(she lives between pages)
Sorry, sweeties. I know you think it’s shiny, but you can’t have it. I don’t know why, but my boys love green, purple, and blue objects best.  Two days after their most recent tank cleaning, the nice little algae blooms are back (dammit).  Thankfully harmless.
ETA: Alecto (the one on the left who’s staring, transfixed) got mad at me when I took it away to put it in the fridge.  Iroh (the one on the right, moderately inquisitive) just wiggled in hopes of being fed again.  They’re little brats, sure, but they’re my little brats.

solarpillar said: is Iroh a male or a female bodied fish? the fins look short for a usual pet store betta, but I can’t see the false egg on the tummy either.

Iroh is a male double-tail plakat (hence the much shorter fins), and Alecto is a male rose-tail (so frilly when he fans it).  I’ve kept females in the past, but they’ve usually been even more violent (read: breeding was occasionally a disaster).  I’ve come to prefer males temperament-wise.  They’re rash and stupid till they’re about a year old, and then I see the flaring go way down and the personality quirks kick in.  Iroh is only about six months old, so I’m waiting for him to settle like Alecto did.  RIP, Bluebell (he was the sweetest).

sheerpoetry7 said: They’re gorgeous!

Iroh is a rare beauty for having been a pet-shop rescue, of that much I’m aware.  I can’t say Alecto is entirely unusual, although the fact that he’s a rose-tail instead of a veil-tail or fan-tail is slightly uncommon.  He’s got some cellophane coloration, which is lovely.

Sorry, sweeties. I know you think it’s shiny, but you can’t have it. I don’t know why, but my boys love green, purple, and blue objects best.  Two days after their most recent tank cleaning, the nice little algae blooms are back (dammit).  Thankfully harmless.

ETA: Alecto (the one on the left who’s staring, transfixed) got mad at me when I took it away to put it in the fridge.  Iroh (the one on the right, moderately inquisitive) just wiggled in hopes of being fed again.  They’re little brats, sure, but they’re my little brats.

solarpillar said: is Iroh a male or a female bodied fish? the fins look short for a usual pet store betta, but I can’t see the false egg on the tummy either.

Iroh is a male double-tail plakat (hence the much shorter fins), and Alecto is a male rose-tail (so frilly when he fans it).  I’ve kept females in the past, but they’ve usually been even more violent (read: breeding was occasionally a disaster).  I’ve come to prefer males temperament-wise.  They’re rash and stupid till they’re about a year old, and then I see the flaring go way down and the personality quirks kick in.  Iroh is only about six months old, so I’m waiting for him to settle like Alecto did.  RIP, Bluebell (he was the sweetest).

sheerpoetry7 said: They’re gorgeous!

Iroh is a rare beauty for having been a pet-shop rescue, of that much I’m aware.  I can’t say Alecto is entirely unusual, although the fact that he’s a rose-tail instead of a veil-tail or fan-tail is slightly uncommon.  He’s got some cellophane coloration, which is lovely.

u ok, bb? all quiet this week :3
Anonymous

I am, anon—thank you for your concern ♥  I’ve been busy, is all, clocking in the PR Mini-Bang fic so that I could get it to my first-round beta a week ahead of the hand-in deadline (and I did, by the skin of my teeth: I finished it about 30 minutes ago).  17k later, I feel so tired I could sleep for days.  This one really ran me into the ground.

There is something surreal and painfully beautiful about discovering another version of a world you’ve come to know well, especially when said incarnation feels so suddenly and strangely like home that there’s no accounting for it.

I know we bothered you with it. But do you have plans for a new GO work?
Anonymous

Are you the same anon who wrote in a month or so back with something to the effect of So you’re not going to write Good Omens anymore? and to whom I responded with something to the effect of What on earth gave you that idea?  I’m always going to write new GO stories.  If so, I’m not sure why you didn’t believe me, but rest assured that I really am as good as my word, and I always have been :)  Fandom moves at a fast pace, but I’ve been here for a long time, and I move at my own (which is occasionally also fast, but you get the idea).

Can we take a look at the long view for a second?  I’ve been writing actively in GO fandom since November of 2004.  In almost ten years now, I have, indeed, had the occasional gap of six months to a year between GO stories.  That is a thing that happens, so I have to assume you’ve only recently arrived in this fandom and aren’t used to that yet, or that you don’t like it and you’re trying to guilt me back into writing something sooner than not.  If the former, I’d like to reassure you as warmly as I can that, even if I never did start turning out GO stories again at the same rate I turned them out from, say, 2004 through 2008, the entirety of 2010, and then spring 2012 through about early summer of 2014 (these being my most active periods I can recall off the top of my head during my time in this fandom), there would still be at least one new story from me every year in December because of GO Exchange.  If the latter, forgive me for seeming curt, but I’m not sure how else to convey that these are the characters I will be thinking about on my death-bed.  There are few pursuits I love as fiercely.

Yesterday, strangely enough, I finally got to discuss and work out with an old friend the plot-point that was bothering me with respect to my outline for the next CoT piece.  Yes, I’ve been sitting on this since August last year, because in a matter that important, I cannot afford to be hasty.  Please also know that, at the same time, the characters of Pacific Rim have become shockingly dear to me in a very short amount of time.  I need to finish this lengthy AU I’m working on for the PR Mini-Bang, and I also have a sequence of ficlets I’d like to slot into Anthology ‘verse as extras.  I’m in the midst of one of my GO hiatuses, and what I traditionally do in those hiatuses is write other content while ongoing GO plots and issues simmer in the background for a while.  Thank you for your patience, anon!

(In the meantime, you’re welcome to have a trawl through my GO backlog [accessible at LJ / accessible at AO3].  There are quite frankly so many stories and flclets in my archive that I would be amazed if anyone didn’t find at least a few pieces they haven’t yet read.)

So 'One-Week Rule' was originally gonna be your bang fic? XD I have to say, I'm excited at the prospect of you handing in an AU instead, but, god, an illustration of that elevator kiss scene would have been....O-O plz!
Anonymous

Yep, that’s right.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m with you on the elevator kiss (and what comes after); that would’ve made a wonderful illustration, but in the end it struck me as too short and limited-setting a concept piece to be handing in for a fic-and-art festival.  I hope you’ll trust me on having switched gears to the AU project.  It’ll give whoever-the-artist-ends-up-being more to work with / choose from, as it’ll be significantly longer (One-Week Rule is only 5,200 words; the AU is at 3k 5k so far and will, I think, hit 9k to 10k 15k very easily).  In the meantime, though, if any artist out there wants to toy with O-WR as a drawing subject, they’re welcome to it!  May you get your wish, anon 

cypress-tree said: what kind of au are you writing? I’m dying of suspenseeeee

Sorry to play close to the cuff on this one, but I really do want it to be a surprise!  Three or four of my friends know already (because they’ve been letting me chatter about it and helping me flesh out scene parameters, which is fantastic).  What I can tell you is that it’s more of a historical AU than a concept AU, although it’s not set too far in the past.

mystradedoodles said: kekekekeke

…what a cute, yet ominous response.  Will I survive whatever that means? ;)

The last thing I want is to put you on the spot, but I desperately want a high profile writer's opinion on this, and you are frankly the sanest one I can think to ask. Since you're in PR fandom, you're probably aware of some discussion that's erupted on the subject of criticizing fic that is both popular/problematic. I'm not implying that *your* fic is problematic (thank god for that, I can trust you) - you always have stabilizing things to say in GO fandom when crit discussion gets hot, so...
Anonymous

First of all, anon: thank you for your trust.  That being said, if you did genuinely feel that any of my stories are problematic, I assure you that I’d want to hear about it and have a discussion with you on those counts.  I don’t consider myself—or any writer, for that matter, whether fannish or published or both—immune to criticism.  For example, if you haven’t seen the exchanges on the subject of characterization between me and kaytara-art over in the original LJ comment-threads on various installments of CoT, I assure you that you have not lived​ ;)  Criticism is a necessary part of the reader / writer exchange whether said feedback is positive, negative, or mixed.

Getting down to PR-specific business: I assume that the discussion to which you’re referring is this one.  As a reader and a participant in this fandom, do I agree with the fundamentals of what’s been said?  Yes, in every respect.  Back when I did my survey of existing PR fic in mid-December, I read all of what existed of the specific work in question at that point in time; in any given fandom, I make a habit of surveying the landscape once I’ve got my own initial writing projects well underway so that I can get a clearer picture of what my contemporaries are producing (and also form an impression of how my contributions will fit into that discourse).  Back then, I had stopped reading, because I can recognize when a piece is stylistically against my grain and has issues for other reasons besides, but I have in subsequent months done in-depth skims and got myself up to speed on the additions because, not surprisingly, I’ve been drawn into discussions about it in contexts other than Tumblr (and if I’m going to talk about something, I make a point of familiarizing myself with the content).  As new as I am in this fandom (and as keenly aware as I am that at least one of the works I’ve produced here is, if not equally as popular as the work being discussed, certainly nearly to that point now when it comes to exposure, public mention, and artistic interpretation), I don’t feel so much put on the spot as somewhat cautious.  My role in GO fandom as a commentator on critical discourse isn’t necessarily established here, although I thank you in the same breath for affording me the chance to productively join the conversation.

I’m going to extract a point from one of the various reblog threads (the second of the two links just above) that hasn’t been touched upon: one participant in the discussion has stated that “[s]ome of us dream of that kind of following for [our] work.”  Dreaming of popularity or widespread consumption is not necessarily an aspiration of which anyone should be ashamed; we should be writing for ourselves first and foremost, but sharing what we produce and engaging in dialogue with readers is rewarding in its own right.  The only caution I would place on that statement (not just for you, anon, or just for the person who made it, but for anyone reading) is this: make sure you want that level of exposure and following for the right reasons.  I’ve been reading and writing in fandom for sixteen years, which is exactly half my life, and I can tell you that I’ve watched a number of individuals across many fandoms pursue that kind of popularity seemingly for the power it gives them over others (which, as you can imagine, rarely goes well in the end).  Don’t be dismissive or lofty toward those who look up to you.  Don’t be needlessly cruel to your characters, because the knock-on effect that it constitutes, in many cases where drama is dragged far beyond the logical / already established parameters of characterization and plot, is needless cruelty to your readers; if you’re setting out to create something that’s deliberately disturbing or otherwise potentially triggering, be clear and up-front about that.  Don’t mock or take advantage of your readers’ expectations, as those will invariably be grounded not just in canon, but also in the textual framework you establish.  Write because you’re passionate about the characters and about the stories you want to tell; the rest, to whatever degree of scope or scale, will hopefully follow.  Above all, never forget that your readers are there to keep you questioning, to keep you checking yourself, and to keep you honest.

New Pacific Rim Stand-Alone: One-Week Rule

Title: One-Week Rule

Pairing: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb; appearances by ensemble cast

Rating: R / NC-17 [NSFW]

Word Count: 5,200

Notes: This isn’t a fusion, not precisely, but it borrows a concept from a novel I loved growing up. In The Westing Game, you have a situation in which the residents of a condominium tower start using the lift/elevator as a community bulletin board. Over time, genuine notices and invitations and lost-item flyers degenerate into people ragging on each other and having conversations. As you can imagine, it didn’t take much for me to wonder what this happening with the Shatterdome lift/elevator might look like. This is intended as humor, but there’s also some serious content (given that it’s set in the weeks leading up to Raleigh’s arrival, the battles, and immediate aftermath). You do not need to have read The Westing Game to understand what’s going on in this story. All my thanks to mystradedoodles and bowlingforgerbils for beta-reading; this was going to be my Mini-Bang entry, but I decided the AU I’m working on will be better suited to the purpose.

Summary: Somebody’s got a stick up his theoretical vortex. Starting this off with a bang?

(Read it @ AO3)

(Read it @ LJ)

Reblog if you think fanfiction is a legitimate form of creative writing.

…did you even have to ask? *raises an eyebrow*

biohazardgirl:

irisbleufic:

biohazardgirl:

Trying to keep track of where and what Newt’s tattoos are during various points during your story

image

…been there, done that. Yes. Emphatically *facepalm*

It’s hard because we only know from canon that the right sleeve is Yamarashi, who attacked and…

I actually found it easier given that we only know the location of Yamarashi (left sleeve, according to the film scene in the lift and also according to the wiki page) from canon, as it permits the writer leeway to place any others already existingand to add new ones wherever Newt pleases in the circumstances at hand.  What’s hard is, as you say, sifting your own text in order to remind yourself what went where; I had to do that multiple times across 106k when referring back to the location of a given tattoo was necessary (and 15k is not much easier, especially if you’ve already mapped the canvas of his body in detail!)

biohazardgirl:

Trying to keep track of where and what Newt’s tattoos are during various points during your story 

image

…been there, done that.  Yes.  Emphatically *facepalm*

motellights:

weird and insignificant good omens question that could probably be answered by me flipping through the book:

when crowley’s superiors contact him via technology….who is it that he’s actually talking to? maybe hastur or ligur? it can’t be beelzebub right cause he doesn’t buzz (or is that just bc he’s talking thru freddie mercury or whoever’s voice?). it doesn’t seem right for it to be Satan. so is it just some random demon?

Dagon, Lord of the Files, names himself during one of the transmissions.  So I assume it’s Dagon broadcasting the messages.  I’ve developed a real soft spot for the old bastard.

whitmans-kiss:

i just want to express my love for everyone in this shatterdome
the feeling is mutual, my friend

And I should add an amendment: there are some amazing people who I got to know a little better literally right after I submitted this who should by all rights be on the list (bravinto, mystradedoodles, demonicsymphony…)  The list in the memo is really a fossilized representation of the people I met in December and January; if you’re someone to whom I regularly speak now because we met via PR fandom, consider yourself on it ♥

whitmans-kiss:

i just want to express my love for everyone in this shatterdome

the feeling is mutual, my friend

And I should add an amendment: there are some amazing people who I got to know a little better literally right after I submitted this who should by all rights be on the list (bravinto, mystradedoodles, demonicsymphony…)  The list in the memo is really a fossilized representation of the people I met in December and January; if you’re someone to whom I regularly speak now because we met via PR fandom, consider yourself on it

What's your favorite GO art?
Anonymous

My favorite artists in Good Omens fandom are eldanis, thecojsz, seji, allonsyblue, cissyswonderland, linnpuzzle, tarteauxfraises, kaytara-art, and elizakaze.  Definitely have a look at their blogs and deviantArt accounts!

THIS IS YOUR ANTHOLOGY-ART-WANTING ANON HNNNG PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR SHAMELESSLY USING THIS TO THANK ALL THE ARTISTS DRAWING FOR IT NOW OMGGGG THAT KISS /IS DEAD
Anonymous

No problem at all, anon—I’m going to do just that, too, and use this opportunity to thank them all again, too!  So that you’ll have no trouble finding the art from now on, I’ve set up this tag for all of my reblogs.  If you click that, you’ll see all of the art to date (and all future art, as I’ll continue to tag the reblogs with that).  Anthology is a difficult thing for people to tag in the wider sea of Tumblr (because, obviously, people blog about all kinds of anthologies; also, my username is tricky, too, because some people tag it irisbleufic and others tag it as just irisbleu, with the former of the two being easiest/my preference, if I think about it), so I hope that setting up this specific tag on my own blog for reblogging everything I find will probably prove the best solution!  You’re adorable; your capslock made me grin through this morning’s haze ♥  I did a lot of shots last night.  A lot.

mystradedoodles:

Um… Hermann & Newt Selfie #3 (from Anthology by irisbleu) - (1 is here.) 

I don’t have words for this one.(And I’m sure you can see why!)

mystradedoodles:

Um… Hermann & Newt Selfie #3 (from Anthology by irisbleu) - (1 is here.) 

I don’t have words for this one.

(And I’m sure you can see why!)