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Life Update!

I have had this LJ for just over ten years now! It's a shame the platform kinda died, so that doesn't mean a whole lot now, but I think it's neat.

I finally got my first full-time job in my field! I'm a technical writer at a small tech company. It's just a contract, but I'm really happy to be here.

My partner and I are still together and very happy. Our four-year anniversary is in December.

I ran a Pokemon sub-event at my local con for the second year over the summer, and it went really well.

I'm still working on and improving my baking and decorating skills. It's been really cool seeing how far I've come.

I accidentally kinda started a Pokémon food blog! Combines two of my favourite things, which makes me way too happy.

I obviously still love Pokémon. My partner has gotten fairly into Pokémon because of me, so we play GO together even in the cool Canadian autumn, and we're going to a midnight launch for Sun and Moon.

I suppose the crappy stuff has more to do with Trump winning the election last week. That's been rough. I'm still a diehard leftie/feminist/essjaywuh and all that, so that worries me for all of my American friends, especially those belonging to minorities. Gonna do my best to be a good ally and keep fighting.

Take care,
~Psychic
Mew Giggling

Doing Stuff!

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!

~Psychic
Mewtwo's Silhouette in Flames

Miiverse

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.

~Psychic
Mew Giddy

The best season is coming to an end

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!
~Psychic
Mew Giddy

More good news and cupcakes!

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!

~Psychic
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Can't stop won't stop

My friend Peter's birthday party was last night, and for the past three years, I have made him nerdy cupcakes for his birthday. I asked what theme he'd like this year, and he said Pokemon. You can imagine how excited I was.

I decided to make his Pokemon Y team, as well as some of his favourites. I used Pokemon Trozei sprites for the template (except for Mega Gardevoir and Mega Charizard, for whom I just used Sugimori artwork). Using only buttercream in ziplock baggies and a lot of time, I made these.

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I am pretty satisfied with the result. :D There's Froakie, Honedge, Amaura, Goomy, Mewtwo, Mega Gardevoir, Gardevoir, Mega Charizard Y, Greninja, Aegislash, Aurorus and Goodra! It's awesome seeing how much I've improved since my first attempt at Pokemon cupcakes (which were also for Peter). My favourites are Greninja, Goodra and Mega Gardevoir.

My sister also had her birthday a couple weeks ago. Half of my family is really into Game of Thrones, and we're super stoked for season 4! So for her, I made house sigil cupcakes, made of chocolate. :D

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These are the houses Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tully and Greyjoy! Some came out better than others, but it was fun nonetheless. My crazy sister also ate the cupcakes but saved the chocolate sigils so she could do a photoshoot. Yeeeeeep.


On an unrelated note, this month you could get a free copy of Pokemon X or Y (offer ends tomorrow)! Boyfriend got a 3DS and Pokemon Black back when I did since I wouldn't stop talking about it at the time, but he never finished the game nor did he get any other games for the system. Since his PS3 recently died and lost all of his saves, I thought he might appreciate a new, free game, so I got him a code to get the download. He did have to go out and buy a new memory card for his DS to get it, but he has begun the game and started with Froakie. Yep, he is a pretty swell dude.


Also meeting the animé convention programming director on Wednesday to discuss my Pokémon convention proposal! Wish me luck!

~Psychic
Mew Giddy

The future's lookin' good

I got accepted into grad school! I will be going for a Diploma in Communication Studies, which is a one-year program focusing on media production and criticism. I'm pretty stoked!

I also submitted a proposal for a mini Pokémon convention for my local anime con for this summer. It would involve Pokémon panels, video game and card game tournaments, contests and more. The con's programming director e-mailed me yesterday, and he and the staff are interested! We're now arranging an interview to meet and discuss it further. Fingers crossed!

Incidentally, while in a video game store the other week, I overheard an employee telling a customer that he and some friends were arranging a local Pokémon League. He and I got to talking, and turns out the idea is to have Gym Leaders, an Elite Four and Champion for gamers to battle in our fair city. It's a pretty neat idea, so I've offered to be a consultant and help get it off the ground. They have a lot of neat ideas, but it's geared more towards competitive players, so I'm a bit concerned it won't feel very open to casual players. On the plus side, if the convention goes through, maybe we can bring the League to the con. Guess we'll see.

Oh, and I finally completed the National Pokédex in Y, and now have the Shiny Charm! Thanks to my Shiny Charm in White 2 I managed to find a wild Shiny Boldore, so hopefully my luck continues!

~Psychic
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Sometimes good ideas come from terrible places maybe?

I'm currently reading a YA novel called Delirium. It's another dystopian romance, and the schtick behind this one is that love is considered a disease, and everyone has to have a brain surgery as of age 18 to "cure" them of it. It's like the film Gattaca in that the society spends a hell of a lot of time and resources gender segregating teenagers and trying to find "uncured" people, sympathizers, and anyone showing excessive emotion or the smallest bit of affection. "Science" says love kills people, therefore we must micromanage everyone's lives? I'd rather see how a society gets to that point, really.

The writing is over-wrought with flowery metaphors, which succeeds at creating nice imagery often but spends far too much time on it, and there's a lot of spelling the obvious out for the reader. The love-at-first-sight romance is as silly as ever, but I've been especially thinking about the protagonist.

I don't profess to reading a huge amount of YA literature, but there seems to be quite the trend in leading female characters who are super average and plain, and kind of anti-feminine. I'd characterize myself as having been both of those things growing up, so I can relate, but it seems to be becoming this weird cliche. There's also this trend where females who aren't feminine are portrayed as being...almost better than those who are. These plain, tomboyish, quiet/shy girls still wind up getting guys, of course, despite being pretty passive in the courting scene. It's a very strange direction to take female protagonists.

I was thinking about this a bit tonight, and then I just thought "this is so easy I can do it in my sleep." So I wrote up a book summary and tried to make it as generic as possible, about a super average and boring girl who suddenly gets noticed by a guy. I then went to the kitchen for a brownie, and while there came up with a ~crazy plot twist~ that sounds pretty gimmicky, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I could spin it to make what might resemble real characters with actual depth. Woah.

This is actually my first idea for a serious novel in years, and I don't think it's half bad. Maybe it's actually doable. Now it's just a matter of staying motivated and actually writing the thing.



Oh, and I passed math! So now I get to take my first ever computer science course, but it's online which means I have very little motivation to do it. I may go into my school's Applied Human Sciences program, since I really liked the class I had in the subject last year and did quite well. We'll see.

Boyfriend and I had our anniversary over winter break, and for Christmas he hand-sewed me a dress! it's a gorgeous 50's pattern in this lovely silky purple fabric. He and I hosted a fancy wine and cheese (and boardgames) New Years' party, so I got to wear it for that. 'Twas a good time indeed.


Does anyone have any New Years' resolutions? I don't usually do them, but I think I'll try to write more in 2014. Maybe I'll try to start another writing journal. :>

Stay classy, LJ.