zolac_no_miko: (self-explanatory)
Everyone's seen the picture of Jason Momoa's Aquaman that just came out, right? No?

GURL, TREAT YOURSELF.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

Ugggghhh, I can't go on about this enough. I thought Momoa was inspired casting when I first heard of it, but actually seeing it I am just ;ahdlfhas;kdlfja. LOOK AT HIM. LOOK AT THOSE TATTOOS.

Also, credit to Snyder where credit is due. Aquaman is as big a deal in his universe as any of the Avengers are in Marvel. And Snyder took an A-list superhero who is blond and white and reimagined him as Polynesian. He gave us a Polynesian superhero, THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.

I'm a bit wary of investing myself emotionally in the upcoming DC film franchise, since Man Of Steel was such a disappointment, but I am SO EXCITED to see Momoa's Aquaman. I AM MORE EXCITED TO SEE AQUAMAN THAN I AM TO SEE BATMAN, WHO AM I, WHAT REALITY IS THIS. (Between being excited about Aquaman and being excited about the Penguin, DC on-screen properties have me so confused about life right now.)

Also, give me all of the fanart of Emilia Clarke as badass Sea-Khaleesi Mera. I need this so bad. And give me all the fanfic of Jason Momoa!Aquaman, and quickly, before movie canon ruins everything.

...Actually, I may have that last bit covered. I've already done the groundwork for an origin story based on Aquaman's Silver Age continuity and Momoa's own half-Hawaiian background and also Hawaiian mythology and history. I'm about to go to the field for the weekend, so I very well may come back with a completed story.

JASON MOMOA, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME.
zolac_no_miko: (Darwin Valentine)
So for purposes of my thesis I'm curled up in bed reading books and papers on songbird vocalization, attempting to come up with a satisfactory definition of the difference between a song and a call. The problem is, this is biology, and our petty human definitions are very frequently NOT satisfactory, so this has only led to me having a crazy-eyed meltdown on Twitter.

Thought I would share the Storify, for anyone who needs a laugh. Or a cautionary tale.

Biology is the worst science.
zolac_no_miko: (Babs is better than you)
This meme post brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby and the letter "B".

Something I hate: Bigotry.

Something I love: Do I have to pick just one? Blues dancing. Backpacking. Bacon. Bleu cheese. Brie. Baked brie ha ha most of these are foods. #aboutme

Somewhere I've been: Bulgaria! I visited my darling [livejournal.com profile] sirona_gs (and her grandmother) and also a bat-researcher friend and it was all very excellent.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Oooooh, let's see... Barcelona! Partly because I'd like to go to Spain as part of my Go To All The Places of My Ancestry bucket list, and also because the Sagrada Familia is there and oh my goddddddd I would like to see it!

Someone I know: [livejournal.com profile] b_c_draygon, [livejournal.com profile] boko, and [livejournal.com profile] burned_phoenix, my three LJ B-friends that I know by way of completely different means. Also Becca, a college friend whom I miss dearly. And Baby, the LJ friend who tagged me!

A film I like: Is anybody surprised that my brain went straight to Batman. Batman, Batman Returns, and Batman Begins are all good ones. *peeks at my DVD shelf* Ooh! Brave! Brotherhood of the Wolf! Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!

If you want to play, leave a comment and I'll give you a letter!
zolac_no_miko: (after twenty months at sea)
I don't post a lot of real journal-y type posts anymore, but this evening was just a really nice one. It was a blazer of a hot day, and once Forrest was done with work and fiddling with his truck and fiddling with his friend's truck, he came to get me and we raced the setting sun to King's Landing. It beat us, but we found a good spot to sit on the rocks and drink Dos Equis and watch the waves roll in and throw froth and spray in the air while the light slowly changed colors and faded over Mauna Kea. It looked kinda like this. (As you can see, I've stopped even trying to pretend I'm not smug on Twitter.) Venus was high in the sky to the west and Forrest gave me a nudge with his elbow, and the moon was rising fat and yellow through the trees behind us. And then when the tide came to get us we left and drove back in the deepening dark with nostalgic 90's alt-rock on the radio and the full moon glaring like a spotlight, Jupiter hanging next to it, and when we got back Forrest blackened some tuna and we drank more beer and laughed over dinner with friends and it was all just very nice, you know?
zolac_no_miko: (*giggle*)
I started this meme SIX AND A HALF MONTHS AGO, sob.

Every day (consecutively or not), post about one of your fanworks:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a large fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a small fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of


Something you're just really proud of: Pō Pouli ‘A‘aki (A Night So Dark It Bites With the Teeth) )
zolac_no_miko: (who the hell is BUCKY?)
Title: Patterns In Nature
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes; Steve/Bucky
Rating: PG-13/T
Word Count: 4015
Summary: There's still a tie between them, a pull that Steve can just barely feel, has felt since he shaped his bruised jaw and split lips around the words I'm with you until the end of the line and watched the Winter Soldier's eyes go round with something not exactly like recognition and more than a little bit like horror.
Warnings: Spoilers for Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And. Weirdness?
Disclaimer: Named characters and certain plot elements in this story are © Marvel Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. All content is fictional and for entertainment purposes only, not for profit.

Notes: A Festivus gift for the incredible [livejournal.com profile] lanyon, reposted a little late since I had to be anonymous for a while. I went with her prompts for Steve/Bucky and "matryoshka." Couldn't play it straight, though, could I, nooooo, it must be a ~METAPHOR~.

Un-beta'd and slightly rushed. I am not good at writing to a deadline. But I'm told it turned out okay! :D

Posted to [livejournal.com profile] avengers_2k.

This story also available on AO3.

Magical realism, ohhhhhh yes. I went there. )
zolac_no_miko: (WHEEEEEE~!!)
I could finish that other meme I've been working on for months, orrrrrrr I could do this one. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] lanyon: When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

1. “Completely fireproof!” Tony exclaimed. “If they'd made the Hindenburg out of this stuff—too soon?" [WWII-era MCU/XMFC crossover AU]

2. “Precisely, so in terms of resonance we're looking at—is it smaller or bigger than—”

“Exactly the same size—” Banner interjected.

“—as a bread box, yes. Whatever the hell a bread box is.” [MCU, a document titled "ThisRoadTripLOLSoHappy.odt]

3. There's a deer in the garden, chewing the tops off of all of my carrots. It looks up, sees me staring down at it—it definitely sees me, it makes eye contact—then dismisses me as inconsequential and goes back to chewing. ...This happens a lot, with the deer, and the rabbits.

I should probably build a fence.

Or buy a rifle. [Original fic about Portland, Oregon "super" heroes]

Shut up, "a line" is however long I want it to be. You're not the boss of me.
zolac_no_miko: (To save the WORLD of course.)
I was gonna do one of these, and then I didn't feel like I'd written enough things to fill out an entire meme's worth of questions, and then I saw this really short version and said what the heck. ...True story, bro.

Total number of completed stories: 5 (and a new completed chapter of 1 more!)

Total Word Count: 10,900 posted to AO3. A lot more than that in longfic WIPs, but I don't keep track of that so I've no idea how much exactly.

Fandom breakdown:
Multiple
Three Sentence Ficathon 2013-2014, a collection of three-sentence fics in response to community prompts; MCU/AOS, DCU, White Collar, Firefly, Doctor Who

MCU
Hey, it's really nice in here, Steve/Sam, goofy tropey fluff

Don't Bother Me, Steve & Sam & Bucky, cracky nonsense

Raise a Glass to Turnings of the Season, Steve & Bucky or Steve/Bucky, retirement fic

Patterns in Nature, Steve/Bucky, universe alteration: magical realism, still listed under Anonymous BUT I CARE NOT.

DCU
Chapter 10 of I'll Be Yours (A Love Story), Barbara/Dick, one-sided Tim/Dick, little-Timmy-is-a-terrifying-sociopath AU

Overall thoughts:

I'm pretty happy with what I did in 2014, although wow, time sure passes fast, some of the stuff that I still think of as "recent fic" I actually wrote in 2013, yikes. But yeah, 2014 was good. I played around with new characters, pairings, genres, and styles. The things I wrote make me happy, for the most part. (Some of it I'm still afraid to look at.) I had a good balance between prompt/gift fic (which is unexpected, invariably surprising, and almost always delightful) and fic that came straight from my own soul.

I think there's a lot of great things about 2014 that don't show up in this accounting. I participated in mini-wrimo in November, committing to (and succeeding at!) a minimum of 100 words of fiction a day. Very little of that made it to posting (some of these WIPs are looooong), but it felt wonderful to be making such rapid progress.

I participated in Festivus, a small holiday gift exchange. I've never bothered joining in on any of these before, but I was invited, and I thought why the hell not. It was a struggle, but a rewarding one. I submitted by the deadline, I did something new with my writing, and the recipient liked it. Win!

Finally, after some nudging from my boyfriend, I put two original works back up at the top of my WIP priority list. I haven't written original fiction since... 2011, I think. It's good for me. I'm going to try to stick with it.

More under the cut. )
zolac_no_miko: (woe)
It's totally appropriate to continue a meme I last touched in OCTOBER, shut up.

Every day (consecutively or not), post about one of your fanworks:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a large fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a small fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of


Something for a small fandom/pairing/character: Reconciliation )
zolac_no_miko: (Timmy: I feel you / Each move you make)
Title: I'll Be Yours (A Love Story) [Ch 10/?]
Continuity: Comics!verse AU (mostly), based on post-Crisis continuity (mostly).
Rating: Very M.
Pairings: Developing Dick/Barbara, one-sided Tim/Dick
This chapter–
Characters: Bruce Wayne, Jason Todd, Dick Grayson, Jim Gordon, Renee Montoya, Alfred Pennyworth, Tim Drake.
Word Count: 3226
Summary: Jason struggles to adjust to his new life. Dick and Bruce, meanwhile, must learn to work through their differences when it becomes clear that a new, unsettling case involves both of them. Dick, it seems, has a fan....
Warnings: Not much this chapter. Extremely brief, vague mentions of murder and severed body parts. As always, Scary!Timmy is not your friend.
Disclaimer: Most of the characters and locations in this story are © DC Entertainment Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment. All content is fictional and for entertainment purposes only, not for profit.

Notes: Yep, I'm still working on it. Still here. I will finish this, come hell or high water. I mean, how could I stop? Things are just getting interesting~! >:D

The fabulous and invaluable [livejournal.com profile] regonym has stepped in for beta services on this chapter.

Posted to [livejournal.com profile] robin_fans, [livejournal.com profile] we_love_dick, [livejournal.com profile] mrsarcastic_tim, and [livejournal.com profile] batfic. Also available on my AO3.

And new, for your listening pleasure: the official I'll Be Yours (A Love Story) soundtrack is out!

[Previous Chapter] [Next Chapter] [Chapter Masterlist and Notes]

Chapter Ten )
zolac_no_miko: (Timmy: alone in my darkroom later)
For fans of Scary!Timmy who want to know what the inside of his head sounds like, or, if you'd just like a creepy mixtape of stalking and unhealthy obsession, at last, the official soundtrack of I'll Be Yours (A Love Story). Enjoy! :D

One of the songs on the soundtrack is, technically, a plot spoiler for Chapter 10. So, do what you want with that information.

Alone In My Darkroom Later )
zolac_no_miko: (blue collar knight)
Minor spoilers for like the first three episodes of Gotham, no real plot spoilers.

I've started watching Gotham and... I like it! A lot! It's well-cast, well-acted, and they've done an exquisite job with the most important character: Gotham City herself. She's so beautiful. T_T They've done a great job developing interesting characters; Oswald Cobblepot, Fish Mooney, and tiny!Bruce Wayne are all especially compelling. Also looking at IMDB I apparently have MORENA BACCARIN to look forward to. MORENA BACCARIN PLAYING A CANON CHARACTER WHOM I LOVE. ♥_♥

So far my biggest gripes are I don't like their interpretation of Alfred Pennyworth, and I am confused as to why they thought they needed to change Pamela Isley's name.

Little Girl: "My name's Ivy."
Me: "NO IT ISN'T. >:("

(I have a lot of opinions about Bat-Things.)

I'm also really pleased to find that the main cast is a great deal more diverse than the trailers had led us to believe. I mean, sure, it's still a cishet whiteguy protagonist (although there is no universe you will ever hear me seriously complaining about a Jim Gordon-centric storyline, even if he's missing a mustache, WHERE IS YOUR MUSTACHE JIM), but along with the usual assortment of cishet whiteguys in the main cast, there is also:

-Selina Kyle (canon character), adorable 13-year-old girl

-Fish Mooney (new character), middle-aged black woman, mobster, Carmine Falcone's second-in-command with ambitions of ruling the entire city, very compelling character played by yes, hello, JADA PINKETT SMITH

-Sarah Essen (new character), Latina, Jim's badass boss

-Renee Montoya (canon character), canonically gay Latina (Dominican-American), Major Crimes Unit detective, one of DC's most compelling characters, and hey THEY DID NOT SWEEP THE GAY UNDER A RUG THANK FUCK

-Crispus Allen (new character), black man, Major Crimes Unit detective, Renee's partner

-Barbara Kean (canon character), bisexual woman (in this show, not in the comics), Jim Gordon's fiancée, has romantic history with Renee, also clearly the breadwinner in the Gordon-Kean relationship, MAN I REALLY HOPE THE WRITERS DON'T FUCK THIS UP, TELEVISION IS HISTORICALLY TERRIBLE AT BISEXUAL PEOPLE (notable exception: Grey's Anatomy)

...So anyway, yes, I'm looking forward to what Gotham has to show me. I can only assume that in the season finale Jim will be bitten by a radioactive mustache and gain the superhuman strength he needs to rescue Gotham City from corruption.
zolac_no_miko: (TARDIS)
GUYS. GUYS.

THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF DOCTOR WHO.

I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS RIGHT ABOUT MISSY.

I REALLY DIDN'T THINK THEY'D ACTUALLY GO THERE.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER.
zolac_no_miko: (after twenty months at sea)
This weekend, we had an Adventure. It was not the adventure we had meticulously planned, but it was indeed so very, very adventurous.

By "we" I mean myself, Forrest, eight of our closest friends, and another group of...I think seven or so hooligans?

The adventure we planned was this: we wanted to kayak to either Honoke‘a or Honopue Valley, camp out for two nights, and enjoy ourselves fishing and lobster diving and hunting and surfing and exploring sea caves and standing in waterfalls and swimming and gathering coconuts/liliko‘i/‘ulu/bananas/mangoes/avocados/citrus/heart of palm and making big fires and drinking and stuffing ourselves with food. Our first group of ten would launch Friday morning; the second group would follow 24 hours later. We planned to launch from Keokea Beach Park, the closest sheltered launch site, and paddle down the coast, passing Pololu, Honokane Nui, and Honokane Iki Valleys to Honoke‘a or Honopue, which none of us had been in, as they are practically unreachable by land. We organized the distribution of kayaks, dry bags, water, food, fishing/diving/hunting gear, and communal supplies. We scouted the launch site and kayak route on Google Earth. Knowing that Hamakua is a famously treacherous coast, we scrutinized the wind and wave forecasts; we expected Friday to be the roughest day, but not too rough, with conditions calming down to a 5 knot wind and 1 foot swell on Saturday and Sunday as the area settled into a weak low pressure system. We decided Group One would leave Hilo at 3 a.m. on Friday, arriving at Keokea by 6 a.m. and launching in the pre-sunrise twilight to take advantage of the calmest part of the day; we'd have an easier time on the return trip, with calmer seas and the wind at our backs. If we arrived at Keokea and it was too rough to launch, Plan B was to drive to the Kona side of the island and kayak-camp to a beach on that coast, which would be much calmer.

This is the adventure we actually had: )
zolac_no_miko: (who the hell is BUCKY?)
Every day (consecutively or not), post about one of your fanworks:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a large fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a small fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of


Something for a large fandom/pairing/character: All the Things Forgotten Scream for Help )
zolac_no_miko: (right in the FEELS)
Title: Raise a Glass to Turnings of the Season
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes
Rating: G/K
Word Count: 940
Summary: James sits on the back porch with a book in his hand, but he's watching Steve. His blond hair has gone a little silver at the temples, and there are wrinkles at the corners of his eyes from decades of smiles—and how impossible is that, that after everything, Steve's managed to spend enough time smiling to leave the mark of it on his face—but he's still unreasonably handsome, and doesn't look anywhere near as old as he is, no matter which way you count the years.
Warnings: Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, technically.
Disclaimer: Named characters and certain plot elements in this story are © Marvel Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. All content is fictional and for entertainment purposes only, not for profit.

Notes: Instead of the fic I've been trying to write, or, like, working on my mid-term like a responsible person, this happened. Because of course. But I really like this, so...yay?

Beta'd by the gracious, lovely, and very helpful cityofpaperbuildings. A million thanks!

Title from "Don't Carry It All" by The Decemberists because, I mean...self-explanatory. *vague, emphatic gesturing* Listen to it!

Posted to [livejournal.com profile] avengers_2k.

This story also available on AO3.

Super Husbands? Or Platonic Life Partners? YOU DECIDE. )
zolac_no_miko: (TEEEEAAAAAMMM)
Title: Don't Bother Me
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes
Rating: PG-13/T
Word Count: 328
Summary: “It doesn't feel solid yet, you know? Like any day now something could happen, he'll just slip away like smoke.” (Or, a ficlet about Steve getting used to life with Bucky that is much less serious than the summary suggests.)
Warnings: Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, naughty language.
Disclaimer: Named characters and certain plot elements in this story are © Marvel Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. All content is fictional and for entertainment purposes only, not for profit.

Notes: A birthday ficlet for [livejournal.com profile] regonym, the semi-permanent leaseholder of my soul. Un-beta'd.

Posted to [livejournal.com profile] avengers_2k.

This story also available on AO3.

Lol oops I posted this to AO3 like over a month ago. ...WELL HERE IT IS! )
zolac_no_miko: (Starbuck smile)
Last one! I'mma incorporate the last 24 hours. And also the future. Because I DO WHAT I WANT.

THING ONE! Yesterday was Forrest's birthday, so I met him and a bunch of his friends at Hilo Burger Joint for beers and burgers for lunch. Later in the afternoon I picked up a bunch of food to-go from his favorite restaurant, Tina's Garden Gourmet Cafe (it's only open for dinner on weekends), and then later we went and had a brief Thai fusion evening picnic at Onomea Bay. And we had a successful dance class and then we went to his place and ate leftover mango sticky rice and did our homework, and he opened his presents from me and Mom and he liked them. :)

THING TWO! The visiting Cornell Ph.D that my lab is hosting had his talk yesterday afternoon. I got there a bit late because my order at Tina's took longer to fill than I was expecting, but the bit I did see was super fascinating, and there was a loooooong period of question-asking afterwards, and when I asked my question he perked up and was like, "Aha, yes, I was hoping someone would ask that!!" and I practically wiggled in academic joy. And he's super intelligent and knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I don't think he's ever been to Hawai‘i, and I'm taking him on a couple of field trips tomorrow and Friday, so that will be fun.

THING THREE! This weekend I'm taking a bit of a break and only going up to Hakalau for the day on Friday. Saturday afternoon Forrest and I are driving over to Waikoloa for an America concert, and we're staying in a fancy hotel, and spending Sunday doing relaxing beach stuff on the Kona side of the island. I'm so excited to kick back a little, I've been working so hard. @_@

And that is all the positivity you're getting out of me. You know me, I'm so negative. :P
zolac_no_miko: (authentic Hawaiian coconut tree)
Oh look I'm actually doing this two days in a row, I'M SO AWESOME, YEEEEAAAHHH~!!

THING ONE! Talked my darling dear friend Chris on the phone today, which I don't do nearly often enough. (She was one of my closest friends at college practically from day one.) It was her birthday on Saturday, which prompted a wee bit of phone tag, and we finally caught each other at a good time tonight. So that was nice.

THING TWO! There's this thing in Hawai‘i where we have chickens just sort of wandering around, wild, don't belong to anyone. Mostly they're moa, or Red Junglefowl, that the Hawaiians brought with them, but all kinda interbred with other domestic chicken breeds. Since we a) don't have a dog or a cat anymore, and b) we throw papaya skins around under our trees to encourage chickens to dig coqui frogs out of the leaf litter and eat them, hens and chickies like to come and hang out in our yard and forage where it's friendly and safe. ANYWAY, there's this one black silkie chicken that's been wandering around the last couple years or so, and she's got her second clutch of little half-silkie chicks, TINY BLACK PEEPING RIDICULOUS FLOOFBALLS AAAAAAAAAAAHHH they make me so happy. T__T

THING THREE! Forrest wanted to have a "found foods" dinner, so I'm sitting on a lawn chair in the dark, drinking a beer while he pokes at the grill. I brought a breadfruit, and he's got some oysters from his job at the aquaculture research facility and lobsters from his lobster dive and heart of palm that he brought back from his kayak camping trip up on the north coast last weekend and it's gonna be awesome, basically.
zolac_no_miko: (furrowed brow even now)
I continue to be terrible about this consecutive days thing but eh, this is still a pretty impressive posting schedule for me. ...TMI warning, it's day one of what I like to call my Time of Power, and my uterus is trying to escape, so it's harder than usual to be positive, but I am committed to this meme, so I'm going to be positive WHETHER MY UTERUS LIKES IT OR NOT.

THING ONE! I had breakfast in bed with my boyfriend, then I went to class with my boyfriend, then I had lunch with my boyfriend, then I went shopping for a birthday present for my boyfriend. (His birthday is on Monday.) ...I like my boyfriend. :)

THING TWO! Had to lead a discussion with my fellow grad students about our assigned reading, and I felt good about it! Filled the allotted time, encouraged discussion, underlined the important points, didn't feel nervous. Yay! :D

THING THREE! In deference to my fragile state and to the amount of things I've gotten done already today, I'm giving myself the rest of the evening lying flat on my back on my comfy couch with a bottle of Angry Orchard and episode three of The Roosevelts.

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