werepuppyblack: (books)
Decided to just answer every single question of the book meme I posted an entry back. I'll leave that up so that the questions are there for people if they want it. I've put the majority of questions under a cut because this is LONG, people. There's 50 questions. So, get a cup of tea and let's get started!

1. What is your favourite book and/or book series of all time? This is actually a really hard question to answer because so many come to mind at once. Uh. I guess if I had to pick just one, I'd go with Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. No matter how many times I read that, I always find something new to laugh at, something new to amaze me, and just always have the same level of enjoyment in reading the story.

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Willy Wonka (Things I Want)
I don't think I've ever had such a big want from just seeing a promotional picture of a bear before...

So, this is Toy Fair 2016 week, or at least it was this weekend, and there was a lot of stuff released. I'm interested in the Disney Descendants Villain Kids Signature Dolls, some Marvel Legends, Ghostbusters, some of the Star Wars Black Series Line, and - of course - the retro style clothed Bill & Ted action figures by NECA. Out of all of this? I'm most likely only to find the Disney things because the distribution on that actually hits the UK. But enough about that.

It's been kind of hit and miss lately, in terms of mood and what not. While I am actually getting some sleep, it's been happened at weird times. I might sleep all night one night, and then the next couple of nights get maybe two or three hours at most. I'm still feeling quite down, but with it I've noticed the development of some interesting tactile issues. Or, rather, I'm just finding some feelings too uncomfortable for me. Like a brush on my head - I'm trying to find a soft brush to fix that one - and sometimes even the feel of the shower on my head feels... wrong. I'm going to mention to my GP, and see what that's all about.

Galavant finished. It was an epic ending, and I'm really hoping they get one more surprise renewal. Considering the amount of UK famous people they had in the second series, I'm surprised it's yet to air here in the UK - it really would do well over here. I saw the Deadpool movie with the Dad and the Brother and we all enjoyed it. Some jokes are a little bit eh, but context does help a lot, and it's... weirdly refreshing to see that someone who can be labelled as a victim also makes really shitty jokes as well. I know that sounds odd the way I've phrased it, but I honestly can't think of a better way to explain it all.

I've read 7 out of 50 books for this year so far. Most of these have been comics, I'm not going to lie, but having the Kindle has also been pretty helpful for getting my reading done. I have pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because there is no way I'm ever getting tickets for that show... those shows? I don't quite understand the set up all that well. I'm hoping the book will help, even if it is just the libretto of the show.

Really into Charlie Bears when it comes to collecting habits at the moment. It ties into the whole how I'm feeling things, they're nice and soft and that's just... nice. Though I went to look at the Steiff bears and, well, see that picture up there? Yeah, he's out of my price range, but I will find a way to save up and own him. Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of pure imagination...

Hope everyone is doing well!
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 So on Friday past (14th), it was my 25th birthday.

Actually had quite a nice day. We went out for a wander, went for a nice lunch, and at the weekend, two friends came round to have a DVD night where we ended up quoting lines before they were actually spoken on whatever DVD it was we were actually watching. Nice, fun, geeky evening was had by all. 

I know 'haul' type things are... well, kind of boastful but I am pleased to say I do not have to have laptop worries now, as my parents managed to find a great deal on a great laptop for me, which they gifted to me. I am very fond of this new laptop - I've even left the plastic on the screen to keep it clean for as long as I can. Also it's quite odd to me to be able to use Google Chrome and have it running at the speed it ought to, rather than being very slow and crashing every few minutes. Yeah, my old laptop was having problems...

This weekend (22nd) I'll be at Collectormania Glasgow/Film and Comic Con Glasgow. See, technically they've changed the name of the event, but everyone is still calling it Collectormania unless this is their first year at the convention, in which case they're using the new name. I don't actually know what prompted the name change, especially since the old name did fit the event much better - the stalls have something for everyone's geeky collection. It should be fun though, I'm cosplaying as Susan Sto Helit. 

Next week, Cinderella comes out on blu-ray and dvd. The live action Cinderella, I mean. Looking forward to the blu-ray to see all the deleted scenes and any other info stuff they put on - I really hope there's something about costuming because the outfits in that movie are just wow. Comics wise, I'm waiting on my issue of Secret Wars: Secret Loves to arrive. I pretty much pre-ordered it because there was going to be a Kamala Khan/Robbie Reyes story and that's one of my favourite (crack) pairings for each character. One that is supported by the writer of Robbie's comic, so that's pretty cool.

Otherwise... there's not really much going on here. I'm looking for a new bookcase because another shelf collapsed on mine - fun times. I've taken to writing lists of books or dvds I own when I feel panicky. Just helps to focus my mind elsewhere. Erm... not really much else I can think of that would interest anyone...

Hope you all have a nice day!
werepuppyblack: (The Addams Family)
Yeah, not exactly sure why I went with that title other than the fact I had my Mum asking me what I would like and I had to explicitly state that I did not want a new laptop. Now, the thing I have been looking at laptops lately, just because I like knowing what's out there, and having a rough idea of what I would go for if I had too. When Mum knows I've been doing stuff like that - no matter what it is - and it's near my birthday or Christmas? Yeah, she tends to go and buy it for me. And I love her to pieces, I really, really do, but she doesn't need to do that ><.

Mind you, I don't actually know what I would like for my birthday, other than to maybe go to a bookstore for a while and just look at books. Don't really have a bookstore at my local town centre, and the selection in the local supermarkets is not the greatest in the world. Except for that rare occasion they actually get something good in, but please note the words 'rare occasion'. I guess some new action figures would be cool, but the 'rents are not exactly happy about the prices you need to pay to get a decent figure. Hell, I'm not happy about the prices you need to pay to get a decent figure. But I am a plastic addict, so I pay them, and now I have an adorable little Figma Sakura Kinomoto standing on the shelf with the other Japanese imported figures. (Superheroes stand elsewhere, but I'm going to change up the layout soon I think. And take cute pictures, if I can.)

I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or because I've spent the past few years on meds, but I'm kind just of 'meh' about the idea of my birthday in general. I know it's coming, and don't get me wrong, there's still that bit of me that's always a young child ridiculously excited about it, but yeah... my general reaction has just sort of been 'meh'. So... I don't know, maybe I'll ask my psychiatrist about it. If he actually shows up to the next appointment. He left before the last one. It's a thing, we've complained and are awaiting an apology. I don't think we'll get it.

SDCC has been interesting for trailer releases the past couple of days. I'm still in the "hm" zone for Dawn of Justice, but find myself pleasantly surprised for Suicide Squad and Deadpool. The former is a surprise, the latter isn't. Because I was just excited they were actually going to make his movie, and then I found out it'd be R-rated (though I'm not sure what the UK rating will be) and it was just a moment of "yessss."

Speaking of conventions, I really need to get my Susan Sto Helit cosplay finished... I was gonna use it for Film and Comic Con Glasgow, but I can see it being pushed back for MCM Scotland...

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So... um... I got published in this anthology of stories. The money raised by the book goes towards charity, so really it's just the chance to get their name in print for any of the authors and, well, I think that's a great thing. I had a lot of fun writing my little piece, and it is only a little piece and not even the best in the book. I was actually really surprised they accepted my work, but people who have read it really enjoy it.

There's another anthology going round that I'd quite like to partake in as well - but this is a horror based one, and I'm not really sure if I'm so good at horror. I think I'll give it a shot though; I really do enjoy writing, and it's about the only thing in my life that doesn't mess me up and cause panic or anxiety. Well, except when it comes to editing but editing is dreaded by all writers I think.

But... yeah, just wanted to share the link with you all. If you want to read some smashing stories about GLBTQI+ groups during the Great War, knowing the money is going to a good cause, I'd really pick this one up. The stories are touching, and it was all done with great care to historical accuracy.

Hoping everyone is doing well! Sorry I don't post so often; I really should but I always seem to get distracted.

Oh yes! And I have a new little baby cousin. His name is Tom and he's adorable. My job is to help make sure he doesn't see Frozen as the greatest animated movie of all time. My big cousin/honorary brother (we basically grew up together round at our gran and grandad's. I have my real brother, and I have my honorary brother, both of whom tormented me but eh that's family) and I are in agreement that it's a good movie, but honestly, The Lion King is the best of Disney's out-put.

Nothing really else to report here. Still dealing with all my mental health issues; though I've started at the gym as a way of boosting my self-confidence and to see if it helps with the always feeling tired. NHS Scotland has a program that lets you do that. We were down in London, actually, when the results of this latest General Election came in. We went to see The Lion King Musical on the Friday night. A right old Tory supporter who sat a few rows behind us overheard my mum speaking to his wife as they came back to their seats. He told her to go home to Scotland, we'd lost, and weren't wanted down there anymore. ... Yeah, it was that sort of trip. Show was lovely though, the staff did their best to make sure the guy didn't get talking to us again.

Also got to see Les Misérables with two great friends, who basically ambushed me a few hours after I got into town. It was a great night - one of the cast was from Maryhill so it was nice to have a chat with another Scot in among all the election nonsense. It's coming up for the 30th anniversary, I think. My friend - who sees the show quite often - thinks they're going to redo the theatre and we won't have the turn-table stage anymore. Not really sure what to think of that, it's been with the show so long.

Galavant was renewed for a second season, as was Agent Carter. The latter is coming to the UK soon which I'm very happy about because I've been singing it's praises to Dad and he really wants to see Peggy Carter being the badass we all know she is. Even when I was little, Dad always seemed to be a bit wary of the type of female characters I saw in movies and on TV. He preferred the ones that could stand on their own two feet more than the ones who seemed to need rescuing all the time. I think he just wanted me to know I could do what I wanted, and didn't want the TV telling me otherwise.

I'd like Galavant to come out on DVD - then I could show him that. He'd love the humour, and the music.

My birthday is ... two months away tomorrow by date. I'll be 25. A quarter of a century. People will expect me to be a proper adult by now and what I am? Someone who gets freaked out by her own mind over-reacting, who breaks the common Western belief of leaving home early by still staying with her parents, and who collects toys inside of going out to clubs. ... No wonder most of my family prefer my cousins.
werepuppyblack: (The Life of Action Figures)
Yeaaaah... probably shouldn't be updating as soon as I am again, but hell, things keep happening with these guys. So, first of all, I finished all the icons I needed for all the figures, including a couple who haven't arrived yet but who are on their way. And yeah, there's a tantalizing hint for you. Trying to deal with all the figure people isn't easy, y'know, they're always ready to start fights.

: Well, if the newcomers would just keep to their own places, and not try to ... usurp those of us who have been here since day one

Master, that would just be Nine who was here from day one.

: My point still stands.

The Master everyone. One of the greatest evils in the universe, and yet he's still so petty. But he has a point. There's been a lot of... let's call them territory battles. Mostly between the Master and Onslaught Loki, if I'm honest. Because both of them have to prove which is the most evil of the pair of them. I'm tempted to let let Nine and Thor punch them and let it be done, but that wouldn't be fair of me, would it?

: Excuse me, but I am never petty. I am a God, a being of infinite power and you...

Are the person that owns you, so hold your breath to cool your porridge or you get locked in the cupboard. And trust me, Onslaught, you are petty. How else would you explain how to act when your other self is around?

: Irregardless. You should be bowing before me.

Yeah, not gonna happen. Go talk to the Master or Sylar about what happens to villains who try to act all big around here. It doesn't end well for them.

Right, now SOME PEOPLE have stopped interrupting, I can continue what I was going to say. For the most part, the figures all hang out pretty well together. Some clashes, and I'll tell you the stories of some of the more memorable ones soon, I promise, but like I said, for the most part people are willing to chill out. Mostly. But like I said, we'll get into that another time.

werepuppyblack: (Disney)
Title: Percy Jackson and the Demigod Avenger
Fandom(s): Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Avengers (2012)
Chapter(s): 4/?
Rating: Okay for all
Summary: A hammer comes crashing into camp, Percy picks it up

On Archive of our Own [1] [2] [3] [4
werepuppyblack: (Batman Beyond vs Spider-Girl)
So today was my long awaited trip to Glasgow Comic Con, and it was AWESOME. No, seriously, I'm not just saying that. I had one of the best times I've had in a long while, and you have no idea how ridiculously good it feels to be able to say that I didn't stop grinning the full day. The event started at 10am at The MacKintosh Church Arts & Heritage Centre, which is someplace I am just going to go back out to with my camera one day to take photos of.

On the shallow 'what swag did I get' note - a BUNCH of classic Spidey comics (I mean late 70s  Spidey ... heads up if you want a review), some Academy X trades, the delux edition of the first Batman and Robin trade, and the surprisingly brilliant Hero: 9 to 5 which I picked up purely on the fact that the concept made me laugh.

Oh, and I also got a sketch of the classic "The Beano" character  Dennis the Menace - done by artist Stephen White.

As to be expected for a Glasgow comic festival, there was a lot of indie and independant comic publishers there, and as is my norm, I managed to get into a friendly argument with a few artists about the way woman are drawn in comics, and how it really comes across as seedy explotiation even if the woman are written as the greatest of all shit-kickers. Now, to be fair, I also added that I think it's completely unfair that mne are also drawn to be perfect specimens, and thus lust objects in their own way, but I did manage to get a point across. WOMAN IN PLATED CHEST ARMOUR SHOULD NOT HAVE BREASTS THAT LOOK LIKE ORBS. For ... this is the 21st Century, women read as many comics as men, and as a female comic reader, I do not want to be wondering how the hell a character isn't in huge amounts of pain due to her irregularly drawn top-heavinss.

Having said all of that, there were some brilliant indie press stuff on sale, and it would be so temping to link to it all (particularly Team Girl Comics who are always a fun read) but I want to link to a pic by one in particular. It's by artist Claire J.C. Stewart, and you should all check out her site and bug her about comissions as she has this fantastic style that is really just brilliant to look at. Her strips usually come from conversations she has, hence the title of her self-published sketch book

werepuppyblack: (Disney)
Put a character or pairing from one of my fandoms in my ask and I'll make a mini-fanmix (3-5 songs) for them. I'll even make make cover art. Well, try to at least. My art skills are not great.

My fandoms: 10th Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, Addams Family, Alice, Alice in Wonderland, American Idiot, Becoming Human, Being Human, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, DC Comics, Digimon Adventure/02, Discworld, Disney, Doctor Who, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Glee, Harry Potter, Iron Man (film), Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Les Misérables, Mahou Sentai Magiranger, Marvel Comics, Merlin, Mighty Boosh, Muppets, Musicals, Ouran High School Host Club, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Peter Pan, Power Rangers, Press Gang, Red Dwarf, Robin Hood [BBC], Sherlock, Spaced, Thor (film), True Blood, Wizard of Oz, WWE, Worst Witch, Young Dracula, Xena: Warrior Princess, Young Dracula

Meme Time!

May. 3rd, 2011 07:57 pm
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] second_batgirl 

Name a character in any of my fandoms and I'll tell you 3-4 things about them from my personal fanon-take on said character. (Per usual, "from any of my fandoms" can be "any fictional character you think I'm familiar with" though it's possible I won't have an ANSWER).

My fandoms: 10th Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, Addams Family, Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Becoming Human, Being Human, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Card Captor Sakura, Charmed, DC Comics, Digimon Adventure/02, Discworld, Disney, Doctor Who, Firefly, Glee, Harry Potter, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Marvel Comics, Merlin, Mighty Boosh, Muppets, Musicals, Ouran High School Host Club, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Peter Pan, Power Rangers, Press Gang, Red Dwarf, Robin Hood [BBC], Spaced, True Blood, Wizard of Oz, WWE, Worst Witch, Young Dracula, Xena: Warrior Princess, Young Dracula

werepuppyblack: (Darkwing Duck)
Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] guety 

Name a character from one of my fandoms, and I will reply saying:

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.

My fandoms: 10th Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, Addams Family, Alice, Becoming Human, Being Human, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Card Captor Sakura, Charmed, DC Comics, Digimon Adventure/02, Discworld, Disney, Doctor Who, Firefly, Glee, Harry Potter, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Marvel Comics, Merlin, Mighty Boosh, Muppets, Musicals, Ouran High School Host Club, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Power Rangers, Press Gang, Red Dwarf, Robin Hood [BBC], Spaced, True Blood, WWE, Worst Witch, Young Dracula, Xena: Warrior Princess.

Please add any others you can think of! 
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So I find myself in my boredom today - knowing I should start my psychology essay (still haven't chosen a question) - watching the classic 70's comedy Please, Sir!. It's an ITV production (under London Weekend Television) and ran for 52 episodes between '68 - '72. Which may make you wonder why I - a child of the '90's - am watching it. Well, I used to watch the repeated episodes on Bravo with my dad, and got given the boxset for Christmas after I'd said how much I liked it.

The casting is - as with most of the older sitcoms - pretty well done. I kind of adore Joan Sanderson as Doris Ewell, the strict but fair deputy-head teacher. She really fits the role so very perfectly. Having said that, the lead actor John Alderton as Bernard "Privet" Hedges is also damn well cast, making use of his comedic talent to the full. Eric Chitty as Smithy is just downright adorable. I wish I had these types of teachers back at school.

The story lines for the show are pretty simple, but play out well, creating a sweet kind of charm. This show is a great example of attitudes at the time actually, particuarly in relation to school, and continuing education. If I chose to look at education in History - something which, again, interests me - this show would be on my lists of examples. There's also episodes dealing with the ideas of racism and that the upcoming generation - the "kids" of the show - don't necessarily get the point of why their parents take issue the way they do. It's well put, and cleverly thought out. I really adore this show.

Actuallly, it's this show (with some early Grange Hill) that kind of lends to my fascination with the idea of writing something set in a secondary modern. If I wanted it to be a period piece, though, I'd need to do a lot of research, and while that does hold some interest for me, I kind of like the idea of clashing the classic of the secondary moderns with the modern of technology. Eh, just one of those things I guess.

Also, over the past few weeks, I've been getting back into the Spider-Girl series. Spider-Girl is, in short, pretty damn awesome as well. My favourite characters so far are the title Spider-Girl herself, Mayday Parker - obviously - and Darkdevil/Reily Tyne. I won't spoil the series but I will say this: if you didn't know certain pieces of information ... well ... there would be a lot of fic about those two.

Actually, little things like what I'm thinking of never stop the fic writers. Anyone actually know any Spider-Girl comm/where I could find fic. I'm interested in seeing what's out there.
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Stephen Colbert.


A Geek I mean

(yes the captial 'g' in Geek is necessary)

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