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!)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Space" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Space)
It just occurred to me that, if a separate Socchan had been born on the day I first started actively doing fandom things on the internet...

...She/ey would be within one or two years of being (legally) old enough to read/view everything I've contributed.

Edit: Okay, I think I've settled on "amused" for now. With a side of "bemused". A B-side of A-mused, if you will.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Time" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Time)
I got a tab suspender extension for Firefox not long after the most recent LJ migration, and it is fantastic; my habit of "storing" things I want to reblog on Tumblr in extra tabs for when I have the spoons to describe them and/or think of good tags no longer makes my browser crash!

Unfortunately, it did result with about fifty extra open tabs that I just systemically closed because I hadn't even glanced at them except to scroll by in weeks, minimum.

Which brings me to this: Is there an extension anyone knows of that automatically closes tabs that have been open for three days but not loaded/interacted with? Because that would seriously add some motivation for me to take care of tabs, and/or just take care of said tabs on my behalf.

Edit: Actually, something to limit the number of tabs I have open would also work pretty well, IMO.

Awkwardness

Jul. 5th, 2017 07:25 pm
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
When you spend a couple of years learning about cat behavior and welfare and how to care for them and other animals, what's good and what's bad and why not to anthropomorphize them, and decide it would be a fantastic idea to include all of that in an animal transformation fic you're planning to write...

...Only to realize that you're going to have to turn everything upside-down, because the transformed character's caretaker actually knows they're really human, thus making anthropomorphism appropriate.

(Sweet Maude, the disclaimers I'll have to include. "I am aware that having indoor only cats is seen as cruelty in at least parts of Europe (the UK definitely), but I do not actually endorse doing so!" "Yes, absolutely spay and neuter your pets when it is healthy to do so, because [laundry list of reasons compounded by indoor/outdoor not!cat]." "For a whole lot of reasons that Jackson Galaxy can tell you more about, a litter box is infinitely more appropriate than a toilet for a cat who is not actually a human being who has been temporarily transformed into a feline pet." Hell, I should probably start with a huge one at the top of the fic: "There's a lot of animal husbandry used in here that is anthropomorphic, and I do not recommend doing it with actual cats. The only reason I think it's appropriate here is because the cat in question actually is human normally, and his current caretaker is well aware of it. More details in the end notes." Something like that.)

(Yes I did spend half an hour at work the other day contemplating whether I should ask the internet about diets for cats that could conceivably also be eaten by a human without too much embarrassment, I should think that's obvious.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Hope" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Hope)
Brain: Hey.

Brain: You know what you should do.

Brain: You should write a fic.

Me: ...That is a great idea, Brain, and I am all for it, except that right now I'm at work. I'd like to continue to be employed here, so ceasing all work-related activity to write a fic is probably not a good idea.

Brain: Cool, cool, cool. That's fine. You said before that fic ideas would keep you entertained at work, I'm just going to keep you entertained.

Brain: But you know. If you don't write down this really great and important line right now, you'll probably lose it forever.

Me: *whimpers* *grabs a scrap of paper and writes as quickly and coherently as possible*

----

In all seriousness, though, I am so glad to have a fandom again. Fandom!Socchan is the Socchan I am happiest being, the Socchan who is most content. Even if I do have to wrestle with my attention span from time to time, this is... This is the way I like best to be and the way I feel most myself.

I'll have to work to remember that.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Here are some summaries/not!fics for several Miraculous Ladybug fics that I will probably not be writing.

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Obligatory animal transformation fic )

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Shenanigans split them each into two people fic )

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Marinette figures out Cat Noir's identity and freaks out fic )

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Adrien finds Captain Awkward (and also boundaries) fic )

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And that's all that's in the plunny hutch at the moment. Or, well, that's all the new arrivals in the plunny hutch, at any rate. Probably won't get written, but they ought to keep me entertained at work, at least.

Oops?

Jun. 29th, 2017 01:52 pm
soc_puppet: Words "Mad Fangirl" in blue (Mad Fangirl)
Welcome to New Fandom Hyperfocus, population: Socchan.

On the plus side, I'm aware that this is what's happening. On the minus(?) side, Miraculous Ladybug has still devoured my attention span. I can barely drag myself away from the AO3 fanfic page to take care of basic necessities, and that's after having watched all four DVDs I have available. I haven't yet gone looking to see if there are more episodes online, but I probably won't wait long.

(There's identity porn and mobius double reach-around mutual pining. If I'm not back in a week, send help.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Doom" themed Dreamsheep (DOOOOOOOM)
I ended up listening to more on the way to work today (after literal weeks of avoiding it), and I just.

I gotta talk about this book, okay. It is a trainwreck, and if I don't start talking about it, all of my thoughts are going to explode.

So, here are a bunch of spoilers )

Anyway, I'm currently planning to finish the book, if only for the I Can't Look Away factor, but yeah. Definitely a trainwreck. "Lord of the Flies But With Beauty Queens and a Trans Girl" is very much not the description I would use.

It's also something I would consider for a deconstruction, actually, together with Cinder. I may have to give that idea some more thought.
soc_puppet: Deep sea fish wearing a monocle (Monocle Fish)
Anyone in these parts reach the end of Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray? I'm about two-thirds of the way through the audiobook and at a squicking point I would very much like spoilers relating to. I'd just skip ahead in the text or skim until things got less potentially cringe-worthy, but that's a bit more complicated in an audiobook. If someone could help me out with some spoilers, that would be much appreciated.


For context: I learned about Beauty Queens when I saw it billed on Tumblr as "Lord of the Flies but with beauty pageant contestants who band together and use their skills to succeed and also one of them is a trans girl", which is. Not entirely 100% inaccurate*, but covers maybe half the plot at best (so far) and really mischaracterizes the entire thing as a character-driven work rather than the plot-driven (very pulpy) work that it actually is. I have very, very many thoughts and feelings about what I've listened to so far, mostly relating to how much I wish it were a better book, and hoping it gets to be a better book in the last third I haven't gotten to yet. At least to some small degree.

* The characters literally compare their situation to Lord of the Flies in the text, so I am not even remotely going to blame anyone who read it for passing that comparison on. It just left me grossly unprepared for the book I was actually setting up to listen to. In multiple ways.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Since my coloring pages are only lineart, it would be pretty simple to mat prints and go over the lines with puffy shirt paint. If I let it dry, it would conceivably preserve the raised paint lines, and allow blind people to feel how the art looks, to a certain extent.

Not something I currently have the technology to share via the internet, but definitely an idea. I may have to try it out with one or two pics at AI.

Input welcome, natch.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
I'm not sure whether I actually want to add more lines to this one or not. (I mean, I did kinda overlook post-evo Shellder's shell spots, but other than that.) I rather like it as is.

Slowbro is confused; Shellder is angry

Shellder: It's our anniversary you big pink nitwit! I can't believe you forgot! I have half a mind to unfuse with you! *chew chew chew*
Slowbro: Was there something I was supposed to remember...?

Current title is Amnesia, but I could just as easily go with Oblivious or Unaware.


As an aside, Shellder/Cloyster is one of the Kanto Pokemon that I'm somewhat disappointed never got an Alolan form. Just like Baby!Kangaskhan, the design is already in the game! It would make at least as much sense for it to exist as not, if not more. Hence: Disappointment. On the day that I'm in charge of the universe, I will finally fix this.

Ugh

Jun. 15th, 2017 09:24 pm
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Dreamsheep Drinking Game)
Me this morning: Hmm, work week starts tomorrow; I'd better check if the new schedule got sent out.
Me: *checks*
Me: Nope! I'll check back in a few hours.

Me this afternoon: Okay, my new schedule still isn't here. It's still sort-of early, though; I'll send a text to my boss to see if she just forgot.
Me: *texts boss*
Me: *does other stuff*

Me half an hour ago: Boy I sure hope my schedule has shown up in my inbox by now.
Me: ...And that's a no. I guess I'll send another text?
Ten minutes: *pass*
Me: Okay, time for desperate measures. I'm calling the front desk.

Me now: *waiting patiently for the nice front desk person to get back to me, desperately hoping I don't have to be up at four tomorrow morning*

---Edited to add---

Me at 10:00pm: Okay, enough is enough. I'm calling again.
Front Desk: Oh, hey, I was just about to call you! Yeah, it looks like you're not working tomorrow.
Me: Oh thank god. *collapses*
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Just finished Kero-chan's new background, and two other coloring pages: The stylized letters AI with Buu-chan (our mascot) holding a bunch of balloons, and Piplup contemplating a bunch of bubbles ("Calm Mind"). No crappy phone pic previews this time 'cuz it's late, but I'm reasonably pleased with them. Piplup's is not quite as good as I would like it, but I mostly drew that one on request, so :P

Since I've got a grass starter and a water starter, I'm planning to draw a fire-type starter as well to round things out. My current plan is Cyndaquil being surprised by a ghost-type (Ghastly, maybe?) so its fire-quills are lit up. I'll be calling it "Astonish", to keep with my theme of attack and ability names :3

After that, I'll probably try to come up with a few more non-Pokemon options. Kyubei from Madoka is a possibility; really, cute animal-ish companions make pretty good models in general.

Honestly, I already have more pages than I was expecting to; I'm up to six done, with plans for one more at the very least. If I get up to twelve, I may make books of them available for sale at the Staff Art Table :3
soc_puppet: Marceline the Vampire Queen [Adventure Time] drinks red from a dreamsheep (Dreamsheep Drinking Game)
Do you love chocolate? Want to learn to love it less? Then come on down to Socchan's Bakery and Chocolate House! We'll teach you how to make all of your favorite confections, and in the process you'll lose all interest in even looking at chocolate ever again! Just remember to wear something you want an excuse to get rid of - like that hideous sweater your cousin Jody regifted to you last year, or Grandpa Steve's horribly oversized hand-me-down pants - and come on in, or call 1-555-CHOCO-H8 to sign up!


Disclaimer: Socchan's Bakery and Chocolate House is not responsible for any weight gain, weight loss, or pushy friends and relatives who are now demanding you make all of their favorite treats at the drop of a birthday. Dislike of chocolate is not guaranteed and may fade over time as you forget the horrors of working with it. May contain nuts.

Welp

Jun. 3rd, 2017 06:35 pm
soc_puppet: Deep sea fish wearing a monocle (Monocle Fish)
Looks like this exact version of Kero-chan isn't going to be at the con, 'cuz I borrowed Sakura's sigil from online ^^a

For anyone 'round these parts who likes coloring, here's one final print version of Kero-chan. All the other pages are waiting until the con, as will a new version of Kero-chan with an original background.

Enjoy!

Lineart of Kero-chan in front of Sakura's magic circle

PS: I apparently didn't communicate effectively to my AI division head that I was drawing the anime-themed coloring pages, which resulted in some worry on his part and on the part of the con exec who oversees our division. Clarifying this is why I ended up eliminating the version with this background, but they both seemed pretty pleased to have otherwise misunderstood.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep on the Pokemon GO location background (Pokesheep Go)
Lineart of Kero-chan from Cardcaptor Sakura

Kero-chan! I'm quite pleased with how he turned out. Possibly the simplicity has something to do with it. Anyway, I managed to find a good HQ version of Sakura's magic circle, so I should be able to stick him in front of it with very little trouble once I get him scannned.


Butterfree sniffs Floette's flower

As you can see and/or read, I settled on Butterfree and Floette for "Sweet Scent". I may re-do both of their eyes, and I have plans to add ripple-lines to Butterfree's head and body, but otherwise I'd say it's done. I mean, there's some minor tweaks to do (erasing a couple of extra lines in Butterfree's wings mostly), but that's about it. Maybe I'll add some fluffy lights or something, though, IDK.


Spinda plays the tambourine

"Own Tempo". Boy am I pleased with how this one turned out. I was feeling lukewarm about it until I added all the little musical notes in addition to the big ones, but I think they really pull the image together well :) Plus, more stuff to color!




Final version of "Petal Dance"~! Well, final non-print-quality version. I'm tempted to color it in myself and use it as an icon :3 I'm looking forward to finding out what other people think at the next AI meeting tomorrow [er, later today].
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Void" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Void)
Me: *gets through the last episode of Brooklyn 99 available through the library*

Me: Noooooooooo!

Me: I'm not ready to be stuck streaming episodes yet!

Me: Oh, well. I guess I could try Parks and Rec, since I did happen to pick up the first three seasons at a Bookmobile garage sale fundraiser today. I mean, it is by some of the same people, and I've heard fantastic things about it. And it's complete, so there won't be any cliffhanger BS. I bet I'll love it!

Me: *puts first DVD in to play*

DVD: *immediately starts with documentary-style storytelling and shakycam footage*

Me: Noooooooooo!


Seriously though, shakycam style makes me feel dizzy :( I had to turn it off. And I guess I don't care much for fake-documentary-style storytelling either? IDK, it's like it's dancing right over a line between actual documentaries and reality TV that my brain insists shouldn't be crossed.

On the plus side, I got Petal Dance scanned and fixed up and almost ready to print, my Accessibility Dept sign is scanned and one-third colored, and my next coloring page, Own Tempo (or possibly Teeter Dance? Featuring a Spinda playing a tambourine), is finished inking, so that's some serious productivity right there :3b

Next up, drawing-wise: A butterfly Pokemon inspecting a flower-y Pokemon ("Sweet Scent"; I'm leaning towards Butterfree/Beautifly and Floette) and a better rough sketch for the charity auction poster.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
For the Accessibility Department this year, I thought it would be cool to have a collection of stim toys and related items for our attendees to use at AnimeIowa. I had a budget of ~$200, and this is what I got:

Stim stim stim )
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
I've been getting together stuff for AI's stim toy library, and have included some grown-up coloring books and colored pencils among the options. (More on this later.) Since I was feeling rather draw-y a few days ago, I thought I'd come up with a few anime-themed coloring pages to add to the mix.* Below is a preview of the first one I've finished.

Slightly blurry lineart of Bulbasaur and some cherry blossoms

"Bulbasaur used Petal Dance!"

This is a super crappy phone photo edit; it looks much more stunning in real life, with sharp, clear black lines. I'm planning to scan it properly, make a few minor edits, and print a bunch of copies to share at AI. Once AI is over (or maybe once it's begun), I'll also share high-res images (PDFs, maybe?) of the pics online :)

Anyway, I'm suuuuper pleased with how this one turned out. Not sure exactly what all else I'm going to draw, though more Pokemon are a probability. Kero-chan and Suppi-chan in front of Sakura's and Clow's magic circles respectively seem like good options as well, and I'm hoping to do at least one option with Buu-chan, our convention mascot. Besides that, I don't have a lot of plans. I guess I'll see where the muse takes me!

* I also eventually got some work done on the Accessibility Dept sign. The Charity Auction flyer still eludes me. Maybe after the next coloring page?
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Step one: Learn to crochet; start making amigurumi.

Step two: Get a dog.

Step three: Give your dog a crocheted toy or two, because you like making things and also making your dog happy.

Step four: Teach your dog to go down the stairs, because it is an important life skill and maybe you wouldn't mind seeing him down there from time to time.

Step five: Notice that your dog is much quicker to go back up the stairs when he finds something to take with him (such as dryer sheets (acceptable; he tears them apart and then gets bored, allowing whatever humans are near to pick up and dispose of the pieces) and socks (Chester put that down)), which is nice, because although you love him, you don't necessarily want to spend every single moment watching him.

Step six: Start stashing a few of his toys in hiding places downstairs for him to find, on the bases that A) This will be great enrichment and encourage natural behavior, and B) As stated above, this will get him to go back upstairs more quickly. Include your room, where you also store and do much of your crochet, as one of these hiding places.

Step seven: Neglect to close your door all the way before leaving for work, and trust that other people will help make sure that the door at the top of the stairs will be closed to prevent dachshunds from wreaking havoc downstairs.

Step eight: Final step. Return home to find destroyed crochet projects. Reflect on how you got to this point. Make a social media post about it and vow to do what you can to prevent such a thing from happening again.

Optional step nine: Pet your dog and let him lick your entiiiiiire face, because you know it's not his fault that he learned to do a thing you didn't want him to.

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