Waaah!

Aug. 26th, 2017 11:46 am
insaneladybug: (schrank)
An odd addendum to that musing on my love of friendships I created that weren't in canon: I remember I was always that way. Of course, it's normal for kids to do silly, weird things like that. Like, when I was 5/6, I had Boba Fett adopt Kit and Molly from Talespin. Seriously, what? LOL. (He may have also had a romance with Rebecca Cunningham; that, I don't remember.) And I guess I never outgrew that sort of thing. I probably never will.

And I just found out that the Toys R Us that was closest to my old home closed last year. The ShopKo closed this year. Even though we don't live up that way anymore, it was just comforting to know they were there. It was such a nice shopping area with those stores there! People in that area are actually glad the stores are gone. Why? And it sounds like what's replaced the Toys R Us is just a Dee's. Those are everywhere! That's nothing particularly exciting. They're apparently going to build a hotel in the area now too.

If I still lived in that area, I would be totally crushed. As it is, I'm rather disappointed and sad. I was planning to visit that Toys R Us today.

I think Play World used to be in that spot before Toys R Us moved in. Unless that was another Toys R Us, but I really thought it was the one that just closed. I was four or five when Play World closed and I was totally crushed then. I didn't think anything could be good enough to replace it. But then my brother found Toys R Us and loved it and Mom told me about it and I wanted to see it, even though I was skeptical. And I totally fell in love with it. But so yeah, if I'm remembering right, there was a toy store in that spot for over twenty years! (Don't know how long the Play World was there, though.)

Hopefully I'll find some neat stuff at the K-Mart up there. I'm hopeful, since I found awesome stuff at both the K-Mart and the Sears down here. And depending on how things go, maybe I can visit a different Toys R Us. We'll see. Normally I always like to visit the big F.Y.E. when we're out that way, which is maybe once or twice a year, but it isn't really close to where we'll be today, so I'm not sure. There's a smaller one several blocks from where we'll be at one point, but I've never liked that one much.
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Working on a Turtles fic, but I'm not quite sure what to do with it and my attention keeps wandering, hence why I'm writing this long entry.

I never did take the time to record what I thought of the other two Equestria Girls shorts. I loved the first one so much because it seemed to go back to the formula that really worked, the urban setting and school stuff going on and no constant magical powers courtesy of mysterious stones.

The other two shorts I liked less than the first one, even though they also had things I liked.

Spoilers )

So yeah, in the end, it was a mixed bag and I haven't bought the DVD yet. I'm debating whether I really want to, since I only really liked the first short and there were just things I liked in the other two rather than liking them as a whole.

It feels so good knowing autumn is on its way. The days are getting shorter and some days are getting a little cooler and it's wonderful. I feel sad for Mom, as she always feels bad when summer ends, especially if we haven't been able to do much during it, but autumn is totally my favorite season and I am always so relieved to say Goodbye to summer heat and Hello to autumn leaves, spooky stuff, and my birthday. Heh.

I'm also wondering, honestly, what to even ask for on my birthday or what I might like to buy on my celebratory shopping spree. I'm pretty happy/content at this point in time and can't seem to think of much I want, at least that would be available around here. If I saw, say, season 2 of U.N.C.L.E. or that awesome Charlie's Angels boxset or season 1 of Rockford, or the other DuckTales and Talespin DVDs (or new human Baxter merchandise!), I'd be happy to snap them up. But I'm unlikely to see them offline (and unlikely to see human Baxter merchandise at all). I'll still want to have the shopping spree, though.

Normally one thing I always ask for is the latest Clair Poulson novel. But the one he's just released didn't sound quite as compelling to me as most of his books do, so I'm a little "Eh" right now. It sounded like it might focus on romance even more than most of them do. Honestly, as much as I love the plots and suspense and most of the characters, I get really bored when there almost always has to be a romance. I just tolerate it because the rest is so great. I think he only has one book where there isn't a romance between the male and female leads, and that's Conflict of Interest. I should read it again. It was a breath of fresh air to see a friendship instead.

Maybe for the shopping spree I'll focus on trying to get the other pieces I'll need for my Baxter Halloween costume. I really only need a wig and the coat; I have everything else. And without K-Mart, that seriously limits my costuming options. Sigh. They had such a good selection of stuff. ShopKo used to, but the last couple of years they've hardly had anything. Wal-Mart usually has a pretty good line-up, so I'm hoping I'll be able to find what I want there. If that fails, I guess there's Target and maybe a party store to try. The lab coat should be easy to procure, but the wig may be a little harder. Baxter's hair is such a unique color. I'd be willing to get a blond one if it was the right style, but I'd prefer light brown. And wild scientist wigs usually only come in white.

Most years, I'm lucky to find one or two things I want on the shopping spree. A lot of years, I find nothing and decide what I really want is online and get it there (and have to wait for a week to get it in the mail, sigh). Last year was one of the best times I've had in ages. I got ... let's see ... the Indigo Zap doll, a Real Ghostbusters DVD, the plushie that became Baxter, a YGO book (not a manga, a book about the anime and the characters and such), and TMNT seasons 1 and 4. It was so awesome.

Seems like most of the Pony Movie toys coming out are Sea Pony related or Ponies dressed as pirates. The new characters I wouldn't want toys of until I see whether I like their characters. And I have no desire to own the established characters in Sea Pony or Pirate form. I want to see the movie, but I am not thrilled at all about the main characters having to change into mermaids and blowfish (WTH, poor Spike). And since that seems to be one of the main product lines being pushed, it seems like it must last longer than one scene in the movie where they go for help. Then again, I guess some of the other lines have been based on scenes in the show that were only one scene. One can only hope.
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
The plushies are done! Yay! I finished the coat last week. Pictures can either be viewed on dA or on my Turtles site: https://sites.google.com/site/exittheflytmnt1987/baxter-plushie/barney-and-z

I also watched the DuckTales pilot, which Disney put up on their official XD YouTube channel. My feelings are mixed.

Life is like a hurricane ... )

Finished a fic I've been working on for close to a week and I'm thrilled with it! Probably will do a slice-of-life follow-up next and then hopefully the class reunion fic.

And I have an odd problem that I've had for many years. I don't know how to solve it. I get hooked on friendships that aren't actually in the shows and I fall in love with them so hard that I am way more invested in them than in most, if not all, canon relationships.

YGO: Marik and Mokuba. I read someone's fic that they'd written while Battle Ship was running. Marik learned the truth of everything and how he had been hurting innocent people and ended up trying to kill himself out of horror and guilt. Seto saved his life and while he was recovering, Mokuba made friends with him. I fell in love with the idea of the friendship and incorporated it into my fics.

Princess Tutu: Autor and Ahiru. Ahiru doesn't like him in the series and there's no indication she ever feels differently. In a cute sequel that most voice-actors participated in, Autor is friendly towards her but she doesn't reciprocate. I felt, however, that if she really saw that Autor was a good person behind his obnoxious behavior she would come to like him after all. That happened in my fics and their friendship really took off.

TMNT 87: Baxter and Michelangelo. I never intended that to happen, especially since Michelangelo was my least favorite Turtle. But I soon realized that he would be the most forgiving and the most willing to make friends. That developed naturally without me trying to force it and they are very close now. (Also, I think Michelangelo is my second favorite Turtle in the 1987 series now, behind Leonardo. How did that happen?!)

With all of these, the problem is the same: I love these relationships so much that there is a very real danger of crowding out actual, canon relationships in my desire to focus on them. Like Seto and Mokuba, for instance. I'd get so caught up in Marik having adventures with Mokuba and trying to help him that he would probably overstep his bounds and Seto would get crowded out, especially in role-plays. I think I was a little better with fics. With Autor and Ahiru, sometimes it was a little hard to get Fakir in there. But I really tried hard not to make the same mistakes as I did with Marik and Mokuba.

Same with Baxter and Michelangelo, I really try to have a balance between them and the other Turtles' interaction with Michelangelo. But it is hard. And I worry I don't always succeed and lean more towards Baxter and Michelangelo interaction/it looking like Michelangelo is closer to Baxter instead. It doesn't help that I see the 87 group more as friends than brothers, since they seem to see themselves as such, and that I have trouble getting into the Turtles' minds, usually, except for Michelangelo. Baxter is so much easier to write for and I have accepted that he's my favorite character. Writing for him and Michelangelo thrills me. It's just so cute and squeeful. An improbable and unlikely friendship to be sure, and yet somehow it seems to work.

With the Turtles, I think Donatello is the one I like writing with Michelangelo the most. I always had the impression that they were particularly close in other media, like the old movies and the Archie comics. I originally thought the 87 series didn't focus on them much, but I've been noticing nuggets of interaction on re-watches that make me really happy. But I still like writing Michelangelo interacting with Baxter the most. I don't know how to not feel that way.

I know a lot of people have similar problems with their fanon romantic ships, so I suppose I shouldn't feel too bad/guilty. But I don't want to crowd out important canon relationships, so the struggle to achieve a good balance will go on. Maybe part of me feels bad because I like something I made up with the characters more than the actual canon and I usually find it easier/more squeeful to write.
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So ... Mom got the urge she wanted to see the movie The Notebook. We got it from Netflix and watched it tonight.

The present-day story is very powerful, poignant, beautiful, and heartbreaking. I really felt for the couple and could see that their love was strong and true.

But ...

The past story just doesn't measure up. I don't get the vibe that the couple is deeply in love in the past. What I get from the past story is that they're overly obsessed with wanting to climb into each other's pants. Now I know sexual desires are part of a romantic relationship, but if you're not careful in how the story is written, it's going to come out looking like it's lust instead of love. This did not feel like love.

The story in the past as it is is badly cliched and doesn't seem well-written. A standard "two kids from different stations in life are supposedly in love and the parents don't approve" sort of thing. If written well, it can work. But this is just one bad cliche after another. And when it seemed like the only stuff we ever saw was either them arguing or them trying to eat each other up or make out, eh, I just couldn't get behind the relationship. It didn't feel special or real or beautiful at all.

Sometimes it's funny when a couple argues a lot, but it only works if you can tell they love each other deep down. I didn't get that vibe from Noah and Allie. I got the vibe that they did not click together and did not respect each other. At least, I certainly didn't feel he respected her.

Okay, I did like that he remembered everything she wanted done with the house. That was sweet. And I liked the letter bit. Honestly, that kind of sweetness fit the guy in the present. Everything else about Noah in the past ... really did not fit the guy in the present.

Honestly, the second guy Allie meets up with is a much better guy. Noah always came across like a jerk and I never liked him from the get-go once we got into the past. Lon was nice and respectful, save for the first time she met him when he was wounded and he seemed to kind of make a pass at her. Since he was nice every other time, I'd probably say being wounded made him act out a bit. Noah can't have any such excuse.

In the end, I can't help it, I'd rather believe that the guy who loves her so deeply in the present is Lon and that she had him instead of Noah. The guy's personality in the present is much closer to Lon's, and it occurred to me too that when you see the pictures of them through the years, James Garner in the younger pictures of him looks much more like an older Lon than Noah. Part of me wonders if originally it was supposed to be Lon because Noah just doesn't seem to make sense, personality-wise.

In the end, though, heh, Allie wasn't very nice to Lon, running off to see Noah and ending up jumping in bed with him when she was engaged to Lon. Lon deserved better and Noah and Allie probably deserved each other. And I don't mean they deserved each other in a positive way.

I don't know; the past story is just a mess. The present-day story is so beautiful and bittersweet and heartbreaking and I wish the past story really fit it better. From the present-day story, I expected to get a beautiful romance in the past, and honestly, I didn't. I got a lustful disaster.

I don't like to completely bash the story itself, because I read that the book's author was inspired to write the story because of meeting his wife's grandparents, who had been married for 60 years. He wanted to capture the beauty of a relationship that had lasted that long. Maybe the book actually does. I would hope so. The movie just doesn't cut it. And I honestly can't say I'm glad I finally saw it after hearing so much hype about it through the years. The only content I really liked was the present-day story, as well as Lon in the past.

At least I got a little more sewing done while we were watching. I'll have Barney's coat done soon, I hope.

And I did decide to write the funny story next. I think it's almost done. I'm pretty happy with it.

Plushies!

Aug. 12th, 2017 05:42 am
insaneladybug: (Default)

More Stockman plushie progress by Meromeroyui on DeviantArt

Click the book-like thing to make the picture appear. From left to right: Barney Stockman, Z/Vincent the living computer, Baxter Stockman. Hoping to do Barney's coat over the weekend.

I'm really pleased with how they've come out! So happy I finally found something I wanted to do badly enough with my other two blank plushies. Everything I came up with before ended up being things I just kept not being sure about, but when I hit on the Barney and Vincent idea, I was sure of it.

It's interesting how Baxter in the 1987 series is such a series of contrasts. He's meek and mild. He's arrogant. He's normally harmless, but can be dangerous when desperate and/or pushed to snapping. And he can be pretty much whatever one wants him to be depending on which trait they latch onto. Some people prefer him arrogant and dangerous and villainous. Normally I focus on the meek and mild and harmless side, but I love getting some snippiness in there too. And having him be dangerous towards enemies, if pushed too far. I prefer exploring the possibilities of him as a protagonist/hero, if given a second chance to have a normal, sane life. He doesn't want to devote his life to crime-fighting by any stretch of the imagination, but towards his loved ones he is extremely self-sacrificing. And he has more of a heroic streak than he believes he has; he will, for instance, try to protect children in his care if bizarre and dangerous things are happening around them. Even though he'd personally rather find the nearest rock to hide under and wait for the chaos to all blow over.

I just finished #64 in the story series. Wow. Now to debate on whether to do a dark idea with The Rat King next or a lighter, funny idea submitted by a reader. I've been waiting a long time to feel ready to do the latter, and finally I feel like it's time. So I sort of lean towards the funny one next. We'll see.

It's been a rather weird week with rocking emotions, frustrations, and an odd blurb that keeps morphing but probably won't get put in a story. But then again, who knows.
insaneladybug: (z)
Such a long day, beginning with evil insomnia rearing its head as it likes to do once or twice every month. I had a long day ahead of me and I'd be running on three hours' sleep.

Actually, the family reunion/picnic started out pretty fun. There was a breeze and we were under a pavilion. Everyone brought their own lunches, but some people had stuff to share, like Brazilian cheeseballs! Yuuuum! And my sister who was hosting the thing had brought food to share with everyone. I had a hot dog and chips and ice water and was thrilled. It became less fun when the heat increased as the afternoon wore on. Ugggh. And driving around in the heat wasn't much better. It was hard to breathe at times and I wanted to scream. I want fall. I love seeing some stores getting fall merchandise out, like Hobby Lobby and Joann's and Dollar Tree. Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas season is right up there too, though.

I did get done what I needed to. I wrote after I finished eating. Then we went out and I bought the fabric markers for Vincent and took care of Mom's thing and found the other Turtles shirt at K-Mart, so this time I snapped it up. I also saw that the holey blue shirt is being sold, to which I went WTH. But the picture is nearly the same as what's on the America shirt, only smaller, so even if I find one that isn't holey, I doubt I'd buy it. (Then again, I might because of the beautiful blue color and the amusing text about how to be a ninja.)

K-Mart looks a lot barer now and it's sad. I even had a dream the other day about going back there to get the shirt. It looked pretty bare in the dream too. The more time goes on, the more it really sinks in that it's going away. For a long time now, it's had a strong scent of something ... lotiony? Soapy? I'm not sure what makes the scent, but it's very distinctive. And it will forever remind me of Baxter because last summer was when I really noticed it and that was when they briefly had that shirt with Fly Baxter and I was planning my first Turtles story, so I was thinking of Baxter while in the store both because of the fic and the shirt. This past day was likely the last time I will ever smell that scent or be in that K-Mart. At the end of the month, if things work out to visit the one in the capital city, it will likely be the last time I will ever be in a K-Mart at all. I will likely bring up the memories of being happy in K-Mart many times in my mind and they will forever be bittersweet.

(I am also going to forever mentally kick and snarl at myself for not buying a soft YGO pillow there many years ago when they were clearancing it. Mom tried to encourage me to get it, and I wanted it, but money was tight right then and I thought I wanted a Detective Conan DVD set more. Of course, as things go, interest in that series was brief and soon waned anyway, while love for YGO has always been strong.)

Waaah, K-Mart, don't go....

Back at home, the blue fabric marker covered all the parts that will actually be visible; I'm glad I realized it likely wouldn't last for coloring all of Vincent and so I should first color what had to be colored and then see if there was any ink left for the rest. I had contemplated buying two blue ones, but I hoped one would cover what I really needed and I could get the purple one too (instead of hoping to find my purple Sharpie and use it instead. I'm still hopping mad about it getting lost in the closet two years ago thanks to gravity being nasty). I hope I won't regret the coloring job. I kind of liked the inaccuracy of a Caucasian Vincent and how that color scheme worked with the clothes. But I always knew I really wanted to color Vincent if I found a good way to do it.

One thing that's complicated is the oddity of trying to get a laptop shape on this cloth doll's head. I pondered many times on how to do that, whether to get a toy laptop and try affixing it to a body I'd sew from scratch in blue cloth, or sew a cloth laptop, or other weird thoughts. But when I decided to use the existing doll for Vincent, that left me with trying to make the head look like a laptop. I didn't want to mutilate the head for fear of making a mess (and just plan feeling bad to do that to a doll), so I drew the screen and screen frame on it. The keyboard will be attached separately. Not exactly accurate to a laptop due to the head shape from all angles, of course; it may look more like a purple version of the desktop-ish model he has on the show. But that's okay. I wanted to use this doll for Vincent, no matter the weird complications.

Hmm.

Aug. 4th, 2017 08:18 pm
insaneladybug: (schrank)
So I've never been able to figure out what I think of the movie Rigoletto. It's kind of a Beauty and the Beast meets The Phantom of the Opera in a family-friendly movie set during the Depression in a small Western town. Only digging a little more, it doesn't seem so family-friendly.

This mysterious guy moves into a big mansion in town and everyone is suspicious of him, even moreso when someone starts buying up their properties and evicting them. They're sure it's him. Meanwhile, around town, kids and adults with ailments are being healed with no apparent explanation.

The guy comes across as a real jerk; he's been bitter ever since his face was scarred in a mysterious incident. But he hires this young girl to work for him and she eventually sees the goodness in him and wants him to teach her to sing. He begins to feel better about himself and really becomes fond of her and her friends.

One day, while she's away at a singing competition, her friend comes by and the guy tries to walk her home after their visit. She likes taking a shortcut over an old dam. He doesn't like the idea at all. She falls in and he gets her out and takes her to town seeking help. Unfortunately, the people are so incensed by now believing he's taking their property that seeing him bringing the girl is the last straw. They think he hurt her and they start beating him up. They beat him unconscious, raid his house, and find a record book they think will prove he's the villain. Instead they learn he's been paying for their loved ones to be healed of their ailments.

He dies the next morning from his injuries. In true fairytale fashion, he does revive, only without the scarring. Only the main children of the story and the main girl's mother witness this and see him leaving with his friend and his girlfriend to return to their original home. Yeah, this is Beauty and the Beast in a platonic light; the girl who helps him feel better about himself/break the curse is not in love with him or vice versa. The actual girlfriend was pretty much beside herself not being able to get through to him.

Overall, it's basically a nice movie, especially for fairytale lovers. But the whole thing of the town beating him to death and then learning that he was trying to help their loved ones felt so very ugly. It really makes it hard for me to know what to think of the film as a whole. I wondered a day or two ago if that whole element was meant to be a Christian parallel, especially as I read that churches like to do their own productions of it. Regardless, though, I just don't like it. That sort of trope in things always tends to push my buttons the wrong way. I dunno; I suppose it's not worse than some of the things in Disney's animated fairytales. Maybe it just feels like it is because it's a trope that particularly gets me.

And I also have to wonder. Since it sounds like the character Rigoletto in the old opera is not a nice guy and really has no goodness to be discovered, why on Earth did the writer of the film name the character after him? There really isn't any connection with the opera beyond the name.
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
The Turtle socks fit! I am thrilled. And they actually come up over my ankle instead of stopping there, so maybe that means they're actually bigger than my size. LOL. I am thrilled! Also, the America shirt is so lightweight and comfortable and wonderful for this time of year. I adore it! It's already one of my favorite shirts. The heavy one will be very cozy in fall and winter, I know. I just wish it wasn't made of material that apparently picks up everything. The cat hair came off my jeans in the wash and ended up on the shirt. I actually haven't had that problem with previous batches of wash. **headdesk.** Time for a lint roller....

I made a lot of progress with Barney. He has jeans now, and the vest, so he's presentable to wander around the house. I can't proceed further until I can find the material for the shirt, as I'm fresh out of it. I hope I can find the right material at our Wal-Mart; I couldn't at a different one. I also put the face on Vincent and managed to get the eyes lopsized, sigh. But he still looks cute and I plan to get his clothes made right away. Meanwhile, I gave him a ruined shirt from my Sean plush that I let the plushies wear as a placeholder while I'm making their clothes. I also had to wrap a big scrap of cloth around him so I could take him around too. I'd feel bad to leave him behind if I was taking Baxter and Barney.

And it's interesting how plot ideas behave when they actually start being written. The Caitlyn one was next, since I didn't have any particular plans for anything else and it felt like the right time to write it. It started off great and I jotted down several of the original opening scenes right away. Then inspiration faltered and it ended up more like pulling teeth instead. Maybe it's because I'm not good with writing stories focused on kids. I can't get into their minds very well and .. er, I don't have any fascination with hurt/comfort scenes with them. Heh. And it didn't help when another plunnie wanted to be written. It's one I've entertained for months and couldn't figure out what to do with it, but I finally jotted down the scene I've had in my mind and as soon as I did, I knew the fic had to follow and it immediately started taking shape. So I've been going nuts wanting to do it but needing to finish this Caitlyn one first. I'm kind of frustrated/bored with it. I originally planned on something longer/more epic for it, but I realized that logically, that just wasn't going to work because the Turtles wouldn't let the situation drag on for very long, especially given that she's a minor. And I had trouble writing introspection for it and kept getting restless, especially when I realized I needed to add a couple of short scenes of the Turtles talking about the current situations. But I tried to write it as best as I could and not skimp on it even though I wanted to move on. I still don't think it's one of the stronger pieces, though. Now just wait and it will be one of the most popular pieces. LOL.

Squeee.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:11 am
insaneladybug: (z)
So the trip was overall a success! I found a Turtles shirt at Sears that ended up only being $2.66. **jaw drop.** It's a heavy black shirt, so probably too warm for right now, but it will be great as soon as the temperatures drop! Also, wow, Sears has a lot of Pokemon shirts.

K-Mart still had the one America: The Radical shirt in my size, so I snapped it up. Also, the price had dropped a bit. Squeee. I also decided to go ahead and get the socks. I wear sandals almost all the time anyway, except in winter, so there should be a lot of opportunities to show them off.

The Leonardo hat was super popular, wow. They only had two left. But no matter how I adjusted it, it was uncomfortable and the brim pinched my temples, ugh. I had the feeling it would give me a serious headache and I get enough of those as it is. So I passed it by.

I still didn't get the other, more expensive shirt. Debating whether I should have. But there were other things I needed to get too. I may get another chance at this item next weekend; we'll see. There's also the K-Mart in the capital city to think about. I'm still hoping to visit it in a month and see what kind of stock they have.

Good thing I didn't have my heart set on the Miraculous Ladybug figures, because they were all gone. So were most of the Pony things I was considering, but the Pony things I wanted most, they didn't have to begin with.

The orange craft fur is miiine! Plus I got some fabric for Vincent's clothes. I found something perfect for one of his loud shirts, LOL. I also got some thinner wire for glasses, but it's giving me problems of another sort. I tried a pair on Baxter and so far I can't make them hold on. Ugggh, I was hoping so much I wouldn't have to fight with the thicker wire again. That was probably the main reason I held off on making a Barney plush in the past. But if the thinner wire won't hold on, that's an even worse problem!

We also stopped at a local bookstore so Mom could use some of a gift card to get stuff for people, because she is awesome that way and getting stuff for others makes her happier than getting things for herself. We got a couple of things for Dad's birthday, some stuff for grandkids, and she wanted to get me something, so I picked a steampunk Beauty and the Beast story. I hope it will be good; I don't tend to like that author's leading male characters or support the pairings she sets up. But I couldn't resist a steampunk Beauty and the Beast with ghosts and werewolves and vampires floating around in it, LOL. Especially for only $3.99 on Clearance.

I'm working on the current Turtles story. Had to pause and quickly jot down a scene a bit further along in it, but now I've jumped back to where it is currently. I'd love to work on the Barney plushie some, but I think I'm too worn-out since I didn't have much sleep the last time I was asleep. I did try drawing some more practice expressions and of course, the fight with the new glasses. I like to practice the expression many times before actually applying it, since I only get one shot at that. I think I've figured out how to get Barney to look gruffer, but I have to be careful not to make him nasty-looking or villainous.

I'm also looking into ways to dye the other plush blue. I may have hit on something that will work for me with fabric dye markers. Doing some checking on that.

I definitely decided the other plushie will be Vincent, both because I knew I'd want Vincent once I made Barney, and because I'm a sentimental sop and I feel too sad to separate those two plushies after they've been sitting in the bag for seven, eight months together. Turning them into Barney and Vincent will enable them to stay together, heh. And also ensure that the one won't languish alone in the bag for some time yet.

Wow.

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:21 am
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
Incredibly, Dad actually seems willing to let us go all the way to Sears and the Joann's that has the craft fur. Maybe it's because we caught him in a seriously good mood; he's intrigued by Al Jolson and when we asked about the shopping stuff, we had just finished watching The Jazz Singer (and nearly all of the DVD's extras, oh wow). But so, weather-willing, we will get to do that very soon!

On Monday I had a most serious burst of wanting stage Baxter hurt/comfort and entertained myself with it while getting groceries. I finally figured out some more content I should have had in my hurt/comfort scene in that story installment and I became very anxious to either flesh it out or start drawing a hurt/comfort picture of the scene. I started the latter, and I've been working on it this week. Stage Baxter has been giving me trouble; I wanted him very limp in his Barney's arms, with his head falling back. Even though I managed to do a picture like that with Barney a while ago, I couldn't seem to make it happen for this one for a long time. I finally got it pretty much how I wanted, though! Then I added 87 Baxter and Barney uncomfortably watching. I really like how they turned out, especially Barney. The theme of the picture is "Not My Brother's Keeper," and while stage Barney is too scared to check for a pulse for fear he won't find it and distraught that his Baxter was hurt rescuing him after he didn't seem willing to help Baxter, 87 Barney is haunted by memories of the past and is tightly gripping his Baxter's shoulder, remembering when he did try to help Baxter but went about it all wrong and also made himself believe he hated Baxter. 87 Baxter is very uncomfortable by his counterpart being hurt. I have a very light sketch done, in case I needed to erase things (which I did, many times). Next step is darkening it. Then inking and coloring. It's probably the most ambitious picture in a while; usually I don't have more than two characters in a picture, although occasionally three. And I've got people standing behind other people, which can be challenging. And I even have a sort of background on this one, as I felt it needed it for the mood. I have a curtain hanging down to the side and I'll probably color the stage.

I learned this past day that Archie Comics has been asked by Sega to stop publishing the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. Even though I had many issues with those comics, I have good memories too, and I am sad to see it end. But at least Sega does still want Sonic comics to be out, so hopefully soon we'll know who's picking up the reins. I must admit I would kind of love a game-based comic, especially if they'd adapt the old games in a lush and grand way. It has been my dream to see an epic Sonic 3 and Knuckles adaptation for a long time! But it will be sad if we don't see the SatAM characters anymore, so I'm slightly torn. And I definitely feel sad for all of those who had stronger ties to the comics than I did. I probably feel sadder for them than for the thought of not seeing the SatAM characters anymore, as I think I'm really ready for something new (as long as it's not BOOM! and only that).

I started pondering on how last year I actually entertained the thought of writing a Sonic 3 and Knuckles epic fanfic. That's still in the back of my mind, but I sort of doubt it would happen. It's more likely to happen than me continuing my Sonic X adaptation of the game Shadow the Hedgehog, though. I got three chapters in, stared at the stuff I was writing about alien invasions and destruction everywhere, and went "What am I DOING?!" and stopped cold. I haven't been able to get inspiration since, even though I had a whole episode guide planned out. I'd still love to do stuff with Shadow trying to find himself, but I'm not keen on all the destruction that a good Shadow the Hedgehog adaptation would entail. I'm probably even less keen on it now than I was when I wrote it. I'm just so worn-out and don't want to write that sort of thing. Like, one chapter would have a whole city destroyed, as I believe it was in the game. I just don't think I have the strength to write that.

I'm so amazed that I actually got my TMNT 87 series off the ground because of my past failures in writing series. I'd have plans for all kinds of stories and most would never happen. When I started the Turtles series, I thought I'd be lucky to get some of the stuff on my first episode guide written. Then, once I decided to redeem Barney, I hoped maybe I could at least write up to that point. Then another point, and another. . . . Every milestone I hoped to attain I reached. I'm in awe of it. There are still many specific fics I hope to write for it, and I hope I will attain those milestones too.

I'm finishing up the current fic now, but I'll let it sit and proofread it again to see if it needs more. Then, unless I suddenly get bonked by different inspiration, Caitlyn's headlining adventure is next. I'd better go watch The Great Boldini again to prepare.
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
So two and a half weeks ago, we were in the nearest metropolitan shopping area and I took an idle notion that as long as I was in a big crafting store (Hobby Lobby), why not check and see if they had orange or red craft fur, with the thought that maybe I'd maybe make a Barney plush if they did. They did not. I also remembered that our nearest Joann's did not. So I opted not to also check the Joann's in that other town.

I tried checking eBay with some success but not exactly what I wanted. This past day I tried searching some more and I ended up discovering that some Joann's do carry such a product, including the one I opted not to check. Maybe they didn't have any in stock at that time, but they probably did. I am so incredibly frustrated with myself. Unless we can convince Dad to let us go to Sears before they're gone, I probably won't be able to get to that Joann's or any other with the product in stock until the end of August.

On the plus side, I examined my two blank dolls and one of them is definitely the right build for Barney. I also have blue jeans cut out and ready to sew; they're an extra pair from when I made Baxter. And I have enough material for the vest, the coat, the ears, and the bowtie. I think I need some new shirt material. And I'm seriously thinking of buying that thinner wire that bends easier for the glasses. Maybe I'll redo Baxter's glasses if it works better.

Also contemplating whether or not my other blank doll can be Vincent. I figured I'd have to make him from scratch with blue cloth. So I guess I'd either be making a Caucasian Vincent or I'd have to get the courage to dye the other doll blue. Or I'll use it for someone else. But I know very well that once I make Barney, I'll want Vincent.

I'm a little concerned that making Barney will mean I won't pay as much attention to Baxter, though. Especially if Barney is made a little better/doesn't have the mistakes Baxter ended up with. My attention usually does get divided when there's more than one, like when I got Fluttershy in addition to my Build-a-Bear Twilight. And I have liked when it's just Baxter and me, LOL. But I do like the thought of making Barney more and more and hopefully I'd try to give Baxter and Barney equal attention, like I do with my Ginger and Lou plushies.

I'm also increasingly panicked to get back to K-Mart before a lot more time goes by. The bag completely satisfied my desire for TMNT wearable merchandise at the time, but I started wanting an 87 series styled shirt again before too long. I'm back to liking that America, the Radical shirt in spite of the problems I might run into explaining over and over that "radical" in that sense is surfer slang and basically means awesome. But I'd take the other, more expensive shirt if its price has come down. Or the Leonardo hat that I hoped I'd be able to get since they had a lot of them. Now I'm no longer sure I especially want the Miraculous Ladybug figures, because I had a very disturbing dream involving those characters and it may take a good while to get the bad taste out of my mind/not think of the dream every time I see the characters. Ugh. I hope it's gone by the time the show comes back in the fall. Or maybe the bad taste will be gone if I go and they still have the figures and the price for them has come down even more. Heh.

Also listening to Imagine Dragons' song Believer on Repeat. Ladyamberjo introduced me to the band and the song, and from the first time I heard it I immediately thought of Baxter and Barney (well, especially my versions of them). I really want to do a breakdown of the lyrics and who sings which parts, as I picture it being both of them. I think it's mostly Barney, though.
insaneladybug: (hamilton_cup)
So now LJ is apparently making up tags for me? It stuck the number fifty in as a tag and claims there's one usage of it. Naturally, when I click, it goes nowhere since there is no such tag. I deleted it from the list. It had better not come back. Or be replaced by another. I really do not appreciate my journal being tinkered with in any way. I also hate how if you write a number in an entry, it will automatically get linked to a search for it. Maybe that's only if there's a hashtag with it, but ugh, this isn't Twitter! People I know use LJ because it isn't Twitter. Or Facebook, etc. And we liked it better before the changes that started to make it more like them.

But seriously, making up tags? That is inexcusable. Unless it's some kind of a glitch. And if it is, it had better be fixed quickly, unlike how they claimed the extra ads were a glitch yet they did nothing about them until apparently the last mass migration from the site in April.

Waaah.

Jul. 9th, 2017 07:06 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_shocked)
So over the weekend, Sears announced more closings, including the K-Mart up in the capital city here. Unless the one way down South is still open, this will close all K-Marts in the state. In any case, it certainly closes all that we could go to. I hope we can look at that K-Mart's selection, but I doubt we'll be able to get up there until Dad's class reunion next month. I wonder if they'll be doing the liquidation sales by then. (I have been looking forward to the class reunion for years. I love the 1950s culture, the food, etc. I hope he's still planning to go, especially since it's the last official one.)

Also, I am super aggravated with myself that I forgot to find out if our nearest Sears is closing. I discovered that it is, and it will be closed by the end of the month. If I'd looked that up when I meant to, we could have also gone there on Thursday. We were just down the street from it at one point! Mom is gutted about both Sears and K-Mart, and hopefully this news will at least mean that we'll definitely be able to get out soon to look at both places ... although Dad will not like spending the gas money to go to Sears especially, I'm sure. But their discounts will be further along/likely higher and maybe we'd be able to get something.

I am pretty sad about all the closings. I'm pretty sure Sears was where I got my Shadow the Hedgehog shirt in 2009. And the longer I think about the nearest K-Mart closing, the more sad it is. Even worse now that I know the other one we could get to is closing too. The nearest K-Mart was almost always a staple of our visits to that shopping hub. And so great at holidays, as mentioned.

I'm also sad about the Scottish Festival being a bummer this year, as I am every year that that happens. I look forward to it all year long. Ugh, I hate that the heat had to ruin this one for me. I don't know if Mom enjoyed it as much this year either. I wish the other Scottish Festival didn't charge for attendance.
insaneladybug: (schrank)
So I have abhorred Photobucket for years. It hogs memory and the amount of ads are outrageous. For once, I'm not the only one having a problem with a site. Lots of others dislike it for the same reason, especially of late.

A couple of weeks ago, Photobucket pulled a really crummy move on the free users. I only learned of it tonight. I barely use the thing, but I know lots of others use it a lot, and I felt I owed it to them to let them know of Photobucket's idiocy if they don't already. I don't feel like trying to type it all up myself, but this blog post sums it up very nicely: http://www.laurenwayne.com/2017/06/photobucket-phail-how-to-ruin-host-site.html

In other news, when the area hits a record high of 103, the Scottish Festival automatically becomes a lot less fun, even after the sun goes down. Uggggh. I hate summer heat. It was so stifling. And Mom got lost for a while. And I fell in love with a couple of beautiful handmade jewelry pieces, but of course, they were more than I felt like I could afford right then. I love how much fun it was last year at the Festival. It was so much fun that year, it reminded me of some of the earlier trips. This year was ... pretty mediocre. And yet I would have been sad if we hadn't gone. Part of me is still contemplating going back later today for the necklace that was the cheaper of the two, but I know I really don't want to spend even that much for it when money is so extremely tight. So beautiful, though.... A big deep blue flower in the sapphire shade, what we call "wing-color blue" referring to Kingdom Hearts Sephiroth's wings.

YESSS!

Jul. 7th, 2017 03:20 am
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
In true me fashion, I found Coming Out of Their Shells delightful. Of course, I also found it cheesy and cracky, but I usually use those terms in a positive way. I know I would have loved it as a child. And apparently the child in me loves it now. The songs were amusing and honestly catchy, and some were cute. April's was lovely; she has a wonderful voice! And Baxter losing himself in the moment and actually singing and dancing to one of Michelangelo's songs has to be my favorite part, especially in light of how they've formed such a close friendship in my stories. My only major complaint was that Baxter overall seemed to be a generic mad scientist, which is sad since aside from the original Mirage comics, he's so much more. But I'm thrilled that they included him! And also thrilled that nothing horrible happened to him! I also loved that the actor they chose is a very small, slender guy, so he looks pretty similar to his 87 series physique. If it wasn't for all the mad scientist-type characterization, I would have found him utterly adorable. However, even at that, I did kind of feel like his random exclamations such as, "Now I'll be in the Criminal Hall of Fame!" and "Now they will know the wrath of Baxter Stockman! **cue insane cackle**" seemed a little empty, i.e., he seemed harmless. I couldn't believe that he would really have anything sinister in mind. He didn't even seem that into Shredder's idea of taking away music, in spite of his exclamations. So perhaps he was just trying to be tough for Shredder and his true self came through when he lost himself in Michelangelo's song.

I suppose most Turtles fans find the production horrifying, or at least, most vocal ones. Although actually, the YouTube copy has literally thousands of Likes and only about 189 Dislikes. I don't suppose it would ever get a DVD release, but hey, The Next Mutation finally made it, so maybe this will someday. I'd buy it! They could release it on a double bill with the Making Of featurette, which is also very cheesy and tongue-in-cheek since it goes for an approach of "The Turtles are real and we signed them to a record deal!" LOL. I love the scene of April talking to kids at the beginning. She/her actress was really cute with them. I would have liked to have seen interviews with the actors and such, though, including Baxter's.

It was interesting how the production was a mash-up of the 1990s movie verse and the 87 series. Krang and the Technodrome were referenced and April wore a yellow top, but her hair style and characterization felt more like movie April. And Splinter was definitely based on movie Splinter.

This past day Dad had a couple of errands to run, so we got to go to K-Mart as I'd hoped. Things are currently 10% to 30% off on most things, with some items being more. My main mission was looking for 87 TMNT stuff, but I was also interested in Pony stuff and maybe some DVDs. The DVD section was really picked over and it was sad seeing it so bare. And I felt that the toys I was interested in were still a little too much even with the discount, so with them I decided to gamble and wait a bit to see if the prices will decrease as the sale goes on. It worked when Borders had their liquidation several years ago and I ended up getting a big TV show guidebook I wanted at 80% off. **jaw drop.** If I end up not being to find the toys when the prices come down more, though, that's okay. There's other things I want more and I just don't want to pay the current price for them. Although I might go back and get a Miraculous Ladybug figure or two, as coming to think about it, their price with the discount is great. Mom wants to see what they have, I think, or maybe just to see the store one last time out of sentimentality, so hopefully we can go again soon, maybe next week. Dang, I wonder why I didn't realize when I was there that I should probably get a Ladybug figure. I think I was so occupied with worry about the bag problem and debating what to do about the 87 TMNT merchandise I found.

Also, I looked at the toys they have on Clearance and they have some of that Baxter's Mutation Lab set for the 2012 series. It's on Clearance for $14. WTH. That was the standard retail price in other locations! And when they put it on Clearance, Wal-Mart had it as $4.99 and ShopKo for $7.99. I unfortunately didn't realize I needed the set to get the laptop in it until Wal-Mart no longer had it, but at least I got it at ShopKo. Good grief.

So here's the run-down of 87 TMNT stuff they had and my reactions:

- One of those bath poncho towel things with Raphael. At first I thought it was a regular towel and I might have got it, but then I saw what it really was. This poncho didn't even seem to have Raphael's face, unlike a Leonardo one I saw last year at Wal-Mart. Not interested.

- Some baby stuff, clothes mostly. Cute but I wanted something I'd have a use for.

- A pretty blue shirt in the wrong size and up on a bar advertising the graphic tees. (!!!) I kept wanting to get it down and see if it might possibly fit, but I couldn't, and then I realized it actually had holes in it. Gah. I wonder if those happened before it was up there and they decided, "We can't sell this. We'll use it to advertise instead!" A pity, as that was the shirt I liked best of the selection they had. There weren't any others of that style.

- A cute patriotic shirt saying "America: The Radical!" Naturally it's using Michelangelo's surfer talk and is meant to be positive. He and Leonardo are waving flags. I've considered it before and always decided against it because I can just imagine the confusion it would cause. I grew up believing "radical" was a positive word because of Michelangelo and it was only much later that I learned the standard meanings of the word. This time I determined to get it and carried it around for a long time before I finally opted once again to back out. I may still get it if we go back later. They had a lot, but only one in the size I know will fit.

- A shirt with them and their weapons proclaiming, "Cowabunga Dude!" I really liked the design of that one better, but the picture on the America shirt was applied better, so I really had a struggle. I also didn't like that this shirt cost more. In the end, I was worried about the bag problem and decided I needed to focus on that first because money has been so tight. More on that in a minute.

- A hat with Leonardo's face. I may still get this; they had a lot of them.

- A hat with all four. Unfortunately, it was dirty. I was very frustrated. I even took an antibacterial paper and tried to see if it would wipe off, and it didn't. I was grossed out.

- Some socks. I really need socks, but I want character ones really bad, and I can't seem to find character ones in normal sock sizes anymore. They're either knee-length or those "no-show" kind. These were no-show. I don't even get the fad. If you're buying awesome character socks, you want them to show! These wouldn't show unless I was wearing sandals. But I seriously considered them because they looked like they'd fit, and I may still get them. I don't know, though; I think I'd get cold and uncomfortable in no-show socks too. At least in spring and fall.

- A Donatello Pillow Pal. I'm not real fond of those; they're just odd to me since they're shaped like a square pillow when open.

I actually did look at bags. I looked at them before I looked at anything else. (No character ones, sadly.) But the cheapest one was more expensive than the messenger bag on Amazon. I decided that if Wal-Mart next-door didn't have a better back-to-school selection than our Wal-Mart (which is just getting started on the section), I would come home and order that messenger bag.

But ... the other Wal-Mart did have a better selection! And I found the perfect bag, and for the same price as the Cowabunga shirt! It's an 87 Turtles backpack, very busy, but squeee, I love it and it has multiple pouches! I found a bigger, mint-green backpack that I considered, but I decided I really didn't want to cart something that big on my back and I'd rather have the Turtles one. It's big enough for me! I am ecstatic.

So in the end, the trip was a success, but not for the reason I expected. Heh. But I am still considering some of the K-Mart stuff and I do hope to make at least one purchase, for old time's sake. I'm not absolutely gutted like I was about Borders (and still am), but I'm still pretty sad. (Maybe I'd be gutted if it was every location, but at least right now I can still know that the store still exists in some places.) I think I'll feel even worse at the holidays, because K-Mart was so great for both Halloween and Christmas. And if we go back when things are extremely bare, I'll probably feel really sad. Especially since Mom will likely comment on it and that will make it worse.

Sigh.

Jul. 5th, 2017 03:22 am
insaneladybug: (perry_hamilton)
Well, I think that was the most boring 4th of July I've ever spent, celebration-wise. We didn't even end up making it out for fireworks, although we saw a few that people were setting off nearby. The only thing we did was watch The Stars and Stripes Forever, which is fine, but I wanted more. Seems like our holidays are so blah these days. I can't help remembering when they were actually something to look forward to. For a while, we even did fun things on smaller holidays and I started looking forward to them for some of the only times in my life. Now I'm back to just being annoyed that mail doesn't deliver on them.

At least Saturday was fun. I had a $10 Build-a-Bear coupon that I wanted to use with my gift cards from Ladyamberjo and Dad finally agreed we could go. Turned out he took up more time going places than I did, LOL. I only made two stops, while he made about four. He was so worried about the gas money that I figured I couldn't ask for a pizza on the 4th since he'd agreed we could go out on Saturday. I got Starlight Glimmer and didn't have to pay anything out of pocket! I also have some left over on one of the cards for another trip.

Still don't know what to do about a bag, but I saw a Hello Kitty backpack at Toys R Us I really liked. I thought I should see what Wal-Mart would get in before I'd decide. They're starting to get stuff, but I didn't see any character bags I liked as much. I did, however, see a big, sturdy, adult backpack-type thing with five compartments for $22. I hadn't wanted to spend that much, and I'd wanted a character bag, but I liked that one so much that I'm seriously considering it now. Still like the thought of a messenger bag, though. If it wasn't for being worried about that seller's Amazon feedback, I would have bought his long ago, I think.

Dad only remembered on Monday that he was told our K-Mart is closing. Waaah. If he'd remembered on Saturday, we could have gone and looked at deals. Hopefully we'll still get to go. Maybe if they hadn't charged so much for things that Wal-Mart had cheaper, they wouldn't have had so much trouble getting stuff sold. ShopKo is the worst, though. I wonder if they'll be next. K-Mart's been in trouble for years, though, and now they've got Sears in trouble too, gah. I haven't heard that ShopKo is in any trouble. If we lose Sears, it will really be the end of an era. I don't want to lose K-Mart, though. When this one goes, the only others in the state won't be close by. Or maybe they're also among the 49 that are closing in this batch. My Scrooge McDuck figure came from K-Mart long ago. And I remember a cute clerk who gave us change so I could ride one of those animal rides outside the store. And I've got quite a lot of DVDs at K-Mart in the last several years. Sometimes I get toys when they go on Clearance and are then actually at good prices. I remember how exciting it was last year to be able to buy some of the Equestria Girls dolls I wanted! K-Mart has a lot of 87 TMNT shirts. I might want to get a couple if there's still any left. I wonder if things are just getting underway. The 49 stores are supposed to be closed by September, so maybe we haven't missed too much yet.

At least this past day was nice because I got to have some interesting conversations with friends and acquaintances. I had a conversation with a Baxter and Z fan on dA and ended up learning Baxter was actually in that bizarre Coming Out of Their Shells show. I'm going to check that out on YouTube in a little bit. Since I sometimes like things other people hate, I figure I'll start watching it and see if I like it. If I don't, I'll just skip to Baxter scenes.

Then somebody started reading one of my creepy Perry Mason stories. They seemed to like it alright at first, but by part 3 they seemed downright upset by it. They were commenting anonymously too, so I couldn't reply and say, "I hope you'll finish it out before you pass a final judgment." They were commenting every half-hour or so, but stopped after part 3. I don't know whether they got so upset they won't finish it or if they just went to bed and they'll finish it in the morning. I feel kind of bad if they got so upset they didn't want to finish it. It was definitely creepy-weird in a supernatural way, and it's true that there was something disturbing in part 3, but I meant for the story to be a fun read for people who like to be a little creeped out, not for it to upset anyone. And it does end well; the disturbing thing even turns out to have been an illusion cast by the ghosts. Eh. Of course, there's nothing I can do, but I hope they will finish it so at least they'll see I ended it nice and not just go away mad.

EDIT: Yay, they read the rest!

I really got on a roll with Turtles fics. After finishing the Freddy's send-up, I did one I've wanted to do for several weeks and wrote it largely in two writing sessions during a 12-hour period! It was one of the shorter stories, but still. Now inspiration has calmed down a bit again, though, and I'm puzzling over which one to do next. I started tinkering with one, but I'm not sure I want to do that one next. Oh well, I'm sure I'll figure it out soon. These slumps tend to only last a day or two and then I decide what I want.

Oh dear.

Jun. 30th, 2017 02:34 am
insaneladybug: (z)
I still haven't bought a new bag. Money's been tight and the red purse has been holding everything I need right now aside from the full-size notebook (and aside from any purchases I might make; I love that the messenger bags hold most purchases that I make so I don't have to carry shopping bags around). And ... I'm still in love with the Chibiusa drawstring bag. It's so impractical to think of getting that one, since I assume it only has the one compartment, and it's so frustrating. It's so happy and cute and it says what I want to say right now better than any of the other bags I've looked at. Dang it, I want it.

I have considered getting it to use as a purchase-holding bag. Or as a bag to take my Ghostbusters board game in when I walk to my friend's house (although I have a tote for that). I just ... really don't need this bag. And it costs most than the messenger bag. How do I make myself not want it....

And I watched Phantom of the Sewers the other day and decided I wanted to do a Five Nights at Freddy's-type fic with the Turtles characters. The episode gave me a perfect set-up for it! I had a rocky start getting it going, but that may have been partially because I wanted to write something squeeful that I also had an idea for. So I wrote a blurb that will go into a future fic. Once I got that out of my system, and figured out exactly how I wanted to work the Freddy's fic, I managed to get the Freddy's fic to flow. First draft is almost done now, aside from the epilogue stuff (and whatever I add in proofreads).

In preparing for the fic, I re-read the Freddy's parody I did with Ginger and Lou. I also ended up reading a couple of other short stories with them. I am honestly still pretty proud of all those fics. And I still think that I wrote them pretty accurately, if they ever were to reform. Ginger is such a wild card. And it was fun sometimes, being opinionated on topics through him that I probably wouldn't dare to be opinionated on as myself. Heh. Someday maybe I can write the rest of that second 100Songs set I was working through. I think I was close to being halfway done with it.

And random thought of the day: I don't think Baxter and Barney in my verse would be able to stand watching The Lion King, for obvious reasons. I think the brother problems would upset them too much, both because Barney was never as horrible as Scar and also because he would still be able to relate to some of Scar's bitterness and anger.

I have several songs that remind me of one or the other or both. I'm considering making a section on my website to list them all. Some were found by ThickerThanLove and some were found by me. I love them. And I've been practicing trying to sing some of them in-character. I already have recordings of a couple of them on my Sta.sh. They're sad ones, though, as they're sung by Baxter in fly form post-Revenge of the Fly, when he's lost Z and the fly has mostly completely eclipsed his humanity.

It's funny that I've been having the most difficult time doing voices for Baxter/Barney and for the Turtles. April/Irma/Vernon and Shredder/Krang/Z are pretty easy for me. But I think I've hit on the best voices I can for Baxter and Barney, so I may try recording some new clips and songs soon. Barney's voice is slightly higher pitched, as that seems to be the case in canon. (Although I imagine that he and Baxter can sound exactly like each other, if they choose.)
insaneladybug: (snakes)
So I had a weird dream about Nack the Weasel/Fang the Sniper. He was on some kind of case this weird person had hired him for, but I have no memory now of said case. Except everything kept going wrong and the client was super-aggravating and it ended with him basically bailing out, even if the only way to get away was to mail himself somewhere else while tied up. WTH. And the client commenting on how he was so annoying noisy, when she was the one who had been doing all the pointless talking. Weird, WEIRD dream.

It did make me remember how much I enjoyed the character, at least in the games. I still feel that the comics really played havoc with him. I did like Archie giving him a sister, but otherwise, eh, I didn't like Archie making him an idiot or Fleetway making him a traitor. I hated Archie's version of Triple Trouble so much, I didn't even want to keep it and I sold it to another Nack fan when she wanted it in spite of the portrayal. (Now I have the story again, though, because it was included in a graphic novel compilation with some other stories I wanted.) In the games, he's a jewel hunter (I think), but I don't recall that they even gave much of a description for him beyond that. Yet it seems like there was a sentence or two, at least, so I need to try to dig that up. But he snipes with a toy pop-gun, LOL. Yeah, a real dangerous fella. He's probably fairly harmless, unlike both comic portrayals.

I wrote a lot of stories for him back the day, mostly silly hurt/comfort ones. Then I tried a different approach for a Sonic X story that stalled. I don't think I care much for the latter approach now. Part of me would like someday to try a third approach, different from either of those and probably drawing more on the jewel hunter bit (maybe). And part of me still equates Snakes here with him in some way. (That is, in a positive way, similar to my fleshing out of Snakes, and not the selfish coward we see for a few minutes in canon.) Maybe I'll try to look for that official description from the games, if there is one, and ponder on this.

Then I woke up and found that someone new had Favorited me on FF.net, and they seem to like my FF7 stories. I looked through their Favorites, saw an intriguing one with Sephiroth being hurt when sane and protecting Genesis, and had to open it and start skimming through it. It was so, so good, and Genesis was portrayed a lot like Barney in it, anger-wise, and I remembered why I love sane Sephiroth. I Favorited it, and later I'll need to leave a review on it.

Also, the Turtles fic really took off! I figured out how to do the opening scene, it flowed, and then everything else flowed. I think the first draft is almost done now, save for the ending scenes. And then I'll probably add a little more here and there, as I usually do. I would estimate that it will probably go up early Tuesday, maybe, or later on Tuesday. Mondays are always very busy, so I might not have the chance to properly finish it then. But I might be able to get the first draft done tonight. We'll see.

Yesss!

Jun. 25th, 2017 03:13 am
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I wondered if there'd be any Equestria Girls stuff this year since there's the theatrical Pony movie coming out, and I was thrilled to learn of a three-episode mini-series in the summer! I desperately hoped that it wouldn't be like the camp movie, which is the only one of the movies I'm not crazy about.

The first episode aired in the U.S. this past day, and I am thrilled! It's back to the lovely formula of the first three movies: urban setting and the girls seem to be normal, i.e., no permanent powers like the camp movie made it look like they'd have! It was a great little slice-of-life story and it brought back some of the Crystal Prep girls, and in a much better way than I think the book handled them last year. If it wasn't that the Canterlot High girls were trying to raise money to repair the camp, I'd think that the mini-series happened instead of the camp movie.

Slightly torn now on my opinion of Sour Sweet, as she didn't seem to be much like herself once she started acting nice, as opposed to Sugarcoat, who was able to adapt her usual personality to being a nicer person. That would admittedly be hard to do with Sour Sweet, since her keynote trait is basically being two-faced and having a super bad attitude despite acting sweet to your face. I've been pondering on whether there would be a way for her to give her trademark two different opinions on things while being nice. I think that would be difficult to pull off, and probably in the end, it's better for her to get out of that rut ... even though then I'm not sure her name makes much sense anymore, LOL. But it was lovely to see the Crystal Prep girls finally shape up regardless, and I hope that if they appear further, more can be done with Sour Sweet. She is basically just genuinely sweet as a good guy and I could really get to like her that way. (And possibly further regret not getting that doll when Wal-Mart had her for $4. I didn't get her because I did not like her, and then when I thought maybe I should for that price, all the dolls of her had vanished, sigh.) Maybe part of me is having a hard time believing that she could have turned so completely around that she doesn't have that key personality trait or deep-seated bad attitude anymore, especially since we haven't focused much on her as a character to see what's really going on in her head, and my real issue with her now is waiting for the other shoe to drop. But I did really like how she and Rarity seemed to be hitting it off! That was nice to see.

Finished the crossover fic and have moved on to the fic it directly led into. I was so anxious to write the climax that I wrote it out first, LOL. Now I'm trying to go back and write the beginning, but part of me is torn still wanting to write some other scenes out of order. Maybe partially because I don't have as many ideas for the opening scene.... But very excited about this fic regardless!

... Yeah.

Jun. 22nd, 2017 04:46 am
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You know you're probably too obsessed with a character when you feel bad to kill a filthy fly to keep it from getting in the house as soon as the door's opened. But I killed it anyway, regardless of it reminding me of poor Baxter. I wasn't about to fight with a fly in the living room. I would have captured it alive if I could have and turned it loose elsewhere on the property, but I didn't have anything with me to enable me to catch it alive. And of course, I couldn't go through the door to get something or it would have got in. (I could have gone in and out through the garage way, but by then it might have gone into hiding and still popped out when someone tried to go through the front door....)

There's also a giant miller loose in the garage, where I couldn't get to it. Ugh. If that gets in the house, we will not be happy either. I hate moths....

And I've gotta say, as much as I hate humans turning into non-mutant animals, Bebop's line in Bye, Bye, Fly regarding Shredder is classic: "How come we have to take orders from an insect?!" ROTFLOL. It makes me think, of all things, of the utter preposterousness of a BAKED BEAN being the Big Bad in that Xiaolin Showdown cartoon. I always wondered why it had minions that agreed to help it. They must have either really respected it or they saw its plans were working and they'd get rich from it. But seriously, WTH. As much as I enjoy lighter things these days, that is still too out there for me.

Fiddling with the next story, which is a crossover between the 87 series and the 1990s movie verse. And worried about listing it as being for the 87 series since there some extensive flashbacks to things in the movie verse.... Such scenes are far longer and more detailed here than in the Platinum Dunes crossover. Of course, the 87 verse is still the "host" verse and the movie verse characters are guest-stars, but since there's scenes featuring just the movie verse characters, I worry. Still, there's not much else I can do since I can't list both of them like I can on AO3, and when picking one, it definitely seems like it should be 87 verse.

It's times like this when I realize how deeply affected I still am by that WWW reviewer who slammed me for making oneshot characters so important in those stories. Now I'm always worrying about doing something that will make the readers mad in every fandom. Ugh. I still do what I want, but I worry about it.

But on the plus side, FF.net agreed to add both Barney and Z as character choices! Squeee. I made immediate use of both of those options.

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