insaneladybug: (teamrocket)
14-15 years ago, I had a crush on James. Can't recall how it started, but I went after episodes that either featured him or had some form of hurt/comfort material or both. And of course, my few fics either had him getting in trouble or being the hero. Or both.

(I also recall that the fact of there being a talking cat was one of the first things that fascinated me about the show. I think I was tuning in waiting for YGO, caught some of Pokemon, and was intrigued by either Meowth alone or the whole group.)

I seem to have awakened all of that crushing stuff and hurt/comfort wants by rewatching episodes over the last couple of weeks. It's like no time has passed at all. I didn't think I'd still crush on someone who is now much younger than me (if he's 16-ish in canon, he's almost half my age), but I'm pouncing on those episodes and having a wrestle with myself over fics. I ended up doing a most cracky TMNT 87/Pokemon crossover and was rather shameless with the hurt/comfort in it. And I couldn't seem to shake the desire for hurt/comfort afterwards, so I drew a picture.

On Monday I saw Wal-Mart was overhauling their DVD section and Johto was gone. They also only had one of those 4 Pokemon movie sets. It wasn't the movies I especially longed for, but for $5 I decided to get it. I figured with four movies, there would surely be something I'd like. Earlier today I watched Pokemon 4Ever, which I was sure I'd seen years ago but absolutely did not remember at all so this was obviously my first viewing. I loved it in general and due to the very intense and heartbreaking and long-drawn-out hurt/comfort climax, I ended up with an insistent plunnie that became a long hurt/comfort blurb. Basic premise: I wanted to see James be heroic and apparently die and everyone mourn over him, since even in the second movie, I don't recall that anyone mourns Team Rocket despite not knowing they survived sacrificing themselves to save the world. I think the only time Team Rocket is thought dead and mourned is in Pokemon Shipwreck. Which is probably why it is still one of my favorite episodes. (Also, I am darkly amused that every time a Pokemon is told to bring something back, they bring back Team Rocket. LOL.) Now the blurb wants to be a fic. Help....

I really intended on writing at least two other TMNT fics for October, three if I could. But this fic has me sidetracked. I write a little more in the blurb and I think that's it and things will calm down, only they don't. In a bit I'm right back to wanting this to be a fic. So ... I guess it's going to be a fic.

I also have the urge to put a Joseph Campanella character in it. I had the most random thought recently of wondering what would happen if the characters stumbled on a church where the pastor had Pokemon helping out with the garden and the upkeep and such. This fic will have some definite religious themes and it would be a perfect place to insert such a thing at the beginning. I want to have Joseph's priest character from The Invaders appear. I should probably watch the episode again, but I'd like to start writing the scene anyway and then maybe I can find the episode and see it before it's time to post it.

I'm also helping my local friend at a book fair. We set it up this past day. And we get credits for helping out. I wasn't sure if I'd find anything I liked, but I was secretly hoping I would, maybe even some Pokemon novelizations. I used to love those. They had a lot of varied stuff and several things I was definitely interested in. One is cheaper on Amazon, but some others are about equal in price. I found a Pony storybook, something I've been looking for for years and have never seen. Amazon doesn't even seem to carry it. And there was a guidebook to the original 151 Pokemon that looked fun. Honestly, things seemed so much more simple where there were 151 and there was a core cast that didn't keep changing. I set those two things aside in case I could get them. Then, right before we left, I found a Pokemon novelization. Looks like it's the first couple of Alola episodes. I'm not crazy about some of the Alola stuff. Animation for Ash looks awful. And a Pokemon school makes me go "..." because I'm just not crazy about school concepts for the most part. (Or maybe shall we say unrealistic schools, because I seem to like realistic school settings, like in Equestria Girls.) But the novelization looked fun with a lot of Team Rocket scenes and some pictures and I added it to the stuff.

(Funny thing, I don't think it ever occurred to me to wonder before what kids in that series do about school....)

I'm working two shifts, the setting up and one while the sale is on, and my friend says we'll each get $5 for working two shifts. If we do four, we can get another $5. I don't know if I want to work two more for $5, especially since I'd rather not do it without her but earlier is better for her and later is better for me, and I'm so exhausted from today that I just don't see how I could do more than the other early shift I already had planned. But if I do later ones, I'd be doing them without her. And next week is the only time the fair's on and it's really not a good week for me to try to fit a bunch of shifts in. And just for $5 ... it doesn't seem worth it. Now, if we get $5 for each shift, making $20 total for four shifts, I would totally do it. I received a gift certificate for $5 for this past day, but I don't know if that's because they're counting the other shift I'm signed up for, or if the certificate is for both of us, or what. Only my name is on it, so I figured my friend got her own. I really need to ask the person in charge or something to confirm about the money. It's possible my friend understood it wrong and it is $5 per person per shift. She thought it would only be $5 for two shifts because ... I think because I'm a volunteer she recruited to work with her and she's on the PTA and I'm not, or something like that. Maybe it is, but since I got the certificate for $5, I'm confused. I should have asked something then, but I was too exhausted to think. I didn't get much sleep before I went. I had trouble going to sleep when I hadn't been up long, and then I woke up sooner than I needed to. Uggggh.

I want all three of the books I turned up. The $5 credit for two shifts would cover the novelization. But I can't pay full-price for both of the others, so either I have to choose just one to pay full-price for (and it should probably be the Pony one, since it's rarer) or I have to decide to work more shifts and get most of the cost covered for all books. Only if it really is $10 for four shifts, I just don't feel I can spare the time for that much work and so little credits. And the Pokemon guidebook is on Amazon, so there's that. Although I don't know if I'd try to get it ahead of other things if it wasn't a setting other than this book fair, where it's right under my nose.

It's so funny that I'm a grown woman and the section I was most thrilled with at the book fair was the kindergarten to 3rd grade section. My friend or someone else there was mentioning there was a table with grown-up books and I looked at it, but nothing on it really excited me much except cookbooks that I couldn't afford. I also was mostly "eh" at the Middle Readers section. But Ponies and Pokemon ... fun and affordable stuff. They also had some Nick Turtles markers with character toppers, but they're $4 a pop. Eeek. I don't think so. I'd rather have a book. Of course, if it was 87 Turtles and they actually had a human Baxter one, I'd be all over it.

One fun thing about being into something like Pokemon is that there's always some kind of merchandise around. And when I like Pikachu, that makes it even better. He's probably my second favorite Pokemon after Meowth. Naturally cats would be tops with me. I also really like Umbreon. Always have. And Eevie. And Vulpix/Ninetales. And Goldeen. And Articuno. I kind of want that Pikachu plushie Build-a-Bear has, if they still have it in-store. I can't recall if I saw it there or not. I always wanted a Pikachu plush, even before I started watching the show. Can't recall why I never got one. Build-a-Bear just released Vulpix, but I'm not so crazy about the way they did the tails. It looks like they're all on one flat piece of material, sigh. The tails are the most beautiful feature, so that was disappointing.

Hmm....

Oct. 8th, 2017 02:49 am
insaneladybug: (sailormercury)
Actually, after watching Scare in the Air, I'm back to not being so sure that my original story concept of Giovanni trying to kill James is so far-fetched. In that episode, unless the dialogue is different in Japanese, he sounds like he's deliberately sending Jessie, James, and Meowth out in a rickety blimp hoping they won't come back. Eeeek! Maybe I won't ever do anything with revising the story at all, especially if I keep flipping back and forth on that key angle. We'll see.

We had a very nice family outing. One of my nephews was getting baptized. (We believe in baptizing when the kids are old enough to decide for themselves, instead of doing it when they're babies.) He was really cute and very appreciative of the gift and card we had for him. He exclaimed "The letter is the best thing!" and was thrilled that the card's picture had a cat. They have two Russian Blue twins. I saw one of them and he said Meow when he was petted. I wanted to pet him, but by the time I finished eating, he had wandered somewhere in the yard and I couldn't find him. And my brother who owns the cats told us that they're always leaving "presents" by the door. He told a horror story of one time when one of them brought a mouse into the house that wasn't quite dead and they spent three weeks trying to find the thing and being all tense not wanting to take their shoes off with it running around. And then finally he heard the sound of it getting caught in the trap. Relief at last! I do feel sad for mice being caught in killing traps, but not so sad that I don't want to use them. It is horrible having them loose in the house!

They had these yummy big sandwiches with cheeeese, same as the last time we were out there, and I was delighted. They also had some kind of pasta salad that was great and some brownies and other desserts. And lemonade and ice water. I think it must have been powdered lemonade that's mixed up, because I like that but don't really like fresh lemonade because it's pulpy. Once everyone had their fill, I absconded with some leftovers. Good thing I did, as I got hungry before we got home and ate them all.

Another one of my brothers, the one who lives here in town, gave me $20 as a birthday present! Squeeee. That meant I could definitely get two figures! I had been waffling on whether I could, yet really wanting to because of the prices.

I got Chibi Moon, as planned, and then I saw Tuxedo Mask. He wasn't at the closer store. I hadn't planned to get him unless I already had Sailor Moon, but since he's the only male character in the line, he fascinated me. But I debated a long time between him and Pluto. I finally chose him, since I have a Pluto doll and since the Pluto figure is at the closer store. It seemed more logical to get ones I don't have closer access to. Not that I get to the local store much, but I may have another chance at it this month. Not sure, though. And my only other choices at that store we were at today would have been Mars, Super Sailor Moon, or Sailor V. Mars is my least favorite Senshi, so I'm not terribly enthusiastic about getting her ahead of other characters. I have Venus and don't feel the need for V as well, and as mentioned, I'd rather have the Sailor Moon release that comes with Luna. But I might end up getting Super Sailor Moon anyway, because of the price and because now I need to complete the Moon family!

Before we found that Barnes and Noble, there were sad times. We tried to go to a Toys R Us on the west side of the valley and couldn't find it. Finally things looked familiar to me and I saw where it had been. It's gone. The people in a local bookstore told us and then we saw the empty space. They're going to put up some stupid parking lot or something, I think they said. So that's two of my childhood Toys R Uses gone. I'd really be crushed if I still lived up there! It's sad enough just knowing they're gone. I was at that Toys R Us just last year, I think.

Then we couldn't find the Barnes and Noble because the address wasn't informative enough. We had to go ask some girls in a Metro PCS store and then backtrack, as we'd gone the wrong direction. But getting to the store was worth it, as recorded above.

And there was another reason it was worth it. There was a party store in that shopping center. Party stores always have tons of Halloween stuff, and cheaper than official Halloween stores. I went in and looked around. I found a lab coat! It was a little pricier than I wanted, but about the price I'd figured I'd have to pay for one. I couldn't find a wig, though. They were either an okay style but the wrong color or vice versa. But I was ecstatic to find the coat!

There's only one Toys R Us left in the valley now. Dad said we could go to it even though it would require a bit of backtracking. It was nice to see it, but sad too. It had a few things the closer one doesn't have, but overall, the product selection was either the same or worse than ours. And no Miraculous Ladybug dolls at all. It makes me remember my childhood and the three Toys R Uses in the valley and how nice it was to be able to have those different options to go to depending on where we were at the time. The one up East is probably the one I'm most deeply sentimental about, but I love them all. The one West is the one we went to a lot when I was watching YGO in first-run. We'd go get milk at a dairy out there every couple of weeks, drive through a local cemetery and get creeped out, and go to that Toys R Us. I think that was where I got my Team Rocket stickers (and failed to get the gift bag). The one remaining one, in the center yet farther South, is the one I probably got to visit the least, since it was the farthest away.

ShopKo is still across the street from it. So is a Halloween store. I tried the Halloween store for the wig and found the prices more frightening than anything in the store. The wigs that the party store had had too were double the cost in the Halloween store! There were also wigs unique to the Halloween store that were even more expensive. Then I tried ShopKo ... and I found something. It's blond, but it's wild, and a better option than anything else I've turned up. Best of all, they were running a weekend sale and it was 65% off! Plus I had my coupon and was allowed to take off an extra 20%! I got a $25 wig for $6.99! You can't beat that! And with the original price, one hopes it's a good wig. Most people see Baxter with blond hair anyway. It's not fluffy, unfortunately, but I'm not sure they even make fluffy wild wigs.

So now I'm all set! I can play Baxter after all! **dances.**

Then we drove mostly home, stopped to get some vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise) at a health store and picked up a free popcorn sample they have on Saturdays. Yuuum. I only got three and a half hours of sleep and thought sure I'd crash for a nap, but instead I've been wide awake. I'm wearing down now, though, I think, and I want to save the deboxing of figures until I've slept.

But yes, a great day and a great outing! I probably spent a little more than I should have, but that gift money sure helped!
insaneladybug: (z)
Thanks to circumstances out of my control, I was, as I feared, not able to do my shopping thing on my birthday. And I wasn't able to celebrate at all until late in the day. But I got some awesome things, including the Orange Islands set and The Loner, which actually isn't as much of a downer show as I was led to believe. It's great so far! I'm so glad I decided to ask for it. I only did because Dad initially couldn't find the Pokemon set, as the clerk and the computer system were both inefficient.

I finally got to do the shopping thing this past night, whereupon I got the bat and also the second Sailor V manga. I also discovered that Barnes and Noble is clearancing most of the first line of Sailor Moon Figuarts figures for 50%! They didn't have the ones I wanted most, unfortunately, and none of them seem to have Mercury, alas. But Chibi Moon seems to be around at some stores up North, and I just so happen to have another chance to go up that way this weekend! So I may get her, and if I do, I may pick up another character while I'm at it because these prices are incredible. There won't be another chance to get them this low, I imagine. Once they disappear from physical stores, the prices will probably only go up.

My Venus is gorgeous, by the way. I changed her expression to the perky one and she's so cute! I have her holding Artemis. I could get Super Sailor Moon among these clearance ones, but I'd rather have the original Sailor Moon who comes with Luna. I don't think Super Sailor Moon does. I couldn't seem to see a Luna in the package. I will probably keep a look-out for the original Sailor Moon on Saturday. I also may try to find Jupiter, as she seems to be hard to get. I'm sure I saw one at this Barnes and Noble before, so she was apparently already bought when they went on clearance. Neptune and Saturn I don't think I've ever seen in the wild.

I've had some oddball things happen, like not being able to get the birthday coupon from Build-a-Bear yet. At first the lady on the phone didn't know what I was talking about. Then I got sent an expired coupon. When I asked, the lady on the email was chagrined that she'd sent an expired one and said they didn't have any for the current month yet. WTH. She'd send one when they come in. But I decided I should get the bat tonight, in case she'd sell out or the coupon would only come when I wouldn't have a chance to go or something. I think I made the right choice. I had a little more remaining on the gift card than I thought, so that was awesome. And there were only four of her in the bin! Yikes! I was told they would restock, though. But I'm glad I got her. She's even more incredible in person! I'm going to put her next to Milly and they can be best buds.

Another oddball thing is that the seller I messaged asking about the unsealed box doesn't seem to have answered. That's the third seller in a row who hasn't answered an eBay message from me. That seems too weird, so I wonder if the problem is on my end. But there is a place at eBay for messages from members, so even if the email copy didn't come through, it seems like I'd find the messages there if they replied. So bizarre. Why are sellers suddenly not responding to me?!

While at Barnes and Noble, I slightly debated returning the manga to get a figure instead, but I really want a figure in addition to the manga. I've been wanting the other Sailor V volume for years and this was a great time to buy. For some reason, Barnes and Noble is doing 10% off all book buys until the 23rd! Very unusual! That said, if I'd found the figures on clearance before I bought the manga, I might not have bought it. But once I did, I didn't want to return it. The figures on clearance, ironically, were over where Dad was waiting, the one place I hadn't thought to check for clearance stuff. So after I bought the manga and Mom and I were going to get him, suddenly I saw them and we were there a while longer.

I really wanted to buy something at Toys R Us and give them business, but I just couldn't find anything I wanted that much. The one thing I might have bought, a Miraculous Ladybug doll, was part of a BOGO 50% off sale, only there weren't any other characters left that I could include, save for the expensive two-doll pack that I can't get right now. So maybe I'll check another Toys R Us on Saturday. I could have just bought the one doll by herself, but I felt I'd rather see if I could find two at another store and then decide whether to buy. I might not because of the Sailor Moon figure sale.

It was really sad being there. Their plushie section has seriously dwindled. Unless it's moving elsewhere in the store, there weren't any FAO Schwartz plushies anymore. No Maine Coon cat. There isn't even a Sonic section! I found one lonely Knuckles plushie and nothing else. And they've reduced their Turtles section. And of what's still there, no new 87 keychains beyond what was there before. And all Mega Construx Turtles stuff is being clearanced out. So sad. Of course, the latter isn't a Toys R Us problem but something Mega Construx is doing all over. I think the Mutagen Canisters are not clearancing out, but regardless, Toys R Us didn't have any. Sad. I still need to pick up another Baxter to make into Barney for my dA friend, and I wonder if I should get a second one to have on hand here in case someone else wants one and they do clearance out and disappear. I don't know, though; all Wal-Marts other than mine seem to be stocked pretty good on the Canisters right now. Seriously, though, Toys R Us getting rid of stuff like the FAO Schwartz plushies and reducing what's available to buy doesn't seem like a good move when they're already in financial trouble. They should hang onto their merchandise unless they find they have to get rid of it. And I always wanted that Maine Coon, but there was rarely ever a sale. If I see it at another Toys R Us, maybe I should get it.

Before I went out, I debated things to get at Barnes and Noble and another thing I considered was that Leonardo and Mousers set. That was the only place I've ever seen it, but now it wasn't there anymore. But eh, it's a little cheaper on Amazon anyway. Also, the Technodrome set is down to $104 on Amazon! Still more than I want to spend on one toy, but that is awesome! I wish the Splinter would be available some other way, though, because I'm afraid I'll never get to have him.

I've been enjoying the Pokemon episodes, watching old favorites and seeing others I don't remember or never actually saw. I think Pikachu Re-Volts is my new favorite episode, heh. I try to avoid rewatches until I've gone through everything, but I might have to watch that one again soon anyway. I still like Holy Matrimony!, except for cringing at how Jessie and Meowth kept trying to force James to go home and marry against his will. I loved when he finally had enough and yelled at them! But it's not the episode with James talking about the marble house. I wonder what episode that was.

Misty hasn't frightened me with her temper yet, but I'm sure she will soon. In the episodes I've seen so far, though, she was in the right to be frustrated or angry. I love when she exclaims, "James is right here!" when everybody starts bawling at the Little Match Girl story James starts telling with himself in the role. LOL. And Ash was being a jerk in The Ghost of Maiden's Peak and insulting her, and he and Brock were both being a little annoying in The Purr-fect Hero. That said, a paper fan shouldn't hurt and it looked like it hurt, so I don't like them making it look like Misty hurt them when there's no logical reason why that would have hurt.

I'm still considering updating my old fic, but I'm thinking I would probably leave the original up. Someone was actually reading it yesterday. And liking it, incredibly. I think I might call the new version Dead and Alive: Director's Cut or some such, because if I leave the old one up, I need some way of identifying the new one as being connected with it.

I also got an intense Turtles plunnie after reading a series of blurbs a friend has been showing me. I immediately wrote a blurb, love it, and want to write a full-length fic. But the bat one is supposed to be next and I've already made a dent in it. It doesn't absolutely have to be next, though, so I wonder if I may write back and forth on the two fics at once and whichever one is done first will go up next. My attention is wavering again. As much as I like to write slice-of-life or humorous fics as breaks, it doesn't take long and I'm anxious to do more character-developing intense stuff and squee again.

Yesss!

Sep. 30th, 2017 07:00 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_tragg)
Venus arrived today and she's gorgeous! I won't open her until Tuesday, but it's awesome she's here! I put her with the Pokemon DVDs in the closet for now. I'll have fun deboxing and watching new stuff come Tuesday.

I found a couple of interesting Chibiusa listings and contacted the seller about one that's new, but the seal is broken. Wondering if he knows why it's broken. Then a sealed one is only two dollars more. So I'm contemplating one of those. Both are cheaper than the Mercury. And since she's smaller, I totally approve of her costing less.

Pondering on that quiz I've been fiddling with for Baxter and Barney. It's originally an OC quiz, but I just had no interest in talking about OCs, so I modified it to use it for characters I wanted to talk about. My dA friend enjoyed reading the Baxter one (I still haven't posted the Barney one), but said he was disappointed not to learn about an OC. That honestly amazed me, LOL. I do find it idly interesting to see the characters people come up with, but I would much rather read about their interpretation of canon characters, unless I seriously disagree with their interpretation. For me, canon characters are always more interesting than OCs. I have no loyalty to or interest in someone's OCs like I do with characters I've been journeying with in favorite shows. I read fanfics to see the canon characters getting into new adventures, not to meet someone's OCs. Anyway, so because of my own feelings, I find it interesting that someone would actually be interested in someone else's OCs that much. Especially when all he's seen of any of my OCs are a couple of pictures of two of them interacting with Baxter. I thought I should try doing the quiz with an OC since he's actually interested, but I haven't thought out all the little details about my OCs like I have my interpretations of canon characters. So I wonder how far I'd even get trying to take it for an OC. LOL. It's a fairly long quiz and my heart might not be in it if I use an OC.

Something to think about....
insaneladybug: (hamilton_cup)
Well, this time a bidding war happened. Last I knew, the Mercury figure had reached $89 plus shipping. WTH ... how do people get so carried away like that? It's especially outlandish in this case, because you can buy the genuine article for anywhere from $30-$40 on eBay and Amazon! The older releases' prices seem to be coming down in general. Right now I'm debating getting one at the lower end of that price spectrum, but I'm not sure since I was worried about spending too much money right now. I wish I'd tried to get that first one. I'd like to do the shopping spree before making a decision, but the listing for this $29.99 one will end before that. Bleh. Amazon does have her for $32 right now, only some reviews I read said that some people end up with bootleg figures when ordering from Amazon. Not encouraging.... Maybe that's just if it's third-party sellers, though. Hmm.

And I did look at the Sailor Moon fic last night. I found that some characters I seem to handle pretty well, like Nephrite and Naru. Kunzite and Ami came out pretty well too. At least, I hope Kunzite did. I'm pretty confident about Ami. And I think Usagi also. Maybe Makoto. But I seemed to have a difficult time with the others. I'd probably do better sticking with a niche like Nephrite/Naru instead of an ensemble fic, but I'm not sure how to do this storyline without it being ensemble. Not that I'll ever get it finished. And now I'm wanting to rewrite the Zoisite parts and have the character as female, since that's what I like best. Only when the story's been up all this time and people have Favorited it and such, they would probably really get riled by the change.

I'd forgotten my idea of Naru having lived a past life during the Silver Millennium time. I had it as her being from a Japanese village and she somehow met Nephrite and they became close, but then he got worried about Endymion and Serenity's relationship and started seeing Beryl about it and that caused a rift between him and Naru. Gah. I hadn't shown it yet, but I remember figuring she followed him up to the Moon Kingdom after he got brainwashed and the final battle happened and she was killed along with everyone else and sent to Earth for a second chance.

I think I did that both because I simply liked the concept and maybe I thought it added more credence to the pairing for them to have known each other before? (Or maybe more because I wanted to make it clear that Nephrite/Jupiter had never happened in my verse, LOL.) In canon, it definitely starts out as an ugly pairing and would continue to be so if not for Naru's feelings starting to change Nephrite. I think at first she was more in love with the idea of being in love, but by the end it was obvious that there was more to it. They would still have a lot to work through, of course, but I think they could do it.

I also recall that I was planning to have Zoisite go undercover as a teacher at the high school, LOL. Although the reason why he/she was going to do that was sad. S/he was revived with more Silver Millennium memories than Dark Kingdom ones and was devastated after regaining the memories of arranging Nephrite's murder and was running away. S/he wanted to go someplace where s/he hoped to make sense out of his/her life.

Kunzite was difficult to get a handle on, I remember. Especially since he was so dead-set on loyalty to the Dark Kingdom that he never blamed Beryl for killing Zoisite and refused to let Sailor Moon remove the brainwashing (according to the fic; it's been so long since I saw the episode that I don't remember that confrontation dialogue). I figured the only way to get him to ease up was for the brainwashing to be broken. I believe that was done with Zoisite's music; I might have to keep that concept after all, because it was so key. I had it that Kunzite didn't die, but teleported by accident to a mad scientist after being wounded. She kept him alive until after the events of StarS, when Neo-Queen Serenity revived Zoisite and Nephrite and Zoisite revived Kunzite from the coma with his/her music. Jadeite was never dead either. After the Eternal Sleep crystal broke, he revived.

On the TMNT front, I think I'm almost done with this nice slice-of-life. Still not sure what fic will be next. I wrote a blurb earlier and may follow it up later today. Not sure if they'll be put in a fic or not. I also spent time fiddling around with a character quiz and took it for Barney. I'd previously taken it for Baxter. Some of the answers were the same or similar for both. I posted the Baxter one on dA. Maybe I'll post the Barney one there too. I don't know, though, due to the similar answers on some questions.

Hmm.

Sep. 28th, 2017 11:47 pm
insaneladybug: (steve)
Now I'm kind of craving to look over my Sailor Moon fic. I'll probably do that later tonight. I was making good progress on it and then ended up stalling. I never really had a good idea for what the villain was after and such; the villain was an excuse to do awesome things like have all the Four Kings/Generals revived. I figured the situation had to be dire for something like that. Although now I'm thinking maybe not; maybe Neo-Queen Serenity just felt they deserved another chance, because I'd be going with the idea that they were Mamoru's protectors and such, and thus were good people who'd been given amnesia and brainwashed.

Another hiccup was that I decided to introduce a couple of elements I liked from the live-action series, namely, Zoisite playing magical music to try to bring back the others' memories and Venus coming down sick with something serious. The former I hoped would help me like anime Zoisite better. The latter, mainly because I wanted Venus to be telling Kunzite how valuable and important life is.

But ... I really don't think I like anime Zoisite playing music, and I don't think I want to make one of my favorite characters fatally ill (even though of course she'd be healed by the end).

Also, another hiccup was in trying to write Zoisite as a male. Every time I typed "he", it felt wrong. I watched some dub Sailor Moon tonight and honestly, I still like Zoisite as a female. The actress really made the character her own and I don't know how to ever see the character as male, at least in the anime version. But if I ever tried to write that, I'd probably bring the entire community down on my head in indignation.

Then just now I randomly thought of something in regards to the Sailor Saturn problem of being taken away from her father in the anime when the anime father seemed to be a nice man who had just got possessed. I wonder if anyone's ever tried shipping Professor Tomoe and Sailor Pluto? She definitely seems older than all the others, whether she is or isn't as old as time. (I'm still confused on that.) And somehow, the pairing sounds kind of intriguing and sweet.
insaneladybug: (sailormercury)
So I was hoping to get a $5 gift card for Toys R Us from a new survey company I joined over the summer. It's still unavailable, unfortunately. I wonder if that has something to do with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I figured that I should get whatever I was going to get now, in case it didn't deliver immediately because of the weekend. The Barnes and Noble one, the other one I was considering, was available this time, so I got it. And it did deliver immediately, squee! I have it printed out and in my bag, ready to go.

I was already kind of wanting to go to Barnes and Noble to look at their anime section, but now it will definitely be a place I'll want to go and I'll need to plan on possibly being there a bit longer if I have a hard time deciding what to get with the gift card. I don't know if I'll buy some anime thing or a book. Probably not DVDs because their prices are usually awful even with discounts. And Amazon usually has better manga prices. It's silly to even be thinking of this, especially if I get the Figuarts Mercury, but there are some cute mini-figures I was tempted by last time. I think they're only $10 and they had Mercury and Venus the last time I was there. I might get one of them. They're semi-chibi, but not the big head kind, so I found them kind of cute and appealing. And I am a sucker for merchandise of characters I love.

Other possibilities are a necklace of some kind. I think they had some with the girls' symbols and colors, so I could get Mercury or Venus of that.

We'll have to see. I really love their anime section.

(Pondering on my favorite Senshi to collect, I remember loving Mercury right away. She was always the one most like me, except that she loves math. Other things about her: shy, introverted, serious, logical, fit very well. And it didn't hurt that she's the blue one. :) I was thrilled about that! Venus I took some time warming up to, as I recall. She can be so ditzy and odd. I think things like the episode with her backstory helped a lot for me to like her and see her as more than a Sailor Moon clone. Actually, she was the original and Sailor Moon was the "clone", interestingly enough, so that's probably why they share some personality traits. Venus is also the October baby, so I feel a connection to her on that level too. Years ago, when they had those Sailor Senshi guides, I was able to get hers. I couldn't get Mercury's, or rather, I didn't want to, because it was badly damaged. Sniffle.)

I also have a 20% off coupon for ShopKo, which is more useful than the birthday emails they usually send. I seem to remember in past years that they sent "several dollars off a $50 purchase" emails and we hardly ever buy something that much at ShopKo. I'm thinking I want to try a ShopKo other than the closest one and see if their Halloween section is any better than here.

I have to admit, I also really wanted to go to F.Y.E. to see their anime and clearance sections. It's a little store, the mall one, but they manage to have a lot of fun things.

So now the list looks like this:

- F.Y.E.
- Build-a-Bear (with briefly peeking into two or three other stores near it)
- Toys R Us
- Barnes and Noble
- ShopKo
- Party store
- Target
- Little Caesar's
- Wal-Mart

Usually I have to trim the list way down because we don't get away in time to go everywhere. I'd probably drop F.Y.E. if I had to, since I'll be seeing Barnes and Noble's anime section. And the only reason I want to go to Target is for Halloween stuff, so if I find something somewhere else, I wouldn't especially want to go there.

I had kind of wanted to peek in T.J. Maxx to see if they have any Equestria Girls dolls, but that's definitely not as high a priority as everything else.

I usually list the times that things close when I make these lists. Toys R Us keeps changing their hours, though. By now I'm so confused I'm not sure what their current hours are. I think they may have gone back to 9:30, the way it used to be when I was a kid? They're about the only store I know to close on a half-hour.

All mall stores close at 9. I believe the party store does too. (And T.J. Maxx.) Barnes and Noble is 10, except on the weekends. ShopKo and Little Caesar's are also 10. Target is midnight, last I knew. Wal-Mart, of course, never closes. I think all our Wal-Marts are Supercenters, so that's awesome.

I also usually make a list of everything I'm hoping to get and the projected prices of such, but right now a lot of things are nebulous. I plan to get the bat at Build-a-Bear, unless I get so enamored by the Songbird Pony that I have to get her. I'd rather wait on her, though, especially since the bat will only be here through Halloween. And Songbird costs more. I was thinking today, though, that that's actually one of my aunt's nicknames for me, so I should definitely get Songbird at some point to have my "namesake." :)

Other than the bat and vague hopes of finding a wig and/or lab coat for Halloween, I don't have much in mind to get. Something anime at Barnes and Noble, probably. I kind of wanted to see if F.Y.E. has a Turtles hoodie that the bigger store had, but even if they have it for the same price, I might not get it. It's not practical, as I don't need a hoodie, and if I'm getting it for fun there's other things I'd probably rather have for fun. Must be careful with money.... Don't know what I might find at Toys R Us, but I definitely hope to find something so I can give them some business. Maybe something Pony, maybe Miraculous Ladybug, maybe TMNT or even Star Wars, Mario, or Sonic. Maybe even something like that F.A.O. Schwartz Maine Coone cat plushie if it's on sale. Still debating getting the Johto set at Wal-Mart, but since I have Indigo and I did finally tell Mom about the Orange Islands one, I'll have plenty of episodes to keep me busy for a while, so I might hold off on Johto. I wish I could find season 1 of Rockford, since it's the only one I'm missing. Squee, I remember how ecstatic I was the year I found season 4 at Target. I think that was the last year they had a lot of oldies TV shows.

I love that I have a little bit of a gift card I can use for the bat, as well as the birthday coupon I assume Build-a-Bear will send. All together, that would add up to almost half the cost of the bat. Then the $5 coupon for Barnes and Noble.... It's lovely when things like that enable one to not have to pay as much out of pocket!
insaneladybug: (schrank)
I didn't seem to want this to be part of that long real-life rant I just did, so I'm posting this separately.

I've been doing a slice-of-life story. It's very nice and peaceful and I really needed the break. But I wonder how much I should detail of what's happening at a party that happens in the story. I also wonder if, regardless, it's too sleepy for anyone but me and ThickerThanLove to enjoy. Part of me has considered doing a mini-conflict of foiling a bank robbery after the party, as weird robberies were alluded to a couple of times in the story, but really only so April would have a story she'd like to cover, rather than setting up a plot point.

Then I wonder what I'll want to write next. Usually I don't want to do two slice-of-lifes in a row. But the next time Shredder shows up, it's planned to be emotionally draining and heartbreaking and I'm not sure I'm ready for it. Part of me really wonders if I should have done that story with Michelangelo getting amnesia and being mind-controlled, because those are horrible things to do to someone so innocent and it set off quite a chain reaction in subsequent fics. One can't write a continuing storyline and not have repercussions when there's a really intense installment like that. But it's very difficult to ignore insistent plunnies.

To be honest, one part of me ... honestly doesn't want to do the planned thing with Shredder. But it would be very IC and it seems logical that he would do it. I think more, though, it's that when it's all planned, I don't like to disappoint the one who came up with the concept by not doing it. Of course, what I want should be the most important thing, but it gets complicated when part of me doesn't want it but the other part kind of does. I guess I want it, but I don't know that I want it to have the planned outcome, is the thing.

The original suggestion was for Shredder to be cruel and taunt Michelangelo and break him back down with his words, setting him back pretty much to where he was when they started the therapy with him. I didn't want that done, though, because it was too emotionally draining and I also figured the readers would feel like I was meanly toying with their emotions. I thought of maybe it shaking him up, but his loved ones rallying around him and getting him to cast off Shredder's words. Current concept is probably somewhere in the middle. But I don't know, instead of a setback at all, I like the idea more and more as I'm typing that Michelangelo's loved ones convince him to cast off Shredder's words and he goes back to face Shredder, instead of him being shaken to the point that there is still a setback, but not an all the way back to the beginning one. I guess I want to end this arc, but I think if I want to do this idea where Michelangelo is able to go back and face Shredder right then, I would probably need a longer passage of time between now and when Shredder shows up again.

Eh, I'll figure it out. Right now, the slice-of-life is so sleepy that it's moving very slowly writing it out. I haven't accomplished a great deal, as I've been rambling and ranting here. But I think I'm wrapping up the first draft soon. My favorite things about it are the conversations and the bits and pieces of what we learn about the characters along the way.

Hmm.

Sep. 27th, 2017 04:18 am
insaneladybug: (sailormercury)
Stuck the Mercury icon on Dreamwidth again. It still seems sadder than I wanted, yet it's such a lovely icon and it's the only Mercury one (or Sailor Moon-related one at all) that I have. So I'll try it and see if I want to keep it. I felt bad to remove the Wesley Lau icon to get it in. Maybe later I'll browse the mostly dead LJ comms and see if there's a cheerier Mercury or Venus icon that would suit my current desired DW journal decor better.

EDIT: Found one! This is much more like it.

It is interesting how I go back and forth on what I want. Even after finding the good deals on the Sailor Moon figures, I flipped back to the Equestria Girls dolls after seeing those sale prices. Yet then when they kept fluctuating, I got frustrated and waffled over whether to get them for sure or not. Then I went back to thoughts of the figures and decided I'd bid on the Venus one after all, especially if no one else tried to get her. It would have seemed such a shame if no one had bothered. Maybe the seller wouldn't have relisted and it was such an amazing deal. And I ended up paying $21.56 total for her, including the shipping, as compared to the $26 something I would have paid for the dolls. On the one hand, three dolls, but without much articulation. On the other, a highly detailed and articulated figure that usually retails for $44-$50. And even though I've liked Ponies most of my life, Equestria Girls has just been an interest for several years (since it came out). Sailor Moon has been an interest for about 15 years. Not that that's always what wins out, but in this case, it would seem that in the end, the figures at good prices excited me more than anything else, once I had enough time to think about it and not have to waffle over juggling products and prices and having to immediately make a decision. Once I made the decision to try to get Venus for sure, my mind firmly settled in on the figures being what I really wanted and I haven't been shaken from that and now I can't imagine getting something else instead of them at these prices.

And I guess I still kind of have the odd hope of finding the dolls in the wild on clearance or something. If I don't, I'm sure I'll be thinking hard about placing that order after my birthday. The figures, on the other hand, absolutely can't be found for prices like those in the wild and so should be snapped up. Still having hope of getting that Mercury. It looks hopeful now, but there could always be last-minute bid wars. I've watched that happen so many times on other products. So weird that it didn't happen on the auctions this past week.

Squeee!

Sep. 25th, 2017 03:51 am
insaneladybug: (Default)
I actually won the auction and got the Figuarts figure! It's Sailor Venus. I still can't believe no one else was interested in her when she's genuine and had a low starting bid. Oh well, their loss. The other one I was following was Mercury. There's another Mercury up from another seller, and depending on how things end up by auction's end, she might be less than the Mercury I didn't end up trying to get. I'll watch that auction too, although I know I probably shouldn't get anything else before my birthday.

Mercury and Venus and Chibi Moon seem to be the main characters I like to get merchandise of. Pluto and Saturn, too, but they're much more difficult to get hold of. Years ago, it took me ages to get hold of a boxed Irwin America Pluto (which I of course deboxed once getting her). And Saturn was out of the question even then, sigh. They're also among the more expensive Figuarts figures. The Inner Senshi, or at least my favorites of such, have been out longer and hence are starting to show up at better prices.

I have to admit, it's tempting to try to get them all now that I snagged one, and I imagine I'll keep checking for good prices on genuine ones. Most likely, I will only get my favorites (if that) and stop there, though.
insaneladybug: (z)
So, as people might expect from me by now, I still haven't bought those dolls. I want them, but I'm getting irritated that the price of the add-on one keeps increasing. It increased once shortly after I added her to my cart, and then the next day she had increased in price again! By now she really shouldn't be considered an add-on anymore. Since her low price was probably the main reason I was going to buy right then, the second price-raising, combined with the aggravation of online sales tax, made me decide to hold off for now. We'll see what happens after my birthday, I think.

Then there's another factor. I've wanted the Figuarts Sailor Moon figures since they first started coming out, but I wasn't willing or able to blow $50 on one figure. I check in on them every now and then, hoping for better prices. And I want to make sure I'm getting the genuine article and not a bootleg.

A couple of nights ago, frustrated with my hesitation to order the Everfree dolls, I started randomly browsing for Sailor Moon dolls and some neat listings for the Figuarts popped up too. One was a Buy It Now, but I wasn't impressed with the seller. The others were auctions, and I am impressed with the seller. I'm assuming they were listed low because the seller hoped a bid war would start. They're genuine, as I learned how to spot bootlegs. One already had a couple of bids. The other, incredibly, still does not. I happened upon things shortly before the first auction would end, and I considered trying to jump in and get the first figure. In the end, still conflicted, I didn't. Maybe I would have if I'd had more time to decide. I get really rattled when I have to decide something right away like that.

I think maybe I didn't jump in too because I was thinking if I won, I'd ask the seller if he'd combine shipping if I won the other auction as well, and part of me was thinking I wouldn't be able to afford two, even at the incredible price. But if I asked, I might for some reason end up getting the other regardless and spending more than I felt I should. And maybe I felt a little bad to take her away from the high bidder, heh. I don't like to do that and always feel a little bad to do it, even though I know all's fair in auctions. This last reason alone wouldn't have stopped me from bidding, however. It was mostly thinking a bid war would start and worrying about money. I do feel kind of sad for not trying to jump in and get her. I was worried too, I think, that an impulse bid might leave me with buyer's regret and I'd panic all over. For a product like this, maybe that wouldn't have happened, though.

Now the second one's auction will end soon and the lack of bids makes me want to give it a shot. Even with the shipping price, she would be way less than what I could get her for in a store. And since she is genuine, and one of my favorites, I feel like I want to and should try for her. I may not have a chance anyway, as bids could suddenly appear at the last moment, but I want to try. Oddly, the first one never got any more bids after that first two. I was stunned.

So ... I guess we'll see what happens. If I do get her, I'll probably save her for opening on my birthday, same as the DVD set. Like with Belle two years ago, saving for then feels like a challenge, and that if I break it, I'll be spoiling something for my birthday.

There is one other I'm considering too. She's a little more than these, but still way better then what I'd find in a store. Part of me says if I get one, I'll stop there. The other part says I'll only want the others even more after getting one. The latter is probably closer to the truth when it comes to something awesome like these.
insaneladybug: (Default)
So I think my main frustration with those dolls is that, at least for Sweetie Drops, I just don't like the Everfree release of her. The clothing she's wearing is so strange. I've never seen anyone other than a kid wearing something like that. At least, if I'm clearly seeing what she's wearing. The style isn't appealing to me at all. Not that I like everything the dolls I have are wearing, but Sweetie Drop's thing just really rubs me the wrong way. I also don't like that Lyra doesn't have bangs, but her clothes are pretty cool, so I'd probably be fine with either doll of her.

But I decided randomly to see what Amazon was charging for the Rainbow Rocks releases, because I previously thought it had been a lot, and it's not bad. They're around $10-11 each. More importantly, the Friendship Games dolls I wanted of Lemon Zest and Sunny Flare are wonderful prices. Sunny Flare is even an add-on item. I wish I'd known that earlier and I would have added her to the Pokemon DVD set. Not having known and just having discovered it today, I've been debating all day whether to do another Amazon order and get the dolls or not. I thought I had to already have $25 in the cart before adding an add-on, but when I tested things and added products, it looks like they'll let me get it if the add-on just barely pushes it to the $25 amount.

So now I'm considering that since I really wanted the Friendship Games dolls, and I like the Rainbow Rocks release of Sweetie Drops but either Lyra is okay, that maybe I'll do an order with three dolls, just barely pushing it to $25, and leave Lyra out of it for now. Then I'll decide what to do about her after my birthday. I want to make sure I have plenty of money for the shopping spree, so getting anything past the $25 limit doesn't seem like a good idea right now. Of course, it would probably be better to get nothing until after my birthday, and maybe I'll still decide that, but the problem is that the prices fluctuate so much that by then they might not be as good. The other problem is, what if I find the dolls somewhere on my birthday for a better deal, like at T.J. Maxx or something. However, I'm pretty sure they've moved past this doll line and probably are on Everfree, so it's highly unlikely that would happen.

I'm thinking I probably wouldn't do anything right now if it wasn't for the Friendship Games dolls. I really got excited to see them at good prices and I don't feel conflicted about this order like I felt about the Everfree doll order for weeks. Usually when I finally don't feel conflicted, I've finally hit on what I want (even though I'm prone to waffling about it after ordering many times). So unless I change my mind in the next bit, I'll probably try placing this order.

... On the other hand, while I'm not conflicted about wanting these dolls, I am conflicted about whether ordering them right now is the best option. I'm still trying to help with groceries, so there's that in addition to wanting to have money for the shopping spree. I've been getting steady work from a client on Textbroker, which has been epically awesome, but I don't know how long that will last and I'm trying to be pretty careful with money even though right now things are pretty good for me personally. So ... the debate goes on.
insaneladybug: (snakes)
So we've been watching a lot of Scarecrow and Mrs. King lately. It's actually a show Dad will watch and like, so we've all been enjoying it together and that's been really nice. It's a very sweet and suspenseful show, probably one of the last clean shows out there. I do prefer the other seasons over 1, which isn't unusual. Usually the first season is never my favorite for a show because it's so raw and the characters act different and aren't as close and such. That's how it is for both Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Knight Rider. And many others. (But season 1 is my favorite Pokemon season. Go figure.)

Anyway, so there's one episode in season 3 where Amanda is sick and Lee is on a mission with Francine. Apparently they used to team up a lot. I go back and forth on how I feel about Francine. Usually I like her, but sometimes she can be a little mean. Like in this episode, when she talks to Amanda on the phone and is gleefully telling her all the things she's missing out on and exaggerating what's happening, including her and Lee dancing and such. But then at the end of the episode she's all enthusiastic and talking about how much she enjoyed being on a case with Lee again "just like old times" and is hoping they can hang out and do something fun now that the case is over. But Lee is missing Amanda and seems to just want to get home to see her. Which is sweet, definitely, but Francine looked so down when she realized. Then she quietly and gracefully bowed out.

Honestly, I really felt for her there. Who hasn't been happy when things seemed like old times between themselves and an old friend? And who hasn't longed for that experience? I definitely felt sad to see Francine brushed aside by the writers there. That moment when you know you're not really that important to someone anymore, even if you've been fooling yourself otherwise, is such a first-rate bummer.

I also started watching some Knight Rider again. It feels good. But oy, I was so frustrated by a season 4 episode I tried. I know most people don't like season 4 or RC, and I actually like RC, but I was bummed when in this episode it seemed like he was taking the place of KITT in some ways. Like, he showed up to help Michael out of a jam, whereas in the past Michael would have just jumped in KITT and that would have been that. I don't remember RC taking the place of KITT in other season 4 episodes I saw, though, so maybe it was an isolated incident. But I must admit that I haven't liked any of the season 4 episodes I've seen, save for one where KITT is reprogrammed and goes berserk, but after seeing that done differently and more squeefully in season 1, I might not like the season 4 episode anymore. Yeah, I don't like season 1 so much either, since they usually insist that KITT doesn't have feelings even though he does, and yet my favorite episode is in season 1. Go figure.

Funny thing is, I think my favorite Knight Rider season is 2, which is probably the other one most people hate because there was a different technician for KITT. But I had no problems with her, honestly. I thought she and Bonnie were both just great. I would have been happy if they had both been around and maybe alternated episodes or something.

Season 3 is usually pretty nice too, though. I saw one yesterday that was pretty sweet. It included KITT helping a kid get excited about school. And season 3 had that episode where the girl kept trying to pose on KITT in skimpy outfits and he didn't like it at all and kept having to rout her away. LOL. It also has the Halloween episode, which was a lot of fun. I'll definitely want to watch it for the season.
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
So the DVD set arrived on time and it looks awesome! I think it's going to be hard not to open it and dig out some of my favorite episodes to watch, like the St. Anne ones and Holy Matrimony! (LOL.) I remember some of the utter nonsense in Pokemon episodes and I suppose it's not unlike how one must suspend disbelief to enjoy TMNT 87. Specifically, I'm snerking remembering those ridiculous "invisibility" outfits from Holy Matrimony! Also, one of my favorite lines is from that episode, when James describes a marble home: "It was like a mausoleum with bedrooms and bathrooms!" ROTFLOL.

I'm still debating whether to get the dolls. I want them, yet I worry that getting them may cancel out something else later that maybe I'd want more, so I keep waffling. The other side of the coin is that it may be my only other chance to get Lyra and Sweetie Drops dolls, and I had wanted them a couple of years ago when the first dolls of them came out.

And I'm just not sure what to ask for, for my birthday. The only thing I've seen locally that I might consider asking for is the Orange Islands set, and yet I still hesitate for a couple of reasons. One, Dad never was crazy about Pokemon. It seemed like he disliked it even more than the Turtles. But he did cave and get me some of those videos when the Dollar Tree had them. But that was years ago and maybe he's forgotten that and he'd only remember his dislike of the show. But more importantly, Two, I hate to ask for anything because one of those big expenses was supposed to be paid this month. I'd feel like a heel to add another expense. Honestly, if it wasn't for knowing that Mom will feel really sad if there isn't something they can get for me, I probably wouldn't ask for anything and would just plan to buy it all myself. There will already be the gas money expense of the shopping spree and it seems awful to even think of another one.

I guess that's another part of the appeal of maybe getting the dolls, that they would probably show up in time for my birthday too and they could be another gift to myself. LOL. If I just can't think of anything to ask for, I'd like for there to be some kind of presents for the day. But I don't really have room for them and I don't want to pay more attention to them than to my Turtles figures, even though that is highly unlikely of happening. And I also don't want to pay less attention to them than I should. I dunno; I've been pretty happy for months just focusing on Turtles stuff and haven't really wanted much else after getting hold of all the Mega Construx figures I could. But when the dolls were something I wanted and there may not be another chance ... sigh.

This is usually how it always goes, with most of what I want either existing online only or being things that I wouldn't want to ask for because of awkwardness and would rather get for myself. My parents don't really do the online shopping bit very much, so the online only stuff is pretty much out unless Dad just gives me the money and I get it myself, which doesn't really have birthday magic to it. Usually I end up having to swallow my misgivings and ask for something I was hesitant to ask for. Usually that works out okay after all. But I worry about that big expense and not wanting to add another, even a small expense....

YESSSS!

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:19 am
insaneladybug: (scofield)
After weeks, I'm finally out of the horrible Marble Zone in Sonic 1! **dances.** And as a demonstration of how awful that zone is, by comparison, when I got to Spring Hill Zone or whatever it's called, I got through the first two acts within a few minutes of arriving! I'm still in the third act and it's slightly annoying, but nothing like Marble Zone! Ugh, that zone was not fun at all. Whoever designed that zone must have been a sadist. All the lava pits and bats knocking you into lava pits when you finally thought you'd cleared them, and so many ways to fall down through the zone when it was almost complete....

I was seriously thinking of deleting the game and not even trying to finish it because Marble was giving me so much trouble. And yet I was really sure that eventually, somehow, I'd make it out. I am so glad I did. But unless I can unlock Tails or Knuckles and find new ways through that horrible place, I'm not going to want to replay the game because of that zone.

Planning my shopping spree itinerary for my birthday. I think Toys R Us will be the headlining place, of course. So hoping I can find something there I'll be able to buy. I must give them business! But I also want to get to Build-a-Bear and get that beautiful new bat, check our favorite decor store while we're there and probably peek in The Disney Store and Hallmark too. Then I plan to get to Target and I think I should visit the party store right around the corner from it. Either of them might possibly help with the costume pieces. I usually also like to go to Wal-Mart. And getting a pizza is a must.

Also pondering whether to get those Lyra and Sweetie Drops dolls after all. They sold out of the Fashion style Starlight before I made up my mind, but they still have the dolls. But ironically, I think that when I add up the cost, they're going to be ONE CENT short of free shipping. **repeated headdesk.** So I'm not sure about that, since I'd need to add something else to the order. I still kind of want a Team Rocket shirt instead, but there I have the problem that if I get the design I saw at F.Y.E., you can clearly see what Jessie is wearing and Dad would go through the ceiling if he saw me wearing the shirt. Then the other design has Meowth in front of her so you can't see how skimpy it is, but it has "Prepare for trouble and make it double" around the picture, and he'd probably try to read that and I'd end up having to explain that the characters are antagonists. Whee. Fun times. I still haven't had the courage to say that Baxter, Barney, and Z are antagonists in canon. To me they're not antagonists and I didn't make plushies of bad guys because I'm thinking of my verse (and also that in canon, Baxter started out trying to be honest and only went bad when he got unstable and later cracked up), but Dad wouldn't be thrilled, I'm sure. Anyway, I should just forget the Team Rocket shirt idea, but now that I know there really are shirts with them, it's awfully hard to make myself stop wanting one.

Ah well. Now, on to the first proofread of Electric Soul! I imagine there will be two or three proofreads overall.

...

Sep. 20th, 2017 05:51 am
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
The more time goes by, the more it sinks in that Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy. I can only hope that they won't go the way of Borders, but filing for Chapter 11 is time to worry. Chapter 7 would be time to grieve. If we actually lose Toys R Us, oh gosh. Heck, I cried to lose our K-Marts. To lose Toys R Us, oh brother, would there be waterworks. Waaaah, I don't want it to go.... I hope I'll be able to get some things there in the next couple of months. Maybe their performance during this holiday season will help determine what happens next.

I ended up looking at most of my Pokemon fics. They are ... very bad. Most of them are even worse than I thought. Definitely before I was told my stories were like scripts. Worse, the multi-chapter one made no sense, with Giovanni being behind the attempt to kill James. However, I seemed to realize that that made no sense, because in the follow-up I started and didn't finish, I said that another Giovanni turned up and said he was the real one and the one who'd tried to kill James was a fake.

And actually, that story had potential. I liked my ideas, even the Giovanni one if we go with the idea that it was a fake Giovanni. Honestly, I could totally overhaul that story and make it bigger and better. I am seriously considering trying it if watching the episodes seems to give me a good handle on the characters again. Maybe the fake one was trying to kill James both because he felt he was inefficient and because James saw something or heard something that could someday make him realize the guy was a fraud. And I did have a couple of dialogue gems that I would want to keep, probably word for word, in a new version. My favorite bit was after James fought the fake Giovanni to rescue Jessie and is laying hurt. Jessie runs to him and he says, "You're the girl from the cafe...." She says, "You don't remember who I am, do you?" And he says, "Yes, I do ... Jessie...." Then he passes out and there's a bit of hurt/comfort.

Next question would be whether to keep the old version up and have the new one so people could compare, or delete the old version and put up the new one in its place. The only other time I overhauled a fic so much I really needed a new file, I deleted the old fic altogether. From FF.net, that is. I'm pretty sure I still have the original file.

Meanwhile, Electric Soul is coming along very well and I am very pleased! It feels so good to finally be writing it.
insaneladybug: (fluttershy)
... Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy. At least it's Chapter 11 and not 7, so the stores are staying put for now, but maybe they'll start closing some eventually. And in any case, it seems like Chapter 11 is how it always starts. Borders filed for Chapter 11 and then folded within a couple of years. K-Mart filed for Chapter 11 and even though they're still hanging on, I don't have much hope for their continued survival. And now Sears is going down with them since they're one company following the Chapter 11.

Seriously, though, please no. It was horrible enough to lose Borders and to have the K-Marts leave the state. Toys R Us cannot fold!

So I did search for stuff about The Loner last night and I found a very nice and informative article on a Rod Serling website. It's pretty much what I thought it would be once I learned he was involved, mostly downer or bittersweet endings. But it does sound like a powerful series. I probably would want to see it for Lloyd Bridges, if nothing else, since Mike Hammer is honestly a pretty downer series but is worth watching for Darren McGavin. However, I don't think I would make buying The Loner a priority ahead of other things. I may ask for it, though.

And with my preoccupation over the Pokemon DVD set shipping and trying to decide what to do about the other DVD sets, naturally it was expected that I would have a Pokemon dream sooner or later. Naturally it also heavily involved Team Rocket, especially James and Meowth, but while awake, I can't seem to recall many of the details.

It did cause me to go on another nostalgia trip and try to figure out why I got interested in those characters. I was obsessed with them to the point of trying to get merchandise involving them, including some stickers, a magazine with a Men In Black parody poster, and videos with my favorite episodes. (I only managed to get one of my most favorites to own, although I have four tapes.) I also tried to get a cute gift bag Toys R Us had, but I missed that one. And I wanted a huge Meowth plush that was only $20 at Toys R Us. I remember holding it longingly on my 16th birthday. I was absolutely ecstatic when one of my aunts brought him later that night as a present! And let's not forget the time I tried to dress up as Jessie for Halloween. I still wish I'd played James instead, because my costume was really more his in every way except for the wig. (No way would I wear a midriff shirt or a short skirt!) Then more recently, my failure at getting the shirt F.Y.E. carried. And I never have managed to get any of the figure releases, although I've wanted to.

Then there were the few times I did get plunnied for Pokemon fics. I think the only ones I actually finished were the one deconstructing Ash always electrocuting them and blasting them off and one where James is thought dead and turns up running around with amnesia. Oh, and one where Team Rocket helps the kids when they get in life-threatening trouble. Then I had one where the trio tries to leave the Team Rocket organization after James witnesses a near-murder (which was a tie-in with a YGO fic I did, actually) and a random hurt/comfort one where he and Jessie got into an argument and he later ended up hurt. I haven't looked at them for many years. They're probably terrible now, LOL. I think they may have been written before I was told my stories looked script-like and needed more details.

Anyway, I honestly can't remember why I initially found them so compelling. I don't recall at all what the first Pokemon episode is that I watched. But perhaps whatever it was, Team Rocket did something interesting that made me want to know more about them. So I may have looked them up, decided they were intriguing, and promptly wanted to get episodes focusing on them. I do remember going after all the videos in the library that I could with interesting Team Rocket episodes.

I think why I find them interesting now is that they seem to be good deep down, no matter how they try to be bad, and I like their close friendship with each other. I did play on the shipping bandwagon for a time, but then I got turned off because of one fan's obsessiveness over insisting on the pairing. The more she insisted it should be, the more I balked with why it shouldn't be. Now I like it better as kept in a platonic light. Boy and girl friendships are too few and far in-between in media.

I am very eager for the DVD set to arrive. I do wonder if I'll be able to stick to my goal of saving it to get into until my birthday. I am so anxious to see some of my most favorites again.

It's been my week for oddball dreams, too. I also had a strange one involving Vincent getting into a fight with an evil Iron Man rip-off, which is just all kinds of WTH. I haven't even seen any of the films with that character, so the only inspiration could have been talking to someone who was mentioning the Marvel attractions at Walt Disney World and such. Anyway, Vincent came out on the losing end of the fight and was thought dead. Baxter and Barney later confronted Shredder about it, and I don't know what he had to do with it. Maybe he hired the weirdo. And then a technician from their father's company was examining Vincent and it looked like he was mostly okay; the technician said the damage had been 92% fixed.

So then I got in the mood for some more Vincent hurt/comfort and started finally writing the Electric Soul fic, which has been on the docket for months and kept getting pushed back. That idea was in place shortly after Barney's redemption, so way back in winter. And at last I was ready for it! It feels good to write it. I was able to use most of my original blurb in it, although some things had to be tweaked or changed to fit things as they are now. Probably now is the best time to write it, too, since there are supernatural themes and it's kind of Halloweeny.

Hmm.

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:34 pm
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So I read through an episode guide for Mary Tyler Moore in case I wanted to get that set tonight. A lot sounded fun, some I wasn't crazy about, and some I was indifferent to. There were enough I liked so that I would like to see the show sometime, but I decided against getting it right now.

I did end up deciding that if I do make mention of the characters or have extended cameos in the Turtles fics, I'm going to have it that it's post-series and the characters have reunited at a TV station in New York. Rhoda's already there, so maybe she hears of a job opening and calls Mary, and then there's several job openings and the rest come over as well. (And no, I'm not sure if I'm counting the Lou Grant series as canon and having this take place after that too.) Ted eventually would as well, even though as of the end of the series, he was the only one they kept on at the Minneapolis station. Maybe Channel 9 is being overhauled, since they've had problems in the stories, and they go to work there, LOL.

Tonight I saw The Loner there, for $9.96. I've been wanting to see that, mainly because it stars Lloyd Bridges. Hadn't remembered Rod Serling was involved with it, though, so I decided to try to find an episode guide. He could write some lovely scripts, but also some super depressing ones, so I'd like to find out if the episodes were usually downers or not before getting or asking for it.

WTH, mind.

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:16 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_shocked)
I had a dream today that crossed over Perry Mason and TMNT 87.

It involved the Perry characters Perry, Della, Paul, Andy, and maybe David Gideon (I'm not sure of the other person's identity) at a fancy dinner party hosted by a mad scientist. Also present were characters from TMNT 87. The Turtles, mainly, but I'm sure the Stockmans were there too, since it was my verse. Okay, that's a recipe for wackiness right there. But it gets worse.

Said mad scientist decides to apparently shrink Della. She's running around desperately trying to get someone's attention and finally makes contact with Andy. He can't believe this is real (who would?), and when he's finally convinced, he's so shocked and horrified that he faints. Yeah, I don't think so. Perry and Paul have to drag him to a couch and then deal with their own shock.

Most of the rest of the dream involved the characters trying to find the laboratory and reverse what happened. And in the middle of all this, Shredder shows up to fight the Turtles right at the party.

The dream is totally wacked-out, no question of that. And while I am certainly no stranger to writing weird Perry stories, I don't do shrinking stories. As I've mentioned, it's one trope I seriously dislike. So if I ever do decide to do something with it, it would have to be something like, the mad scientist kidnaps Della and has her locked in the lab while he sends out a miniature android to try to fool people into thinking he can shrink people in the hopes of forcing them to comply with his ultimatum (whatever that is). And even at that, it's seriously off-the-wall for any Perry story. So much so that I doubt I dare write it. I might instead modify it to be a Turtles story alone and have April as the one kidnapped.

Or I might do nothing with it, because seriously, W.T.H.

Bleh....

Sep. 17th, 2017 05:23 am
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Finally got the Z icon I've been using on Dreamwidth over to LJ too. But that only worked because I removed the Mannix icon, thinking it would still be represented on my LJ header. And the header is gone. Why is it gone? I thought it was Photobucket's fault, but when I went to try to fix it under Customize Journal Style, I couldn't even see any place to input a header URL, just a background image URL. **repeated headdesk.** What's going on.... Did LJ remove my layout's ability to have a header overnight? I've looked everywhere and I don't find anything helpful or any place to input the URL.

... Oh. Nevermind, I finally fixed it. Forgot I had to use Custom CSS to have a header. It was Photobucket's fault. Once I replaced the URL in that section, it worked. Yay!

So I'm working on the current story and it's come out well, except that I think it moved faster than I intended and it has even less details than usual. The ones meant to be lighter seem to be especially lax on details. I figure I'll try sleeping on it and then see how I feel when I wake up.

It puzzles me because originally I had intended for it to be lighter/funnier and instead it ended up taking another path that made it darker/more intense, yet the mostly-dialogue way it went is more like the way it would have been as a lighter story. I feel like I need to slow it down/lengthen it somehow. If it's going to be more intense, I think it needs either more details or more meatier conversations in places. I don't know; the story decided to come out a certain way and I'm not certain I can change it, yet it's way shorter than I'd wanted and so dialogue-heavy. It's driving me nuts! And yet I like what I have. I just want more of it. I am so conflicted.

Good thing I already planned my Indigo Pokemon set would be my birthday Amazon order. That makes me a little less impatient about the fact that they still haven't shipped it. Looks like it's going to be one of those times where it takes five days or more to ship. At least when that happens, they usually rush the shipping so it comes in around three days instead of a week.

One thing I didn't mention was that at Wal-Mart this past Monday, I saw they had the Orange Islands and Johto Journeys sets. I strongly considered getting the Orange Islands one, as it was listed as only $9.97! Then I decided maybe I should come home and check Amazon's price and see an episode guide first or something, as I didn't think I'd seen many of the Orange Island episodes. When I came home and looked, I found the Indigo set and decided I wanted to use my gift card on that. With the gift card, the price I'd have to pay out of pocket would be around the same price I would have paid for Orange Islands at Wal-Mart. I also saw that Amazon is charging $19.99 for the Orange Island set. I wonder a bit if Wal-Mart's price is a typo!

I'm trying to remember when Pokemon went downhill for me. I know Advanced or thereabouts was when I called it quits because I just couldn't take the extreme dumbing down of Team Rocket, but it seems like the pattern started in Master Quest. So I believe I really only fully liked the first four seasons. Not quite sure about Master Quest, though. It was so long ago. But it does seem like that's when it started, and when Advanced started I wasn't sure whether to even try it, and then I did and soon got bent out of shape. I liked May because Misty's temper always scared me, and I did like at least one Team Rocket episode, I think, the one where they had to let their long-standing Pokemon go in order to save them (if I'm remembering right?), but aside from that, I just couldn't take their characterization that season. I have heard they get better in other seasons. I probably would have kept trying it now and then if not for the voice actor changes and the show leaving Kids WB (and my easy access).

Since I'm still unsure what to ask for for my birthday, I'm considering asking for the Orange Island set. And I'm considering buying the Johto Journeys set, probably on the birthday shopping spree, but maybe the day before, when we get groceries. I've had a long-standing debate over whether to get this set Wal-Mart has of the first four Mary Tyler Moore seasons for $19.99. Epic price for sure! I haven't seen much of the show, but I like it, and I thought it might give me some plunnies for stories about the Channel 6 crew. But if it's a debate between that or a show I already like to the point of being a fan, the show I'm a fan of will probably win.

Of course, who knows. I might get both or neither. I've also considered The Munsters set. I used to watch it when it aired on Channel 14 many years ago. I thought it was adorable and I liked it way better than The Addams Family. The Addams Family was always more popular, maybe because it originated in comic strips years before, but probably because it was much more macabre, creepy-weird, and filled with black humor. The Munsters was more like a cute domestic comedy where the family just so happened to be Halloween monsters, which suits my tastes much better.

I did ponder some time back on how it seems like the Channel 6 crew have approximate character parallels with Mary Tyler Moore characters, LOL.

April and Mary
Burne and Lou
Vernon and Ted
Irma and Rhoda

Of course, the guys' parallels seem closest. But I think all those characters would probably get along very well with each other, for the most part. (Either that or some might repel each other; I could see Vernon and Ted either being friends or repelling each other because they're too much alike, LOL. Although I think Vernon doesn't seem as clueless as Ted. And Ted seems like a nicer guy.) Mary and Rhoda are more mature than April and Irma, I think, but they could potentially still get along. If I do get the set and see a lot of the show, a crossover probably isn't out of the question. Or at least some extended cameos.

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