seventhe: (Laguna: wayward son)

I am here to write an entry about much-less-important things, but I can't open it without dedicating a few words and a space of silence to the victims from yesterday. I am wishing them peace. I am wishing you peace.


So I started here wanting to write about clothes / fashion / appearance, which seems like such a frivolous post opened with such a somber thought, but hey, I am a complex individual and I came here with thoughts in my brain that are going down no matter what.

Any discussion on clothing, fashion, appearance, etc. lives on the edges of a bunch of critical serious issues, too -- appearance, gender, body image, marketing, consumerism, health, so on -- and I have many words to give on those, but for right now, this is not that post.

a sense of style )

OKAY THEN

Oct. 10th, 2012 04:20 pm
seventhe: (Burger King: In the butt!)
As of tonight, I am off to NYC/NYCC for a horrifying/fabulous weekend. (horrifabulous?) I'm going to a convention on ankles that can't walk or stand for more than 5-10 minutes without feeling like stabbing bruises, with a lingering cough that both sounds and feels like I'm hauling the grossest parts of my lungs up through my throat, on no less than 7 prescriptions (4 of which say, dude, don't drink alcohol)--

--and it's going to be awesome. Or, I might die, but hey.

See y'all.

PS: COMMENT HERE IF U WANT SOOPER CLASSEY POSTCRAD
seventhe: (Quistis: smile)
I saw Distant Worlds last Friday, and it was amazing. I'd heard from a lot of people that it was going to be really good, but I had kind of been trying to keep reasonable expectations and all. It was just unbelievable, though, like on a lot of levels: this is the music from a series of games I have been playing for over 20 years now, well over half my life, and I listened to them in a gorgeous ballroom-type setting thing surrounded by people from the internet that I met through these games who are now some of my closest and best friends in the world. It's a little mind-blowing when I put it that way. No wonder I got a bit emotional.

The show opened with the Opening: Bombing Mission from FFVII, and that was definitely a "get chills" type thing: [personal profile] novel_machinist and [personal profile] crankyoldman were the first people I met in person through fandom, [mumble] years ago, and we all met through FFVII and cosplayed really shitty Turks at our first convention and there they were sitting right in front of me: LULZ, to put it in the vernacular. Can I use any more colons: WE'LL FIND OUT.

Other highlights of the show for me:
  • The fucking battle music from FFVIII. What the everloving fuck: why did this make me cry? But it did. I think it was the moment I realized they were using the footage from the scene in Dollet where they're running from that giant monster and Quistis fucks it up with the machine gun so that Squall can escape. I have unhealthy feelings about this game.

  • On that note: EYES ON ME. HOLY JESUS. Sobfest over basically a Squall/Rinoa songvid. I absolutely loved that singer.

  • and on that note: MAN WITH THE MACHINE GUN. Will I ever not love this song in its entirely? JFMC.

  • There were two pieces from FFIX, and even though that wasn't my favorite game, I'd forgotten (a) how poignant and pretty the music is and (b) that the game can still pack an emotional punch with some of those visuals.

  • FFIV's Theme Of Love. It's a beautiful song from my favorite game. I probably would have liked a little more music from FFIV - they did a medley from I-III that was amazing and made me tear up a little, and it would have been nice to see the same for FFIV; it has the kind of very repetitive music I think would be suited for a medley. Then again I'm a little prejudiced about this game.

  • Zanarkand. Fucking Zanarkand. I cried so hard at this one. The visuals were just really well done - people cry, and Yuna dances - and personally I think it's top five one of the most beautifully emotional songs in the entire FF series.

  • THE OPERA FROM FFVI. I wasn't sure how this was going to play out, but I was hopeful, and it was absolutely amazing. The singers were phenomenal, and they put little clips of the Opera House from the game up in-between the singing parts, and I got pretty emotional seeing Locke running around in the rafters and Edgar and Sabin sitting in the chairs ("Why is everyone singing?") and all of that. Again, nostalgia time: my brother Jim and I pooled all our money to buy FFVI (FFIII!) when it came out and we played the hell out of it and we still joke about it. My brother: came to the Distant Worlds concert. I'd already been crying, but I sobbed at the fricking opera.
    (Side note: am I the only old person one who still wants to say, "Oh my hero / so far away now / will I ever see your smile"? I know they re-wrote/re-translated the opera in other releases of the game and in FFVI Advance and all, but the original translation will always be the one in my head.

  • Terra's Theme is still like top three pieces of music forever, although they ruined it a little by playing credits through it. Maybe I'm just bitter because MY FAVORITE.

  • The entire crowd singing SEPH-I-ROTH was a really good note to end on: I've never really been able to adore Sephiroth like most of the fandom, but One Winged Angel is still awesome music, and having the crowd sing was an awesome way to end on a good note with a badass game and a badass villain without taking itself too seriously. It was pretty awesome.


The rest of the weekend was an exhausting blur of internet friends and alcohol. Just take a look at this: [livejournal.com profile] safety_caesars and [personal profile] ser_pounce_alot and I drove out on Thursday to pick up [personal profile] deadcellredux and [profile] notraffic, then met [personal profile] justira and [personal profile] novel_machinist on Friday and [personal profile] crankyoldman late Fri / early Sat. That's a lot of Final Fantasy. And a lot of booze.

It was a great weekend and an amazing show. Coming back to a day of meetings starting at 5AM (the day; 6:20 for the workday) was kind of like a punch in the face.
seventhe: (Ohayo: CREEPERSHARK)
As of tomorrow evening I will be drunk at Ohayocon. My itinerary includes:
  • Battleshots

  • FF Roller Derby Rydia, part of the Zeromus Haters roller derby team

  • being drunk

  • (drunk) (gay stylist) (spaghetti making) Trowa, from Gundam Wing

  • gluing sparkly shit on everyone who stands still long enough to let me

  • getting to curl Becky's hair :D

  • possibly seducing Quatre's voice actor with Katy

  • drinking an entire beer penis

  • a round of Snirvines (this year's shot)

  • Mongolian Fucking Barbecue

  • cuddling

  • lots of compromising photos posted to our live photo feed

  • creepersharking

  • HOPEFULLY partying with Hot Leia and Hot Tifa and Hot Cloud and Hard Gay



I'll have my phone for email and texts, but I will very likely be drunk or sleeping, so. Contact at your own risk, fools. Otherwise, I will get back to all of you on Monday when I am hung the fuck over sober and back at work.

CHEERS :D
seventhe: (Laguna: why is he so hot)
So we realized a while back that, holy shit, not only is Nay's birthday coming up, but NAY IS GRADUATING COLLEGE LIKE A BOSS. She has to get something super special! So we may or may not have decided to write a story! about some things! that we hope Nay will really like! Nay, please note: we started this in like, late October, because WE TOTALLY HAD FAITH. We knew you could do it! And you did! CONGRATS!

Unfortunately, a lot of life intervened for both of us, and we didn't manage to finish the whole thing. But! But. We do have a teaser ready. A six thousand word teaser. BECAUSE IT'S US. AND YOU.

So we hope you enjoy this teaser! We promise the rest of the story as soon as we can manage it -- we're so sorry for not having the whole thing yet, but we hope this can still make you happy! Lots of love, thank you for being awesome, and CONGRATS TIMES A THOUSAND! Please get very drunk for us.

This teaser will soon turn into a full-fledged present! YOUR SNIPPET IS NOW DIAMONDS. )

Love, congratulations, tl;dr, and cock jokes everywhere,

[personal profile] justira and [personal profile] seventhe
seventhe: (JECHT: humps life)
THE OTAKON PHOTOS ARE IN. I've been waiting to post all the pictures together in one big massive love-fest, because this year was just FANTASTIC. I'm including my favorites here (basically, the terrible and hilarious ones, as well as photoshoot ones that are just awesome) and I highly suggest you all look at them, especially if you like FFVI, but also if you need a GOOD LAUGH and some AWESOME COSPLAY in your life. And who doesn't?

I haven't yet uploaded [livejournal.com profile] yi_sen's shots of the Braska/Auron/Jecht PHOTOBOMBING, so, uh. Those will be later.




WARNING: METRIC SHIT-TONNE OF PHOTOS.


FFVI Photoshoot and Outtakes! )

And now, the out-takes:

FFVI Continues... )


The FFVI photoshoot is here, and the outtakes (and the rest of my photos) can be found here. There are some really good solo shots in the photog's album, and there are some more funny bar shots in my album, whichever you prefer. ;)

Seriously, I had the world's shittiest day today, and this made my life. I LOVE YOU GUYS.
seventhe: (Rydia: shine)
[livejournal.com profile] churched is waiting for me at the bus station. [livejournal.com profile] drakonlily is dancing around our awesomely huge and beautiful hotel rooms (probably naked) RIGHT NOW. The back of my car is stuffed with alcohol and blankets! Tons of crazy LJers are converging on Columbus as we speak! There is a hotel bar waiting to be drunk completely out of dark beer!

I'M OFF TO OHAYOCON.

Leave a message; talk to you all Monday.

seventhe: (Sev: Mind Reading)
Weekend with [livejournal.com profile] lassarina in Chicago: Excellent!

Friday night I made really good time... until I made a lazy stop for food and put myself directly in the beginning of rush-hour traffic. Note to self: YOU ARE AN IDIOT; when making good time on the road, don't ruin it! Anyway, after fighting the mobs of traffic, I got the Meglet, we got the Natalie, and then hit Chipotle. We then returned and basically denned for the night weekend, save a trip out to the Cheesecake Factory, because there is not one near me which means I like to go whenever possible (as I am trying to eat every delicious-looking item on their menu one by one!).

We watched the cutscenes from Lost Odyssey; while I'm not sure I have a really firm grasp on the entire game/plotline from the cutscenes, I can probably pick it up with an FAQ or game script. It was pretty and shiny, and had a lot of pretty awesome characters. I also got Persona 3! We started it but didn't get far at all -- I'm looking forward to picking that one up at home.

Edited to add: Also, Meg's cat molested me in my sleep. Trufax!!

Other than that, there was various fic-writing and lots of delicious drinks to be had. Meg and Nat introduced me to raspberry lambic, and as I am just getting involved in the brewing process here (a beginning brewmistress, to be sure) I'm now kind of curiously poking at recipes.

In other news, apparently when there is no traffic, the drive from me to Chicago actually only takes 5.5 hours, including a stop for food and gas. This probably means that I drive WAY too fast*. I blame [livejournal.com profile] hilldo for distracting me on the phone for the last hour of the drive, which pretty much flew by. Stay tuned for our awesome future projects, guys. After we beat Secret of Mana, of course. There are vampires and wigs and crime-solving. stfu.

In other news, I am a bit ahead for JanNoWriMo; as I've already failed at the write-every-day goal, it looks like my new goal is just to write as many words as freaking possible. I wrote over 1000 words of Seifer/Irvine at Meglet's alone; as it was over the course of an evening I actually split it up to cover Saturday/Sunday (we were up pretty late on Sunday!) to be fairer.

NOW comes the fun of getting ready for Ohayocon! It looks like I will be unable to join [livejournal.com profile] drakonlily this weekend for prep so I am trying to make a list of all the things I need to remember to bring and/or buy myself this weekend in whatever spare time I have. Help me out here, guys (esp Jana, Katy, Drakon, Becky):

OHAYOCON )

I'm pretty excited for this convention, and also excited to be bringing people back home for the always-awesome Super Bowl party!

Anyway. Another totally crammed beginning-of-the-week for me. I hate my new Mon-Tues-Wed schedule, but hey, what can you do. Other than bitch about it a bit and then just man up.



* meaning 50 miles per hour AND SAFE, of course


seventhe: (Sev and Enkida)
So I've been sitting here writing my share of the porn for HNtDB* and thinking about writing in general. I'm kind of peeved at fanfiction.net and their recent Crusades Against All Sensical Punctuation (including scene breaks of all kinds). One of the reasons I like LiveJournal for my writing is that I know once I post something in [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism, it's going to look like I intend for it to look, and since LJ is a blogging community the chance of them cutting out "---" is pretty much 0.001%** and so it's probably going to continue to look that way for a while. I liked the fact that lots of people read my stuff at fanfiction.net, but I also have readers here at LJ, and what I've lost in "raw number of random commenters" I've gained not only in "raw number of insightful commenters" but also in "community", per se.

The thing is, of course, that since I was writing porn while thinking about this, I started thinking a little harder. I don't understand what's been going on in the Livejournal Background, and I don't really care to, but kerfluffle after kerfluffle has made me just a little nervous about The Future of LiveJournal As Pertaining To My Porn***. I mean, I would also like to have my own archive of my own fanfiction work. I own http://seventhe.net for this very basic reason, but I never could maintain it. Flaw #1: Writing on breaks at work. I can't FTP into my website from work. I can, however, post to LJ.

So what I'm looking for are some recommendations of website-based software which will let me post stories to my website -- much like fanfiction.net's software -- without FTP. I know they're out there, and in fact I know that some of you use them for your own work. What do you recommend? Keep in mind I am severely PHP- and SQL-impaired, so anything that's super easy to use (think "Plug and Play") wins, even if it lacks certain features.

I already run Gallery on seventhe.net (which needs a good updating), so I'm not completely hopeless. That's really what I'm looking for -- something like that, that I can access anywhere, without having to HTML-code all my writing and then actually upload it. I am Le Lazy.

And now, back to helping poor tormented Quistis finally get a piece of ass, before I go to bed.


* at least, I'm trying. We'll see how it actually turns out, as I have to go to bed soon ><
** although it may be higher with our new Russian overlords
***PRIORITIES, DUDE
seventhe: (Rydia: dragons)
My weekend with [livejournal.com profile] katmillia was basically awesome. We cuddled a lot, and did drunken karaoke at the Dugout, and watched the intro to Firefly (P.S. KATY WATCH THE REST BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME), and doodled a little, and had sushi with [livejournal.com profile] kenupntr. And decorated the house for the Halloween Party, and made 8 boxes worth of Jello shots.

I love my Katy like woah and I want her to come back!

The Halloween party was quite possibly the most awesome party we've ever had at Jeff's. The decorations were awesome, and the costumes were fucking excellent. All of the Jello shots were eaten and so much beer was consumed it was basically unbelievable. [livejournal.com profile] jennyclarinet was ridiculously hot in her costume. Everyone's costumes were awesome, and once things began coming out of the Extra Costume Bin, it just got crazier.

There was dancing, and more dancing, and some cuddling, and some feeding of Jello shots to random people all the time.

Jeff and I went as K-Fed and Britney Spears, which was pretty sweet. Katy went as American McGee's Alice, which no one got but me and [livejournal.com profile] hilldo and Jerry, but was pretty damn sweet.

I have pics up, although they're locked because certain people don't like having pictures out on the internet. I don't really know if anyone other than me looks at pictures but if you want to see us all, comment and I'll give you the link. THEY'RE HOT

Two major reasons to love [livejournal.com profile] hilldo:
(1) He dressed up as Dick In A Box for the party. With Blow Pops
(2) "Helping" me with NaNo by co-writing the Text Based Adventures Of Sir Hilldo And His Penis. Chapter 1 may be posted later if you guys are nice.

Anyway, now our kitchen is a huge ass mess, and we have zero groceries, and we spent yesterday lying around and watching football because we were too tired to do anything else. Tonight I've got class and ff_p but after that hopefully we can make some headway into cleaning this shit!

- - -

Random side note: [livejournal.com profile] lassarina has some particularly fun and interesting discussions going on her LJ, for fellow writers.

EDIT: I find it funny that I use the same set of tags in every entry about Katy and Rina. HMMMMMMMM

RE-EDIT: Alright, I give up. Link's in the comments.
seventhe: (Cock: slogan)
I am pretty much a posting fiend this morning, so I apologize. I had a batch running and kind of almost lost my sanity, so HA.

- - -

Fun Thing the First:
[livejournal.com profile] cockeyed_art! This is an art community between myself, [livejournal.com profile] katmillia, and [livejournal.com profile] rosencrantz. The goal is, really, to get everyone to use our (SHINY NEW) TABLETS and to develop better drawing skillz and to draw regularly and all.

There's a weekly "challenge" where all that happens is someone prompts two characters, M and F, and we all have to draw at least one by the next week.

If anybody out there likes to draw and wants to play with us, feel free! We're currently working in FF IV, VIII, X/X-2, XII - but there are reference pics every week if you don't know a character. There are some "rules", but the only important thing is to not let 1,000 cock jokes offend you. If you're cool with that, you're game.

I'll also be posting the art in [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism, for anyone who watches that journal. I figure I should keep fanart out of this one so that [livejournal.com profile] hilldo doesn't make fun of me and stuff. So watch BP for my really crappy art! Or just watch [livejournal.com profile] cockeyed_art.

- - -

Fun Thing the Second:
I am totally off on a cruise this weekend. Ha ha. See you suckers on Tuesday.
seventhe: (Cecil: OMG DARK SWORD)
New FFIV fic in the works, ladies and gentlemen!

Hunter
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe and [livejournal.com profile] rosencrantz (Sev and Enkida)
Fandom: FFIV
Characters: Kain, Rydia, Edge, Cast
Rating: M / R
Spoilers: Whole damn game.

Summary: Heroes aren't always automatically granted a happily ever after... sometimes, winning is only the start of the battle. Kain, Rydia, Edge - and the aftermath of victory.

Part I: Penance (01)
LJ: http://brokenprism.livejournal.com/19137.html
ff.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3622929/1/




The fic is a gift for [livejournal.com profile] katmillia, or at least it started out that way. It's now the hugest, most tl;dr gift ever.

I'll be updating it in [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism, and I mean it this time ;), so I probably won't post about it here every time because I don't want to spam people. Consider this your introductory post! This is basically just blatant self-promoting spam. SPAM SPAM SPAM. I know some of you on my F-List are FFIV people, so please take a read and let me know what you think. <3 THERE WILL BE PORN IN THIS STORY, LATER
seventhe: (Seifer: shoot me)
Public Service Announcement: There is a new chapter of How Not to Date Blondes up, finally! [livejournal.com profile] rosencrantz and I have triumphed over HOW MANY MONTHS of writers' block.

And here is how I spent my Monday morning!

Enkida and I tag-team brainstorming for Chapter 8 in Google Docs: SPOILERZ FOR HNTDB OMG only not really )

(ETA) This can now also be found on [livejournal.com profile] capslock_ff!!

While this was going on, I then created this new OTP with [livejournal.com profile] twilightsrain:

My work / Nikki's Homework = OTP )

Meanwhile, [livejournal.com profile] lassarina and I email-spammed each other about porn, and [livejournal.com profile] justira and I chatted about FFX, FFEX, washing cats, cat macros, and everything else inbetween. Oh, and cats.

And also, Ira is sending me books.

I love people who distract me during the day.
seventhe: (Yuna: small)
I collapsed at 9:30 last night.

Exhaustion.

This was entirely the fault of Rina, Katy, and Chicago's lame-ass traffic.

There may or may not be pictures later. Just sayin'.

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