babygray: (chocoberry)
Creeping past 1 am, and still so much to do. Comic City is this weekend (yay!), and I'm still not ready (booooo!). I just hope I don't end up dropping from exhaustion/lack of sleep so badly that I end up oversleeping and missing the event altogether.

How much should I ask for a Matryoshka Snape? One person I asked said $30 is okay, while another said she wouldn't pay more than 10, maybe 15. Neither of them knew it was the professor, only that it is an overly-detailed doll that takes way too much time to make. (Not sure if that would have influenced their opinion.)

(I just realized I should have asked the one woman I know that has sold felt dolls at a Comic City before... Shiiiieeeeeet.)

Not for the first time this week, I find myself questioning the need for sleep. It just takes away so much precious time...

If I ever do this again, I'm going to "convince" a few friends to help with the grunt work: cut, laminate... go out and buy three more cans of Red Bulls and maybe some sandwiches while they're there. Or maybe spend even less time sleeping. Who needs sleep, anyway? Batman does pretty well without it.

Still no writing this week. Too busy doing all the grunt work. After all this, returning to good, old-fashioned writer's block and "the fear of every single word I commit to paper and how everything I write is utter crap" will feel like a well-earned vacation.

... How much Red Bull is too much, again?
babygray: (chocoberry)
Work has started up, and as a result, I've started to consume more than create. Exhaustion plays a part, no doubt, but only a part. It might be that the great surge of productivity I was riding is at its end. It also might be that I am falling back on bad habits. Once I get home and sit down, it takes an hour or more for me to get around to doing anything, a problem when I don't get home until pretty late.

That's just an excuse, though. I bet I can get more done if I actually tried, or wanted to... or tried.

That said, here's some gibberish about the media I've been consuming:

Welcome to Night Vale, Boys' Love comics, and Kill la Kill.... )

Finishing up everything for Comic City next week. (Only 10 days away and there's still so much to do. ...How likely is it that I sell anything?) Thinking of making a costume for the occasion, or at the very least shaking the dust off one of my wigs.

It's a shame that I lose several hours a day staring into space, thinking about nothing... trying to forget that I exist suck have things to do.

I keep thinking about joining in on A Month of Letters. If I do, my mother and sister are going to be getting a lot of letters from me in February. (It'll be just like the New Year cards every year. I make them, but I only have one or two people to mail them to. It's rather sad, isn't it.) They won't be the only recipients, but I think they'll be the only ones not annoyed by my letters. (At least, I hope they won't be annoyed...)
babygray: (chocoberry)
I am exhausted. I think I've gotten too old for back-to-back-to-back all-nighters. This won't do at all when I have to go back to work tomorrow.

I finished the bookmarks... sort of. Luna's book should be a Quibbler, and Tonk's button was a complete rush job. But, except for a few extra bits (words, stickers and whatnots), they're pretty much ready for printing. (Maybe. Hopefully.)

I don't exactly like how Snape came out (he looks too cool?), but I think I did okay with Tonks and Luna. Although, looking at Luna, I wish I had gone with a different pose than my Default Pose no. 2. God, the more I look at it, the more things I want to change...

The paper and laminate sheets I need for later came in this morning. I was still in bed and had to sign for them in my pajamas and coat. I don't want to know what the delivery guy thought of that. (To be fair, he had probably seen it before...)
babygray: (chocoberry)
You know, I think I'm getting better.

Slow week. I kind of took a two, three-day break from doing anything after New Year's. I did try to sew something up (a pouch that looks like the traveler from Journey), but it wasn't exactly working.

There's also the problem of getting ready for Comic City.

So far, I've tweaked the bunny!Snape picture and redid an older picture of Harry for the postcards. AND, I've been working on some bookmarks.

Work is a bit slow-going, though. I'm still having trouble starting, but once I start, I have been pretty good at staying on target. At the same time, I still get hung up on occasion, particularly when I have to start the next step. (Example: I sketched today's doodle... then stopped for ages before the linework... then stopped again before starting the color... then stop again to think about whether my art has improved at all...)

If anything, I'm definitely getting a lot of practice. My hands are still a bit crap... and does Harry look like a Disney prince to you, or is it just me...

Tomorrow's the semi-officlal end of winter vacation, and only, what, three weeks left to get everything done? (I'm not panicking. There's no time to panic...)

No writing this week. Maybe later.
babygray: (chocoberry)
Happy New Year.

I've had a busy few days. Comiket was this past weekend, and I went out there on Sunday and Monday. My legs are still a bit sore from all the walking.

I had a strange time there. I didn't buy much (I think I've lost my taste for fan comics) and dealing with the crowds got really irritating really fast (silent, impatient, unyielding pressing, especially around the more... exploitive stuff), but I had a bit of fun, too. I even talked to people! (This is a great achievement.) My best conversation was with a couple of ladies selling some gag comics. (I was a bit shocked that they were Arthur Weasley/Lucius Malfoy shippers; they asked me to get onboard; I told them I'm too in love with my own ship to get on another. I hope I'll get to meet them again, give them a gift of candy or something...)

I also got my circle passes for Comic City. After the initial excitement and fear, I've mellowed out enough to not run around screaming "Don't Panic" at the mere thought of it. Although, I think I should. I only have a week of vacation left... and Comic City is in 26 days... oh god... don't panic! Don't panic!!!


I posted two things over at deviantart: a doodle of Snape in bunny ears and a pic of my 2014 greeting card.

Plan for the next few days: Getting my shit together for Comic City (sewing and drawing and more drawing and maybe finding a print shop? How bad is it that I don't even know what I want to make?), getting through a Twilight/Rifftrax marathon, and patiently waiting for the new episode of Sherlock.
babygray: (chocoberry)
I posted the next chapter of A Series of Events this morning. It both took too long and no time at all to write. Too long because the previous chapter was posted 10 months ago, no time at all because... once I got past the first scene, everything else spilled out.

Like breaking a seal.

One of the scenes is of Snape in a bath chair, being pushed along by Poppy Pomfrey. That, obviously, is not what I ended up doodling. I really did think about drawing Pomfrey, but my Snarry-lovin' heart could NOT pass up the opportunity for some mild hurt/comfort comedy.

Snape hates it, but he's blushing, so maybe it's okay...
babygray: (chocoberry)
Happy Boxing Day. I hope you got everything you wished for, or the money to buy it later.

I did get a nice present late last night: My table assignment for Comic City Tokyo. God, I still get very, very jittery thinking about it. Me, a hack and a lazypot, manning a table at a comic market.

I'm both very excited and very, very scared.

It's a good spot, too. Let me see...

For those that have never been, the table are set up in rows and columns (very clever), with walking areas breaking them into blocks. I have a spot facing not the narrow space between rows, but facing one of the walking areas. HOW did I get this lucky? (Is it lucky?)

Oh God. Getting jittery again. Just have to make sure I have a lot of fun stuff to share/sell, and to relax and have a good time, too, right? Oh God....

Struggled mightily with my new year's postcard. All I needed to do was draw a horse, but that somehow always led to a Harry Potter doodle.

Oh God. Panicking already, and it's only 31 days away... oh god...


Dec. 20th, 2013 04:04 pm
babygray: (chocoberry)
Winter vacation's started for me today, which is excellent. I have a lot of stuff to do, and only a few weeks to do it in peace.

I finished the coloring for this today. Well, I say finished. I kept stopping and starting over every stupid little bit of shading. I threw the background down just to get it done, and... I think I should shrink Snape and Harry down a bit. Or make the Moai a bit bigger... Or delete the linework around Snape's Dark Mark...

(I'm getting the feeling that it's not finished at all...)

But, hey. I properly used Illustrator for the first time, so that's something.

DeviantArt copy here, or click on the thingie below.

The Thingie Below )

... I think Photobucket shrunk my picture a bit... damn... 
babygray: (chocoberry)
I haven't been working as hard as I should have been this weekend. I always feel a little guilty when I spend my days off doing nothing.

The picture I'm working on: very slow progress, and not just because I only spend a couple hours a day on it. Half-finished with the coloring, and I find myself hating Harry's face. I didn't particularly like it before, but now, looking at it cropped out of the picture, I hate it, maybe enough to a) redraw his face, again, or b) stop altogether.

Do I push on, considering that I'm already 1/2 done? Or do I start all over with his face... and shirt... again...

... I'm just going to ignore it and push on.

That aside, I'm not sure what to put on Harry's shirt at the moment. I thought, "Let's go with the obvious, why not?" but my griffin turned into a chupacabra. (Have thinking of keeping it. Why the hell not.)

Three more work days before the holidays. No word yet from the comic market people. No writing at all this weekend. I think I'm waiting for the holidays to get everything done. Which means nothing will get done. (Crap.)
babygray: (chocoberry)
I'm not even exactly sure what's wrong with me sometimes.

I spent an hour mentally composing an essay on the use of pens and quills in Harry Potter fanfiction (complete with a bibliography). Maybe it was something my subconscious had been ruminating over for some time now and just needed to let me know about it. (And who am I to argue with my subconscious when it's in a sharing mood?)

I signed up and paid for half a table at Comic City Tokyo last Friday, which means I've been spending all my free time this week playing Skyrim working on things to sell and whatnots. A table in the handmade goods section is too big and too expensive for my first time, so I applied for a spot in the parody:paper goods section. (No Harry Potter spot for me, mainly because that place is for fan comics, and I... can't draw... and I am drawing stuff for my section... Craaaap.) I have yet to get a spot number, but they did send me a confirmed applicant number, so... yay? Only 45 days left to get my stuff together... if I get the spot after all, that is... hopefully...

I've been thinking of making a cloak based on the game Journey for the winter Comic Market. Not the costume (which is basically a hood and cloak), but a... cloak... with a hood... Maybe I should just make the costume? It really is basically the same thing, only with a zipper attached.

Writing-wise, I worked on the merman story last month, but I got stuck. I've been re-re-re-rewriting the next chapter of "A Series of Events" whenever I'm tired of playing Skyrim doodling, and that's pretty much it...
babygray: (chocoberry)
I haven't posted in a while, mostly because I've been too busy feeling ashamed working. I did write something, but it's not particularly good. I wrote it mostly to get it done and off my ever-growing list of stuff to do.

Another thing on my list: Getting a table at a comic market. There is one coming up in two months, a small one that wants $40 for half a table. That's not that bad, I thought, but I kept trying to talk myself out of doing it. "I'll be alone and foreign in a sea of Japanese people." "I won't be able to make everything I want to sell in time." "No one will be interested in my stuff, and it'll be a huge waste of time."

I had to flip a coin to force myself to decide.

Tonight, I spent the last two hours trying to fill out the entry forms. I didn't finish it, because I can't figure out what section I belonged in. At first, I thought I should sign in for the books/Harry Potter section, but, the more I read, the more I realize that I probably belong in the clothes/accessories section.

I pretty much gave up after that. At least for the night. I still have until the 8th, but I might just talk myself out of it again...

The picture is supposed to be my, um, "circle's" pamphlet entry. Took 15 minutes. Will probably be never used, ever.
babygray: (chocoberry)
My American summer vacation is nearly over, and I go back to Japan in a few days' time. Has it been a month already?I can't believe how fast time flies sometimes.

I saw a knitting magazine yesterday: The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits. There are a few cute projects inside (my faves are the Forbidden Forest scarf, the Luna-inspired Heliopath Vest, and the Sword of Gryffindor gloves on "Ginny" here. (It's the buttons.)) I'm an absolute beginner at knitting, though. It'd be a while before I build up the nerve to actually make any of these things.

This blog took a better, more expert-y look at the knits in the mag.

Writing, packing, and getting a few last thrills/shopping trips in this week. Long ass plane ride back on Thursday, and back to normal-time on Friday.

I'm missing the summer already.
babygray: (chocoberry)
I've been back home in the States for a week, so far it's been great. Just being able to spend time with my family is enough for me.

The photo is a combo of an image on the computer screen and a Harry Potter action figure. I won the doll years ago from [ profile] pottersues, but I had it sent here instead of where I live (shipping to Japan is expensive, man). I had thought of trying my hand at another of their contests, but I haven't felt motivated enough to do so.

I have done very little writing this past week, what with family and American TV to spend time with. There was also the small issue of "THE STORY ISN'T WORKING."

I finally had a breakthrough today. As I explained (in simple terms, out loud, to my mother) what the story was about, and what I had written so far, I realized: My opening scene is boring. No action-packed story should start with, "We should do something. Should we do something?" It needs punch! It needs a hook! it needs a Cold Opening!

So I'm full of coffee and with mini Harry P at my side, I'm ready to tackle that story from a different angle.

(And I'll probably post/recycle the rejected opening later... It's not a bad scene. It's just... not the right opening for the type of story I have in mind.)

My poor Kindle is broken. Torn between fixing it or buying a fancy new one.

Harry P needs a companion. Though a Sevvie Snape doll from the same maker/collection is hard to find/darn expensive.

... For some reason, I'm trying out the LJ Talk feature tonight. Because I need to be distracted?
babygray: (chocoberry)
This week was all over the place for me. Work ended for the summer (yay!) and I went north for a fun, water-based weekend (yay!).

Fukushima, for those who remembered, was one of the areas hit hard by the tsunami two years ago. We went to Iwaki, a city right on the coast, just south of the damaged nuclear plant. The first day was spent at a Hawaiian-themed resort, completely with a Polynesian show and fancy seafood dinner. (I've wanted to visit that resort for a long time, and I left feeling both satisfied and disappointed. I truly expected our fancy dinner to be Polynesian-style as well. Spam, however, is no match for spicy lobster soup.)

The second day included a visit to a temple and its lotus blossoms, a fish market (for souvenir shopping [yes, fish counts as souvenirs] and more fresh seafood for lunch), and an aquarium. (I overheard quite a few aquarium visitors commenting on how delicious the fish in the tanks looked.) There were some signs that the tsunami had swept through (a bent highway sign, piles of rubble, a lack of buildings), but it was also very easy to forget that when the weather was so pleasant and the the turquoise-colored ocean was so calm...

It's creepy towards 2:30 am at the moment. I have a flight to the States to catch later this afternoon. (I'm looking forward to the hell that is economy air travel. No, I don't know why I didn't go to bed...)

Will be working on a fest fic, in between bouts of cursing the airline and my recent dental work. (I'm at the point where I think everything I've written so far is shit, which is good. I usually don't realize I've made a huge mistake until it's almost too late to do something about it.)
babygray: (chocoberry)
Summer vacation is practically upon me. I have two trips back to back next weekend (weekend at a spa resort then off to the States), so I have a bit of a busy week of cleaning and packing in front of me.

I ran into something weird the other day: fanfiction commission. Well, I say weird. It's just that it never really occurred to me that it's not just fan artists that can sell their skills for a few dollars.

For a moment, I wonder if I could do the same, but then I remember that I can barely write. And that I have a problem with meeting deadlines.

Seems like a nice way to make a couple of dollars, though.

Working on a fic for a fest this week, in between naps and cleaning.

I wonder, is over-researching related to writer's block? Probably yes. They're both problems I've been dealing with for a while.

Say, I want to write about two characters meeting at a cafe. "What cafe?" Uh, Starbucks. "What city?" ...London? "Where in London? Which Starbucks? What do they sell... no, what DID they sell back in... what year?" Um... 2004. "Spring? Fall? What special drink would be available? Would they drink something special?"

... And so on and so forth, until I've learned all about London-based Starbucks cafes but haven't written one word of the story itself. Multiply that by about 10, and that's what I go through every time I try to write something.

I can't "just write" anymore. It's actually a bit frustrating/sad.
babygray: (chocoberry)
To write, create, and enjoy more Snarry. -BGI've had a bad couple of weeks. Very bad, but I feel a bit better now.

Yesterday was Tanabata. I was too miserable to get and decorate some bamboo.

I do like the fairy tale connected to Tanabata. Well, I say fairy tale. The Chinese story is about a pair of lovers that can only meet once per year, on the 7th night of the 7th month. I think about this story from time to time. I'm hoping to use it as inspiration for a story one day.

People usually hang their hopes and wishes on the bamboo branches. My wish is for less bad days and more good ones. And more money, but who doesn't need more money...

Semi-seriously thinking of joining a fest for the summer. I didn't think I could because of the lack of ideas/depression, but that lifted somewhat and I think I have a good idea for a story. Maybe. I won't know until I start writing...

Worked on the Prince and the Merman, but got stalled a bit.

Vacation starts next week. Someone remind me to not laze out too much.
babygray: (chocoberry)
Rainy season is here. That makes my hair especially angry.

The Harry Potter Exhibition at Roppongi Hills opens this weekend. There was even a sneak peek for fans and the press on Thursday, something I did not know about until the morning after. I feel pretty darn jealous of those that did get to go. A lot of them even went out in costume! (The sited asked for "cosplay, if possible". ...I wonder if I should get dressed up when I get the chance to go. The site says it's allowed, but...)

On the other hand, if I had known about the sneak peek event, I still would not have been able to attend. I just wouldn't have been able to get there in time. ... I'm not upset over missing it because, as luck would have had it, I would have missed it anyway.

Besides, it's open until mid-September. That gives me plenty of time to go see it. (And maybe get around to putting together a Luna Lovegood costume...)

Working on "The Prince and the Mermaid" this weekend, and not on "A Series of Events" as planned. I've been thinking a lot about posting stories to AO3 as well as FFdotnet, particularly the side stories I wrote some years back. (I'll probably get around to doing that during the summer.)
babygray: (chocoberry)
There was no post last week, mostly because I didn't do anything at the time. This week, however, I have been a wee bit busier.

Harry Potter/North Korea jokes )

I don't have to work this weekend, so I'm going to spend it working on stuff I didn't get the chance to finish yet. Or sleep. Working extra hours helps my pocket, certainly, but I've been half-awake all week.

I'm looking forward to the summer, if only for a chance to laze out and do nothing properly.
babygray: (chocoberry)
This past week hasn't been very productive. I had trouble focusing on anything in particular and spent most of my free time either asleep or thinking about things, such as:

1. Why aren't I a bigger fan of No. 6?
2. Why is the Japanese paperback cover of HP1 suspiciously similar to the cover for Twilight: Breaking Dawn?
3. Why are plane tickets so expensive, and become more so the closer it gets to the day you want to fly? And is there any way I could send money to my past self so that she could buy me/us the tickets a month ago? (Time Travel Western Union, where are you?!)

I started making a basic button-down shirt pattern this week. I only just cut out the front part this morning.

On Wednesday, I transcribed some notes I wrote years back for a story I started to post but still haven't finished. The ending I thought up at the time was a downer, with Snape and Harry never getting back together. The new, happy ending involves sea dragons eating Voldemort, which I think has been done before. Not quite sure that's an improvement. (I need to write that story out today, too.)

Worked on Saturday, so I have today, Sunday, to do everything. And, considering that it's noon already, I don't think I'll be getting all of it done. Well, doesn't hurt to try, I guess.

... Also, I think I was supposed to have the next chapter of "A Series of Events" up today. I forgot. Maybe next week...


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