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I don't make resolutions. I don't even really consider it an important occasion, except most everyone else does, so that naturally causes me to stop and reflect on how things have gone for me.

I accomplished woefully little this year. I have nothing but the mental illness and my own lack of resilience to blame. I've just been so . . . flat. I can keep myself on a more or less stable emotional keel, but that eats up any productivity I might otherwise have. I spend more time on obligations than personal projects, but lacking those obligations I might do nothing, so who can say?

Last year was shitty in many ways, really shitty, but it also contained some unexpectedly wonderful stuff, and my life now is most assuredly better than it was in January of last year. I'm still not feeling optimistic, but perhaps that will come in time.

I just want to be able to . . . to do things again. To have the energy, mental and physical, to work at things. I'm bored so much of the time, and, being an introvert, there's only so much that other people can help. And, lately, I've spent a lot of time in low-level pain from minor health problems I really don't want to discuss.

But to focus on the positive, I made three really cool things in 2013: the Barsoomian Chess Set, which was featured on Propnomicon; MLP custom "Serenity"; and the steampunk pirate ponies Phantom and Ember Blacklock

I launched Silver Into Steel, the srs blog. Admittedly seldom-updated, but I'm going to work on that, too.

And, the huge one: I was approved for disability. My government is still shitty and thinks that I should be able to live on what doesn't even cover my house payment, but at least I have health coverage via Medicaid now.

Christmas was lovely. I'll post more about that later.

I've been playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and having enormous fun pirating everything in sight. It's still not Ezio, and I've just had to resign myself to the fact that none of the other games will match that arc. That storyline started out so perfectly, establishing this woman-chasing fist-fighting ne'er-do-well and his loving family and then ripping all of it to miserable shreds, and that propelled me through three games. After that first part of ACII, you fucking hate the Templars. And you actually got to see the character grow and change. Become more competent. More responsible. And finally, much wiser. He was an excellent character.

Edward from AC IV is all right -- he looks sort of like the bastard pirate lovechild of Charlie Hunnam and Chris Hemsworth, he has tattoos and a smart mouth -- but I'm a quarter of the way in and there's no emotional core to the game so far, and that's hurting it. They're trying to lean on the "FREEDOM" angle -- and I really wish they would do more with Adéwalé, because he is really cool and I love that they write him with this subtle tolerant contempt for white people's shit -- but it's not coming together for me. It's still a gorgeous game, and I like it very much, even if the jaguars are fucking murderous little shits.

In other news, I started playing the Baron again last week, and it's been fantastic having him around again. He still makes obscenely good die rolls, and he now has an apprentice that the dice apparently like just as much as him. She's tiny and cute and he just wants to play hide and sneak with her all day. He finds her utterly delightful, and it's like watching a big old wolf play with a kitten. Apparently he was missing that, and didn't know it. Nearly all the other women in his life are sharp or hard or prickly or just flatly practical and no-bullshit -- or they're horses -- and he loves those things about them . . . those are not flaws. The one girl who isn't like that -- his mistress -- is extremely sweet, and he loves her to pieces, but she has no sharp edges. She's the gentlest creature in his life, and he needs that so very badly, but . . . he also needed someone with a bit of both, I think. Someone with whom he shares the same background of murderstab training. Someone he can feel protective of for legitimate reasons, but who really doesn't need much protecting. Someone crap at hiding her feelings, because he has a terrible time dealing with it when people do that.

Eh. Enough about people you've never met.

In other news, I have found the softest thing in the house and it is the fur at the tenderest part of Etrigan's throat, way back under his chin. It's so soft I can barely feel it, like mole fur or bat fur. He has become an excellent cuddler. Not an in-the-lap cuddler, a pick-up-and-snuggle cuddler, not like Tazendra, but a lying-beside sleepytimes cuddler. He lays where Tazendra used to and lets me curl my arms around him -- he is so much bigger, nearly twice as big -- and lays where he can feel my breath on his face, which means his face is usually adorably close to mine so I can just look at him. I can tell he misses Fish, so sometimes I stick my finger in his ear and rub it around -- she used to groom his ears and he loved that, but I'm not going to lick him anywhere, thanks. He loves it. He doesn't even flick his ear, he just purrs harder and rolls so I can do the other one. Today he snuggled up with me and put the top of his flat, empty little head against my mouth so I could just kiss and kiss him without stopping. Behavior-wise he is barely a cat at all, and is frequently so annoying it boggles the mind. And yet I love him like a very stupid but enthusiastically cheerful little brother.

I love Smooch, too, but he's a tough nut to crack. We have a respectful cat/human relationship based on me fulfilling his every desire and him being very grateful for my services, but mostly ignoring my needs. He's tender, emotionally, rebuffs easily, stews and sulks sometimes. He has moods, like weather. Etrigan's emotional core is rubber or Teflon. Nothing gets him down for long. They are very different. I love them both. Etrigan is turning out to be the really comforting one, for all that he's a fucking asshole most of the time.

I need to go to sleep. I hope the next year is less painful than this one for everybody. I hope you find and do and make and learn fun and interesting new things. I hope things improve. For all of us. I really do.

Date: 2014-01-03 07:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
2013 seems to have been a crappy year for a lot of people - I hope you have a better 2014.

The new ponies are beautiful! Wow! And the Barzoom chess set too!

Congrats on getting disability - having helped my wife through that process, I know how nerve-wracking it can be. (And yes, even though the money's ridiculous, the insurance is extremely beneficial).

Wishing you all the best in 2014!

Date: 2014-01-04 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightlotusmoon.livejournal.com
SERENITY. I must now gently grab her from my shelf of toys and hug her and brush her hair as a self soothing action.

Seriously, dude. Seriously. Again, thank you for Serenity. Thank you for giving her to me. With that note. With no warning. You... I mean, you made my whole year with that. Thank you.

Date: 2014-01-04 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I honestly consider that one of, if not THE, best and most important thing I did this year. I needed to do it as much as you needed to get it, I think. :) The perfect gesture, equally meaningful and necessary on both ends.

Date: 2014-01-04 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightlotusmoon.livejournal.com
I'm glad, so so glad. I swear, I could still go on and on about how magnificent the entire thing was: you starting to make Serenity, me casually saying I was thinking about asking for a Pony, you smirking all the way even as you carefully shared photos of her in the making with me none the wiser, me getting the finished product in the mail as a complete and total surprise and screaming and crying with pure joy for hours...

I guess, with the painting Adam did of Tazendra, and you getting it in the mail with no warning, we're kind of... well, "even" sort of. ;)

Date: 2014-01-04 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
I have also been playing AC4! I am thus far so very thrilled that Edward has a personality - unlike his son and grandson - so even if he really does need to cut back on the eyeliner bottle, if there's no emotional core like there was with Ezio... I haven't really noticed yet. I've been driving my husband crazy by muttering, "This is not going to end well," at the plot, howling in rage when I fail to take a ship, and giggling madly on occasion when I sneak up behind someone and murder them. And I may, perhaps, have an unhealthy love of double air assassinations. :)

Date: 2014-01-04 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I love the new running assassination. Not as well as the former POUNCE!!!, but it's cool. I think the combat kill animations are too long, and leave me way too vulnerable to attack when in the middle of a clusterfuck. They really refined the way climbing/tree-running works from AC3, or I'm just more used to it, and I love that function. So cool. The stalking zones are hugely improved and just utterly fucking fantastic, the best innovation in the last two games hands down. The way restricted areas seem to work is much less frustrating; still just as risky, just not as stupid and aggravating.

Ezio's emotional arc developed over three games. It's going to be hard for one game to compare. But it did start with that high note (low note?), because the hanging scene is just . . . horrible.

[[SPOILER FOR REVELATIONS]]

Did you play Revelations, with the retrievable memory of having to go steal their bodies so you can bury them? Carrying your fucking brothers, your tiny brother with his body so limp, your big brother who brawled and caroused with you and got you out of scrapes, your FATHER, who took CARE of you, who was there when you were BORN and as the player you saw him HOLDING you, NAMING you? Christ. CHRIST. I actually cried. Manly tears of stabbing rage, but I did cry. UBISOFT, WHY DID YOU THINK THIS WAS OKAY?

[[SPOILER SAFE]]

I fucking hate the Templars, and I hate Abstergo, and the framing device for AC4 as well as the transition from Subject to Sample 17 is simultaneously utterly fascinating and cool, and totally rage-inducing, sickening, and horrible. Well-played, Ubisoft. Well-played. I want them all to die. Every one of them. You have a very, very motivated player. Congrats.

Date: 2014-01-04 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
I've been pretty much main-lining Assassin's Creed for the last... uh... three months? I think? I sort of lost track. lol Started with the first one, did 2, Brotherhood, Revelations, just finished 3.

I... uh... may have temporarily been dreaming in Italian accents somewhere in the middle of running Brotherhood.

Anyway. Yes, the running assassination is awesome! I didn't notice that much of a difference on the tree-running, but then again, I'm pretty sure that was the best thing about Kenway And Son And The Search For Truth, Justice, Liberty, and the American Way AC3. :) And yes! The stalking zones are great - although I do sometimes laugh when I can clearly see Edward's head and the guards are just kind of... wandering by... like they don't see anything. (C'mon, guys, it's not just a funny-looking flower...)

I could NOT stop laughing at Ezio flirting with the women. OMG. I could never decide if it was incredibly charming or slightly embarrassing. Also? So glad, after those horribly harsh Cristina missions, that he got what he got at the end of Revelations.

[[SPOILER FOR BROTHERHOOD]]
I mean, seriously - she rejected him, and then he comes back later and she dies in his arms? Noooooooooooooo! That was the one that got me, for some reason.
[[END SPOILER]]

I totally missed the Sample 17 thing at first, even though I knew where they got the DNA sequence. I hit the second Abstergo sequence and was like, "What is - oh. Oh. Oh. Oh my god, you bastards."

Curiosity got me through the first game, then I was really enjoying Ezio... I think rage was what got me through AC3. What's his name, the guy that gets inducted at the beginning - Charles Lee. That man needed to die. Preferably a thousand horrible deaths, but I was going to settle for close-up, bloody overkill - maybe even with a weapon.

Right now? Right now I want to get my hands on Warren Vidic... a lot. lol I'm not all that far into the game, but just knowing that he's still driving the Animus thing... grrrrrr.

Date: 2014-01-04 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
Man, Charles Lee was a shit's shit, and he wasn't even *hot.* Like, du Casse in AC4 is HOT. VERY HOT. And holy shit let me tell you HOW HARD I wanted a Cesare/Ezio/Caterina Sforza hatefucking three-way. But yeah, Charles Lee: worthless piece of shit, and I could not kill him enough.

Still sad that, because History, Ezio couldn't end up with Caterina, because she was AMAZING. At one point, when her city was under siege, the opposing forces were like "HEY, BITCH, GIVE UP OR WE'LL KILL YOUR SONS!" and she hauled her skirt up, flashed them her wiffle, and said "BRING IT ON DOG-PRONGERS, I'VE GOT DOZENS MORE WHERE THOSE CAME FROM!" I fucking can't with how badass she was.

Bartolomeo was a real dude, too. No evidence that I am aware of that he was that foulmouthed, unfortunately, but he was a well-known condottiero. I fucking LOVE Bartolomeo. I remember doing that first mission where you're going to rescue him from the cages, and all you hear is this guy SWEARING A BLUE STREAK and you're like "LMFAO! What the shit is going on -- hold up, wait, I'M SUPPOSED TO RESCUE THIS GUY?! OMFG." Bartolomeo and Penthesilea (Pantasilea?) were so adorable. And Bianca, of course.

Did you watch Embers, the video they did that wraps up Ezio's story? It's on the youtubes.

Date: 2014-01-04 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
I didn't know that Embers existed! Just watched it. I wholeheartedly agree with the commenter on YouTube that said that the lady assassin needs her own game; she was awesome. And aw man - you know he has to die at some point, but I totally wasn't expecting to see it...

I kind of loved the Fox. I have a soft spot for thieves for some reason, and he was just particularly awesome at his job.

Date: 2014-01-04 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
Volpe was pretty cool!

I got hella teary-eyed at the end of Embers. The first of his games starts out with him being born and then you are, like, pressing buttons to make his arms and legs move. Counting Embers, you're there from his first breath to his last. I liked really old Ezio's shorter haircut, surprisingly.

Although one of the heavier sequences was the one in Revelations where you're playing as Altair going into the hidden temple/library/crypt thing, and it's like "You are tired. Press [Circle] to sit down." *shudder*

Date: 2014-01-05 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
Oy. I have such mixed feelings about Altair. On the one hand, he's probably the most boring of the assassins - on the other, his sequences in Revelations were awesome, awesome enough that yeah, the sitting down thing was a kick right to the emotions.

Date: 2014-01-05 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I know! I feel like a shitty fan, but I just couldn't get into the first game, probably because I started at II. But Altair bored me, and that was a game where you DIED IF YOU FELL INTO WATER and seriously that is a hard game limit with me. Not cool. So I read all the synopses, and had to settle for that.

But yes, the cut scenes in Revelations with him were SO AWESOME. I was HOPING we'd get to go to Alexandria in the next game with his son, but pirates is just as good!

Date: 2014-01-05 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
See, I started with the first one, played for an hour or three worth, and then put it aside. When I realized I could get pirates, I decided I wanted to play all the way through all the games, so... I finished it. Aside from the ending sequence, which was kinda cool, and the instant recognition of, "Hey, Ezio went to Acre... I remember Acre...", I'm... not sure you missed much by just reading the synopses.

I really want to know how Desmond's family line got to wherever it is he's from. I mean, we've gone from the Middle East to Alexandria to Italy to (apparently) Britain to Boston - I want to know about the missing links!

Date: 2014-01-05 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
There's so much we don't know, and I am simultaneously excited and terrified that this will be the franchise that never ends. I love these games so much I've considered getting a tattoo, which . . . yeah. I'm so afraid they're going to plunge right off the deep end and into asshole territory. What if they make a game that sucks, or one that is full of offensive shit? Ubisoft do a great job of keeping their games relatively devoid of sexism and racism, and don't use the "BUT IN THAT ERA PEOPLE WERE COCKS SO MY SEXISM IS TOTALLY ACCURATE" excuse to just be sloppy about storytelling and characterization.

The way they have handled James Kidd's character so far -- and I'm past the big revelation point -- is incredible to me, that here we have a person who could be interpreted as genderqueer, and they are treated with complete respect, and are in fact just an awesome fucking character. And it's not made a big deal of. I'm just . . . man, I hope they don't fuck this up.

Date: 2014-01-05 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
James Kidd is an interesting character so far - I'm just beginning Sequence 2, attacking forts instead of going to Kingston. :) I have some... theories... regarding that character, however, that are definitely in the genderqueer department. (I also don't care one bit about being spoiled for stuff, for the record.)

I do want it to never end - but yeah, with the caveat of "if they wander into asshole territory, I'm probably out." Sucky individual game, that I can probably survive. Although to be honest... AC3 came close to terrible for me; I honestly only finished the Haytham sequence because everything I'd seen and heard said it got better once you got to Connor. And it did, kind of, but the whole game just read as very flat for me - flat interspersed with, "HI HERE'S SOME PATRIOTISM," and "oh, fuck you, Charles Lee, I'm going to make Conner fucking dance on your grave," but flat all the same.

Date: 2014-01-05 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I SO wanted to teabag Charles Lee's fucking corpse. FUCK.

I didn't like 3 much, though they could have screwed it up in terms of racial issues so badly, and IMO (for what that's worth as a white chick) I don't think they did too badly.

The could have leaned really offensively on the "generic mystical Native bullshit" angle, and for the most part, they stayed well away from that sort of thing.

I just feel like . . . his whole origin was forced. Haytham was such a rotten douchebag, what the crap was ANYONE doing screwing him? GRRRR.

I LIKED Connor as a character, I liked that he was fierce when roused but naive, that he was actually quite gentle personally, that he threw tantrums occasionally, and he had the best "bitch, please" looks. I like that instead of going for someone with a BIG MANLY VOICE, they went with someone who had a much softer voice, even though he was a HUGE DUDE. (And the voice actor was Native American as well, I'm just not remembering what tribe.) But, and I hate saying this, I don't think Connor as a character was right for the lead. I think they needed a different kind of character for the role.

I see what they were getting at -- idealism and patriotism requires a certain . . . inherent innocence. They wanted him to represent hope, and the willingness to fight for freedom, and they wanted to run him through the wringer and do the Warrior For Justice thing, start to finish, and I GET that, but . . . yeah, it just felt flat to me. I LIKED what they did with you actually playing through some of his childhood stuff, that was cool, but it cut momentum. They fridged his mom unnecessarily, I think, too. Not cool.

And . . . maybe this was just me, but . . . I would have liked to have seen a character who was Native American who was a LOT MORE PISSED OFF. I applaud them having a not-white main character, but . . . Christ, look what happened to Native tribes across the entirety of America, and America is such a racist hellhole even NOW . . . any storyline where a Native character is fighting FOR America, even in the name of independence from tyranny, is just laden with Issues. They touched on it, but not enough, IMO. They couldn't have had him fighting AGAINST it, the British weren't any better, and fighting on behalf of his own people is just historically fucking DOOMED, so what were they going to do?

I don't think there was a right answer. They made a good game, not great, made some wonderful innovations in gameplay (and screwed up a few others so hard) and animation, and stepped up their voice acting game a notch (though for video games, the franchise has consistently been better than average). It just wasn't . . . something enough. I don't know. Maybe I'm just so jaded and so frustrated with this country that I can't really feel positively about anything that glorifies it. It was neat, but I would rather have seen a different setting.

The part where Connor shaved his head, though, holy shit that was cool, and he did look hella hot.

I'm excited to see what they do next. There are so many possibilities, stuff that has never ever been done, and I hope they do that instead of reaching for what would be supposedly popular. (I guess my concerns are kind of hypocritical in that the media saturation with pirates has been at an all-time high lately, and it's also a very popular setting for this and that. And to be fair, NOW I HAVE MY PIRATE GAME, I am happy, and I hope they go back to doing slightly off-the-path stuff.)

Revelations was AMAZING in that regard. Good god, Constantinople. NNNNNNGHHH. UNF.

AC I was also amazing history and location-wise, though I didn't play it. But Husband is a huge fan of that time and place, and LOVED it.

(Holy shit this is fantastic, talking games.)

Date: 2014-01-05 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
Sadly, my husband can't play them. :( There's one of the major game engines - I think it's the Quake engine, but I never can remember - that makes him nauseous. Just... really, really nauseous, really quickly. And it's everywhere, so the number of games he can actually play is pretty limited. He said the AC games aren't too bad to watch over my shoulder, but he can only do that for about 30 minutes before his stomach starts doing flips. I am loving getting to talk with someone about these, because he has no idea what I'm on about most of the time. lol

Yes! That was part of my problem with Connor - he didn't seem angry enough. Yeah, ok, he had temper tantrums and stuff, but... dude. The game had, what, three or four separate instances of people trying to steal his village's land? I'd be burning fucking Boston down by the second one to make a goddamn point. And he... had a moment of anger, then wandered off to get involved in the Revolution again in the name of killing the guy responsible this time, when he was perfectly capable of avoiding all that crap to get to him. Just... whaaat? I agree on the head-shaving bit, though - that was just cool.

The kid and adolescent parts were neat, but yeah, they really did kill momentum. The whole pacing of the story was... strange... in a way I can't put my finger on exactly. I think some of it was the frontier/homestead mission schtick - lots of time to waste on stuff that didn't really... do... anything. Neat characters around the homestead, including the least romantic Frenchman Quebecois ever that had me laughing my ass off, but... it did strange, strange things to the pace.

I do have to say - as much as I freaking hated the Haytham sequences at the beginning, the Connor/Haytham sequence mid-game cracked me the hell up. The sniping at each other was awesome, even if it did kind of feel like the first time either of them had managed to have real personality!

I think I'm not quite as jaded about this country as you are, but I agree about wanting a different setting. I do not enjoy having patriotism walk up, slap my face, kiss me with tongue, and then slap my ass as it walks away. Just... oy. I think "American Revolution" was definitely an interesting choice, and it could have maybe worked, but they pretty much made the Revolution the star of the game instead of letting the characters carry it.

The settings have just uniformly been amazing - both the places and in most cases the people. I know a bit more about Renaissance Europe than I do about the Crusades, so I was more excited by Ezio's setting in that regard. (AC3 felt a wee bit like a checklist of American history books...)

Date: 2014-01-06 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I just have this whole thing where I hear "land of the free" and gag. It never has been, ever, unless you were white and a dude and preferably rich. And I wish they had touched on that more.

That sucks that your husband can't play. My friend Barb is the same way. She just gets really queasy. The camera shake when you're running in AC4 seems like it might be especially bad, too. It doesn't bother me at all, but I actually notice it. And we have a HUUUUUGE TV (so let me TELL YOU how awesome all the rooftop and high-altitude sequences were when I first started playing . . . I hated climbing really tall things because I got actual vertigo) which probably would not help things.

It was FUN when Connor and Haytham were snapping at one another. I approved. Haytham needed someone to call him on his shit.

Maybe it would have been better if they hadn't come down as firmly on one side or the other, but had portrayed the whole thing as "There is NO good choice here. These people are all assholes."

On a meta level, in light of the fact that the way we teach and discuss history excludes the contributions of anyone not a white dude, I find it really grotesquely hilarious that Connor is swanning around doing all this Epic History Shit like riding along with Paul Revere. I mean, that's one of the major things about telling accurate history-based stories -- if your character is that freakin' awesome, wouldn't we have heard of them? Especially if they were assassin-level awesome? But Connor? AHAHA NO. OF COURSE WE NEVER HEARD OF HIM.

Date: 2014-01-06 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
I have been having just the slightest tinge of vertigo/queasiness on the first synchronization on every game after the first one - my current theory is that it's the graphics update, that I'm getting used to the graphics on the one I was playing and the update just throws me for a loop. By the time I get to the second sync, it's fine.

I think they tried to do the "they're all assholes" thing, but it just did not go far enough. I mean, I kind of wanted to punch Sam Adams; he was this weird half-offensive, touchy-feely jerk. And after the halfway point, they started in about the Templars being on both sides. It never quite panned out, though.

I totally agree on the whole "if your character is that awesome, wouldn't we have heard of them." I mean, come on, we played him controlling major battles like the one at Lexington and Bunker Hill. There are detailed lists of who was in command for that shit; pick something smaller...

Date: 2014-01-07 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
Found the revelation point you were talking about!

That... is not quite who I was expecting James Kidd to end up being. Totally makes sense, but not what I was expecting.

Date: 2014-01-07 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I was like "OMG SERIOUSLY?!" They went there. It works, it makes sense, and I was . . . kinda wondering, you know, when James showed up at the beginning with Calico Jack Rackham and they seemed friendly . . . but I wasn't expecting it at all.

I did love their exchange: "HOW IS IT YOU ARE A WOMAN?"

"JAYSUS, EDWARD, DO I REALLY HAVE TO EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU?!"

And he was otherwise totally chill, which I super-appreciate.

Date: 2014-01-07 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
See, and I missed that that was Calico Jack until the Blackbeard cut-scene - during which I'm pretty sure I saw the other one of his ladies, although that hasn't been confirmed yet.

That whole exchange cracked me the hell up. "Your name isn't really James, is it?" "Not most days..."

Date: 2014-01-07 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
OK, must share this - randomly ran across an AC cosplay, and... wow.

http://art-of-swords.tumblr.com/post/72570391189/swords-in-cosplay-assassins-creed-oc (http://art-of-swords.tumblr.com/post/72570391189/swords-in-cosplay-assassins-creed-oc)

Date: 2014-01-08 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
LOVE IT. Love his choice of shooting location too!

Nice to see some OC cosplay, too.

Date: 2014-01-08 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
I know! And I totally want to play a game with that guy as the main character, which I guess is the very best sign of a good OC cosplay... :)

Date: 2014-01-09 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
OMG, I found another one.

http://sandrayln.tumblr.com/post/72809626531/art-of-swords-swords-in-cosplay-assassins

Date: 2014-01-10 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
HER MAKEUP IS FLAWLESSLY COORDINATED!!!

Date: 2014-01-10 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandrayln.livejournal.com
I know! I want her... her... EVERYTHING SHE'S WEARING!

Date: 2014-01-04 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltachild.livejournal.com
Congratulations on your achievements in 2013, even if you're not entirely satisfied, you still achieved new stuff :) Good wishes for the new year as well!

I love reading about the personalties of your cats and how they interact with you - plus I have sympathy for dealing with a stupid best-friend. Ducky has taken to licking every single bit of my skin that he can get to, including my ears, my face and the back of my neck while I'm attempting to muck out around him. When he can't get to any skin, he lightly bites a bit of baggy clothing and starts sucking on it. I do love his big stupid face but horses have huge slobbery tongues and I usually go to work after the stables in the morning....

Date: 2014-01-05 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I try to focus on the stuff I DID rather than all the shit I never managed to get done.

Oh my god, okay, like, I had NO IDEA that horses had such LONG TONGUES, and when I went to the fair many years ago, and they had the show horses in the stalls and you could walk down and look at them all, and some were super-friendly and just wanted to be loooooooved, and I didn't KNOW THIS so I reached up to pet one on the nose and it started LICKING ME and I completely freaked out. HUGE LONG DROOLY TONGUES OMG. Very smooth, but then, I'm used to CATS and Smooch has, like, the roughest tongue of any cat I've ever had.

So cute about Ducky, but I can see how that would be a problem if you had to work! XD How is he doing overall, BTW?

Date: 2014-01-26 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltachild.livejournal.com
Yeah the stuff you didn't get done can either be reset to do this year or wasn't done for some kind of cosmic reason ;)

Lol, horse tongues really are incredibly long and drooly, but with lots of strength behind them too - which isn't entirely unwelcome on a freezing cold morning but woah, he's a big boy and he takes his licking very seriously indeed. I love cat tongues, they must be the best things ever for getting rid of an itch.

Ducky is doing incredibly well, he's put on loads of weight and looks like a totally different horse from when his skinny butt turned up in May. I rode him last weekend for the first time in 2 months (he's been resting and the weather has been FOUL) and he was SO good. He should have been a big feisty thoroughbred busy being frightened of everything, but instead he was quite happy to just plod along and take the world in a little. Work has been absolutely horrendous (er, in terms of hours worked, not the work environment itself), and the highlight of my days has been my 7am arrivals at the stables to cuddles and kisses from my big gorgeous boy. I really cannot wait for the cold month to be over so the two of us can get out and about again :)

Date: 2014-01-08 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanat.livejournal.com
Pardon me, madam, but I just felt like pointing out that I name-dropped (hopefully audibly) Adventurotica on the latest episode of the podcast I run with some of my writer's group chums, and gave the material I've read from it general thumbs-up: http://wellingtoninkslingers.amynta.org/?p=72

We don't have a great many listeners apart from the rest of our writer's group, but it was the least I could do, having enjoyed so many of your stories there :)

Date: 2014-01-08 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanat.livejournal.com
The mention is about 30ish minutes in, if you just want to hear that part. ;)

Date: 2014-01-08 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
AWESOME!!! Thank you so much, that's super-cool!

I'll give it a listen in the morning when I don't have to worry about waking anyone up trying to find my headphones! :D

Date: 2014-01-10 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-peitho.livejournal.com
Hey there - for your mental health blog: http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/552693.html?style=mine

Date: 2014-01-10 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
I love Seanan so much.

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