essbeejay: saving the world. (saving the world.)
Just the finishing details, now, and then I'll start piecing together all those snippets that I've written so far and start stitching an actual story out of them.

I'm so tired. Oof.
essbeejay: in your face, nerds! (in your face!)
Eons ago I promised an entry breaking down my massive TEF/PpG/RrB playlists. Today I am following through! Kind of! With (most of) the Blues, at least! )

Even though I don't quite listen to music with the ear for “Would this fit a character/pairing?!” the way I used to, the possibility exists that these playlists may get updated from time to time if I hear something that happens to fit.

Of course, if you lovely folks have any Blues songs you'd like to recommend, please do! I love listening to the playlists you all come up with :)

ETA: P, one of my favorite peoples of all time, wrote me birthday fic! Specifically, Reds!birthday fic! Featuring blushing and angries and shirts! Go read and lavish all the love upon her!
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I was cleaning up and found a paper scrap on which I'd written some TEF endgame notes (some really awful shit too, eurgh) as well as some stuff that I know can't get worked into TEF proper, but it was stuck in my head for long enough that I wanted to unload it.

I imagine this is a conversation that happened between the boys at some point while they were at JS, Inc. This is straight-up unedited word vomit that came out of my brain. (Setup: The boys don't usually do cases requiring any sort of cover. It's kind of a moot point for them. Mostly between Boomer and Brick. Butch is dicking around, probably eating his weight's worth in chicken fried steak or some shit like that. Also, this was written sometime last year, hence Brick's dig at the Boy Scouts.)

Why can't we have a cover? )

I'm sorry I haven't been around much, but rest assured I'm still working on TEF! I know it's slow going, but thanks for being patient with me. It brings me no small amount of joy to track the tag on tumblr and see all the recs and fanart spilling out into the Internet ether. I would be working on TEF anyway, but seeing the enthusiasm for it does wonders for my motivation like you wouldn't believe. I LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU ALL SO MUCH ♥

In my limited downtime I've been working on breaking down my playlists for each couple, so for any interested parties, you have that to look forward to. Blues are up first :) (I may cheat and throw a couple of Greens songs that have been consuming my ears on a near 24/7 basis lately.)
essbeejay: it's hard work working hard, think think think, prof!buttercup (it's hard work working hard)
It should be known that I hate panty shots. HATE THEM. They are exploitative and male gaze-y and gross and 99.9% of the time done in a creeptastic way that robs the subject of any agency and knowledge of what is happening to her.

Keeping all that in mind, here is a smattering of various things I typed up in today's work on the TEF outline:

- Panty shot slo-mo
- Boob grab op
- Shibari... sort of
- “This is playing dirty!"
- Immediately regrets saying the word dirty.
- 3P enjoy the show.

Ch15 is going to be fun!
essbeejay: wtf, wtf no, buttercup is max-unimpressed (wtf)
He suggested I post a cookie, so you have him to thank for this.

I got this out of the box marked TEF ch10. )

Do people even call these cookies anymore? Man, I'm out of touch.
essbeejay: professor also wins at cosplay (you have got to be kidding me)
To make up for my lack of posts over the past month and to assure everyone "Yes! I am still working on TEF!" here is one line from the 1st chapter outline of part 3 (that would be ch13 when it gets posted):

i. [name withheld] can't stop thinking about the D back at home

Oh hell, here's another couple from the rest of the part 3 outline:


Aaaaaand another:

*I really hope I don't have to explain that I don't condone hitting children, but here it is: I don't condone hitting children.

Here's this weirdo exchange b/w two characters (the slash indicates I'm bouncing around two possibilities for this patch of dialogue):

1. “omg are you into chicks”/”You're into the cunny!”
2. “Well I'm def not into dudes”/”Yeah well peen has not been making a good case for itself”


(I also thought about posting some heavy stuff but I don't want you smartasses speculating and figuring out major plot points, so nyeh.)

There you have it. Oh, and stay tuned for possible chattage in May!
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Unfortunately the chat I was alluding to in my previous entry - the one I was hoping to do at the end of this month - will have to get pushed back. I'm going to have to spend the end of this month traveling overseas for a funeral instead.

I found out early yesterday morning and was debating whether or not to say anything. I can't help but feel like mentioning it at all is some twisty cry for attention on my part no matter how cathartic it might actually be. Especially considering the whole reluctant BNF thing. But my mood's also been all over the place since yesterday morning and there's a good chance I could hulk out or at the very least say something really pissy and hurtful if I don't at least acknowledge it. So. This is me, acknowledging it. I don't know how hard it is to picture, but all the angry, emotional, soap-opera-esque intensity of FEELING there is in TEF with all the various characters? The stuff that you've read and the stuff that's forthcoming? I don't know what I'm saying. Maybe just that I spend a lot of time there. And I get people saying How are you able to write these characters this way, asking me how I do it so well, and that's the problem, I don't actually feel like I do it well, because I'm just writing how I feel, and most of the time I feel angry. I feel angry and pissy and bitter all the fucking time. And that's basically all I'm doing, is cordoning off all these individual bits and pieces of this me-monster into different people. I don't know. It's nothing special. Everybody on this planet is angry and pissy and bitter, all the fucking time, just like me. I'm not doing anything different, besides maybe writing it down and shoving into a bunch of cartoon characters, I guess. That's all. Sorry about the angst. I thought it was something you outgrew, but not really, huh? It just gets channeled into all these other little parts of yourself and festers like this little rotten thing inside you instead of going all Harry Potter Book 5.

Anyway. I've been planning a couple of posts for a while. I'm determined to get through as many questions as I can this weekend (and I'm not forcing myself, really, I'll have the time and things to fill my time are good for me right now) and I've been working on and off on a semi-detailed rundown of my various TEF!playlists. The Blues are up first, because, well, they start with "B" and that comes before "G" and "R." It turned into more of a project than I expected it to; you'll see what I mean. Then there's other stuff that I'm not calling to mind at the moment. Oh! A few days ago I thought about doing something special, inspired by the (fake) strangers kissing vid that went viral earlier this week. Maybe in April. We'll see.

For the record, if anyone offers their sympathies, I really do appreciate it, but I'd rather you commented with a link to something funny or happy or fluffy. Something to make me smile. I wallow enough as it is and sympathy only tends to enable that, which isn't healthy for me. In fact, let's make that a rule for the comments on this post! Something happy/fluffy/funny, if not all of the above!

(Speaking of happy things, the recent fanart by waffleswithketchup posted to the fanblog and lockwoodspenis' TEF re-read liveblog! Those things make me so happy. Thanks guys ♥ I'm very sorry to have immortalized these shout-outs in a post filled with my whinging.)
essbeejay: i'm happy and i'm driving! (i'm happy and i'm driving!)
Let's start with something important: the lovely P, otherwise known as [profile] xjabooo and formerly known as notkorra/patbby on tumblr, has opened up a Redbubble shop! P is near and dear to my heart, and I know it would mean a lot to her (and me!) if you would pay her store a visit, even just to have a look! (And, you know, buy something if you feel so inclined. That would be even more awesome!) TYFYT ♥

On the TEF front, I'm still (yes, STILL) working on that bigass outline for Part 3. I know I've said before that I played things looser on Parts 1 and 2, but since 3 is where, you know, things start wrapping up, I'm really invested in tying it all semi-neatly together. I've got the bigger plot points in place and am now trying to hammer out little details. It's an interesting process to work that closely with an outline; I went through it just the other morning and realized "Oh God there's barely any Blues in this chapter." And that turns into looking at their role in the other chapters/months and seeing if I can set up any of their major plot points over in this chapter some, or if I can plus out this other thing I was planning or tie it in to what the Reds or Greens have going on somehow, etc. Not just an interesting process, but an interesting lesson in plotting. The details I'm working out right now involve things right down to specific lines in conversations two characters are having with each other, which definitely wasn't the case with my Part 1 outline.

In fact, here's the outline I worked from for the very first chapter. )

Finally, I'm planning on doing another chat, probably towards the end of the month. It was brought to my attention after the first one that there was actually a LIMIT to the amount of users you could have in a chatroom! So my apologies to anyone who tried to get in but couldn't. I'll make sure that isn't the case with the next one.

(Visit P's shop!)
essbeejay: i'm happy and i'm driving! (i'm happy and i'm driving!)
I came across this fantastic vid by way of two other vids (there's a boring story here, kids, so settle in!). A couple of days ago I got an itch to see what Kaba Modern, who I've generally considered my fave dance group even though I haven't kept up with anything they've done since ABDC, had been up to in recent years (a friend first introduced me to their work ~2007). I don't think I've mentioned it before; KM basically served as inspiration for Blossom's style of hip hop choreography in my head during the (later) formative years of TEF. I always envisioned her choreo to be very technical, precise, and detail-oriented, something that always really struck me about KM's work. I watched this performance of theirs pretty much every free second I had for most of 2007 and 2008.

Anyway, back to the present. I looked up a recent performance of theirs and (happily) discovered Vibe XIX had just gone down a month ago (side note, holy crap Vibe has a tumblr, not sure why this surprises me since everyone sans me has a tumblr these days). Watching their performance led me to search for who took 1st home this year, which was Academy of Villains, and fuck, they put on a hell of a show. Can't argue with them winning.

But watching them got me interested in who else had placed, which led me to the stunning number put on by The Company, who took 2nd. And... well, I basically haven't watched anything beyond this vid, because when I start to think about watching another performance, I find I kinda... just want to watch this one again. Over and over. Because it's pitch perfect inspiration for Blossom for me.

There's the very technical and detail-oriented aspect of it, of course - that's going to be a given with most dance groups that place in competitions - but what elevates this one for me is this understated sensuality about the performance that feels very much in line with Blossom's character. [personal profile] juxtaposie remarked to me early on in TEF that dance felt so perfect for Blossom as a means of expressing herself. There's the technical side of it, of course, but then there's also the saying about dance being a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. Which, well. Really fits Blossom for me, especially when you take into account the idea that Blossom has this subconscious want to repress her sexuality, because she doesn't have the time/it's distracting/there's more important things to attend to, etc., etc.. But, of course, there's always dance.

That's all the stuff that goes through my head when I watch The Company's performance at Vibe XIX.

So if anyone out there wanted an idea of what Blossom's hip hop group choreo looks like in my head, you should basically just watch this video over and over. In fact, here is a wider angle on it, though I highly recommend watching the front row one linked above first. (The wider angle gives you a better idea of how tight their formations and transitions are.) God. I can't wait to finish writing this entry so I can go watch this video another five times before bed.

For shits and giggles, here's Academy of Villains' performance (much more of a "show," which made it a big crowd-pleaser) and KM's (still good, buuuuuuut pretty dull in comparison to the winners).

Oh man, guys. It's so good. Watch it and please do let me know what you think.
essbeejay: bored roar (ROAR.)
The most important point of this entry is to alert you all to [personal profile] busterella's

PpG Squishy!fic contest!

Some of you are familiar with [personal profile] busterella's Squishyverse and how awesome and great it is, but for those of you who are out of the loop, basically the Squishyverse is a mature and sensible take on CTN'S Fusionfall game universe, set exclusively within the Powerpuff Girls canon instead of the massive crossover affair that Fusionfall was.

It would be impossible for me to list all the GREAT AMAZING THINGS about Squishyverse, but here are a few things I love:
  1. The characters are set up to react like REAL PEOPLE
  2. There is a much greater focus on the family conflict that arises out of Buttercup's/Belladonna's amnesia
  4. Her design of everything - the world, the characters, the GIRLS - is so refreshing and fun to look at!
  5. The reshaping of the Fusionfall concept is seriously inspired - [personal profile] busterella basically took a coal (Fusionfall) and worked that thing until it was a freaking diamond (Squishyverse) with her bare hands and fantastic brainmeats
So what I'm basically getting at is, her world-building is wonderful and if anyone deserves to have fic written for her, it's [personal profile] busterella. It would mean so much (!!!) if any fellow writerly folk out there would check out what she's done and give some thought to entering her contest! Or actually enter, buuuuut I won't hold you to that. (I'll probably think better of you as a person, though. Just slightly. ♥)

Please check out the entry I've linked to and tool about her tumblr tags. Her work is really something and at the very least everyone should check it out!

Also, if you're looking for the TEF update, I sent my revised 1st draft of ch12 off to beta last week. HOO-ZAH


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