yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Comfortably share silence)
✿ Solstice has been rain, rain, nothing but rain and gloominess. That's all right; we need rain, always. And I've had to move ritual to the weekend, as usual, because of scheduling. Maybe the weather will be better for it, then. (Forecast says yes.) Anyway, bless you all, etc etc etc.

✿ (Note to self: solstice reading x2. Do it. You know you want to. :D )

✿ Works are finally revealed for Night on Fic Mountain exchange! Yay! My own gift is super cute, I love it. You should all look through the list of fandoms to see if there's anything relevant to your interests. It'll probably be a while before I can get around to reading everything that catches my eye, alas. Not a lot of time on my hands right now....

✿ Speaking of exchanges, signups for [community profile] multifandomdrabble are still open until the 23rd! Come write some bite-sized fic with me. :D

✿ SSSS: we have a hint (toward the bottom of the blog entry) that more information about the Book 2 kickstarter is coming soon. Very exciting! I wish she'd give a more definite date about when we'll get more info, but ah, well. I wonder what kinds of extras will be included in the book this time....

✿ Speaking of SSSS, the recent events are basically "everything is terrible and sad", ffff. Not a lot of Deep Thoughts on the current part of the story, but it sure is difficult to write things "five minutes into the plot's future" so to speak, because I'm having trouble speculating. I wonder when we'll get the new chapter turnover, and also, when we'll get that barrage of pages that was mentioned a few weeks ago.

✿ YiH: Karo posted another preview panel for Ch06, yay! Here's Siiri again. <3 <3 Haha, I think I'm falling in love, oh dear. (I just... really like older women? The sort who have a tough streak. I dunno, man.) Anyway, Karo also says: I'm trying to get Chapter 6 at least 25% done before I continue uploading and finishing Chapter 5. This makes me really happy, because yesssss steady updates. Sure, it means waiting a little longer, but it's going to be so worth the wait!

✿ Aaand... Jáhko and Veeti are getting a cameo in the Odie comic, and the preview of that panel delights me. Voila. They look like they're on a date -- [/cough] I MEAN - well, yes, my shipping goggles are permanently welded to my eyeballs, but whatever, it makes me happy. As much as I normally dislike modern mundane AUs, I might or might not have dropped about 800 words on something inspired by this, and fully intend to finish it. I guess for every rule, there is an exception. xD It's a nice opportunity to draw on the "soulmates across universes" trope, which also isn't necessarily my thing, but for these two, it's just perfect.
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
Went out yesterday for some ritual stuff and mucking around in nature... discovered that slippery forest paths are even more interesting when there are rosebushes every-freaking-where and you, by coincidence, forgot to bring the thick gloves that you acquired specifically to deal with this problem. ...But it was all right. The sound of the rain on the stream was very nice. Though the way the wind made the spruce trees creak was a little unnerving. It sounded like they were going to come down on top of me.

I cleaned my room today and (re)discovered that I have way too many books. And most of them, well, I haven't read them. Aaand this leads me to think that I really should stop checking things out of the library, at least for a while, so I can make my way through this backlog. Once I've read something, I'm comfortable ditching it, but in the meantime I have all these piles of books and... yes. I really should take care of this. A lot of it is nonfiction (mainly history), but a good part of it is poetry, and that shouldn't be difficult to get through.

It has been raining all day and I'm in a horrible funk about it. I think, as soon as I have my after-supper coffee, I'll go take a walk outside anyway, just because I'm craving fresh air.

I've been working slowly but steadily on my NoFM exchange fic. Really, I want to start another one - my recip has great taste and I would love to give them two gifts - but I don't know if I would have time to complete two. I know there's roughly a month left, but with work and everything, I'm finding it very difficult to find time to work uninterrupted.

Speaking of exchanges, nom period for [community profile] raremaleslashex starts tomorrow. I'd like to do this one, but it might not be possible with my schedule... we'll have to see.

On an unrelated note, I find it kind of funny how my viewership doubles when I write G-rated fluff of the SSSS juggernaut. It's not that I'm surprised of course; but man, people sure do like Emil/Lalli. Though the fact that the numbers for the fluff were double than the response to the kinky fic of the same length with the same pairing does surprise me - but only a tiny bit (it was a little bit atypical). Normally I don't pay attention to reader response, but since these two things were posted so close together, the differences were more obvious than they otherwise might have been.
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
☆ Oil plant maintenance season is upon us, and that means overtime. Please expect an exhausted Yuu in your future. Drives me nuts that this will cut into my writing time, but on the upside, more cash is always nice. And keeping on top of the workload. That too. orz Today there was talk of putting some of us on night shift, which... hahaha, NO.

☆ I received my NoFM assignment. I'm delighted with it. Hopefully I'll be able to start writing tomorrow, or at least look over the letter again + do some canon review. I already have some ideas, sort of. And maybe consider treats... (though I suppose I should leave that until I have a draft of something, hm.) This exchange had some initial pinch hits, so if you like small fandoms and have some time to do writing/art, I might suggest checking over at [community profile] nightonficmountain to see if there's anything you can pick up.

☆ There is going to be a YOI rarepair exchange starting up toward the end of the month. Check over at [community profile] rareshipsonice for the preliminary info (IIRC the mod has mostly decided re: schedule etc, but some things might be subject to change). I think this might interest some of you. I haven't decided whether I want to take part myself, but it has a 500-word minimum, which is very doable, so maybe....

☆ Kiraly drew two of my characters and they are adorable* and I am delighted. <3 I should write more things with them. Yes. When I have the time.

☆ It snowed this morning. AGAIN. Insert giant frowny face here. >:( I am not pleased with this development.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
Writing poetry is fun, but it sure doesn't do much to help the CampNaNo wordcount. Heh. Oh, well. I finished a bunch of things this weekend, and worked on some other things, and I'm feeling pretty good about it, even if at the same time I feel like I hardly wrote anything.

I discovered that there's a small space inside the town's community centre that's perfect for just chilling. It's farther back than I usually go, and it has pretty big tables, and really good lighting, and it's kind of quiet because it isn't close to the library entrance. I think I might take to going there to sit and sketch, maybe. Write. Or whatever. Did that for a bit yesterday, and it was nice. I took my sketchpad down with me, the one that was really cheap, so I don't feel uncomfortable about using it, and I scribbled for a little while there. Mostly messy crap, but it felt good. I did manage to do one scannable sketch of Vesa*, which is great because now I can get Kiraly to draw him for me.

Maybe next time, I'll take my coloured pencils and some random objects, and draw those. Drawing things is more fun than drawing people, and it's even better when it's in weird colours, like I did with these. I have a lot of packages of Prismas where I wore down all of the colours that I actually use, and was left with lots of weird-ass shit like light orange and magenta and neon green, so it's nice to find a use for those colours. No idea what I'll take with me for drawing when I do this, though. ...Hah, maybe I'll just draw my lunch before I eat it, that'd do.

I'm thinking about adding fic prompts to my Night on Fic Mountain signup/letter. I'm in a weird space where I like fic, but I don't feel like prompting for it. I'll have to think of something. Maybe just a general likes list would be enough? (General likes, then canon/pairing-specific general likes...) Ehhh I'll figure something out.

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Apr. 5th, 2017 05:49 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
Anxiety grumping )

As counter to the whole bunch of kvetching above, here are some nicer things:

☆ I have two potential matches for [community profile] nightonficmountain, as well as somebody that I could treat if I decide to do that, which means I can stop worrying about whether I'll have someone to write for. (There's still plenty of time to sign up, if anybody is interested...! Tag Set and Ao3 profile/FAQ for reference. /nudge)

☆ It's just slightly over a month until Eurovision! Even though it seems like it'll be very Balladvision (according to what I've heard, anyway - I've only listened to maybe two songs), I'm still excited about it. I think this time around I might be able to listen to the semifinals, even if I'm not able to actually watch them. That would be nice. I hate having to skip them and then see everyone throwing their commentary on twitter; it makes me feel like I'm missing out on so much.

☆ My mate Tik is hinting that I should learn Polish. I'm trying to resist, but I think she might be winning. It's ridiculous, considering I haven't been spending time on Norwegian, so I shouldn't pick up another - but it couldn't hurt to learn some basics, so that I can at least understand how to pronounce everything properly... But this is how it starts. (And she's hinting that picking up Ukrainian would be easier if I know basics of at least one Slavic language. I'm still unsure if I want to even try to learn Ukrainian, but still, maybe -- she's so devious. And she knows me too well.)

[personal profile] straightforwardly reminded me about the existence of the game Never Alone*, which I've been meaning to play for ages, but forgot about for a while there. It's set in the arctic, and it's inspired by traditional Iñupiat lore, and the screenshots look so pretty... basically it's everything I love in one nice package. It might be a while before I get to this one, but I really am going to have to play it one of these days.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti + Jáhko - Field)
Dear Night on Fic Mountain Creator:

Hi! This time around, all of my requests are for art. I'm really looking forward to what you're going to make for me. I've provided a few prompts for each character/pairing request to give an idea of what I'd like to see. If you have ideas that aren't on the list, but that fit in with my general likes and don't include DNWs, then feel free to do that. I love surprises!

Questions/comments/requests for clarification are welcome.

General likes and dislikes )
Stand Still, Stay Silent )
A Redtail's Dream )
Year in Hereafter )
Small Trolls )
Pokemon Sun & Moon )

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Mar. 31st, 2017 09:09 am
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
✿ Noms for the [community profile] nightonficmountain close on April 1st, so if you're thinking about signing up for that one and haven't added anything to the tag set, there's still a bit of time. (NOFM is a multifandom exchange centred on rare/small fandoms, for the record. ...I'm going to request so much obscure stuff, hot damn.)

✿ Camp NaNo starts tomorrow. I'm VERY excited about it. As to whether I'll actually make my wordcount goal... that is questionable. Going to have to get into the habit of writing every day - again. This will be hard. ;V

✿ Random music rec: Í Tokuni by Eivør, a singer from the Faeroe Islands. I stumbled across her music recently, and ahhh she has a pretty cool voice. <3 Her sound is very... I'm not sure what to call it. Ethereal, I suppose one could say. There is also an English version of this song, Into the Mist, which will be released on the English version of her album Slør in late May (the Faroese version was released in 2015). I think I prefer her work in Faroese, and if I end up picking up one of her albums it'll probably be the original version of Slør, though she of course sounds great in English too.

✿ Tumblr user drepedetihjel drew fanart inspired by one of my SSSS poems about Ensi and Veeti (Second Sight) and I can't get over how cool this is. <3 <3 <3 (Note to self, link it in the actual fic post later.)

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:29 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Hannu)
☆ It snowed today, which just proves (again) that while it might technically be spring, it isn't really spring, not here. And it won't be until mid-April or so.

☆ Still thinking about signing up for [community profile] nightonficmountain. Am I in the mood to commit myself to an exchange? Who knows. (I suspect that if I do sign up, I'll end up as an initial pinch hit. Which is fine. But, eh.)

☆ Hey aRTD folks: over on tumblr, I'm giving away a hannunvaakuna necklace like the one Hannu wears in the comic (details here). Message me there if you want to be added to the draw list. Or message me on DW. Or whichever. As long as I have a way to contact you, it's fine.

☆ I have done nothing this evening. NOTHING. I feel like a useless lump.

☆ I've been listening to an audiobook version of Louise Penny's The Cruelest Month. At first I was having trouble getting into it, because the reader's voice is very soothing and makes me kind of dozy... but I like it so far. It reminds me that I really should read more of the Inspector Armand Gamache novels - I like them a lot. But I have one problem with listening to this one at work, and it's that there are so many food descriptions, and they make me so hungry! Every single scene at Olivier's bistro, pfff... the sandwiches sound like they'd be so delicious. ;;; Also, there is something about Three Pines that reminds me of Wolfville - I guess it has a similar atmosphere, except that Three Pines is of course very French - aaand naturally it makes me miss Wolfville terribly.
yuuago: (Norway - Map)
☆ Starting to feel better, FINALLY. I'm still coughing a lot, but by this point it's like, mostly a reflexive thing. Urghhwarblglarbl.

☆ I gave up on the Curiosity scarf that I had in-progress, and unravelled it, and started over. This one SHOULD be possible to do in one skein of Arroyo, but I wasn't managing it. I jumped down two sizes below the recommended needles and... it looks like now I'm able to work the recommended gauge. Lovely. xD Ahhh I'm still not used to actually paying attention to gauge... but if I want to do this scarf properly (without running out) then I guess I'm going to have to.

☆ Speaking of which, in a fit of craziness I ordered more Malabrigo Arroyo in the same dark blue, and I think I'll try making this hat to go with it. I like the bit in the description that says you can spend a lot of it just comfort knitting - that sounds reassuringly relaxing. :) Soooo hopefully when I start that one (whenever it'll be) that will go well.

☆ Kiraly drew an adorable Jonna/Riikka picture for me, which is posted over here. I can hardly wait for her to mail me the original, eee. <3 I realized today that I've only written two stories with them, which is a travesty and I must remedy this ASAP. xD

☆ A random fic rec: As Long As You Like by Kiraly. Author's summary is: A week after their first encounter on the ferry, Michael and Signe meet again. Some things have changed. Some things haven't. Goooo read it, it's a lovely fic with this pair - very true to character, and basically the continuation of their story to a part that I wish we'd been able to see. ...Yes, I'm only just now getting around to reading stuff from Chocolate Box. ;p
*I think that it's possible to enjoy this one even if you aren't familiar with Stand Still Stay Silent - all you need to know is that there was an illness spreading rapidly through Europe (and the rest of the world), and that these two met on a ferry that was bound for Bornholm, and they weren't able to return to the mainland because Denmark closed its borders.

☆ Noms start March 15th for [community profile] nightonficmountain if anyone's interested. Schedule is here. This is a small/rare/inactive fandoms exchange - always nice to see those. Unsure if I'll sign up for this one, but I'll be keeping my eye out for people to potentially treat.
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