Month: April 2017

Livetweeting Sera Myu Sailor Stars

Posted April 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi and Ami from Sera Myu Sailor Stars: Usagi is looking terrified and Ami looks shocked.

Late because I misjudged the time it would take me to get back from spending the day with friends, but here it is! The livetweet for Sailor Stars, the 1996 musical. Here‘s the Storify.

Enjoy! And thank you for being with me as I livetweeted the musical. I hope everyone had fun. 😀

As always, the musical fansubs come from SeaofSerenity.net. Thanks also as always for their hard work in fansubbing and making these musicals accessible to those of us who don’t speak Japanese.

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Goal Review April 2017

Posted April 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal
I Want to Read:

  • An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
  • City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault (betareading)

I Want to Write:

  • 40,000 words of fiction

I… may have failed at the writing goal. I wrote 31,000+ words this month, including nonfiction. But on the bright side, I am very close to finally finishing that first DemiPrincess1 draft and the only reason I haven’t finished it yet is because the past few days either saw me deal with depression or with social commitments I couldn’t put off.

And also there was that one day where I was trying to submit a story and I spent a couple of hours searching for a backup I could access and then spent a while longer sorting everything out into what was salvagable and what wasn’t.

I did, however, meet my reading goal! HUZZAH!

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Game Talk: Technobabylon

Posted April 28, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Games, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Technobabylon Banner, featuring Max Lao, Charles Regis and Latha Sesame/Mandala with the skyline of Newton in the background.

Today, let’s talk about a computer game. In this case, Technobabylon, created by Technocrat and published by Wadjet Eye Games. It’s a retro-style cyberpunk point-and-click adventure set in the nearish future. If you’re looking for a game that features a racially diverse cast and/or queer characters, Technobabylon may be worth looking at for you.

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Thoughts on the ‘Thief’ gaming franchise

Posted April 27, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Games, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Yesterday, I saw a YouTube video discussing the differences between the original two Thief games and modern AAA games in general. You can see that video here, but for the sake of convenience and because I want to tangentially continue what the video talks about here are the main points of what AAA games nowadays do:

  • Quest markers make for lazy gaming
  • Level design draws your attention to the fact that you’re playing a game rather than immersing you in the world.
  • They add so much content that the game loses focus
  • They don’t use the environment and game design to further the narrative and instead rely on cutscenes and cinematics
  • The games often offer high rewards for low player effort and token rewards for going off the beaten path

I highly recommend watching the whole video as it makes some great points about modern day game design as shown in AAA gaming. I don’t always agree with everything, but it’s a relevant and salient discussion topic. For me, what I like about the video is how much it put into words exactly why I love the original games so much and why the reboot disappointed me so badly. But there’s a few things that the video doesn’t cover that I wish it had.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu SuperS Revival – Dream Warriors – Love – Into Eternity…

Posted April 26, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Here‘s the Storify of the livetweets for this revival musical in case you missed the livetweets.

As always with the original Myu musicals, the fansubs are courtesy of SeaofSerenity.net  with my warmest thanks for their work in translating these musicals and making them available.

The original version of this musical was a right mess, plotwise, but the revival restructured key moments and rewrote several scenes in their entirety, making the whole musical stand on its own far better and having a much more cohesive plot.

I really, really enjoyed this musical. It was a lot of fun to watch (its two moments of obvious queerphobia notwithstanding) and I enjoyed myself immensely. When I wasn’t reaching for tissues. Because OMG the musical went there. (Where? Well, you’ll have to watch it yourself to find out. XD)

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the livetweets, whether you were there when I tweeted them or whether you’re reading back on them now. This musical was AMAZING. Why did I wait so long to track all of these musicals down, so I could watch them? T_T

Next week, we’re up to the Stars arc. I may be a little later again, and certainly a lot more tired. I have a day-long social commitment. I’ll do my best to be around for chatting after the livetweets, but depending on my energy levels I may have to pass on the chat session afterwards. I’m really sorry about that.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu SuperS – Dream Warriors – Love – Into Eternity…

Posted April 25, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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It is once again time for another livetweet Storify link! Yes, I know. I know. I’m still working on these without any kind of schedule. I’m plotting it, I promise, but the past week was… extremely rough for a lot of people, myself included, and I basically went “To hell with planning, I need my cheer-up musical livetweets now” and lo I livetweeted the third of the original musicals that I have access to.

You can read the livetweets here. 😀 Overall, I felt the plot in this musical was stronger than in the previous two, though still very reliant on the audience filling in the blanks. It continues the fourth-wall breaking in a way that I thought was really, really awesome. And would’ve been terrified by as a child. Think the original audience inclusion of Peter Pan kind of terrifying. Except with less guilt tripping.

It was, like the others, a lot of fun, though. You can really see the fun that everyone is having with the material. I know I keep saying that, but the fun is really infectious. I may complain about the plot (and the costumes), but these shows have heart. Everyone so clearly enjoys what they’re doing and is having fun. They’re cheerful and upbeat (except the scenes where they’re not) and they’re soothing to me.

At this point, though, I’d also like to give a shout-out to Emily who’s been kind enough to offer me some pointers on what musicals are generally considered really good and which are really terrible! Thank you so much!

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Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 32 and 33

Posted April 24, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 31: Grim and company decide they must try and react out to the nearest town to get help. They cannot cross the town border and shooting massive quantities of fireworks attracts no attention whatsoever. We also learn a little more about the Witch and her motives. AT LAST.

WARNING: There are rather graphic descriptions of torture in this post. Also did you think we were done with the misogyny in this book? It’s about to return. With a vengeance. Also more fatphobia.

Note: Due to the fact that Olde Heuvelt made significant changes to the final two chapters of the book, this post contains two chapters in order to cover the same events. These are the final chapters of the book. As I’ll note below, due to the number of changes, I’ve split the discussion up in “What happens in the English version” and “What happens in the Dutch version” after the point where the stories go in different directions.

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Livetweets of the SeraMyu musical: Usagi – The Path to Become the Warrior of Love

Posted April 22, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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It’s been almost a week since I actually livetweeted these! I’m so very sorry about the delay — I’ve been a combination of busy and unwell — but I’m here now!

This time, rather unexpectedly given that I’d promised to make a schedule for these, I tackled the second musical: Usagi – The Path to Become the Soldier of Love. You can read my responses here! I hope you’ll enjoy the gif of Kaolinite especially because I think I lost, like, an hour trying to get it sorted since, apparently, the only way to capture a gif with the software I use is to screencap the section you want frame-by-frame and then adding them into Photoshop, turning on the animation feature and, from what I could tell in that instance, having to set all the frames to be only one 1 frame separately. But go look at that gif. It was so worth it.

Anyway! This musical has… even less of a coherent plot than the first one I watched and feels more like a set of songs around which people had to write some kind of faintly coherent plot, which is something you’ll either love or hate.

Me, for all that I gripe about it, I think it’s absolutely gloriously 90s. Considering I was watching this for the express purpose of cheering myself up by revelling in Sailor Moon goodness, it did exactly what I wanted it to do.

Just… don’t go into these expecting a super-coherent plot. There’s some character-building, but if you don’t already know… any coherent variant of Sailor Moon up to the Death Busters arc, this is quite sparse on the details. Heck, I like to think I know the overall narratives pretty well and I was confused a lot.

That said, if you’re looking for a musical that’s just plain fun and that the actors all clearly had a blast with that’s capable of cheering you up, this is a fun, fun musical to watch. Especially if you’re a Sailor Moon fan. Or I don’t know, if you like the challenge of piecing a story together from fragments.

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Livetweets of the first SeraMyu musical: Dark Kingdom Revival

Posted April 20, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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You can read all about it on the Storify here if you’ve missed the TOTALLY UNANNOUNCED (because I’m just that brilliant) livetweets of watching Sera Myu.

Many thanks to Sea of Serenity for the fansubbed version!

That was… not what I was expecting. I am not kidding when I say I’ve never seen the musicals before now. The most I know about them is what I’ve gleaned from listening to the songs, but I’ve never had context for those songs and reading translations of the lyrics only gets you so far, really.

I didn’t know that the musical was going to stay so close to the anime this is an AU sequel to and that surprised me. What also surprised me (pleasantly) was seeing a few scenes and moments that I recognised from La Reconquista. I don’t know if the newer musical drew inspiration from this one deliberately, but I kind of hope so because they’re just small subtle things that I want to see as homages to this musical.

Yes, I did gripe about the plot a fair bit, but, really, it did have a number of weird holes in it that could’ve easily been addressed. And possibly were in the 1994 revision, but as I understand it the musical was never released on video, so I don’t know if I could find a fansub for it anywhere.

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed the livetweets as much as I’ve enjoyed the musical! XD Next time I’ll try and actually announce when I’m going to be livetweeting stuff and it’ll be the next musical available to me: Sailor Moon S – Usagi Ai no Senshi e no Michi.

Wherein we’ll get to meet Chibi-Usa! That much I do know!

I’ll… try and work out a schedule for these and get that posted up, so it’ll be easier to catch me livetweeting.

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Are you criticising the whole book when you criticise the blurb?

Posted April 19, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Are you, though?

Spoiler: the answer is “no”.

tl;dr A blurb is a short text designed to give you an idea of what the book will be contain. Blurbs can be badly written. It is okay to criticise a blurb for being badly written or throwing up red flags. Also no marginalised people DON’T have to “read the book first”.

For a broad context (because I kept it reasonably broad): whenever marginalised groups even discuss potentially harmful content (never mind actively calling it out as harmful), there will be someone who does not share that marginalisation who pops up to say “You can’t criticise the book without reading it first!”

And, yeah, we can. Readers do it all the time, actually, even those claiming you can’t criticise a book without reading it start to finish. Making judgement values about the content of a book we haven’t read is part and parcel of how we decide what to read and whether to read that specific book. It’s what blurbs (and reviews) are for. That is their purpose.

Okay, no. A blurb’s purpose is to convince as many people as possible to pick up the book (and if they don’t like it, well… they’ve already paid for it now). But the way it does that is by telling people what the book is about and enticing them to make the judgement value “this book is worth my time and money”.

Anyway, here‘s a thread I did today.

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