Dolphins!

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:58 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
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Doll-finzzzz~! I'm giving the image hosting site Imgur a try at a friend's recommendation, after ranting hardcore at them about Photobucket being a butt. (Dreamwidth, I love you, and I am 100% going to store more images here and love it, especially for accessibility, but you currently don't have the image organization tools that I require. I have well over five hundred pictures of crocheted things alone, and don't care to try and sort through all of them every time I want to get to a Dreamsheep icon, for example.)

Anyway, these are all of the dolphins I've made so far for ICON, the local SFF con, one of whose staff members commissioned me to make a little somethin' for the Con Benefactor bags. They only need seventeen, but I'm like, why stop there? So I'm currently up to twenty-six, and there's still another week-and-a-half before the con for me to make more.

Lots of colors were specifically requested, or I probably (definitely) would've gone with all pale blue/periwinkle/gray/vaguely-real-dolphin-color-ish. (The color of the four light-blue-ish dolphins in the top of the picture is listed as "lavender" on the yarn. I mean, it looks a lot more blue-ish to me, but there's something like a 25-50% chance I'm a carrier for red/green colorblindness, so.) I think I'm kinda glad for that request, because it's actually made using the same pattern over and over again less boring :P I love how naturally the yarn tends to stripe, too.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
I've finally found it: The perfect pun to use for romantic orientations in my Potions collection!

Roman-tonic :D

I gave serious thought to just adding "oil" to the end of romantic orientations, but it just didn't sit right with me. I'm definitely glad I gave myself the time to find something else.

Now I just gotta find something good and punny for gender identities. Gender Fluid and Genderflux Capacitor only cover two identities, and there's a lot more out there to think about.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
Having realized because of a fic that I spend a lot of time cheating at/faking eye contact, I have come to the conclusion that I would probably recognize faces better if I spent more time actually looking at them.

The things you inadvertently learn/figure out because of fic, I tell ya.
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Omnomnom)
Content warning: Death, abuse/neglect mention, illness mention

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soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Today I spent an unholy amount of time downloading images, one by one, off of my Photobucket account.

I'd been meaning to back them up since I found out that PB had decided to be horrible and disable all third-party links (AKA any pictures I shared that did not link to Photobucket proper), but had other things on my mind.

First I tried an add-on that re-enables the images. No go.

Next, I went to the source and tried clicking the handy "Download album" link. Nope.

I tried disabling first my adblock, then my HTTPS Everywhere addon, also with no success.

Frustrated, I turned my adblocker back on and went to check exactly how much PB was charging to re-enable third party hosting. I'd be willing to pay ten bucks to be able to download all of the images I cared about, and then I'd be done with that nonsense.

Nope!

The amount of money Photobucket is charging to enable third party hosting? Forty bucks A MONTH.

Forty bucks a year, I might've considered it. But forty bucks a month? HELL no.

And that's how I ended up spending several hours this evening, individually downloading most of the contents of my Photobucket account. The images I care about from my primary "bucket" and all but one of my sub-albums have been more-or-less successfully downloaded. All that's left is my "Original Art" album, whiiiiich includes my "Crafts" sub-album (and thus all of my amigurumi pics). That will be a lot to download, and I don't even want to contemplate re-uploading right now.

But at least I'm getting it done.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
My first fic in forever is almost finished. I've got maybe two scenes left to go, and a bit in the late middle to overhaul, but things are looking promising! It's entirely possible that I'll be posting it before the end of the month.

...I mean, if new fandom jitters don't override my desire to post.

Fic is also nearing six thousand words already, not counting the bit I have to rework, which, upon finishing (which I'm still pretty sure will happen), would make it my longest completed fic to date. It's very cozy/feel-good/fluffy, because that's what I need right now, and honestly my brain is already bugging me to write extra scenes/snippets set in the universe. Let's finish this one first, brain, then we can talk. (It's also tempting me with ideas for an actual sequel, which, no. Too angsty, brain, will not happen. I have no wish to write such heartbreak, happy ending or no.)

Anyway. More on fic later. Sleep now.
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Marceline the Vampire Queen)
I am making bread pudding tonight and no one can stop me.

Update: Bread pudding has been made and consumed, with leftovers packed away in the fridge. A delectable success. (Though I'm definitely forgoing the cream in the next savory bread pudding I make; that was just... too much.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Hope" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Hope)
So on the one hand, it occurs to me that I'm not really seeing a lot of wingfic these days.

On the other hand, what I remember of wing!fic was basically along the lines of:

1. Random character inexplicably grows wings
2. ???
3. Profit Comments

So not really much in the way of plot? Also, usually very little in the way of explaining how/why it happened, etc. IDK, I'm not sure if I miss it being a thing or not. Or maybe it's just evolved past that, making it more difficult to recognize now? Maybe I should check Fanlore.

Must resist urge to write some...
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Space" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Space)
Peak eclipse in my hometown (92% blockage!) is in less than ten minutes, and it's. Frickin'. CLOUDY.

I hope those of you also in eclipse range are having better luck of it than I am, and wish you the best observing experience possible. Enjoy it for me as well, for I shall have to rely on twenty-two year old memories instead.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Blood" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Blood)
One of my favorite imaginary pantheon headcanons is that the deity of Love moonlights as the Trickster. Or possibly the Trickster moonlights as Love. Or maybe they're the same being, or maybe they're twins and switch places sometimes for kicks and giggles (because Love likes playing pranks sometimes, and Trickster maybe has a secret soft spot for humanity (see also: stealing fire, etc)), or maybe they're lovers and their fusion form and/or child is Romantic Comedy (who possibly sometimes changes to Romantic Tragedy when they're feeling down).

Point being, I feel like Love and the Trickster have a lot of potential chemistry together. The kind that makes really cool reactions and sometimes explosions. And just way too much in common in general. And no one can convince me otherwise.

Coming soon

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:09 pm
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
A post about how this most recent AI was my most stressful since 2007, the year I joined staff (because the entire previous Registration team had quit and Registration is kinda vital to having a convention).

It will probably be a few more days, though. I've had exactly two days off since the con, and have slept through most of both of them.

On the plus side, I've got a second minion now, and very good important plans for making next year that much less stressful.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
No, it isn't any of the ones mentioned in the most recent Plunny Hutch glance (though I've got a few scraps jotted down for one of those). I'm having a lot of fun with it, though, and also really noticing some of my writing habits. Like:

* Someone is talking. There is a 50% chance I skip dialogue tags altogether, and a 30% chance that I use a tag other than a form of "said". (These numbers are just rough estimates.)
* I document just about every single movement or action a person can take, including expressions. I'm interpreting this to mean that I'm a very visual writer (which doesn't really surprise me, since I have a pretty significant focus on visual media and arts). I think I like this, though it probably also makes my writing seem very "busy".
* A lot of sentences I write are sentences-and-a-half. Like, first a sentence does a thing, and then another thing that's kinda related. For most of my sentences, not even just a few. I'm trying to reproduce the effect here, can you tell? This is a structure I write a whole lot. ...I'm not sure what, if anything, I could do to change it, or even if I want to change it, so for now I'm just accepting it as a personal style thing. More thinking can come on this after I finish this fic. ...And maybe a few more on top of it :P

Between those characteristics, I'm rather tempted to characterize my writing style as dynamic. Which I think I kinda like? IDK how accurate other people would find that description, though. I definitely feel like it's fast-paced, which might be something I need to consider in the future if I want to refine my technique. There's probably some sort of pros-cons list of different writing styles out there, traps to avoid, etc etc. Not something I'm terribly concerned about at the moment, especially since I'm basically writing pure fluff right now. I might look someday, though.
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Dreamsheep Drinking Game)
(I know I already did a New Fandom Announcement post, but I really feel like this structure works particularly well for this fandom, so I'm posting this anyway.)

-----

A wild Fandom appeared!

MIRACULOUS LADYBUG used IDENTITY SHENANIGANS; SOCCHAN became confused!

SOCCHAN is confused; it hurt itself in its confusion!

MIRACULOUS LADYBUG used MOBIUS PINING. It's super effective!

SOCCHAN fainted.

SOCCHAN is out of usable Brains. SOCCHAN whited out.

-----

...

If you think my brain isn't also tormenting me with Pokemon AU details, you would be thinking wrong.

(The kwamis are Totem Pokemon and the Miraculouses are Z-stones that are locked to them and have super unique Z-moves. If used together, Destructium-Z and Creatium-Z would summon Arceus or something??? Plagg is an Absol (ask me why!), Tikki is a Ledian, Nooroo is a Venomoth, and I need to stop now send help please.)
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Me: Crap, I need a villain to target MC's BFF for this fic. What am I going to make him?

Brain: How about
Brain: A Nice Guy themed villain 8D
Brain: You could call him Fiendzone
Brain: And the evil thing controlling him could be in his fedora 8D 8D 8D

Me: ...I hate and love you in equal measure, and I'm doing it.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Who likes coloring? 8D Here are all of my coloring pages so far, since AI is over, all in print quality (once you click the pictures).

Butterfree sniffs Floette's flower
"Sweet Scent"

Lineart of Bulbasaur and some cherry blossoms
"Petal Dance"

Spinda plays the tambourine
"Own Tempo"

Bellsprout stares up at Solrock
"Solar Beam"

Gastly surprises Cyndaquil
"Astonish"

Piplup contemplates bubbles
"Calm Mind"

Kero-chan sits in front of a stylized drawing of the sun
"Guardian of the Sun"

AnimeIowa's mascot, Buu-chan, holding balloons next to the letters AI
"Buu-chan"


Happy coloring, everyone!
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Space" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Space)
Physically, at any rate. We'll see how mentally goes after I sleep more.

More on this year's AI later.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Since the schedule is effectively live, I feel 100% okay with sharing a small detail or two about Super Secret AI Plans that I've been working on.

One of our attractions this year is a one-day-only haunted house. Everyone on the haunted house team took a section of the room to work on, plus maybe a costume or two, or maybe some scripting, whatever. At least one thing, sometimes more. I volunteered to help make stuff for the foresty area, because I already had tree costumes.

There was one other person working on this area with me, who we'll call C. Areas were assigned at the penultimate meeting, and in the two weeks until then, I did some planning and some shopping and talked with the person in charge of our false walls. Just before the final meeting, it occurred to me that maybe I should have contacted C to see what his plans were for the area, what he was doing for it, etc etc. I felt guilty for about three minutes, then I remembered Captain Awkward and that e-mails work two ways and that he definitely could have e-mailed me as well to find out my plans, so I shrugged it off.

The final meeting came and the haunted house team met to discuss stuff. Turns out C had done exactly nothing for the scenery of the forest area, not even asking around if anyone had fake trees we could borrow; he'd been focusing entirely on his costume. I was angry for another three minutes, because that's a fair amount of space to cover myself, and then let it go. If he wasn't interested in helping, I wasn't going to go to the work of making him help. He could focus on his costume the way he so clearly wanted to, and I could make the scenery look as good as I could manage on my own.

Half an hour ago, C sent me an e-mail saying his costume wasn't coming together and he was told I could help with it.

Yeah. Let that sink in for a minute.

I replied that I could lend him a mask, but that's it. I may still feel a teensy bit guilty, but not enough to pull a last-minute costume out of thin air when he's had a month to put one together without contributing in any way, as near as I can tell, to making the forest area.

Do I have ideas and possibly resources I could lend him? Yes. Am I going to? Not without a lot more explicit pressure and/or help. I am not putting in the extra labor for this when I've already made most of the forest myself and have a whole 'nother department to run. C can bug someone else.

Ack!

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:00 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Convention setup at the hotel officially starts tomorrow. I'm not reeeaaaaaadyyyyyyyyyy D:

Okay. Okay, I think I can do this. I'm pretty sure.

Still must be done:
* Horrible aprons for Super Surprise Thing
* Horrible signs for Super Surprise Thing
* Print out lots more copies of my coloring pages, especially the AI one
* Find and pack Accessibility stuff
* Print Quiet Room rules again
* Print reminder to put stim toys back for Quiet Room

Considerably more optional:
* Pack for hotel stay (I live fifteen minutes from the hotel; I can put it off a bit, or even entirely)

Is that it? I think that might be it. Okay, convention here we go!

A joke

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:01 pm
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
Brain: Knock knock
Me: Who's there?
Brain: Executive dysfunction
Me:...
Brain:...
Me:...
Brain: ...Well?
Me: What?
Brain: Aren't you going to say "Executive dysfunction who?"
Me: Sorry, I got distracted.


The joke is that it's supposed to be funny.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Doom" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Doom)
Everyone else: Refrigerator

Me: Human puzzle feeder






(It's extra super puzzle-y, because sometimes we have to put the food together ourselves. Enrichment!)

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