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On a semi-personal note: I've been deleting some entries here. With a journal as old as this, there's quite a lot of crap that it's accumulated over the years. Though, if you didn't mind that, and want my old Geass fic, please do go to the dreamwidth version of this journal. I left everything there. XD -- the powers of bad porn, be with ya!

Otherwise, let's just talk Madoka, okay?

I'll be honest with you guys: I rarely watch anything anymore -- various pursuits of the intellectual kind, tiredness and just sheer laziness make me rather wary of watching anything new. You need to hit me on the head with a sledgehammer before I watch anything new. Or you know, just make me watch Hannibal. I'll always get into shows like Hannibal.

I also have an ever-going, always recurring obsession with Clamp and TB/X.

And still...

Somehow, helreginn got me to watch Madoka in two sittings. But then, helreginn also got me into Geass, so I'm convinced that she's a witch XD.

But yeah, I loved Madoka. Not only is it a very conscious subversion of the magical girl genre, it's also thought-provoking, bleak without being stiftingly depressing and dark without venturing forth into the regions of the gory/absurdly grotesque (not that I mind gore, you know. In fact if you know me, you know that I love my gore).

But yes, I think that Madoka is what I'd refer to as the realistic version of the magical girl genre. The girls don't just get to be heroines without going through huge sacrifices for their powers (wishes), not everything turns out fine and dandy, love doesn't cure all problems, and just because you want to do the right thing doesn't mean you'll succeed.

People get hurt in this series. People die in this series. And it's all done unapologetically, but also with a reason. I found that both chilling and thought-provoking, as the series raises good points on the nature of wishes, hopes and dreams. It also makes you ponder whether it's so cruel to demand everything to be fair, when nature itself both takes as much as it gives.

So yeah, Madoka is far from being simplistic. But it's also not an overachiever. Barring the third movie, I've seen the entire show, and I must say that it's a very tightly told, smoothly woven story that makes you care for the characters. Some only reveal their motives towards the end, but you'll love them the more for it, because it all comes together in a beautiful and heart-wrenching way.

And it's such a female-positive show. Not only are the core relationships between girls, we also get to see a hard-working career woman be a good mother, without her having to ever sacrifice her career for it. And there's so, so much more.

Yes, I mean the femmeslash, of course ♥.

The show also has lovely art, crisp and simple, but also complex and stunning when it comes to the background. It's a feast for the eyes. :3

I'm not going to say you need to watch it, but Madoka restored my love for anime with such a frenzy that I had to come back here and post.

[fic] Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Rating: M

Word-count: 1,990

Summary: He doesn't even know how to grieve properly. He stumbles through the stages in the wrong order not because he doesn't know any better, but because somehow this feels less like dying.
Notes: This was an entry to the Review Game Writing Challenge Contest on fictionpress. The prompt for May 2014 was 'Some people burn bridges running from monsters. (And the flames, well, they're pretty too)'.

Niel dreams of standing up against his father ((link leads to FictionPress))

[fic] Carnations' Wake (1-25)

Carnations' Wake [1-25]
Rating: T
Word-count: 150,000+ so far
Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a seven hundred year-old tale of valor and redemption.
Warnings: violence, strong language, and mild sexual references
Notes: slash; collaboration with scribblestorm.
The story thus far: On a job nearly gone awry, Jude Macmillian, assassin for hire, comes upon Liam Blackwood, a young man who not only professes to know Jude (and inexplicably hint at more), but also claims to be a knight from 700 years ago. Unbeknownst to them, a nameless Organization has been operating in the shadows: its leaders believe Liam's awakening is the first sign heralding the coming resurrection of a disgraced King, and the end of the world as we know it.

Please follow this shiny link here :3

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Announcement: The Carnations' Wake tumblr is now up! This is a repository for supplementary materials relating to the story: uncut versions of scenes that don’t fit the story’s T-rating, drabbles that don’t form part of the main narrative, art, research notes, etc. A FAQ page has recently been added as well, and will be updated as time goes on. We may also post update notices there from now on, so if you're interested, please do check it out / follow if you like :)

Carnations' Wake (10)

Rating: T
Word-count: 59530+ so far
Warnings: violence and strong language
Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a 700 year-old tale of valor and redemption.
About: WIP; collaboration with scribblestorm

The story so far:
On a job nearly gone awry, Jude Macmillian, assassin for hire, comes upon Liam Blackwood, a young man who not only professes to know Jude (and inexplicably hint at more), but also claims to be a knight from 700 years ago. Unbeknownst to them, a nameless Organization has been operating in the shadows: its leaders believe Liam's awakening is the first sign heralding the coming resurrection of a disgraced King, and the end of the world as we know it. While Jude teaches Liam how to defend himself in the modern world, his brother Eric finds himself plagued by nightmares, and catches a glimpse down the rabbit hole...

chapter 10: "They don't ever tell you the second part of the legend: that it was foretold that when the Demon Knight rises from the dead, the Red King will follow not long after, to finish what he started. And then we'll all be buggered." [[ on fictionpress or AO3 ]]

[fic] Carnations' Wake (7)

Rating: T

Word-count: 41 500 + so far

Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a seven hundred year-old tale of valor and redemption.

Warnings: violence and strong language

The story thus far: Jude Macmillian, assassin for hire, seeks shelter in the abandoned ruins of a castle, where he finds a red-haired boy sleeping in a coffin. Upon awakening, not only does Liam Blackwood claim to know Jude (and inexplicably hint at more); he also claims to be a knight from 700 years ago. Unbeknownst to them, a nameless Organization has been operating in the shadows: its leaders believe Liam to be the Demon Knight, and that his awakening is the first sign heralding the coming resurrection of a disgraced king, and the end of the world as we know it. Fortunately for Liam, neither he nor Jude has ever crossed paths with anyone from the Organization; that is, until now...

chapter 7: on fictionpress or AO3; collab with scribblestorm.

sorry for posting twice today!

[fic] Carnations' Wake (5)

Rating: T

Word-count: 22,800+ so far

Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a seven hundred year-old tale of valor and redemption. Collab with scribblestorm.

Warnings: violence and strong language

The story thus far: Jude Macmillian, assassin for hire, seeks shelter in the abandoned ruins of a castle, where he finds a red-haired boy sleeping in a coffin. Upon awakening, not only does Liam Blackwood claim to know Jude (and inexplicably hint at more); he also claims to be a knight from 700 years ago. Things are complicated further when a terrified local man claims that Liam is a demon, and tries to kill them both. Jude now has no choice but to leave the country, bringing Liam along...

chapter 5: on fictionpress or AO3

Boring RL update: I'm alive, but I've been busy learning C++, and suddenly tackling Maths again after years of not dealing with it directly. I'm still here and there though, especially on Goodreads ^_^. I'll try to post soonish, possibly after watching Citizen Kane, and finally finishing Sabrina. Ummmmm, how have you all been doing? <3

[fic] Carnations' Wake (4)

Rating: T

Word-count: 22,700+ so far

Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a seven hundred year-old tale of valor and redemption. Collab with scribblestorm.

Warnings: violence and strong language

The story thus far: Jude Macmillian, assassin for hire, seeks shelter in the abandoned ruins of a castle, where he finds a red-haired boy sleeping in a coffin. Upon awakening, not only does Liam Blackwood claim to know Jude (and inexplicably hint at more); he also claims to be a knight from 700 years ago. Things are complicated further when a terrified local man claims that Liam is a demon, and tries to kill them both. Jude now has no choice but to leave the country, bringing Liam along...

chapter 4: on fictionpress or AO3

...So, I'm really sorry for disappearing; there's just so much stuff going on: uni starts this week, and I've suddenly remembered my deadline for my research proposal. There's been work too, which I loathe.  Feedback would be lovely <33

[original fic] Carnations' Wake 2/?

Rating: T

Warning(s): eventual violence

Word Count (for this chapter): 4250, give or take.

Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a seven hundred year-old tale of valor and redemption. SLASH (link leads to FP/Fiction Press).

Notes: Collab with scribblestorm. As per usual, feedback would be appreciated :)

RL-wise, I've been working. It's not really a fun job, but I get paid. Hmm, otherwise I wonder if anyone has a GoodReads account? I've been looking for new books to read :D.

[original fic] Carnations' Wake 1/?

Rating: T

Warning(s): eventual violence

Word Count (for this chapter): 4250, give or take.

Summary: The last thing a taciturn assassin expects to find in the lonely hills of rural Scotland is a coffin in the ruins of a castle, housing a sleeping knight. Nor does he expect that one good deed will throw his life into jeopardy, and that his fate will be intertwined in a seven hundred year-old tale of valor and redemption. SLASH. Read on Fictionpress.

Notes: I'm going to just place it here, without further ado (no, I don’t like promoting things even if it’s kind of related to my job, these days). This is a collab/cowritten project with scribblestorm. It's something that started out with a dream of mine, and grew into something much bigger. I think it goes without saying that feedback/comments would be much appreciated, especially in regards to this project :)

...let the games or festivities begin

(...I have enjoyed this, this little game of ours...)

(I shall burn you, I will burn the HEART out of you).

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