hsavinien: (due South - Firelit)
I've pretty much switched over to tumblr over the last year and a half.  A lot of my friends I was really active with on here moved and I eventually gave in and followed them.  Sorry.  I do still subscribe to emails for messages and comments on here.  I'll pretty much use this account to post my fic and for anything that really needs to be friends-locked and that's about it.  Still always happy to interact with you all, but for actual frequent updates, try tumblr.

RL update

Dec. 12th, 2014 10:38 pm
hsavinien: (LW - KLDF)
Soooo.Read more... )
Happy holidays to you and yours!
hsavinien: (due South - Firelit)
There were a lot of good bits. I'd like to highlight this passage:

"WE CANNOT OPERATE FROM A PLACE OF FEAR. SURE, FEAR CAN KEEP YOU ALIVE IN A GIVEN, PASSING CONFLICT. BUT FEAR IS NOT A PERSPECTIVE. FEAR IS NOT A PHILOSOPHY. FEAR IS LASHING OUT. FEAR IS SCAPEGOATING. FEAR IS NOT ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. FEAR IS THE INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE PROBLEM MIGHT COME FROM WITHIN. FEAR IS MAKING IT ALL ABOUT "THE OTHER."

WE PRETEND LOGIC MATTERS IN ALL THIS. THE THING IS THAT MOST OF OUR BELIEFS ARE ROOTED IN, OR AT LEAST ANCHORED BY, EMOTIONAL TRUTHS. BELIEF IN GOD. THE WILLINGNESS TO HELP OUR OTHER MAN. LOGIC OFTEN AUGMENTS THEM, BUT ONLY SO MUCH. OUR EMOTIONAL TRUTHS ARE THE CORE OF OUR INCLINATIONS. AND IF YOUR EMOTIONAL TRUTH IS FEAR? THEN YOU ARE GOING TO REVERT TO SOME PRETTY POISONOUS BELIEFS AND SOLUTIONS. HECK, MOST OF THE ABHORRENT POLITICAL STANCES ARE ROOTED IN FEAR. ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. UTTER DISTRUST IN THE NEED OF GOVERNMENT. IT'S ALL ROOTED IN FEAR. AND YES, THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE WITH RAPE. FEAR OF OUR DAUGHTERS BEING RAPED. FEAR OF OUR LOVED ONES BEING RAPED. AND THEN COMPARATIVELY WITH THE FEAR THAT WE WOULD BE ACCUSED OF SUCH A CRIME. THAT OUR LUST WOULD BE SOMEHOW MISTAKEN FOR FORCE. THE FEAR THAT WE'D GET LUMPED IN WITH "REAL RAPISTS." OR THE FEAR THAT WE'D BE CALLED SEXIST FOR OUR VIEWS. EVERY PROBLEMATIC PART OF THE PSYCHE COMES FROM FEAR.

SO INSTEAD OF FEAR, YOU HAVE TO TEACH COURAGE."
-Film Crit Hulk

Essay is quite long and in ALLCAPS, but I think it was well-written. Obviously, trigger warnings for discussion of rape.

WE NEED TO CHANGE HOW WE TALK ABOUT RAPE
hsavinien: (DC - Armed)
Just my reactions to stuff...
Spoilers for SHIELD ep. 1 )
hsavinien: (LW - KLDF)
I promise I'll have interesting things on here again eventually.  The short version is that I've started a new job and moved...over 1,500 miles to get there.  Also my computer went to sleep and never woke up, so the things I was working on are inaccessible until the hard-drive is salvaged.

  • So yeah, my WIPs are staying that way for a bit.  I'm borrowing time on [livejournal.com profile] yuri_shoujo's netbook until I can afford a new computer of my own.

  • My new job is intimidating (I'm a supervisor/management, whaaaat? o_O) but I think it'll be awesome.

  • Eventually all our belongings will be unpacked and the house put together.

  • Aaand hopefully the midwest's lovely heatwave will break soon.

RAGE.

Jul. 20th, 2013 10:49 am
hsavinien: (DC - Armed)
Who the fuck are the assholes who created this game/ad campaign?  And where are they?  I want to hit them.  I haven't decided between SCA or real sword, though.

Misoooogynyyyyyyy )
hsavinien: (Firefly - Pitter patter)
Jagerkin - Jacket finished, hat finished, skirt finished, shirt fine, vest fine, boots fine, glasses fine, undergarments in the laundry right now, ear prosthetics acquired, make-up fine.
-Sword almost done (finish modding hilt TONIGHT). (check)
-Teeth prosthetics WIP (tonight?).(tonight)
-Neck-cloth needs hemming (probably will happen in the car).
*Liquid latex and fake nails will be purchased in MN.

Sherlock - Bedsheet acquired, undergarments (in the interest of public decency and protection from any cleverboots who decide to tread on my sheet for funsies) in laundry, sandals (in the interest of sanitary concerns about hotel floors) fine, make-up fine.
-Hair needs to be dyed (tomorrow night?).
*Accent and clever, cutting things to say WIP.
*Curling iron will be available in MN.

EVE - Boots fine, undergarments in laundry, glasses acquired, make-up acquired.
-Jacket almost done (sleeves need finishing, pocket for plant badge needs to be added, under-arm embellishment to be added if time permits).
-Hat needs finishing (TONIGHT).(check)
-Skirt still needs to be patterned and made ( D:). (check!)
-Scarf needs cutting down and hemming.
-Plant badge needs to be painted (tonight?[check]) and light-up part figured out.(tonight)


*deep breaths*

Edited 6/28: progress made!  Also all dishes washed and kitchen cleaned so nothing moulders or ferments while we're gone.
hsavinien: (Firefly - Pitter patter)
I will be there!  I would be happy to say hi to any of my friendslist who will also be there.  I have three costumes figured, all WIP at the moment, but they will be:

  1. Anthropomorphized EVE from Wall-E.  Partner costume with [livejournal.com profile] yuri_shoujo, who will be WALL-E.  We are going to be adorable lesbian robots together and it will be adorable.  Still need to sew my outfit for it (white vinyl fabric, joy...), a skirt and jackety thing, construct a hat, buy glasses and work on my props.  Make-up, tights and boots are set.  This one's going to take the most work yet. Edit: Jacket pattern picked out! Glasses ordered.

  2. Jaegerkin from the webcomic Girl Genius.  Solo costume. Need to finish edging my skirt (Edit: done!), purchase pointy ear prosthetics (ordered!), and construct fangs, mod sword pommel. I will be wearing a modded Marine dress jacket, red beret, black vest, shirt, skirt, stockings, and boots.  GREATLY looking forward to roleplaying this.

  3. bedsheet!Sherlock from Sherlock s2. Partner costume with [livejournal.com profile] 7hr3ven, who will be John. I will, of course, be wearing a bedsheet.  (All of Sherlock's other clothing is far too nice and expensive.)  With a sports bra and tank top and shorts and sandals on underneath cause yeaaah.  Need to let my hair grow out and pick up some hair dye. Edit: Sheet and hair dye acquired.

4th day, I'll throw something easy together, haven't decided what yet.
hsavinien: (Firefly - Pitter patter)
So I wrote a story a little bit ago, "Jellyfish are Irrelevant to the Study of John" which is very specific about consent (e.g. that it is good and doesn't become unnecessary even within an established relationship) and posted it both here on my LJ and on my Ao3 account.  One of the tags I used on Ao3 was "Explicit Consent".  I was poking through the other entries (of which there are not many) for that tag and a fair number of the other stories tagged with that are also tagged for rape/noncon.  I guess it makes sense if the story arc involves someone recovering from rape and involved in a sexual relationship with someone else. It just...bothered me for some reason, both that there weren't more stories tagged and that there was so much overlap.

Consent is always important.  Doesn't matter if it's a one-night stand, a seventy-year relationship, or anything in between.  I know there are more stories on the Archive that contain explicit discussion of and negotiation of consent; I've read them.  Why aren't they tagged?  Should I suggest tagging them as such?  Is that a thing people do?

It's also making me think about the way that I write consent.  I do not write rape/noncon at all, ever.  (It is triggering to me.)  Everybody who has sex in my stories is doing it because they want to, it's fun, they like/love the person/people they're with, and currently want to get off with them.  But I don't always specifically spell it out.  Most of the characters I write are self-aware enough and empathetic enough that it's not a discussion they need to have all the time and I don't write a lot of first times (if/when I manage to write a follow-up to my Gokujou Seitokai fic, that will be an exception).  First time stuff is messy and emotionally wrought.  (Mine were and I was definitely in a consensual situation.)  Most of the time I sort of slip the consent in around the edges; they talk about it without being explicit.

Maybe I should walk some characters through the Scarleteen checklist...
hsavinien: (Firefly - Pitter patter)

Okay, so I'm kind of very weird.  I woke up a couple days ago convinced that "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000) and "Iron Man" (2008) are telling the same story with the same characters (barring an oddball or conflation).  Spoilers for both films and a fair number of pictures follow the cut.

Once upon a time, a dude thought he was the center of the universe... )

Thoughts

Jan. 4th, 2013 12:08 am
hsavinien: (Saiyuki - Neurotic)
Holiday was good!  Got to see lots of friends and meet up IRL with [livejournal.com profile] theoreticalpixy, which was yay.  She and my friend and I hung out at a bookstore and geeked awkwardly at each other, but I had fun. That reminds me: I wish to read your RP tumblr, Pixy, what is the address?  Also, you make me think of Sif in person.  ^_^  Had Sherlockian geektime with one friend and Les Mis and Avengers with another...it was good. (STILL HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE.  OR HOBBIT.)

Was naughty with [livejournal.com profile] yuri_shoujo whilst in civilization, to the tune of lots of legos, Indian food, and a visit to/new toy from Smitten Kitten.

Also, browsing DeviantArt for pics of my favorite superheroines is a litany of no No NONO FUCK NO I HATE YOU AND EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR NO no No No YES!...no NO.  Hate.  So much hate for come of the inhabitants of that site, apart from the tiny minority who actually respect them.

So many things on the to-read list... I love holiday gift exchanges, but do not have that kind of time.  Ah well. ^_^ 

RL Update

Dec. 26th, 2012 11:46 pm
hsavinien: (due South - Halves)
Not dead, just on holiday with my lady. Got a ton of new fic bookmarked to read, thanks to holiday gifty things, but it won't happen 'til I have some time.

I have been having thoughts about gender and may be committing them to fic once they have cohered a bit more.  Woot.
hsavinien: (Firefly - Pitter patter)
Made on DollDivine, using DracheaRannak's updated Sailor Senshi creator. Because it amuses me.
Under which be pictures. )
hsavinien: (due South - Firelit)
1) [livejournal.com profile] yuri_shoujo just left for a month in Minnesota to visit her family, mentor, and friends.  Take care of her, Northshield!
2) My favorite knight dropped by to see me on his way down from judging 4-H meat products at one of the county fairs. I love him, he's awesome and was a great fighting teacher.

I now have a month without much going on besides work.  New ST_D game, [livejournal.com profile] _samalander, [livejournal.com profile] theoreticalpixy, [livejournal.com profile] captlebubbles, [livejournal.com profile] emmypenny?  I've got an idea for one and could run it. ETA: Idea = TOS/XI spawn game. Demora, Joanna, David, Saavik, Peter, etc. at the Academy (handwaves timeline) on a training mission.

Plans also include rewatching lots of movies that [livejournal.com profile] yuri_shoujo doesn't care for, messing around on the internet, reading books, reading/rereading fic, finishing the story I'm writing for my lady, keeping up with the exercise regimen we set up, visiting my family for the weekend of my dad's birthday, playing Dragon Age Origins, and possibly trying for social interaction (of the gaming sort) outside the library.
hsavinien: (J+W - Indeed)
Sav style, at least. On building a steampunk outfit from the beginning:

Thrift shops/Salvation Army/Goodwill and garage sales are a great place to start looking. It's a good idea to either go in with an idea about the kind of costume you want to build (e.g. military, explorer, secret agent, society lady/gentleman, inventor, scientist, engineer, pilot, street urchin, pirate, etc. etc.) or to find a single costume piece that you like and build around that. What you'll need to get depends on a) what gender you are/your character or persona is and b) what kind of person that character is. Some good general rules of thumb:

1. Look for fabrics that are or look like wool, silk, linen, fine cotton, or canvas. Colors are awesome, especially jewel-tones (rich blue, red, green, purple, yellow). Military folks may be a little more subdued, but never underestimate the style of a rich blue Naval coat with gold trim. Lace and ruffles, feathers, and ribbon are appropriate for many characters. Gold or colored braid can add fashionable zip or military flair and cover up modern looking seams.
2. Copper and brass fittings, buttons, zippers, wire, and doodads are your friends. (Plumbing sections, fabric stores, craft stores, and the aforementioned used items stores).
3. Goggles are not, in fact, mandatory. They're great if they fit your character.
4a. Basics for gentlemen: Trousers or kilt, dress shirt, boots or leather dress shoes, a waistcoat/vest (fitted), and some sort of neck-cloth/tie/cravat. A fitted coat over top and a hat of some sort are good.
4b. Basics for ladies: Fitted trousers or skirt (layers are good here, try a petticoat or fake it with some lace tacked underneath!), dress shirt or blouse, stockings/tights, boots or button up shoes with as much or as little heel as you prefer, a waistcoat/vest (fitted) OR corset/bustier and shirtwaist, and some sort of neckcloth/tie/cravat. Alternately, a dress (look for rich colors, close cuts, and higher collars). Long sleeves are appropriate for most characters, but you can do that with a short coat. A fitted coat and a hat are a plus.
5. ACCESSORIES. Steampunk is allll about accessories, from the mundane (leather, cotton, or silk gloves, a handkerchief, old-fashioned-looking glasses, a silk scarf) to the bizarre (metal tubing "connecting" your arm to your body, "heat-detecting" binoculars). You'll just need to tailor it to your character. There are a ton of tutorials on the internet on making little steampunk accessories and gizmos.

It helps if you know how to sew, even a little. If not, why not try to learn? You should also invest in a few good tubes of superglue (mind your fingers), at least one pair of pliers, preferably two (one needlenose), scissors, and a hammer.
Don't be afraid to experiment. Decorate your hat with squashed pennies if you feel like it. Draw lightning bolts on your coat in brass buttons. Have fun.

EDITED TO ADD: I just remembered.

Patterns! Vertical stripes, checks and plaids (used in moderation), houndstooth, small flowers, diamonds and brocades are all good. For gentlemen, you might want to stick with one or two patterns and the rest solids, ladies can get away with a little more, and eccentrics (and pirates, mad scientists, etc.) can go pretty wild.

My own outfit is in black, grey, off-white, black-and-white stripe, green stripe and green brocade. I've seen some pretty awesome bright purple brocade with black, red with brown and white stripes, and a lady who did herself all up in peacock colors and feather patterns.

hsavinien: (Macbeth - Confusion)
Soooo, I've been watching Merlin (BBC) and...it's okay.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through s3 now and while I do like bits, but I have ISSUES (let me show you them) with a number of others.  And these issues don't even involve anachronisms, because they obviously weren't even trying to pretend to set this in any point in actual history.  (Contains spoilers through what I've watched.)

Seriously, there are spoilers )
hsavinien: (J+W - Indeed)
Midsummer Night's Dream is progressing pretty well (luckily, as dress is tomorrow and performances are Friday and Saturday).  I'm playing Francis Flute, the rustic who gets saddled playing "Thisbe" (a Juliet analog) in the play-within-a-play, so recursive cross-dressing yesssss, indeed.  The rustics are doing pretty awesome, actually.  We totally cracked up at rehearsal today during our play, helped along by Bottom/"Pyramus" losing the button off his trousers and having to pull his pants up repeatedly during the scene.  Hopefully I'll have got the giggles out of my system now...  We're doing a collaboration with the local ballet teacher (who's trying to keep things G-rated.  In a Shakespeare play.  Yeah).  So, there are number of dance numbers scattered throughout, as all the little dancers are being fairies and insects under Titania's court.  Titania has a couple of spiffy dances of her own, which are turning out awesome.  She's not as spot on with her lines as could be wished, since most of her effort has gone towards the dancing, so we'll see how that goes.  Today I rushed over straight from work and stayed late to help decorate Titania's bower and fix up the fairy cavalier's tunic (the actor who plays Bottom is also taking that role in a mask to do lifts and things during one of the big dance numbers).  I'm enjoying myself.  It's been too long since I got to play with theatre folks.

My parents and [livejournal.com profile] yuri_shoujo are coming to the last performance, Saturday night, which will be cool.

And after Saturday, I'll have my evenings to spend with my lady again, yay!
hsavinien: (J+W - Indeed)
The dog.  Officially: Rakki  Unofficially: Bud, Buddy, Dipshit, Dingus, Shithead, Nimrod, Dorkbrain, Smellydog, Mr. Nose, etc.

Just rechristened Giant Black Cock-block.
hsavinien: (Two Gentlemen - Saucy)
Lady's back from war! <3 She was gone for a month.  I missed her a lot and the dog was devastated.  She had fun and got to see friends and family though, so that was yay.

Things which are new:
Inspired by Inception, Tom Hardy being sexy, and the ficcing tendencies of [livejournal.com profile] agenttrojie, I borrowed RocknRolla from the library and watched it.  Then I immediately borrowed it again to rewatch with my lady. Fffh, yes, do want. Favorite characters: the Wild Bunch (particularly Handsome Bob, mmmm), Stella (whose fate was unclear at the end of the movie, but probably unpleasant *wince*), and Archie.  Handsome Bob, of course, was played by Tom Hardy and yum.  I liked the convoluted nature of the story.  Could have done with more women.  Guy Ritchie is a little bad at that, I think.  The women who exist are full of awesome, but they're kinda thin on the ground.
Then I watched Bronson, because I'd heard it was weird and that Hardy was in it.  That was...the extent of my knowledge.  And...well. Tom Hardy plays the main character and does it brilliantly, and the movie is really interesting and structured in cool ways, but said main character is a seriously crazy shithead.  I have now seen Tom Hardy bare-ass naked and it was fan disservice. o_O No fair...

So, I've been reading Inception and RocknRolla (awwwwyeah, teeny fandom) fic and that is yay.

I've been making steampunk-inspired jewelry lately.  I've only got a few pieces finished so far, but will take pics and post/link to my DevArt posts of them when I do. 

Religious-related stuff under cut for those uninterested:
Catholic blahing )
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