tsukinofaerii: I was hiding under your porch because I love you (Because I love you)
29 years prior to this day, I was forcible expelled screaming from where I had been held captive in a uterus for nine months.

In other words, it's my birthday! And a lovely one it's been. Last night I got my hair done back up in rainbows (pictures pending, thanks dial-up internet >:[ ), went to dinner with a cousin and her boyfriend (other cousin & her attachments skipped out, completely predictably; at this point, I'm neither surprised nor hurt) and went to see Warm Bodies (good movie, not great, but worth the admission).

Today, the day of the Birth itself, was nice and peaceful. Twitter people kept saying nice things to me, and [personal profile] cookinguptales and [personal profile] valtyr both got me Luxuriantly Coiffed Sorrow-Spiders in Fallen London, which were enough for me to get my very own Green-Eyed Devil and to keep one of the darlings for my own. Isn't it adorable?

I also finished reading a truly atrocious romance novel: The Naked Viscount by Sally MacKenzie. I may do a review of it, either on here or on Tumblr. Let's just say that I'm glad I only paid $0.47 for it. I can't believe there's a series, and this one's supposedly the best according to reviews. Most of that less-than-fifty-cents value was in snark.

The major downside to having read it is that I am all out of patience for questionable writing for a while. Tried to read a fic and got thrown out by one tiny mistake. :( Hopefully I will recover quickly.

Other than the above, matters move slowly. I'm inching along in the Auction Fic (20k and counting), but due to The Matter of My Birth, I've not written or done anything really productive this weekend. And it's nice.
tsukinofaerii: Wolverine sipping tea. Snoot Snoot (Snoot Snoot)
No, really. Why?

Quick backstory: I recently got an eReader as a gift to myself! (Kobo Touch, am in love with it thus far, though I had to sell a couple of souls just to get my hands on the damned thing.) Change jars build up over time, yo! So I was looking for books to add to it and thought, "Hey, the Teen Wolf novelization is out there! Maybe I should take a peek at that."

And then I hesitated and had to ask, Do I really want to spend money on a book I won't finish? Because, mark my words, I won't finish it. I already know this without even having looked at the previews or any reviews. I am not one of those people who will trudge through a book solely for completion's sake. If it sucks, I will throw it against a wall and then pawn it off on a relative or, in extreme cases, Goodwill. (I may eventually find and designate an "instead of eBook" throwing object for these occasions.)

I've read novelizations before. I've read the Sailor Moon novels (rehashes of the US episodes, poorly written, unimaginative), started the Iron Man II novelization (absolutely unreadable, dull, full of both plot holes and SPaG errors) and backed slowly away from many others after just glancing through them. Why is this a thing?

Ideally, novelizations should be another way to lure people into the franchise. "Oh, I liked that book, I'll give the movie a try!" Alternately, they're a way to get current fans to give you money. "OMG THEY MADE A BOOK!" There should be no How Desperate Am I? question. No wrangling with yourself over purchasing sub-quality material, no rolling your eyes because "they made a book out of that?", secure in the knowledge that it will suck, and you will be glad to have saved yourself a couple of bucks. Setting aside for a moment the "I can get better shit for free on the internet" issue, it's just a matter of common sense. You wouldn't go to a T-shirt company, have your logo printed on a t-shirt and just sort of shrug when the shirts show up holey with the logo smudged, then expect people to pay $20 for it!

I'm not expecting Terry Pratchett or Stephen King, here. Just something entertaining, readable and tied into an existing franchise. I don't get why this is so hard! Fans do it all the time. Track down a popular author in your franchise with work you like and say, "Write me a story with these specs and I'll give you Real People Money, with bonus bragging rights and maybe some merch." Hell, hold a fanfic contest and say that the top however-many will get published in a short story anthology. (Trickier, but not unfeasible, I think.)

Or at fucking least make sure your questionably chosen author has a fucking editor.

Note: Copypasta'd to Tumblr, since that's where Teen Wolf hangs, and I feel this is Relevant.
tsukinofaerii: a heartless saying "kyu" (Kyu?)
I has a Mommy! \o/

She came in on Saturday night, and she'll be leaving next Monday. In the meantime, my at-home internet time has been severely curtailed. I love y'all, but Mommy > Internet. Shocking, I know. In the meantime, I'm doing what I can to keep up with everything at work. This is made difficult by the fact that the new Parasol Protectorate book by [livejournal.com profile] gailcarriger came out. I keep getting distracted by things like Lord Maccon (a werewolf) drinking all of Professor Lyall's specimens (sheep embryos preserved in formaldehyde), and commenting that he likes the "pickled crunchy snacks". And also Alexia's everything. (rolls in it) If you have not read the first two, don't read the Amazon blurb when you inevitably seek to purchase this awesomeness. Consider this series highly recommended by your friendly neighborhood Faerii. Steampunk Supernatural Mystery with a kickass heroine and a good dose of humor? Fuck yeah.

On Sunday, I dragged my Mommy out shopping. :D We picked up sunglasses, Tropic Thunder (always wanted that movie), a couple of hats, some inexpensive yet adorable clothes, purple leggings, a plaid bodice, one teeny top hat, an Athena Costume and a purple petticoat. Today, I shall take a trip to the craft store for fabric paint/dye, tulle and ribbon. My mother is an artsy sort. With our powers combined, we can have a lot of fun with this.

In related news, I've decided to let my cousin chop four inches off and layer my hair. :| It is a trial run, and I only agreed because she said it would look awesome with the rainbows. She will loan me her Super Expensive Professional Stylist Curling Iron for the trip, and show me how to use it. This is how dedicated I am, you guys. I'm cutting my hair.

RBB proceeds. (eyes it) I. Um. Well. Let's just say that things became easier after words like "skllllpt" started being dialog. And I keep being lured into kink meme fills by She Who Has Her Own Tag.

ALSO! It's cold you guys! It was 57°F/14°C this morning! I am in a sweater! And as a result, my throat hurts. (grumble) I will only put up with fall for the sake of Wincon and Halloween. Then I will proceed to whine about missing summer. You have been warned.


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