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Somewhere in 2016 all of my Photoshop brushes disappeared, and I can't remember where I got any of them.


Anyway, Tales of Berseria. I'm still only about thirty hours in, because I play in small chunks, and am usually only able to finish one dungeon/questline/section of story before I have to sleep.

I've been hating on Eleanor for a while. She's the type of character I normally like (I guess? I don't even know anymore), but she pissed me off early in the game and I spent the last twenty-five hours looking forward to the day her world would come crashing down. The game disappointed me on that matter; while she definitely has a few moments of existential crisis, her reaction to the shattering of her world was pretty okay and, unforgivably, made me like her.

Her speaking habits remind me of Natalia (Abyss) - who I liked - and she actually grows as a damn character, which I also like, but--I enjoyed the anticipation of her breakdown! This is scary evidence that my world view probably aligns more with Velvet's, hahaha... haha...

So, relating with characters in RPGs is never a huge thing for me. The character's gender is irrelevant in most cases, especially as I get older, although if I have the choice of a female main, I'd rather. The bigger problem (as far as relating to characters in games goes) is that stories about a bunch of kids saving the world actually aren't a thing I relate to anymore. But I seem to be relating strongly with Velvet, and attaching Laphicet to Eleanor was kiiiind of a problem for me for a little bit. :P

But Eleanor also annoyed me all on her own. It was the strength of her belief in the Abbey, which just--I hated that. It looked like blind devotion. Eleanor has since proven that untrue, which is probably why I can't resist anymore, and have decided to confess that I like her.

2016 was a harsh year. It must have flipped some unfortunate switches in my brain.

My thoughts on everything else are a mixed bag of randomness.

I really like Magilou's quirkiness. XD She's awesome.

The music is pretty nice, but only a few tracks stick with me after I turn the game off. One of those is the music for the Abbey training grounds, which was an interesting mix--slightly creepy, but also just a light touch, and I thought it fit the bill for an organization that prizes reason over human decency.

Not getting any pairing vibes out of this game. If I had to point at something, I'd say the most blatant show of affection that borders on obsessive romantic is Theresa/Oscar, and uhhhh... it's basically every Fire Emblem brother/sister-not-pairing-we-swear that I've ever seen. Not romantic? Of course not, they're siblings! Except that the body language really toes the line and all that. Oh, and it seems like Laphicet has a crush on Velvet. :D Think he's a bit young for that, but that never stopped fandom before. I don't even want to know where they might've gone with Innominat and Artorius....

(If they haven't gone anywhere with that, I will be seriously disappointed. I actually haven't seen them interact yet, but who the fuck cares about characterization?)

Gosh but I like all of these Empyrean sigils. I want some for wallpapers.

So anyway, yeah, I would write Theresa/Oscar. Or... think about it. I probably won't really.

If I were to write fic, I'd also like writing about Eleanor. Ffff.
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I set up a second AO3 account for my NSFW fic because... because I did. For reasons. There's only one thing posted to it right now (Ego Boost, Leo/JJ because help, I've fallen headfirst into Yuri!!! On Ice), but I signed up for Smut Swap, so.

Synchronised Screaming's first weekly flashfic challenge/chat is tomorrow, and I'm excited. Prompts have been submitted and are ready to roll. I'm hoping for a decent turnout. I hope I can get this thing off the ground.

The brain-weasels have not been kind to me these past few days. For once I actually know why it's happening, so I guess, IDK, it's a little easier to manage than usual? Could just be that I'm finally starting to feel better on the whole, though, and that makes setbacks less all-consuming.

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Feb. 24th, 2017 05:42 pm
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There are going to be many rallies in support of Obamacare this weekend. I've signed up for a rally outside that asshole Congressman Dave "A for Asshole" Reichert's office tomorrow. You can put in your zip code and it finds something near you.


Did I mention he's an asshole?

Candidate Training this Spring

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:04 am
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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee ( is holding training on the East Coast this spring and summer for how to run for office. Length of training varies by the location:
New Brunswick, New Jersey is one day, April 8; Raleigh, North Carolina is two days, May 13-14, Fairfax Virginia is one day, May 20, and D.C. is four days, July 27-30. Info:

meme (one of a bunch I have to do)

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:29 am
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I got this from heartofoshun

Two names you go by:

1. Jenni

2. Grandma

Two parts of your heritage:

1. English

2. Dutch

Read more... )

Maybe I Won't Die at Work Today

NSFW Feb. 24th, 2017 08:19 am
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Feb. 23rd, 2017 10:29 am
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Snagged from julchen and addie, more getting to know you memeage :-)

1. Who are you named after?
My first name, Lora, is from a relative, a cousin somewhat removed. She and her husband (my brother's middle name is their last name) had a lot to do with my father's upbringing so I'm named after her. My middle name is Ann and that is for my paternal grandmother though she was mostly called Annie and I never have been though my Texas relatives almost always called me Lora Ann when I was a kid.

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May their memory be forever blessed

Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:58 am
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I can't do better than to quote what [personal profile] selenak posted today in her journal commemorating three martyrs from Nazi Germany. They were known collectively as the White Rose.

They died today, here in Munich: Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, Christoph "Christl" Propst. Students who had grown up within a totalitarian system, who all, as children and early adolescents, had been true believers in the ideology they were were brainwashed with by almost everything around them. And yet they saw through it. And yet they came to reject it. And yet they gave their lives for saying "No. No. This is not right. Resist."

For this, they were arrested, put on trial as "enemies of the people", called every vile name in the repertoire by the authorities, and eventually beheaded. Today. All those years ago. I just was at the university where they were leaving their handtyped, hastily printed leaflets when they were captured. I know many of the words on those leaflets by heart. They still make me cry. Now more than ever.

Remember them.

T.S. Eliot's poem Little Gidding has always been one of my favorite poems (though of course he was an anti-Semite, just not as virulent a one as e.e. cummings or Ezra Pound, at least I fervently hope so). These lines:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

have always resonated within me to a deep degree. Lately I've been seeing it come to life as I've developed my spiritual life and found that my early searching when I was in my 20s has come full cycle to return to a very similar place in 2017.

But poetry means so many things. I'm sad today to be able to place those verses within the context of Nazi Germany and the United States of Fascist America that has come into being.

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