soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Cat Miraculous: A green cat pawprint on a black field (Cataclysm)
Me: Hmm...
Me: *looks up Camembert cheese on Wikipedia for a fic detail*
Me: ...Holy crap, it literally smells like gym socks???

Wikipedia: Camembert cheese gets its characteristic odor from many compounds. These include diacetyl (buttery flavoring for popcorn), 3-methylbutanal, methional (degradation product of methionine), 1-octen-3-ol and 1-octen-3-one (degradation products of fats), phenethyl acetate, 2-undecanone, δ-decalactone, butyric acid, and isovaleric acid (odor of gym socks).

Me: Well. That sure is a thing, then, isn't it.


In other news, it does seem like Camembert can be safely stored at room temperature for a fair amount of time, so I don't need to sneak a Camembert-exclusive mini-fridge into Adrien's room. Not that Plagg would let any go uneaten long enough to go truly bad...
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Cat Miraculous: A green cat pawprint on a black field (Cat Noir)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Summary: Adrien's attitude takes a turn for the worse when Ladybug reveals her identity to the wrong side of him. (Inspired by this post by [ profile] thescuttlebugg.)
AO3 link: Read it here!
Wordcount: 3535
Notes: You ever read a prompt and not even contemplate writing it because it's so far from what you like to write that it's practically in another dimension? Ever do that and have a plot bunny hit you upside the head so hard for said prompt that it knocks it into your wheelhouse from out of left field? Which is to say: This fic is nowhere near angsty enough to do the prompt justice, but once my brain sidled up all, "You know what would be hilarious," I had to write it anyway.
Fic: Revealing Behavior )
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Cat Miraculous: A green cat pawprint on a black field (Cat Noir)
Ha-HAH! With the majority of my brain powers restored and me mostly on the mend from that horrible throat cold thing that's been going around in these parts, I have finally gotten the willpower to finish this: my example of how to take a story idea and turn it into an outline!

It's Miraculous Ladybug, because that's what I'm into at the time of this writing, but I hope it still makes a modicum of sense to folks unfamiliar with the show. I'll probably go back and edit this again with a mind to that later, but for right now I'm pretty much happy that it's done at all. (Also, majority of brain powers restored is not entirety of brain powers restored, and giving my noggin a bit more of a rest while I'm still somewhat on the mend would not be remiss.)

(Yes, I probably should be using a Ladybug icon instead of a Cat Noir icon for this post, since I'm creating something, but I'm still editing that one and I'm finally happy with this one, so this is the one you get.)

Peer under the cut to find out how I go from Idea to Outline~! (ey said in eir best circus showperson voice) )

And that's a walkthrough of How to Outline as according to the Socchan School of Writing. (I will definitely need to revise my preliminary How to Outline post now.)

Side note/disclaimer: I do not actually plan to write this fic as of this point in time, which is one of the reasons I left Step 5 "incomplete". If this outline has piqued your interest and you might be interested in doing the grunt work of filling in scenes, uh. Maybe? Probably? IDK, if you're cool with the possibility that I may someday come back and write my own version, then go forth with my blessing (and link me when you're done). Edit: EXCEPT [personal profile] alexseanchai, who is not allowed anywhere near this until or unless they get more work done on the Double Trouble 'verse.
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Fox Miraculous. A red-orange fox tail swishing across a lighter orange background. (Fox Tail Trick)
Shoutout to [personal profile] redsixwing, who has pointed out that the art in my icon looks suspiciously like an Art Deco shrimp, rather than the fox tail it is supposed to resemble. I blame the excessive red tones, and can't unsee it now.

(All that time tracing and coloring that damn design in Paintshop Pro, and it's a shrimp now. ...I need to do something with this. Very, very badly.)
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Fox Miraculous. A red-orange fox tail swishing across a lighter orange background. (Fox Tail Trick)
Important discovery: When someone gifts you an incredible fic (or other fannish present), watching the hits and kudos and comments and bookmarks go up is almost as satisfying as it is for something you made yourself.

Which is to say, if you are Miraculous Ladybug inclined, do go check out Know Your Name by [ profile] AlexSeanchai/[personal profile] alexseanchai, prompted by the Mary Lambert song of the same name (which is the LadyNoir song of my heart, and is also super awesome in its own right); I do not imagine you will be disappointed.
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Fox Miraculous. A red-orange fox tail swishing across a lighter orange background. (Fox Tail Trick)
Finally, finally, finally I have a Miraculous Ladybug icon. Two, actually; one Rena Rouge, and one Queen Bee. It was high time I added some to my collection.

I've still got the Ladybug and C(h)at Noir ones to make at the very least, and then I'll release them into the wild. They've been taking a while, since I haven't been able to find any actual official images of just the Miraculous designs. I'll see about getting Carapace done as well, but I'll likely need to take a screencap myself for that; due to the lack of official images, I've been "tracing" and approximating the Miraculous designs from the backgrounds of the heroes' transformation poses. The images I've gotten so far have been via the ML Wiki, and they don't have Carapace's up yet. (I'm definitely disappointed; Nino has gotten less hype and less development, IMO, than the other Miraculous heroes so far. I want to know more about him, darnit!)

Provided I have the energy/brainpower tomorrow, I'm hoping to write up an example of developing an outline from an idea, as per the Socchan School of Writing; I've got two potential plunnies I have deliberately put off developing further for just that reason. That said, work has been super busy lately (ugh ugh ugh), and I'm not sure how long I'll be there tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
\T^T/ Finally! A Miraculous Ladybug community on Dreamwidth! I could cry, but what I really need to do is go to sleep so I can drive safely to work tomorrow.

Anyway, if you're here for ML stuff, check out [community profile] allthemiraculous~
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Heart" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Heart)
I woke up this morning to the best (non-political) surprise in my inbox: [personal profile] annapods made a podfic of Him and Me and You and Her!

My morning is officially made. Possibly my day. A wonderful distraction from all the BS going on that I am on the edge of my seat over.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
AU where Chloe kept the promise she made when she was falling in the Origins special.
soc_puppet: Words "Mad Fangirl" in blue (Mad Fangirl)
Three guesses what I just watched! 8D Still subtitles only so far, as far as English language versions go, but my otaku history has prepared me well for that.

Anyway, I have a lot of spoiler-tastic thoughts, now )

Note to self: Make a Miraculous Ladybug icon already, gosh darnit!
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Summary: When Cat Noir gets caught in the rain after an akuma attack, Ladybug has to take him home to keep from losing her partner to hypothermia.
AO3 link: Time to warm up :O
Wordcount: 4279
Notes: Written for [community profile] pod_together 2018; podfic by my fantabulous partner [ profile] podfic-chicklet/[ profile] Yvi_sama can be found at the link above, with and without audio backdrop. Thanks also to [ profile] lelied for providing medical beta services and helping make sure no characters should have died in the making of this fic. Any remaining medical mistakes are ours. (Mostly mine, says the author.)
Fic: Under Cover(s) )
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Me, half asleep and hitting snooze for the fifth and final time at 3:40am: Okay, this is the last dot on my Miraculous; my transformation wears off the next time the alarm goes off.
Me: ...
Me: Never mind, I'm awake now.
soc_puppet: Simply drawn person, labeled "me", waving rainbow pompoms and saying, "Yay! More fic!" (Fanfic)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Summary: In what Marinette suspects is a bid to learn the identities of Ladybug and Cat Noir, Gabriel Agreste is sponsoring a competition through the Ladyblog to find the biggest (and most knowledgeable) fans of Paris' superheros. With the grand prize an artifact that could potentially be of great use to the Miraculous users, Marinette enters the competition.
AO3 link: Bzzzt!
Wordcount: 7328
Notes: Written for [community profile] pod_together 2018; podfic by my delightful partner, [ profile] litrapods, is available at the link above.
Fic: Buzzer Beater )
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Summary: What happens when there's no akumatized supervillain for Ladybug's Lucky Charm to thwart?
AO3 link: Right over here
Wordcount: 782
Fic: Merrythought )
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Summary: After several years of fighting by his side, Marinette comes to the realization that she's in love with Cat Noir. The problem is, she hasn't fallen out of love with Adrien. Initially faced with the choice of picking one or giving up on both of them, Marinette is surprised to learn that she has a third option.
AO3 link: Right over here
Sensitivity Reader: [ profile] 343enderspark
Wordcount: 4,261
Vocabulary Note: For those unfamiliar with the term, "metamour" is used in the polyamory community to refer to "my lover's other lover (who I am not also dating)".
Fic: Metamour or Less )
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
* Work was good today! I hardly felt rushed at all (which is usually my main stressor, outside of Being In Charge Of People), and things went pretty smoothly. I might have baked off too many danish on accident, but I'm content to blame that on the restaurant.

* Him and Me and You and Her passed 500 kudos on Wednesday. I'm super excited to write the Blanket Scenario fic (tentative title: Under Cover(s)), though the plunny itself has grown legs and is running around gleefully. It's already decided to pull in my initial blanket scenario idea, making it a minimum of two "let's cuddle to stave off hypothermia" scenes and then awkward aftermath ...which may itself call for another blanket scene to fix things, because why stop at just two?

* I kinda also want to write a bunch of super short unrelated/oneshot-type blanket scenario scenes, since I naturally didn't only get the one when the plunny hit. If I do that, I'd call the resulting fic Quilt Scenario, because craft jokes :3

* That said, most of my attention is currently on Metamour or Less, since I got a sensitivity reader last week! I'm most of the way through the fourth scene (of five), and just need to come up with an akuma to write around and then I should be golden. (I very briefly forgot that the reason I write detailed dialogue in my outlines these days is because that's how I want the dialogue to go, and I don't have to re-write it. Thankfully, I remembered before I got too far along compared to my notes.)

* Speaking of "throwaway" akuma, I came up with a really good one while at work today. They'd be hot sauce and fire themed, getting revenge on a friend(?) who pranked them by spiking their food with hot sauce. The akumatized item would be a hot sauce bottle, and their name would be (wait for it) Sergeant Pepper. I'd use them in Metamour or Less, but there's too much potential for Cat Noir puns (the relative hotness of himself and Ladybug, "spicing" things up, a steamy situation, a remark or two about joining (or not joining) the Lonely Hearts Club, etc). It'd throw off the pacing if I included the whole battle at this point in the fic, so I'm saving them for a different occasion. I think I'm going to go with a birthday party themed akuma for Metamour or Less.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Brain: Hey. Him and Me and You and Her is at 491 kudos. We might hit 500 by the end of the week. Heck, we might hit it by the end of tomorrow.

Me: Hmm. I still wanna do something to celebrate if I hit that, but taking prompts is not looking great. I have no idea how to advertise that I'm doing that, since I'm mostly keeping my fandom stuff on DW, or how many people would be willing to respond over here even if I did. Maybe I could post something new, include it in the end notes?

Brain: That thing you wrote based on that one post by [ profile] thescuttlebugg is finished.

Me: Yeah, but I'm not happy with it. And it's going to take a lot of work before I am happy with it, even if it is readable as it is.
Me: As for my other WIPs, I'm not posting any of Metamour or Less to AO3 until it's complete, the animal transformation fic is still only in outline stages and will take a good while to finish, and anything else I've thought about is just. Not getting anywhere any time soon.

Brain: How about a trope, then.

Me: Hmm. Maybe. What've you got?

Brain: There was only one bed?

Me: I mean, I could, but I'm not getting anything for it.

Brain: Well, how about one we haven't seen in a while: a good, old-fashioned Blanket Scenario.

Me: ...You have my attention.

Brain: Great! Here's a brief outline for one from Adrien's POV.

Me: Mnnn. Not that I don't like it, but I feel like I've been writing a lot of Adrien POV recently, and kinda want to do a bit more Marinette - or even someone else.

Brain: Okay, we can do that. *tweaks a few details* How's this?

Me: I mean, I like it, but we both know how seriously Marinette takes the whole identity thing. I'm sure she'd try to come up with some way to avoid finding out to the best of her abilities, and while we can do that, it's also slightly less fun.

Brain: Well. What if there's spooning? She'd have to be the big spoon, too, for most effective warming-up.
Brain: And while this would keep her from learning the identity of pretty much anyone else you can think of...

Me: Okay, I'm tentatively in. I'll start looking up stuff tomorrow.
Me: Right now, though, more sleep.
soc_puppet: You found kitten! (Robot, heart, kitten) Way to go, robot! (Way to go robot!)

Him and Me and You and Her has broken 400 kudos.

If it reaches over 500, I am officially going to do something to celebrate. What? I have no idea. Maybe prompts. Probably prompts. How can I possibly entice people over on Dreamwidth to give me prompts...
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Another sample from Metamour or Less, to try and see if anyone is interested in sensitivity reading for it. First sample can be found over here.

*tease tease tease* )

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