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*remember to update, remember to update, remember to update*

Jeez, one of these days it’ll go in!

So, on the whole Fangirly front, I might be back in action again? I don’t know.
I’ve been drawing a series of ‘First Date’ pictures with Jenn, my fursona. I’ve been active on dA again and seen that most of my friends on there have a canon x oc pairing. So they have characters in relationship with characters from various media/fandoms (Resident Evil, Casper, Mortal Kombat, Fallout, etc.) And, I am just playing in my own settings; which I love, but it’d also be fun to play away sometime too.

So, I hooked Jenn up with a couple of guys~

 

Some of the characters don’t translate well to my style of drawing. Like Captain Barnacles from Octonauts – who looks like he is closely related to Pedobear when I draw him.

I’ve also written some date report cards up for Jenns thoughts on her dates as well, which I’ll share in individual posts (and schedule them) in a little while.

I just wanted to share these with everyone, seeing as my last update was a while ago again. My bad.

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Hi guys,

Been a bit again. It seems whenever I resolved to update the blog more often I forget about it and have to do some sort of grovelling whenever I do come to post here. So maybe I should just stop trying to make that dedicated effort and just post whenever inspiration hits!

After a good while of feeling a bit empty on the fangirling front, I got myself back into my oldest fandom; Aliens.

It’s not a fandom that I tend to do much visual stuff over, mostly becuase I am intimidated by the metric fuck-ton of good artists out there that can do the series justice.

Instead, I write bad fanfiction for it. Haha.

I’ve recently started something called the ‘My 500 words’ challenge. Which is exactly that. You write 500 words a day, at the very least. This is to help me try and get back into the habit of writing again. Fanfiction used to be the thing that kept me going and I’ve been pretty neglectful over it in favour of drawing in recent years. But I felt like picking the hobby up again; especially after the last bout of drama and honestly, I just get a bit pissed off with everything furry. This isn’t anything new. I’ll go back to it at some point, I usually do. I’m just fed up of the imature mentality behind the vasy majority of the furry fandom so I’ll just… leave it be.

So, because of the 500 word challenge, I’ve been doing pretty well at getting things churned out. I’ve written the first of many flash fictions with Lucreace; we’ve got a prompt list and are writing some short stories to go with them. She for 40k Space Marines and I for Aliens. Giving ourselves a 2500 word limit and a week (more or less) to get something done. I’ve only done one, but it’s been a good challenge so far and I am enjoying it greatly – I now have an idea for this weeks challenge so I’m going to get right on it after this blog post.

I’m working on Hudsons Escape again. I’ll write more about this fiction in another post, cause I have a lot to say about it!

Also in the works is another Aliens fiction; Unchartered World, it started off as just an exersize in free writing but I got a belter of a review on it, so I feel like I should do some more with it! But I honestly have no idea where to take it! Whoops!!

I’ve also stepped up as moderator for the Aliens Fans group on dA. Hoping to get a few contests going there soon. Hurrah!

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This is the last thing I drew, it’s a picture of Ripley. I’d love to have more time to draw and write, but being a Mum time is one precious comodity. Right now I am enjoying this Aliens high and am intending on keeping it going for a long, long time. When I do more stuff I’ll share it with you here, but it’ll probably be in the form of links to fanfiction.

I tried 3D stuff, but my laptop cried itself into oblivion over the rendering this time around. Not sure why! I might have to try it on the husbands PC at some point, see if I can get something going there instead.

Until next time.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: September, 2013
Genre: Romance
Pages: 399
Format: eBook
Source: Kobo

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Buy the Book – Kobo

This is the second book in a row I have read called Fangirl – read about the previous book here.

I don’t even know where to really begin when it comes to reviewing this book – I guess I should start by saying that this book is about Cath, a fangirl for the fictional series’Book of Mages’ (Which while in the process of writing this review I have discovered that the author has written the book ‘Carry on’ which is about the characters from the fictional books featured in this novel) and how she obsesses over these fictional characters and cannot leave them behind even as she is starting a new live at University – something that her twin sister Wren seems to have done with ease. It’s not that she can’t leave them behind, it’s that she doesn’t want too; she wants to keep writing fan fiction about the Book of Mages characters forever. That’s fair. Who in this world really wants to grow up?

I guess this brings me to the first point of the story that I had deep issues with. Cath, doesn’t change. Everything that happens in the book is through the fault of someone or something else. Cath never seems to accept the blame for what she does. She submits some fanfiction for a creative-writing assignment and gets failed for it (Obviously) but the whole issue of plagerism that causes her failure just seems to ‘go away’ it’s like a slap on the wrist and done. Rather than learn from this, Cath just goes back to obsessing over the characters like there was no cause and effect. And, it’s this breezy way that Cath goes about everything that irritated me the most – more than the cliche aspect of her being a Fangirl that sits in her room alone without any real friends – she, as a character doesn’t change or really develop throughout the story. Unlike the supporting character of her twin sister Wren; who if this book was actually about would have been a much more interesting character to read about.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading Fangirl because I did. Even if some of it was at the expense of some self reflection in hindsight! At one point in my life, I was Cath. Everything I did centred around Fangirling and attaching myself to my fandoms – writing fanfiction until the small hours of the morning at the sake and expense of my school life! So, I was really interested in seeing how Cath would change when she got to college, but see the above comments on that. And she can’t take criticism for toffee – everyone thinks she is brilliant from her Professor at college to her thousands upon thousands of internet fanfiction readers.

The whole plot really centres around how Cath and Levi meet and get along and the relationship that develops between them and for the most part they’re a nice couple, but I find it strange that any guy would be interested in reading any Fangirls yaoi/slash/gay romance fanfiction, let alone have their girlfriend read it out loud to them while cuddled up together. Because of the nature of Cath – her extremely naive way of thinking and her inability to grow up – I actually found their relationship a little bit hard to swallow. Sure, for whatever reason, Levi really likes Cath (Even though she’s pretty mean and demanding) but Caths unwillingness to drop the fanfiction stuff and pay any interest to him and his life, is a little bit weird; and he’s not exactly sticking around cause they’re having hot, wild passionate sex, either! If anything, their relationship barely progresses beyond holding hands and the big romance scene is just a bit odd.

Another downfall of the book, is that the series that Cath fangirls over, is made up by the author, but it’s essentially a rip-off of Harry Potter called Simon Snow and that didn’t sit to comfortably – seeing as there are scene from both the official rip-off and the fan fiction interjected between chapters of the actual book; they didn’t really add anything to the story either. Fine, it’s there, it’s what Cath fangirls over. I can understand there had to be something for Cath to Fangirl over and it’s can’t be actual Harry Potter because of copyright and all that fancy legal stuff. Then Harry Potter gets mentioned. I found that extremely jarring. Almost as jarring as having to read stuff about the character Simon Snow and his partner in crime Baz – and when I say partner in crime, I mean in a Harry/Draco way. Only, you care about Harry and Draco, because the book you’re reading about them in is… about them. In Fangirl, I gave no shits about Simon and Baz, because the book wasn’t about them. It’s meant to be about Cath and Levi!

I mostly found this book entertaining because the position of the main character is one that I can related to.Many a time, I had lamented that all the ‘best guys in the world are fictional’ and looking back on it through Cath, I was cringing and thinking ‘was I really that bad.’ So I think, if you’re looking to read a book where you can relate to a Fangirl main character then give the book a go. But if you’re looking for a book that will stick with you or you’re looking for a book that will end in some profound manner then you’re better off looking elsewhere.

Fangirl – Jill Robi

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Author: Jill Robi
Published by:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: August 17, 2012
Genre: Romance
Pages: 194
Format: eBook
Source: Kobo

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Buy the Book – Kobo

I stumbled upon this book completely by accident. I have had a voucher for WH Smiths/Kobo for over a year now and on my reading list was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – but I’ve heard mixed thoughts on that particular book so was hesitant to read it first among my recent purchases – but in the search for fangirl on Kobo popped out this little gem of a book. Firstly, I would like to say that romance isn’t a genre that I am overly familiar with and it isn’t something that I generally have a leaning for and despite the name of the blog, I am not overly connected with the realm of fangirling anymore. That being said, I loved this little novel! It was an absolute delight to read, even though it felt like something of a dirty little secret, or a guilty pleasure. A bit like the idea of actually liking 50 Shades of Grey!

The book centres around Khloe, a die-hard fangirl of the fictional character Weston Moore, and her adventures/obsession relating to him. She takes herself to a large scale convention for the first time in a far-away city where she meets other like-minded individuals and manages to capture the eye of her obsession and because this is the world of fiction romance and complications follow!

One of my favourite things about the book was actually Khloe herself and how she was written. Yes, she is relatively young and this comes across in the way she has been written. There are references to the world of her online fandoming and how she has used her fandom to express herself and grow as a person. Which is something that I could very much relate too! Especially the part of not have any ‘real life’ friends to share in her fandoming lifestyle. I may not be as active as I once was in the realm of fandom, but that part of me has never completely died, but it’s all online! Because she is such a relatable character I found that I could easily root for her and her dreams and share her concerns and fears too. I felt that both Khloe and the book developed along a nice story without it seeming to be ‘This author just wants to write erotica,’ which has made some books in this genre feel more like a slog than a pleasure.

Even Weston, the object of her fandom desires, was a decent character to read about. He added the right about of complications to the plot and there was a lot about him I was rather taken with myself!

As always, it isn’t sunshine and lollipops and there were a few things that just felt a little contrived about the whole affair. For example, the reality of it all! I’ve spent some time at conventions myself and there is no way that some of what happens in the book could actually have happened. Getting to spend so much time with a star, for example! And the fact that Khloe can even managed to spend the amount of days going to cons… can that happen while she is holding down a Full-Time job? I don’t know. Everything goes a little too wishy-washy as well. It’s a magical little tale that has to be taken with a pinch of salt really! It’s a good novel to escape into and I am intrigued to read further stories by Jill Robi, as I enjoyed her writing style immensely and I believe she has written in other genres which might be more ‘up my street’

Fangirl is by no means a perfect book, but it is a good introductory novel to a very promising author.

Rackham?

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Yo ho, me hearties, yo ho!

I rarely feel like it’s worth posting more than once in a day, let alone within an hour of the previous post. But fans! I am excited!
I admit, I have felt a little lost lately when it comes to drawing. I tried a couple of things to help me find my feet again.

But, my goodness I am currently sat on my little sofa right now feeling giddy as the high heavens damned near giggling to myself because I feel so happy.

I was looking through the storage of my DeviantArt account and amongst the scribble doodles and abstract stuff there was a heap of old Star Trek doodles.

I’d somehow forgotten that I used to draw in a style that gave characters big heads and stompy feet.

So, I decided to give the style a try again, but with a different character – one that I am somewhat half-heartedly fangirling over right now. Jack Rackham from the Amazon series Black Sails.

It’ll take me a bit of getting used to this style again, but I actually feel like it’s something that I ‘own.’ I’ve not been inspired by and taken elements of my favourite artists in this one. It’s just something that I stumbled upon during my Masters. I think it’s maybe that connection that made me feel a bit bitter about the style and so I cast it aside, but you know what? I actually really like it and still enjoy it.

I’m going to try and keep this style going for a while, see who else I can sketch up and who/what else works for it.

I just wanted to share my excitement while I am feeling it.

Where is my Rambo V?

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I posted an excited blog way back in 2014 about Stallone doing the fifth and final instalment in the Rambo series; which at the time made me eternally happy. If it’s one thing that I still fangirl over, despite my fangirly habits changing, it’s Rambo.

I don’t know how I feel when I recently went on a bit of a search for new information. I basically seemed to stumble across the information that the idea of Rambo 5 has been knocked on the head. Of course, a lot of me feels sad that I won’t be seeing my beloved Johnny on the big screen in a new venture anytime soon.

Yet another part of me is somewhat relieved that there won’t be another haunt for the guy. Where Rambo 4 finished felt like a decent conclusion to the series – with Rambo going back home; although we don’t know who or what was waiting for him when he got to the front door, admittedly. It felt like a nice rounded ending after the very traumatic blood-bath that was the rest of the film. It was well written in it’s own way and over-all an enjoyable action film. At 69 could Stallone even pull off Rambo again? Doubtful to be honest – not without causing himself some major trauma anyway.

So, why am I not all that disappointed, being the big Rambo fan that I am?

Because I came across this little gem of information.

A Rambo TV series!?

Why have I only just found out about this, seriously?

I have recently found myself enjoying TV series more than movies, mostly due to the fact that you can get more detail into a TV series than you can a movie. More character development, more story, etc. The fact that we’ve not had anything long standing Rambo since the really dodgy animation series in the 90’s.

It’s all generally all a bit up in the air and concrete, solid information about the series is tricky to find.
I’ve seen things saying it’ll be about Rambo himself, other places state it’ll be about his son.
It’s apparently due to go out in October 2016
But other sources say that it won’t be happening at all.

Proud

I am having a bit of a proud moment over here. If you do an image search for “Captain Rhodes” you find a picture of my Original Character Kiz and Rhodes (Day of the Dead) before you find anything of Warmachine. I don’t know why, but this makes me feel rather happy!

Rhodes has been a part of my life for the longest ever time now, and he’s always haunted a part of Kiz’ life, regardless of whomever she is with. He’s there, lurking in the background; alive or dead. He is that much of a jerk to her.
What I like about the two of them is that they don’t have a conventional relationship. While I could draw them all lovey-dovey. (It’s not impossible) I just don’t see it as them. Not really. There is too much of a power struggle and abuse in their relationship and Rhodes just refuses to ask nicely for anything; we can see this with Sarah in Day of the Dead, never once does he ever use her name, always calls her ‘woman’ or ‘lady’ and I never once thought that he would ever treat Kiz any differently. Kiz just doesn’t have endless strength to keep denying him – it’s the epitome of a love/hate relationship.

I don’t know, I guess that I have had the two of them in my head for so long that it feels really strange to watch Day of the Dead and Kiz isn’t in it!

The picture in question

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