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First Ingress Meetup: impressions  
03:06am 04/10/2015
Psychic MoonShadow
Poor Livejournal doesn't have much going these days.

So let me tell you about my first experience going to a meetup for the mobile game Ingress, which I have gotten into primarily because of Jax!

"First Saturday" events (called "FS") happen the first Saturday of every month, in which local Ingress players meet up to get to know each other, talk about their experiences with the game, and help out new players, aiding them with leveling up (which helps you unlock better items, vital in playing competitively). The event started with two hours of socializing, and then an hour and a half of running around playing, pairing new players with experienced ones, with special prizes for the players who gained the most experience in that time.

I've been playing Ingress for under a week, and since the local FS event was coming up, I figured I would look into attending! After a quick Google search I was able to find my local Ingress community on Google+ which had details about the event.

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In the end, it was a really cool experience. Everyone was very chill and invested in helping me gain experience - it seemed they wanted to help me get on their level so I could play like them, and they were all used to helping newbies out in a way that felt free of judgement. The demographics of the players was a little strange, but I never felt that I was being helped purely because of my gender of anything like that. Overall, it was a neat experience and a cool event, and I would definitely like to do it again next month!

tags: ingress
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Doing Stuff!  
07:39pm 15/02/2015
Psychic MoonShadow
Slightly belated happy New Year!

Here's a bit of what I've been up to lately!

Rejoined PokéCommunity!
I made an account there back in 2007, and I figured I'd take a look and see what was happening over there. The community is alive and active, and there are a lot of very nice people. I've already entered a Flash Fiction writing challenge, as well as a Pokemon Amie photography contest. :D

New fics!
Zomg! For someone who's been in the 'fic community since 2004, I haven't written a whole lot. But I recently had two excuses to pump out some one-shots, and I am happy with the results!

Forgiveness - After Team Flare failed to bring about a beautiful and better world, Malva could find no way to make amends for the part she played. Wilkstrom has noticed Malva's self-imposed isolation and wishes to help.

Under Control - It’s Caitlin’s first time losing a battle as a member of the Unova Elite Four. She thought she could handle the position, but can she really?

Forgiveness was written for the Serebii Yuletide event as a gift for Pakira, and Under Control was for the PokéCommunity Flash Fiction challenge. I really like Gym Leaders and Elite Four, so it was pretty awesome getting to write about them. I was especially happy to have a reason to write about Caitlin, my second favourite human character in the Pokemon world. I've been developing a headcanon all about her learning to control her powers with the help of a Meowstic, so it was fun to write a bit about that. Someday I hope to actually write that story, but considering my track record, we'll have to see. XD

The Fan Fiction Quarterly!
Still fic-related, this is Jax's baby, and it's pretty dang awesome. It's a celebration of the Serebii fic community and its many members, and it comes with some fun challenges of its own. Jax did the majority of the work on this, though I gave a hand by editing the interview and writing some of the Try This! exercises. I will definitely be giving the prompt a go!

My Living Pokédex!
I've only completed my Pokédex in a few games before, but considering the collection of Pokemon I've amassed over the years, I figured I'd try to complete this before ORAS. In early November, I succeeded. :D

My Shiny Pokémon!
I've always wanted a visual way to show off all of my shinies, so until I make some kind of pixelart shiny card, I made a Google Doc.

Irl, I'm in my second semester of grad school, and have started an internship with a festival that's having its inaugural year. It's going to be a pop culture convention, like a Comic Con but with a much wider audience. I'm pretty stoked!

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08:55pm 02/12/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I was largely ignorant about Miiverse until this week, when I accidentally clicked the icon for it on my 3DS. Naturally, I've been scrolling through the X/Y and ORAS communities, and wow, they are just special.
Let me tell you about what I found there:
  • People who don't know how to use Google to answer simple questions.

  • People who don't know how to use Google asking about/wanting to trade Hoopa and Volcanion.

  • Giveaways of/trades for hacked Pokemon.

  • Ads for clans.

  • Text-based RPs. Many of them centre around "Pokehumans." It's like 2007 all over again.

  • Requests for girlfriends/boyfriends.

  • Really amazing artwork.

Slightly weird, slightly hilarious. There is some very cool artwork, though. If you were considering checking out Miiverse (not sure why you would, but hey), then I suggest ignoring everything but the art.

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The best season is coming to an end  
01:16am 04/11/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
Halloween is my favourote holiday of all holidays. This includes all the Jewish holidays my family observes, and all the Christian and pagan holidays in popular culture. When the summer is winding down, it's comforting to know that it means that Halloween is around the corner. The aesthetic is awesome, and who doesn't love costumes and candy? I want it to last as long as possible, especially since Christmas starts immediately after (or so you'd guess from visiting shopping malls this time of year), and it was lovely that we were still celebrating Halloween on November 1.

What did you do to celebrate this wonderful season? Here's a sampling of my October:

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I haven't carved a pumpkin since I was a little kid, so when my friend invited me over for the holiday tradition I was super stoked. I decided to make an Espurr pumpkin, so I used some official art to make a template, and this was the final result! I'm really happy with how it turned out, but since we did the carving so early in the month, they didn't last until Halloween.

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The Zombie Walk! I last attended this with a friend in 2011, and it has grown exponentially since, with 10,000 of the undead this year! There was a kiosk to get your zombie makeup done by makeup artists for a fee; I was in line for a solid hour until I was seen, but it was absolutely worth it! Like in 2011, I went as a zombie Team Rocket grunt (because I am just that kinda nerd), and I lumbered along chewing on a Meowth plushie for the hour-long walk through downtown. It was awesome scaring bystanders and witnessing people's reactions when they "got" my costume, hehe.

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I managed to snag codes for Diancie and shiny Gengar (with the extra one being for my friend who just joined the military), and an acquaintance brought back this sweet shiny Mega Gengar plush from Japan! (Ghosts Pokemon count for this, right?) I also finally got a Pinsirite code!

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What would Halloween be without some spoopy desserts? I went to two Halloween parties on Saturday night, and these were for the first. The tombstones, bones and knives are from Homesense and are all edible!

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For the second party, I made a graveyard cake! I am slightly obsessed with "worms and dirt" desserts, and I have a magazine with a recipe for one, so I was super stoked to make this. The tombstones came with a food marker, so I enjoyed coming up with silly jokes and references to put on 'em. The hostess has a taste for the macabre, and she loved this (and got a huge kick out of the tombstone with her name on it).

I also went with a friend to a local amusement park that celebrates Halloween! I don't have any photos, but we rode this crazy roller coaster, checked out one of their sweet haunted houses, and enjoyed a performance from a zombie percussion band.

Overall, this has been a most awesome Halloween. Now the clocks have been set back, it's dark by 5:30pm, and the temperature drops to freezing at night. Winter, as they say, is coming.

Stay cozy!
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Pokéthon and Grad School  
12:33am 03/09/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
Pokéthon, the Pokémon sub-event at Otakuthon I ran August 22-24, was a huge hit!

Planning and organizing it was stressful and frustrating at times, but the end result was really cool, and people had tons of fun. We hosted a X/Y tournament, trivia contest, cosplay photo shoot, six panels, TCG events, and Gym Leaders you could battle and win badges from throughout the con. It was super cool, and making it happen has kind of been a dream of mine for awhile now.

You can check out photos from the event on our Facebook page, but here's a small preview!

Players in the X/Y tournament!

Outdoor cosplay photo shoot!

Challengers battling Gym Leaders of the Montreal Pokémon League!

A full room for one of the big panels I co-hosted!

On a totally different note, I made a little something for my friend's birthday last week!

I'm not personally a fan of Adventure Time, but it was a simple and fun design concept, so I threw it together in a couple of hours and he really enjoyed it!

Lastly, I started grad school this week! I had a class on Communication and Gender today, and ohhhh my gosh I am excited to have this prof. Turns out she specializes in gender stidues and gamer culture! She started the class by first talking about the absurd female Bic pens, and then discussing the news regarding Anita Sarkeesian's most recent death threats. During our class introductions, I mentioned having run Pokéthon, and after class she asked me if I had heard of Twitch Plays Pokémon.

Truly a woman after my own heart. :D

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Pokémon Events and Food!  
04:36pm 30/07/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
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After being green-lit a few months back, I have been working on organizing a series of Pokémon-themed events and programming, and I'm proud to announce that Pokéthon is happening in less than a month!

We are being hosted by Otakuthon, an animé/manga convention in Montreal, Quebec. They already have a number of sub-events for other topics, such as the Touhou Project video games, yaoi (yep, yaoi), and ball-jointed dolls, and we're the newest one!

We're going to have a number of neat events, like a video game tournament, cosplay photo shoot, contest, and a bunch of panels. Thankfully I don't have to worry about running everything, but there's still been a lot to figure out.

I'll be posting updates and news on the Pokéthon Facebook page, so I hope you'll follow us and help spread the word!

In Pokémon dessert news, did you guys hear about the Pikachu Café in Japan? Don't misunderstand - I am not a fan of Pikachu, but show me any Pokémon edibles and I will be excited. What do y'all think of it?

So I shall make do with my own creations! First up, here's the next batch from my Cupcakedex project!
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This time, we have Growlithe, Poliwag, Abra, Machop, Bellsprout, Tentacool, Geodude, Ponyta, Slowpoke, Magnemite, Doduo and Seel! All on banana cupcakes with cream cheese icing, which I had never made before!

Lastly, my friend Alex had her birthday last month, and I was determined to make a cake of her choosing. When she chose Arcanine, I was thrilled, even though I couldn't give her the cake until some weeks later. Still, who doesn't love Arcanine cake? :D
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I'm really proud of how this guy came out! Since learning the buttercream transfer technique for cake decorating, I can't do it any other way! I'm really satisfied with how much I've improved over the past couple of months.

Thanks for reading!

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R/S Remakes and Cupcakedex Part 2!  
02:52am 12/05/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I've been addicted to the Pokemon subreddit lately (I know, I know), and recently saw a post where someone essentially asked "hey, doesn't Mega Lati@s kind of confirm Hoenn?" I swear I was thinking about this in the bathroom a couple of days before we got official news about the Hoenn remakes.

Anyway, I'm excited! My relation to that gen is funny; I stopped playing the games after second gen, up until HS/SS, but Ruby/Sapphire seemed pretty cool. I actually started going on Serebii.net right around third gen, and I stayed up-to-date about the new games. I used to have my younger cousin's R/S game guide, and I'd leaf through it for fun. Years later, when he grew out of Pokemon and eventually started letting me have his old games and toys, he gave me his old Sapphire version.

I already had a soft spot for a lot of the designs - most of my minor favourite Pokemon are from Hoenn, like Grovyle, Blaziken, Electrike and Breloom. It was cool to play Sapphire, having owned Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness on the Gamecube, and I finally got the cable to play between them last year. Sapphire is neat, but there is definitely room for improvement, so I look forward to seeing what they do with the remakes.

Anyhow, here is the second batch of for my Pokemon cupcakedex!
You can also follow my progress on my new Cupcakedex Tumblr: http://cupcakedex.tumblr.com
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Here's Nidoran male, Clefairy, Vulpix, Jigglypuff, Zubat, Oddish, Paras, Venonat, Diglett, Meowth, Psyduck and Mankey!

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Cupcake Pokedex Project!  
07:22pm 06/05/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
So Moogles had a very good suggestion when I posted my last Poke-cupcakes: a cupcakedex. I have since been unable to get this idea out of my head.

So over the summer I think I will attempt to make 151 Pokemon cupcakes. For my first batch, I figured I'd go in order, but starting only with the first forms of evolutionary lines. Behold:

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Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Spearow, Ratatta, Ekans, Pikachu, Sandshrew and Nidoran female!
I think my favourites are Bulbasaur, Pidgey and Ratatta. X3

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I accidentally an entire Tumblr  
12:53am 05/05/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
All I wanted was to buy some delicious Espurr/Meowstic merchandise. Preferably without the $20 markup most sites seem to have.

Then Kirby told me about this dude on Tumblr who could get me my fix for a good price.

Soooo add me?

Giant female Meowstic plushie, you will be mine. <3
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More good news and cupcakes!  
11:53pm 08/04/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
My proposal for a Pokémon convention went over really well, and I've been green-lit to hold it this summer! A lot of people seem really enthusiastic about the idea, so I'm really excited! (Heck, I've already found someone from Florida who wants to be a sponsor!) Now it's a matter of organizing different events like panels and gaming/trading card tournaments.

I have my fingers crossed that things work out with the local Pokémon League, since that's still in the planning phase. They have some awesome ideas about gamers battling Gym Leaders, an Elite Four and Champion, but they might be getting a bit too caught up with certain ideas, so hopefully we can maintain focus so there can be an effective launch for the con.

In baking news, I had lots of leftover buttercream icing from my first Pokémon cupcakes, and since my dad loves a certain chocolate cake recipe I often make, I figured I'd make a cake and some cupcakes. So these happened.
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This time, I just made some of my favourite 'mons (which you may notice due to the abundance of psychic-types, haha) as well as some generally popular ones. There's Dunsparce, Chesnaught, Delphox, Espurr, female Meowstic, Espeon, Sylveon, Celebi and Mew! Chesnaught was made for moogles4ever, and Dunsparce was a joke-suggestion from fellow SPPf mod Psynergy, but I didn't have enough cupcakes to had to make do with a slice of cake. XD Celebi is totes for Serebii. I'm really happy with how most of these came out, but I need to remember to prevent them from getting all line-y like Delphox and Espurr did.

I ate both eeveelutions and they were delicious. These recipes are really great.

While he's no Mewtwo, Greninja has been announced as a new character in the newest Super Smash Bros. game! He looks so badass, I love it! Initially I liked Frogadier more, but Greninja is growing in me.

I'm also officially done class this semester, whoo!

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