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.)

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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.

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...

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"


Bonus:
Slowbro is confused; Shellder is angry
"Unaware"

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...?


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!)
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*

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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.

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