favorite character (not my favorite overall, but literally the first character who became a favorite). It’s a puzzle trying to separate his personality from that of Zorc’s, but I like to try. Things were simpler before we had Zorc to worry about. But Yami Bakura as I wrote him recently is a much darker character because of the Zorc mess. I still like putting him in humorous situations too, as I did years ago.

5 Recurrent characters you hate/don’t care to write about and why in no particular order:
1. Noa Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Like Crystal, he’s just never appealed to me. Worse, I’m not sure exactly why. It might go back to my dislike of child villains. Noa’s behavior seems ten times more disturbing because of his age. I’ve heard that the English dub mashed up at least some of the reasons behind what he did, though. I was told that in the original he wanted the others there in his virtual world so he wouldn’t be alone. Although even if it started that way, it seems his goals must have changed later. The way he treated everyone during his duel with Seto was just sadistic.
2. Vivian Wong (Yu-Gi-Oh!). I know she was supposed to be a parody of rabid fangirls, and hence annoying, and boy does she succeed. She is a stalking nightmare. I seethe when she abducts Solomon and deliberately injures his bad back to force Yugi to duel her, and insists on him being her love slave should she win. I shudder every time I see someone who wants her and Duke to pair up. Gosh, what a horrible fate for Duke!
3. Lilie (Princess Tutu). Now she is a sadistic little prick. She is always hoping for Ahiru to be miserable because she looks so cute when she’s miserable and Lilie wants to comfort her. She only showed genuine concern once, in episode 7. It says right on her official profile that what she loves is Ahiru’s failure and what she doesn’t like is Ahiru’s success. She is one messed-up nutcase.
4. Everyone on Gensomaden Saiyuki. Now, let me make it clear, I love them, but I don’t like writing for them. I can get their personalities alright, I think, but I can’t come up with anything decent to write about them. The one thing I tried to write, I didn’t like, and I’m not sure the recipient did either. I never have posted it anywhere.
5. … I can’t really think of anyone, unless I list another cast for a show I just haven’t been able to write for. Or unless I list Mr. Ishtar from Yu-Gi-Oh! He was vicious and cruel to Rishid, and I don’t know if he cared about Marik so much as he cared about just having a son to be an heir.

5 one-shot characters that I enjoyed writing about and why in no particular order.
1. Mignon Germaine (Perry Mason). From season 8’s The Fatal Fetish, she is a good friend of Hamilton’s. Her son works in his office as an assistant D.A. She is an aloof woman who cares deeply about her son and doesn’t want harm to come to him. Her bond with Hamilton is deep and strong and I just adore expanding on it.
2. Tony Ferano (The Monkees). From episode 25, Alias Micky Dolenz, he is the right-hand man of Baby Face Morales, the gangster lookalike of Micky’s. He has a wide range of hilarious expressions as he reacts to various nonsensical situations around him. Usually he is serious and cold, in fact, downright icy. He was a former policeman with Detroit, where he ran various illegal operations.
3. Baby Face Morales (The Monkees). Also from Alias Micky Dolenz. He has a hair-trigger temper and is very dangerous. Alternately, he can actually be oddly philosophical (in my stories). He and Tony have a bond of sorts, but it’s on-again off-again in between warring with each other.
4. Ruby (The Monkees). Yet still from Alias Micky Dolenz, Ruby is Baby Face’s girlfriend. Although seemingly ditzy in the episode, I generally write her as being smarter and more serious. She always worries about Baby Face and the chances he takes. She wishes he would leave crime behind and take her away somewhere to settle down.
5. Captain Caldwell (Perry Mason). From season 4’s The Misguided Missile, Captain Caldwell was an investigator from the inspector general’s office. He was killed by a nut while trying to solve a mystery surrounding the titular object. It was a very unnecessary and tragic death.

And a bonus, “David Tanaka” (Yu-Gi-Oh!). I put his name in quotations because it’s my invention. He doesn’t even have a canonical name. But he talks with Duke in his first episode and seems to be a close friend. In the English dub he’s the manager of Duke’s store.

5 characters I want to write about for future fics:
Would this refer to characters I haven’t ever written for? If so, I’m honestly not sure how to answer that. I think everyone I want to write for I’ve tried at least once.

Your favorite penned fiction and why (there can be two if there is a tie): Probably Lead Me Through the Fire for Yu-Gi-Oh! It developed Duke’s character a great deal, as well as that of the afore-mentioned David. It was very dark, included no magic or supernatural goings-on (well, except for something brief at the very end), and included a death that, try as I might, I haven’t been able to reverse in other fics and fully feel good about. I didn’t want the character dead, but it feels like it was so important that I can’t really change it. That doesn’t mean my sequel will remain unfinished, but it does mean I’m having trouble with it.

Also, The Case of the Broken Ties for Perry Mason. It is Hamilton’s and Paul’s story, as they work in desperation to reverse a spell that has caused everyone else to forget all or part of their memories. It develops Hamilton and Mignon’s friendship as well as the interaction between Hamilton and Paul. It’s amusing; while my favorite YGO fic has nothing supernatural for a generally supernatural series, this story is full of the supernatural for a series that always relied instead on logic.

Your least favorite penned fiction and why (there can be two if there is a tie): Probably Family Ties and Family Secrets, both Yu-Gi-Oh!. My mind was seriously messed up when I wrote those things. I don’t even agree with my portrayal of Mr. Ishtar anymore. I wish I could just remove them both. I only leave them there because people like them and I know how frustrating it is when something disappears that you like.

People’s favorite fiction of yours (by review count and positive postings): Probably still Frantic in Frisco, one of my old Yu-Gi-Oh! mysteries. 288 reviews. Good Heaven. I wish I could duplicate that feat someday.

People’s least favorite fiction of yours (by review count and negative postings): I have no idea.

If you are a member of Fanfiction.Net, how many people have you on their favorites’ list: … 660 (okay, my jaw is dropping now)

If you are a member of Fanfiction.Net, how many people have you on Author Alert: 283
insaneladybug: (della_pink)
1. The first character I fell in love with: ... That is a really good question. I became very fond of all the main cast, and of Hamilton and Perry's friendship, and of Tragg. Sometimes I think he was the first character I really became very fond of. But if we're being literal and talking about crushes, that would be Hamilton.
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: Lieutenants Anderson and Drumm. I am always very lukewarm about replacement characters, and I was dreading going into the episodes where Tragg appeared less, but both Andy and Steve have worked their way into my heart.
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't: ... Gosh, I don't think this applies. I love everyone.
4. The character I love that everyone else hates: Hamilton.
5. The character I would hug anytime: Haha, I'd be way too shy and embarrassed to do it much, but I would definitely like to give Hamilton a hug.
6. The character I'd want to be like: Della. Loyal, kind, and patient. Although I highly doubt I could ever enjoy secretarial work. I absolutely hate typing things into the computer from pieces of paper. It stresses me and sets my teeth on edge. I make a lot of typos when I type things in, too. I much prefer just typing into the computer to begin with and not looking at anything.
7. The character I'd slap: Some of the murderers and other undesirables. Probably especially James Coburn's character in The Envious Editor.
8. A pairing that I love: I'm not sure there's really any that I would put in this category. I think Perry and Della belong together, but I don't really like reading romance stories with them or having them officially hook up. I love their interaction on the series too much to change it.

I really love the feuding ex-couple in The Guilty Clients, though. It looked like they despised each other so much and yet they really loved each other so deeply.
9. A pairing that I despise: I can't think of any that I despise, either. I hated the idea of Julie Adams' character hooking up with the young guy in The Fatal Fortune. He was such a jerk! His father was a much better person. But that non-pairing resolved itself, so I don't know that it qualifies.
10. Favorite character: Hamilton.
11. What are your five favorite things about your fandom?

- The fans are very nice. A lot more accepting of a supernatural story than I thought they'd be.

- The characters are wonderful. It's admittedly hard for there to be a lot of development when there's that formula, but the writers tried their best to do what they could. And the actors delivered the material beautifully.

- Season 2! Almost every episode of season 2 is epic and has wonderful scenes between Perry and Hamilton. They still clash in court, but you can clearly see that their relationship has developed greatly from season 1. They are friends.

- Season 6. Along the same lines as 2. But 6 goes even deeper. Hamilton is very relaxed by season 6. Many episodes show his softer side and how kind he is. And he and Perry team up for several awesome episodes.

- That theme song. A good theme is important for a series, and the jazzy strains of Park Avenue Beat surely make for one of the most recognizable themes even today.
12. What are your five least favorite things about your fandom?

- That it's so difficult to find gen stories. I swear, I've never seen a pairing take over a fandom so completely as Perry/Della takes over the Perry fanbase. There's maybe two or three gen stories on FF.net besides my own, and all the rest is Perry/Della romance.

- That the show's writers kept falling back on tired cliches to keep the formula moving. I honestly don't like when Hamilton or the police suspect Perry of bending the law after the point when Perry isn't doing that so much. I know that there's some level of continuity to it; since he did it before they have no way of knowing when he might do it again. But it's still kind of irritating. They tapered off on that after season 4, I believe. At least for the most part.

- That season 9 is such a mixed bag. More than any other season, you don't know what you're going to get when it's a season 9 episode. There are some wonderful gems, but there is also a higher ratio of disasters. The episode I detest the most, The 12th Wildcat, is season 9. And there's some others I really don't care to see again, including the last episode The Final Fadeout. I understand why they did what they did, I believe, but I still don't like that we ended the series on an episode where Hamilton is off in orbit. At least he came back to Earth by the end.

- That it's so difficult to catch episodes from seasons 7 and 8. I don't think Columbia House released many of them, either. So until my local station shapes up and/or CBS starts releasing these seasons, I rely on other fans to see most of these episodes. I'm endlessly grateful, but I can hardly wait to get hold of DVD copies.

- That there's so many instances of failing marriages among the guest-star characters. I like seeing a marriage that's happy. When they do feature one, it's a special treat.
13. Who are your five favorite characters? Hamilton, Perry, Andy, Tragg, and Della. With Mignon Germaine as a runner-up.
14. Who are your five least favorite characters? I love all the main cast. And I think James Coburn in The Envious Editor is about the only guest-star who has made me want to go RAWR. He was very talented at playing an absolutely despicable character. I also didn't like the girl in The Sleepy Slayer who supposedly had a nervous breakdown. As it turned out, it was an act the whole time and she was wicked.
15. What are your five favorite pairings? None! Unless we want to talk about platonic pairings. Then I could come up with a list.

- Perry & Hamilton
- Hamilton & Mignon
- Perry & Della
- Hamilton & Della
- All of the main cast collectively interacting with each other
16. What are your five least favorite pairings? None.
17. Which character are you most like? Probably none of them. But I do have a tendency to fly off the handle when I'm pushed too far, as Hamilton does.
18. What is your deep, dark fandom secret? I don't think I have one. Unless it's that I can't draw the characters. I haven't drawn much at all the past year because the characters I've been interested in for all series I just can't draw. Except I can draw passable Monkees and Baby Face and his gang. But Kolchak, West Side Story, and Perry? No.
insaneladybug: (hamilton_button)
I looked through some of my old quizzes just for the purpose of finding one I'd like to do. And I decided to take this one using Hamilton Burger.

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character. I love him! I really find it unfair that so many people don't appreciate him or have misconceptions about him. But instead of going on and on about why he's wonderful, I'll just link to this: http://hated-character.livejournal.com/438282.html
2) Is he/she important to the general plot? Yes, he is. He's Perry's main rival/sparring partner. When he's not around, there's a terrible sense of something missing.
3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally? I can relate to him, actually. He's honest and has a great deal of integrity, but he's not perfect. He gets frustrated. He yells. He blurts out things he shouldn't. Heaven knows I've made a fool of myself as he's done on occasion.
4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from? Very much. It has its flaws, but the positive trumps the negative.
5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic) I do not ship him with anyone. If I were to do so, however, it would be with Mignon Germaine from season 8's The Fatal Fetish. I love their friendship so much, and I've loved expanding on it in my stories.

I also love his interaction with Perry. It was what really intrigued me about the show in the first place. In spite of their clashes in court, and Hamilton's frustration, they keep getting together as friends.

I wish he had interacted more with Della and Paul. I try to explore their interaction with him in my stories.
6) Is there anything about the character you would change? I would change that Erle Stanley Gardner never let him win. The show's writers tried to write scripts where he won sometimes, but Gardner rejected them.
7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc) I think I would be very shy, but I would approach him anyway. He would be polite and kind, and I would go away squeeing to myself.
8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites? He is my favorite character.
9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom? I would hype up his fascinating friendship with Perry. I would also hype him up where I could, recommending his best episodes and such. But I would warn about the formula and that one has to look beyond that for the meat of the show.
10) Is this character popular with the fanbase? No, he is not. I believe he's one of the most unpopular characters. Or at least, his fans don't seem to be very vocal online. I know he's well-loved; CBS was deluged with letters from fans who wanted him back during that scandal with William Talman. I do not know, however, if any of them saw him the same way I do.
insaneladybug: (hamilton_shocked)
Okay, here's that silly Gee, Officer Krupke parody I wrote. I'm very proud of these silly lyrics; I thought a long time about how to keep the flavor of the original song while adapting it to what I wanted. I kept a scant few of the original lyrics when they fit the situation.

I should explain first: the conceited nut the fuss is all about is an original character of mine. He started out as me just role-playing Don Karnage from Disney's Talespin, but he ended up so different years later that I decided he was no longer that character but someone else altogether. And he became my own character. He's still called Karnage, but if I ever do anything nationally with him, of course he'd be called something else. I have another name all in readiness, just in case. And this Karnage is an anthropomorphic Alaskan Malamute instead of a ... whatever Don Karnage is. (I insist he's a fox, but the comic said he's a wolf.)

I find conceited behavior repulsive when taken seriously, but as a gag it's one of the things I find funnier than just about anything else. I kept pushing the limits with this guy in my role-plays with Mom. He's just about as outrageous as you could get. When something goes wrong, like losing a piece of fur, he goes into these states where he just screams "Me, me, me" until the problem is solved. He joined the Army and was under the command of General Stilton from Disney's The Cat From Outer Space. And Corporal Klinger from M*A*S*H became his best friend. (The time period for the role-play is the present day, and we liberally throw in characters from all eras, although in the role-play they haven't time-traveled or anything like that; they just live in the present day and that's the way it's always been.) I don't think Karnage is still in the Army, though. He met Hamilton Burger when he barged into court one day, took the witness stand, and said in all sincerity, "I solemnly swear that I'm glorious." He was promptly charged with contempt of court and kept on racking up the charges when he wouldn't shut up. Hamilton prosecuted and this song came out of the silliness.

EDIT: I've thought for a long time that I should add spoken dialogue between each verse, just like the real song has. I've added some in.


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Fandom Meme

Jan. 4th, 2012 02:02 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_surprise)
And the fandom meme that's been going around. Since it's year-end I should have gotten to it sooner, but I've been busy getting up chapter 8 of The Case of the Broken Ties.


Year-End Fandom Meme
1. Your main fandom of the year:
I'm not sure what to say. I played in the Monkees, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and West Side Story fandoms around the first half of the year and Perry Mason for the rest of the year. Although I'm still writing for all of them. Chronologically speaking, however, I suppose I've been with Perry the longest. Also, I discovered The Wild Wild West, a show I've long wanted to watch and am nuts about. I'm not really involved in the fandom, however.

2. Your favorite Film this year:
... I didn't watch any films in the theatre, so I'm not sure what to put. My favorite film that I watched in the past year would be something old. But I'm honestly not sure which film gets the nod. Maybe it's a toss-up between The Persuader and One Minute to Zero. Both are intense dramas in which William Talman has starring roles. I love the man. I also greatly enjoyed Bullit. The police procedural plot highly intrigued me and Simon Oakland was just wonderful as the police captain.

3. Your favorite Book read this year:
I am so terrible at reading lately. I have many wonderful books that I still haven't finished or got to at all yet. Let's see ... my favorite was probably either Altered State by Gregg Luke (a thriller involving mind control) or Final Act by C. Paul Andersen (a thriller involving a big old house and a dark family secret; it reads like a Daphne Du Maurier novel and is every bit as amazing).

4. Your favorite Album or Song this year:
I probably played the heck out of the West Side Story soundtrack the most. The music is just so much fun. It's one of the only musicals I really like.

I'm also very thrilled with Evanescence's new, self-titled album and Jackie Evancho's Christmas album. Jackie is the latest in a line of young classical stars whose career I am eagerly following.

As for one specific song, I'm really not sure. I don't think I played one particular song more than any other. Except perhaps A New York Christmas by Matchbox 20, as I wrote my annual Christmas fic. And Gee, Officer Krupke from the West Side Story soundtrack. I love it. I even wrote a parody involving this conceited nut pleading for Mr. Burger, a judge, a psychiatrist, and Lieutenant Schrank to listen to him. (If anyone wants to see those screwy lyrics, let me know and I'll type them up.)

5. Your favorite TV Show this year:
Perry Mason.

6. Your favorite Community this year:
I'm not sure. Most of the fandoms I've been playing in this year don't have very active journal communities.

7. Your best new Fandom Discovery of the Year?
That Perry Mason season 2, 6, 7, and 8 have many, many wonderful friendship scenes between Perry and Hamilton. I've seen a lot of those episodes in the past, especially from 2 and 6, but I didn't know what seasons they were from. Nor did I know the overall ratio of episodes with those scenes.

Also, I would count The Wild Wild West as a runner-up discovery. It's just amazing! It has everything I want in a series: friendship, hurt/comfort, suspense, crime-fighting, good-looking men....

8. Your biggest Fandom Disappointment of the Year?

... Probably that I've had a very difficult time getting people to believe me when I talk about certain things in Perry Mason being out-of-character at particular points in the series' timeline. If that was all it was I wouldn't care so much, but I feel like some people think I'm an idiot for feeling that way. And that makes me quite unhappy.

9. Your favorite TV Boy of the year:

... Gosh, I don't know. "Boy" implies someone rather young, and I've mostly spent the past year crushing on guys in their forties.

I did have another Monkees phase near the beginning of the year, so I guess I'll put Micky. I just love him, especially in season 1 when he's intelligent, sarcastic, hilarious, and generally brave and unselfish. Season 2 Micky and his cowardice and stupidity just makes me cringe so bad.

10. Your favorite TV Girl of the year:

This one's even harder to pick. My favorites are really more women than girls.

Would the Monk women qualify under girls? Natalie's grown on me a lot, although I really don't know that I could ever say I like her more than Sharona. Natalie is a little too perky sometimes for my tastes.

11. Your biggest Squee moment of the year?

Just one? There were so many: When I saw Tony worried about Kolchak in The Energy Eater and The Trevi Collection, when I started watching Perry Mason again and realized just how many wonderful friendship scenes there are between Perry and Hamilton.... I have a big squee every time I find one. Each scene I find seems to top the previous one in its level of awesomeness.

12. Your most Missed Old Fandom?

I don't know. I miss getting the amount of reviews and interest I used to get on my old Yu-Gi-Oh! mysteries. Even when I return to the fandom again and again, I can't recapture that. The audiences are still there, but I can't seem to pack them in the way I used to do.

13. Your Fandom that you haven't Tried Yet, but want to?

That ... recent magical girls show whose name keeps escaping me.

14. Your Biggest Anticipations of the New Year?

Writing fanfiction for my favorite series and hopefully being able to record seasons 7 and 8 episodes of Perry Mason. (Our station is skipping most of those and starting over this month. Aurgh!)

Fanfic Meme

Jan. 1st, 2012 11:27 am
insaneladybug: (andy)
I'm probably going to cross-post this entry to LJ, at least. But I decided I wanted to try out using this journal for something. And play with my icons. This is Andy. (Well, actually, it's not; it's a doctor character Wesley Lau played on The Mod Squad, but I list him as Andy anyway. I can feel like I have a color picture of him.)

Year-End Fanfic Meme

Favorite:
It might be the one I’m working on now: The Case of the Broken Ties, for Perry Mason. It’s a plot concept I’ve been fascinated by for years. I’ve tried variations on it two previous times, for other fandoms. Ironically, both of those fics are unfinished. I don’t intend to let this fic suffer the same fate, however. I have the basic plot mapped out in my mind and some details on the computer. I've very excited to tell the whole story.

Best:
I really have no idea. Maybe the longest fic I’ve written to date, It’s Probably Me, for the Princess Tutu fandom. I worked so hard on it from last November through this past February. There’s still a couple of kinks I need to iron out and haven’t dragged myself to do so yet, but overall I think it’s a well-done piece.

Most underappreciated by the universe:
Everything I’ve written for West Side Story other than Language Barrier.

Most fun to write:
Gosh, I don’t know. Every fic should be fun to write or it isn’t worth it. And I’ve enjoyed each and every one.

Most intense fic:
I don’t know. Maybe It’s Probably Me and The Case of the Memento Mori Murderer. But The Case of the Macabre Mansion turned out very intense too. Those latter two are both Perry Mason.

Saddest fic:
Running on Empty, for West Side Story. Or it would have been, had I not suddenly changed gears two-thirds in and not been able to stop myself.

Perhaps I should list I've Been Standing Too Near, for The Monkees (more or less). It was a fic involving Baby Face Morales and his gang from episode 25, and it had character death. As it stands alone, I don't plan to write any kind of sequel or follow-up to it.

Funniest fic:
… Gosh, did I write any humor fics in the past year? I rarely write humor at all, albeit I can when I feel like it. You know, I think the closest I came was Ross, The Good Samaritan for The Patty Duke Show. And that was more just gentle family-friendly goodness, like the show. There’s nothing that funny.

Fic that shifted my own perception of the characters:
I think every fic I write helps my perception of the characters change at least somewhat. But perhaps especially my West Side Story fics for Schrank and Krupke. The Worth of Souls and Ripples in the Water have been the most effective to that end, I believe.

Hardest to do:
Probably those two fics, as well as maybe Game of Darkness for Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Yu-Gi-Oh!. (Now there's an odd crossover for you.)

Biggest disappointment:
That I changed Running on Empty from its intended bittersweet path. I still wonder if I shouldn’t write the original ending and put it up too.

Biggest surprise:
The immense positive response I got when I tested the plot idea for The Case of the Broken Ties in the Della-Perry Yahoo group. I didn’t think anyone would be that interested, considering the supernatural slant.

Most telling:
… Telling about what? My love for the characters? What certain characters are like? I hope my love for them comes through in every story. And I try to show their true personalities every time, often focusing on aspects people don’t know or think about much.

Now I believe The House of the Setting Sun, for The Monkees, is the most telling that I have a strange mind.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
I don’t think I ever try to predict how much I’m going to write.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January?
Just about everything I did this year was something new. I would never have thought I’d be writing fics for Monk, West Side Story, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, or Perry Mason. Or that I would be writing an FF7 Western story crossed over with two rare Western movies. And since I had no idea about any of that, I didn’t have any idea about the specific characters I’d be writing for, either.

… You know, Simon Oakland is directly responsible for most of the new things I tried. Because of Kolchak, and realizing how much I liked Simon, I got story ideas for West Side Story and got back into Perry Mason. And without getting back into Perry Mason, that FF7 fic would not be happening.

Did you take any writing risks this year? (See above for unexpected pairings, etc.):
I wonder if that FF7 fic would be considered my biggest writing risk. It’s both a genre most people would never think of using with those characters and has characters from two Western movies most people probably don’t know exist (Smoke Signal and Two-Gun Lady).

Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?
Finish everything I’m currently working on, but especially The Case of the Broken Ties and To Blossom As the Rose (the FF7 fic).

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