rallamajoop: (Derek)
Title: Dangerous Things
Characters/Pairing: Stiles/Derek, also some Scott/Allison and Lydia/Jackson
Summary: The Medieval AU where Derek is an incubus and Stiles is so, so far out of his depth right now.
Rating: NC-17
Chapter: 2/?
Word Count: 9200
Warnings: Dub-con, canon typical violence/horror, discussion of rape
Previous parts: Part 1

Stiles wakes up the next morning to Scott shaking him by the shoulder and calling his name. )
rallamajoop: (Stiles)
Yeah, so, I have gone and got myself horrendously addicted to this show called Teen Wolf. This is your inevitable squee/rec post that, as always, remains brief and to the point at a mere 3000 words. *hangs head in shame* Let's get this over with.

The short version: Despite its cunning disguise as post-Twilight teen-garbage, Teen Wolf turns out to be not only well-plotted, clever and an edge-of-your-seat viewing experience, it also caters to my id on a level I hardly have words to describe. It's greatest failing is that it is not yet more than two shamefully short seasons long.

The long version:

I am not kidding: had a TV show been made just for me, it would probably look very much like this. )
rallamajoop: (Nami)
Been having a bit of a month over here.

Sydney Animania: Was great! Numbers were a bit on the meh side, but I spent more money on shiny new merch than at any other con in ages, and as always half the fun was just getting to catch up with all our friends from over east, and for that alone the trip was awesome.

Akemi Okamura (a.k.a. the voice of Nami, a.k.a. the Guest of Honour): Seemed very happy to see a Nami cosplayer around (there were only two of us at the whole con! Two!), and autographed the back of my handkerchief for me. :3

My Clima Tact: Blew bubbles (with red or blue lights for heat/cool ball effects), did lightning effects and separated into three parts, not including the semi-detachable lightning globe on an extendable chain for swing-arm possibilities, and one me Master Weapon Engineer on Sunday. \o/ Finally got it working, like, the day before we left.

The World Cosplay Summit Australian Finals: Congrats to K and Aly! You were great, and it is absolutely your turn already.

Why I did not post about the con in the week after we got back: Because I came home to find myself with an epic case of con and/or travel blarg, and spent most of the week in bed. :/ (Honestly, I have been sick so little this year that it felt like it was surely my turn, so it was not really so bad.)

Why I did not post about the con in the week after that either: Because I may have spent part of my downtime getting myself shamelessly addicted to this show called Teen Wolf and I have been very distracted okay? (Oh my god, you guys this show!!!)

Full con report, cosplay photos and shameless new fandom squee all coming soon.
rallamajoop: (ex-Robo-Kys)
The story so far: Back in April last year, I made a misguided attempt to rid myself of on of the more gratuitously clichéd fic ideas that had been nagging at me one and off by writing it up as a drabble in Normal Continuity Will Be Restored Shortly. I say misguided, because the plan backfired spectacularly when everyone (mostly [livejournal.com profile] velithya) easily spotted that it was really a fragment of a much longer idea just looking for an excuse to be written, and a couple of people (again, mostly [livejournal.com profile] velithya, but she has it down to an art these days) asking for it was excuse enough.

Finishing chapter one has taken far longer than I counted on, though this is largely because of me getting stuck on one particular scene then getting distracted by other projects for a few months, which is mostly my way of saying I am still really hoping that chapter two is a bit easier.

Title: Garden of Eden
Pairing: Frederick/Ky
Summary: Ky is not at all prepared to find himself running into a suspiciously familiar face in the early 21st century - to say nothing of finding himself in the 21st century to begin with.
Rating: PG (eventually NC-17)
Chapter: 1/?
Word Count: 8660

He'd never before had cause to doubt that God had a plan for him (even if it was a plan that forced him to spend so many years in the company of Sol Badguy), but how this fit into it, he couldn't begin to imagine.  )
rallamajoop: (Ky cosplay)
Wai-con was the weekend before last. (Today's post brought to you by the experience of receiving a rent inspection notice three days after the con and realising a) you are not getting anything but cleaning done until next week, and b) you should just thank your lucky stars it didn't happen last week. House looks much neater now though ;)

I'm hitting the point with Wai-cons where the majority of what I have to say about them starts to get a bit repetitive* – we came, we saw, we cosplayed, we sold lots of stuff, we won prizes, we (mostly) failed to melt in the heat**, we took photos, we caught up with friends*** – we basically had an awesome time.

*A few more, and pointing out the repetition is going to be a bit repetitive - oooh, recursion!
**Thank god we brought a standing fan to stick behind the stall this year. I'm all for having the con in January rather than December, but the weather is not on our side this time of year, and Ky has this real neck-to-ankle thing going on that is not well compatible with the heat.
***Sometimes in something of a drive-through fashion as people rushed past in opposite directions. Cons, they keep you busy.

So let's get straight down to the photos.

Saturday: Overture!Sol and Ky, A.B.A. and Lina Inverse )

The big highlight that was new and different this year was the Eminence concert on Saturday night – and I really didn't realise just how much I was going to love the performance until we were were there. The evening started with the My Neighbour Totoro theme and ended with Super Mario - just to give you an idea of the range, and honestly, everything they played in between was gorgeous. But there's an extra layer of fannish squee to hearing songs you know – and an extra double-layer on top of that when it's connected to a movie or a game you love, so the high point of the night for me was The Dream That Time Dreams from Chrono Cross. I'm not much of a CC fan, but Chrono Trigger was the first real RPG I ever played and will probably always be one of my all time favourites, and what I'd forgotten about that particular piece is that it's actually a remix of the Chrono Trigger theme, extended with some beautiful orchestral segments. *_* It's a crying shame none of the CDs for sale after the event (and we bought *two*) had their rendition of that particular song. We have the in-game mp3 of it, but it doesn't begin to measure up.

Sunday: Guilty Gear!Ky, Trunks, Dissidia!Tifa and Sora (+extras) )

So that was about it for Waicon 2010. As always, we owe a lot of gratitude to everyone who helped mind our table during the day, especially Ken and [livejournal.com profile] velithya.

We have lots of bit photoshoot plans for these costumes. Going to wait until the weather's cooled down a bit though, 35+ degree heat is not good cosplay weather.
rallamajoop: (Ky)
Title: Sign of the Cross (a.k.a. the Completely Gratuitous Guilty Gear Vampire AU)
Summary: Gears or vampires, it's all just another day's work for the Holy Order. But they never do quite manage to screen some of their more unusual recruits as carefully as they ought to either.
Characters/Pairing: Sol/Ky
Chapter: 4 of 5
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 4690
Previous Parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

The walk back to headquarters passes in a blur. )
rallamajoop: (Ky)
Title: Sign of the Cross (a.k.a. the Completely Gratuitous Guilty Gear Vampire AU)
Summary: Gears or vampires, it's all just another day's work for the Holy Order. But they never do quite manage to screen some of their more unusual recruits as carefully as they ought to either.
Characters/Pairing: Sol/Ky
Chapter: 3 of 5
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3070
Previous Parts: Part 1, Part 2

Because if we've learned just one thing to be from the collective works of Anne Rice, it's that vampires are really just an elaborate metaphor for gay sex.

Except sometimes, when there's no metaphor. )
rallamajoop: (Ky)
Did I say this was going to be four parts? Obviously when you all thought I said four what I actually meant was five. >.>

Title: Sign of the Cross (a.k.a. the Completely Gratuitous Guilty Gear Vampire AU)
Summary: Gears or vampires, it's all just another day's work for the Holy Order. But they never do quite manage to screen some of their more unusual recruits as carefully as they ought to either.
Characters/Pairing: Sol/Ky
Chapter: 2 of 5
Rating: Rapidly moving towards R territory
Word Count: 3230
Previous Parts: Part 1

A quiet night in this job in a city of this size all too often means only that all the trouble is going on somewhere out of sight. )
rallamajoop: (Joshua: under Hachiko)
Only nine months late, finally I have gotten around to sorting and posting all those photos from our The World Ends With You cosplay photoshoot in Shibuya last year:

Part 1: Six overenthusiastic cosplayers take on Shibuya
Part 2: Even more locations
Part 3: Omake

Next on the to-do list, it is so very past time I got those WEWY fic of mine posted - especially considering they've now been finished and betaed for weeks and really just need a few final edits. Free time for such things has been such a limited commodity lately. >.>;

In not completely unrelated news*, [livejournal.com profile] pinneagig and I are now all booked up for flights and accomodation for attending Smash this year (an anime con in Sydney about three weeks from now, for the link-phobic). We'll be running a stall there selling all her usual artwork on the Sunday - Saturday we plan to do this crazy new thing where we actually wander around and maybe even participate in the rest of the con for once.

Having been talked into cosplaying Ky around the same time those WEWY photos should have been posted** I've given myself the target of getting the costume done in time to wear it in Sydney, but it's looking thoroughly doable right now - and that would be the other thing eating up my free time around here lately. That and all the GG or CLAMP fic that's similarly overdue to be cleaned up and posted. Not to mention maybe a couple of things buried in the depths of the Cable&Deadpool kink meme... ah, new fandoms, you are so very bad for my WIP list.

* it's about travel! And cosplay! In fact, we're planning to take the WEWY costumes along for this one (because clearly they just weren't well travelled enough yet).
rallamajoop: (Ky)
Oh don't look at me like that, I know I've even covered this one already, but I have a good excuse, honest!

The degree to which this one is [livejournal.com profile] velithya's fault is slightly debatable - she's responsible for putting the idea in my head (it did originate from what was probably an innocent case of mishearing, but she is completely guilty of egging me on well after the mistake was cleared up), but I have no-one but myself to blame for the horrible realisation later that the parallels between Gears and Vampires work just a little too well for comfort. I mean, not only are both particularly nasty monsters that can generally pass for humans when not out hunting them (though they may also be capable of sprouting some various assortment of fangs/claws/maybe even batwings when the opportunity arises), both have their own convoluted way of converting humans into their own kind, not to mention a solid history of producing a member or two willing and capable of controlling the animalistic bloodlust within well enough to want to side with the humans. And what's that organisation dedicated to eradicating the Gears called again? Oh yeah, the Holy Order. They probably hand all their soldiers their own crucifix along with the uniform - they're all set for hunting vampires and I haven't even had to change more than a couple of nouns on the charter.

(I would start constructing elaborate conspiracy theories about whether Ishiwatari really meant to create a race of evil vampires rather than Gears in his very first draft, but that would be me getting way too carried away.)

Anyway, having given in to the inevitable, I resigned myself to turning out at least a smutty little one-parter based on the above, mixed with every vampire-related cliche I could think of in a hurry (look, if you're going to write fic based on an idea as cliched as a vampire!AU, you have to do it properly). Naturally, this turned into two scenes plus a morning-after-bit, and then the intro wasn't working so well so that turned into an extra bit as well, bringing the total up to a full four parter when I wasn't looking. I'm not even surprised when this happens anymore.

FTR, the added irony of writing a vampire AU when one of the playable characters in the source material was a vampire already is not lost on me. And if you think you've caught a whole lot of gratuitous references to every piece of popular vampire-related fiction to emerge in recent years in the writing to follow, it's probably not just you.

Title: Sign of the Cross (a.k.a. the Completely Gratuitous Guilty Gear Vampire AU)
Summary: Gears or vampires, it's all just another day's work for the Holy Order. But they never do quite manage to screen some of their more unusual recruits as carefully as they ought to either.
Characters/Pairing: Sol/Ky
Chapter: 1 of 4
Rating: Eventually NC-17, but only PG for this part
Word Count: 2760

Having Ky show up in his room like that when Sol was half-asleep and hungry made him want to do all sorts of things that could get him thrown out of the Order, and punching Ky was only the least of them. )
rallamajoop: (Deadpool)
Here I am, innocently trying to make headway with the WIP list from hell, and what happens? The Wolverine movie throws me headfirst into my annual Marvel-binge, and a week or two of inhaling comics at a dangerous rate later, I'm posting Cable/Deadpool fic instead.

Er. Oops?

Actually, considering how many times this year I've been derailed by stuff a whole lot less enjoyable, I'm not really complaining. The whole Cable&Deadpool series was awesome fun, after all. =3 And I'm, like, this close to being able to whittle a couple of things of that WIP list now, honest! Just don't ask about the Life on Mars/Dr Who crossover taking up twenty pages of my notebook.

The Marvel-binge thing actually does look like it's becoming a bit of an annual tradition, which is to say the same thing happened to me last year after Iron Man came out (only focused around the Iron Man/Avengers/Captain America titles that time, rather than 'anything with Deadpool'. And just as much [livejournal.com profile] velithya's fault, if not more so). Not much precedent from before that, unless you count my DC fling from back in '04 (Young Justice! <3), but given the number of movies Marvel's supposed to have in the works right now... yeah, if the standard keeps up, plenty of time for this to make tradition-status yet.

They're a funny old medium, Western Comics - as good a practical example of Sturgeon's Law as you could ask for, but the 10% (or 5%, or however you cast it) out there that is worth reading can be a damn good way to waste a few afternoons.
rallamajoop: (Ky)
Bit of light relief between all those big projects: here's a drabble written as gift-fic for [livejournal.com profile] velithya (though also because wordiness is one of my worst habits and some practice with a form that forces you to be concise is always a good exercise - not to mention an attempt to exorcise one of those cheesier ideas that nags at me from time to time in some kind of safe and controlled manner. [livejournal.com profile] velithya is now conspiring to make sure that one backfires at me as badly as possible x_x)

Title: Normal Continuity Will Be Restored Shortly
Word count: 100 (we are very traditional about drabbles around here)
Characters/Pairing: Well, it's like this - I'm posting it to [livejournal.com profile] solxky, but, technically speaking...

Ky offers the man a hand up, only to find he's not slumped against the wall but slouched, watching with naked appreciation, face so impossibly familiar it stops Ky cold. )
rallamajoop: (xxxHolic)
Obviously I didn't attempt NaNo this year or you would've all heard about it. But since one thing or another has kept me from writing or posting hardly any fic since I finished the Ghost Stories draft in late July, I did declare November Local Get On With It Already Month, and turned out the reasonably respectable total of about 20,000 words (most of which haven't been edited or posted yet). That's not counting over 15,000 words worth of posts since I got back from Japan about all that stuff I've been up to lately, which doesn't strictly count but does chew into one's writing time in a significant sort of way. So I'm going to call that a decent sort of success.

While I'm talking about writing, I thought I'd post a new WIP list - partly so I can use it for my own checklist, but also for anyone who might be interested in what's in the works (or who wants to put in a vote for where my priorities should be out of all those different projects). No proper extracts this time because I am feeling lazy though convincing me to add them in probably would not be all that hard.

Also while I'm talking about writing, [livejournal.com profile] cheloya and [livejournal.com profile] lunargeography, I know neither of you are on LJ much lately, but if you are reading this, are you still up for betaing duties if the story in question is ready some time soon? ^^;

xxxHOLiC/Tsubasa fic )

The World Ends With You fic )

Guilty Gear fic )

...yep, that should about keep me going for a while. x_x
rallamajoop: (Ky)
Normally this would be a bit much shear fangirl geekiness even for me, but what the hey. A Happy Birthday to Ky Kiske!

And because clearly wrapping some ribbon around a tea-cup wasn't going to be enough to mark the occasion, and a couple of people made a point of requesting it specifically when that 50 Sentences Challenge fic first went up (a certain one of whom would not stop 'helpfully reminding' me how appropriate it was to the date), here's a 1600 word expansion on that not-even-drabble-length ficlet we will call only Number 11. Unbetaed, unfinished, and, to be honest, taking some quite considerable liberties with the original scenario. Also without a doubt the single sappiest thing I have ever written, and despite all promise, still woefully PG.

But I couldn't really argue it was appropriate for today, if still technically about 200 years too early. )
rallamajoop: (balldress!Millia)
Leaving all those Japan posts for a bit to try and clear out some of my posting backlog. Time to share a bit of what we were doing in Melbourne last month, starting with the Amaranth Ball.

The Manifest Ball - cosplay photos galore, a little image heavy )
rallamajoop: (cosplay)
...and *finally* we get to in a hotel with free Internet access.

Ah, Japan, land of the vending machine, where every new bathroom houses a new kind of logic puzzle. We have been having one hell of a time, possibly more than one, even despite the disappointing lack of any table tennis at our onsen. I spent the early part of the trip on some kind of sleep-version of the Atkins diet, before unfortunately succumbing to the Violet Plague, but thanks to the Power Of One Thousand Lemons, I've mostly fought it off. The shopping here is dangerous, addictive and crazy, and responsible for an unknown number of buckles that are now lurking somewhere in my suitcase. Had to get up very early more than once for the dubious reason of pandering to Squeenix's (official spelling on their bags, dontyaknow) shameless propoganda-mongering, but all voted it well worthwhile in the end. Sadly, we failed to mug anyone with an orange phone before Monday, but we did start a band called the Bob Collective - or so we're telling everyone who asks. Got to walk through a real, live video game and had such and awesome time we're going back there tomorrow. And I may have attacked Ishiwatari Daisuke with my hair, but he was pretty cool about it.

And [livejournal.com profile] velithya seems to have talked me into doing Ky cosplay somehow. >.>

Details at six!


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